It may feel like the season is still early, but a month from now will officially be trade deadline season. As that draws closer, expect VEB to cover all the possible avenues the Cards could go down. The Red Baron tried his hand at putting together a proposal for Donaldson this Sunday. He used the Scott Rolen deal as a comparison, and came to the conclusion that it would take something in the neighborhood of Kolten Wong, Seung Hwan Oh, and Marco Gonzales to acquire the former MVP.
However, like most trade proposals based on looking at prior trades, it’s hard to find a perfect comparison. Rolen was just a rental, whereas Donaldson will have one year remaining at the end of the year, and unless things go disastrously wrong for Donaldson, a team will recoup a draft pick for letting him walk after 2018.
So, in the top of the sixth, and thoroughly bruised after the previous inning’s basura, Hunter Newman stepped to the mound the Tigers’ fifth pitcher on the night and immediately got stabbed with a bases loaded jam. If you’re Oregon State first baseman KJ Harrison, what do you do with a chucked bases situation?
Tuesday night’s total is set at nine runs. The UNDER is 6-1 in the last seven games between these two teams in New York.
All three games in this series will be important with the Yankees currently holding just a two-game lead over Boston for first place. The series continues Wednesday night with a matchup between Rick Porcello and CC Sabathia and wraps up on Thursday with a showdown between David Price and Michael Pineda.
So seeing an umpire in the news for something positive like Tumpane’s heroism on Wednesday, is heartwarming to say the least. He even offered more perspective, per Nesbitt and Chambers:
You never know what somebody’s day looks like, he said. It’s a nice day, everyone’s out for a walk, and somebody’s not having the same day you’re having. I was just glad to help.
Regional host Louisville and opponent Xavier are deadlocked, 0-0, early in their regional elimination game of the NCAA baseball tournament, and the Musketeers will not go quietly into that good night. Xavier starting pitcher Greg Jacknewitz has polished off a clean couple innings of work, and he’s gotten some impressive help from his defense.
Bannon kills a well-hit ball dead, then has a nice rest for his troubles. He and the rest of the Musketeers must win on Sunday to survive for a loser-goes-home game against the Cardinals on Monday, but with athletic defense like this, he’s helping his pals’ tournament chances.
Bannon has two homers in the tournament so far, by the way, so defense isn’t his only expertise.
I’m using this specific article as my only source for making Hall of Fame picks in 10 years. And it looks like the numbers say … hey, wait, come back.
Technically, it’s not a perfect game, just like the last example wasn’t a real no-hitter, but it’s still one of the best individual performances under extraordinary circumstances in baseball history.
Then in rushed Ruth. Chester Thomas tried to prevent him from reaching Owens, who had not removed his mask, but Babe started swinging both hands. The left missed the arbiter, but the right struck him behind the left ear.
Lester is probably fine, though. His fastball is down a tick, but it’s actually up from 2014. His FIP and xFIP are in line with what he’s been doing for years, and the only thing that’s different is that he’s walking more guys than he’s used to.
The only reason he’s up this high is because he’s 33 with a lot of mileage. That doesn’t have to mean he’s in the middle of a gradual decline. But it sure means we have to mention he’s 33 with a lot of mileage.
The 2017 College World Series is underway, with the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament field whittled down to the final eight schools ready to battle for the title at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Five of the top eight national seeds advanced to the College World Series, including No. 1 Oregon State, No. 3 Florida, and No. 4 LSU. Only two of these eight teams Florida and No. 6 TCU played in the College World Series in 2016.
The Nationals had an early six-run lead in the first three innings over the Marlins on June 19. The Marlins then equalized at the bottom of the third. In the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton tied the game at 7-7, and in the 9th Marcell Ozuna hit a walk-off single.
