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Sunday, June 09, 2019

Lucas Giolito masterful again in White Sox’ 2-0 win over Royals - Chicago Sun-Times

Somebody’s Baseball Reference’s Play Index account should be taken away.

Giolito is the first Sox starter with 7 2⁄3 plus scoreless innings, three hits or less and 11-plus strikeouts since Carlos Rodon in 2016. His streak of seven straight starts with a victory is the longest in baseball since the Rays’ Blake Snell won nine straight last season.

His eight-game winning streak is the longest by a Sox since Chris Sale won his 2015 finale and his first nine starts of 2016.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2019 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas giolito, white sox

Steven Matz guts through six innings as Mets edge Rockies | Newsday

In years past — in months past, even — Steven Matz never would have been granted the chance to put together the kind of game he had Saturday night.

Working around a bunch of baserunners and never particularly efficient, he got through a gutsy six innings with three runs (two earned) allowed to lead the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Rockies at Citi Field.

Matz struck out a season-high 10 batters, and the final pitch of his career high-tying 120 was a huge one: a curveball up in the zone that induced a swing-and-miss from Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, who was seeing Matz for a fourth time, to strand a pair of runners.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: steven matz

Source: Astros calling up No. 3 prospect Alvarez


Hinch said Friday that Altuve, Springer and Diaz could be sent on Minor League rehab assignments by the end of the homestand. Altuve has been out since May 10 with a strained left hamstring/right leg fatigue. Springer has been out since May 24, and Diaz has been out since May 26, both with strained left hamstrings.

Correa sustained a broken rib getting a massage at his home on May 28 and was expected to miss four to six weeks.

The injuries have forced the Astros to call up outfielders Myles Straw and Derek Fisher and infielder Jack Mayfield from Triple-A Round Rock and each has seen significant playing time. The club also called up catching prospect Garrett Stubbs late last month when Max Stassi went on the IL with knee soreness.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yordan alvarez

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Friday, June 07, 2019

How the Houston Astros Disrupted Player Development to Become the Model MLB Franchise

No more than fifteen minutes after he finished unpacking in the clubhouse, Pressly was summoned into a meeting. In attendance were Astros pitching coach Brent Strom, bullpen coach Doug White, and multiple analysts from the front office. The Astros, Pressly learned, had a plan for him to be better, and the analysts launched into the details. “They sat me down and they put up all these x, y charts and all this other stuff,” Pressly says. “It almost sounded like they were speaking in a different language. I just raised my hand and said, ‘Guys, just tell me what to throw and not to throw.’” They told him his two-seam fastball to lefties was ineffective but that they loved his curve and hoped he’d throw it more. They also ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2019 at 10:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

OT Soccer Thread - Baldrick Reports Live

Sum-sum-summertime thread.

June 7 (that’s today!) - Women’s World Cup.  BTF correspondent Baldrick is on the scene (link takes you to his preview of the tournament)
June 14 - Copa America begins (no Neymar)
June 15 - Gold Cup begins
June 18 - US first Gold Cup game
June 21 - Africa Cup of Nations begins
July 7 - Women’s World Cup Final/Copa America Final/Gold Cup Final - Can we get some discussion about the ridiculousness of the WWC being just one of a series of finals on the same day? Of note is that the Copa America final is the exact same time as the WWC final. 
July 19 - Africa Cup of Nations final

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 07, 2019 at 12:22 PM | 334 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-7-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 7, 1919:

Hundreds of followers of the Pirates who regretted when Bob Harmon left the team in midseason of last year wondered why Bob took the sudden step. The secret, or at least part of it is out now.

Hickory Bob, in the parlance of the speculator, “cleaned up” about $25,000 in Louisiana Oil since he shook the dust of the National League from his 10-second feet.

I don’t know how Harmon did during the rest of his time in the oil business, but I know he retired at age 30 while he was still pretty good, and I know he never threw another professional pitch. So it must have gone okay for him.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 07, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Braves, Dallas Keuchel agree to deal, per report | CBS Sports


Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 06, 2019 at 10:02 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dallas keuchel, free agency

Jason Vargas Pitches Like an Ace for the Mets, Shutting Out the Giants

Vargas (2-3), maligned by Mets fans as an unworthy No. 5 starter coming into the season, has been stellar lately, allowing one run or fewer in seven of his past eight starts. The 36-year-old lefty struck out a season-best eight, allowed five hits and a walk, and threw 117 pitches — his most in five years.

