The Baseball Roundup (6/13/15)
I had a brief hiatus yesterday. I was busy mourning the Cavaliers’ Game 4 meltdown, putting to bed my brief love of deli, and playing music with bogey. I also saw Jurassic World, but more on that later. Let’s hit some baseball to get back in a groove.
Reds pull of the 5-4 victory in extra innings over the Cubs. Frazier hit his 18th homer, Cueto pitched well, and a throwing error by young gun Kris Bryant put Frazier on in the 10th, where he would score the winning run two batters later. The Reds have now won 5 of 6. Question for you, do you think the mental side of the game leads to pitchers giving up runs to ‘unearned’ baserunners more often? Don’t know how to go about finding this stat, but it’s intriguing to me.
Indians got shutout 4-0. Salazar pitched well before giving up a 450 foot jack to Miguel Cabrera. We continue to waste good pitching from this team, and I’m starting to wonder if it’s just not in the cards. Could this be the best pitching staff ever to finish below .500? Can you think of any other candidates off the top of your head? The Tribe hit into 4 double plays, which is 2 shy of the AL record. On Saturday, Carlos Carrasco will be taking the mound for Cleveland against aging star (former?) Justin Verlander, who will be making his first start of the season. The guy handed off the dominance of his own team and league to former teammate Scherzer, but this will start the season of questions…Can he still be the guy? What does he have left in the tank? Could the time off, and by extension shorter season, end up being a blessing in disguise for Detroit and Justin?
Red Sox lose a heartbreaker 13-10 to the Blue Jays. The teams that I was, apparently wrongly, surprised was leading the league in runs, put it all together at once. They had a 9 run inning, to come all the way back from 8-1. This is impressive, and gotta be dishearting for the Sox. There manager described the inning simply as, “Long. It felt long.” My main man Kung-Fu Panda had a costly error, and the pudgy lovable third baseman is continuing to disappoint. I’m actively looking for potential replacements at 3rd base in fantasy, FYI.
YIKES! Gotta hit the road to Pittsburgh, but will likely check in a gain later after you get some stuff up.
I have two third basemen and would potentially be happy to part with one… Look into it.
I have some non-baseball things to throw in.
Tashaun Gipson signed his RFA tender for the Browns and will be at camp this week. After seeing that he is physically OK, I hope they offer him the contract extension he deserves… They have been talking up Jordan Poyer, but Gip might just be the best FS in the game right now…
Also, apparently Cameron Erving is just being a G. I don’t even need the playoffs this year, but if the Browns could play ball that isn’t excruciating to watch. I’ll be a happy man. An improved O-Line with Cam and the “return of the Mack” is a good step in that direction.
Can’t wait to discuss some movies and TV this week. I went on a Kurt Russell binge, started rewatching “Lost” in French, somehow stomached “Sense8,” and watched “Black Hat” recently. Lots of thoughts.
As for the Cavs, I’m worried this season is going to mirror the Memphis series. Sure hope not. Been listening to the “Lowe Post” podcast all week and basically Kerr did what Zach recommended. He has to be the best young analyst right now, eh?
Our Astros won 10 – o against the Mariners. They scored 8 runs before King Felix could record a second out… Whoa. Obviously that’s the worst start of his career. You’re going to love the following bit of history… He isn’t the first Mariner to have such a start!
My new SS Carlos Correa hit the second home run of his career, Louis Valbuena hit a 3 run bomb, and both Chris Carter and Jason Castron also homered. Brett Oberholtzer didn’t let the run support get to his head. He shut down the Mariners for 8 innings, surrendering no runs, allowing 5 baserunners, and striking out 5.
Erik Bedard retired on Thursday, inspiring Cliff Corcoran to round up the most lopsided trades of the 21st century. Atop the list is the one I expected:
Pat Venditte already landed on the DL. I know he likes to use both hands for peak performance, but you would think the ambidexterity would also help prevent things like this. If one arm is sore, use the other…
The fact that this Tribe staff is below .500 is crazy. Also crazy? That both the MVP and Cy Young could be Indians… Kipnis and Kluber would not be crazy! Turns out this year it seems particularly likely that we might see this… Harper and Scherzer would be the best bet, but it’s not inconceivable that a David Price and Miggy could pull it off, or a Kershaw and Gonzalez… We shall see. Here are all the times it has happened before:
As for your question about the psychology of pitchers potentially leading to unearned runners scoring at a higher rate than earned, that would be a really tough thing to sift through (but could definitely be done…). A corollary phenomenon would be to look at the rate at which inherited runners score. That seems to be a very similar situation…