As the play unfolds, Robertson pump fakes to Deichmann over the top a perfectly viable option, given Deichmann’s speed as a downfield threat but ends up handing off to second baseman Cole Freeman, who runs a counter around the left side for a sizable gain. All told, not bad execution from the diamond Tigers, who should perhaps get in touch with LSU’s football coach, Ed Orgeron.
That’s why the MLB draft is littered with position changes because usually the best athletes rise to the top. It’s why before Amos Otis and Hal McRae were two-thirds of a pennant-winning outfield for the Royals, they were high school shortstops drafted in 1965. It’s why Trevor Hoffman will make the Hall of Fame, even though he was an awful shortstop.
Our job today is to make the best possible team from all the position changes in draft history. And by best, I mean most amusing to me, a horrible person who needs chaos to survive. I’m not trying to make the best team. I’m trying to make the funniest team that would have a chance to score 1,000 runs.
Last week, a new superhero sprinted into the lives of sports fans across the country. His name is The Freeze, and his power? Schooling people in between innings at Atlanta Braves games.
And while that might not sound like a power that needs the word super attached to it, you really have to see The Freeze in action to believe it. In the event, the fan is given a 200-foot head start … and The Freeze still wins. Every time.
I was anxious, both anxious and disappointed, when my name wasn’t called till the third day, you know what I mean, but either way his future is bright, he told media.
Dusty was picked by the Atlanta Braves in the 26th round of the 1967 draft and went on to win the World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981. So don’t count out Darren he’s come a long way since his days of being a too-young batboy.
The three seasons that missed, though, were 2011, 2013, and 2014. You can give them a pass for the first one, considering that Jeter hit .297/.355/.388, which was better than the average shortstop, even if his defense dragged him down. There are no such disclaimers for ’13 and ’14, though. Those were rough, rough seasons.
The other teams with MVP-caliber seasons were the Rangers and Mariners, who combined for five of them. All five were from Alex Rodriguez, who helped both teams inflate their numbers over the last two decades.
He was so, so amazing. If you know him only from centaur jokes and general weirdness, please reevaluate. He was Mike Trout before there was Mike Trout.
Davidson, your new favorite college baseball team, is currently locked in a daunting super regional tilt with Texas A&M in College Station, and they dropped Friday night’s marathon opener, 7-6, after 15 innings.
The Wildcats carried an impressive 6-2 lead into the top of the eighth, and all was in order until starter Evan Roberts’ wheels fell off, giving up five runs with one out. That brought in Austin Leonard, who lasted not even an out and gave up another run, and he was then followed by Allen Barry.
Cal State Fullerton counters with Connor Seabold on the mound. The junior was 11-5 with a 3.01 ERA, and drafted in the third round by the Phillies. Facing the No. 1 team in the country does not faze Seabold.
That’s what we wanted because we know we’re better than them. We know we can beat them, Seabold told Robert Morales of the Orange County Register on Wednesday. If we play the better game, we’ll win. So that’s what we’ve gotta believe.
The second game on Saturday features first-round pick No. 30 overall to the Cubs Alex Lange on the mound for No. 4 LSU, playing Florida State.
The College World Series is a double-elimination format, with two teams vying for a spot in the finals, a best-of-three series scheduled for June 26-28.
You can see the trend in those last three troublesome spots, and it’s worth noting that the Cubs have gotten by without developing any of their own. But if the Cubs season continues like this through July, they’ll have the assets with which to fix the problem. Some of their hitters aren’t hitting, and I’m not as worried about that. Some of their starters aren’t living up to their lofty expectations, and I’m a little more skeptical of that, but not dismissive.
But if you wanted to feast on the goo inside, that’s your prerogative. When everyone else comes around to your way of thinking, you’ll control a disproportionate amount of the goo inside, and then you’ll look extremely wise.
Between innings at SunTrust Park, Braves fans are apparently treated to a promotion called Beat The Freeze, in which a regular schlub is given a 200-foot head start in a foot race against The Freeze, who is apparently made of pure energy and dreams.
