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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Alex Cora has bold proposal to cut down on position players pitching

There are many segments of fans and analysts who believe that letting position players pitch in blowout losses is a way to cheapen the game. There’s no real way to stop it, but Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has a few ideas.

Cora suggested that any team that uses a position player should be obligated to do it again in the next game to cut down on the practice. He also suggested that a team that uses a position player should not be allowed to hit again during that game.

Sadly, the really sensible ideas, “be brave enough to keep your starters in the game longer”, and “use your relievers under the old-time “fireman” model, instead of playing weird games over how they can be used”, seem not to be included….

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, position players pitching

Friday, August 16, 2019

Yankees first baseman Mike Ford’s pitching performance provides comic relief

NEW YORK — You wouldn’t think that when a team gets pummelled, 19-5, as the New York Yankees did by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, that any of the pitchers for the losing team would leave the mound to an ovation.

Especially not in Yankee Stadium, where winning brings not pleasure, but relief and championships are treated as a birthright. They don’t often raise the nice-try flag in the Bronx.

But when the “pitcher’’ is a 27-year-old rookie first baseman/designated hitter who is on the roster only because his team has been decimated by injuries, and on the mound only because the real pitchers have been decimated by the Cleveland hitters, even a Yankee Stadium crowd can be moved to recognize an effort above and beyond the call of duty.

So it was that when Mike Ford walked toward the dugout at the end of the eighth inning, having pitched no worse three of the four professional hurlers who had preceded him – and significantly better than Chad Green, who started the game as an opener – what was left of a crowd that was once 44,000 people stood and cheered Ford as if his first name were not Mike, but Whitey.

I don’t know- if the Yankess lost by a 19-to-5 margin more often, it would make many of us cheer…..

QLE Posted: August 16, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mike ford, position players pitching, yankees

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Pablo Sandoval accomplishes extremely rare feat in Giants loss to Reds

Pablo Sandoval accomplished a rare feat on Monday.

The San Francisco Giants’ third baseman became the first player since 1905 to hit a home run, steal a base and pitch a scoreless inning all in the same game. Sandoval did so in a 12-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Sandoval got the stolen base out of the way first, stealing third after reaching on an error in the second inning. It was the first stolen base since the 2012 season (and 12th of his career) for Sandoval, a player not exactly known for his speed.

Sandoval, however, is known for having home run power. And with two outs in the sixth with his team trailing 7-1, Sandoval blasted a three-run shot to right field to cut Cincy’s lead to 7-4.

A strange accomplishment, yes- and one that may get more common if this current reliever weirdness continues….

QLE Posted: May 08, 2019 at 04:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, pablo sandoval, position players pitching, stolen bases

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Not exactly a Matt Davidson moment, but Jose Rondon becomes latest position player to pitch for White Sox

It’s safe to say Jose Rondon probably doesn’t have ambitions of becoming baseball’s next two-way sensation.

Matt Davidson made headlines last season when he made three trips to the pitcher’s mound. But instead of just being a bullpen-saving novelty — though he was that, too — Davidson raised eyebrows by repeatedly saying that he’d like to add relief pitching to his game, which to that point had consisted almost exclusively of bringing a power bat to the White Sox lineup.

Davidson’s a Texas Ranger now, but Rick Renteria isn’t done using position players to pitch in times when his bullpen needs saving.

Friday night, in the same game where Chris Sale shut down his former team, Renteria turned to Rondon, who, to put it mildly, looked a lot different than Davidson did during the latter’s tryout of sorts in 2018. While Davidson leaned on the pitching experience of his high school days to rack up three scoreless innings over the course of the year — highlighted by a strikeout of home-run machine Giancarlo Stanton in a game against the New York Yankees — Rondon was lobbing balls to the plate, sometimes not even fast enough to register on the in-stadium radar gun at Guaranteed Rate Field.

So, if they’re going to do this, why the need to have seven or eight relievers on the team at any given moment, plus a taxi squad in the minors?

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jose rondon, position players pitching, white sox

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it’s because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don’t want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

Wondering who this is more telling about- the Orioles, or relievers….

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, position players pitching

 

 

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