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Thursday, September 27, 2018


Cubs are only 10th of the 30 MLB teams to make post-season 4 straight seasons

For those curious as for how often teams have elongated streaks of playoff appearances, here’s an article considering that point.

QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoff streak

Even Mr. Sunshine, Gabe Kapler, thinks the Phillies are playing ‘sh—-y’ baseball

Prolonged exposure to Philadelphia will break any man!

DENVER – General manager Matt Klentak collected his thoughts and said, “There’s no other way to say it, the last six weeks have been awful.”

And that was before the Phillies’ first eight hitters struck out Wednesday night, before the moribund team suffered its seventh straight defeat in an uncompetitive 14-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Even usually upbeat manager Gabe Kapler couldn’t come up with anything positive after the ...

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QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, philies, slump

Brewers sweep Cardinals to become latest team to clinch a playoff berth, their first since 2011

The Milwaukee Brewers became the latest team to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday night, earning their trip to October with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Brewers won a tight 2-1 contest thanks to Travis Shaw and their pitching staff, among others, and a lucky break. Shaw drove in both of Milwaukee’s runs, giving him 85 RBI on the season. Meanwhile, Jhoulys Chacin and four relievers held St. Louis to two hits all night.

As for that lucky break, the Brewers were able to end the ...

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QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs

Whiff of offense: Ks top hits, lowest average since ’72

NEW YORK (AP) — The most-heard sound at major league ballparks this year was “Strike three!”

A whiff of offense would be nice rather than all those nights filled with nonstop whiffs.

Strikeouts are likely to exceed hits over a full season for the first time in major league history. The overall batting average has dropped to its lowest level since 1972, the year before the designated hitter. Lefty hitters — facing smothering defensive shifts — have fared even worse, with their lowest ...

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QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: batting average, hitting, strikeouts

DELMON YOUNG IN EXILE IN MEXICO

He was the No. 1 pick overall. People said he would be the LeBron James of baseball. Instead, Young became known for his violent temper and for being the anti-role model. How did a top prospect with such promise fall so far, so hard? And can he come back?


Rangers’ Colon intends to return in 2019

The ageless Bartolo Colon isn’t content to call it a career after 21 seasons.

The 45-year-old Dominican right-hander told reporters Wednesday that he hopes to pitch in the major leagues in 2019, if given the chance.

Colon joined the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal last offseason and has spent the majority of the year with the club. He’s gone 7-12 with a 5.78 ERA in 28 games (24 starts), though most of the damage against him has come in the second half (8.85 ERA).

I forget- has he ...

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QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: ageless wonder, bartolo colon

J.B. Wendelken might be in A’s postseason relief plans

This is just wrong. 18 pitches and the bullpen is thin?

Wendelken was needed for a second day in a row because even with an 18-man bullpen, the A’s were a little on the thin side. Lou Trivino was a little better after being unavailable Tuesday with a neck issue, but Melvin said he wanted to try to stay away from him and Cory Gearrin, who has been out with triceps discomfort.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Francisco Mejia being aggressive at plate

Generally speaking, that’s a good thing. It’s what attracted the Padres to Mejia in the first place. It’s why they gave up Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to acquire him. But…

“Damage is going to be a lot harder to do if he’s swinging at pitches outside of the strike zone,” Green said. “He could get some hits. But driving pitches hard, consistently, is going to be more difficult.”

And therein lies the biggest question mark surrounding Mejia’s bat: As he develops and grows more comfortable in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2018 at 03:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, padres

MLB reportedly has more ‘credible information’ in Addison Russell abuse case; he’s unlikely to return for Cubs’ postseason - Chicago Tribune

Ken Rosenthal reported late Tuesday in The Athletic that MLB has “additional credible information” to support allegations by Melisa Reidy-Russell that Russell emotionally and physically abused her during their marriage.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2018 at 03:27 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs


Everyone Thank The Marlins For Making The NL Playoff Race Fun

Things are getting hot in the National League in the final days of the season. After last night’s results, here’s how things stand: The Brewers lead the wild-card race and are a half-game back of the Cubs in the central division; the Rockies are a half-game back of the Dodgers out west and now hold a half-game lead over the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. If you’re enjoying this, thank Derek Jeter.


