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Injury Updates

Alex Wood was placed on the disabled list for one start according to Dave Roberts

David Price returns to the mound today, even after his last rehab outing looked pretty dismal according to the stats. Here is John Farrell on why:

Brandon McCarthy has been diagnosed with patellar tendonitis in his knee but he isn’t expected to miss any starts over it, but don’t expect any complete games out of him or anything.

It has good days, it has bad days. The start before (Saturday) I didn’t feel it once. It’s been there all year.McCarthy on injured knee

Jameson Taillon pitched three scoreless innings and struck out six in first rehab start.

There is no fracture in Mike Trout’s thumb, according to initial x-rays, but he will have an MRI today that should tell us the extent of his injury. I would bench him this week though.

Steven Matz threw 73 pitches over five perfect innings at Triple-A Las Vegas yesterday and struck out eight. They say it could be his final rehab before returning to the Mets rotation.

Jon Gray threw a bullpen session at Coors Field yesterday as he is working his way back from a left foot injury.

He will throw a couple more bullpens. But most of the work he needs is in the weight room. It’s just a matter of getting Jon in baseball shape. He has to get his legs underneath him.
It’s going well but I’m not running or jumping, or jogging yet. I still have (the boot just in case I need it,but I don’t want to see it again. It feels a bit better know but I had to be very very careful (when throwing with the boot on.)Gray on his Recovery

Team News

Rockies’ rookie starters are 12-3 in May, the most wins by rookie starting pitchers since 2009.

Braves have four starting pitchers with an ERA of 4.44 higher.

The Orioles have lost seven straight for the first time since 2011. The have lost 13 of the last 16 and 11 of 13 on the road. They started the season great, but don’t they always?

The Indians have not lost four in a row since 2015, but it has happened 284 times, including at least once to every other team in the majors since then.

The Rockies have won their last eight series, with a record of 19-8. Through 52 games, The Rockies .635 winning percentage is the best in baseball and the best in franchise history.

The Tigers struck out 49 times over four games against the White Sox, the most for any four-game series in team history since 1913. They are four games under .500 and 2-6 on their current road trip. Off to Kansas City…

The Dodgers bullpen is very good right now, going four straight games without an earned run. In 15 ⅔ innings they allowed only three hits, struck out 12 and walked three. Clayton Kershaw was the only Dodgers pitcher to give up a run the entire series against the Cubbies.

Oakland leads the league in errors and unearned runs by a large margin

Cody Bellinger made it to ten home runs faster than any other Dodger, ever. Took him 31 games.

Michael Pineda has given up three earned runs or less in nine straight starts. He has already matched his total wins from last season. He feels confident in throwing his changeup anytime he needs it. The Yankees are 8-2 with Pineda on the mound


Joey Gallo may have a horrid batting average, but he sits right behind Aaron Judge and Mike Trout with 15 home runs on the season.

With seven runs in four-plus innings, Patrick Corbin has given up 12 runs in the first inning over 11 starts this season.

  • May: 26 ER, 8 HR, 26 IP
  • April: 2.29 ERA, 6 GS

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Manny Machado is walking more than ever, but he is also striking out more than ever, hitting .225 on the season. He threw his big wad of gum at a bird yesterday, and his antics are much more disturbing when he is batting .225 than when he is hitting bombs. Ugh.

Right-handed batters are hitting .124 against Lance Lynn, who is now 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA

Chase Anderson should be on your Fantasy Baseball watch list. He was a sight to see last night against the Diamondbacks, taking a no hitter into the eighth inning and striking out a career high 11 batters

Greg Holland signed a one year contract with the Rockies worth a guaranteed $7 million. If he stays healthy and pitches well, he can make $14 million. He also has a mutual player option for $15 million in 2018 that will kick in as soon as he finishes 30 games or pitches in 50. That is right around the corner…

A lot of people in this game play with a chip on their shoulder, I’m no different. I just want to be better and better each time out. I knew I was healthy. If other teams didn’t necessarily believe that or they were apprehensive, that’s their decision.Holland on signing with the Rockies

James Paxton will start against the Rockies on Wednesday, isn’t he lucky?

It doesn’t look like Christian Arroyo is going to be sent back down to Triple-A, but he will get a couple days off.

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Among Qualified Starting Pitchers, Dallas Keuchel:

  • Has the most Wins, 8
  • Ranks 2nd in ERA, 1.81
  • Ranks 1st 67% Ground Balls

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>If <a href=””>#Tigers</a> are still under .500 by end of June, sources say they&#39;ll revert to stance from November: All veterans will be available in trade.</p>&mdash; Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) <a href=”″>May 26, 2017</a></blockquote>

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In a surprising turn of events, Masahiro Tanaka took a shutout into the eighth inning. He didn’t walk any batters and struck out 13, including the seven he caught swinging in the first three innings, and eight of the first 11 he faced.

