13) How the bleep is Blake Snell not on the AL All-Star team?!?!?!?!
Snell is a lefty pitcher; he is 12-4, 2.09 with a 1.03 WHIP. Hitters are batting .183 against him— he’s the best pitcher in the damn league, but HE ISN’T ON THE DAMN ALL-STAR TEAM!!!!
If Snell pitched for a team in NY or Boston, they’d be preparing his plaque for Cooperstown already (see Matt Harvey), but he’s on the Rays, so screw him.
12) Well guess what, Tampa Bay is 46-44, they can have more than one guy on the All-Star team. Wilson Ramos is the best hitting catcher in the AL, and Snell is the best pitcher. Not having him on the All-Star team is an embarrassment— he belongs on before any of the closers.
11) Mark Reynolds’ line in the boxscore Saturday night: 5-3-5-10
5 for 5, three runs scored, 10 runs knocked in. One game.
Reynolds was a free agent until April 17; anyone could’ve had him.
In his last 17 games, Jose Abreu is 10-57 wth 3 runs scored and 8 RBI; he made somehow made the freakin’ All-Star team.
10) Charlotte, Chicago and Orlando pulled off a 3-way trade in the NBA: Timofey Mozgov will be sent from Charlotte to Orlando in exchange for Bismack Biyombo. Charlotte will also be sending Julyan Stone to the Bulls while Chicago sends Jerian Grant to Orlando.
9) Arizona led the Padres 15-4 in the 5th inning Saturday, and the D’Backs take Robbie Ray out with a man on base and one out. Starting pitcher has to finish five innings to get the win; Ray threw 96 pitches in his second start back from injury- he couldn’t have been very happy.
8) David Price’s last 11 hitters in Kansas City Saturday night; six strikeouts, two hits allowed, three hit batters, all in the same inning. No Boston pitcher had ever hit three batters in the same inning before.
7) Padres’ TV guys were saying Saturday night how the new humidor at Chase Field in Phoenix has helped reduce scoring. Luckily, no Diamondback hitters are on my fantasy team.
6) White Sox TV guys were talking Friday night about how the hitting background at Minute Maid Park in Houston is one of the smallest in the major leagues, and how batters struggle picking up the flight of the ball, moreso from lefty pitchers.
The hitting background became smaller once Tal’s Hill in centerfield was removed, and they put more of a seating area out over the CF fence.
5) They had a food drive to combat hunger at the CFL game in Winnipeg this weekend, and Blue Bomber fans donated over 90,000 pounds of food. Good for them!!!
4) Baseball doings:
— Red Sox C Christian Vazquez broke his right little finger sliding Saturday, is on the DL.
— Giants traded OF Austin Jackson, reliever Cory Gearrin and a minor leaguer to Texas for a player to be named later or cash.
— Wil Myers hit three homers Saturday and San Diego still lost by 15 runs.
3) NBA stuff:
— There are 19 players in the Las Vegas Summer League who are 28+ years old.
— Zaza Pachulia signed a one-year, $2.4M contract with the Pistons.
— Brook Lopez agreed to a one-year, $3.4M deal with the Bucks.
— Dante Exum signed a 3-year, $33M extension with the Jazz.
2) I thought this was the age of baseball analytics?
— Baltimore has Tim Beckham (.306 career OB%) batting leadoff.
— San Diego has Manuel Margot (.303 career OB%) batting leadoff.
— Angels have Kole Calhoun (.321 career OB%, .221 this year) batting leadoff.
— Tampa Bay has Kevin Keirmaier (batting .147) hitting leadoff.
Would it be too much to ask to have one of your best on-base guys batting first?
This is where I mention that it bothers me that Joey Votto doesn’t bat leadoff for Cincinnati. At least Billy Hamilton doesn’t either; they settled on Scott Schebler, most of the time.
1) If Wendell Carter Jr becomes a really good NBA player and becomes really, really rich, will his mother keep bitching about Mike Krzyzewski recruiting other good players beside her son to play for his Duke team?
At some point, will she thank her son’s college coach for helping to prepare him for the NBA? If not, the least she could do is clam up and have some class.