Reaction from around the blogosphere about the Phillies landing Roy Oswalt:
- Jerry Manuel: “A move like that, it gets your attention. He’s one of the top guys out there. To have that piece in your rotation is quite an improvement.”
- Charlie Manuel:
“Gee, fellas, that’s just swell. That kid’s got moxie. Now let’s go out
and give Atlanta the business, get me?” (note: my notes were a bit
garbled so that quote may not be 100% accurate)
- Crashburn Alley:
The Phillies absolutely 100% swindled Astros GM Ed Wade . . . As much
as GM Ruben Amaro has been criticized, he deserves some praise for this
- Rob Neyer: “It’s hard to believe the Astros couldn’t have done better than this . . . But then again, if they could have done appreciably better, wouldn’t
- The 700 Level: “Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt. I just keep saying it over and over.”
- The Crawfish Boxes: “Is this a great return for Oswalt? No. But it’s not terrible. The
Astros get a piece to help them now, and some pieces with huge
potential. Give these players a chance and let’s see how it goes.”
- FanGraphs: “Trading Oswalt was one of the team’s few opportunities to find its next
star, and they didn’t do it. This is a team mining for role players when
they don’t have the budget to find their foundation pieces through free
agency. It’s terribly misguided management.”
- Richard Justice: “The Astros didn’t get lousy overnight, and they’re not going to be fixed
overnight. But they made a significant step in the right direction on
- Paul Hagen: “no matter how they try to spin it, it’s a tacit admission that well, er,
gee, they probably should have just held onto Lee in the first place.”
Lost in the nifty base running by Dustin Pedroia that won Sunday’s game against the Rays, the Red Sox set a new major league record by striking out 11 batters in a row, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out the final six Rays he faced and reliever Heath Hembree struck out five Rays in a row after that. Tom Seaver had the previous consecutive strikeout streak of 10, set on April 22, 1970 against the Padres.
The Red Sox also set a team record with 23 strikeouts in total: 13 by Rodriguez, five by Hembree, one by Matt Barnes, and four by Joe Kelly. Per Abraham, that’s the most strikeouts in a 10-inning game since at least 1913 and the most in a game of any length since 2004.
For Rodriguez, Sunday marked the first double-digit strikeout game of his career. He has pitched quite well since returning to the rotation at the start of the second half. Over 13 starts, the lefty has a 3.10 ERA with a 70/23 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Dodgers second baseman Charlie Culberson delivered a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, clinching the NL West for the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. What a way to celebrate Vin Scully’s final home game behind the microphone.
The Dodgers were trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, but shortstop Corey Seager tripled in a run to tie the game. Rockies outfielder David Dahl untied the game in the top of the ninth with a two-out solo home run off of Kenley Jansen. But Seager once again rose to the occasion, blasting a game-tying solo shot in the bottom half of the ninth against Adam Ottavino. That would set the stage for Culberson in the next frame.
Culberson, a former Rockie, came into the afternoon with a .591 OPS and zero home runs in 53 plate appearances. He finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with the homer.
It’s the fourth consecutive season in which the Dodgers have won the NL West. The Cubs have clinched the best record, which means they’ll play the winner of the Wild Card game. The Dodgers will play the Nationals in the NLDS. The Nationals have a 1.5-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage, so both teams are still playing for something of importance in the regular season’s final week.