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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

With Josh Hader heading a killer bullpen, the Brewers staked their claim as NL’s best team

CHICAGO – The visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field is a dingy little room, low-ceilinged and shaped like a single-wide trailer, better suited for storage than a tangle of large men soaked in bubbly and tipsy on Miller Lite and high from the foregoing three hours of baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers, professional afterthoughts, had earned the right to defile the place with ribaldry. So defile they did.

Anyone who was dry took a sticky, boozy bath, from the soon-to-be MVP of the National League to the team owner wheeling around on a scooter with his recently repaired Achilles tendon swathed by a waterproof cover to the manager and general manager who conspired to get them here to the pitcher who spent the summer as a pariah and enters the fall ready to face his recent past.

That it was Josh Hader on the mound for the final six outs of a tense, titillating Game 163 on Monday afternoon was only fitting for the Brewers. They stood by him when his vile old tweets were exposed at the All-Star Game. He never wavered, never faltered and never looked better than he did in shutting down the Chicago Cubs for the eighth and ninth innings and sealing a 3-1 victory that gave Milwaukee the National League Central division title, the top seed this October and home-field advantage through the NL playoffs.

One explanation as for how the Brewers had their surge to the top of the NL Central- I’ll leave it up to you to offer your thoughts as to whether or not there are other explanations of equal or greater merit.

QLE Posted: October 02, 2018 at 09:33 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: best team in the league, brewers, josh hader, relief pitching

Friday, September 28, 2018

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 Broadcasting System presents presents The Adventures Of Relief Pitching Isn’t That Hard To Find, as he rides on his noble steed, Small Sample Size!

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lindbergh - The Opener’s Opening Act

Before Kevin Cash and the Rays made headlines for their starting rotation experimentations, Tony La Russa and the 1993 A’s implemented a pioneering plan to limit their starters’ exposure. Their tinkering came too soon to set a trend, but with hindsight, it’s proving prophetic.

Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, pitching, relief pitching, rotation

 

 

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