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How Was The Game? (August 11, 2013)

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Something you’re not going to believe.

Yankees 5, Tigers 4

It’s unclear where to start, so let’s just lay it all out. Justin Verlander (25 GS, 158.2 IP, 3.57 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 3.5 WAR) gave up 4 runs in 7 innings, but had a very nice afternoon courtesy of a good fastball and excellent curveball that yielding just 1 walk and induced 9 strikeouts. Verlander gave up two solo homeruns which barely cleared the short fences at Yankee Stadium and would have been easy outs in more parks, so I certainly won’t hold that against him when attempting to discern performance from statistics. The signs were all good regarding his road back to dominance as his average fastball registered 95.3 mph and his release point was in line with his most recent start.

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The bats failed the Tigers early as they left a ton of men on base and gave away outs at inopportune times, but things turned late. It didn’t help that Iglesias was called out at 2B in the 8th when he was clearly safe or that Jackson made a boneheaded mistake in thinking Garder dropped a ball in the next at bat but a Pena homer to lead off the 8th and a Cabrera homerun off Rivera in the 9th to make it a one run game set up a huge bomb by Martinez to tie it against Rivera for the second time this weekend. It was a great comeback, but it was for naught as Gardner walked off in the 9th. The Tigers will head to the Windy city for a three game set against the Sox with Doug Fister (23 GS, 149 IP, 3.50 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 3.2 WAR) getting the ball on Monday.

The Moment: Cabrera and Martinez launch homers in the 9th to stun Rivera.

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How Was The Game? (August 10, 2013)

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Another breezy win.

Tigers 9, Yankees 3

After surrendering their 12 game winning streak on Friday in extra innings, the Tigers handled the Yankees easily on Saturday. They won the war on both fronts as Anibal Sanchez (20 GS, 125.2 IP, 2.58 ERA, 2.41 FIP, 4.2 WAR) was excellent across 7 innings (4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K) and the bats sent Hughes to the showers early. The Tigers first three hitters all homered during the game and 5 players reached base at least twice. Jackson stayed hot, Cabrera stayed hot, and Hunter, Kelly, and Iglesias also did things that improved the team’s chances of winning. It was never really in doubt as the Tigers won their 17th game in their last 19 tries and improved to 69-46 on the season. They will look to take the series on Sunday with the newly himself Justin Verlander (24 GS, 151.2 IP, 3.50 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 3.5 WAR), who lowered his ERA between starts thanks to a scoring change.

The Moment: Cabrera turned on a Hughes pitch and sent it out to left field.

How Was The Game? (August 9, 2013)

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The end of a great run.

Yankees 4, Tigers 3 (10 innings)

It had to end sometime. Logic dictated that. You can’t win every game and the longer your streak goes the more improbable it gets. After 12 straight victories and a figurative funeral for the rest of the division, the Tigers finally lost on Friday. Rick Porcello (21 GS, 125 IP, 4.32 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 2.3 WAR) was solid, and a Robinson Cano double on a pretty good changeup was the difference between a very good start and a pretty good one. He only went 5 innings but struck out 6, walked 2, and surrendered 3 runs. On most nights, that’s good enough for the Tigers offense but Ivan Nova escaped a few jams against the Tigers, who only cashed in with the starter in the game during the 7th inning on a Cabrera single. Jackson had a good night, but the Tigers simply didn’t get hits with men on base, which is going to happen from time to time and especially when you’ve just completed the type of run the Tigers went on. It got extremely interesting, however, when Miguel Cabrera launched a 2 out, 2 run, game-tying homerun to dead center off Rivera and sent the game into extras. Despite the amazing turn of events, the Yankees rallied against Alburquerque in the 10th while Benoit sat alone in the bullpen waiting for a save that would never come. The streak is over, but the Tigers have still won 16 of their last 18 games and saw the Indians fall on the out of town scoreboard so they will remain 7 up in the Central with 48 to play. They’ll play a matinee at Yankee Stadium with Anibal Sanchez (19 GS, 118.2 IP, 2.58 ERA, 2.37 FIP, 4.1 WAR) on the bump.