Tanaka was ‘drifting from side to side in his delivery‘ prior to last night

As long as he leaves the rubber in the right way, everything takes care of itself. It’s very difficult to pitch when you’re trying to break it down piece by piece. Before this start I asked him to look at the video (from the past), and not break it down but visualize what he was seeing in his delivery and take that to the mound.Larry Rothschild on Tanaka

Let’s not sugar coat things here though, Tanaka is always going to be one pitch away from Tommy John surgery.

It is likely not a coincidence that Tanaka pitches so much better when Romine is catching

Zack Wheeler in May:

  • 3 GS
  • 2-0
  • 2.12 ERA

Eduardo Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in all seven starts so far this season.

Zack Godley allowed five hits and struck out six through six shutout innings. His ERA is 1.99

Zack Greinke in May:

  • 30 IP – 16 Hits Allowed
  • 2.37 ERA
  • .66 WHIP
  • 12 ⅔ IP – No ER

Matt Cain:

  • At Home: 3-1, 1.21 ERA, 5 GS
  • On the Road: 0-2, 8.28 ERA, 5 GS

Kevin Gausman has three quality starts in his past four outings, he also allowed two more home runs last night.

Jake Arrieta reached 95 mph for the second game this season. Hard contact on pitches inside the zone is the problem here, as it has led to Arrieta allowing 10 home runs so far this season. He allowed ten home runs over the entire 2015 season when he won Cy Young award

Antonio Senzatela is tied with Dallas Keuchel for the most wins, seven. His ERA is 3.19 after he retired 10 batters in a row and only allowed one Cardinal to reach second. He induced 15 ground ball outs and 74 of his 98 pitches were fastballs that went anywhere from 89.7mph to 97.1 mph.

Alex Wood has the longest scoreless streak in the majors this season, 25 ⅓ innings. He has a 1.05 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 46 strikeouts in 34-1/3 innings.

Jacob deGrom went 8 ⅓ and has 37 strikeouts over 27.1 innings ending the streak of No Mets starter pitching more than 7.0 innings in a start since last June.


Mike Moustakas has made it to 12 home runs faster than any Royals batter since 2000

Yoan Moncada was the White Sox minor league player of the month for April.

  • April: 4 HR, 7 RBI, 16 R, .314 AVG
  • Season: 6 HR, 15 RBI, 27 R, 4 SB, .331 AVG

Kyle Schwarber is hitting .181 with the most strikeouts of any Cubbie, 55. He is 5 for 34 with 15 strikeouts when facing a lefty. Do not be surprised to see him benched against left-handed pitching.

Neil Walker has hit four homers in the past two weeks, including two last night in his old home, PNC Park. The fans were very nice to him, cheering for him when he came up to bat. There are probably a lot of pissed off Pirates fans this morning wondering why in the hell they let that guy go.

Rio Ruiz is batting .320 with a .393 OBP and one home run in 25 at bats over the past week. He is not stellar defensively, but they say there is a good chance he continues to start at third base even when Adonis Garcia returns from the DL

Giancarlo Stanton has hit 25 home runs at least 460 feet, that is 11 more than the entire Rockies team since 2010. Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Upton and Nelson Cruz have each only done it six times.

Odubel Herrera was 0 for 11 before he hit a double last night.

  • May: 19 hits – 97 AB
  • .227 AVG on the season
  • .275 OBP on the season
  • Swinging at 43% of pitches outside the strike zone 34% last season
  • Making contact 61% of the time he swings outside the zone, last year 67%
  • Contact Rate down, Walk Rate down, Strikeout rate up, Isolated Power down, BABIP down.

Scott Schebler over his last six games = 4 HR, 7 RBI

Andrew McCutchen was moved from the third to sixth in the lineup for the first time in his nine year career. Hello, he should be batting ninth batting .163 in May after we thought it couldn’t get any worse after April.

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Injury Updates

David Price is pitching Monday

Pablo Sandoval is hitting .230 over four rehab games

Junior Guerra will not have a pitch count restriction when he is activated today

Wilson Ramos will catch in two batting practice sessions at Triple-A next week

Jameson Taillon threw all his pitches in his second 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday

This one was more of a competitive bullpen, I’m tired, but it’s all goodJamison Taillon on Outing

Cam Bedrosian will face live hitters at extended spring training in the coming days, but Bud Norris has done exceptionally well as Closer.

He still has a little work to do, but he’s made some huge jumps in the last 10 days,You knew it was going to happen sometime.

Maybe it took a little longer, but he feels good. We hope (to have tough decisions), When you have tough decisions, whether it’s the lineup or who is on your roster, or what roles they are in, that’s definitely a positive reflection on the depth of your team.

Team News

Sandy Alderson says that the Mets will talk less often and with much less specificity about their injuries.

