(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
I’ve written about David Phelps a pretty fair amount this season. ...
It was a play that screamed for second guessing and almost led to a triple play. It did lead to a double play, which obviously, Girardi was trying to avoid. Here is how it unfolded: Ichiro Suzuki led off the inning against Mike Adams, the Rangers’ setup guy. Adams was in the game to keep it close and give the Rangers a chance to win it in the ninth. Ichiro pounded an Adams pitch into the dirt for a high chop that Adrian Beltre put in his pocket. It was the second time in a row that Ichiro had beat out an infield single. That brought up Jayson Nix.
It needs to be mentioned here that Mike Adams is one of the easiest pitchers in baseball to steal a base against. The ESPN broadcast of the game pointed it out and the numbers back it up. For his career, 38 base steal attempts have been successful against Adams in 43 attempts.…
As a general rule, I like to just avoid these columns and ride out the storm, but when the specter of The Union gets invoked, my ears perk up because I assume I’m about to read something particularly unrealistic and amusing, and Buster Olney delivers that in this Insider piece on Melky’s suspension. Here’s the nut of the matter:
But if Cabrera had been truly regretful, then he wouldn’t have gone through the appeals process, which, for him, began sometime in the last 10 days of July. He was fully prepared to beat the system, to add tens of millions of dollars to his new contract, and when he was caught, well, that’s when he’d put his hands in the air and surrendered.
There is a parallel violation that could provide some guideline in how the union can (and should) ask for a strengthening of the drug-testing policy. If a player or staff member is caught betting on a baseball game in which he is not involved, a first offense would cost him a one-year ban.…
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, former Yankee Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone. The implications are disastrous for the Giants, who are currently a game behind the Dodgers in the NL West race, and a half...
Manny Delcarmen pitched the Yankees into a 5-0 hole after a three run homer by Andy LaRoche broke things open in the third inning, and the Yankees were only able to claw two of those runs back before the weather forced the game to end early. Both of the Yankees’ runs came on outs, as Mustelier hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Kosuke Fukodome scored when Darnell McDonald grounded into a double play in the fifth. Delcarmen only pitched 2.2 innings in the game, but allowed five runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts and a first inning throwing error that allowed Pawtucket’s first run to score. Juan Cedeno finished the game for the Yankees and recorded four outs without allowing a baserunner.
This one got a little hairy, as Reading made a spirited comeback attempt in the middle innings, but the Thunder were able to stave it off and shut them down at the end of the game to hold on for the win.…
What a strange day for baseball.