It was fun to watch until he slid. Then all Red Sox fans held their collective breath. Rick Porcello, their second-best starter and presumed game two starter in any playoff series slid head-first into second for a double Tuesday night. Imagine if he'd broken a finger on his right hand, ending his superb season on a single play in game with the Red Sox way ahead in the division race. There'd be despair in Boston. Porcello was uninjured, making the potentially awful moment into a fun highlight in a season of lots of them. Despite that fun moment, hitting pitchers is a bad idea and has been for a while. During Spring Training, MLBPA Players Union Chief Tony Clark said momentum is moving toward universal DH. It's about time. The game is long overdue to make this move. For starters, different sets of rules for the two leagues has been dumb for a while. Teams build their rosters for success in the league they're in. Then in interleague play and more importantly the World Series, … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball needs to bring the designated hitter to the National League
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July 17, 2018 By Bill Pollock What I loved about the 2017 All-Star Game was former Mizzou pitcher and St. Louis area native Max Scherzer giving everything he had for his one inning when he started for the National League. He needed just 15 pitches and fielded a comebacker and struck out Aaron Judge and George Springer to end his night. Scherzer was exerting so much energy he was grunting through every pitch. Tonight in front of his home fans, Scherzer will get the ball again and start the All-Star game for the National League. Scherzer says he’s excited to start in his home park. https://cdn.missourinet.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/7-17-WASScherzerASGPrvw1_1.mp3 Red Sox ace Chris Sale will start for the American League for the second straight year. Royals catcher Salvador Perez will start his fifth consecutive All-Star game. Perez will bat ninth. He replaces Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, who is out with a hamstring injury. Perez is hitting .221 with 13 home runs, 11 … [Read more...] about Will Max Scherzer grunt again when he pitches for the National League? (VIDEO)
LOS ANGELES — Help, I’m waffling! I’ve always been a National League guy and a traditionalist, at least when it comes to baseball. My dad was born in Denver, but he raised me as a Cardinals fan. I loved ace Bob Gibson’s tenacity and athleticism. With a bat in his hand, he always strode to the plate with purpose, looking to do some damage. “Gibby” was good a hitter — for a pitcher — with a .career average of .206 and 24 homers. He even swatted two homers in World Series play. But these days, it’s tough to find pitchers who can swing a bat with that much skill, let alone put down an effective bunt to move runners along. The Madison Bumgarners of the baseball world are few and far between. So I’m starting to lean — gasp! — toward the National League adopting the designated hitter. Like a lot of fans, I’m getting tired of seeing empty at-bats from the No. 9 spot in the order; this from a guy who covers a lot of … [Read more...] about Saunders: How fun would it be to watch a designated hitter at Coors Field? Time for the National League to adopt the DH?
JR Radcliffe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 2:50 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 This may bring Brewers fans heartburn, but yes, Milwaukee castoff Scooter Gennett is now the best second baseman in the National League. Heading into Thursday, when the Brewers were in Cincinnati to open a four-game series against the Reds, Gennett had a .336 batting average, .375 on-base percentage, .534 slugging percentage and .909 OPS, all tops among qualified batters at the position by a wide margin. With 3.2 wins above replacement, he leads the league in Offensive WAR and he's 10 points higher than Atlanta's Nick Markakis for the league lead in batting average regardless of position. He's one of the 10 best regardless of position in OPS. He has 13 home runs, 53 RBIs and has even dropped his strikeout rate from past years. There's no getting around it; he'd look pretty good if he was still in a Brewers uniform on a team that has struggled to find middle-infield options. Brewers fans should … [Read more...] about Yes, Brewers fans, Scooter Gennett is now the best second baseman in the National League (and ex-Brewers are also helping Mariners)
With the 89th annual Midsummer Classic approaching July 17 at Nationals Park, Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado is cruising to his second consecutive start based off the latest National League voting update. Arenado, manager Bud Black and the rest of the Colorado clubhouse continue to campaign for the election of other position players such as shortstop Trevor Story, who is having a breakout season, and outfielder Charlie Blackmon (both fourth in their respective position voting) as well as reliever Adam Ottavino. But outside of Denver, who do the Rockies believe are most worthy of an all-star nod? Based off an informal poll of Black and nearly two dozen Colorado players, here’s the team’s ideal lineup for the N.L. in the All-Star game. FIRST BASE Starter: Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt Also mentioned: Braves’ Freddie Freeman (1st in latest vote), Reds’ Joey Votto (5th), Giants’ Brandon Belt (3rd) The majority of Rockies … [Read more...] about Rockies’ all-star ballot: Here’s who Bud Black, Colorado players would have starting for the National League