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Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

Jun 12, 2014, 7:12 AM EDT

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Sorry for the lack of an “And That Happened” this morning, but I have little time. I’m taking the kids to a special summer excursion today, part of which includes this afternoon’s Dodgers-Reds game. Yes, the boy and I will both be wearing our Puig shirseys. Mookie will be wearing her Kershaw shirt. We’re going to annoy Cincinnati people by rooting in full-throated fashion for the Dodgers. Why? Because that’s what my son said we had to do today. Plus, it’ll be fun.

A lot more fun if the Dodgers’ bats don’t get sawed off the way Johnny Cueto sawed ‘em off yesterday. Twelve strikeouts in six shutout innings. I’m assuming Alfredo doesn’t do the same thing today.

Anyway, last night’s box scores:

Reds 5, Dodgers 0
Phillies 3, Padres 0
Twins 7, Blue Jays 2
Pirates 4, Cubs 2
Royals 4, Indians 1
Orioles 6, Red Sox 0
Brewers 3, Mets 1
Rays 6, Cardinals 3
Rockies 8, Braves 2
Rangers 6, Marlins 0
Nationals 6, Giants 2
White Sox 8, Tigers 2
Astros 5, Diamondbacks 1
Athletics 7, Angels 1
Yankees 4, Mariners 2

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Tanaka continues to impress, another great outing last night. Now 10-1 tied for the ML lead in wins. Second in the ML’s in ERA among pitchers with at least 10 starts, Third in the ML’s in WHIP among pitchers with at least 10 starts and Sixth in the ML’s in K’s. The dude is a stud, plain and simple.

    Single-handedly he has kept the Yankees in this thing called the AL East race and for a spot in the AL postseason.

    • renaado - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      Absolutely, good thing the Yanks are scorin enough runs when he’s there on the mound. He ain’t called the “golden egg” in Japan for nothin.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Can you be an MVP candidate as a pitcher without being the CY Young winner? Because most analysis suggests that he is not quite the best pitcher this season. But without him, the Yanks would be going nowhere.

      • renaado - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        Even though the Yanks have Tanaka they’re still goin nowhere, they’re still stuck at 3rd place. The Yankees only seem to have confidence winning ballgames when Tanaka takes the mound.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        Because most analysis suggests that he is not quite the best pitcher this season.

        I’d argue he’s either #1 or #2 behind Felix. What analysis are you looking at?

      • sdelmonte - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        The analysis that points at King Felix, basically.

      • peymax1693 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Tanaka has two (2) more wins, a better ERA, WAR, WHIP, Walk/K ratio and trails King Felix in the K department by only 3 (106 to 103) even though Felix has one more start.

        Given that Tanaka has better numbers than King Felix in almost every single important pitching stat, what analysis could you possibly be using that has Felix rated the better pitcher?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Felix – 14 GS, 8-1, 2.39 ERA, 156 ERA+, 98 IP, 27.3 K%, 4.4 BB%, 22.9 K/BB%; 3.7 fWAR/2.3 rWAR
        Tanaka – 13 GS, 10-1, 2.02 ERA, 201 ERA+, 93.2 IP, 28.4 K%, 3.9 BB%, 24.5 K/BB%, 2.8 fWAR/3.8rWAR

        Better ERA, K and BB rates, more IP on a rate basis, worse HR rates. In an analysis of value, give me the metric that judges what they’ve actually done (rWAR) over what you’d expect them to do (fWAR).

      • uyf1950 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        @renaado, actually the Yankees are tied with the Orioles for 2nd place in the AL East. They have identical records. They may not make the postseason but right now they have just as good a shot as any team in the AL except the A’s and maybe the the Tigers.

        No ones really taken charge in the AL East and no one has run away from anyone for the 2 wild card spots.

      • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        BPro’s AL playoff odds are
        95.0% A’s
        83.8% Angels
        73.4% Tigers
        71.6% Blue Jays
        33.9% Yankees

        As you might expect with the big dropoff between 4th and 5th, the Yankees lead a pack consisting of the Mariners, Indians, and Orioles. Better to be 5th than 8th, though.

      • nbjays - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        I love your Yankee logic, Uyf…

        Toronto has a much better record than Detroit, and has a bigger lead in their division than either the Tigers or the A’s, yet somehow, only the A’s and Tigers have a legitimate chance at the postseason or have “taken charge of their division”.