Max Scherzer is 17th pitcher since 1900 to strike out 300 in season

WASHINGTON—Chalk up another milestone for Max Scherzer.

The Washington Nationals ace recorded his 300th strikeout of the season Tuesday night. The landmark whiff came in the top of the seventh inning, when Scherzer got Miami Marlins rookie Austin Dean swinging on a 3-2 slider for the second out.

Prior to ringing up Dean on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Scherzer threw four consecutive fastballs, each of which the Miami left fielder fouled off. After every offering, the boisterous fans at ...

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QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, strikeouts

Keep it simple: How Daniel Palka has emerged as the clutch king of Chicago

Daniel Palka’s been asked a lot about his approach in clutch situations, mostly because he keeps coming through in them.

Palka flexed his walk-off muscles again Tuesday night, driving in the tying and winning runs with a base hit off Cleveland Indians strikeout machine Carlos Carrasco in the bottom of the ninth and giving the White Sox an exciting win in their penultimate home game of the 2018 season.

It was just the latest in an increasingly unbelievable series of clutch hits from the guy ...

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QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clutch, daniel palka, white sox

Real or Not? NL playoff races can’t get any tighter

Archie Bell says he’s seen tighter…..

QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: national league, pennant race

Baseball - Angels’ Ohtani to undergo elbow surgery in October

Not a surprise, I admit, but still not news that is particularly pleasant to hear.

(Reuters) - Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Shohei Ohtani will have Tommy John surgery to repair his injured pitching elbow next week, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Japanese two-way player was placed on the disabled list in June with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow.

He has pitched just once since then, an outing in Houston in September where he lasted just 2 1/3 ...

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QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani, tommy john surgery

Schmuck: If Showalter is on the way out, Orioles need to know they can find someone better

It won’t be long now. We’ll soon find out how the Orioles intend to proceed with their rebuilding program and who will be in charge of it in the front office and on the field.

The speculation has been going on all season about who will stay and who will go, and there have been recent loosely attributed reports that manager Buck Showalter is on the way out and executive vice president Dan Duquette will be sticking around for a while.

That sounds logical enough, since the Orioles have ...

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QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, managers, orioles

Gary Keith and Ron, the Magi of Mets Nation

For fans, a local broadcast booth is like part of the family, which is one of those baseball clichés that happens to be true. It also cuts both ways. We’ve all got relatives like Gary Keith and Ron, whom we learn from and who make us laugh and whose emotions are riding the same roller coaster as our own, and so we make time for them as often as we can. And we’ve all got relatives who, like too many broadcast booths, have been repeating themselves for 20 years; and yes, sure, a part of us ...

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Perry Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers

Milwaukee——LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Really interesting article as Yelich discusses Lorenzo Cain as a teammate, his experience being traded and his experience as a member of the Brewers. Just thought it was worth sharing

Master of the Horse Posted: September 26, 2018 at 11:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich, milwaukee brewers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-26-2018

New York Tribune, September 26, 1918:

Because of the epidemic of Spanish influenza athletics at the Great Lakes naval training station came to a halt [yesterday]. Captain William A. Moffet, the commandant, ordered the final game of the baseball series between Great Lakes and Norfolk cancelled.

Football practice also will be curtailed, but the team will be permitted to make the trip to Iowa City, Iowa next Saturday to play Iowa University.

What’s the big deal, you guys? It’s just the flu. How ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 26, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Mets should consider Alex Cora and Ron Darling in front office search

I don’t want whatever Joel is having.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2018 at 11:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Carlos Santana at third base in 2019? He’d be open to it | NBC Sports Philadelphia

Maybe they should cut their losses and trade him (at a discount).

