Big League Stew
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 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.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Shelby Miller is starting to look like an ace again. The 24-year-old had an exceptional start Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Miller allowed just three hits during a complete game shutout. He struck out eight and issued just one walk. Miller threw just 99 pitches, picking up the first "Maddux" of the season.
Shelby Miller clinches the Maddux with a game-ending strikeout on pitch No. 99. First one in the Majors in 2015. There were 12 last season.
A "Maddux" occurs when a pitcher tosses a complete game shutout while throwing fewer than 100 pitches. The stat is named, obviously, for Greg Maddux, who accomplished the feat an amazing 13 times during his career. It's not an actual stat, but it's a fun way to point out a dominant pitching performance.Wed, May 67:10 PM EDTPhiladelphia at AtlantaPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Getting the call to the majors is a dream come true for many players. Given the level of talent in the bigs, it can also be incredibly intimidating.
Some rookies respond by showing nerves in their first taste of the big leagues. Los Angeles Angels rookie catcher Carlos Perez is not one of those players.
With the game knotted 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Perez stepped in against Seattle Mariners pitcher Dominic Leone. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Perez clobbered an 81 mph slider out to left for a walk-off home run. That's quite the way to cap your major-league debut.
The hit also puts Perez is elite company.
Carlos Perez is the first major leaguer with a walk-off homer in his MLB debut since Miguel Cabrera did so for the Marlins on June, 20, 2003
While that was the biggest highlight from the 24-year-old's debut, it wasn't his only contribution. In his first at-bat, Perez singled on a 96 mph fastball for his first major-league hit. The rookie finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.Wed, May 610:05 PM EDTSeattle at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The best teammates are the ones who pick you up when you're down. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig may not be able to flip his bat now that he's on the disabled list, but that's OK, because Zack Greinke is happy to oblige.
Greinke was able to show off his skills in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against the Brewers. On the second pitch of his at-bat against Rob Wooten, Greinke smashed a double to center. After making contact, Greinke flipped his bat as if he's been a hitter his entire career.
For a pitcher, Greinke is actually not bad at the plate. He owns a career .213/.261/.323 line over 278 plate appearances.
Following the contest, Greinke said the bat flip has always been a part of his game.
Q: Where did the bat flip come from? Zack Greinke: It's always there. I just haven't hit one hard like that in a while.
It was quite an entertaining game for Greinke. His next time at the plate, Greinke asked for an appeal at first base and was called out on strikes.
Your browser does not support iframes.Wed, May 68:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Over the first month of the season, the Houston Astros have shocked the baseball world. At 18-9, the club leads the American League in wins. A big part of their success has been pitching. Dallas Keuchel has been an early Cy Young candidate, and the team's bullpen has completely neutralized the competition.
Part of that success is due to the team's strong defense. Outfielder George Springer demonstrated as much Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.
With the Rangers up 7-1 in the seventh inning, Adrian Beltre hit a shot out to Springer in right field. Springer ranged back for the ball, leapt and made a tremendous catch to end the inning.
As he came down with the ball, Springer smashed into the outfield wall. Springer laid on the ground for quite some time following the play, and appeared to be trying to catch his breath.
While he was able to get up and leave the field, Springer did not come out of the top of the eighth. He was replaced by Jonathan Villar.
Following the game, manager A.J. Hinch said Springer was sore, and would be evaluated for a concussion.Wed, May 68:10 PM EDTTexas at HoustonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
On August 27, the Washington Nationals are set to celebrate Pet Day at the ballpark. While fans won't be allowed to bring their pets to the park for the contest, fans who purchase a ticket to the game will receive a team pet calendar.
The club held the photo shoot for the calendar Tuesday, and it produced some pretty wonderful images.
Just when you thought it couldn't get cuter than Drew Storen holding his dog in his mitt, Bryce Harper comes along and steals the show (and your heart).
It appears not all of the pets were on their best behavior.Wed, May 61:05 PM EDTMiami at WashingtonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Mitch Williams and Lenny Dykstra have a long history of hating each other. Dykstra has long held the belief that Williams blew the 1993 World Series, and seems to hold him accountable for that. Williams, obviously, is not a big fan of that opinion.
The two were able to ... um ... work out some of those issues at a recent event in Philadelphia. The Philly Sports Roast was supposed to be a fun, lighthearted affair. It quickly turned ugly. Be warned, the language in the following video is highly NSFW. Do not watch this at work!
That winds up being highly uncomfortable at the end. Dykstra initially seems annoyed with Williams, but it quickly devolves into something that is tough to watch.
This is far from the first time these two have nearly gotten into it at a public event. The two confronted each other at a card signing back in 2013.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Not that we expected anything different, but it sounds as if Pedro Martinez pulls no punches in his new book, "Pedro," which hits stores Tuesday.
We've already heard Martinez's wild story about Manny Ramirez from the book, and now Martinez's book is making headlines for something he wrote about his tenure with the New York Mets.
Martinez alleges that the Mets forced him to pitch late in the 2005 season, even though he had a toe injury and had been told by his manager that he was done for the year. But Jeff Wilpon, the team's COO and son of owner Fred Wilpon, stepped in and changed that. From the New York Times:Wed, May 67:10 PM EDTBaltimore at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Tampa Bay Rays were expecting big things out of ace-in-waiting Alex Cobb this season, but Cobb hasn't pitched yet because of a forearm injury. He suffered a setback Monday and was shut down.
Now the news has gotten worse — worse in a could-need-surgery kind of way.
Marc Topkin, the Rays beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times, is reporting that Cobb has a partially torn ligament in his elbow. That, of course, is a big deal. Topkin couches his reporting by calling it "informed speculation," but Topkin covers the Rays beat well, so we're inclined to believe him.
He writes:Wed, May 67:10 PM EDTTampa Bay at BostonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Will Ferrell's been living the baseball life these past few months. For a follow-up to his play-every-position spring training stunt, Ferrell made a surprise appearance Monday night on "The Late Show with David Letterman" doing his famous Harry Caray impersonation.
Letterman's on his farewell lap these days, prepping for the end of his tenure as "Late Show" host, which ends May 20. So it's likely this was just a farewell by Ferrell, who started in the crowd, then name-dropped a bunch of old baseball players. There was an Obama reference, but nothing about Kris Bryant, sadly.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
There's no disputing the place the St. Louis Cardinals hold in baseball lore. They have won 11 World Series titles and they've had some of the game's greatest players, from Stan Musial in the the 1940s and '50s to Albert Pujols in the '00s.
That makes it difficult to leave a mark on St. Louis' storied history, though the 2015 squad has managed to do just that. Monday night's 10-9 comeback win against the Chiacgo Cubs improved the Cardinals' record to a major league-best 19-6and matching the best start to a season in franchise history.Wed, May 68:15 PM EDTChi Cubs at St. LouisPreview Game