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Sunday, September 30, 2018

MLB wrap: There is bedlam in the National League

It’s 2011 all over again.

Why do we say that? Because there is one day left in the regular season and four teams still have everything to play for.

By virtue of the fact the Cubs lost to the Cardinals 2-1 following a gem of a performance from St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas, Chicago is tied with Milwaukee for first in the National League Central. The Brewers defeated the Tigers 6-5 Saturday.

Panic in the streets! Stockbrokers leaping from windows! Dogs and cats living together! PEOPLE ...

QLE Posted: September 30, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: national league, pennant race

David Wright walks off to long ovation in farewell game with Mets

FLUSHING, Queens (WABC)—David Wright has left to a long standing ovation before a packed crowd at Citi Field in his farewell game for the New York Mets.


The team captain went 0 for 1 with a walk Saturday night against the Miami Marlins and was removed after two plate appearances as planned. On defense, he handled a one-hopper to third base with no problem.

Wright, who fouled out to first base his final time up, took his position before the top of the fifth inning. Mets manager Mickey ...

QLE Posted: September 30, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, farewell

Here’s what Christian Yelich needs to do on Sunday to earn first NL Triple Crown in 81 years

Christian Yelich, arguably the frontrunner for the National League MVP award, had a big Saturday night as part of a Milwaukee Brewers win against the Detroit Tigers.

Yelich went 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs and a walk and three runs batted in. On the season, he’s now up to 36 home runs, a .324/.400/.599 slash line, and 109 RBI.

While most of the attention this season with regards to the Triple Crown had been focused on J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox, it’s Yelich who will enter the ...

QLE Posted: September 30, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, triple crown

Red Sox fan hits Giancarlo Stanton with thrown back home run ball

When you catch a visiting team’s home run you are supposed to throw it right back. It is a sort of rite of passage for some fans. Sure, you just caught a home run, a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, but the home run was not from your team. Instead of giving to the kid next to you, you throw it back.

Typically thrown balls back result in some cheers and a nice camera shoutout. For a Boston Red Sox fan, it resulted in an ejection.

During Saturday’s 8-5 win against the Red Sox, New York ...

QLE Posted: September 30, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, giancarlo stanton, throwing

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Big meeting upstairs is prelude to Phillies’ 9th straight loss

Given the team’s monstrous free fall in the standings, there isn’t much need for a lot of game detail in these nightly Phillies obituaries.

But we are required to point out the final result.

Even ugly ones.

I can think of several possibilities for why they’d have a big meeting upstairs, and none of them are promising….

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 05:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: losing streak, phillies

A’s set to play AL wild-card game in New York after Yankees win

ANAHEIM — It was going to take a miraculous turn of events to change what was almost a given, but it’s now set in stone — the A’s road to the ALDS will have to go through New York.

The Yankees knocked off the Boston Red Sox 11-6 on Friday night, securing their position as the top American League wild-card team. The wild-card game will be played Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Before the A’s took on the Angels on Friday, manager Bob Melvin said he along with pitching coach Scott Emerson ...

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, wild card, yankees

Twins playing out season’s last days with uncaptivating lineup, no eye toward future

The Twins have done such a fine job of padding crowd numbers in this final week of the 2018 season that the official total will surpass 1.9 million and they won’t have to admit to the lowest attendance since 2001 in the Metrodome.

No matter.

The Twins are in the poorest shape with Minnesota’s sporting public entering this winter of gloom than at any time since 2000, the last of eight consecutive losing seasons.

Question for anyone here who follows the Twins: is this author being excessively ...

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: tickets, twins

Baseball notebook: Orioles’ Davis ready for record-worst season to end

Orioles’ Davis ready for tough 2018 to be over

Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis has evidently put an end to one of the worst seasons in major league history.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Davis likely won’t play in any of the teams’ final games.

Bad as this year has been for Chris Davis, what does he do if it turns out to be all downhill from here?

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:46 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, lousy season

Donaldson powers 10-run inning, Indians beat Royals 14-6

KANSAS CITY, MO.-This is the Josh Donaldson the Cleveland Indians were hoping for after rolling the dice in an Aug. 31 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Donaldson, a former AL MVP, hit a grand slam and double during a 10-run seventh inning, powering the Indians past the Kansas City Royals 14-6 Friday night.

With the win, the AL Central champion Indians improved to 90-70, marking the third time in team history they’ve won at least 90 games in three straight seasons.

Remember when we thought ...

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, josh donaldson

Brewers riding hot Braun against Tigers

MILWAUKEE — It’s been a full decade since the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a 26-year playoff drought, thanks in large part to a monster final week by Ryan Braun.

Braun, who came up big again three years later when the Brewers won their first NL Central crown, has been through a lot since. But now, with the team headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, it’s no coincidence that Braun is again playing at an elite level.

He has five home runs over his last four games, ...

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Maidson Bumgarner doesn’t think Friday was his last start for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Just before the All-Star break, Giants coaches sat down and mapped out their second-half rotation. They have known for months that they could push Madison Bumgarner back to this final series if it gave them a leg up in the NL West race.

This team, of course, is nowhere near contention. It’s been that way for a while. But the Giants still pushed Bumgarner back two days, giving him a big stage for his final start of the season and the opportunity to all but knock the Dodgers ...

