Clayton Kershaw

Nothing yet decided in the NL Cy Young race

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On Wednesday afternoon I talked about how the NL Cy Young race was a three-headed monster between Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw.  Since then, all three of them have pitched. Here were their lines:

Halladay: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB
Kershaw: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB
Lee: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 12 K, 0 BB

Hmm. All frustratingly brilliant. I’m assuming that even if Kershaw hadn’t been tossed from his game that he still wouldn’t have given up any runs. Anyway.

Here’s how they now stand on the season:

Halladay: 18-5, 219.2 IP, 211 K, 30 BB, 8 CG, 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP
Kershaw: 19-5, 218.2 IP, 236 K, 51 BB, 5 CG, 2.30 ERA, 0.98 WHIP
Lee: 16-7, 29.2 IP, 223 K, 42 BB, 6 CG, 2.38 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

In other words, each pitched brilliantly and they remain virtually deadlocked. Which is kind of beautiful when you think about it.

The Phillies pulled Jeremy Hellickson back from trade waivers

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 5:  Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 5, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that a team claimed Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson on trade waivers, but the two clubs were unable to work out a deal. As a result, the Phillies pulled Hellickson back from trade waivers, which means he’s ineligible to be traded for the rest of the season.

Hellickson, 29, has had a nice bounce-back season after three poor years from 2013-15. He’s 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA and a 131/36 K/BB ratio in 154 innings.

The Phillies could attempt to re-sign Hellickson in the offseason. It’s also possible the club makes a qualifying offer — estimated to be worth $16.7 million — so that the Phillies will at least get back a compensatory draft pick if Hellickson opts to sign elsewhere.

Ever wonder what umpires and players say to each other during arguments?

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  J.D. Martinez #28 of the Detroit Tigers poses during photo day at Joker Marchant Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt after he struck out looking in the bottom of the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Angels. He had a brief conversation with Everitt, which resulted in Martinez getting ejected.

MLive.com’s Evan Boodbery spoke to Martinez about what happened and got a word-for-word recollection of what happened. If you’ve ever wondered what umpires and players say to each other during their arguments, here’s a look:

No one has ever accused umpires of having thick skin.

Martinez finished the game 1-for-3. After an 0-for-4 performance on Sunday, he’s hitting .315/.377/.561 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI in 385 plate appearances.