Big League Stew
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr 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 Los Angeles Dodgers were in desperate need of a hero Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. With the team down by three entering the ninth inning, L.A. decided to mount a comeback.
After three straight singles loaded the bases, the Dodgers appeared to be in business. Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt wouldn't give the game away that easy, picking up two outs against the next two hitters.
With the Dodgers down to their final out, Alex Guerrero stepped to the plate. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Guerrero sent a 91 mph fastball out to center for the go-ahead grand slam.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen would preserve the one-run lead, giving the Dodgers the 9-8 victory.
Following the contest, Guerrero told reporters he's used to this type of thing.
Alex Guerrero said, in Spanish, that he's hit a game-winning grand slam in the ninth inning before in Cuba.Wed, Jun 38:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at ColoradoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has shown off plenty of power during his rookie season. That was to be expected after Pederson clobbered 33 bombs in the minors last year.
For those reasons, Pederson's plate appearances at Coors Field should be a must-watch. After hitting a home run Monday, Pederson did not disappoint during his encore Tuesday.
During Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies, Pederson absolutely crushed a two-run shot in the third inning. With Jorge De La Rosa on the mound, Pederson sent an 87 mph cutter 477 feet out to right center. The blast was the fifth-longest home run hit this season, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
That wasn't enough for Pederson. In Game 2, he struck again. In the third inning, Pederson sent a 91 mph fastball from David Hale out to dead center. This blast wound up traveling 472 feet, which measures as the 10th-longest home run this year.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is no stranger to being ejected from a ballgame. Back in 2001, McClendon went on one of the best post-ejection tirades ever, kicking his hat and stealing first base before leaving the contest.
That performance will likely never be topped, but it shouldn't take away from what McClendon was able to accomplish Tuesday.
It all started in the top of the third inning. With Alex Rodriguez at the plate, pitcher Mike Montgomery delivered a 3-2 pitch. Rodriguez attempted to check his swing, causing catcher Mike Zunino to ask for an appeal.
The first base umpire ruled that Rodriguez did not swing. The call enraged Zunino, who started screaming at the first base ump. Zunino was ejected almost immediately.
That caused McClendon to spring into action. After running out to yell at the first base ump, McClendon was also ejected.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
There were some who questioned whether Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo was ready for the majors. Those concerns were not without merit. While Gallo was considered one of the best prospects in the game, he would be making the jump from Double-A, and had struck out quite a bit in the minors.
Gallo put those concerns aside pretty early in his debut. In fact, he made hitting major-league pitching look pretty darn easy.
Gallo struck immediately. In the first inning, he hit a two-run double off Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija. The hit was not without controversy, though. First baseman Adam LaRoche would have likely been charged with an error had the play happened away from Globe Life Park.
The official scorer ruled it a single, however, giving Gallo his first major-league hit and RBIs.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Texas Rangers rookie Joey Gallo is one of the few players in the game with 80 raw power. Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper also fits in that category.
The threat of two possible 40+ home run players hitting back-to-back would likely terrify opponents. Major-league pitchers are fortunate Gallo and Harper play for different teams.
Little League pitchers weren't so lucky. You see, once upon a time, Gallo and Harper were teammates.
We're going to go out on a limb here and say this was the most powerful team in Little League history.Wed, Jun 37:05 PM EDTToronto at WashingtonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson can hit. His .311/.370/.597 slash line has the 29-year-old in the early conversation for the MVP award.
Though he's the reigning American League player of the week due to his offensive production, Donaldson is much more than just a dominant force at the plate. Since he converted to third base, Donaldson has been one of the best defensive players at the position.
Donaldson has compiled a 32.6 UZR since 2012. That rates him second at the position, behind Manny Machado. While there's plenty of reason to be skeptical about advanced defensive metrics, Donaldson showed his defense is the real deal Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Danny Espinosa hit a high chopper to third base. The ball hit the grass close to home plate, and bounced about 20 feet in the air. Based on the height of the bounce, it looked like Espinosa had a chance at an infield single.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Hey, Texas Rangers fans, how would you feel if we told that top prospect Joey Gallo would end up like Jurickson Profar?
A couple years ago, when Profar was the No. 1 youngster in all of baseball, you'd probably love that idea. But now that Profar isthe baseball equivalent of a crash test dummy, nobody in Arlington wants to hear Gallo and Profar in the same sentence.
But here's an interesting sentence: Gallo will be wearing No. 13 for the Rangers in his big-league debut Tuesday, the number that used to belong to Profar. He wore it for 85 games in 2013 and hasn't played since because of a shoulder injury that's carried into 2015.
You'd think Gallo would be like "Hey, Jurickson, I'm good, man. I'm sure there are other numbers available." But nope.Wed, Jun 38:05 PM EDTChi White Sox at TexasPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
There's been flip-flopping since the end of last season about whether the Washington Nationals or Los Angeles Dodgers should be the World Series favorites for 2015.
Now, you guessed it, the Nats are No. 1 again.
This isn't so much about Bovada changing its mind over and over again. The Nats got off to a rough start this season, but got it together in May, going 18-9 with a red-hot Bryce Harper playing like an MVP.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
So far 2015 has provided more questions than answers for San Diego Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner and his outing Monday night was no exception.
In most cases a pitching line of 12 strikeouts and no walks means a starter has thrown one heck of a game. Well, Cashner had the 12 K's and didn't allow a free pass but that did not equate to great success. The New York Mets pounded him for 11 hits and six runs, five of them earned, and he was out of the game after 4 2/3 innings, having thrown 104 pitches.
It was such a bizarre start that it doesn't come as a total surprise that it was the first of its kind:
Andrew Cashner: 1st P in modern baseball history to strike out at least 12, walk nobody and not make it through 5 IP (via @eliassports)
Most strikeouts, less than 5 IP: Alex Cobb 13, 5/10/13 ANDREW CASHNER 12, yesterday Nobody else in history with more than 10!
The modern era goes all the way back to 1900, which is to say a long time.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
At five-foot-nine, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is typically one of the shorter dudes on a major league diamond.
He makes up for his lack of height with great leaping ability though, and he showed off his hops on Monday night.
With the Brewers trying to add to their 1-0 lead in the ninth, Jason Rogers hit a two-out chopper off the mound and up the middle that seemed destined to reach the outfield and give Milwaukee runners at first and third.
Not on Wong's watch. Wong ranged to his right and went way up to snag the ball before making a strong throw to retire Rogers at first base and end the inning. Just look at how high he gets off the ground!
St. Louis couldn't rally in the bottom of the ninth and took a 1-0 lossas Wong made the final out of the game, but that certainly doesn't take away from his impressive display of athleticism.Wed, Jun 31:45 PM EDTMilwaukee at St. LouisPreview Game