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Monday, April 15, 2019

Brad Miller: ‘Obviously, [the Indians] don’t want the best guys up here’

Following Sunday’s 9-8 walk-off loss to the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the Indians designated infielder Brad Miller for assignment, MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reported. The move presumably clears a roster spot for Jason Kipnis, who will likely come off of the 10-day injured list.

Miller went 1-for-4 with an RBI single on Sunday. He’s one of the few members of the Indians who is swinging the bat at even an average clip. Only four players have an OPS above .700: Tyler Naquin (.700), Miller (.742), Leonys Martín (.928), and Carlos Santana (1.040).

Miller wasn’t happy about being DFA’d. Per Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes, Miller said, “It’s a tough trend. They acknolwedge that it wasn’t fair. But I’m just a player. I go out ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brad miller, indians

From malcontent to masterful: How David Price became indispensable to the Red Sox

Somebody should rummage through the discarded laundry of the 2014 Red Sox and find a t-shirt that’s only to be worn on the days David Price pitches.

“He’s the Ace.”

Three years after signing a record $217 million contract and two years after watching it nearly all burn, Price has claimed his place atop the Red Sox rotation in a comeback that might not reach Tiger Woods levels, but certainly deserves its own extended golf clap.

A one-time candidate for highest-paid malcontent in sports, Price has emerged from his darkest days in Boston to stabilize the defending World Series champions.

Mind you, with the Red Sox’s starting pitching in the position that they are in, that’s not hard to do at all….

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

LEADING OFF: MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

JACKIE ROBINSON DAY

Major League Baseball observes Jackie Robinson Day at ballparks all over the country. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. All players, managers, coaches, umpires and other on-field personnel will wear Robinson’s retired No. 42. Members of Robinson’s family are expected to be at Dodger Stadium for the opener of a three-game series between the Reds and Dodgers.

Will we all wear #42 today as well?

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie robinson day, mlb

Victor Arano finds his slider as Phillies come home from Miami with a series win

MIAMI — The last time Victor Arano was in Florida, he couldn’t get anybody out.

This time …

Different story.

Arano was one of many pitching stars in the Phillies’ marathon win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. The Phils prevailed, 3-1, on the strength of Jean Segura’s two-run home run in the top of the 14th inning (see observations). They are 9-5.

So, was it delicious?

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, slider, victor arano

Red Sox heating up ahead of Patriots’ Day game vs. O’s

Like the 26.2-mile course that runs through the suburbs to Boylston Street in Boston, the Major League Baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint.

The Red Sox are trying to pick up the pace, though.

Boston seeks its first series victory of the year when it hosts the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a four-game set Monday in the annual Patriots’ Day morning game.

My cousin is running in the Boston Marathon- wish her the best of luck….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: boston, red sox

MLB roundup: Astros sweep Mariners, run win streak to 9

Aledmys Diaz led off the seventh inning with a home run to break a tie as the Houston Astros rallied to defeat the host Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, extending their winning streak to nine games.

Jose Altuve’s homer streak ended at five consecutive games, but the Astros swept the three-game series at T-Mobile Park to pull within a game of the first-place Mariners in the American League West.

Right-hander Gerrit Cole (1-2) pitched six strong innings for his first victory of the season. He gave up two runs on four hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Seattle’s Mitch Haniger led off the bottom of the first with a home run off Cole, hitting a 1-2 pitch into the bullpen in left field. That gave the Mariners homers in each of ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, sweep

After snow-out, Cubs head to balmy Miami

After having their home game postponed on Sunday due to snow, the Chicago Cubs are surely thrilled to travel to Miami for Monday night’s game at the Marlins.

The Cubs will be greeted by sunshine—likely—and a retractable roof in case of showers. There will also be, in all likelihood, a strong number of Cubs fans at Marlins Park, where small crowds are the norm.

Chicago should also benefit from a day of rest for its pitching arms, as the Cubs used six relievers in Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

With regards to the second paragraph: I’ve seen the claim made that Broward County, in the 1960s and early 1970s, was heavily populated with migrants from the Chicago area (in contrast with the New York origins of migrants to ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, miami, snow

Kershaw to make season debut as Dodgers host Reds

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner was shut down during spring training because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder and didn’t make the Opening-Day start for the Dodgers for the first time since 2010.

