Ian Denomme

  • A healthy Marcus Stroman presents Blue Jays with good problem to have

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 16 hrs ago

    TORONTO – In Marcus Stroman’s own words his surgically repaired knee feels “amazing” and “great.” The Toronto Blue Jays sophomore pitcher was thought to be lost for the entire season when he tore his ACL during a routine fielding drill back in spring training.

    But he was back in Toronto on Friday, in between minor-league rehab starts, professing his health and desire to suit up for the big-league team as soon as possible. Believe it or not, that presents a problem for the first-place Blue Jays, though it’s a good one to have.

    There’s no doubt Stroman can contribute to the team looking to end a 22-year playoff drought. Despite his mere 130.2 innings of big-league experience Stroman’s stuff is good enough to make him a difference maker down the stretch and in the postseason.

    “I’m ready. I was throwing through this entire process,” Stroman said Friday. “When I couldn’t walk, when I was still sitting down, my arm and all my pitches stayed fresh. It’s really good.”

    The problem, however, is the Blue Jays are on such a roll it’s difficult to see where exactly he fits in.

    “If he’s ready to pitch it would definitely be a good problem.”

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  • Joe Panik shows he’s nearing return with great defensive play in rehab game

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Joe Panik appears to be about ready for a return to the big leagues.

    The San Francisco Giants second baseman was having a breakout season before going on the disabled list with lower back inflammation at the beginning of August. The 24-year-old was slashing .309/.374/.443 and was named to his first All-Star Game in July.

    But if this web gem from a minor-league game on Thursday is any indication, Panik’s back is just fine and he should be back in the majors soon enough.

    Joe Panik made an unbelievable play in first rehab game. Giants have missed his glove as much as his bat: https://t.co/oYHOtO5aBw

    It was actually just his first rehab game so while his return may not be imminent, he isn’t showing much rust defensively. He showed no hesitation in sliding and bare-handing the ball to get the out at first. At the plate, he went 0-for-2 in Triple-A Sacramento’s 9-5 loss to Reno.

    Since he hit the DL the Giants have gone 12-19 without him and fallen 6.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. They could use his glove and bat if they’re going to make it back to the postseason and attempt to defending their World Series title.

  • Controversial call on neighborhood play prompts Dodgers collapse

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Despite a rough start from Mat Latos, the Dodgers entered the sixth inning Thursday night leading 7-4. That’s when the wheels fell off. The San Diego Padres rallied for a 10-7 win, but they had a controversial play to thank for starting their rally.

    After a Justin Upton leadoff single in the sixth, the Dodgers thought they turned a double play on a grounder by Jedd Gyorko. But second base umpire Chris Conroy ruled Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley did not tag the bag before the throw to first.

    While he may not have directly touched the bag on the exchange, it’s a relatively routine play in baseball circles know as the “neighborhood play.” Utley has probably done the exact play many times without incident. Dodger manager Don Mattingly challenged, but the call was upheld. Upton scored one batter later on a Derek Norris double, the first of six unanswered runs that led to the Padres’ win.

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  • Year of the prospect continues: Dodgers reportedly recall Seager

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    On the heels of a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants and building a 6.5-game lead in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers are adding some extra fire power for their playoff run. On Thursday morning it was reported the Dodgers have recalled shortstop Corey Seager from Triple-A. Seager is the No. 2 ranked prospect in all of baseball, and No. 1 prospects still in the minors.

    Dodgers are calling up corey seager, the top prospect in mlb

    Seager slashed .292/.343/.486 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He was the 18th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

    What remains to be seen is how much playing time he will get with the Dodgers. While he certainly has the pedigree to play in the majors right now he will be thrust into a high-pressure situation as the Dodgers chase a third-consecutive division title, and their first NL pennant since 1988. The Dodgers everyday shortstop, Jimmy Rollins, is 36 and batting just .222/.276/.358, but he also has played in 46 career playoff games and won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008.

    The Dodgers have yet to confirm the move.

  • Edwin Encarnacion’s hitting streak ends, but impressive second half continues

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 2 days ago

    Lost in the Toronto Blue Jays' dramatic 5-3 walkoff win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night was Edwin Encarnacion’s 26-game hitting streak coming to an end.

    Encarnacion went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly, bringing the second-longest hitting streak in Blue Jays history to an end. While the streak itself is over Encarnacion is putting together one of the best stretches in club history.

    Encarnacion won’t break Shawn Green’s franchise record 28-game hitting streak, but his numbers over the length of his streak are superior to what Green provided during his run. From June 29, 1999 to July 31, Green slashed .366/.434/.750 with 12 home runs and 27 RBIs in 112 at-bats. Impressive numbers for a team that was 10 game above .500 but already six games behind the first-place Yankees.