Recently, Kapler has used Santana at third as a way to improve the Phillies’ outfield defense. With Santana at third, Rhys Hoskins can move from left field to his natural first base and Kapler can use a stronger defender in left. On Monday night, he used an outfield of Roman Quinn in center, Odubel Herrera in right and Aaron Altherr in left. It was all about covering the vast green that is the Coors Field outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2018 at 11:24 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2018

Washington Times, September 25, 1918:

Christy Mathewson has very likely ended his baseball days. It is whispered that he means to continue in the army, even after Heinie quits.
...
He took a commission in the chemical warfare division of the army and will do all in his power to stifle the Huns. If he sticks to the army it will be baseball’s loss and the army’s gain in every way imaginable.

It’ll also be a loss in ways nobody possibly could have imagined.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history, world war i

10 Degrees: It’s the real ‘Golden Era’ as baseball today has the greatest group of young, prime players in the sport’s history

Here is a fact: There is more prime everyday talent in baseball today than ever in the game’s history. It is absurd, really, just how good today’s players are. Bud Selig used to jabber about how he oversaw the game’s “Golden Era.” No. That is right now. Those who won’t acknowledge it are ignorant. Those who disagree with it are wrong. And those not witnessing it, for one reason or another, are doing themselves a disservice.

First, it’s important to define prime. The long-held ...

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QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: golden era, questionable claims, statistical abuse

Angels’ Mike Scioscia says he wants to keep managing

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Scioscia says he would like to keep managing next year.

The longtime skipper of the Los Angeles Angels has been widely expected to step down after the regular season concludes this week. His comments to KLAA-AM radio Monday night suggested he is open to returning for a 20th season in the Angels’ dugout, or perhaps a managing job elsewhere in baseball.

When asked directly if he wanted to keep managing, Scioscia said: “I’d like to.”

Somewhere, Mike Trout is ...

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QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, manager, mike scioscia, not going away

Detroit Tigers food services employee in custody after video showed him spitting on pizza

A Detroit Tigers food services employee is in police custody after a video emerged in which he spits on pizza intended for Comerica Park customers, according to WXYZ.

Video of the incident emerged Saturday, when another employee posted it on Instagram. The video shows the man spitting on pizza crust before covering up his spit with sauce. The post is still up on Instagram, but we must warn you that it’s pretty gross.

The incident occurred Friday. Representatives from Delaware North, the ...

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QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: comerica park, employees gone wild, food, tigers

Marlins Finish With Lowest Home Draw Since 2004 Expos

Glenn Geffner @GlennGeffner

A little unfair that this is a narrative. Buried in story then essentially overlooked, Jeter said in Spring team would announce lower tix sold number. Had club used tix distributed as in past & like many clubs, total would have been much higher. Apples and Oranges. No doubt attendance is an issue and needs to get better. But with the enhancements this front office is making to the ballpark and to the fan experience, and as the team improves in the years ahead, it ...

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Bote Man Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, marlins, tickets

Nine Innings: How the Red Sox Can Survive October, Contract-Year Surges and Three Words on Every Team

Boston manager Alex Cora learned from his experience last year as bench coach of the Houston Astros how to prepare for the postseason. He remembered how the Astros sat down with Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in September to explain how they would “taper” their innings.

“Dallas just goes, ‘Okay,’” Cora said, “and Verlander goes, ‘That’s okay, but in my last start I’m going seven innings and throwing 120 pitches.’ He knew how to get himself ready.”

Verlander tuned ...

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QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, playoffs, red sox

Mariners’ Felix Hernandez ‘so proud to be an American’ after becoming a U.S. citizen

Felix Hernandez routinely performs his craft in front of tens of thousands of people, but that doesn’t make the Seattle Mariners starting pitcher nervous.

But passing the tests, including one in civics, to become an American citizen? Now that is a different story.

One with a happy ending.

Does this mean that he has renounced his claim to be King?

QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 03:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: citizenship, felix hernandez

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