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Ryan Flaherty masquerades as a major league pitcher, Felix Hernandez stages a comeback, and more from the weekend.
The Weekend Takeaway
The first time stood on the pitcher’s mound, he played for the Deering High School Rams in Portland, Maine. The second time, he played for the Ryan Flaherty in Saturday’s 12-2 loss to the Astros. Baltimore Orioles
Read the full article... The Mets lose a big one, Kris Bryant refuses to stop at third, the Red Sox bullpen is worse than the Tigers', and more from Thursday's action.
The Thursday Takeaway
The showdown in San Francisco on Thursday was one of utmost importance for the Mets. Sitting at .500 with their playoff hopes dangling by a loose thread on Mister Met’s cap, the Amazins would send Jacob deGrom to the mound. He was tasked with trying to keep pace with . Bumgarner entered the game with the second-best Madison Bumgarner in baseball, deGrom the fifth. By all accounts, it should have been one of the year’s best pitching duels. ERA
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Strasburg gets thumped, Swansby gets ovated, and more from Wednesday's action. The good, the bad and the Utley from Tuesday's action.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Most games have one definitive narrative that emerges after a period of time. Sometimes it’s a brilliant pitching duel, or yeoman’s work by a bullpen that’s forced into action early. Sometimes it’s a multi-home run game from one player.
Read the full article... The Yankees get a superb performance from a rookie starter, and more from Monday's games.
The Monday Takeaway
Yankees right-hander entered play Monday with splits wide enough to make Simone Biles jealous. Chad Green
He’d been dominant with the platoon advantage at hand, holding like-handed foes to a .236/.271/.382 slash line with 17 strikeouts in 59 at-bats, but vulnerable without it, suffering a .327/.407/.731 fate at the hands of enemy lefties. As a result, he’d thrived in relief duty, limiting the opposition to a .194/.257/.194 output, and scuffled as a starter to the tune of a .316/.373/.697 allowance that included eight homers in just 18 innings of work.
Read the full article... Alex Rodriguez bids adieu to New York City, Mookie Betts gives Ted Williams a run for his money, and more.
The Weekend Takeaway
If there was one reason to stay home last Friday night, it was to watch polish off the last game of his 12-year career with the Yankees. Alex Rodriguez
Read the full article... Things have gotten ugly in Boston, things have been ugly all season in Minnesota, and Alex Rodriguez is ready to say goodbye in New York.
The Thursday Takeaway
This week has been a particularly ugly section of a generally ugly stretch for the Red Sox's bullpen. Thursday did nothing to change that.
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In the waning days of his massive contract, Howard has a big hit against Kenley Jansen. That and more from Wednesday's action. Max Scherzer had no margin for mistakes, and then he made a mistake, the Tigers lose in 15, and more from Tuesday.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Almost everything went right for against the Indians. The first word of that sentence, however, is really the only one that matters. Max Scherzer
Read the full article... A marathon between the Marlins and Giants, the unsinkable Corey Seager, and more rom Monday's play.
The Monday Takeaway
Fill in the blank: Extra-inning games that stretch beyond the five-hour mark are _____.
Read the full article... Justin Verlander makes Noah Syndergaard look positively mortal, Billy Hamilton destroys our preconceived ideas about speed, and Jean Segura gifts Orlando Arcia his first extra base in the majors.
The Weekend Takeaway
Equipped with Mjolnir, Thor is unbeatable. Without it, well, he might look something like on the losing end of a 4-3 pitcher’s duel. Noah Syndergaard
Read the full article... Terry Francona gets unorthodox, Denard Span gets #ycpb all over everything, David Dahl's young and hot, and beware managerial pledges not to bunt so much.
The Thursday Takeaway
The closer is a decidedly unsexy concept from a hardcore sabermetric perspective. The best reliever on the team, the school of thought says, should be deployed in the situation with the highest leverage, not against the bottom of the order in a save situation that may never happen if some Triple-A call-up blows it in the sixth inning.
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