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This is a pretty insignificant trade but it’s a pretty uneventful Friday morning, so who cares?
The Braves have acquired lefty Jed Bradley from the Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. You rarely see a one or the other in those things. I wonder which is worse? Like, if the Braves get the PTBNL if Bradley sucks, does that player look into a mirror and say to himself “I am worth less than a bag of cash?” How does one deal with that? I guess it depends on your sense of humor.
Anyway, Bradley is 25. He was the Brewers’ first round pick, the 15th overall pick, in 2011, but he’s never panned out. He posted a 5.83 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015. This year he’s back at Double-A and has a 6.20 ERA in 24 and two-thirds innings, so yeah.
He’s from Georgia, though — or at least went to school at Georgia Tech — so the Braves are required by law to acquire him at some point in his career.
We talked about it some in the recaps this morning, but it’s really worth looking more closely at last night’s huge Mariners comeback over the Padres.
The basics of it: The Mariners were trailing the Padres 12-2 after five innings and then scored fourteen runs across the sixth and seventh. It was the largest comeback in Mariners history. Previously the M’s overcame an eight-run deficit, but that came 20 years ago. It’s the first time any team has come back from this big a deficit this late in a game since 2001. It was also the largest lead the Padres have ever blown. The clubs combined for 36 hits and 29 runs, which is the most combined in both cases for any teams in any game this year.
To say that the Mariners were playing it close to the edge is to understate things. At one point, according to FanGraphs’ win probability thingie, the Padres had a 99.9% chance to win the game [insert “Dumb and Dumber” quote here]. Less analytically, the Padres’ relievers were ever so close to putting out this fire multiple times. As I mentioned in the recaps, the Mariners strung together seven consecutive two-out base hits to score nine runs and extend the seventh inning. That’s bad enough, but get a load of this: four of those seven hits came in two-strike counts. So close, yet so far away.
The video highlights:
Triple-A’s only two-time Cy Young Award winner made his 2016 debut last night for the Salt Lake Bees. It was about what you’d expect from a guy who hasn’t pitched in a year, but Tim Lincecum is happy with it.
Lincecum allowed three runs and three hits, lasting five innings and 88 pitches. He got better as the game went on, giving up his runs in the first and second inning and gaining confidence through the third, fourth and fifth, retiring nine batters in a row at one point. He struck out five, walked three and hit a guy. There was rust, but he felt good overall. He likened it to spring training where you don’t look at the results as such as much as you look at whether you can put the ball where you want it and check off benchmarks and the like.
The Angels signed Lincecum to a $2.5 million deal. He’s expected to spend most of June at Salt Lake before coming to Anaheim.