The SEC is putting a clock on the field

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Watchmen Clock.jpgIn an effort to speed up ballgames in their upcoming tournament, the Southeastern Conference is going to start timing how long it takes pitchers to deliver the ball.

That’s not news, because after all, the rules of baseball provide for such a thing. The difference here is that the SEC is going to use an actual on-the-field clock:

A clock mounted below the outfield video board at Regions Park in
Hoover, Ala., will show the seconds ticking down. An umpire not on the
field will operate the clock.

“If I feel like I’m going slow, I guess I will look up
there and see,” Vanderbilt pitcher Chase Reid said. “It’s going to be
like being a quarterback.”

Leave it to the SEC to make baseball more like football.  Oh, and Mr. Reid, if you’re going to be an SEC quarterback, I think that you’re required by law to change your name to “Trent.”

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.