Why the Yankees-Sox game was so long

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Bob mentioned Derryl Cousins’ redonkulously small strikezone earlier this morning.  Now Jason at IIATMS has it in visual form.  For those unfamiliar, the green dots were called balls.  Note how much green is in the strikezone.  I’m seeing at least 26 pitches that should have been called strikes. The Yankees and Red Sox are fairly good at drawing walks as it is.  They didn’t need Cousins’ help.  The fans watching certainly didn’t need it.

Based on how bad that zone was, it’s probably worth moderating our “release Smoltz” and “smack Joba in the head” talk at least a little bit this morning.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.