Daily Archives: May 16, 2016
On this date in Milwaukee Brewers history, the infamous “Chuckie hacks” incident happened in Anaheim. This bit of baseball historical wackiness all played out on May 16, 1997, during a 5-1 Brewers loss to pitcher Chuck Finley and the Angels.
On December 4, 1995, outfielder Chuck “Chuckie” Carr was traded with minor league pitcher Ty Narcisse from Florida to Milwaukee for minor league pitcher Juan Gonzalez. That’s where this tale truly begins…
Just a couple weeks ago, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was watching a perfect free-agent storm happen right before his eyes. Not only was he dominating on the mound, but he also would easily be the best available hurler on the open market this winter.
Instead of trying to maximize his earning potential, the Scott Boras client opted for comfort and familiar surroundings. Doing this was obviously much easier since he was signing a seven-year, $175 million deal with two opt-outs, as well.
It’s not every day we see a player with Strasburg’s potential (and a Boras client) take a deal that’s probably below market value. For teams in need of top-tier starting pitchers, it left them with not-so-inspiring options when looking ahead at the remaining hurlers projected to be free agents in a few months.
There are certain MLB teams with depth on the mound that could take advantage of this situation by putting one or more of their young pitchers on the trading block. Here are six organizations with the ability to do so:
Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
I am loving the Jays rallying around the Jose Bautista incident on Sunday to absolutely crush Drew Smyly in Tampa Monday Night. I will use a 4 hitter stack of RHB including Edwin Encarnacion. Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson (who is 7 – 14 – with 3 HRS career vs the Rays Southpaw).
By the way here, the Jays are awesome (GVP’s – Great Value Plays) with EE, Joey Bats and TULO at $3700 each, while the reigning AL MVP is listed low at $4300. I suppose a lot of the pricing has to do with possible suspensions, however I fully expect these guys to appeal, which would grant them a stay of execution for tonight.
There is a misconception that Smyly is an elite pitcher. He often yields one homer per start. In his 29 career…
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MAY 15, 2016
Well not much has changed from this week as compared to last week. Detroit carried its free fall to 4th in the AL Central, the Yankees took 5 of 7 contests – and 7/10 in their homestand to save their season for now.
Miami and Philadelphia continue to stick around in the NL East, and the Giants and Dodgers finally had winning weeks to make the NL West Division Leader respectable.
Nobody looks scarier right now than the Boston Red Sox offense, who led by David Ortiz, Jackie Bradley JR. and Xander Bogaerts, plated 10 runs or more in 5 of the last 6 games, after going their 1st 32 games without doing so.
I am still awaiting for a Jays big winning streak. Houston has not played winning baseball since the 1st…
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Danny Valencia clocked 3 homers, including a go ahead 2 run blast in the 9th, driving in 3 altogether and leading Oakland to a 7-6 win in Tampa Bay.
Hector Santiago held Seattle hitless into the sixth and finished with 8 innings of 2 hit shutout ball to earn the 3-0 decision for the Angels.
Chris Carter singled, homered and drove in the go ahead run with a double to push Milwaukee past San Diego, 3-2.
Gerrit Cole salvaged the final game of the series with 8 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, no walks and struck out 7 as the Pirates finally took a game against the Cubs, 2-1.
They all owned baseball on May 15, 2016.
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The Blue Jays and Rangers rekindled a tense and sometimes ugly rivalry.
Baseball should take notice. They NEED rivalries like this.
It is a “Bad for Sportsmanship but Good for Business” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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By: Kelly Byrnes
All-Star voting opens up usually the last week in April every year. Think about that, teams play for about three or four weeks and fans are already starting to decide who is going to be the starters in the All-Star Game that decides who the home team will be in the World Series. That’s just plain crazy to me. I will probably start casting votes around June 1st. So it being in the middle of May now is still way too early for me to vote, but if I were to vote this is who I would go with. Side note: I miss not being able to fill out ballots at the stadium.
See Kelly’s early votes at Way to Early All-Star Ballot: National League
Christin Stewart, the Tigers 4th best prospect as rated by Baseball America is off to a great start in High-A Lakeland, where he just landed at #1 onBaseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet last week, which is a weekly installment of the hottest Minor Leaguers in baseball. Stewart landed at #1 with….