The Mariners are shuffling their roster, opening up four spots. OF Mike Carp is going back to the DL along with reliever Stephen Pryor. 3B/OF Alex Liddi is going down to AAA along with SP Blake Beavan. After a good start Beavan has struggled as of late and his ERA is up near 6.
To fill the holes they are bringing back OF Franklin Gutierrez from AAA rehab work and bringing Casper Wells back up to be a reserve outfielder. The starting pitching position will go to Erasmo Ramirez, who started the season as reliever in Seattle but is a starter historically. He's looked good at AAA. They will also bring up another reliever.
Chone Figgins is still on the team.
Alert: Matt Cain is DEALING in San Francisco, and the defense has come up with some spectacular plays in the last two innings. If you get the game (or MLB Network), you'll want to tune in as they head to the 8th.
14 strikeouts for Cain so far, coming after Bumgarner had 12 strikeouts and a homerun. If Lincecum can get on track the Giants will stand a pretty good chance of catching up to the Dodgers.
What a great play in the 7th by Gregor Blanco.
And Matty with the perfect game! Some great fielding tonight too.
He did it!
That was by far the most entertaining final three innings in a 10-0 game I've ever seen. :)
Awesome. Thanks for the tip, sluggo.
The Mets almost got another no-hitter tonight, as RA Dickey allowed one hit to the Rays. That one hit is going to be challenged by the Mets because it came when an infield single was awarded to BJ Upton after David Wright failed to cleanly bare hand catch a ball hit to him. It's unlikely the ruling as a hit will be overturned, though. Dickey struck out 12 Rays and now is tied with the league lead in wins at 10.
Better play to save a perfect game: Gregor Blanco or DeWayne Wise?
As great as Blanco's play was, Wise's still had more drama (9th inning, saved a home run, involved juggling.)
Also from yesterday's Giants game, someone figured out how to watch for free (except for the $100k jetpack).
Looks like some kind of water pump backpack--you can see a hose dangling down into the bay.
Still awesome, though.
Yeah it is. Later during the broadcast they showed more of him and he clearly had a little boat behind him in the water that the hose was attached to.
Still, he was a good 20-25 feet up in the air at that point.
Wacky stat of the day, via MLB Network: Tonight's game between the Yankees and Nationals is only the third time that two first-place teams have met riding 6-game winning streaks (or better). Not interleague history, but MLB history, period, including a Dodgers/Phillies matchup in 1976.
the Cardinals have a rookie starting pitcher named Joe Kelly who has two cool and notable things about him:
1. He is a descendant of gangster Machine Gun Kelly, which gives him a built-in kickass nickname.
2. He looks like 90% of all male player characters in Fallout 3.
Dickey pitches his second consectutive 1-hitter. Wow.
Also, as a Yankees fan, I'd like to tip my cap to Mets for (a) getting swept by the Yankees (b) sweeping the Rays (c) beating the O's tonight. They've been the Yankees' best buddy for a few weeks now.
You gotta figure there are a couple dozen AAA pitching coaches going around their locker rooms this morning saying, "Kid? Wanna try throwing a knuckleball?"
Leading to a bunch of AAA catchers going out and buying gloves the size of trash can lids.
Dickey is an interesting story. He spent several years with the Rangers and then a year with Seattle and another with Minnesota. And his numbers were never anywhere near as good as they've been with the Mets. His ERA his years with the Mets have been 2.84, 3.28, and now 2.00. His best ERA before that? 4.62 with the Twins in 2009. Not to mention we're talking about a guy who is having by far his best years since he turned 35.
RA Dickey has always been an interesting story; due to his surgery (which happened right after the Rangers drafted him) he basically could throw with his arm forever, and you wouldn't have to worry about pitch count. He'd show some promise, but was encouraged to continually work on his control and pitches. When it wasn't really working too well, he was then encouraged to perhaps develop a knuckleball. It took him awhile (and he had a lot of conversations with Phil Niekro and Charlie Hough) and he got it a lot better. It didn't really turn for him till last year. Plus, he can back up his knuckleball with a fastball, curve and changeup and with some accuracy. It's like the perfect combo.
Ichiro got his 2500th career MLB hit tonight, probably the last major milestone of his career if he doesn't suddenly turn things around. There is increasing reason to believe this is his last year as the Mariners have said nothing about an extension (not that many fans want one) and a second straight relatively poor hitting season would seem to be evidence that the end is near.
That said, 2500 hits is still a heck of an accomplishment for someone who didn't have his first MLB at bat until he was 27. Seems likely we'd have already celebrated his 3000th if he'd come over just a few years earlier.
Terrible year for pitching injuries.
Last week over a five-game span, Toronto lost 60% of what had been a pretty decent rotation. Brandon Morrow is out for a while--at least until after the All Star Game, and perhaps not until early August--with a strained oblique. Kyle Drabek blew out his elbow and will need Tommy John. He's done for the year. The team is praying that Drew Hutchison--who also has a "strained" elbow, won't need TJ either, but he's on the DL for a while.
Meanwhile, NL ERA leader Brandon Beachy of the Braves is out for the season. He'll have his own TJ tomorrow.
Young Cardinal lefty Jaime Garcia is likely done for the year as well--and possibly done--with a tear in the rotator cuff and labrum.
Yu Darvish, good.
We now have more talent in the Tommy John triage than on the pitching staff.Originally Posted by Kansas City Star
Shoot, that pitch curved like a frisbee.
And at this point I think the umps are blowing calls on purpose just to prove they can.