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Huston Street

Huston Street, trolling his wife while she’s in labor


When my two children were born I, as I tend to do, made some jokes while my wife was in labor. That was when I learned, quite painfully, that there are certain times when jokes aren’t really appreciated.

Huston Street is probably gonna learn that soon:

Of course this will be Huston and Lacey Street’s third child, so maybe she just has a better sense of humor than my wife did. Given that they’re still married, I’d say that’s probably a given.

Still, count on Lacey Street sticking Huston with night feeding duties come November for this one.

Mike Matheny admits that players’ contracts matter when it comes to assigning bullpen roles

Trevor Rosenthal

We’ve talked a lot in the past about how the save is one of the only if not the only statistic which dictates how the game is played instead of the other way around. Closers get saves, saves are considered valuable, so you make sure your closer gets his saves, regardless of whether or not that pitcher may be better-used in a non-save situation.

Everyone knows how this works, but rarely do you hear a manager actually come out and admit that saves — and the nice fat closer contracts for which they form the basis — come into play when it comes time to decide how to use a reliever.

Mike Matheny of the Cardinals said it, however, when talking about internal discussions the Cards have had regarding maybe using the closer in non-save situation. From Derrick Goold’s column at the Post-Dispatch:

Matheny said Sunday it’s appealing, but the save stat cannot be ignored.

“You want to be respectful, too, to what these guys are trying to do individually,” Matheny said. “For us as a team to move forward certain things need to happen and a lot of times it’s trying to create an atmosphere where each of these guys are able to achieve everything, and there are contracts involved. There are personal statistics that help drive personal achievement as far as salaries go. For us to be completely oblivious to that, I think is a mistake as well.

“Then you start having some friction,” Matheny continued. “There are outside influences that are constantly pushing these guys toward the statistics that are going to get them paid someday, right?”

Matheny admits, however, that the save is, in fact, an arbitrary stat and that maybe it’d be better if salaries aren’t based on it so much.

For what it’s worth, we’ve seen several relief pitchers get big deals because they have great stuff, not just great save stats in recent years. Our Drew Silva notes on Twitter that Andrew Miller had one career save entering free agency last winter and still got a four-year, $36 million contract. Likewise, Ned Yost chose a few non-closers for the AL All-Star team this year. Managers and front offices are smart enough to know where real value is in a relief pitcher. That said, arbitration panels may not be, and then there’s the whole idea of ego and “role” that Matheny alludes to complicating it.

Still, some pretty notable candor from Matheny here. Thoughts on this, Huston Street?

Huston Street gets his 300th career save

Huston Street

Huston Street is pretty fixated on staying a ninth-inning-only guy. But to be fair it’s working for him. Last night Street picked up his 300th career save in the Angels win over the Twins.

It took him a while to get off of 299, as a groin injury, the All-Star break and the fact that the Angels have won a boatload of games by more than three runs lately kept putting it off. But last night he locked down the 5-2 win, the Angels’ 7th in a row.

Street, 31, is the second-youngest pitcher to get to 300, with only Francisco Rodriguez getting there younger. It took 346 save opportunities, which was the fifth-fewest all-time. He now stands tied for 25th all-time in saves with Bruce Sutter and Jason Isringhausen. There are 28 men in the 300-save club. Street is fourth among active closers. At least if you count Joe Nathan as active. Otherwise only Rodriguez, Jonathan Papelbon, and Nathan are ahead of him.

Meanwhile, Mariano Rivera and his mentor from back in his San Diego days, Trevor Hoffman, are over 600. Because, man, those guys were really, really good.

Huston Street tweaked his groin last night

Huston Street

Angels closer Huston Street tweaked his groin on the final pitch of Wednesday night’s win over the Rockies. But he doesn’t think it’s too bad and does not think he’ll have to go on the DL:

“My gut tells me I didn’t get it too bad. That’s my gut, slash hope, slash competitiveness.”

In other news, his chief weapon is surprise . . . surprise slash fear . . . fear and surprise. His two weapons are fear slash surprise slash ruthless efficiency. His three weapons are fear slash surprise slash ruthless efficiency slash an almost fanatical devotion to pitching in the ninth inning. His four — no. Amongst his weapons  . . . Amongst his weaponry are such elements as fear slash surprise . . .

Eh, He’ll just come in again.

Figure he’s day to day.