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Friday, September 28, 2018

Chris Sale plan still makes sense as he searches for mechanics, velocity | NBC Sports Boston

His last start was not encouraging.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Disappointing Arizona Diamondbacks’ decision: Rebuild, or take one more shot

Is this really a difficult decision?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

A Winter of Hard Choices Is Coming - Cincinnati Magazine

There’s nothing the Reds can do about that at this point, but the Reds can certainly emulate the way Atlanta supercharged its rebuild by calling up the organization’s talented kids in 2018 and letting them play.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:50 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Alex Rodriguez may have tried to push Jessica Mendoza out of ESPN booth

Three announcers are usually one too many. Three announcers who need to fill every moment with meaningless chatter are unbearable.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:40 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers



There’s nothing in the rule book that says a rebuild has to last a long time

We might not know the definition of Larry Baer’s “next gen GM” phrase, but it implies there will be a change in the team’s philosophy. That doesn’t mean there will be a drastic change in the way the Giants market themselves or explain what they’re doing, and that’s important to remember as the Giants are about to undergo their first total rebuild of the 21st century. The efforts of this “next gen GM” will surely be spun as anything but a rebuild.

However, it’s worth noting ...

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QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rebuilding

Baby Braves Won’t Be Playoff Pushovers

Even though the Atlanta Braves rested regulars Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte Thursday night, their numbers suggest they won’t be pushovers in the playoffs.

The Braves began the night with an 89-69 record, good for an eight-and-a-half game margin over second-place Washington, because they balance offense, defense, and analytics – a mix that compensates for a pitching staff that is prone to handing opponents more than a fair share of walks.

With a win at CitiField Thursday, Atlanta ...

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QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playoffs

NL playoff chase? TV instead gives us Yankees-Red Sox

They just can’t resist.

While three National League teams will be battling this weekend to try to make the playoffs and two others will be jockeying for seeding, there is almost nothing to play for in the American League. So of course two Yankees-Red Sox games will be shown nationally. Both teams are in — Boston as the East Division champion and New York as a wild-card — and the Yankees have all but wrapped up home field for that contest.

Nonetheless, ESPN shows that matchup at 6:10 ...

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QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 04:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: the same teams over and over again, tv

Tigers’ Francisco Liriano: Exits with injury

As someone who will always remember Francisco Liriano as The One That Got Away fifteen years ago, it’s a legitimate surprise (to me, at least) that he’s still in the majors.

QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 04:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco liriano, injury, tigers

After trading away much of their bullpen, the Rangers have experienced a few exceptional game-ending developments

SEATTLE - First, the disclaimer: Objects seen through a September lens can be deceiving.

With that in mind, the best development of the month may be that the seedlings in the Rangers’ bullpen may be starting to sprout. On Thursday, the Rangers shutout Seattle 2-0 with Connor Sadzeck and Jose Leclerc finishing off the final two innings of the three-hit shutout.

Rookie Ariel Jurado pitched the first six innings, allowing two hits, for his best outing in the majors.

And now, the Mutual ...

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QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 04:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, relief pitching

Sources: A federal grand jury is investigating MLB’s international dealings, and officials on all sides are worried

The plundering of Latin America wasn’t Major League Baseball’s original sin. It’s simply the one that has festered the longest. Corruption of all kinds – illicit payoffs, bonus-money skimming, doping teenagers with performance-enhancing drugs – has been treated as the cost of doing business. And the fallout may finally strike the game with the sort of consequences that for decades have seemed inevitable.

A federal grand jury is looking into Major League Baseball teams’ ...

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QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 04:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fbi, investigation, latin america

Thursday, September 27, 2018

NYTimes: Met’s Jacob deGrom Won a Game, and Maybe the Cy Young

After the final pitch of his marvelous 2018 season, the normally stoic Jacob deGrom cracked a smile. He deservingly strutted off the mound after unfurling a 92-mile per hour slider that darted so abruptly it froze second baseman Ozzie Albies. The crowd honored deGrom with a rousing standing ovation.

Earlier in the eighth inning, Mets fans serenaded deGrom with shouts of “M.V.P.!” They later chanted “We want Jake” when Jay Bruce, not deGrom, stood in the on-deck circle in the bottom of ...

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MLB free agency: Matt Harvey says there’s ‘only one team’ he wouldn’t sign with

Matt Harvey is open to signing with 29 teams.

The 29-year-old starter pitched five innings and allowed three runs in the Reds’ 4-3 loss to the Royals on Tuesday. After the game, the right hander was asked about his upcoming free agency this offseason.

“There’s only one team out there I would not sign with, that’s about it,” Harvey said (via The Athletic).

Mind you, if the hunch we have about what he means is remotely accurate, the feeling seems to be mutual…..

QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 08:13 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, matt harvey


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

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