The Moment: Cabrera hits a game tying homerun with two outs in the 9th against Mariano Rivera

The Morning Edition (August 6, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • MLB hands down BioGenesis suspensions, no new names are big, and A-Rod is the only one to appeal
  • Greinke and the Dodgers edge Wainwright and the  Cards in a potential playoff preview
  • Atlanta beats the Nats despite a strong start for Strasburg, seemingly buries Nats
  • A player returns to the field and the media pays attention in Chicago

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Fully exonerated Gio Gonzalez goes against Teheran in DC (7p Eastern)
  • Battle of the Justin’s in Cleveland, Masterson and Verlander (7p Eastern)
  • Kuroda goes against Sale (8p Eastern)
  • Kershaw faces the Cardinals (8p Eastern)
  • Darvish takes on the Angels (10p Eastern)
  • Felix welcomes the Jays (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Can we finally stop talking about Biogenisis? 

Apparently, the media says no because A-Rod is appealing so we have to hear about it for weeks. Come on guys, let’s talk about baseball! For every word someone writes about A-Rod, it should be required that they also write one about the Pirates. I’ll start, the Pirates are the only team (entering Monday) who had four qualifying players to be above average on offense, defense, and on the bases using wRC+, UZR, and BsR. Fun!

The Morning Edition (August 1, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Essentially nothing happens at the trading deadline
  • The Pirates win their 4th game in 3 days against the Cardinals
  • Minor dominates as the Braves crush the Rockies
  • Three Astros pitchers I’ve literally never heard of shutout the Orioles
  • The Indians walk off on the White Sox
  • Beltre and the Rangers walk off on the Angels
  • Bailey dominates the Padres

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Sale takes on Masterson in Cleveland (12p Eastern)
  • Matt Harvey day! (1230p Eastern)
  • Someone named Zeke Spruill pitches against Darvish (7p Eastern)
  • Cain and Hamels in Philly (7p Eastern)
  • The Cardinals try to avoid a 5 game sweep in PIT (7p Eastern)
  • Felix faces the Sox (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are you ready for the A-Rod coverage?

With such an incredible day of baseball behind us it is sad to realize that a ridiculous amount of coverage will be focused on the impending attempt of MLB to ban Alex Rodriguez for life. A-Rod. The Yankees. The City of New York. Steroids. I’m surprised ESPN hasn’t melted already. Let’s talk about the games, okay? The Pirates have won four straight against the Cardinals and might grab a fifth today. The Pirates are going to finish over .500 and will likely make the playoffs. Woah.

The Morning Edition (July 31, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Tigers, Red Sox, and White Sox consummate a 3 team deal with Iglesias, Peavy, and Garcia on the move (Tigers coverage)
  • A’s add Callaspo from the Angels for Grant Green
  • Wheeler flirts with a no-hitter, Mets win in extras
  • Davis homers to beat the Astros
  • Pirates sweep a double headed with division rival Cards

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Gonzalez and Verlander (1p Eastern)
  • Dickey faces Colon (330p Eastern)
  • MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (4p Eastern)
  • Wainwright and Locke hook up in game 4 of the NL Central Series (7p Eastern)
  • Kuroda and Kershaw out west (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • How’s your team doing at the deadline?

I spend much of late Tuesday covering the Tigers deal (link above) so I don’t have a lot of thoughts. I’ll give you quick analysis of tomorrow’s deals in this spot and on Twitter. I like the Callaspo move for the A’s. Like the big deal for all parties involved. Enjoy the deadline.

 

The Morning Edition (July 29, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Fernandez goes 8, K’s 13, walks none to lead the Fish past Cole
  • Ross narrowly out pitches Corbin to win in AZ
  • Cingrani and Capuano pitch to a draw before Puig sends everybody home
  • Wood shuts down the Giants, who waste a nice start from Lincecum
  • Gordon’s 12th inning bomb lifts the Royals
  • The Nats unload on the Mets, win 14-1
  • Lester leads the Sox to a 5-0 win
  • Toronto walks off on Houston
  • Jeter homers in his return, Soriano leads the Yanks to victory

What I’m Watching Today:

  • David Price tries to stay hot versus the Sox (6p Eastern)
  • Weaver faces Garza (7p Eastern)
  • Beachy makes his 2013 debut (7p Eastern)
  • Jacob Turner goes against the Mets (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are the BioGenesis suspensions coming today?

