Curt Casali is having one heck of a week

7 Comments

A week ago I had only the vaguest notion of what a Curt Casali was. Rule 5 guy I think in . . . some organization? Tigers? Not important. This is a national-focus website so we really can’t and don’t spend much time on the 24th-through-40th man on the roster.

But then he has a week like this and we all now know who Curt Casali is.

Casali hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo homer in the sixth in last night’s Rays win over the Tigers. He also hit two home runs on Monday. He also hit one on Saturday. For the year — which, for him, started on June 13 on the major league level — Casali is hitting .300/.345/.780 in 55 plate appearances.

Those two homers came off of his former Vanderbilt teammate David Price. Who, after the game, congratulated him on his night, even if he did so with some frowny-face emojis.

Who knows what kind of career Casali will have the rest of the way, but if nothing else good ever happens for him, he has this past week. And he should print out and frame the text from Price.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

Leave a comment

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.