He’s actually allowed the fewest run per nine innings amongst Met starters this year.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 06, 2019 at 05:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-6-2019

There’s been a Tubby Spencer sighting!

Seattle Star, June 6, 1919:

Meet [Salt Lake City manager] Eddie Herr’s catchers. Tubby Spencer is from the big show and Butch Byler is a University of Washington boy. Both are good receivers; in fact, Spencer is ranked with the best mask men in the league. Spencer was with Detroit in the American league for a couple of years. He hits the ball hard and far when he connects.

Spencer has become a bit of a Dugout mascot over the years - when he wasn’t diving through plate glass windows for a sandwich, getting kicked out of cities, or quitting baseball to become a lumberjack and/or hobo, he was an itinerant backup catcher. The link is worth clicking IMO, just for a photo of Spencer and Byler in their ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tubby spencer

Diamondbacks Amateur Scouting Director Deric Ladnier discusses the first day of the 2019 Draft

“We were taking the top player on the board and phone calls between each pick, it was the most picks I’ve ever had, 7 picks. We have 8 picks tomorrow, so it’s almost overwhelming when you start thinking about the number of picks you have in Day 1 and going into Day 2 and you have 8 picks…....... “We weren’t taking guys because we thought we could sign them, we were taking guys because we know we can sign them. It’s the first time you look at your signability board and it’s not real big”

Jack Sommers Posted: June 06, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, diamondbacks, draft, scouting

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Report: Cubs have agreement with Kimbrel

The Cubs are in agreement with free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel on a deal, pending the completion of a physical, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday night. The club has not confirmed the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2019 at 08:47 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, cubs

KYW Newsradio: Kenney, Wolf Join Campaign to Elect Dick Allen to the Hall of Fame

The Allen campaign is relentlessly driven by Mark “Froggy” Carfagno — a former Veterans Stadium groundskeeper who believes Allen was “the most productive offensive player from 1964 through 1974.”

“Better than Hank Aaron,” he continued, “Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Johnny Bench, Ron Santo — all Hall of Famers. They’re all in the Hall of Fame. Why isn’t this guy?”


DanG Posted: June 05, 2019 at 08:46 PM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, hall of fame, phillies

Garro: Franmil Reyes is the homer-mashing, singing baseball hero we need

There’s something happening in San Diego. Led by a stable crop of young sluggers and phenom pitchers like Chris Paddack and his filthy repertoire of pitches, the club is off to a solid start in the NL West.

But the Padres sport a two-way star who is deserving of your attention. Not a two-way star in the vein of the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who does his thing a few miles up I-5, but a two-way star dabbling in two entirely different entertainment media.

I’m talking about Franmil Reyes, who is mashing homers and delighting his dugout with his rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” the song originally penned by Dolly Parton and made legendary by the late Whitney Houston in the 1990s.

I have to say I was unfamiliar with Franmil Reyes before ...

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 05, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, reyes

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Mets get No. 13 Draft prospect Allan at No. 89

The Mets are feeling pretty, pretty good about their day.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 10:24 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rule 4 draft

Mallex Smith Circled The Bases In The Coolest Of Ways

After drawing a walk off Kyle Bird, Smith snatched second base on the very next pitch, beating a throw from catcher Jeff Mathis. Two pitches after that, he swiped third, again easily ahead of Mathis’s throw. A few pitches (and a Mitch Haniger walk) later, Bird foolishly threw over to first to keep Haniger on the bag, and Smith, who’d taken a walking lead off third, broke for home, easily beating Ronald Guzman’s throw.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 04, 2019 at 04:44 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: steals home, stolen bases

Can Brady Aiken save career from being worst MLB draft bust of all time?

