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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton’s 43rd homer sets club mark | MLB.com

Does this season keep him from getting traded or help him get traded?

“He’s that good,” second baseman Dee Gordon said. “He’s one of the best players in the game. And he’s healthy. He’s killing people. He was averaging like 35 homers and he didn’t even play 150 games those years. For him to be able to play this whole year is pretty cool.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Cleveland Indians ownership steps up, will players follow? Terry’s Talkin’—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

Mired.

Since the All-Star break. Bradley Zimmer is batting .203 (.651 OPS).

In August, Zimmer is 0-for-22. He has been sitting out more games against lefty pitching as Francona doesn’t want to put too much pressure on the rookie.

A major difference between Frazier and Zimmer is the latter is a far superior outfielder, a huge upgrade in center field. He is 13-of-14 in stolen bases. While the 24-year-old rookie had a brain belch where he didn’t run out a pop up, he usually has impressed with his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Will Duquette make an August trade? Probably. Will it make a difference? Most likely not - BaltimoreBaseball.com

How long can Duquette keep the Orioles viable?

Both of Duquette’s deals this July fit into that same category, and received a collective ho-hum from me and much of the fan base, Of course, acquiring shortstop Tim Beckham looks so far like a stroke of Duquette genius, and Jeremy Hellickson has been solid in two of his three starts.

And, so, I suppose it’s no harm, no foul if Duquette makes another deal this month to acquire a player that can be eligible for a potential playoff roster (trades ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

‘Ungodly’ Joey Votto forces Cubs to think outside the box with four-outfielder shift | CSN Chicago

This is a shift you don’t see every day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey votto, reds, shifts

Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com

Moncada joins the leaders.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 15, 1917:

Eddie Plank, the veteran left-hander, has retired permanently from baseball. Fielder Jones of the St. Louis Americans made this known [yesterday] when he announced that Plank had left the team last Saturday and gone to his home at Gettysburg, Pa.
...
Plank’s last game was pitched in Washington a week ago Monday, when Walter Johnson defeated him, 1 to 0, in 11 innings.

If you’ve gotta walk away, an 11-inning pitchers’ duel against Walter Johnson is a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, August 14, 2017

MLBN: High Heat on Yanks-Red Sox

Brian Kenny fills in for Mad Thug Dog Russo:

Brian Kenny brushes back on High Heat with some questions about the bullpen usage for the Red Sox and Yankees over this past weekend.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, mlb_network, red sox, yankees


Sullivan: Let’s Watch Rafael Devers Take Aroldis Chapman Deep

Kung Fu Who?

Even before Sunday, Devers was doing pretty well. He’d advanced through Portland, he’d advanced through Pawtucket, and he’d run a .939 OPS over some dozens of chances in the major leagues. Devers, as a rookie, has taken a firm hold on the Red Sox’s third-base position, which earlier had proven a crippling weakness. Now, though, Devers truly has his breakthrough moment. See, he batted against Chapman in the ninth inning of a one-run game, and he tied it up. He tied it up with ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, awesome sauce, home run, rafael devers, red sox, yankees

BAR: One Joey Votto streak ended, another continues

Joey Votto’s 17-game hit streak ended on Sunday, but he still has another even more impressive streak going – he’s reached base more than once in 18 straight games, the longest such streak in Reds history.

He’s only three games from tying the longest streak in baseball since 1900, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Ted Williams, Votto’s hitting role model, owns the record, reaching base in 21 consecutive games in 1948. Pete Rose and Barry Bonds both had 20-game streaks. Rose with the ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 14, 2017 at 10:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, streaks

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-14-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 14, 1917:

First baseman George Kelly of the Pirates was released back to the New York Giants tonight…according to an announcement made by manager Bezdek.

The Pirates, it seems, had an agreement with John J. McGraw, manager of the Giants, whereby Kelly could be returned in the event of his failure to make a favorable impression with Pittsburgh.

That Fritz Mollwitz will be the first baseman for the Pirates within 48 hours is the feeling of among the Pirates…The ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Taking Back the Ballparks - Rangers voting thread

So, we’re down to four.

The overwhelming choice in the nominees was some kind of return to the original name for the Rangers joint, though opinion seemed divided on the full name or the half-measure. So, we’re leaving both options available.

Choose between any of the four selections. However, if you prefer Choice A), then please follow it up with 1) the naked version or 2) the full throw-back to the Ballpark in Arlington.

For those who don’t like either of these options, you’d ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: August 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium names

Benetti: We can learn a lot from baseball’s numbers game

The high point before Jeter returns the numbers back from whence they came.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Despite gaudy numbers, rookie DeJong stays grounded | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Another unheralded prospect impresses.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Derek Jeter will bring old-school baseball style to the owner’s box | New York Post

Mystique and Aura are coming to Miami to rid the game of all your soulless numbers.

