You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!
Giants beat the Crockies in 18 innings last night and into this morning. Giants used the whole bullpen.
Rangers? More like the Texas Ex-Braves...The Rangers are fun again. After shutting out the Angels yesterday (Mike Minor's first complete game shutout at the MLB level), one of the reporters pointed out that at this time last year, the Rangers were 5-11, now they're 9-7. Not exactly world beaters but definitely coming together.
Elvis Andrus is becoming an unstoppable force.
Baseball trades do happen.Rangers? More like the Texas Ex-Braves...
Same with the Rangers. Three of their starting 5 are coming off Tommy John surgery, so their bullpen has been busy by design. I think the feeling is that if they can get past the early part of the season, the starting arms will improve as the season goes on. But Smyly, Miller and Volquez are not carrying a starter's load at the moment.They are getting a few of their injured pitchers back though which should help. So far the offense has made up for the defensive issues.
I just tend to notice clusters of ex-Braves since that's the team I follow. For years it seemed like the Royals' idea of building their team was grabbing every former Brave they could find (their GM was the former director of scouting for the Braves, iirc). The D-backs had at least two or three former Braves farmhands in their starting nine last night.Baseball trades do happen.
Sooooooo frustrating. Decent starting pitching, even with the starting five in a bit of flux. Good offense. Good defense (minus the inability to throw out base stealers). But, the steaming pile of crap that is the bullpen keeps snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.Painful last night! Walking in the winning run in the 10th inning. I guess they wanted to get home since it was getting late.
The Rangers saw a 10-1 lead evaporate to the Astros, who had late inning rallies of 5, 2 and 2 runs. Luckily the Rangers squeaked in another run and held on for an 11-10 win. They left the starter in a little too long, and their closer, Jose Leclerc, was totally ineffective, allowing a home run and 4 walks in the ninth inning. They finally brought in a different pitcher to get the final out and escape with a win. Leclerc has had similar issues in the past; basically a mechanics issue that kept him from dropping his changeup in the strike zone, and the Astros recognized it.Painful last night! Walking in the winning run in the 10th inning. I guess they wanted to get home since it was getting late.
Outfielder Ender Inciarte exited Tuesday’s game with lower back tightness and will likely require a stint on the injured list, opening the door for Riley.
Riley, the team’s consensus top position prospect, has started four of the past six games in left field for Triple-A Gwinnett. He’d presumably man that spot in the majors, shifting Ronald Acuna to center in Inciarte’s absence.
The 22-year-old Riley hit a grand slam Tuesday, continuing what’s been the hottest streak in the International League. He’s homered 15 times in 144 at-bats, and in 13 of his past 18 games.
Riley has hit .360 with a 1.478 OPS in May. Despite his scorching-the-earth play, the Braves didn’t have a clear spot to play him in the majors, with Josh Donaldson locked into Riley’s natural position. Inciarte’s injury provided an avenue.
Crushed a fastball for a long HR to left center for his second major league AB (after striking out his first time up). The kid has effortless power, but he's a third baseman having to play LF for now - we'll see how this goes...Braves call up top prospect Austin Riley.
The Braves' bullpen is a dumpster fire (and has generally been on all season). Yet, Craig Kimbrel remains unsigned because reasons.
I had a modified Dan Quisenberry delivery back in the day - not sure just how many different body parts I would injure if I tried that now...C'mon bubba, let's grab our gloves and give it a try. Can't be any worse I'm guessing.
...meanwhile Craig Kimbrell is still unemployed.
They only win games when the offense is going. They have zero defense and pitching is atrocious. They have to figure out how to add some pieces here soon or the season is done. Bumgarner from SF might help. Keuchel would be good too if the Yankees don't get him. The starting rotation just isn't getting it done, and the bullpen is shaky at best. Hader really hasn't been playing great ball. He blew a save vs. the Pirates last week. Thankfully, the Pirates closer blew his save right after and we managed to win in 13, but it's still not good.They keep going for the 2-pt conversion after touchdowns? Sounds like y'all need to work on your goal line defense. At least your place kicker seems solid...
Good deal, that'll be an immediate impact signing. I wish the Brew Crew would have snagged him. We desperately need starting rotation pitchers.The Braves apparently signed Dallas Keuchel last night (one year, $20 mil deal prorated to $13 mil).
He did it again yesterday, getting the hit in the 5th inning to score the go-ahead run (no RBI due to a fielding error that allowed the runner to score from 1st on a single), then scored the eventual winning run on a sac fly. Rangers have won 15 of their last 21.Getting back to the Rangers, Delino DeShields is batting over .500 since his recall from AAA with the Joey Gallo injury, including an RBI single in the bottom of the 12th last night to drive in the winning run.
I think it's a need for most teams most of the time. Plus, pitchers seems to have a pretty short shelve life.Good pick up for Bravos. It'll be interesting to see things ramp up as the trade deadline starts getting closer. Pitching must be an issue for almost every team.
For the Texas Rangers, the pitching has seen steady improvement. They brought in several pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery.... they're either making it or they're out of the rotation, and they've brought up a couple of younger guys that are showing they're ready for the majors. Not perfect but encouraging (example last night: Ariel Jurado pitched 6 innings of 3 run ball. Not Cy Young caliber, but good enough for the Rangers to squeak out a win.)Pitching must be an issue for almost every team.
That promotion looks really cool! I want one of those Las Llamas hats.We have tickets for Saturday night when our local MiLB team changes it's name and uniforms (Las Llamas) for MiLB's diversity program - which are across all minor league teams. I hope it doesn't rain us out.
The Durham Lollygaggers is my favorite this season.MiLB Baseball teams have several - how should I say - interesting nicknames.
Occasionally they change their names for certain promotions like our local team here this weekend. Some teams go all out too for one-off promotions.
Case in point, the Down East Wood Ducks (Kinston, NC Advanced A affiliate of Doohickie's beloved Rangers) will become the Kinston Collard Greens. Here's one even better/worse depending on your perspective: the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A affiliate of AG's beloved Brewers) will become the Wisconsin Udder Tuggers for their "Salute to Cows" promotion.