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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

LEADING OFF: Astros romping, Trout out, long games

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Big league bullpens are full this month, boosted by September call-ups, and a plethora of pitching changes is contributing to longer and longer games.

The Brewers beat Miami 8-3 Monday night in a matchup that took 4 hours, 8 minutes. The game featured 15 pitchers who combined for 14 walks.

On Sunday, the Phillies topped the Mets 10-7 in 4:29 — one minute from matching the longest nine-inning NL game. Each team used eight pitchers and the clubs used up all 16 dozen baseballs that were prepped pregame, forcing another couple dozen to be rubbed up and put in play.

On the one hand, this is the last season for the traditional system of September call-ups- on the other hand, given the general trajectory with both pace-of-play and pitcher usage, I’m not sure that will solve anything…..

QLE Posted: September 10, 2019 at 01:57 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, braves, mike trout, pace of play

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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 10, 2019 at 07:39 AM (#5877987)
That Phillies-Mets game featured nine pitchers who threw less than an inning apiece. Only seven in the Brewers-Marlins tiff. Thrilling stuff.
   2. flournoy Posted: September 10, 2019 at 08:19 AM (#5877993)
the clubs used up all 16 dozen baseballs that were prepped pregame


Geez. Maybe they could not throw balls out of play that touched the dirt once?
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 10, 2019 at 09:05 AM (#5878001)
Geez. Maybe they could not throw balls out of play that touched the dirt once?

Would certainly help cut down the gopher balls. How about one ball per half inning unless it's visibly damaged?
   4. Itchy Row Posted: September 10, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5878091)
Apparently it's not for long, but no headline should say "Trout Out" second.
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 10, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5878118)
The Astros' 36 runs in two consecutive games still leaves them 13 shy of what the Red Sox put up against the Browns in 1950, when they beat them on consecutive days by 20 to 4 and 29 to 4.
   6. Itchy Row Posted: September 10, 2019 at 04:23 PM (#5878172)
The Mets scored 40 over two consecutive games (16-5 over the Orioles and 24-4 over the Phillies) last August.

Play Index says there have been two three-game 15-run streaks, by the 1930 Cubs and the 1993 Tigers. The Astros are one of 35 two-game streaks.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: September 10, 2019 at 04:58 PM (#5878179)
Only seven in the Brewers-Marlins tiff.

I swear, if he could figure out how to do it, Counsell would go to the pen in the middle of a pitch. Makes even Maddon look like Billy Martin and the 1980 A's.
   8. Greg Pope Posted: September 10, 2019 at 05:54 PM (#5878192)
Not sure where else to ask this question.

It looks like Carlos Correa will play a rehab game this Friday. It's Game 3 of the Pacific Coast Championship Series. Does it really not matter to anyone that it's the playoffs? I assume there are players on the AAA team who have been there all year who really want to win the championship. And yet the Astros get to put in one of the best players in MLB for their team. Although I doubt Correa will be playing his hardest, either.

It just seems weird and unfair to have rehab assignments during a playoff.
   9. QLE Posted: September 10, 2019 at 06:37 PM (#5878207)
Does it really not matter to anyone that it's the playoffs?


It doesn't seem to be something the MLB teams care about- my home team is the other one in the PCL championship round, and it lost most of its best players in the days before the playoffs started as Giants call-ups, leading to quite a few of the players left in the playoffs being ones who spent most of the year in Double-A.

Agreed that it feels off, but it reflects that the priorities of MLB are not those of the minors.

   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 10, 2019 at 07:01 PM (#5878215)
Does it really not matter to anyone that it's the playoffs?
The Yankees have Severino & Betances pitching for Trenton in their playoffs on rehab assignments. It’s Minor League Baseball, so that’s just how it’s done.
   11. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: September 10, 2019 at 07:09 PM (#5878218)
Geez. Maybe they could not throw balls out of play that touched the dirt once?


Would certainly help cut down the gopher balls. How about one ball per half inning unless it's visibly damaged?

I’ve never understood why this wasn’t looked at as a cause. It seems to have started around the mid/late 90s. I remember one time i was watching a replay of game six of the 1986 NLCS when the Astro pitcher bounced one. Ashby just caught it and tossed it back to the mound. It was so jarring to see.

16 dozen balls is 192 baseballs. That’s 2.03 pitches per ball for that game. That’s freakin’ ludicrous.

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