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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Baseball streaks can be fickle. One minute, you're on a five-game winning streak, then, presto chango, all of the sudden you've lost eight straight contests.
Nobody understands this better than Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Maddon is known for keeping his clubhouses pretty loose, particularly when things get rough. That's why he decided to hire a magician to inspire the Cubs during a recent five-game losing streak.
Maddon apparently pulled the idea out of his ... hat after a weekend series in St. Louis, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN.
Maddon thought of the idea "on the plane or bus" after the Cubs' weekend series in St. Louis, where they were swept. They were on a season-high five-game losing streak, having fallen 11½ games behind the Cardinals going into Tuesday's games.Wed, Jul 17:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at NY MetsPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
UPDATE: It's official. Jerry Dipoto has resigned as general manager of the Angels. Dipoto confirmed the news to the Los Angeles Times himself.
Jerry Dipoto's resignation, now official, was inevitable. When you're a GM without authority to run a team as you see fit, what's the point?
There will be more to this story once the parties involved start talking — like who will take over, what manager Mike Scioscia has to say and what the players think. But for now, we know for sure, the GM job is open in Anaheim.
ORIGINAL POST: What seemed likely late Tuesday night on the West Coast looks to have become a reality Wednesday morning with multiple reports emerging that general manager Jerry Dipoto is no longer the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.Wed, Jul 17:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Each week, millions of workers around the globe look forward to payday. Getting a check, or seeing that extra money magically appear in your account, is always a good thing.
It's probably even better when you're no longer working. Former New York Met Bobby Bonilla knows the feeling well. Due to a strange clause in his contract, Bonilla will receive close to $1.2 million from the Mets once a year until 2035. Keep in mind that Bonilla hasn't played in the majors since 2001, so he's clearly doing something right.
That annual payday just happens to come every July 1. We're guessing Bonilla is celebrating somewhere right now.
So, how the heck did this happen? Following a poor season in 1999, the Mets wanted to cut Bonilla, but would have had to eat his $5.9 million salary in order to make the move.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Max Scherzer isn't content with dominating MLB on the mound. He wants to show that he can handle a bat too.
Scherzer has nine hits, all singles, in 35 at-bats this season for a .257 batting average and apparently thinks he could do even better given a few more opportunities at the plate.
According to Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams, Scherzer has been asking to be used as a pinch-hitter in games he's not starting and he's pretty darn persistent:
Matt Williams said Max Scherzer is regularly seeking pinch hit opportunities and leaves his offensive stats on his desk from time to time.
That is awesome. We can just imagine Scherzer swaggering into the manager's office with a printout of his numbers and planting them on Williams' desk with a huge knowing smile across his face.Wed, Jul 17:10 PM EDTWashington at AtlantaPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Believing in a surprise team can be a risky proposition. There was a reason to doubt that club prior to the season, so why should our opinions change after a month or two of solid play?
Well, we're in July now, and we can't ignore these teams any longer. While some of these clubs will eventually fall off, they've all done enough to prove they are much better than anyone anticipated.
In order to figure out which teams will remain at the top, we brought in our experts. With the season nearly at its halfway point, which surprise contender are you buying?Wed, Jul 18:10 PM EDTKansas City at HoustonPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
As the Los Angeles Angels' top-level decision-makers engage in a power struggle that likely sees GM Jerry Dipoto leave the organization, Albert Pujols showed he 's really the one with all the power with his play on the field.
Pujols swatted a solo shot to left field in the Angels' 2-1 win over the Yankees on Tuesday to close out June with 13 home runs in 27 games. The 13 home runs in a month tied an Angels record held by Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon, but where does it rank among Pujols' best power performances over a single month ?
It's not No. 1, but it's close.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 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.
Move over Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners have apparently discovered a new ace. Mike Montgomery dazzled again Tuesday, leading the M's to a 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.
It wasn't the first time Montgomery tossed a complete game shutout this season. In fact, he did it in his previous start. This two-game stretch puts him in rare company.
Mike Montgomery of the #Mariners is just the eighth pitcher since 2010 with back-to-back shutouts. Max Scherzer also did it this year.
Montgomery was absolutely filthy during Tuesday's contest. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Yangervis Solarte doubled with one out. That was the only hit Montgomery would allow during the start.
Over his nine shutout innings, Montgomery gave up just one hit. He walked four and struck out seven. After six starts in the majors this season, Montgomery has a 1.62 ERA.
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The rift between Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia may have already been resolved. To no one's surprise, it looks like Scioscia came out on top.
Dipoto is reportedly considering resigning, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. The team would not confirm Gonzalez's report, but a source told him "it's possible" when asked whether Dipoto was leaving the club.
If Dipoto isn't resigning, he certainly acted weird following Tuesday's game.
Two sources say that #Angels GM Jerry Dipoto packed up his office and left today. Club official: “Status quo here as of now.”
Rosenthal also couldn't confirm whether Dipoto was out for sure, and said it's possible the GM may have acted out of emotion.
Possible that Dipoto acted out of emotion. Possible that he is resigning. Nothing confirmed.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Being thrown out while running the bases is probably the most embarrassing baseball error in existence. We can understand the occasional misplay of a ball, or a bad throw, but there should really be no excuse for screwing up on the bases.
Despite that, it happens. And when it does, it produces some of the most hilarious bloopers. The latest player to become a victim of baseball's cruelest error was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.
With the game tied 4-4 in the 14th inning, Hernandez made a base-running gaffe that nearly cost his team the game. After a one out single by Chris Stewart, Hernandez entered the game as a pinch runner. He did not do his job very well.
The next batter, Josh Harrison, sprayed a double to center, and that's when things got confusing for Hernandez.
Center fielder Rajai Davis nearly got to the ball, diving at the last second. The ball deflected off Davis' glove, but Hernandez didn't see it.Wed, Jul 17:08 PM EDTPittsburgh at DetroitPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Chicago White Sox ace has been unhittable over his last couple starts. That's not really hyperbole, either, Sale has been beyond fantastic lately.
He proved as much Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Sale allowed one run on six hits over eight spectacular innings. He issued just one walk and struck out 12 during the outing.
That last number is significant. Tuesday marked the eighth straight start in which Sale posted double-digit strikeouts. That ties a major-league record.
Chris Sale officially has joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in baseball history to fan 10+ in eight straight games.
Sale joined Pedro Martinez as the only other pitcher to complete the feat. That's quite the achievement.
Sale doesn't seem to be slowing down, either. He's been particularly dominant in June.
In the month of June, Sale has thrown 41 1/3 innings. He has struck out 72, walked eight and allowed 25 hits.
Unfortunately for the Sox, Sale's dominance has not resulted in as many wins as you might expect.Wed, Jul 18:15 PM EDTChi White Sox at St. LouisPreview Game