MLB warns George Sherrill to speed things up

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Dodgers’ reliever George Sherrill got a nastygram from Bob Watson over pace-of-game issues:

Dodgers reliever George Sherrill received a warning letter from MLB
vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson for taking too long to
warm up on April 14 at Dodger Stadium against the D-backs . . . The letter, a warning that came without a fine, cited Sherrill for
taking 45 seconds too long to throw his eight warm-up pitches.

Sherrill treated the warning with the utmost professionalism, of course, taping it to his locker and writing “With more strikes called, the game is faster,” on the bottom.

If I was Bob Watson, I’d respond with something like “when you and your 8.00 ERA start throwing pitches near the strike zone perhaps more strikes will be called, Meat. Now speed things up, capice?

Dallas Keuchel could make season debut on Friday vs. Nationals

Dallas Keuchel
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Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.

After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.

Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.

Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.