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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Boston Red Sox protest loss to Tampa Bay Rays due to lineup card questions

One of those rare instances when a pitcher is forced to enter an American League team’s batting order led to on-field confusion, a 20-minute delay and, ultimately, the Boston Red Sox playing Wednesday game under protest.

The issue centered on the Tampa Bay Rays’ substitutions, starting in the seventh inning when Ji-Man Choi pinch-hit for catcher Mike Zunino. Everything was fine as Choi remained in the game to play first base and Travis d’Arnaud moved from first to catcher.

But when Rays manager Kevin Cash shifted pitcher Adam Kolarek to first base after he retired the first batter in the top of the eighth and brought in reliever Chaz Roe, he didn’t specify which pitcher would replace designated hitter Austin Meadows in the batting order.

That brought bewildered Red Sox manager Alex Cora out of the dugout to argue with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez—with two separate discussions delaying the game by at least 20 minutes.

For those of you keeping score at home, there have been two successful protests since the Pine Tar Game, both relating to rain delays.

QLE Posted: July 25, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: lineups, protests, rays, red sox

Monday, May 06, 2019

Miguel Cabrera blames loss of power on lack of lineup protection

Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera has an otherwise decent triple-slash line: .298/.363/.372. However, the lack of power is noticeable for the future Hall of Famer, who has hit just one of his 466 career home runs this season.

By many measures the Tigers have the worst offense in the American League. For example, the Tigers’ average of 3.47 runs per game is worst in the league, significantly behind the second-worst Indians at 3.81. Cabrera in fact, attributes his lack of power to his lack of lineup protection, Chris Nelsen reports for the Detroit Free Press. Cabrera said, “You know Prince Fielder? You know who’s hitting behind me right now? That’s a big difference, too.”

Cabrera added, “How am I going to hit 40 home runs. In the past, I got Prince Fielder, Víctor Martínez, Jhonny Peralta. I got a big bat behind me. You see the way guys pitch me? That explains everything.”

Dubious, yes, but, if you were him, would you admit to the obvious real answer?

QLE Posted: May 06, 2019 at 04:26 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, lineups, miguel cabrera, tigers

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bruce Bochy’s early Giants rest days lead to surprising lineup vs. Padres

SAN FRANCISCO—Giants backup catcher Erik Kratz has plenty of experience as a Position Player Pitching, but Bruce Bochy said Friday that Pablo Sandoval is still his first choice for the role.

So some things haven’t changed. But the lineup certainly did Friday, and it came as a bit of a shock. Here’s the group for the second game of the season:

Michael Reed RF (picked up a week ago)
Buster Posey 1B (not catching after just one day)
Yangervis Solarte 2B (no Panik after just one day)
Evan Longoria 3B (this is normal)
Brandon Crawford SS (ditto)
Connor Joe LF (picked up eight days ago)
Duggar CF (nothing strange here)
Kratz C (picked up last weekend)
Holland LHP (nothing strange, except some of the t-shirts)

Pending retirement’s just another word for nothing left to lose….

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants, lineups

 

 

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