“He’s champing at the bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Kershaw will likely face two former teammates in Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

Well, the Reds are as good a team as any for a start of this nature….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, reds

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows are on a must-see tear

The Tampa Bay Rays are so fascinating at this point you could look up and down their roster and struggle to find a player who isn’t intriguing in some way, shape or form.

From the reigning Cy Young winner in Blake Snell to Jose Alvarado’s otherworldly fastball movement to Tommy Pham’s penchant for speaking his mind, the American League East leaders have no shortage of storylines. But you don’t just get off to an 12-4 start on narratives alone. That’s where the duo of outfielder Austin Meadows and starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow come in.

Once the top prospects in the Pirates’ pipeline, the 24-year-old Meadows and 25-year-old Glasnow are showing flashes of true stardom in Tampa Bay after being acquired in a deal that sent ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: austin meadows, rays, tyler glasnow

Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel reportedly are lowering their free agent asking prices

Work can be hard to find for All-Stars these days. Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel can attest to that.

The pair of free-agent pitchers have not yet found a home two weeks into the regular season because teams haven’t been willing to meet their asking prices. However, that may change soon as the pair reportedly are willing to accept smaller deals.

On Saturday night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Kimbrel is now seeking a three-year deal at a lower annual average value than he originally demanded. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that Keuchel could be open to a one-year deal.

How much longer these players’ absences will continue is a tough questions. Some teams may prefer to wait until June when the ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dallas keuchel, free agency

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Cubs give Kris Bryant a day off but maintain he’s in a ‘good place’

No, Kris Bryant is not hurt. His absence from the lineup Saturday afternoon has nothing to do with his left shoulder.

“This was part of the three-day in advance lineups and today was his day,” Joe Maddon said. “That’s it.”

OK, so…story over?

Not quite. Bryant isn’t hurt, but he is slumping and it’s understandable fans go straight to freaking out after the way 2018 went, when the former NL MVP battled the shoulder injury all season that kept him out of the lineup and made him look off at the plate even when he was on the field.

So, he’s at The Newberry, in other words?

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, shoulder

MLB Rumors: Here are Craig Kimbrel’s latest contract demands

The 2019 MLB season is in full swing, and Craig Kimbrel still doesn’t have a team.

It’s bizarre seeing one of the best closers of all time still on the market, especially when you consider the number of teams in need of bullpen help. But according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Kimbrel’s asking price remains far too high. As recently as late March, the 2018 World Series Champion has asked for a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million.

Bowden writes:

“When the market didn’t develop for Kimbrel like [Kimbrel’s agent David Meter] thought it would, he stuck to his guns and, even as late as March, was still seeking a five-year pact in the $100 million range.  It was a clear miscalculation of Kimbrel’s true market value, and not ...

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QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, craig kimbrel, hot stove

Rangers send Rougned Odor to the injured list with knee sprain

Second baseman Rougned Odor has been placed on the 10-day injured list, the Rangers revealed Saturday. Odor was removed from the lineup on Friday with right knee soreness, which was then characterized as a knee sprain upon further evaluation. Per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he’s expected to miss at least two weeks in recovery.

Does this mean that Jose Bautista won after all?

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: knee, rangers, rougned odor

Dietrich, Reds beat Wainwright, Cardinals 5-2 in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — There were fireworks this time, too, after Derek Dietrich homered.

Fortunately for Dietrich and the Cincinnati Reds, it was all in good fun.

Dietrich hit a tiebreaking homer off Adam Wainwright in the seventh inning and added a two-run triple as the Reds won their fourth in a row, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Saturday night.

The start of the two-game series marked the first time either team had played in the regular season in Mexico. A raucous crowd of 16,886 fans gathered at Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey and turned the game into a fiesta that lasted for more than three hours and ended with fireworks.

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: derek dietrich, mexico, neutral site games

Toussaint shines in relief as Braves hold off Mets

Touki Toussaint earned the win by tossing six solid innings of one-run relief in his season debut Saturday night as the host Atlanta Braves scored four runs apiece in the first and second innings of an 11-7 victory over the New York Mets.