This particular fan was winning. He was enjoying the roar of the crowd. And he wanted to encourage the crowd!
So what does the math say? We’re seeing Wong and Reyes for Donaldson as one possibility. We’re also looking at Wong, Kelly, and Fernandez. Or, the team could offer something like Wong, Weaver, and Flaherty. These all seem fair, in the sense that they pass the hurt test for me (it hurts at least a little to think about losing those players, even for someone like Donaldson).
None of these are franchise crippling deals. Donaldson would be a huge upgrade over Wong over the next two years, and while Wong has two additional years of control, they’re not huge discounts, and perhaps someone like Paul DeJong or Greg Garcia show that they can handle a starting second or third baseman job in 2019, at least until Delvin Perez becomes our own Franscisco Lindor and moves Aledmys Diaz over to second or third. OK, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself here.
Carson Kelly could be great, but the Cardinals still have Yadier Molina under contract for another three and a half years. Of course, Kelly would be a nice insurance against Molina’s production falling off a cliff, and he’d also be nice depth in case of an injury. There’s certainly value to that. But the Cards might find that the best way to get value out of Kelly is in a trade like this one which acquires a top-end talent. As for the pitchers, the Cardinals are a pitching-rich organization right now, so they can take the hit. They could also participate in a pitching-heavy 2017-2018 free agent market.
College baseball ancillary hijinks have carved out a special place for themselves on this here internet, what with the tedium of common rain delays, the attendant blank spaces requisite to a desultory sport, and the bright imaginations of the sports’ players. The No. 4 LSU Tigers trade in said fun times, and they appear happy and loose before their highly touted Monday night matchup with No. 1 overall national seed, Oregon State.
Oregon State’s catcher Adley Rutschman also plays football for the Beavers in the fall. He’s a kicker, and he even managed to tackle Christian McCaffery on a kickoff last season. So we shouldn’t be too amazed at the athleticism on display here, notwithstanding all the equipment that Rutschman has to contend with.
So, make the catch, then throw the runner out at first. Done and done.
The batter immediately after LoForte, Taylor Bryant who sports some wonderful facial hair walked up next, and slapped a strong offering into the gap in left center. There the ball met with Oregon State left fielder Steven Kwan.
Consecutive web gems for the Beavs here. If Oregon State’s bats haven’t quite shown up yet, their defense is in full on tournament mode.
Oregon State plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up at five all.
The Diamondbacks’ list of 10 is Stephen Drew-centric, as you would expect, with five starting-level seasons scattered between 2006 and 2011. The other shortstops on the list included Jay Bell (sure), Alex Cintron (oh, right!), and two of the more recent entries, Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed.
I just listed a bunch of names, and none of them really excited you.
A Cardinals ball boy made the biggest faux pas of his job on Wednesday and played it off like a pro.
Poor kid was so amped to do his job that he picked up a fair ball and realized what he did when an entire stadium was staring at him. Everyone has had a moment like this and while we’re laughing at this total brain fart, let’s also appreciate what a bad ass this kid was in the first inning earlier in the game.
Maybe that’s too much for you, and I understand that. I’ve generally felt that right now isn’t the time to be heavily investing in the present, but at the least I wouldn’t criticize the Cardinals for making either of the above deals, which seem fair without sacrificing all that much future value.
Maybe you think the price might be higher than that. That could easily be the case. These valuations are based on the best public estimates and aggregations, but all that really matters is the opinions of the organizations involved. This is intended to be a good over/under.
Maybe you think the Cardinals should go over and above that price to finally get a superstar. If the Cardinals happen to be in a position at the deadline where they could realistically win the division, I’d probably agree. If it means mostly just increasing their chances of gaining entry to the Wild Card game, it’s a little less worthwhile in my opinion. Either way, I think the math here gets us pretty close to the potential price of acquiring Josh Donaldson. At this point, let’s just hope the Cards have a good enough record to buy at the deadline.