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Monday, June 29, 2015
Makes sure you watch the videos. His grandfather’s reaction to one of his hits was priceless.
Then, just like that, Matz transformed into a force as dominant at the plate as he was on the mound. The rookie from Long Island cracked a two-run double in his first big league plate appearance Sunday, en route to a three-hit, four-RBI day in the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Reds.
Turns out all the Mets’ flagging offense needed was … another starting pitcher. Matz became the first player—pitcher or ...
Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
I don’t know what Mattingly is on about. Puig had a 159 OPS+ in year 1, 143 last year, 141 so far this year. His K-rate has improved every year (16.5% in this year’s small sample), the walk rate is high. OK, he probably won’t see that first-year HR rate again but in the article, Mattingly says he’s not a HR hitter anyway. Puig’s 1200 PA into his career and if pitchers haven’t found the solution yet ...
Instead of a set number of “outs” per round, each player this year will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. A running clock will begin counting down upon release of the first pitch, though it will stop for any home run hit during the final minute. The clock will stop immediately after those home run balls land and will not begin again until a non-home run ball lands or the batter swings and misses.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Rivera sent out left-hander Seth Davis to take over in the fifth. Before Davis could face his first batter, plate ump Jeb Bennett called a halt to the proceedings…
“I saw that (Davis) wasn’t listed on the lineup card ... the number ... I don’t know their players’ names,” said Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg.
“It’s a tough situation, but the umpire caught it. I looked at my lineup card and said ‘What’s his number?’ But he would have caught it anyhow. That’s their job,” he said. ...Read More...
Sean Conroy has become baseball’s first ever professional to come out as gay.
The 23-year-old pitcher, who plays for minor league Californian team Sonoma Stompers, has said he wants to be an example for other players.
‘It’s not that I wanted it to go public, but I didn’t care if it was open information. It’s who I am,’ he said.
Posted: June 28, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
The state’s most famous baseball tradition is the Midnight Sun Game, played annually on the summer solstice in Fairbanks, home of the Alaska Goldpanners, the world’s northernmost baseball team. First pitch each year is at 10:30 p.m., more than two hours before official sundown; as the sub-Arctic sun ducks below the horizon, the game continues in dim twilight, without the aid of artificial illumination. By the late innings, the sky is bright enough to get wood on a fastball, but dark enough ...
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and club president Pat Gillick have been listening to offers on Hamels for months. They have made it clear that they are ready to pull the trigger when they get one they like. By contract, Hamels has already conceded to accept a trade to nine clubs. He can veto 20 other destinations -– but that doesn’t mean he necessarily would do that.
“I have not been approached,” he said. “When I’m approached, then I can make a decision and provide an ...
Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 25 comment(s)
“The tone of it was not what I intended. I intended it as a kind of sarcastic comment about this overall thing where everybody seems to be pointing toward the heavens for every accomplishment, large and small, or even for no accomplishment at all,” Costas said. “I inadvertently appeared harsh toward Strop. That wasn’t my intention. And so
I owe him an apology. And I will apologize to him (on Sunday).”
Costas was adamant in saying his reaching out to Chase had nothing to do with the ...
Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 52 comment(s)
The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and will meet with a hand specialist.
Stanton, who grimaced as he swung and missed for strike three Friday night in the ninth inning of the Marlins’ 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, said the injury became worse as the game progressed.
“We’re hoping that it will be the quickest course possible, but certainly not great news when you ...
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Grateful Dead with the four remaining original members - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir - as they reunite for their final five concerts ever.
Live Alliance, Peter Shapiro, and Madison House are thrilled to bring Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead to you live for an unprecedented live, five-night, digital event starting June 27 (start time 7 p.m. PT) and June 28 (6 p.m. PT) from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 10:04 PM | 223 comment(s)
Six days after pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates, Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced. He had a chance to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitchers to throw consecutive no-hitters.
“It’s so hard. It takes luck. You have to be on point. You make mistakes, they have to mishit it,” Scherzer said. “I made a few mistakes early. They hit some balls hard. Fortunately, they were right at people.”
With one out in the sixth inning, however, Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis then ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
A discussion of some of the Angels prospects, including something positive about Kaleb Cowart.
Servais also said the organization is pleased with the progress shown by former No.1 prospect Kaleb Cowart. Cowart, whose career stalled with two bad years at Double-A, started this season at Class-A, but the third baseman went up to Triple-A when Kyle Kubitza was promoted to the majors. Cowart hit .279 with a .941 OPS in his first 14 games at Triple-A.
Servais said the Angels stopped trying so many ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 7 comment(s)
It’s never good when this happens.
D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley will have his shoulder examined by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews as the team tries to get to the bottom of the discomfort he experienced during a rehab start Wednesday night.
Bradley was on the DL with what the team said was shoulder tendinitis, and after his first rehab start Wednesday, he once again complained of soreness. Bradley allowed three runs on six hits while striking out three over four innings in that ...
This list is not complete without John Lackey.
Hold your fire, please, until you consider the cases of two other Sox pitching imports who were knocked around with impunity in their first seasons in Boston uniforms, only to reveal their true talents in subsequent seasons.
I give you, first, Josh Beckett, who in 2006, his first season after being acquired from the Marlins for a top prospect named Hanley Ramirez, had six starts in which he gave up seven or more earned runs, he was taken deep a ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 31 comment(s)
The situation in Philadelphia sounds ###### up.
The result was a remarkable press conference that featured a stunned general manager, a silent president, and a gigantic elephant invited by the outgoing manager and ignored by the other two men. The Phillies might be the worst team in the major leagues, but man, do they make it interesting. How strange are these times? When asked one of the most basic questions regarding situations like these - who will be in charge of hiring Sandberg’s ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
FSN: As far as the decision to bring Buxton up from Double-A, plenty goes into that move. Was that a tough call to make?
TR: “Yeah, it is a tough call because you always want to make sure a guy can handle this situation and this level. I don’t think there’s any question just in the short amount of time he’s been up here that he’s shown he can field it, he can throw it and he can run. Now it’s just a matter of piecing the rest of his game together. The bat’s always going to usually be the ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
General manager Sandy Alderson insisted that he is willing to “overpay” to acquire a bat to aid the New York Mets, but there simply is nothing to bid on right now.
“I would characterize us as somewhat aggressive,” Alderson said Friday. “… Are we prepared to overpay? Me, personally, yeah, I’m prepared to overpay. But there has to be something to overpay for.
“You get to the point where you’re prepared, based on the short term, to maybe do a little more than you’d otherwise ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 44 comment(s)
The latest Robothal.
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
Brett Anderson has made 15 starts without exploding!
Brett Anderson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed only one fly ball in seven innings Friday night to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins, who lost their fifth straight game.
Giancarlo Stanton may be hurt, though.
Stanton winced as he swung and missed for strike three in the ninth. He said he hurt his hand earlier in the game, and the injury progressively became more painful.
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
Friday, June 26, 2015
Yeah, Ross noticed that. “Hitters are just a little more patient with me. The slider maybe isn’t as enticing for guys to chase, or maybe they’re just more aware of it, and they’re just trying to lay off it, and I find myself behind in counts more.”
The difference here is bigger. Ross has lost around 35 swings on pitches outside of the zone this year. And, given his out-of-zone contact rate, that means he’s lost 24 strikes. Turn 24 strikes into balls, and you’ll see ...
Pederson vs. Bryant, with a little history thrown in.
New York Sun, June 26, 1915:
Babe Ruth and Slim Caldwell, generally known to the baseball fans as the greatest of home run [hitting] pitchers, were responsible for the easy victory chalked up by the Red Sox against the Yankees [in New York yesterday]. The Boston pitcher contributed to the home team’s triumph by hard hitting and fair pitching, while Caldwell’s portion was poor pitching.
In each of the series played by the Red Sox at the Polo Grounds this year Ruth has blown himself to a home ...
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