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A.J. Ramos does it wrong, Max Scherzer's striking people out, J.D. Martinez rejoins a suddenly serious Tigers team, and more. Double-switching makes for a very odd end-game in Cincinnati, Andrew Benintendi debuts with amazing hair, and David Price goes an inning too long.
The Tuesday Takeaway
The Reds entered the bottom of the eighth inning down 5-4 to the Cardinals. Of course, some things happened before that, with the most noteworthy including ’s first home run since 2012 Adam Wainwright
Read the full article... Danny Salazar is losing heat, and Max Kepler takes advantage. Meanwhile, Danny Duffy and Kyle Hendricks turn in signature starts.
The Monday Takeaway
The Indians had themselves a mighty fine trade deadline, even after nixed his ticket to Cleveland. Jonathan Lucroy should fortify the bullpen and Andrew Miller figures to provide a nice boost to the outfield. With a relatively stable and healthy rotation, general manager Mike Chernoff was able to use his myriad trade chits to patch other roster holes while steering clear of the extreme sellers’ market for starting pitchers. Brandon Guyer
Then the deadline passed, and game time came around for the Tribe’s August opener against the Twins, and… uh oh.
Read the full article... The Blue Jays and Orioles play tug-of-war with the AL East lead, Derek Dietrich loses his shirt over a Marlins’ walk-off, and Justin Verlander makes everyone look foolish, again.
The Weekend Takeaway
The last two months of the regular season kick off today, and no teams are closer in the race for first place than the Blue Jays and Orioles. It’s late enough in the season that the standings are beginning to solidify—or so the Cubs’ seven-game lead over the Cardinals seems to imply—but not late enough that an unforeseen injury or trade deadline acquisition can’t impact a team’s chances of making the playoffs.
Read the full article... The Mets ad-lib a loss, Dee Gordon says sorry, and Aroldis Chapman pitches for a new team.
The Thursday Takeaway
was not going to close on Thursday. Jeurys Familia Terry Collins said so the night before—no caveats or conditional statements, no probably won’t or isn’t expected to, just a straightforwardly simple declarative. Familia wasn’t going to close, and was. And that made sense, seeing as how Familia had pitched on two straight days, the second of which resulted in two runs that earned him his first blown save since May. Familia wasn’t going to close. Addison Reed
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The Red Sox finally lose a whole series, the Angels lose under protest, and Giancarlo Stanton makes a pretty picture. A poor reliever's poor heart broken; Lindor's a hero; Sabathia makes it easier AND harder to trade him; and Arenado does defense.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Vinko Bogataj was forever immortalized as the face of “the agony of defeat” on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. His incredible crash on a ski jump slope in 1970 became forever associated with agony and defeat. It was his misfortune that an entire generation learned to cringe and giggle at.
Read the full article... Jeremy Hellickson aces his audition, the White Sox get to the Cubs' bullpen, and Dave Dombrowski has made so many trades that they're starting to overlap in a kind of baseball version of the grandfather paradox.
The Monday Takeaway
Trade rumors have swirled around the Marlins in recent days, with most honing in on the club’s search for a starting pitcher, especially in light of worrisome injury news regarding . Among the arms connected to Miami were Wei-Yin Chen and Andrew Cashner , and also Matt Moore … Jeremy Hellickson
Read the full article... Trevor Story adds three more home runs to his Pokédex, Jose Fernandez remains unbeatable in Miami, and Aaron Nola throws something resembling a strikeout.
The Weekend Takeaway
At this point, we should probably give his own record book. Trevor Story
Read the full article... Stephen Strasburg's perfect season gets befouled. Meanwhile, a baseball traveled 484 feet and Francisco Liriano righted himself.
The Thursday Takeaway
We’re not supposed to talk about pitcher wins anymore. There’s no real need to count the ways that the statistic is misleading and poorly constructed; Brian Kenny can take care of that for you. If you read this site, you should know why it’s not the greatest barometer of pitching success in a world filled with poor pitching barometers. In a world of blind men, the one-eyed man is king. The pitcher win is a blind man without a nose or nerve endings in his fingers. Read the full article... All Seattle does is hit walk-off dingers. Plus: Felix returns, Hanley takes a swing at four bombs in a game, and the Cubs are good again.
The Wednesday Takeaway
Walk-off victories are clearly the most exciting victories there are in baseball, but there are within the category clearly the most exciting walkoffs in baseball. There have been some especially intriguing contenders of late: hit a Little League home run to send the Pirates to victory last night, and the Padres won a game via walk-off balk this past Saturday. However, nothing beats a walk-off home run for symphonic release, and one team that’s been taking particular joy in ending games via walk-off dongers has been the Josh Harrison . Seattle Mariners
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July 20, 2016 9:48 am
Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard look like themselves again, Chase Headley keeps building his trade value, and Blake Snell is effectively wild at Coors.