June 10, 2019 at 11:19 pm #94103
I had no idea it was Wilfredo Tovar was on the Angels 25 man currently. Has he been in Anaheim for long because I swear I saw him a couple weeks ago and didn’t put 2 and 2.June 13, 2019 at 5:22 pm #94368
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Tommy Pham with his usual candidness…June 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm #94450June 16, 2019 at 2:52 pm #94641
Jacob Wilson, who had been in the Nationals organization the last season and a half, has moved to the Lotte Giants in Korea.June 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm #94762
Pham makes some good points, although he is stating the obvious. Big market teams will always have the advantage.
Pham’s take on things is usually on target, he just presents it in a very blunt way.June 18, 2019 at 8:47 am #94834
My take on Tommy is that his primary concern is his pocketbook instead of the team but that’s just me.June 18, 2019 at 8:57 am #94836
Lou Brock turned 80 today. When I first started watching the Cards as a youngster, he was my favorite with the way he ignited the team.June 18, 2019 at 8:58 am #94837
Tommy has always played for one team: Tommy’s Team. He is prone to biting the hand that feeds him.June 19, 2019 at 11:20 am #95004
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Zac Gallen along with Sandy Alcantara, and Magneuris Sierra were the three players acquired in the trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to St Louis. Gallen's first career start will come against the Cardinals tomorrow.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) June 19, 2019June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm #95069
Thanks to all the fans that follow me and also that wished me a Happy Birthday I’m 80 and still going strong Thanks to the good Lord.
— Lou Brock (@LouBrock1) June 20, 2019June 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm #95202June 23, 2019 at 9:52 am #95464
Trevor Rosenthal was released by the Nationals.June 23, 2019 at 10:06 am #95466
Well there ya go. Our replacement closer has just been released and is available for a dime or two. I think I would take Cecil as a closer before Rosie returns.June 23, 2019 at 2:33 pm #95489
Rosenthal certainly had a rough go of it with the Nats. Five appearances in June after returning from the IL was all they needed to see. Just no command — before or after time on the IL. He walked all three batters he faced in the game yesterday, on a total of 15 pitches.
He’d be cheap this time, right? 😉June 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm #96013
Trevor Rosenthal will have minor league deal with Tigers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 28, 2019June 29, 2019 at 12:34 pm #96182July 1, 2019 at 3:47 pm #96508
Bad DFA day for ex-Cardinals:
Shelby Miller by Texas.
Zach Duke by Cincinnati.
July 1, 2019 at 4:05 pm #96511
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I thought Shelby was with Texas.July 1, 2019 at 4:26 pm #96513
Yes, I was a year off, but I bet Arizona doesn’t want him back, either! 😉
Seriously, fixed now. Thanks.July 2, 2019 at 8:06 pm #96611
I really missed on Shelby. I thought he would be a #1 or 2 starter for years to come. So did the D-Backs.July 3, 2019 at 11:30 am #96680
This is the Greg Holland we all remember.
Barring a calamity, the Diamondbacks were going to win.
A calamity ensued.
After quickly retiring Edwin Rios and Austin Barnes to open the ninth, Holland – a veteran closer who carried a sterling 2.33 ERA and 1.00 WHIP into Tuesday’s appearance – had Taylor on the ropes, too, getting ahead 0-2 with successive sliders that were fouled off. Then, Holland simply forgot how to throw strikes.
His next four pitches to Taylor badly missed the zone, putting the tying run at first base. Holland walked Russell Martin too, bouncing a 3-2 slider to end a seven-pitch plate appearance. The next hitter, Alex Verdugo, saw one strike – in a 3-0 count – before trotting down the line.
With the bases now loaded, Holland allowed a free pass to little-known rookie Matt Beaty on four pitches. Tie game.
By that point, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo had seen enough. With National League MVP front-runner Cody Bellinger up next, Lovullo summoned left-hander T.J. McFarland from the bullpen.
It didn’t work. McFarland got Bellinger into a 1-2 hole but walked him too – nearly hitting him with his final two offerings – to plate the winning run. It saddled the Diamondbacks with one of the most gut-wrenching, disastrous losses of the season.
The defeat, in fact, was downright historic. It marked the first time in the live-ball era that a game ended on five consecutive walks with no outs occurring between those walks, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“That’s unacceptable,” Holland told reporters, including MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, following the game. “I don’t know. I don’t know what happened. I felt pretty good out there and then just completely lost command of the strike zone altogether. It’s just not acceptable.”
Not surprisingly, Holland’s performance ranks among the season’s worst for a relief pitcher. By win probability added, Holland’s outing was the 10th-most costly of any reliever. The three-time All-Star is also one of just 10 pitchers this year to issue four or more walks in an outing without completing a full inning. (And, it should be noted, one of the “pitchers” in that group is the Astros’ Tyler White, a position player called upon to mop up a blowout.)
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Lance Lynn is still ‘the bulldog’ and his Ranger buddies appreciate it. Nice writeup on his July 4th game.
https://www.mlb.com/news/lance-lynn-notches-11th-win-for-rangersJuly 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm #97231July 7, 2019 at 7:48 pm #97260
Lynn is a guy I felt we should have kept. He was indeed a bulldog, and innings eater. At the same time, I was mildly shocked (if there is such a thing) that Lynn did not take the one-year $17.5M and give himself another year before hitting free agency. I felt there was no way he would get that kind of salary, so why not take it for a year and re-file again?
It would have put him another year past the TJ surgery as well.July 7, 2019 at 9:25 pm #97266
I see the Lynn story differently.
Since Lynn didn’t want $17.5 MM for one year, the multi-year deal he would have demanded when testing the market would have ended up being a bad contract for the Cards. His initial asking price was rumored to be $100 MM over five years.
Remember that no team was willing to give him more than a year and he didn’t sign a contract until halfway through 2018 spring training. His ERA last season was 4.77 between the Twins and Yanks. I can just imagine the fan furor had the Cards given him four years and $56 million (MLB Trade Rumors’ prediction that winner) and he delivered a career-worst year, which is precisely what his 2018 was.
Instead, to replace him, the Cards signed Mikolas, who was cheaper and had a much better 2018.
Don’t get me wrong – I am happy for Lynn in 2019, but his 3.91 ERA isn’t as good as his best years in StL (back in 2014 and 2015) and he is now 32 years old. His leaving was the right move for the Cards. As a final point, they didn’t let him go – he gambled and lost.
P.S. Once Lynn’s sights were reset by the reality of the market, he took $10 MM per year from the Rangers (3/30).
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