Jeter believes in scouting, talent, heart and soul, and he will look to fill the Marlins roster with the same kind of winning player he was during his 20-year championship career with the Yankees. In doing so he will slow down the rush to analytics that is now being portrayed the answer to all of baseball’s questions.

Consider this comment Jeter made to me at his locker several years before he retired.

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins, yankees

White Sox Moncada works to handle offspeed | MLB.com

“My focus is try to hit a good pitch, a pitch that is in the strike zone,” said Moncada through interpreter Billy Russo after finishing 1-for-4 with a double in the homestand finale. “Fastball is your first approach, but when you see a breaking pitch or an offspeed pitch, you have to make an adjustment.

“You have to be sure that offspeed pitch is in the strike zone because if not, you are giving a favor to the pitcher. You have to be prepared for that and do something to adjust in your at-bats ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox, yoan moncada

Angels’ Parker Bridwell fires gem vs. Mariners | MLB.com

Unheralded is an understatement.

With Sunday’s outing, Bridwell (7-1, 2.88 ERA) has allowed two or fewer runs in nine of his last 11 starts,and the Angels are 11-1 this season when he toes the rubber. Keynan Middleton earned his second save of the season by inducing back-to-back flyouts after allowing three hits among Seattle’s first four batters in the ninth.

“I’ve just kind of gotten more in a groove,” Bridwell said. “The way I like to pound the zone, it’s kind of my game every time. If I can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, parker bridwell

Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Rafael Devers saves the day in the ninth

In a freshly tied game in the ninth, Reed issued his own leadoff walk. He recovered, though, even after his manager attempted to pull him in the middle of an at-bat. Farrell came out of the dugout to insert Craig Kimbrel once Reed fell behind Jacoby Ellsbury, but he was prohibited from doing so because the team had already made a mound visit during the at-bat.

“I messed up. I know the rule,” Farrell said. “I messed up trying to get Kimbrel in the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

The first major Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith test is here | New York Post

Test? It’s a series between unequals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, dominic smith, mets, yankees

Astros acquire Clippard from White Sox

Buying low on Clippard.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, trades, tyler clippard, white sox

COONEY: Odubel Herrera’s continued mistakes could cause a stinky situation for Pete Mackanin | Kevin Cooney | buckscountycouriertimes.com

Perhaps it’s because the Phillies coaching brass as a group now is resigned to the fact that “Odubel being Odubel” means having to swallow these kinds of brain fart moments every once in a while.

“I’d prefer, instead of looking at all the positives and the negatives, I prefer to say that he’s more positive than negative and if you look back on the last six, seven weeks, he has not made many mistakes,” Mackanin said. “Today was an innocent mistake.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

Jones: The unfortunate truth about Tim Tebow haters | tbo.com

Haters. Hating on the haters. Haters hating on the haters who hate the haters.

Ugh.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Top 10 Prospects: August 14 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

If Honeywell played for a different team, we’d be getting inundated with articles about his team’s GM being stupid.

1. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
2017 stats: 23 G, 3.54 ERA, 125.0 IP, 122 H, 11 HR, 32 BB, 160 K at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.

Welcome to the number one spot, Brent. Honeywell had two strong starts this week, throwing just under 12 innings without allowing a run. He also struck out 11, and only walked one. With all due respect to some of the other members of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, prospects

OTP 14 August 2014: The American Pastimes of Rock ’n’ Roll, Baseball and Poetry

Maybe poetry and politics don’t mix. “I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of American liberty lighting the world,” said Stephen Miller, a White House senior adviser, when he was challenged, recently, about the Trump administration’s proposal to restrict immigration. “The poem that you’re referring to was added later. It’s not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”

The poem, “The New Colossus,” was ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:18 AM | 3273 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Must C: Red Sox stun Yankees | MLB.com (video)

OK, this is impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mets begin life without Neil Walker in win over Phillies

Walker knew he might be traded. Still, he did not act like a man on the move, a display of practiced cool that comes only with time. But one day later, Walker was suiting up for the Brewers, and the Mets plugged along without yet another veteran who had helped set the agenda in the clubhouse. Such is the reality of the phase the Mets have entered over the final weeks of this season.

The start of the Subway Series Monday night may provide a little extra intrigue in a season long lost to ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 13, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, neil walker


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Numberphile: Aaron Numbers

The story behind the Ruth-Aaron numbers.



Andrew McCutchen exits with knee discomfort | MLB.com

“If a knee can get a cramp, that’s what it felt like,” McCutchen said. “Your knee kind of locks up. You wait for it to go away, it goes away. That’s what I was trying to do—wait for it to go away—and it never went away. I knew if I tried to run, I’d be base-to-base. Next thing I know, I’ve got some angry fans screaming, ‘Why didn’t Cutch score?’”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

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