        The Jays currently have a bigger lead on the second place O’s and Yanks than the Tigers have on the last place Twins, but apparently Detroit has taken charge of the AL central?

        The Yankees/O’s have a worse record at the moment than the 3rd place Mariners in the west, yet they have “as good a shot as anyone in the AL other than the A’s and Tigers”.

        Whatever…

      • uyf1950 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        @nbjays, let me try and explain my logic. The Jays play both the Orioles and Yankees 19 games this season. They still have 13 games left against the Orioles and 14 games left against the Yankees. In fact the Jays play the Yankees 6 times over the next 2 weeks. Now considering the Jays lead both the Orioles and Yankees by 4.5 games that is hardly an insurmountable lead considering the amount of games they still have against both teams. Also considering the Yankees historical regular season success against the Jays at this point in the season I have no problem sticking with my previous premise.

        I don’t know if either the Orioles or Yankees will overtake the Jays, Just like i’m not sure the Jays will maintain their current level of success.

        If I can speak for a moment about my comment on the Tigers and A’s. Recent history (last 2 years) leads me to believe that since the Tigers and A’s have been there they are more likely to repeat. I could be wrong, we’ll see.

        I’m sure you will disagree with me as I would/will when posters here discount the Yankees chances of making the postseason. The simple truth is they are all opinions yours or mine no better then anyone else’s. Have a good day my friend.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        corrections: 16 games left against the Yankees.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Sure you can. MVP voters are entirely distinct from CYA voters. Obviously there’s groupthink beforehand, but the voter pools are small enough that one could conceivably vote Tanaka MVP while the other gives Felix the edge in CYA.

      • nbjays - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Except that in order for Tanaka to even be in the MVP conversation, the Yankees will absolutely need to make the postseason. The precedent has been set with Miggy v Trout that getting your team to the playoffs is the first criterion.

  2. Kevin S. - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Booooo! Unacceptable! Props for the in-person fanbase trolling, though.

    Also, TANAK had a potential Maddux in the works, but Cano had to go and spoil things. Booooooo!

    • aresachaela - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      MA-KUN is AMAZING!! 10-1 record with an almost 2.00 era!? PHENOMENAL XD!! Rest of the starters are “Zzzz”.

      • renaado - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        No love for Kuroda????? He’s been decent so far for em though.

      • aresachaela - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:49 AM

        Ehhhhh……. so-so, everytime I watch him pitch he losses :-(.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      but Cano had to go and spoil things

      I’d prefer to blame Roberts =\

      Also great work by McCann and Tanaka. It was obvious batters were sitting on the splitter in the later innings, so Tanaka just started painting the black with 94/95mph fastballs.

      • peymax1693 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        That was the most impressive thing to me. The last pitch he threw on the night was a 95 mph heater on the outside corner.

        Given that teams know they have to attack his fastball in order to have a chance, I wonder if he is going to start throwing harder earlier in the game. He seems to be content throwing 90-91 early. No doubt that is what his scouting report would read. However, if he starts throwing 94-95 instead, then the hitters will really be confused.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        From the reports out of Japan he does that intentionally, a la Verlander. He dials it up when he needs to but will generally sit low 90s in the beginning. Granted if he can start pumping 95 throughout a game, well that’s a horse of another color…

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    The Jays have hit a rough spot lately, but still have a decent lead in the AL East. They were bound to cool off sometime, but it happened after they created some daylight between them and the other AL East teams.

    • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      The Twins aren’t anything to sneeze at. They’ve been playing some pretty good baseball this year, and have played well against some of the better teams including the Brewers and the Beavermen.

      Now if they’d just bring up some of their AAA pitching to replace Deduno and Correa we’d be in position to go on a nice little run. Every series from here to the All-Star game is winnable (thinking 2 wins each series puts them in a very good position going into the break).

      • zzalapski - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        If your definition of “pretty good” is “middling at best”, sure. AL rankings as of today:

        7th in runs
        10th in total bases
        11th in BA
        5th in OBP
        10th in SLG
        14th in ERA
        12th in quality starts
        14th in pitchers’ walks
        15th in pitchers’ Ks

        Their hitters’ patience is offset by their lack of power, and their pitchers’ superb control is offset by their utter inability to strike people out (which, once again, is a feature, not a bug). The fact that, even at two games under .500, they’re still only 3.5 games out of first is more indicative of the thorough mediocrity of the division at this point.

      • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Well, to be fair, two of their best power hitters (Arcia & Willingham) were on the DL for a big chunk of that time, and yet they’re still 7th in runs scored. With Willingham hitting like he was in 2012, Arcia back with some added pop and the addition of Morales, I would expect those hitting numbers to keep going up. Especially if that 3 hit game from Mauer yesterday is him finally busting out of this funk he’s been in this year.

        I can’t argue with the pitching, but like I stated, we need to replace a few of our starters, and have the arms in AAA to do so. Terry Ryan just needs to $hlt or get off the pot.

      • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        And considering how the Twins have performed over the last few years, this is certainly “pretty good.” They’re 2 games under .500 yes, but with the exception of getting stomped by the A’s, they’ve done pretty well against tough opponents. I mean, they’re 10-5 against the AL East so far this season. Granted, they’ve sucked it up against the AL West so far, but they’re hardly the pushovers they were in the last few years.

      • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        Correction, 2nd in pitcher walks allowed.

        A couple more stats to look at as well. They’re 2nd in walks (taken), 5th in pitcher shutouts, 4th in HR allowed. If you keep the ball in the park, and don’t allow a lot of free passes, then you give your team a descent chance to win.

      • zzalapski - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        14th in pitchers’ walks (descending order) = 2nd in pitchers’ walks (ascending order). In any event, I acknowledged the Twins pitchers’ stinginess with the free pass.

        Fair point on the absences of Arcia and Willingham.

        Shutouts, as a a team statistic, don’t seem meaningful to me. Texas leads the AL with 12 shutouts, and their pitching is worse than Minnesota’s.

  4. johnnysoda - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    I, unfortunately, do not have the time for a back-up “And That Happened”, but I will say typing “Rays win” is a strange experience. It’s kind of like saying “freezing hot”, or “elderly infant”, or “person at Marlins game”.

    • nbjays - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      “Young Phillies or Yankees player”?

    • philliesblow - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      “Quality start by Verlander”?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Boooo!!!!!

        /throws poutine

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        “Solid fundamentals by Yasiel Puiq?”

      • strictlythedanks - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        never, ever waste poutine

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      “Hit by Manny Machado referring to a ball, not a player?”

    • zzalapski - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      “Multi-HR game from the Royals”?

  5. thedoubleentandres - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Yoenis the menace with another unbelievable throw in yesterdays game.

    btw Craig, I saw The Conversation for the first time last night…mehhh, wasn’t bad

    • dcarroll73 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      “mehhh”???? It’s BRILLIANT. The whole movie turns on the relative emphasis placed on two words in a bugged conversation. Was it, “he’d KILL us…” or “he’d kill US”. It sort of turns the old film school “is sound filmic?” debate on its head. Another movie with one similarly critical line is Altman’s _McCabe & Mrs. Miller_. Altman has been known for interesting use of audio with overheard lines from a side conversation having great importance (much as in real life.) If you think that one is “meh”, at least you’ll have Julie Christie to look at.

      • thedoubleentandres - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        Haha, don’t get me wrong it was certainly enjoyable but knowing it was Coppola and featured a cast of Hackman, Ford, Fredo (dunno his real name) and Robert Duvall I was like this is going to be the best movie ever. I think I expected too much.
        Hackmans brilliant as the paranoid loner but I dunno, I expected something as gripping as JFK or something.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        JFK? That hurts me.

      • thedoubleentandres - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        @historio No good?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        I’m assuming you mean the Oliver Stone movie, so I hope you get some more accurate info elsewhere to supplement.

      • thedoubleentandres - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Well, Iv also read Stephen Kings 11.22.63 about a guy who travels back in time to stop Oswald…so I think I’ve got a pretty firm grasp on the situation

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        /head explodes

    • hcf95688 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Many of us in The Town have taken to referring to him as “Throwenis”

  6. indaburg - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Not only did the Rays score a run, they scored multiple. At the end of the game, their number of runs was greater than their opponent’s, which does not compute.

    Kiermaier’s diving catch won that game for the Rays. I think I love that kid. He saved 3 runs single handedly and it was easily the best catch I’ve seen all season. I can say this because one, I’m not objective, and two, I’ve been watching some lousy baseball.

