Author: Aaron Gleeman


Red Sox interested in ex-Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long


Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox “do have an interest” in Kevin Long, who was fired as the Yankees’ hitting coach last week.

Long was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2007 to 2014, during which time they scored the second-most runs in all of baseball. However, as injuries and aging wrecked the roster in recent years they ranked among the worst offenses in the American League.

This season the Yankees ranked 13th in the 15-team league with 633 runs and the Red Sox scored exactly one more run with 634. Boston’s hitting coach, Greg Colbrunn, stepped down two weeks ago.

Jerry Blevins goes to movies, appreciates a good mustache

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Lots of times when we post something a player tweeted it’s because they said something regrettable, but this back-and-forth involving Nationals reliever Jerry Blevins made me smile:

MLB postpones Game 3 of the ALCS

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About three-and-a-half hours before the scheduled first pitch MLB announced that Game 3 of the ALCS between the Orioles and Royals has been postponed due to projected rain tonight in Kansas City.

Game 3 will instead be played Tuesday night, followed by Game 4 on Wednesday afternoon and Game 5 on Thursday afternoon. And the scheduled off day Thursday has been washed way. Game 6 and Game 7 remain as scheduled.

Both teams are sticking with their original Game 3 starters, so Baltimore will go with Wei-Yin Chen and Kansas City will go with Jeremy Guthrie.

And now we’re all free to, like, do something productive with ours lives tonight. I heard “Gilmore Girls” is on Netflix now.

Will the Cardinals give A.J. Pierzynski another chance to replace Yadier Molina?

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When the Cardinals added A.J. Pierzynski to the NLCS roster after leaving him off the NLDS roster it seemed like an inconsequential move, but now that Yadier Molina is out with a strained oblique muscle the veteran catcher might actually be needed.

Last night when Molina exited the game manager Mike Matheny called on longtime backup Tony Cruz to fill in, but when Molina was out for an extended period during the regular season the Cardinals gave Pierzynski a lot of action behind the plate.

Pierzynski hit just .244 with one homer and a .600 OPS in 30 games, so perhaps Matheny saw enough to lose all faith in the 37-year-old former All-Star, but Cruz is a career .225 hitter with a .580 OPS in four seasons for the Cardinals.

Neither player is a particularly appealing option to replace Molina, but Matheny might be tempted to shake things up a bit in the hopes of Pierzynski adding a little more offensive punch to the bottom of the lineup.

Michael Wacha is gathering dust as the Cardinals’ forgotten man

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Last postseason Shelby Miller was the young, high-upside pitcher ignored by the Cardinals in the playoffs, but this time around it’s Michael Wacha.

Wacha thrived in last year’s postseason as a rookie and was great again this season until shoulder problems sidelined him in mid-June. He returned in September to make four starts, but struggled and has not appeared in a game this postseason despite being on the roster.

So what role is he filling, exactly? Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Wacha is serving as the “extra-inning reliever.” In other words, if the game goes crazy long and the Cardinals run out of pitchers they trust, they’d toss Wacha out there to go as long as he can.

Goold reports that Wacha has told Matheny he’s capable of pitching in a normal relief role, multiple days at a time, but “with each day he’s not used the team becomes less likely to use him because he’s gathered rust.”

He hasn’t pitched in a game since September 26.