Cleveland invaded by midges again

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One of the more memorable scenes from recent playoff history is when Joba Chamberlain was attacked by midges during the 2007 ALDS at Progressive Field. The midges, little flying insects which love the muddy, marshy areas around Lake Erie and come flying out when it’s good and hot and muggy, love to attack people’s heads and eyes. Kind of not ideal if you’re trying to pitch.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco learned this last night:

 

Normally when a pitchers breaks off a 20-foot curve ball, it’s because something snapped in his arm. This was not so dire, even if it was annoying.

At least Carrasco had someone offering him sage advice from afar about all of this:

Empathy is beautiful. It can make the worst situations better.

Padres sign Jordan Lyles

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The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.

Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.

Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.