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade rumors

Friday, September 28, 2018

TribLIVE: Pirates - Jung Ho Kang to make return Friday against Reds

The Pirates signed Kang out of South Korea to a four-year, $11 million contract in January 2015. The deal includes a $5.5 million club option with a $250,000 buyout for 2019.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday the organization was “still working through exactly where (Kang) fits” for 2019.

“It’s a big jump from Instructional League games to a major league game,” Huntington said Sunday.

Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer got their “thanks for everything” ovations when they were ...

Rennie's Tenet Posted: September 28, 2018 at 09:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dui, kbo, long layoffs, pittsburgh pirates, visa

John Gibbons won’t return as Blue Jays manager

John Gibbons’ second stint as manager of the Blue Jays has come to an end.

The team on Wednesday announced it will part ways with Gibbons at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

“Ultimately what we’ve decided is that John (Gibbons) will not be returning as our manager,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said.

Gibbons had a sense of humor about the move as he joked: “We kept that secret pretty good, didn’t we?”

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons

Giants Fire General Manager Bobby Evans

The Giants fired general manager Bobby Evans on Monday, the club announced in a statement. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman was the first to report the news.

Evans served as San Francisco’s general manager for four seasons prior to being removed. He’s been a part of the organization for 25 years.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby evans, giants

Braves’ Dansby Swanson has partially torn ligament in left hand

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left hand, the team announced Wednesday.

Swanson, who had an MRI in Atlanta on Wednesday, will undergo daily treatment for the remainder of the regular season and will be re-evaluated next week prior to the National League Division Series, which begins Oct. 4.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, playoff implications

How Alex Cora changed the culture of the Red Sox regarding analytics

Knowledge is power.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 03:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, joey cora, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2018

Chicago Eagle, September 28, 1918:

At the close of every baseball season several players always claim the honor of having made the longest hit of the season’s play. However, there is never any dispute about who made the shortest hit. The latter honor for the season just closing is generally conceded to Heinie Groh of Cincinnati.

In a recent game in New York Heinie planted one directly in front of the plate and scampered off down to first while the Giants’ infield was looking for the ball. When ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2018 at 09:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees have paired the best bullpen ever with cutting-edge tools to optimize its usage. Will it be enough in the playoffs? – The Athletic

A really interesting look at what the Yankees are doing with analytics

In his previous life as a broadcaster, Boone dutifully studied matchups. Before every game he was assigned to call, it became part of his routine to learn which pitchers had the most success against each batter. Past performance was his guide, the same as it had been for many others over the last century. This is the information that allows fans to manage along at home and on Twitter, one of the many charms of the game.

But ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 09:01 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, sabermetrics, yankees

The Brewers Used a LOOGY as a Starter

On Monday night in St. Louis, left-hander Dan Jennings received the start for the Milwaukee Brewers… he faced a single batter, recorded a lone out, and then departed the game in favor of a right-hander.

The Cardinals started only one lefty, leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter, and the Brewers threw a bullpen game.

PreservedFish Posted: September 28, 2018 at 06:42 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: strategy

As Adam Jones likely nears final game with Orioles, he leaves a winning legacy — on and off field - Baltimore Sun

It will be interesting to see where one of my favorite players ends up. I fear he’s going to get squeezed this winter. Where’s his fit?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 06:36 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

An early look at Patrick Corbin’s free agency

Scout’s take
“Depending on how things shake out this winter with options and opt-outs, it is reasonable to expect that Patrick Corbin is one of the top starting pitchers in this year’s free-agent class. His age, left-handedness and dominant secondary offerings all factor into what will be a lucrative pay day this offseason. He is athletic, competitive and throws a lot of strikes with an understanding of how to pitch with his repertoire. All of those things project to age well over a multiyear ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 06:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Chris Sale plan still makes sense as he searches for mechanics, velocity | NBC Sports Boston

His last start was not encouraging.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Disappointing Arizona Diamondbacks’ decision: Rebuild, or take one more shot

Is this really a difficult decision?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

A Winter of Hard Choices Is Coming - Cincinnati Magazine

There’s nothing the Reds can do about that at this point, but the Reds can certainly emulate the way Atlanta supercharged its rebuild by calling up the organization’s talented kids in 2018 and letting them play.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:50 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Alex Rodriguez may have tried to push Jessica Mendoza out of ESPN booth

Three announcers are usually one too many. Three announcers who need to fill every moment with meaningless chatter are unbearable.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:40 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers

There’s nothing in the rule book that says a rebuild has to last a long time

We might not know the definition of Larry Baer’s “next gen GM” phrase, but it implies there will be a change in the team’s philosophy. That doesn’t mean there will be a drastic change in the way the Giants market themselves or explain what they’re doing, and that’s important to remember as the Giants are about to undergo their first total rebuild of the 21st century. The efforts of this “next gen GM” will surely be spun as anything but a rebuild.

However, it’s worth noting ...

QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rebuilding

Baby Braves Won’t Be Playoff Pushovers

Even though the Atlanta Braves rested regulars Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte Thursday night, their numbers suggest they won’t be pushovers in the playoffs.

The Braves began the night with an 89-69 record, good for an eight-and-a-half game margin over second-place Washington, because they balance offense, defense, and analytics – a mix that compensates for a pitching staff that is prone to handing opponents more than a fair share of walks.

With a win at CitiField Thursday, Atlanta ...

QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playoffs

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