Aug 2, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT
Get me trying to put a brave face on the Braves moves.
Aug 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
In which the Seattle Mariners are compared to 1980s NWA jobber extraordinaire, George South.
Aug 2, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT
Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 yesterday after striking out three times Saturday for the just the third time in his career, leaving him with the lowest OPS (.743) and second-lowest batting average (.307) in 10 seasons with Seattle. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu suggested that the lack of capable of hitters following him in what is the…
Aug 2, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT
The Reds have been in need of an extra bullpen arm for a while this season, and whenever people have started talking about that need, the talk has turned to Aroldis Chapman. At first he was off limits because he was starting. And then, after being moved the bullpen he was seen as a non-option…
Aug 2, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT
St. Louis ranks just ninth among National League teams in runs scored–compared to second in runs allowed–and prior to Saturday’s trade deadline many people felt the Cardinals would be in the market for an offensive upgrade. Instead they traded one of their best hitters, right fielder Ryan Ludwick, to the Padres in a three-team deal…
Aug 2, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT
Arizona sending Edwin Jackson to Chicago for pitching prospects Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg struck me as one of the best moves of the trade deadline and the early returns are certainly encouraging. Hudson made his Diamondbacks debut yesterday against the Mets and tossed eight innings of one-run ball in a blowout victory, allowing just…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT
I always wondered what happened to interim managers when they were replaced. You always hear about them being reassigned and stuff, but I had always assumed that was a euphemism for what I suspect really happened to them: getting rolled up in a carpet and dumped in a ravine someplace. In light of that, I’ve…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT
In analyzing the Twins’ rotation struggles a couple weeks ago I noted that Francisco Liriano was suffering from some combination of bad luck and bad defense, because while his ERA was still plenty good his secondary numbers showed one of the truly elite pitching performances in all of baseball this season. At the time Liriano…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT
At least for a little while. If you buy tickets to home game between today and Sunday, the Pirates will waive all service fees. Nice gesture. And given that (a) it really is a great park; and (b) you’re guaranteed to see at least one major league team during any Pirates game, it’s a great…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT
Once viewed as the Brewers’ third baseman of the future, Mat Gamel’s injuries and struggles defensively have kept him in the minors far longer than expected when he ranked 34th on Baseball America‘s list of the top prospects in baseball prior to last season. Gamel got a brief look at third base last season before…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
If you read nothing but the New York tabloids you’d think that Lance Berkman was some reality show contestant rather than an accomplished and experienced major leaguer.
Aug 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT
Brad Lidge blew a save Saturday for the fourth time in 14 tries, but came back yesterday with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 11th save and got a vote of confidence from manager Charlie Manuel: I’ve definitely got to show him that I’m willing to stay with him and we’ll see what happens. ……
Aug 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
The Chad Qualls trade was a head scratcher at the time, but it was explained later in the day on Saturday when it was revealed that Rays’ setup man Grant Balfour was injured. Turns out that injury, however, was pretty preventable: he got it while “messing around . . . wrestling, in a way” with…
Aug 2, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT
After striking out as a pinch-hitter yesterday Alex Rodriguez has gone 38 at-bats since hitting his 599th career homer and while waiting for career homer No. 600 far too many media members are acting as if it’s a drought of epic proportions. In reality Rodriguez has gone more than 38 at-bats between homers 35 different…
Aug 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT
UPDATE: Buster tweets that Hart’s extension is for $26.5 million over three years. 9:30 A.M.: The subject of trade rumors for weeks, Corey Hart remained a Brewer after Saturday’s deadline hit. And he’ll remain a Brewer for some time into the future as well, given that Milwaukee just announced that Hart has agreed to a…
Aug 2, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT
When the Cubs and Dodgers were hammering out the Ted Lilly trade over the weekend, GM Jim Hendry asked for the input from his assistant, Greg Maddux. According to the Chicago Tribune, Maddux gave the thumbs up to the team acquiring Blake DeWitt. On the one hand: cool. Maddux is The Man, I would love…
Aug 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox nearly had a deal in place on Friday that would have had Mike Lowell going to the Yankees. Not directly — the Rangers would have been used as an intermediary in a three-way trade — but for all practical purposes it would have been a Yankees-Red Sox trade. …
Aug 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
It’s a long quote of the day, but it’s well worth your time. Buster nails it.
Aug 2, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Given how nutso Saturday was, you’re forgiven if you took yesterday off from following baseball, even if we didn’t.
Aug 2, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT
A dark cloud looms over Jerry Manuel and the Mets.
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