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Monday, July 11, 2016
Is regressing before you become an All-Star a really big issue?
Benintendi, the Red Sox’s first-round pick out of Arkansas a year ago, has only 177 at-bats at Double A. Some Sox officials are wary of rushing him, knowing that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reached the majors quickly, then regressed before becoming All-Stars.
Since I’m sure they are watching his innings, how long can the Cardinals resist adding him to their bullpen? As Earl Weaver used to say, “The best place for a rookie pitcher is in long relief.”
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
Zack Greinke, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, is still another day or two away from playing catch, so the D-backs right-hander will likely not be ready to return for the team’s first turn through the rotation after the All-Star break.
As Girardi said before the game: “We’re not in a great position, but if you’re in this position, you want to play games in your division.”
That won’t be a problem for the fourth-place Yankees. Of their remaining 74 games, they will play AL East opponents 49 times — 13 each with the Orioles, Red Sox and Rays and 10 with the Blue Jays. It starts right out of the chute; after the Red Sox (49-38), the Orioles (51-36) come to town for a four-game set.
That might very well expose and ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 25 comment(s)
In short, we’re witnessing a return to the same theory that guided ’70s major league teams’ color principles. Brighter is better, at least for now. And nostalgia is leading the way. The recent bright shifts by the Brewers, Astros, Blue Jays, Padres and the M’s weekend throwbacks all were preceded by nods to franchise nostalgia. Of course, all those franchises also had sunk toward extended mediocrity and wanted to change their image. Moving forward, that would seem to make the Rockies ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 26 comment(s)
The Indians and Brantley have been encouraged by his progress since he received a cortisone shot from Dr. Keith Meister on June 21 after being diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis. The biceps tendinitis had slowed Brantley’s return from November surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder to the point where he was placed on the disabled list on May 14 for the second time this season.
“Sometimes you try to say things in a PC way, but we are excited,” said Francona. “When the diagnosis came ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
How’s his defense? He misplayed a Bregman single into a triple in the Future’s Game.
There is some life in the Mets farm system.
He’s a freak.
“The No. 1 thing is you can’t really strike him out, so that eliminates a lot of outs,” Greinke said. “And he can kind of hit anything.
“It’s weird. It’s not like he has some super strength where if you make a mistake he crushes it. It’s just no matter what you do, he’s probably going to bat close to .300. And if you leave it over the middle, it would probably be closer to .350.”
The latter is roughly where Altuve’s batting average will sit entering this week’s All-Star break. ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
The World team hadn’t won a SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this decade. For most of Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, it appeared it wouldn’t again this year.
The World was down to its last five outs when U.S. shortstop Alex Bregman’s (Astros) error put the tying run on base. Up came second baseman Yoan Moncada (Red Sox), the best prospect in the Futures Game and arguably the best in baseball. When Anthony Banda (D-backs) hung a changeup, Moncada crushed a 406-foot homer into the upper deck in ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
How many politicians are in the Braves pockets?
Another one of Cupid’s concerns was that the ordinance could impact property owners near the stadium and The Battery Atlanta by restricting their ability to allow vendors to set up in their parking lots or other parts of their property.
“That is how I interpreted the code, that any vending of items by those classified as vendors would not be able to within a certain distance” of the stadium, Cupid said. “I just get concerned overall when ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
Do you want to consider the horrible truth, or do you want to OMNICHATTER about some DINGERS!?!?!
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
It’s a rite of passage for a United States president to throw out the first pitch in a Major League Baseball game at least once during his tenure. Other than that, though, politics and baseball don’t often mix. That’s what makes the summer schedule of Palm Springs Power relief pitcher Alex Strizak unusual.
By night, Strizak is a relief pitcher for the Palm Springs Power. By day, he is an intern working for U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert).
Sunday, July 10, 2016
The Red Sox aren’t making a big deal.
“You’ve got to start with one,” Dombrowski said of how many starters he seeks. “I hope we get one. It’s not an easy starting pitching market out there. There’s a lot of clubs looking for starting pitching and there’s not a lot of starting pitchers out there.
