The heat is
on off now in Tampa. While the Tigers claw their way to a Game 5 vs. Oakland. For what it's worth, the Sox went 3-4 vs. the Tigers this season, and 3-3 vs. the A's. Tonight the Pirates and Cards face off in their own Game 5. Good luck to the fightin' Andrew_G's. Anyone watch League of Denial last night? Incredible and devastating.
AFL action kicked off yesterday. Jonathan Schoop played SS and went 0-4, w/ 2 Ks. Henry Urrutia played RF and went 3-4, w/ and RBI single. Dariel Alvarez pinch ran and took over in RF for Urrutia late in the game, but did not get a plate appearance. Jason Gurka pitched the 6th. He allowed 2 hits and 1 ER, but ended up vulturing a Win out of the day.
School of Roch: Updates on Morse and the coaching staff
Give us now our daily Kubatko.
What could have been done better in 2013 and what can be done to address the position in 2014.
I remain conflicted on this topic. He has a long and illustrious track record of just what the O's offense needs. But he is pretty clearly in decline, though still a solid player. Add in the O's suddenly possibly facing a 'window' of contention of possibly 2 years and it may well be worth surrendering a draft pick for him.
What to make of the Goose's slider.
The Highlander comes up for scrutiny in Fangraphs' Contract Crowdsourcing project.
A follow-up to yesterday's link.
Interesting look at just what some Compensation picks have netted teams over the years.
On this date in 1966, the Orioles finish a sweep of the Dodgers to win their first World Series. Dave McNally pitches a shutout and Frank Robinson hits a solo HR that proves to be the games only run. The O's pitchers combine for 33 consecutive shutout innings to end the series. 5 years later, the O's open the '71 Series with a 5-3 win over the Pirates. And, of course, in the 8th inning of Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS some snot-nosed brat (trying to control my temper here) interfered with a ball by reaching over the right field wall in old Yankee Stadium. RF Ump Rich Garcia plays dumb and awards Derek Jeter a HR rather than making the correct and proper ruling by calling Jeter out and kicking Jeffery Maier out of the game. A travesty.