It was probably a blessing in disguise that the Tigers so thoroughly embarrassed the Phillies this weekend. Because it seems to have beaten all of the delusion out of Ruben Amaro regarding the Phillies shot at contention:
Michael Young seems like a no-brainer. His versatility, such that it is, is useful to people and it’s not like sending him away removes some essential cog from an epic core. The bigger question is whether Cliff Lee is on the block. I feel like he should be. But I also feel like Amaro has enough ninja instincts left to shop him quietly if he’s going to shop him at all.
Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.
Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.
Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.
Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.