    • indaburg - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Seriously, you have to see this catch:

      http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/11493214/v33635515/must-c-catch-kiermaier-preserves-lead-with-catch

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Wow, that’s exactly the OPPOSITE of how our OF played last night. Uh, I’m gonna start cussing again…beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

    • ud1951 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Looked like a nice catch, until they showed it in slow motion. Holy cow! That was a great catch.

  7. southpaw2k - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Orioles 6, Red Sox 0: Wei-Yin Chen is already 2-0 with an ERA of 1.45 over 18.2 IP for the month of June so far. Ssssshhhhhh, don’t tell anyone. You’ll jinx him!

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Damn shame about that rain delay! He was at 76 pitches through 7 before the skies broke lose or else he likely would have gone the distance.

      On a side note to add to your “shhhhhh” commentary, Britton has allowed 1 run over his last 18 1/3 innings of relief.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Baltimore gave up just 1 run in a three game set against Boston and still managed to lose a game.

  8. natstowngreg - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Ten of 12 for the Nats. Outscored opponents 70-21. Scored at least 6 runs in 8 of the 12 games. At Nats Park, 6 runs or more for the home team gets a ticketholder a 6-piece box of Chicken McNuggets(tm) .

    Tanner Roark continued his fine work as the 5th starter. 5-4, 2.92, 1.06 WHIP. Matt Cain had enough of the yips in the 1st to make a difference.

    Meanwhile, the Braves lost a mile above sea level, leaving the Nats in first. This afternoon: Blake Treinen, doing a nice job filling in for Gio, vs. Tim Hudson.

    • karlkolchak - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      If they beat traditional Nat killer Hudson today with a rookie on the mound, then you can say this truly the start of something special.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        That would be great, but I’m looking forward to the next series. IMHO, aside from the Braves, there’s one team the Nats need to show they can beat. The the Cards. In St. Louis.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        BTW, have you had your banana and mayonnaise sandwich yet?

    • goawaydog - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      I hope this is not the beginning of a long slump for the Giants and just a beat down by a Nats team that has everything working for them right now. hoping Hudson can salvage a game here and send us into a divisional series with the Rockies on positive note. and uh Giants? where have all the dingers gone??? I miss the dingers.

  9. historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    [Comment censored]

    • renaado - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      /Gasp

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      (That was vile. I understand why it was censored.)

      • aresachaela - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        I dont see anything… aside from that [comment censored] thingy :O.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        It was all in her mind. Believe me. It was vile. She is a Tigers fan. Hell hath no fury like a disappointed Tigers fan.

      • aresachaela - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        =-0, endure it historio :’-(.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        She believes that what happens in Toronto should stay in Toronto. This weekend may be difficult for her.

    • indaburg - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      You kiss your momma with that potty mouth, missy?

      • Alex K - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        DANG YOU INDA!!!!

      • indaburg - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        :-)

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        True story: my moms is a 5’3″ red-headed religious woman. The only time I ever hear her swear is during ball games. And she loved John Kruk when he played. Go figure. She also paces during games.

    • Alex K - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      You kiss your mother with that mouth?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        She’s a ginger, so does that count?

  10. jm91rs - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Watch out for this guy at the game today Craig. It takes a special kind of stupid to get banned from a stadium.

    http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/dodgers-fan-with-lifetime-ban-arrested-at-great-american-ball-park-tuesday

  11. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    I would say the O’s are back on track but come on… Red Sox…

    O’s starters in the series (Norris, Tillman, Chen): 21 IP, 14 H, 1 ER. 3 QUALITY STARTS! THAT NEVER HAPPENS!

    O’s pen in the series: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER

    Also another Crush HR last night.

    Also Machado hitless in his last 20-something now.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Go, O’s!

  12. phillysports1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Johnny Cueto.

    • Old Gator - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      POS thug.

  13. aceshigh11 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    This Red Sox season has been nothing short of a warehouse fire.

    Stick a fork in these bums. Worst to First to Worst.

    • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Just in time for the Twins to come into town riding a 2 game winning streak…

      Too bad Big Papi always seems to clobber our pitching. I hear he was going to ask our starters to throw for him during the HR derby at the AS game…

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Not quite yet. We got a hearty helping of kitten stew to chow down first. I do love asparagus.

      • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Oh yeah, for some reason I already passed over the Tigers series. I should have said a 5 game winning streak…

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        What?! Grrrrrrrr.

      • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Hee hee. Come on Historio, you should be getting used to the losing by now.

        Of course, any time I start talking trash the Twins don’t back it up, so you should feel pretty good about this series.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        He of the ying and yang eyes is starting against the White Sox today, and won’t be pitching this weekend. Clean living I guess.

  14. hieronymous27 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Yet another Non-quality start for Justin Upton-Verlander.

  15. shawndc04 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Cespedes again

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140611&content_id=79353786&vkey=news_oak&c_id=oak&partnerId=ed-8306821-713163403

    • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Wow. Muffs another bouncing ball, makes another brilliant throw.

  16. janessa31888 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I hope this isn’t the beginning of another long losing streak.

  17. txmade06 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Astros only 5 back from wild card!! A lot of optimism in H Town

    • goawaydog - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      living is SF I am a long time Giants fan. Many of my friends are A’s fans so when the Astros moved to the AL they became my AL team. seemed like a good time to get on the band wagon. so far I like what I see.

  18. Old Gator - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    The Feesh ackcherley finished up a 4-3 (ie, winning) road trip – very rare this season – and yet after how flat they looked in their two losses to the Cubs and their roll-over-and-play-dead loss to Darvish and the Rangers last night, it still feels somehow like they came limping home today. Yes, one of the teams they played was the Razed (Joe Maddon looked very happy in the postgame interviews yesterday, like someone who had turned to bran flakes for breakfast out of utter desperation and it worked), so you need to take even their limited success with a grain of adobo. But there have been disquieting signs: the Iron Giant has gone back to lunging after low outside pitches and has seen his BA drop about fifteen points on the trip; Marcell Ozuna, aside from terminating the Razed rapist Josh Leuke with a home run last week has been clueless at the plate and has seen his production nosedive; the infield in general, even occasional weezard Adeiny Hechavarria, seem to have collectively forgotten how to pick up a rolling ball orf the ground and then ackcherley throw it into another infielder’s glove, the boolpen has learned to treat inherited runners with kindness and generosity, and popups down the line have apparently become fraught with conceptual difficulties. On the bright side, Christian Yeelich, who somehow reminds me of a young, marginally anorexic Gomer Pyle, does seem to be snapping out of his May schneid. That would be a big help, but the fact is that the Feesh don’t have a legitimate leadoff hitter and their ideal number two hitter is batting cleanup.

    Whelp, the Feesh get a day orf to clean and scale themselves and then take on the Buccos tomorrow. Rumor has it that El Keed will be stopping by to spend some time with the guys. I hope so, they need a shot of his effervescence even if he can’t throw right now.

  19. APBA Guy - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Yo Throws! I admit, after the Glove Show in the first (Trout and CoCo dueling HR robberies), I thought I’d seen all the defense there was to see in this game, but that’s why we keep watching, to see Yo misplay another ball into a cunningly conceived opportunity to throw out an Angel base runner.

    All the D overshadowed Milone’s Houdini Stopper act, ending the A’s losing streak using a variety of mush and sleight-of-hand that has you asking yourself “How long can he keep this up? Weaver has become the right version of a soft-tossing lefty. He made one serious mistake, leaving a nothing ball up to Vogt, who has done nothing but contribute since his call-up.

    Of curse, the answer to the above questions is: 200 innings, please. As Chavez’ velocity has dropped 2 MPH since April, Gray is in his first full MLB season and Kazmir hasn’t thrown 160 innings since 2007, the A’s need Milone to be more than serviceable for the duration.

    Is anybody else wondering if the A’s will pick up the White Rabbit now that he’s been DFA’d from the D’backs? After 10 days from his DFA announcement, if Arizona releases him, the A’s could sign him for the MLB minimum (AZ still has to eat the $ 17M on his remaining salary.) Cahill is at least durable, and the wizardry of Curt Young could possibly make him a useful insurance policy for August/September when the emergency starters run out of gas, or worse.

  20. musketmaniac - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Interesting season. Don’t remember the middle being this big in any recent season. Two teams with a winning percentage over .600. arguably only two teams dead in the water, Cubs and Devil Rays. Not many people think the Blue Jays, Brewers or Giants will finish on top. Overall I cant remember the last the middle was this thick so close to mid-season. September should fun.

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