“You can get starting pitching. I assure you I can pick up the phone and get a starting pitcher. But is it a starting pitcher that helps you? So that’s sort of the key there.”
Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
All in? They shouldn’t be all in this year.
It’s tricky because they still enough top-of-the-rotation pitching, as long as Syndergaard proves to be OK, to try to win a championship, and this is a year when they should be all-in, considering that Yoenis Cespedes figures to invoke his opt-out clause and become a free agent, along with Neil Walker.
Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
Derek Jeter is finally a married man. The 42-year-old former New York Yankees captain married model Hannah Davis, 26, on Saturday. And rather than throw a big showbiz wedding, the couple chose to exchange their vows in a small and intimate ceremony with only close friends and family in Napa, Calif.
The ceremony took place outside at the picturesque Meadowood resort in Napa, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit beauty Davis walked down the aisle in a stunning, custom-made Vera Wang ...
Boz examines pitching philosophies:
The Nats put the arms of Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, now a Tiger, ahead of short-term considerations. Those two are guaranteed to make more than $340 million in their careers. All five of the current young Mets starters combined, including Wheeler, are assured 1/30th of that. Is that exploitation? Do the Mets want to “win now” too much? Or the Nats too little?
Strasburg is 12-0, but it’ll take a few years to see how this turns out.
Does it make sense that a player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs would use the same substance again while serving his penalty?
Does it make sense that the player would commit a third violation and invite a lifetime ban just weeks before he was due to appeal?
Those are the questions that free-agent catcher Cody Stanley is asking — and he said that his inability to find suitable answers makes him fear for his fellow players.
Saturday, July 09, 2016
There are bad days, and then there are the stomach-turning, waking-nightmare, crawl-under-the-bed-type days that the Mets experienced yesterday.
How terrible was it? Put it this way: Losing Matt Harvey to season-ending surgery was the least of their problems.
Stunning, but true. By the time Friday night’s game against the Nationals began, the Mets already were past the grieving process with Harvey. Little did they realize that saying goodbye to Harvey until 2017 was merely the start. Things ...
We begin today’s story with MARS.
Not the delicious candy bar that sticks to your teeth; nor the planet that can grow Matt Damon’s potatoes. Rather, it is Multi-variate Adaptive Regression Splines, or MARS for short. MARS is a trademarked term, so the R or Python implementation is usually referred to as “earth.” Essentially, the MARS approach to regression improves upon basic multiple linear regression in three ways:
It breaks apart each regression line into multiple formulae (for ...
Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
Several hours after Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel revealed discomfort in his left knee, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made a significant move to fortify the bullpen, adding righty reliever Brad Ziegler in a trade with the D-backs.
To acquire a pitcher who has 81 career saves, including 18 this season, the Red Sox parted with two Minor League players: Right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe.
Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 24 comment(s)
For pinch-hitting duties, right?
Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been named to the National League All-Star team. The 43-year-old takes the place of Madison Bumgarner. This will be Colon’s fourth All-Star appearance and first since 2013, when he made the game as a member of the Oakland A’s.
Friday, July 08, 2016
1. Yoan Moncada 2b Red Sox So far, Moncada has managed to live up to the hype generated by his $31.5 million signing bonus.
This is just very, very wrong. Certainly Dan Szymborski will be able to clue us in on the festivities.
The BlueClaws will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit BlueClaws Charities (shown in the image above). For your best chance to secure a jersey, join us at the game, but an extremely limited quantity will be available online next week.
Fans are able to bring their cats to the game (will need to sign a waiver and be in a case or on a leash and cats are admitted ...
Not a blockbuster but hopefully he can help out a third. It’s not a big move but they didn’t really give up much.
The Red Sox kicked off their midyear process of filling needs, dealing for Brewers second baseman/third baseman Aaron Hill in exchange for Triple A righthander Aaron Wilkerson and High A second baseman Wendell Rijo.
Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
He’s been getting some time in centerfield.
Trea Turner is on his way to New York, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. It is unclear what move might be made to clear space for him on the Nationals’ active roster, though with Ryan Zimmerman ailing from some as-yet unidentified trouble and an already short bench after Michael A. Taylor was sent down to make room for Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals need right-handed reinforcements.
Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
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