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Kenley Jansen still hasn’t walked a batter this season

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen notched his 11th save of the season — and the 200th of his career — with a scoreless ninth inning during Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Reds. He struck out one and, as usual, he did not walk a batter.

Jansen, 29, has now pitched 26 1/3 innings on the season, racking up 43 strikeouts without walking a single batter. He’s the only qualified pitcher in baseball yet to walk a batter. The Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna has the next-fewest walks with two over 24 2/3 innings.

Jansen put up one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in 2015, striking out 80 while walking eight. There were only nine better seasons going by K/BB ratio. Dennis Eckersley has the best mark (18.33), walking only three with 55 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings in 1989. If the season were to end today, Jansen’s K/BB ratio would be an impressive and unprecented “INF,” or “infinite.”

We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.