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Being a closer in Boston is hazardous to your health.
Craig Kimbrel is already on the disabled list. Yesterday the Red Sox placed his replacement, Koji Uehara, on the DL as well. The reason: a pectoral muscle strain which he sustained Tuesday night. He underwent an MRI last night which confirmed the strain. John Farrell noted that’s it’s unusual for a pitcher to strain a pec:
“It obviously confirms a strain. To what extent? We’re still getting our arms around that. This is a unique injury for a pitcher. I guess the best thing I can tell you is the MRI does confirm the strain.”
The Red Sox recently picked up Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks. He’s now the third closer for Boston this year. Farrell noted, however, that it’s possible that Robbie Ross Jr. or Tommy Layne could pitch in save situations against lefty-heavy lineups, so make it four and five, perhaps
Running on to the field at the ballpark is really dumb. You have no business being out there, you’re interrupting the game everyone paid to come and see and, not that we care too much, but you’re making yourself look like a big jerk.
Also: you’re doing it in a day and age when no one in any position of authority seems to have all that much interest in restraint, and that could make things go poorly for you.
Take this guy in Detroit yesterday. He ran onto the field at Comerica Park in the seventh inning and did his little run around thing, eluding the security guards. Then he gets tired and decides to give up. If he thought the security guard would just take him by the hand and escort him off the field, he was mistaken. The guard, whose authoritah had been disrespected, tackled him hard instead:
This seemed to end fine enough, but the current environment is such that, eventually, someone is going to get seriously hurt in this sort of situation. And everyone will say “hey, he deserved it, he shouldn’t have been there.” Despite the fact that no one used to body slam streakers and Morgana the Kissing Bandit and stuff and somehow the Republic managed to stand.
Hanley Ramirez had quite a night, eh? Three homers. Drew Pomeranz, not so much. But I guess you don’t need much of a night when you get that much run support and you’re facing what’s left of Matt Cain and the reeling Giants.
Jedd Gyorko of the Cardinals had three homers yesterday. One in the first game of the doubleheader, two in the second, so it doesn’t get as much press, but his day was still spiffy as heck.
In other news, Anthony Rizzo hit a couple of big flies himself. Tyler Naquin hit two for Cleveland. Leonys Martin hit two for the Mariners. Ryan Schimpf hit two for the Padres, splitting his up between games of the doubleheader like Gyorko did. Bryce Harper hit one but it was a long one. Josh Donaldson drove in three and hit his 24th homer. Chris Archer struck out 11 batters in six innings. Could he be auditioning for the Dodgers, who are suffering from Kershaw deficit disorder? Michael Pineda tossed six shutout innings against the Orioles, kind of messing up that whole Yankees fire sale plan. Which, dudes, when you see what the Mariners got in a trade for Mike Montgomery has to bug the heck out of the longer-term thinkers in the Yankees Universe.
Oh well. Today is a new day. They can always lose to Baltimore today. The scores:
Reds 6, Braves 3
Twins 4, Tigers 1
Cubs 6, Mets 2
Indians 11, Royals 4
Cardinals 4, Padres 2; Cardinals 3, Padres 2
Rays 11, Rockies 3
Astros 7, Athletics 0
Mariners 6, White Sox 5
Blue Jays 10, Diamondbacks 4
Red Sox 11, Giants 7
Yankees 5, Orioles 0
Nationals 8, Dodgers 1
Phillies 4, Marlins 1
Brewers 9, Pirates 5
Angels 7, Rangers 4