The Braves, who lost the first two games of the four-game series, have won four of six. The Mets had a three-game winning streak snapped despite scoring at least six runs for a team-record seventh straight game.

Both starters were chased early Saturday. Mets left-hander Jason Vargas recorded just one out in the first inning and Braves southpaw Sean Newcomb exited after 1 1/3 innings.

Wondering what it says that hearing “six innings of relief” makes one think “the team uses an opener”, rather than ...

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QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, relief pitching, touki toussaint

This Angels baserunning blunder will make your head spin

There are some moments in baseball that require no description.

Then there are moments in baseball where no description or explanation will begin to help us understand what we’ve witnessed.

One such moment occurred during Saturday’s Los Angeles Angels-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

That’s where Angels first baseman Justin Bour turned a routine single into a baserunning adventure that defied logic and resulted in one of the wildest and most bizarre series of events you’ll ever see in a baseball game.

Oh, I hope Mike Trout doesn’t mind spending his Octobers on the sofa at home….

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, baserunning

O’ Yeah! Chris Davis Ends Record Hitless Streak, Smacks First Hit Of Season

BOSTON (WJZ) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ historic streak is finally behind him.  The struggling slugger smacked a two-RBI single off of Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s game at Fenway Park,  ending a brutal string of 54 hitless at-bats that stretched back to September 14th of last season.

Players in the Orioles dugout gave Davis a rousing ovation after the hit as he stood smiling on first base, and the Boston crowd also gave him a warm reception. To celebrate the moment himself, he even asked to keep the baseball.

Davis had surpassed the record held by former Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Eugenio Velez (46 ABs) set back in 2011.

It isn’t all sunshine for Davis quite ...

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QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, hits, orioles, streaks

Cubs and Rockies stars let out frustrations with ump-charging meltdowns

After meeting in the National League wild-card game last season, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies have both gotten off to disappointing starts in 2019.

On Saturday, the frustrations of both teams seemingly boiled over as Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber and Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado got into heated confrontations with umpires over perceived missed calls.

Schwarber was the decisive batter during Saturday’s Angels-Cubs game at Wrigley Field. With the bases loaded, two outs and the Cubs down by one run, Schwarber stepped to the plate against Angels closer Cody Allen in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Schwarber worked the count full, then attempted to check his swing on a pitch in the dirt. The struggling Cubs ...

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QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charging, kyle schwarber, nolan arenado, umpires

Saturday, April 13, 2019

LEADING OFF: Cards-Reds in Mexico, suspended Archer starts

MEXICAN MATCHUP

Major League Baseball returns to Estadio de Béisbol de Monterrey when the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds begin a two-game series. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards against Tanner Roark.

The Astros and Angels play a two-game series at the same park in early May.

MLB began holding regular season games in Mexico in 1996, and the 1999 season opened with a matchup in Monterrey between the Padres and Colorado. Last May, the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers played a three-game series at the stadium — Walker Buehler and the Dodgers bullpen combined for a no-hitter.

Ahh, the joys of neutral-site games….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mexico, neutral site games, reds

MLB roundup: Astros continue power surge

Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel hit grand slams as the Houston Astros defeated the host Seattle Mariners 10-6 Friday night.

It was the fourth consecutive game in which Altuve has gone deep, and he has five home runs over that span.

George Springer also homered for the Astros, who extended their winning streak to seven games. The Mariners had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Tom Murphy hit a solo homer in the ninth inning to extend the Mariners’ major league record of consecutive games with a home run to start a season to 16.

I hope the Astros’ electronic equipment can survive this.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, grand slam

Giants slide past Rockies in 18th inning

Brandon Belt opened the 18th inning with a double, and he slid home on Erik Kratz’s bases-loaded ground ball one out later, giving the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in a game that started on Friday night and ended on Saturday morning.

The win was the Giants’ second in two games in the four-game series and gave them their first winning streak of the season.

Colorado, which led 2-0 but did not score in the final 14 innings, dropped its seventh straight.

