Heath Bell continues to struggle

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Last night was a good night to stink because so much other stuff was happening. This is especially true if your team won.  And it’s especially true if the stat that says you stink — blown save — was given to another guy.  But don’t think you got away with this, Heath Bell, we were watching.  You screwed up again.

Bell was called into the ninth inning of the Marlins-Giants game with his team on top 2-0.  He then allowed two runs on three hits while failing to record an out.  He was bailed out of the blown save when Ozzie Guillen put in Steve Cishek to try to clean up Bell’s mess, but the Giants tying the game in the ninth was really Bell’s doing.  Giancarlo Stanton’s 10th inning homer salvaged things.

Bell now has an 11.74 ERA, has allowed 13 hits in seven and two-thirds innings and has blown four saves.  Lesser struggles caused Ozzie Guillen to move Jose Reyes down in the lineup.  Will he do something about the Marlins’ closer situation now?

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.