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- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew35 mins ago
Over the first half of the 2015 season, the “best pitcher in baseball” talk has been mostly about some usual suspects, like Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke, and some budding young stars like Dallas Keuchel and Chris Archer.
But one pitcher having a great season that few have taken notice of is Yovani Gallardo. The 29 year old former All-Star is in his first season with the Rangers and has been a big part of their surprising start to the season. Over his last eight starts few in baseball have been better than Gallardo.
On Thursday night against the Orioles he extended his scoreless inning streak to 29.1 – the longest streak in the majors this year. The Rangers scored twice in the ninth to earn the win, and are 6-2 overall in Gallardo’s last eight starts.
He last allowed a run since June 10, and hasn’t lost since May 19. Over those last eight starts he has given up just five earned runs in 51.1 innings, for an ERA of 0.88, with an opponent’s batting average of .169. For the whole season he has a 2.56 ERA (10 th best in the majors), and a 72/31 K/BB ratio. He’s 10 th in the majors with a 2.8 WAR.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
The Atlanta Braves managed to do something few teams have done this season: They registered a victory against Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer.
The win didn't come without controversy, though. With the two clubs knotted 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Scherzer took the mound hoping to send the game into extras.
Pedro Ciriaco led off the frame with a single, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jace Peterson. That's when controversy struck.
Cameron Maybin hit a walk-off single down the third base line to win the contest. Whether the ball was fair or foul is up for debate. The ball took a big hop on the infield dirt and landed in foul territory once it hit the ground. Umpire C.B. Bucknor ruled that the ball passed over third base in fair territory, making it a fair ball.Fri, Jul 37:35 PM EDTPhiladelphia at AtlantaPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
If you live in Wisconsin, you are legally required to consume foods covered in cheese in large amounts. Because of that, it's no surprise a member of the Milwaukee Brewers just set a record for most cheesesteaks consumed at Citizens Bank Park.
Bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel emerged as both the hero we deserve, and the hero we need Thursday. During the team's four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Hanel ate an astounding 23 cheesesteaks.
Hanel actually broke a couple of cheesesteak records. Through three games, Hanel had consumed 18 cheesesteaks, breaking the three-day record set by New York Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill.
Miami Marlins pitcher Mat Latos held the four-day record with 18, but Hanel blew past that before Thursday's game even started.
The Brewers even captured the glorius event for all to see.Fri, Jul 37:10 PM EDTMilwaukee at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
If you're going to play baseball, you better wear a cup. In fact, that might be rule No. 1 when it comes to the game. Nobody should ever experience what Adrian Beltre had to deal with when he was hit while not wearing one.
Beltre's division-rival Oakland Athletics seem to understand this. That's probably why they decided to conduct a cup check during Thursday's game.
That's Oakland reliever, and occasional closer, Sean Doolittle. It looks as though he may have failed the test. Doolittle at least has somewhat of an excuse. He's currently on the disabled list, so it's not like he's being reckless while on the field.Fri, Jul 39:05 PM EDTSeattle at OaklandPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
We here at The Stew love to celebrate the bat flip. When it comes to flipping bats, we'll consider all options. Bat flip on a walk-off home run? Love it. Bat flip on a single? Still good. Pitcher bat flip? Even better.
Well, step aside, people of the internet, because the greatest bat flip of all time may have been unearthed. First, let's set the stage. With his team down by one run in the top of the ninth inning, Jae-Gyun Hwang stepped to the plate with a chance to knot things up. He did not disappoint.
If you are impatient, you can skip to about 47 seconds in order to experience the flip in all its glory.
So, that is something.
Hwang's reaction is somewhat reminiscent of Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair. Instead of using his hands, though, Hwang opts to use his bat to follow the path of the ball. Once it lands it fair territory, Hwang unleashes one hell of a bat flip.
Overall, the flip was pretty strong. What makes this exceptional was the buildup. Hwang's reaction to whether the ball would go fair, combined with the movements of the bat take this one to another level. We love it.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
If Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose bet on baseball games while he was still a player, he's not going to admit it any time soon.
Rose was interviewed for the first time since an ESPN report surfaced alleging he gambled on games while he was still an active player. During that interview, Rose told Fox Sports 1's Chris Myers that he would not comment on anything pertaining to his case for reinstatement.
According to Ron Clements of Sporting News, Rose said he will be completely honest when he meets with commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss the case.
“I’m going to keep my end of the bargain,” said Rose, who was hired by Fox Sports 1 in April as a baseball analyst. “I’m sure those questions will come about when I meet with the commissioner.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers have boatloads of cash, and are willing to spend it. They've shown off their spending ability with the major-league roster in the past, but now the club is focusing on prospects.
The Dodgers dominated the first day of the international signing period, grabbing two top-five prospects, according to MLB.com. The club signed pitcher Yadiel Alvarez for $16 million, and outfielder Starling Heredia for $2.6 million.
Alvarez and Heredia are the second and fifth-ranked international prospects respectively , according to MLB.com. Most intriguing is Alvarez, a 19-year-old who has a fastball that touches 98 mph. The club also added infielder Ronny Brito, who ranked 21st on the list.
The Dodgers are no stranger to adding talent via international signings. Over the past few seasons, the club has inked Yasiel Puig, Hector Olivera, Erisbel Arruebarrena and Alex Guerrero, to name a few.
For those unaware of how the international signing period works, here's a primer via MLB.com:Fri, Jul 310:10 PM EDTNY Mets at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Chris Correa, the St. Louis Cardinals' scouting director, has been fired by the club, theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch has learned after "an imposed leave of absence." The team isn't officially naming Correa a culprit in its ongoing hacking scandal, but the Post-Dispatch has sources saying Correa breached a Houston Astros database.
Correa has admitted hacking into a Houston Astros database but said it was only to verify that the Astros had stolen proprietary data, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.Fri, Jul 38:15 PM EDTSan Diego at St. LouisPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
The afternoon dubbed #JoseDay didn't start out as the Miami Marlins hoped, but by the end of it, Jose Fernandez had his first MLB win in more than a year, six strikeouts and he managed to hit a baseball over the fence.
So, #JoseDay, as it turned out, was pretty excellent.Fri, Jul 32:20 PM EDTMiami at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
We loved free-swinging Vladimir Guerrero during his playing days and soon enough, we'll see if we love the sequel.
Vlad Guerrero Jr., the most recognizable name in this year's international free-agent class, which was allowed to begin signing with MLB teams Thursday, has agreed to join the Toronto Blue Jays. According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, Vlad Jr. is getting a $3.9 million deal from the Jays that should allow him to start his baseball career in Canada like his famous father.
The moment Vladimir Guerrero Jr. became a Toronto Blue Jay! He is worth the hype everybody! pic.twitter.com/dwzjxJckNaFri, Jul 37:08 PM EDTToronto at DetroitPreview Game