August 01, 2016

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 07:00 AM - 7 comments

This Elvis Andrus prank of Michael Young is a coulrophobia classic.

posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on August 01, 2016

The Cubs with an exciting suicide squeeze in the 12th to cap an amazing come from behind victory. By come from behind, I mean, they were down 6-0 at one point.

posted by NoMich at 03:04 PM on August 01, 2016

This is the Cubs-Mariners win probability chart from last night's game

posted by NoMich at 03:36 PM on August 01, 2016

Because it's crazy time in MLB, I'll just point out that for the first time since they've ever recorded the statistic, the league leader in RBI (Jay Bruce, NL) has been traded in the middle of the season (to the Mets, from the Reds)

As well, the league leader in ERA (Aaron Sanchez, AL) has been told that he'll be going to the bullpen for the rest of the season (as he is only 24 years old and is already past his career high in innings pitched, and the Blue Jays brain trust thinks it's for the best).

posted by grum@work at 06:44 PM on August 01, 2016

On the one hand, I wish the Padres would keep good players around and try to build a decent team with them instead of trading them away. On the other, they bought pretty low on Kemp and Melvin Upton and seemingly got pretty good value in their trades with them when they turned out not to be has-beens, and the Padres seem to be able to crank out decent pitching like it's nothing. On the gripping hand, I wish they didn't trade our own valuable prospects for has-beens in the first place, but that may just be their fate.

posted by LionIndex at 12:20 AM on August 02, 2016

For accuracy's sake, the walk-off bunt in the Cubs game the other night wasn't a suicide squeeze, it was actually a safety squeeze. Sorry for the erroneous information yesterday.

posted by NoMich at 08:06 AM on August 02, 2016

Sorry for the erroneous information yesterday.

Hate to break it to you, but your credibility is now irreparably out the window.

the league leader in RBI (Jay Bruce, NL) has been traded in the middle of the season (to the Mets, from the Reds)

If Bruce had put up similar numbers throughout his career with the Reds, he would have become the centerpiece of the organization. Instead, he bookended some strikeout-heavy mediocrity between two pretty great seasons. I look forward to seeing which batter is the real Jay Bruce. I suspect that this year is the anomaly, but we shall see. Also, he has come to be known as a defensive liability due to his poor positioning and ball tracking skills, but he has one hell of an arm from the outfield that is good for some spectacular put outs.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:48 PM on August 02, 2016

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