    Edwin Encarnacion's hit streak is over at 26. But he had more XBH (23) in that streak than Ellsbury, Utley, Werth or Wieters have all year!

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  • Michael Taylor blasts longest home run of the season

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 15 days ago

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor isn’t exactly known for his power. The second-year player has just 12 career home runs to his name, but that didn’t stop him unloading the longest home run in the majors this season.

    In the seventh inning on Thursday night, with the Nationals trailing the Rockies 2-0, Taylor took Yohan Flande very deep to left-centerfield for a game-tying two-run homer that was estimated at 492.8 feet by Statcast, MLB's go-to data-tracking system. Other estimates have it closer to 470 feet, but regardless, it was an impressive shot even in the Coors Field altitude. 

    According to http://t.co/4W7JN6i5Hh’s Statcast, home run by #Nationals Michael Taylor went 493 feet ... longest HR in majors this season.

    Before Taylor's homer, the longest in MLB this season belonged to Nelson Cruz, who hit one 482.7 feet.

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  • Pitchers growing frustrated with homer-happy Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 15 days ago

    First up was Ervin Santana. The Twins starter pitched well into the eighth inning, but he was saddled with the loss thanks to two home runs from Yankees rookie Greg Bird. Bird hit two two-run home runs that were the difference in a 4-3 Yankees win. Santana took out his frustration on Yankee Stadium.

    “Santana blamed himself for the first blast, saying he left a change up high and over the plate. But the latter? Not so much, Santana said.

    "The other one was a very good pitch, out and away, and he just hit it very good," the pitcher said. "I know, probably in another park that's a double. But here, it's a joke.”

    You can judge Bird’s second homer for yourselves above, but it doesn’t look like a “joke” seeing as it landed well into the bullpen.

    That’s some harsh criticism for two of America’s most beloved ballparks.

    Kulber has only made three career starts at Fenway and thanks to Wednesday’s four-homer barrage he is 0-1 with 4.50 ERA in 18 innings.

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  • Gregg Zaun draws ire of Blue Jays fans for saying something that is accurate

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 15 days ago

    This week he has drawn the ire of Blue Jays fans for his latest scorching take – Mike Trout should be the American League most valuable player, not Josh Donaldson.

    The nerve!

    While there are still six weeks left in the season and much baseball to be played, it’s not an outlandish claim. The majority of baseball observers might agree with Zaun, but the problem is he said it to a record-setting television audience of suddenly-rabid Blue Jays fans, on a network that is owned by the same company that owns the team. So naturally, cue the outrage from fans:

    @timandsid @GreggZaun he hates Gibby, he hates the Jays , he's just mean & miserable ..naturally he doesn't want upbeat BJ player to be MVP

    Shut up @GreggZaun. Stop trying to be Don cherry




























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  • Philadelphia newspaper calls Chase Utley 'most beloved Phillie in history'

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 16 days ago

    On Thursday, the Philadelphia Daily News went so far as to call him the "most beloved Phillie in history" on it back-page sports front:

    Thursday back page #PhillyDNSports: pic.twitter.com/G5VVcN0WDJ

    It's not just hyperbole either. Utley, 36, was drafted in the first round by the Phillies in 2000 and made his debut in 2003, becoming a fan favorite almost overnight. He blossomed into a star as well, being named an All Star five consecutive years and winning four Silver Slugger awards in a row.

    Perhaps most importantly, and impressively, he helped lead the Phillies to a World Series title in 2008, their first since 1980 and only the second in their 100+ year history.

    Inside the Daily News, the accolades for Utley kept coming from columnist Marcus Hayes:

    “In the Mount Rushmore of Philly athletes, his faced is carved with Bobby Clarke, Julius Erving and Brian Dawkins.

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  • As showdown with Yankees looms Blue Jays creating buzz not seen since 1993

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 21 days ago

    There’s nothing Toronto loves more than a winner, and right now nobody is winning more than the Toronto Blue Jays. They open a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Friday night amid a buzz in the city that has not been seen since their back-to-back World Series wins in 1992 and 1993.

    The Blue Jays have not been back to the playoffs since Joe Carter ended the '93 World Series on a walkoff home run. It's the longest active playoff drought in baseball, the longest in all of North American professional sports, in fact. But thanks to an 11-game winning streak the Blue Jays are a half game ahead of the Yankees and poised to end that 22-year playoff drought.

    Price’s third start with the Blue Jays is Friday night.

    “The average cost to see Toronto ace David Price start against the Yankees on Friday climbed to $91 over the past week. The average price is $103 for Saturday's game and $87 for Sunday.

    SeatGeek.com estimates that $1.4 million has been spent on the secondary market for the three Yankees games combined.”