The San Francisco Giants disgraced themselves on Tuesday night, throwing an opposing hitter for no reason and endangering one of baseball's faces as a result. This was not old school baseball, eye to eye and there is no way to break it: it was baseball garbage.
Marlins starter Dan Straily and manager Don Mattingly were ejected in the second inning of Tuesday night's game in San Francisco after Straily hit Giants wide receiver Buster Posey with a pitch after that both banks were warned.
After hitting four more homers in Tuesday's victory, the Bombers' pranks are adding to a career in record books.
The lefty has been Mr. Consistencia since he badumed the title role, creating some difficult options for the leaders of the Cubs.
Here is the chronology of the events with the Miami Marlins and, yes, it involves Hunter Strickland, who has a history of doing silly things on the baseball field after that ridiculous fight started that year past with the Giants when he pitched against Bryce Harper.
1. Last week, in that 16-inning game in Miami, the Marlins tied the score in the ninth round against Strickland when rookie Lewis Brinson hit a sacrifice fly. Brinson, who has struggled throughout the season, had a big nine-pitch at-bat and was excited to do his job, shouting "Come on!" even when the capture was made in the middle of the deep field.
Unwritten rule n. ° 1: Not celebrating the sacrifice flies too much with enthusiasm.
2. On Monday, Brinson approached in the ninth inning against Strickland with the Giants up 4-3 and corridors on the corners. The first Strickland release was up and in, an obvious message for the sack fly celebration. Brinson then hit a single to tie the score, hit his bat as he ran to first base and threw one or two friendly words at Strickland.
Unwritten Rule No. 2: Rookies should not act happy, even if a veteran launches a takedown on them.
3. Another base hit put Brinson in third and Strickland went to the dugout, said something to Brinson, who said something, and the Giants bench said more things and then Strickland came into the clubhouse, hit a locker and broke his hand and it will lose six to eight weeks. Oh, the irony.
Unwritten rule n. ° 3: Rookies do not talk trash to veterans.
4. On Tuesday night, Brinson approached in the second inning with the runners in second place in the third and one out. Rookie of the Giants Dereck Rodriguez hit Brinson on the hip. Frankly, Rodriguez should have been expelled immediately, since his intention was obvious.
Unwritten Rule No. 4: We are the Giants, you are the Marlins. Or something.
5. Buster Posey appeared at the bottom of the second inning and Dan Straily came up and hit him in the hand / wrist area.
Unwritten rule n. ° 5: eye for an eye
Even the giants the fans did not like the chain of events:
#SFGiants are embarrbaded.
– Wendy Thurm (@wendythurm) June 20, 2018
It would not be surprising if these recent events lead to:
1) tearing down and completely rebuilding, including moving someone other than Bumgarner or Posey
2) some kind of miraculous surge of the second half
My money is on 1.
And drilling Brinson is a cowardly act. https://t.co/3JQu0mpcuN
– Jaymin Patel (@JPatelEM) June 20, 2018
The writers of the Giants rhythm were not friendly with the chain of events:
Dereck Rodriguez practices Brinson. Both parties warned. Amazing. Two #SFGiants underwent hand surgery today, and now [# #marlins have a chance to hit another giant, all because (I badume) Brinson tested a single and made a Strickland crazy enough to break his hand.
– Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 20, 2018
He's an idiot. The whole thing is an idiot. This is what the losing teams do. https://t.co/67rqANOEdO
– Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) June 20, 2018
The Giants were lucky that Posey was not injured. They do not have close for a prolonged period. They finished the night with a victory, but there are still two games under .500 and they have been overtaken by 27 races in the season. It's time to worry more about winning baseball games than to send a ridiculous message to .180, hitting Lewis Brinson. Note to Hunter Strickland & Co .: If you do not want Brinson to celebrate, take it out next time.
The Astros' streak ends at 12: This was the way the winning streak was destined to finish – with a closing performance of a level pitcher as Blake Snell, the only pitcher of level that the Astros will face until … well, probably until a series against the Mariners from July 30 to August 1. 1, when they could get James Paxton. They had their chances as Snell walked seven batters in seven innings and had two runners in the ninth inning, but Sergio Romo had Jake Marisnick out to second base to end it.
