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Sunday, June 12, 2016
If seeing a reliever stir in the pen bothers you, the coaching staff isn’t the problem.
Frustrations ran high on Friday night, with Corbin complaining that the coaching staff doesn’t show enough trust in the rotation.
Corbin said that after giving up a leadoff double in the seventh – the first hit he’d allowed after retiring 11 in a row – he saw the bullpen begin to stir and felt he needed to make perfect pitches to remain in the game. He wound up walking a the Nos. 7 and 8 hitters and ...
The numbers are there, and you can make of them what you will.
The seven times Masahiro Tanaka has pitched on extra rest this season, he has a 1.75 ERA and has allowed two home runs. The six times he has pitched on four days’ rest, he has a 4.70 ERA and has allowed six homers.
Tanaka’s start Saturday night was on four days’ rest, so you already know how it went. Tanaka made two very bad pitches that the Detroit Tigers turned into home runs (and a couple more that became long outs), and the ...
Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
Yu Darvish will miss at least one start because of a shoulder tightness issue that cropped up in his last outing.
The Rangers are hopeful that is it.
He will leave the team on Sunday to return to Dallas for an MRI on the area and will be examined again by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. During an exam by Dr. Meister following his most recent start, which was shortened to five innings by the shoulder issue, there was no structural issue detected.
Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
Liriano and the Pirates catchers aren’t doing too well.
The Pirates pushed back Liriano’s start to Saturday, in part to allow him extra time to work on fixing some mechanical issues with pitching coach Ray Searage. Liriano entered with an unsightly 5.25 ERA, which was actually third best among Pirates starters.
Searage said he saw progress from Liriano in bullpen work over the last week. He said the focus was slowing down his “front-side” energy — in essence, Liriano was getting too quick ...
Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Boston followed several baseball bloodlines, taking five players with big league ties: Nevada high school shortstop Nick Quintana (11th round), brother of Atlanta minor league pitcher Zach Quintana; Holy Cross shortstop Nick Lovullo (20th), son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo; Illinois high school shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (30th), son of former Cardinals first baseman Mike Fitzgerald; Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren (36th), son of Red Sox executive Frank Wren; and California high ...
If the Cubs weren’t 41-18, Maddon might finally decide a change in the batting order could be warranted after No. 2 hitter Jason Heyward struck out three more times and went 0-for-4.
If the division lead was smaller, there might be more concern with some bullpen members who either continue to struggle or have been trending that way. Justin Grimm saw his ERA (5.57) rise again after giving up two hits and a walk without recording an out. That’s not far from what happened in Philadelphia a ...
Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 24 comment(s)
For this, host families are given a “weekly allowance” from the team to help offset expenses, but at best, a host family might break even.
However, no one does it for the money.
“The benefits far outweigh the costs,” said Curtis. “The hardest part comes at the end of the season when the players leave. You get attached to them over the summer so it can be really difficult at the end.”
Norkevicius notes having an “enthusiasm for baseball” as the only other requirement.
“The benefits are ...
Tom Boswell believes the Cubs are lucky.
The Nationals combined have a subpar .282 BABIP after posting normal marks of .300 and .303 the past two seasons. Nats pitchers have a lucky BABIP against of .283. Both those marks would usually trend back toward the high .290s.
In all of baseball, there is only one stunning “outlier” in BABIP for an entire batting attack or pitching staff: Cubs pitchers. Their BABIP is a ridiculously lucky .248. I don’t care how smart their defensive shifts are or ...
Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 29 comment(s)
Trainers told Cole that the worst time to evaluate injury is immediately after activity, so they will take a more extensive look at the injury Saturday.
Cole said this is not an injury he has experienced before. Although he felt fine the first two innings, he could tell something was off with his right arm in the third—it wasn’t responding like he wanted it to.
Apparently it finally dawned on MLB teams that the world was into the fact that “forearm tightness” means “impending Tommy John ...Read More...
Back in February, at the news conference to announce Yoenis Cespedes’ re-signing, Alderson said of his starting rotation: “I think you always are making choices. Even if the payroll were to go up, we’re still going to have to make choices. It’s nice that we have some of those choices to make and we certainly want to be in a position to keep some or all of those pitchers.
“So I don’t mean to say we’re not going to keep them all. We’d love to keep them all. We just have to make ...
Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
I’d prefer to not see the team trade a top prospect. Unless injury hits Wright or Price I’d rather see them use a few middling prospects to acquire another bullpen arm than trade one of their best for a back-end starter.
Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
Is this a change? Are more collegiate players getting drafted earlier?
Hundreds of dreams were realized as Rounds 3-10 of the 2016 MLB Draft were completed on Friday, with teams around the league continuing the annual three-day process of organizational restocking in impressive fashion. After an exciting first day of the Draft, highlighted by a group of flame-throwing prep pitchers and euphoric reactions, 239 players were selected on Day 2.
College players were the main attraction, as they have ...
Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
Friday, June 10, 2016
Here’s hoping he has a healthier future.
Former Mets infielder Josh Satin announced Friday that he is retiring at age 31.
“I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Satin wrote on Twitter. “Injuries, especially head injuries, diminished my skills and it’s time for me to move on.”
Satin had been playing for Triple-A El Paso, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
Satin, a former sixth-round draft pick of the Mets in 2008 out of the University of California, Berkeley, reached the ...
With the AL West comes the payoff for this whole exercise, and, in a broader sense, this whole baseball thing: a division in chaos, and unlike the other divisions in chaos, chaos that looks nothing like we expected it to. On Opening Day, the Rangers and A’s had nearly identical playoff odds of about 19 percent; today, the Rangers are sitting atop the division, just over 60 percent, while the A’s sit at a measly five percent. The only team below Oakland is the team that began the season just ...
The Chicago White Sox have called up top prospect Tim Anderson and designated struggling veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins for assignment.
The White Sox purchased Anderson’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, hoping the shortstop can help jolt a team that has gone from leading the AL Central with a 23-10 record to fourth with a 30-30 record entering this weekend’s series against Kansas City.
The 22-year-old Anderson batted .304 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 55 games with ...
It is a problem that the NFL has always dealt with by featuring non-guaranteed contracts, something that executives with the Major League Baseball Players Association would never agree to, barring their presence on a firing squad. But while these guaranteed contracts are great for the players, they are a growing problem for the teams, and generally a hindrance to the game, especially in an era where seven and eight-year contracts have become too commonplace. After all, roster spots and playing ...Read More...
Says Kershaw: “I don’t remember what I was thinking in the fall. But if you had told me I’d have been drafted in the first round, I’d probably have been a little surprised, for sure.”
Part of it was that Kershaw didn’t become dominant until his senior season of high school, as both his fastball and curveball developed at warp-speed rates. When the season started, Baseball America ranked him as only the 34th high school player in the nation….
At the time, the Dodgers still owned the rights to ...
AP via Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 10, 1916:
REPRESSIVES TO SELECT TY COBB FOR PRESIDENCY
It is rumored that Tyrus Cobb of Augusta (Georgia) and Detroit will be nominated for president on the first ballot.
Gedeon of New York and Shotten of St. Louis are mentioned for the war portfolio, while Shore is a possibility for secretary of the navy. Wheat looks to have the nomination for secretary of agriculture, although Meadows may make a strong showing in the St. Louis delegation.
Judge of ...
You’ll have to be an ESPN Insider to get Keith Law’s take.
Rutherford came out of last summer as a probable top-five pick, a corner outfielder who could really hit and projected to above-average or better power. He turned 19 in early May, which is a point against him—the track record of 19-year-old high school seniors taken high in the draft is poor—and he’s limited defensively, so you’re just betting on the bat. But we all loved the guy’s hit tool last summer, and there isn’t anything really ...
Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
Hey, why not bash when you can. If there is any time to make definitive judgments over long-term free agent signs, it’s 1/3 through the first season of the deal.
Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 49 comment(s)
Ben Lindbergh’s take on draft rooms.
Sometimes the patience needed to see your draft picks pay off gets a GM fired.
So which players will be pleasant surprises and which will be busts? Which teams made the smartest selections? And which scouting directors deserve to be drawn and quartered in comments sections and on baseball Twitter?
We’ll be able to start answering those questions in just five or so short years! By then, the college draftees will be reaching their primes, and the most ...
Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
Ventura gets nine days. Manny gets four days.
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