Reports have the suspensions coming down this week, likely all at once. We’ll see which players are actually affected, which rumors were wrong, and which players have kept their names out of the press. The impact on the pennant race will be real, but likely not substantial because a given player can only have so much impacted over 55 games. Teams will scramble to find replacements, but the impact will be unpredictable. We’ve had months of speculation that was absolutely unnecessary, now we’re actually going to see something happen. Stay tuned.

The Morning Edition (July 28, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Sale goes the distances, allows 1 R, and loses to the Royals (#KillTheWin) as Davis, Coleman, and Holland blank the Sox
  • Bourn hits a leadoff HR against Darvish, no one else scores as Masterson out duels Yu
  • Nova goes 7, gives up 1 R, but Archer outshines with a CGSO
  • The Braves win a close one against the Cards with 2 in the 8th
  • 3 Nats HR back Haren over the Mets

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Rays try to stay hot behind Moore (1p Eastern)
  • Cole and Fernandez hook up in Miami (1p Eastern)
  • Corbin welcomes the Padres to Chase (4p Eastern)
  • Miller and Medlen on ESPN (8p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are there going to be any deadline deals?

Despite what Heyman, Rosenthal, Olney, and Morosi are telling you there doesn’t seem to be any traffic on the trade market. We’ve had some low profile deals including Feldman and Nolasco and the Cubs did move Garza, but it doesn’t look like a flurry of deals are coming because the teams that are due to sell aren’t budging. The Jays, Royals, Phils, Angels, and Mariners are out of it but not ready to commit. Once that happens we could have some deals, but the second wild card is keeping a lot of teams in it. Peavy’s probably going to move, but now that we’re five days from the deadline I’m actually willing to talk about trades. Trade speculation is boring, but real trades are interesting and if we’re going to get a few, they’ll be coming soon. It’s important to remember that trades can only have a small impact on a team’s chances because there are only 50-55 games left after the deadline comes. You have to replace a terrible player with a great one to gain more than a win or two.

The Morning Edition (July 27, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Tribe blows a big lead, but Ryan Raburn walks off to save them in the 11th
  • Minor out pitches Wainwright in a 4-1 win for the Braves
  • Rays shell CC, move into first place
  • The Royals finally cash in on a great start for Shields, beat the Sox
  • Huge 7th inning bails out Dickey in Toronto
  • Mets dominate the Nats in game one, but waster Harvey’s gem in game two as Zimmerman walks off
  • Chatwood strikes out 11 Brewers

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Darvish faces Masterson in Cleveland (7p Eastern)
  • Chris Sale faces the Royals (7p Eastern)
  • Bumgarner welcomes the Cubs to AT&T (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • How do you feel about Ryan Raburn?

Raburn hit a big 3 run walk off homerun on Friday, improving his season numbers to .273/.371/.533, good for a 153 wRC+ in 186 PA. He is now the Indians second best position player with 2.0 WAR which ties his career high for an entire season. I’ve always loved Raburn because he has the biggest range of possible outcomes of any human being I’ve ever seen. It’s equally likely that he hits 3 HR in a game as it is that he falls down the dugout steps and injures Jason Kipnis. He hits huge homeruns and makes the more untimely mistakes. There’s something quite compelling about that in my book. He’s also playing above average defense and walking 11.8% of the time. This guy.

The Morning Edition (July 26, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Buehrle gets a 2 H, 2 BB, CGSO against the Astros
  • Marlins win as Eovaldi and Nicasio combine for 13 shutout innings, but neither factor in the decision as both teams score late
  • Kuroda goes 7 scoreless to lead the Yanks past Holland and the Rangers
  • The Nationals cough one up to the Pirates, but Harper rallies back to walk off

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Jordan Zimmerman welcomes the Mets in Game 1, Harvey goes in Game 2 (130p/7p Eastern)
  • Newly minted ground ball machince John Lackey takes on the O’s (7p Eastern)
  • Wainwright faces Minor in ATL (7p Eastern)
  • Homer Bailey meets Clayton Kershaw (10p Eastern)
  • Felix gets the Twins (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • What’s a good sign a player’s breakout is real?

Edwin Encarnacion has really improved his stock in the last couple of seasons with the power, but the K% is coming down really nicely. There aren’t many big power bats who don’t strikeout more often than this:

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