That was an interesting entry for A.J. Hinch. Evan Gattis opened with a single by Jose Alvarado and Josh Reddick pinched running for him. Tony Kemp, who was in the game after Marwin Gonzalez had been sent off, was due, but José Altuve hit it and he went flying. Romo came in, Max Stbadi struck out and Tyler White hit a single inside the box. Marisnick and his .176 average faced the right-handed killer Romo. Brian McCann was the only player left on the bench. The Rays had left-hander Jonny Venters in the corral and probably would have faced McCann.
If Hinch had to re-enter, he would probably let Kemp die and save Altuve to hit Marisnick. The risk is that you will not get to Marisnick's place if Kemp, Stbadi and White are all retired. In fact, all this points to the problem of these four men's benches in today's game (and some AL teams only have three men on the bench). Yes, the Astros had fewer than three men due to the expulsion of Gonzalez; otherwise, Kemp would have run for Gattis and Reddick would still be available, but the short benches will inevitably lead to some bad confrontations like Marisnick facing a right with the online game.
It's time to erase Earl Webb from the record books: Good win for the Twins, keeping the game close to Chris Sale for seven innings and then scoring four in the bottom of the eighth against the bullpen of Boston. Eduardo Escobar had the simple to go ahead in that game and the error of Jackie Bradley Jr. in the play allowed another race to score. Early in the game, Escobar hit a double of two runs. Sale:
– Minnesota Twins (@Twins) June 20, 2018
That's 32 doubles for Escobar, putting him at the pace of 75. The record is 67 years old, established by the immortal Earl Webb in 1931. Escobar, in fact, leads the majors with 46 extra-base hits, two more than Mike Trout and José Ramírez. Others have pursued Webb's record for half a season before falling, including Joey Votto and Manny Machado in recent seasons, but Escobar's improvement at the plate is becoming one of the most interesting stories of the season. He is now hitting .305 / .355 / .586 and looks like the best bet to represent the Twins in the All-Star Game.
As for the Sale, there are now six games in which he has allowed two or fewer races. and did not get the victory. He's 6-4 with 2.74 ERA and went to another All-Star Game, but the Red Sox only have 8-8 in games he's started. Baseball is random.
Maybe the Braves do not need a third baseman: Johan Camargo was ninth for the Braves when they defeated the Blue Jays 11-4, and went 4-for-5 with five RBIs, including this big slam:
– Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 19, 2018
Camargo is hitting a respectable. 240 / .354 / .448 and I point it out because the Braves lack your clbadic OBP guys at the top of the lineup. Ozzie Albies reached the first bat on Tuesday and has a .293 OBP. Dansby Swanson hit second and has a .303 OBP. Ender Inciarte has demonstrated initial skills in the past, but has only .309 OBP this year. Maybe Camargo is an option there, with Albies slipping on the two holes, at least until Ronald Acuna Jr. returns
Battle of the bad bullpens: Two teams were found that could have used Kelvin Herrera Tuesday night and the Phillies bullpens and the Cardinals combined to allow five runs. The Phillies tied with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Matt Carpenter did this to Seranthony Dominguez in the ninth inning:
– St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 20, 2018
It was an impressive swing, turning on a 98-mph fastball in the outer corner. Carpenter has been red-hot since May 16, hitting .326 / .383 / .636. I'm still waiting for the Cards to make a good run, 10-2, something like that, but they're 9-1 against the Reds and .500 against the rest of the calendar. They just lost two series at home to the Padres and the Cubs, and they left the first game in Philadelphia. They are in the middle of a difficult stretch here: after Philadelphia, they go to Milwaukee, then play Cleveland and Atlanta at home, and Arizona and San Francisco on the road.
Ian Desmond is not having a good season: The Rockies beat the Mets and Desmond hit his 15th homer. He's on his way to 30 homers. He is also hitting .214 / .278 / .433. In colorado. As a first base. The Rockies are 28th in the majors in wOBA at first base. That is not adjusted for the effects of the park, dear readers. The WAR of Desmond entering on Tuesday: minus-0.7. (Of course, there are even worse ideas: the Mets put Dominic Smith in left field in this game.)
So, we present this list of the worst seasons of 30 homers, through baseball's WAR of reference:
1. Dante Bichette, 1999 Rockies: 34 HRs, minus-2.3 WAR
2. Mike Jacobs, 2008 Marlins: 32 HRs, minus-2.0 WAR
3. Dave Kingman, 1986 A: 35 HR, minus-1.0 WAR
4. Tony Armas, Red Sox 1983: 36 hours, minus-0.8 WAR
5. Leon Wagner, 1964 Indians: 31 HR, minus -0.6 WAR