Ian Denomme

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

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 23 hrs 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 12 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 13 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 13 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

     

    AVG

    OBP

    SLG

    HR

    RBI

    R

    bWAR

    fWAR

    Donaldson

    .293

    .362

    .570

    33

    91

    89

    6.7

    6.6

    Trout

    .295

    .392

    .585

    33

    71

    79

    7.1

    6.7

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

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 14 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 19 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.”

  • Dodgers deadline acquisitions struggling on the mound so far

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 19 days ago

    The Dodgers were aggressive at the deadline and made headlines as part of a three-team, 13-player trade with the Braves and Marlins. The deal most notably netted the Dodgers starting pitchers Mat Latos and Alex Wood, and relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan.

    The early returns have not been good, as True Blue L.A. points out:

    “The numbers have been so spectacularly bad that I just wanted to chronicle the combined numbers for the quartet to date, just for posterity sake more than anything:

    35.1 innings, 48 hits, 35 runs, 34 earned runs, 15 walks, 33 strikeouts, 8.66 ERA, 1.783 WHIP, 4.49 FIP.

    Opposing batters are hitting .322/.391/.497 with five home runs and nine doubles in 169 plate appearances (the batting average on balls in play is .381 if you are searching for a silver lining).”

    To put those numbers into perspective, here’s what fellow Dodgers starter Zack Greinke has done this season:

    Zack Greinke has allowed 29 earned runs in 158 1/3 innings https://t.co/lDmdyaiqfO

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  • Sputtering offense has Yankees in free fall, and out of first place

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 20 days ago

    The New York Yankees woke up on Thursday morning in second place in the American League East for the first time since July 3. On July 28 they had a seven-game lead, their biggest of the season. But thanks to a 1-6 stretch, including five consecutive losses, the Yankees are suddenly looking up at the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays in the standings.

    The Yankees’ offense is squarely to blame for their recent woes.

    Their futility of late is striking when compared to the 10 games prior. In 10 games from July 25 to Aug. 4, the Yankees scored 90 runs, including 21 in a win over the Rangers (which included an 11-run inning) on July 28, the night they had a seven-game lead in the AL East.

    Here’s a look at how their offense compares over their previous 17 games:

     

    July 25-Aug. 4

    Aug. 5-Aug.12

    Games played

    10

    7

    Runs

    90

    9

    Runs per game

    9

    1.2

    Hits per game

    11.3

    5.2

    Record

    7-3

    1-6

     

    The Yankees pitching and defense have been fine, during this 1-6 stretch they’ve only allowed 2.8 runs per game but have lost four one-run games.

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  • Adam Loewen’s baseball career comes full circle with return to big-league mound

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 26 days ago

    One of the great baseball stories of 2015 is about to play out, of all places, in Philadelphia sometime soon. It’s been more than seven years since Adam Loewen toed the rubber for a major-league team, but when he next takes the mound for the Phillies it will cap an amazing, and odd, journey back to the big leagues.

    Tomorrow Chase Utley will be reinstated from the 15-day DL and LHP Adam Loewen will have his contract selected from @IronPigs.

    What makes Loewen’s path from the minors to the big leagues and back again remarkable is that he is a pitcher-turned-outfielder-turned-pitcher. Loewen is a former first-round pick of the Orioles, an imposing 6-foot-6 left-hander who at fourth overall in 2002 was also the highest drafted Canadian player ever. He pitched parts of three seasons with the Orioles from 2006 to 2008 making 29 starts before chronic elbow injuries forced him to give up pitching.

    “Just putting my foot on the rubber in the bullpen felt different than it did when I left. But after about three months, I started to feel like a pitcher again.”

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  • Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke can bat-flip with the best of them

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 27 days ago

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    By now everyone who follows baseball knows about Zack Greinke’s prowess on the mound. The Dodgers star is a Cy Young front runner on account of leading the majors in bWAR for pitchers (6.4), earned-run average (1.71), win percentage (.846), and he’s second in WHIP (.0853).

    But did you know he can swing a mean bat, too?

    Greinke showed off his home-run power on Thursday – and topped it off with a bat-flip that would put teammate Yasiel Puig to shame. In the top of the third inning, with two outs, Greinke sent the first pitch he saw from Phillies starter David Buchanan into the seats in deep left-center field. The solo shot put the Dodgers ahead 7-5 and they went on to win 10-8, with Greinke improving to 11-2. Greinke, in fact, went 3-for-3 on the day with the one RBI and three runs scored.

    RECAP: Zack Greinke goes 3-for-3 at the plate with a HR in #Dodgers 10-8 win over Phillies. {http://t.co/pyS18Amznw} pic.twitter.com/RZ4epVxflu