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Monday, October 12, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-12-2015

Associated Press via Clarksburg [WV] Daily Telegram, October 12, 1915:

The world’s championship is almost within the firm grasp of the Boston Americans. The red hosed champions of the American League trimmed the Philadelphia club by a score of two to one today. Ernest Shore’s fine pitching held the Phillies to one run, while opportune batting sent enough runs over the plate for Boston to win. The Red Sox have now won three games; the Phillies one contest.

The Sox will attempt to close out the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, red sox, world series

Harper: In NLDS Game 3, Mets’ Harvey can right this wrong - NY Daily News

As if Matt Harvey needed more pressure.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt harvey, mets

Don Mattingly: David Wright would get away with hard slide - NY Daily News

If Utley plays and gets a game-winning hit, there will be mass hysteria in New York.

Mattingly said he had been considering starting Utley, who is 6-for-18 (.333) with one home run against Harvey, while Howie Kendrick is only 1-for-6. Lefties hit 15 home runs and had a .676 OPS in 377 plate appearances this season against Harvey, who limited righthanders to three home runs and a .544 OPS in 378 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, don mattingly, mets

Lorenzo Cain’s misplay embodies day for Royals but not necessarily the series | The Kansas City Star

The magic appears to be gone.

At the very crack of George Springer’s bat, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain zoomed toward the left-center gap in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series against Houston on Sunday at Minute Maid Field.

The simmering sixth-inning drive was sinking fast, and Cain would have to backhand a challenging catch that would have been about Exhibit 38 in the case for Cain as the best man at his job in the game today.

Had this been during the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lorenzo cain, royals

Longtime friends Dallas Keuchel, Jason Castro happy to see reversed fortune for this season’s Astros - Ultimate Astros

Success is a lot more sweet whenever you kind of go through hardships, like we did the first couple years that I was up here, and Castro,” Keuchel said. “A lot of (the noise Sunday) hinges on just the 10-year absence from the playoffs. You never want to lose in any season. Guys hate losing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel, jason castro, royals



1 PM: ALDS Game 4 (Astros lead 2-1, advance to ALCS with win), Royals (Ventura) at Astros (McCullers), FS1

4 PM: ALDS Game 4 (Rangers lead 2-1, advance to ALCS with win), Blue Jays (Dickey) at Rangers (Holland), FS1

6 PM: NLDS Game 3 (tied 1-1), Cardinals (Wacha) at Cubs (Arrieta), TBS

8:30 PM: NLDS Game 3 (tied 1-1), Dodgers (Anderson) at Mets (Harvey), TBS

Time Unknown: Appeals hearing, Chase Utley and MLBPA vs. Major League Baseball


Gamingboy Posted: October 12, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 1129 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Why MLB needs to suspend Dodgers’ Chase Utley for over-the-top takeout -

Serve up justice? How overwrought and unhinged can a columnist get?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 02:57 PM | 405 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets

Chase Utley slide joins most controversial plays in Dodger playoff history « Dodger Insider

Jon Weisman makes some good points.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 02:07 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, playoffs

Cardinals notebook: Wide strike zone no longer big part of game strategy : Sports

On Saturday, Maddon remarked how even though “it’s a structured strike zone, (but) it’s always interpreted differently by whomever is behind the plate.” What limits the umpires, Matheny has said several times, is the use of technology such as FoxTrax for broadcasts and the similar grid tech that Major League Baseball uses to grade umpires. The benefit, Matheny said, is “more accountability and should be more consistency.” The drawback is the diminishing importance of a catcher who ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, strike zone

Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Gonzalez, and Albert Pujols Combine to Set the Major League Record For Most Players to Finish a Season With 40 or More Home Runs and Less Than 100 RBIs

With the trend over the last several seasons showing a rise in strikeouts, drops in batting average, OBP, and runs scored, along with a sustained focus on power it is likely seasons of 40 or more home runs with less than 100 RBI may become more common.  In fact, Pujols was the only one of the five sluggers to complete the odd feat who was not a regular strikeout victim.  What’s more, none of the five 40 or more home run/sub-100 RBI seasons produced in 2015 were abbreviated by injury or had any ...


Bunt-happy Joe Maddon leads the charge in wild Cubs’ victory | Chicago Sun-Times

Bunts for all my friends!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Mets’ Pitching Coach Keeps Young Arms From Harm’s Way - The New York Times

Warthen is tasked with keeping elbows safe. At least that’s the premise of the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: john warthen, mets

Sunday Notes: Cubs, Pirates, Managers, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, notes


ALDS Game 3 (Tied 1-1): Kansas City (Volquez) at Houston (Keuchel). 4 PM. MLB Network.

ALDS Game 3 (Texas leads 2-0, advances to ALCS with win): Toronto (Estrada) at Texas (Perez)


Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 207 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Plaschke: Chase Utley’s slide was late, high and arguably dirty

The slide was late. The slide was high. The slide was questionably legal and arguably dirty.

Even if you were watching it through blue-colored glasses, you had to admit that the slide was recklessly dangerous, so much that it broke another man’s leg.

Oakland A’s Minor Leaguer Mike Nolan Dies After Drive-By Shooting

Mike Nolan died on Thursday three weeks after he was shot outside of a Yonkers, N.Y. Burger Kings on September 18. Nolan and friends were standing around outside when their group was shot at from a car moving along Central Avenue. He was 23 years old.

