Anyhow, if Lee is able to maintain his lead in all three categories, he'll become the first hitter to pull off the feat since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. More notable, however, is that Lee would become the first National League hitter ever to win the triple crown.I suppose he means other then Paul Hines (1878), Hugh Duffy (1894), Heinie Zimmerman (1912), Rogers Hornsby (1922 & 1925), Chuck Klein (1933) and Joe Medwick (1937). Sheesh... It is Fox Sports though, so what should I expect? [Update] It looks like someone got the word to Mr. Perry as he's changed the wording. It now reads...
Anyhow, if Lee is able to maintain his lead in all three categories, he'll become the first hitter to pull off the feat since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.I didn't mean to pick on the fella - it's the first time I recall reading any of his stuff and the rest of the article was quite enjoyable with some good insights. Anyway, in other news... - Grant Johnson had his second outing in Peoria last night, his line for the game... 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR - OF Nic Jackson had some more shoulder surgery at some point this year and is likely out for the season. - West Tennessee is 2 games up on Carolina with 5 games left to play in the race to win the first half crown of the North Division of the Southern League. Peoria is 2 games out of a wild card spot with only 4 games left in the Midwest League. - Some of our draftees continue in the NCAA tournament this weekend. The final round of the playoffs is double elimination, so other then the first game, you'll have to keep track of the wins and losses to see who's playing when. I use this website myself. SS Jason Simokaitis (10th round - Nebraska) I was all set to catch a few innings of their first game versus Miami last Friday, but a lengthy rain delay put a stop to that. ESPN did play an old Nebraska/Texas game from earlier in the year and I saw him make a few plays at short and he does look quite smooth out there, just as the scouting report says. I didn't get to see any of his at-bats but he ended up going 4-for-7 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI's and a homer in the two victories. First game: 6pm CST on Friday June 17th on ESPN2; versus Arizona State OF Tyler Graham (14th round - Oregon State) Just saw 2 of his at-bats where he singled in a run and then struck out. The stat line that ESPN showed was something in the vein of a 300 average with 0 homers and 23 RBI's. Either the Cubs think he'll fill out quite a bit or they plan on moving him to center. He plays left for the Beavers as 1st round pick (Red Sox) Jacoby Ellsbury mans center for the team (and wow did he look good!). Graham went 3-for-13 last weekend with 3 RBI's, a run and 2 stolen bases in 3 attempts. First game: 1pm CST Saturday June 18th on ESPN; versus Tulane P Trey Taylor (7th round - Baylor) Baylor also has 6th round pick INF Kyle Reynolds, but he didn't play at all last weekend and I heard a brief blip about an injury. I saw a few innings of Taylor and I got the impression that could one day be an effective LOOGY. Has a bit of a hitch in his motion and seemed to have an effective breaking ball. Went 6 innings versus Clemson last week giving up 5 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks and 6 K's, only one extra base hit. First game: 6pm CST Saturday June 18th on ESPN; versus Texas
take that giants
I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.
Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).
TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.
TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.
Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.
Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.
Think Baby Maddux.
Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.
Kyle is on the far left.
I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.
Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.
That was good!
Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.
My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.
Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.
Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.
How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?
Call me lost.
Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.
I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:
Carl Crawford $20MM
Brandon McCarthy $17MM
Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
Darwin B $2.2MM
Dan Haren $10MM
Matt Kemp $18MM
Brian Wilson $10MM
Ryan Webb $2.2MM
Dee Gordon $2.5MM