With his complete-game effort in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the Astros in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field, the veteran right-hander improved to 4-0 over his last five starts. That stretch began with a complete game against the Marlins on July 22; he has allowed two earned runs (five total) over his last 37 innings as part of this run for a minuscule 0.49 ERA.
Even when the Twins was down in the game, did you honestly think they were "the worst team in the league". Also, the Indians never had a lead in that game. Boston was up 2-0, 4-1, 6-3, 6-5, then Indians tied it in the 9th.
hyperbole...but yes without Buxton the Twins have been a sub .400 team this season which would be a bottom 5 team extrapolated and just came off a 2-5 week.
Well, if your team is this bad without one player, I don't know what else to say. Meanwhile, my team has like 27 guys on the IL.
Yanks have a much more consistent offense this year. Last year it was a lot of feast or famine. We're hitting much better with RISP this year and guys are putting bat on ball instead of striking out all the time.
Relative to the league, they've improved in that metric. Last year they struck out 9th most in the league. This year they are 15th. Last year they were 6th in hitting w/ RISP. This year #1 with a .303 avg, 20 points higher than the 2nd place team.
Matz had retired 14 hitters in a row and was only at 79 pitches heading into the 7th. At minimum he should have been allowed to start the 7th inning, hopefully complete it and if you want then go to Lugo for 2 innings but I would have rode Matz until there were some base runners out there.
One May afternoon, Kertenian called two Rancho Cucamonga Quakes players into his sparse office. He asked the players to sit on his sofa while he pulled up ambient music on YouTube. He offered towels to cover their eyes. From his desk chair, he guided them through a breathing exercise, as mellow tunes hummed in the background.
“Right hand low,” he began. “Left hand high.”
The men were not top prospects. Both Brayan Morales and Marcus Chiu had been drafted in the 15th round. Both were struggling to start the season, Morales missing his family back in Florida and Chiu too often losing his temper.
Kertenian reasoned an alternative method could soothe them. He told the players to take a deep breath, beginning below their bellies. He talked about the simplicity of the breath, of how beneficial it could be. He implored them to focus on that breath.
And then he went quiet. For nine minutes he let the music continue uninterrupted. Morales fell asleep and dreamed of the fun he shared on sleepovers with his childhood best friend. Chiu also thought back to his youth, to baseball at its purest.
“From the shit he was saying,” Chiu said, “I literally felt like I was floating.”
Elián Herrera, a Quakes coach, reached the big leagues with the Dodgers and Brewers. He played for 17 professional teams over his 13 seasons. Never did he have a coach like Kertenian, a man who welcomed and displayed vulnerability.
“He is one of a kind who really cares about the players,” Herrera said. “Most of the coaches do, but he really shows it. They keep their distance. He doesn’t. He tries to make you comfortable. And sometimes, when you show someone you care about him, he can go and play more loose, more relaxed.”
That fucking sucks. Sorry Padres fans.Fernando Tatis Jr. most likely done for the season
Padres manager Andy Green on Friday said that Fernando Tatis Jr. is "most likely done for the season." The Padres' rookie phenom, who has been dealing with an ailing back, was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, along with infielder Ian Kinsler (herniated cervical...www.mlb.com