The Inning: September 1, 2017

The Inning Friday, September 1, 2017   With the end of the season coming one month from today, I thought it would be time to give final predictions. I could wait until the end of the month, but…   Three Up (American League)…   Your Divisional Champions are…   AL East: Toronto over Baltimore by one game. That’s how it […]

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The (Partial) Inning: August 18, 2017

The Inning Friday, August 18, 2017   Three Up…   The Yankees spin a gem in Flushing. The New York Yankees needed a pitching performance like this.   Or they needed to face an offense like the New York Mets.   Carlos Villanueva took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, yielding a solitary single, as the Yankees defeated the Mets, […]

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The Inning: August 17, 2017

The Inning Thursday, August 17, 2017   Three Up…   Pomeranz beats Eovaldi, takes series in Seattle. Really, there was little Nathan Eovaldi could do.   Drew Pomeranz wasn’t mistake-free…but he was close.   Pomeranz scattered eight hits over 6.2 innings, as Baltimore beat Seattle, 2-0. The win gives Baltimore a series victory in Seattle, which sends a message to […]

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The (All-Surprise) Inning: August 16, 2017

The Inning Wednesday, August 16, 2017   Three Up…The All Surprise Team   Infield + Catcher   C: Logan Moore, Philadelphia. With due respect to Hank Conger, Jed McKinley and Cam Gallagher, Moore has to be the pick. Moore would lead all catchers in average, if he had enough at-bats; he’s hitting .309/.389/.448, with six homers and 31 RBI. Not […]

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The Inning: August 15, 2017

The Inning Tuesday, August 15, 2017   Three Up…   Colorado clips Atlanta late. Things looked bleak for Colorado.   The Braves demolished Craig Cooper for six runs, on eleven hits, in four innings. Armando Cabanas’ 33rd homer, leading off the fifth, and Keon Barnum’s two-run shot chased him. When he left, it was 6-2.   In the seventh, the […]

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The Inning: August 14, 2017

The Inning Monday, August 14, 2017   I haven’t written in a little while. So, maybe it’s best to look at where the league is right now, and do a quick look at what’s to come. The races have never been more heated. So, without further ado…   Three Up   The AL East is quite crowded…and fun. Of course, […]

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The Inning: August 3, 2017

The Miami Marlins traded 24-year-old first baseman Keon Barnum, 28-year-old shortstop Miguel Rojas, 22-year-old minor league starting pitcher Jeriome Hilland 23-year-old minor league starting pitcher Kevin Hull to the Atlanta Braves, getting 23-year-old minor league starting pitcher Walker Buehler, 23-year-old minor league right fielder José González and 25-year-old minor league right fielder Júlio Solís in return.   This one was a surprise, but a good move for Atlanta in my view. Buehler fetched […]

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The Inning: July 28, 2017

The Inning Friday, July 28, 2017   Three Up…   The ChiSox outlast the Cubs, 1-0. The White Sox haven’t had too many thrills this year.   Obviously, being the top story in The Inning is high on the list.   (Kidding.)   The White Sox and starter Cody Ponce used either the Rope-a-Dope or bend-but-don’t-break approach on Thursday night; […]

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The Inning: July 27, 2017

The Inning Thursday, July 27, 2017   Dodgers come all the way back. In the end, both the Dodgers and Twins may look back at this one.   For the Twins, it may be viewed as The One That Got Away. They took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, on Lance Ray’s two-run single off Michael Pineda. And that’s […]

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The Inning: July 26, 2017

The Inning Wednesday, July 26, 2017   Three Up…   Fielder, Beachy peaking…are they auditioning? Two players, both in entirely different situations, are in the same boat.   For Prince Fielder, the situation is clear: Get to a contender. The slugger hit two homers—both of the solo variety—on a 10-2 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday night. The homers were […]

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The Inning: July 25, 2017

The Inning Tuesday, July 25, 2017   Three Up…   Tampa strikes last, first. In the first game of the current series for divisional supremacy in the American League East, the Tampa Rays spotted the Baltimore Orioles an early run, on a second-inning homer by Tommy Joseph (a player the O’s need to get going; after hitting .283-38-101 a year […]

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The Inning: July 24, 2017

The Inning Monday, July 24, 2017   Three Up…   Twins take two from Detroit in an excellent series. First things first…if you don’t love what happened in Minnesota this weekend, you don’t love baseball. The three-game series between the still-Central leading Tigers and the Twins consisted of three one-run games. Josh Phegley’s single scored Gary Copeland with the game-winner […]

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The Inning: July 21, 2017

The Inning Friday, July 21, 2017   Three Up…   Fear the North. The Toronto Blue Jays were picked by many to win the American League East this season. But an awful start put them way behind in the division, where the Yankees, Orioles, and Rays all proved themselves to be of a higher standard.   However, the Yankees’ staff […]

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The Inning: July 20, 2017

The Inning Thursday, July 20, 2017   Three Up…   Here come the Cardinals… With their 6-2 win over the reeling Mets Wednesday night, the Cardinals pulled up even on the season, at 47-47. They may be 10.5 back of the Reds in the division, but they’re just two back of the Cubs, and 3.5 back of the Phillies for […]

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