“This is embarrassing. It’s like pitiful to watch. This is terrible.”
Reds manager Dusty Baker, after rookie Mat Latos and two relievers combined for a one-hitter
against his club on Wednesday night. The slipping Reds have dropped
eight of their last 10 games and are currently nine games behind the
“I’ll definitely be able to sleep tonight.”
Orioles rookie pitcher Chris Tillman puts things in perspective
after allowing three runs (all on solo homers) over 4 2/3 innings in
his major league debut against the Royals on Wednesday night.
”I understand and sympathize with
the fans. But fans think in the moment. A general manager has to keep
one eye on the moment and one eye on building championship teams for
the future. If I didn’t make tough decisions like this, we wouldn’t
have guys like Cliff Lee in the first place.”
– After dealing ace Cliff Lee, Indians general manager Mark Shapiro goes the high road by reminding us all that he knows better than the fans.
“Maybe I can come off the bench and get a hit at a key point and win a game or two down the stretch.”
– The rehabbing Troy Glaus, who now sounds like a former high-school football player who wants to relive his glory days.
Yes, Glaus still wears his letterman jacket and yes, he still thinks he
can throw this football over those mountains. It just might hurt
“Giving up a homer with two outs to the pitcher isn’t just disappointing, it’s pathetic.”
– Kenshin Kawakami expresses his frustration (via his interpreter) after serving up a three-run homer to opposing pitcher Josh Johnson on Wednesday night.
Former first base and infield coach Nick Leyva was promoted to senior advisor of baseball operations on Saturday, per a report by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Pirates also fired third base coach Rick Sofield, with no named successor as of yet.
Leyva joined the Pirates’ organization in the 2011 offseason as a third base coach under manager Clint Hurdle. He shifted to his role as the first base coach and infield coach in 2014, when first base coach Rick Sofield was reassigned to third base prior to the 2015 season. According to Biertempfel, the swap was made in order to optimize the team’s baserunning strategies, all of which appeared to fall flat during the 2015 and 2016 seasons:
The results this season were awful. The Pirates ranked 13th in the National League with a minus-7.0 BsR — a FanGraphs.com metric that measures how many runs above or below league average a team gets via its baserunning.
In 2013 and 2014, the Pirates had one of the top five BsR ratings in the NL. In 2015, they were seventh with a 2.8 BsR.
This season, the Pirates made the second-most outs at third base in the league and were last in taking extra bases on singles and doubles. Their baserunners went from first to third base on hits a league-low 63 times.
Sofield, in particular, highlighted the Pirates’ poor baserunning choices in games like this one, when he sent Sean Rodriguez home too early during the last vestige of a ninth inning rally against the Phillies.
Following the announcement, Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington issued a statement elaborating on Leyva’s role within the organization:
We have great respect and appreciation for both men. We thank them for their time and effort as part of our Major League team and the Pirates organization. It was a difficult decision, but we felt it was the right time to make this change on our Major League staff. We look forward to Nick’s continued impact in his future role with the Pirates. Nick has held nearly every coaching position at the major league level and at the minor league level, including Major League manager, in his extensive career and will be a quality mentor for our minor league managers, coaches and players.
With Game 6 of the NLCS just hours away, the Dodgers will opt for a lefty-heavy lineup against right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Batting leadoff is rookie outfielder Andrew Toles, who made one appearance at the top of the lineup during the 2016 season. The Cubs, meanwhile, will bench Jason Heyward in favor of Albert Almora Jr.. This will be Almora’s first start of the playoffs, and while he has yet to face Kershaw in October, his right-handed bat could play well against the lefty at the bottom of the lineup.
Game time is scheduled for 8 PM EDT; lineups are below.
1. Andrew Toles (L) LF
6. Wilson Contreras (R) C
8. Albert Almora Jr. (R) RF
9. Kyle Hendricks (R) RHP