I get in trouble because I try to be as honest as I can with you guys and give you an honest look at things, and then if it doesn’t happen, we look like an idiot because there’s no guarantees.

So, we’re going to try to stay away from trying to predict anything except the fact that, Hey, look, there’s a process involved of getting these injured players back on the field and it changes every day.Terry Collins

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Yankees ticket and suite revenue has fallen by $166 million since they built the new Yankee Stadium in 2009. That’s because they charge an arm and a leg…

A’s pitchers have matched their total number of errors all last season, nine.

Colorado’s pitchers have a 3.27 ERA on the road, and five of the wins on their recent road trip came from rookie starters. The Rockies have at least 10 hits in each of their last seven road games

Diamondbacks won their 20th game at home last night, they did not win 20 at home last season until Aug 15.

Rangers bats tied the MLB record by striking out 20 times in one game. It has only happened six times in MLB history.

The Mariners have finished in the top ten in runs scored one time over the past ten seasons.

The Astros hit four homers last night for the fourth time this season

Andy Green says Brad Hand is not the Padres closer, but he has had two saves in two days.

It’d be unwise to go into a game and just say, ‘I’m just going to keep Brad for the ninth inning.’ Sometimes that’s a really poor use of him. He’s the type of reliever that only honestly really exists in a few places today. High leverage, you need a punchout, he can go get it for you. High leverage, you need to close out a game, he can go do that for you.There’s a lot of different ways to utilize him. It would be unwise to limit our team to a declaration that I’m going to obligate myself to use this guy in the ninth inning. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Andy Green on closer situation

Bartolo Colon has earned at least five runs five times this season

Edwin Diaz should get his job back as the Mariners closer soon since he has now thrown four scoreless innings in three outings.

Jeff Samardzija has only 14 earned runs along with 49 strikeouts over his past six outings. His problem lies mainly with the lack of run support,

Robbie Ray has a 0.81 ERA on the road

Kyle Schwarber struck out four times last night, hitting .181 on the season and leads the team with 55 strikeouts in 160 at-bats. He has been removed from the leadoff spot and sits against lefties.

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Injury Updates

David Price allowed three earned runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two in his second rehab start.

Farrell will talk with Price today about their next step

He felt fine physically, We had a scout there who liked what he saw.Farrell on Price

Kenta Maeda will be activated today to pitch against the Cardinals. He allowed six runs on 13 hits while striking out 21 in 20 ⅓ innings over his last three starts before going to the disabled list.

Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the seven day concussion list, but he probably won’t be healthy then, just sayin.

Team News

The Cardinals:

  • Last 37 ⅓ IP – .72 ERA, 3 ER
  • Last 50 ⅓ IP – 1.25 ERA, 7 ER
  • Last 16 games – 67 Hits in 104 ⅓ IP, or 5.78 Hits per Nine IP (Clayton Kershaw allowed 6.31 hits per nine IP in 2014 when he won the Cy Young Award)

The Diamondbacks are 7-1 in inter league play this season, having outscored their opponents 49-26.

The Rockies have won four straight and eight of their last ten. They are 31-17 overall and 18-7 on the road.

Three of the eight starting pitchers averaging more than 18 pitches per inning are Orioles

Orioles starting pitchers rank 25th in strikeouts per inning.

The Rays strikeout 10.51 times per game. Yesterday was the 34th time in 49 games they have struck out 10 or more times.

The Phillies have lost 20 of their last 24 games, and now own a 15-29 record.

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Baseball Chatter



  • Tommy Milone could be a success for Mets
  • Jacob Turner is worth a pickup
  • The Diamondbacks are home next nine games ..Big offense here


  • Be willing to spend your FAAB to get an important player
  • Middle Relief pitchers may help more than Starters on Waiver WireBe willing to spend your FAAB to get an important player
  • Trading for a stolen base player is more valuable than ever. There are only six players in all of baseball with then or more steals.
  • Trades should be evaluated by what you will gain in category standings
  • If you have fallen behind “the pack” by 10 or more in one category, Remember you must be 10 BETTER than the pack to catch up..Start NOW to improve in all counting catagories
  • To Make Up for the Loss of Madison Bumgarner, Trade Closers for a Good National League Starter
  • If you Targeted Him at the Draft, Do Not Sell Him, yet
  • Spend a little, not a lot, on opportunity closers
  • Chicago now has a street named Javier ‘Javy’ Baez Way, still think he will be traded?
  • A thought a day keeps the doctor away
  • Zack Greinke accounts for nearly half (46.7%) of the Diamondbacks $72.8 million payroll in 2017
  • Pitching is key but it doesn’t have to be Clayton Kershaw. I am targeting three starters in the first five rounds
  • Banning laptops from drafts is ridiculous. You should still make lists though
  • No More Arguments over Thought of the day. I will have my own thought of the day

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