Craig Calcaterra

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke is starving for some run support

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Dodgers starter Zack Greinke last won on May 5. Since that time he has started nine times. Here are his innings pitched and earned runs allowed in each of those starts:

  • 5/11: 7 IP, 1 ER
  • 5/16: 6 IP, 1 ER
  • 5/22: 7.2 IP, 1 ER
  • 5/27: 6 IP, 1 ER
  • 6/02: 6 IP 5 ER
  • 6/07: 6.2 IP, 1ER
  • 6/13: 8 IP, 2 ER
  • 6/18: 7 IP, o ER
  • 6/23: 6 IP, 0 ER

The one bad start, in which he gave up five earned runs, was a no-decision which the Dodgers actually ended up winning. He lost the starts on May 16 and June 13. The rest were no-decisions.

He has a 1.05 ERA in May and a 2.14 ERA in June with exactly one win to show for it. Overall he’s 31st among 50 qualified starting pitchers in run support in the National League, but May and June have been absolutely brutal for him.

The guy who caught that foul ball while feeding the baby speaks

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You saw the video of the guy who caught the foul ball while feeding his baby at Wrigley Field last night. Now see the video of the guy who caught the foul ball while feeding his baby at Wrigley Field last night speak. From CSNChicago:

 

He says he’s being called “the anti-Bartman” since he caught it when the Cubs were batting. He does not say what his wife would’ve done to him if he flubbed the catch and had the ball crash down on his baby’s head. Maybe that’s for the followup interview.

The Royals are checking in on Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake

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The Royals won the pennant last year thanks in large part to great pitching. The relief pitching is still OK — in fact, KC’s pen has the best ERA in the American League — but the rotation is 11th in the AL in ERA and dead last in innings pitched in all of baseball. They could use a starter. Or two.

The Reds have a starter or two who could be dealt, and Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi are reporting that the Royals are interested.

They won’t be the only ones, of course, especially when it comes to Johnny Cueto, who the Reds will try to auction off to the highest bidder, one assumes. If the Royals want to use the “Buy Now” option it’s gonna cost them.

Video: Starling Marte made a diving catch to save the Pirates’ bacon

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It was a pretty clutch situation in Pittsburgh last night. The Pirates were clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, the speedy Billy Hamilton was at third base and the dangerous Todd Frazier was at the plate. Frazier sent an Arquimedes Caminero pitch to left, and it as sinking fast, almost certain to be an RBI single.

Starling Marte said: “nope”

Video: Miguel Cabrera turns a taunting Indians fan into Miguel Cabrera fan for life

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Miguel Cabrera is absolutely abusing the Indians this year, to the tune of .649/.702/1.108 with five homers and 16 RBI in 46 plate appearances. But he may have just made a fan for life out of a certain Indians fan.

The scene: Cleveland. The setup: a kid in Indians gear makes a nice snag of a foul ball with his cap, and then for whatever reason decides to sort of pose and gesticulate at Miguel Cabrera, who is fielding his position at first base at the the time. He’s kind of cute in an obnoxious way that only young boys can be. Cabrera smiles at him, clearly amused.

Then, after that half of the inning ends, Cabrera rewards the kid for the play and the pluck with some gear. Watch: