The worst plate appearance in the history of baseball

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I’m guessing it’s possible there have been worse ones, but Jeff Sullivan makes a pretty darn good case for one put together by Santiago Casilla (batting) and Jose Ceda (pitching) yesterday.

This is why the replacement player gambit never worked back in the 1994-95 strike, by the way.  When you pit scrub football players against other scrub football players in combat like the NFL did once upon a time, you get something that still looks like football because everyone sucks equally.  In baseball, however, the crappy pitchers have to hit the same basic strike zone that the good pitchers do, and thus the illusion is shattered much more easily.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.