Police believe the attack was related to a drag race. Nobody has been arrested yet.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2015 at 12:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, deaths in baseball, minor leaguer, minor leagues

Saturday, October 10, 2015

More Angell:By Comparison

With four divisional playoff games on view yesterday between twelve-thirty in the afternoon and one this morning, a surviving witness of forty-one innings and three hundred and four at-bats (three hundred and twenty-nine batters, counting walks and sacrifices; or one thousand two hundred and fifty-four pitches) can offer only blurry, overlapping notes as summary… game of the day, a corker, with deGrom and the celebrated Dodger lefty and double Cy Young holder Clayton Kershaw striking out ...

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: class, degroom, roger angell

Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson mum about Keone Kela, Pete Rose jabs - SweetSpot - ESPN

The skirmishes during the season don’t really bother me. It’s a long season and sometimes emotions get heated. During the playoffs, though, they are just stupid. There is too much riding on each game for players to act like this.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson offered little insight on the heated exchange he had with Texas Rangers reliever Keone Kela in the 13th inning after Donaldson’s bid for a second home run in Game 2 Friday afternoon sailed foul.

Benches cleared briefly ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson, keone kela, rangers

Peter Abraham | What is the trade value of each Red Sox player? - The Boston Globe

You don’t trade this kid.

Blake Swihart: If the Red Sox believe Christian Vazquez will be healthy and ready to go for Opening Day, trading Swihart becomes an option. A young, talented, and cost-controlled catcher could be part of a package that brings back a top-tier starter.

But dealing Swihart would be difficult because of his vast potential. They’d have to be awfully sure.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Qualifying Offer Value Set At .8MM - MLB Trade Rumors

That’s a nice chunk of change.

The 2015-16 free agent season’s qualifying offer value has been set at $15.8MM, according to a tweet from Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal. That represents an increase, of course, but the rise isn’t nearly as great as it has been in the past.

The QO system used a $13.3MM number in its first year, which increased to $14.1MM and then to $15.3MM last fall. The qualifying offer value is determined by averaging the 125 contracts leaguewide that have the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: business, free agency, free agent compensation

Horn: A letter to Rangers fans who feel national broadcasts are against them | Dallas Morning News

Is there a more tiresome broadcasting team than Costas and Kaat? They are just awful. Among the many stupid things they talked about yesterday was the umpire’s strike zone. The umpire was all over the place. Repeatedly, though, they would complain about a pitch being called wrong even when the pitch tracking clearly showed the call was right. Now they don’t have to love all the new stats or technology but not understanding pitch tracking just makes them look completely out of touch with today’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:10 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, grumpy old men, rangers

Eric Hosmer shines as the Royals come from behind to beat Astros | The Kansas City Star

It certainly wasn’t pretty, except to Royals fans.

The pitch is a slider — another slider — and Hosmer is beat. Absolutely beat.

This pitch is way off the plate, but Hosmer is expecting a fastball, so by the time he recognizes the break it’s too late. He goes into what hitters call the emergency hack, with his rear end jutting back, shoulders lunging over the plate and those long arms throwing the head of the bat toward the ball. At the point of contact, Hosmer looks like he’s sitting ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, eric hosmer, royals

Even in loss, Colby Rasmus’ hot streak continues - Ultimate Astros

It’s the Colby series. Maybe it’s the hair.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, colby rasmus, playoffs, royals

In battle of big-game hunters, John Lackey outduels Jon Lester | Chicago Sun-Times

If only the Red Sox could get pitchers this good, maybe they would make the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, playoffs

Jacob deGrom dazzles as Mets beat Dodgers in NLDS Game 1 | Newsday

A great pitching duel in LA. If only it was a little earlier…

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, jacob degrom, mets

Braves: The trades that hurt the most |

“At the end of it, I think we all feel that we’re in a much better position sitting here than we were at this time last year, in spite of the fact that we had 90-plus losses,” said John Hart, Braves president of baseball operations. “We’re in a much better position. We have a level of financial flexibility. We have absolutely grown our farm system between the trades that we made and the draft and international.

“You don’t just snap your fingers and have it work. It wasn’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Cubs’ offense stalls in Game 1 loss as wide strike zone hampers approach

That’s not exactly saying Cuzzi had a great game, but it’s not enough to get Maddon in trouble, either. Instead, let’s look at data courtesy of Inside Edge scouting services: The Cubs had six strikes called on 47 pitches out of the zone. Of their six strikeouts looking, four came on pitches outside the zone. That’s a big number. Meanwhile, the Cardinals saw two of 48 pitches outside the zone called for strikes, with one coming on a called strike three.

“I voiced my opinion a couple times, ...

McCoy Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Rougned Odor Slides Around Instant Replay | FanGraphs Baseball

I am not a fan of instant replay. It’s tedious. They often review calls and get it wrong. I also dislike when people complain about a call not getting overturned when there is no conclusive evidence. I watched the replay multiple times. To me it looks like his spikes are still touching the bag. At the least, it proves the evidence isn’t conclusive, which means the original call stands. The original call made by the umpire who was only a few feet away.

The glove is on the leg. The cleat, at ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, instant replay, playoffs, rangers


5:30 PM Cubs (Hendricks) at Cardinals (Garcia), TBS. Cardinals lead 1-0

9 PM Mets (Syndergaard) at Dodgers (Greinke), TBS. Mets lead 1-0.


Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 1017 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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