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The Orioles win a wild one, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols do the things, and more from Wednesday's action.
Ben and Sam banter about Rich Hill and Dylan Stoops, then answer listener emails about Collin McHugh, stacking rosters with clones of Barry Bonds, diving into first base, Dylan Bundy and Ervin Santana, and more. Th Cardinals' deep pitching staff has freed them to use Alex Reyes in an interesting way; fun facts result.
is up to 9 ⅔ innings pitched in the big leagues, and he still hasn’t allowed a run. He made his fifth career appearance Tuesday night, getting seven outs (including four strikeouts) in what ended up being a 7-4 Cardinals loss. In that game, he took over in the fifth inning, after Alex Reyes struggled through four and put the Cardinals in a 6-4 hole. He threw 33 pitches and faced 10 batters, on three days’ rest. That’s been roughly typical so far. In his first four outings, he faced three, nine, eight, and five batters, threw 11, 51, 37, and 22 pitches, and had two, three, two, and two days’ rest, respectively. Jaime Garcia
Read the full article... The rookie makes his debut and bails out Jon Niese, plus more from Tuesday's action.
The Tuesday Takeaway
It’s now been three weeks since was traded back to the Mets, and while his return has been lacking on several fronts (namely that of good pitching), it’s at least been interesting. First there were the seven runs allowed in six innings of relief, curious in the ugly way that struggle can often be. Then there was the fact that such a bullpen performance resulted in a promotion to the rotation, even as he was said to be grappling with a sore knee. And Tuesday, there was more frustration to add to the trend. Jon Niese
Read the full article... Justin Verlander is the rare power pitcher who has reversed a downward trajectory late after 30.
As a die-hard White Sox fan in an era when American League Central baseball was known as nearly royalty, it was frowned upon for me to be as awestruck by the
as I was. Not even that, it wasn’t okay. Detroit Tigers
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We're at a point in the season where a lot of the baseball is meaningless. What force of gravity is it that keeps pulling players toward effort? The Dodgers hit a bunch of homers off a guy named Bailey, and more from Monday's action.
The Monday Takeaway
If never has to see Homer Bailey again, the Reds right-hander would be just fine with that. Gonzalez entered Monday’s series-closing matinee 10-for-23 lifetime with five homers and two doubles against Bailey. Among opponents with at least 20 head-to-head plate appearances, Gonzalez’s 1.632 Adrian Gonzalez was tops by more than 250 points. And that was before this: OPS
Read the full article... What's the best way to spend money, given what we know right this minute?
A few years ago, I had a conversation with my brother. We were talking about (surprise!) baseball, but then his finance degree started talking. He pointed out to me that baseball is actually a really bad business model to be trapped in. The majority of your costs are fixed. You will be paying them, no matter what. Unlike the NFL, MLB contracts are largely guaranteed, so once a team signs a big expensive free agent, they are on the hook for paying him, sometimes on the hook several years into the future. On the other side, a lot of the revenue sources that teams have traditionally counted on (attendance, concessions, merchandise)—items that even in the age of huge TV contracts and regional sports networks being big feeders of the bottom line are still important—are variable. Fans usually come out to support a winner and a lot of times it’s hard to know how good you’ll be in three years. Will there be enough revenue to cover the cost of that fancy new second baseman? Teams aren’t completely operating in the dark when it comes to budgeting, but unlike a lot of other industries where if demand slows down, you can simply slow down production (and save money that way), baseball doesn’t let you do that.
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Hey look, the Royals are back from the dead and making another late-season run.
The Angels comment, my friend.
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