A reminder that for most of the guys drafted yesterday, that first check is the only real money that they’ll make out of baseball.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: June 04, 2019 at 04:44 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, draft, indians, tinstaapp

Pitchers onto Michael Chavis after his whiff of success - The Boston Globe

What’s it say in the “ability to adjust” section on his scouting report?

“It’s a mental grind for him at this point,” Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers said. “He’s swinging at pitches he can’t get to, getting in bad counts and that opens it up for the pitchers. It’s like a sore that spreads and gets infected.”

It used to take several weeks, if not a month, for pitchers to adjust to rookie hitters. Teams relied on reports filed by their scouts and feedback from their minor league coaches to attack hitters.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 10:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: michael chavis, red sox, scouting

Rays offering $5 tickets for next 5 home games; flash sale starts Tuesday morning at 10

The Rays are taking away one of the excuses for people not showing up to support their team, offering $5 tickets to each of the next five home games.

The $5 tickets will be available via a Summer Special flash sale from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 11:59 p.m. Thursday only at, with 5,000 available for each game: June 10, 11, 12 vs. the A’s; June 13, 14 vs. the Angels.

There are still ticketing fees, through the Rays arranged for a reduction, to $1 per ticket and $1.50 per order, so two tickets would cost $13.50 total.

Sales are limited to eight tickets per game per person. Seating will vary between the 100, 200 and party deck levels, with assignments made the day before the game via the MLB Ballpark app. (Tickets ...

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 10:13 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-4-2019

Grand Forks Herald, June 4, 1919:

Cleveland and St. Louis broke even in a double header Tuesday, St. Louis winning the first game 14 to 6…and Cleveland taking the second, 8 to 5.
Doc Johnston, Cleveland first baseman, fouled out in the second game after having nine consecutive hits in nine times at bat

I don’t know what got into Johnston in 1919, but he hit .219/.278/.287 in 762 plate appearances between 1916-1918. Doc hit .297/.346/.390 between 1919-1921.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago today, the Memphis News Scimitar has one of the most racist stories I’ve ever seen - and that’s saying something. Apparently former Memphis Chicks manager Dolly Stark has a strong aversion to teaching Malaysians to play baseball. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 04, 2019 at 10:07 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Phillies’ Haseley headed to big leagues | News

After less than a week in Triple-A, Adam Haseley is heading to The Show.

Just five days after he was promoted to the Minor Leagues’ highest level, Philadelphia’s No. 3 prospect is set to join his big league club, according to Haseley is set to take the place of Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who appeared to injure his left knee in a first-inning rundown against the Padres on Monday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: adam haseley, phillies

Brewers option Keston Hiura to open spot for Travis Shaw

This was a surprise.

Preserving depth on a major-league baseball team sometimes means having to make tough decisions, and the Milwaukee Brewers made one Monday afternoon.

Rather than lose a player they value, the Brewers optioned second baseman Keston Hiura to Class AAA San Antonio to open a roster spot for the return of third baseman Travis Shaw from minor-league rehabilitation assignment with that club.

In making that announcement, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns made it clear that it wasn’t anything Hiura failed to do in proving he can perform at the big-league level. Rather, it was a move made entirely because of roster considerations.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, keston hiura

Nobody’s home for Moore’s throw | 06/03/2019 |

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Five takeaways from the Pirates’ Day 1 draft haul | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1. Quinn Priester fits the mold

Tall, athletic, two-sport, right-handed prep pitcher? Yup. The Pirates have selected similar players before, most recently Braxton Ashcraft, their second-round pick last year out of a Texas high school. Like Ashcraft, Priester, the Pirates’ first-round pick at 18th overall, was an accomplished wide receiver. His high school, Cary-Grove, won the 2018 Illinois Class 6A state championship.

“We continued to follow down and stay true to our board and stay true to our beliefs and core values,” Pirates amateur scouting director Joe DelliCarri said. “Quinn definitely fit that when it came time to make the selection.”

The Pirates like multi-sport athletes (Priester also played basketball before giving it ...

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, rule 4 draft

The Wright stuff? Mets take 3B Brett Baty 

Is this a good pick at #12?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brett baty, mets, rule 4 draft

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