The Tigers finally sprang to life in the bottom of the fifth inning of this World Series Game 3, loading the bases with one out against San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong. But Quintin Berry struck out and Miguel Cabrera popped out to shortstop Brandon Crawford, ending what looked like a major threat.
Detroit has left a whopping 11 batters on base.
And San Fran hasn’t trailed for 50 straight innings.
The Giants’ 2-0 lead is still holding up as Game 3 moves along to the bottom of the sixth inning. Vogelsong has surrendered five hits and three walks over his first five frames, but the right-hander has operated well in situations that have called for damage control.
No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.
Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.
It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.
Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.