A lot of people in Pittsburgh were watching the game last night

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The ratings from last night’s Red-Pirates game are in and they’re pretty darn good. It drew a 33.7 rating in the Pittsburgh market, which is the highest rating for any baseball game since Nielsen has been measuring the local market. Viva pent-up demand, I guess.

Nationally the game did a 3.4 rating, which is up 3% from last year’s NL Wild Card game. A big part of this, one can assume, was that it took place mid-week and was the only game on last night whereas last year’s Wild Card games took place in the form of a Friday night doubleheader.

The biggest takeaway here, though, is what I’ve been saying for a long time: baseball is local.

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.