Taking the pulse of the blogosphere on Lee-Halladay:
- Big League Stew: “It’s Jack Zduriencik’s world and all other GMs are just living in it.”
- U.S.S. Mariner: “I just have to say that this is so amazingly awesome, I’m still trying to figure out how on earth this is actually happening.”
- Crashburn Alley: “GM Ruben Amaro is clearly trying to position the Phillies for future
success beyond 2010, for which you certainly cannot fault him. However,
trading Lee and prospect(s) for Halladay and cash is essentially a
lateral move for 2010, the team’s best shot at winning another World
- Bluebird Banter: “At the moment it looks like the Jays are going to get Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis D’Arnaud for Doc and $6,000,000 . . . If we get these 3, the Phillies number 2,3 and 4 prospects I’d be
thrilled and I’d nominate Alex Anthopoulos GM of the year, even if the
year hasn’t started yet. It would be pretty amazing to get 3 prospects
like this without having any leverage at all.”
- Amazin’ Avenue: “The Mets are going to get murdered by the ravenous Bill Madden-led New York
press for sitting idly by while the Phillies acquire arguably the
games’ best pitcher. Some Mets fans are going to wave the white flag.”
- Lookout Landing: “I’m going to go ahead and think about this one for a little while. Good gravy. My hands are shaking in the same way they were back when we trade for Vidro, only this time I think they’re excited.”
- The Good Phight: “If you want to know what’s wrong with the internet, journalism, and
sports, here’s exhibit 1 with a bullet. Jon Heyman, Jayson Stark, Ken
Rosenthal, Todd Zolecki, Andy Martino, etc. — none of them can look
like he’s lagging behind the others. So they report what they’ve heard
rather than what they’ve found out to be true . . .And we buy it hook, line, and sinker.”
There’s obviously a ton of commentary floating around out there right now, but I think my favorite so far is Was Watching’s take. Leave it to Yankees fans to view a deal that has absolutely nothing to do with their team through pinstriped colored glasses.
Blue Jays’ outfielder Anthony Alford will miss at least 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left wrist, the team announced on Saturday. Alford was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier in the week after sustaining a left hamate fracture on a foul pitch, and could miss significant time in what looks to be a lengthy rehab process. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the procedure has been scheduled for next week and will be performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona.
Alford, 22, was called up to the majors from Double-A New Hampshire last Friday. He went hitless in his first three outings, finally catching a break against the Brewers on Tuesday when he pinch-hit a leadoff double in the seventh. The injury occurred two innings later when Alford fouled off a pitch in the ninth inning, fracturing his wrist in the process.
Alford will join eight other players on the Blue Jays’ disabled list, including outfielders Steve Pearce (calf strain), Dalton Pompey (concussion) and Darrell Cecillani (partial shoulder dislocation). He’s expected to be replaced by 24-year-old outfield prospect Dwight Smith Jr.
Good luck getting a hit against the Nationals this weekend. Stephen Strasburg followed Max Scherzer‘s 13-strikeout performance on Friday with a dazzling outing of his own on Saturday afternoon. The right-hander whiffed a career-best 15 batters in seven innings, allowing just three hits and a walk in the Nats’ 3-0 win.
It took Strasburg several innings to get into a groove after pitching into (and out of) a jam in the first inning. The Padres loaded the bases with Allen Cordoba‘s leadoff single, a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman and a four-pitch walk to Cory Spangenberg. By the third, Strasburg was cruising, striking out the side on 18 pitches and keeping the Padres off the basepaths until the sixth. He recorded his 15th and final strikeout in the seventh inning, catching Padres’ prospect Franchy Cordero swinging on a 1-2 pitch to effectively end his outing.
While 15 strikeouts set a new career record for the Nationals’ ace, he came close to reaching the mark twice before. The first time, he struck out 14 of 24 batters during his major league debut against the 2010 Pirates, though the 5-2 win did little more than keep the Nationals neck-and-neck with the Marlins at the bottom of the NL East. Five years later, he tied his 14-strikeout record against the 2015 Phillies, tossing a one-hitter in eight innings to cement his ninth victory of the season.
The only one who doesn’t seem overly enthused by the new record? Strasburg himself, who told MLB.com’s Jamal Collier and AJ Cassavell: “It’s pretty cool, but there’s another game five, six days from now. I’ll enjoy it tonight, but back to work tomorrow.”