MLB: June 2021

Oh, absolutely. I didn’t mean to single (or double) them out at all. I just think that the “answer” highlights just how untenable the idea of an unenforced rule is. You either enforce the rule or just get rid of it. Because making your stars admit that they are cheating is just bad business.

For some reason, the quoting is messing up and it says "cant embed media in a post " but those cub uniforms seem to be for the 300 dollars for a pair of Nikes crowd

Aaron Bummer, a relief pitcher for the White Sox, blew up against the Blue Jays today and lost his fourth game in relief already. Well, that’s a… well, you know.

After being humiliated by the Orioles (the Orioles!) last night, I am happy to report that the Mets have redeemed themselves with a 14-1 blowout. Gary and Ron spent the final two innings playing with baseball cards.

Shut up and play baseball, Pete. This is QAnon level nuts.

“in 2019, there was a huge class of free agent pitchers, and that’s quote-unquote the juiced balls. 2020 was a strange year with the COVID season, but now that we’re back to playing a regular season with a ton of shortstops or position players that are owed and gonna be paid a lot of money… it’s not a coincidence, and I think that definitely is something that they do.”

I don’t think I’ve seen a game end like the Dodgers/Pirates game did today. After 7 innings, the visiting Dodgers were up 5-3. They scored another run in the 8th, at which point it was called due to rain. Final score of 6-3. I know it doesn’t affect the outcome, I guess I’m just surprised they don’t go back to the last complete inning.

Even more odd, but Pickford got a save got a save without “finishing the game”. It’s true he was the last pitcher for the Dodgers, but he wasn’t pitching at the end of the game as the ‘save’ pitcher always is.

I wonder if he’d have received a save if the Dodgers had scored two runs in the 8th so the winning margin was 4 runs. The lead was only 2 runs when he started.

From mlb.com:

If a regulation game is terminated early due to weather, the results are considered final if the home team is leading. If the home team is trailing, the results are considered final if the game is not in the midst of an inning when the visiting team has taken the lead.

I agree with @Munch, but this rule appears to verify today’s final result.

And I guess that Bickford got the last out of the game, and he did enter the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitch at least one inning. By definition, then, he is awarded a save. Strange, indeed.

Chapman is back to form, blowing a save and a 3 run lead in the 9th inning yesterday. He’s like the girl with the curl- when he’s good he’s very good, but when he’s bad he’s terrible.

Alonso has made other statements indicating that $$$ has a big fascination for him, including inserting himself into negotiations between the Mets and Lindor.

Probably not a good omen.

If the Nationals/Giants get rained out today, can they do a split DH for Sunday? I don’t know how the ESPN contract reads, the Texas Rangers used to get permission for a few Sunday night home games in the heat of the summer even though they weren’t the ESPN east coast Sunday night game

Otherwise, the Giants would get stuck having to make a one day trip back to D.C. whenever they can fit it in

I was at Fenway last night for the game with Astros, what an odd night. There was a dropped fly ball to the outfield that kept a inning going, the next play was an odd infield fly rule call on a dropped ball, a bizarre double play where everyone but the catcher and the ump thought a batted ball was foul, a Pesky pole home run, 3 or 4 runs walked home, and I managed to snag 3 balls tossed into the bleachers by the centerfielders after warming up each inning. I gave the first two away to kids, but kept the last one. It was like the baseball gods were saying “Just take the damn ball already.”

Another weird quirk has the Yankees and the Phillies off today, a Friday in June.

Such an oddity. How is a Friday an off-day?

Max Scherzer just left in the top of the first, so things can get much worse for the Washington Nationals. Strasburg is also out indefinitely.

Oh, and a fan ran on the field and got tackled near the pitchers mound.

Looks like deGrom also left after 6 innings. I didn’t see this game, hope it really is minor.

As the old-fashioned line scores would put it:

Loss A Bummer.

Well, yeah. Aren’t they all.

Aaron came back strong tonight against Detroit after closer Liam Hendriks blew a 4-2 lead. Bummer pitched the tenth with a 5-4 lead and the auto-runner, walked the first batter, but came back with two nasty strike-outs and got the save.

Save A Bummer. Well, yeah, for Detroit. Every game is a Bummer for somebody,

Aaron married a woman named Amber last year and insisted that she take his name. “If I can live with it, so can you.”

DeGrom’s final from last night: 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 10K. Dude knocked a 2RBI single for 2/3 of the runs scored.

One of these days Jake is gonna hit a homer for the only run in his own perfect game.

I would have preferred that honor to go to Bartolo Colon.