The sort of thing that makes you wish the Croix de Candlestick could have survived Candlestick Park somehow.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, giants, rockies

Unauthorized drone flies over Fenway Park

A drone — an unauthorized one; not one owned by a TV network or anything — made at least two passes over Fenway Park last night. It was first spotted around 9:30 pm and was last seen around 10:20 pm. The Red Sox said they reported it to the Boston Police and the FAA.

According to FAA regulations, flying drones within three miles of a Major League Baseball stadium is prohibited from one hour before a game to one hour after. Which is a thing I had not considered until just this very moment but I suppose makes sense.

Are we sure it wasn’t Amazon, trying to deliver better starting pitching?

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: drones, fenway park

Not again: Yankees lose yet another player to injury as Gary Sánchez hits IL

The New York Yankees might want to consider taking the field wearing bubble wrap moving forward. The team was hit by yet another injury Friday, as catcher Gary Sánchez was placed on the injured list.

The 26-year-old Sánchez will miss at least the next 10 days due to a left calf strain. He was hitting .268/.333/.732 with six home runs to open the season.

The move leaves the Yankees with quite a few big names on the IL.

The New York Yankees: Making A Mockery Of Pierre Etaix Since 2019

 

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, injuries, yankees

Royals’ Alex Gordon wanted to honor a kid battling cancer. Then he hit a home run

As he touched the plate to conclude his home-run trot, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon tapped his right elbow. Hours earlier, he had scripted seven letters onto a yellow band and wrapped it around his arm.

CHARLIE.

Charlie is a teenager battling pediatric cancer. He had been in remission, but needed a brain operation on Friday, according to a team official. He is part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research.

On a night in which he wanted to remember Charlie as he played, Gordon offered the kid something he likely will not forget.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon

BtBS: Pitching to contact in a strikeout market

Why contact pitchers will continue to wait for MLB jobs [...] If MLB wants to speed up the game, why are they putting a premium on strikeouts which create more inactivity? This is a question that Dallas Keuchel, Edwin Jackson and James Shields are asking themselves each passing day.

bobm Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: contact, free agents

Petriello:Dealt for Sale, Phenom [Moncada] now Emerging

Mike Petriello takes a stat-casty look at Yoan Moncada’s good start:

Given the prospect pedigree, the hot start, the youth and just how good he’s looked this week, it’s time to play our favorite early-April game: Is it real or a small-sample fluke?

...Remember, Moncada led the Majors in called strikeouts last year with 85, but that actually undersells it, because it wasn’t just the largest number in 2018. It was the largest number in the pitch-tracking era, which goes back to 2008. No one had ever even hit 80 called strikeouts before, with the second-highest number being Davis’ 79 in 2016.

...what’s fascinating so far is that Moncada has struck out 13 times in 2019 ... and not one has been a called strike…

A swinging strikeout isn’t ...

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puck Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, chicago white sox, statcast, yoan moncada

Red Sox Extend Xander Bogaerts (6/$120m)

Just a week after locking up free-agent-to-be Chris Sale with a five-year extension, the Red Sox secured long-term control over another member of their core Monday when they announced a six-year extension with shortstop Xander Bogaerts.  The deal reportedly guarantees Bogaerts $120MM from 2020-25 and contains a vesting option for the 2026 season.  The vesting option is reportedly worth another $20MM and would kick in if Bogaerts made 535 plate appearances in 2025.  Bogaerts, a client of the Boras Corporation, is also said to have received an opt-out provision after the 2022 season.

As Dan Szymborski points out Bogaerts probably left a lot of money on the table. ZiPS has Bogaerts being worth ~200m over the seven years the contract might ...

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Baseball Is Stuffed to Its Seams

With better development and technology at every level of the game, teams can draw from a player pool that is bigger — and cheaper — than ever.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2019 preview, general

Edwin Jackson agrees to deal with Oakland A’s, his 13th team

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Edwin Jackson has agreed to a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics, which last year became his record-matching 13th big league team.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Friday that the 35-year-old right-hander will go to the club’s spring training facility in Arizona before pitching in some games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

It’s a shame good baseball nicknames seem to be gone- in an earlier day, he would have become known as Peripatetic Jackson, and would have gained some notoriety as a result.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, edwin jackson


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