Big League Stew
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew33 mins 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.
When the New York Mets traded for Yoenis Cespedes, the expectations were obvious: He'd invigorate the team's sluggish offense. He'd lead them back to first place. Well, that didn't take long.
The Mets pounded the Miami Marlins on Monday night,winning 12-1 as Cespedes went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs. The win put the Mets in sole possession of first place in the NL East, a place they sat earlier in the season.Tue, Aug 47:10 PM EDTNY Mets at MiamiPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Give A.J. Pierzynski credit for trying, at least.
When Atlanta Braves pitcher David Aardsma hopped a ball to the plate in the eighth inning Monday night, Pierzynski turned in one of the most shameless sell jobs you'll ever see from a catcher. He framed up the pitch like it were a strike, held it there to show the ump and looked at him like, "come on, this is totally a strike."
Nevermind that the pitch bounced a few feet before the plate. Nope, A.J. tried to sell this sucker as a strike. Pierzynski is more jokester than bona fide pitch framer — in fact, he ranks as one of the worst catchers in MLB this season at getting extra strikes, according to Baseball Prospectus — so we're guessing he found a moment to have fun and went with it.Tue, Aug 47:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at AtlantaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Adrian Beltre had already hit for the cycle twice in his career, so Monday night he upped his personal degree of difficulty and joined an elite group of players in the process.
Beltre tripled in the first inning against the Houston Astros, doubled in the second inning, singled in the third, took a breather in the fourth and homered in the fifth. Four at-bats, cycle complete. He became the first player to hit for the cycle in five innings since the erstwhile B.J. Upton in 2009.
Furthermore, Beltre put trivia on his résumé by completing that third cycle. He's only the fourth player in MLB history to hit for three cycles and you've got to go waaaay back in history to find the others. There's John Reilly (completed in 1890), Bob Meusel (1928) and Babe Herman (1933) — then there's Beltre in 2015.Tue, Aug 48:05 PM EDTHouston at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Congratulations, baseball fans, your sport has the best digital media of the big four. Don't just take our word for it, though. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball will announce a partnership with the National Hockey League.
According to DJ Bean of WEEI, that announcement will focus on MLB Advanced Media taking over the NHL's web apps.
Per a source, MLB's Baseball Advanced Media will take over NHL's web ops, apps, streaming video, etc. in 2016. Announcement tomorrow.
MLBAM already hosts streaming for a number of services outside the baseball realm, according to WEEI, so this won't be anything new for the company.
Overall, the way baseball is presented online won't be impacted by the news. If anything, the announcement confirms that MLB is doing things properly when it comes to their digital media and presentation.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Happy August, folks. I realize it's not the first of the month, but hey, I was off enjoying a post-trade-deadline weekend. Nonetheless, I still wanted to invite you to The Stew's monthly dinger party, in which we look back at the five longest homer in MLB the previous month.
Topping the list, in fitting fashion, is Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, who also took over the WAR lead in MLB last month and was named the AL player of the month for July. With Giancarlo Stanton hurt, this month's list had a lot more flexibility too. So you'll notice some new names among the ranks.
Here's the entire top five list with details and data from MLBAM's very precise Statcast tracking system:
1. MIKE TROUT, JULY 8, 476.54 FEET The best player in baseball + Coors Field = dingers
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Look out, other American League teams, the Toronto Blue Jays finally have an ace. David Price was fantastic in his first start with the club, picking up a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.
Price wasted no time showing off his skills. He struck out the first two batters he faced as a member of the Blue Jays. While Price ran into some trouble in the second inning, giving up a solo home run to Torii Hunter, he cruised through the rest of the start.
When all was said and done, Price allowed just one run on three hits over eight innings. He struck out 11 and walked two during the contest.
After the game, Price was complimentary of the fans and the atmosphere in Toronto.Tue, Aug 47:07 PM EDTMinnesota at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
With many people fearing the worst, Pittsburgh Pirates starter A.J. Burnett got good news from doctors Monday: He doesn't need elbow surgery and he could pitch again this season.
A 2015 return isn't guaranteed for Burnett, but it sure beats the alternative. Had he needed elbow surgery, his season was over and since Burnett, 38, has said this is final year, his career would be over too. Here's the diagnosis, via Fox Sports' Jon Morosi:
A.J. Burnett has a strained flexor tendon. UCL is intact. He will undergo treatment in hopes of pitching again this year. #Pirates
A.J. Burnett news is much better than it could have been. He's injured, yes, but he has a high pain tolerance and will try to come back.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
It's been an interesting 24 hours for the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals. The two teams nearly brawled during Sunday's game, and didn't let up once the contest ended.
A number of players on both sides had things to say following the game. Edinson Volquez and Ryan Madson called out Josh Donaldson, while Jose Bautista said he lost respect for Royals manager Ned Yost.
The comments didn't end there, however. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura had a couple of things to say about Bautista later in the day. He has since deleted his tweets, but our own Jeff Passan had them translated before they were taken down.
Ventura's tweets about Bautista read:Tue, Aug 47:08 PM EDTKansas City at DetroitPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Daniel Norris went all out to impress in his debut with the Detroit Tigers.
The 22-year-old left-hander, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays as the key piece for David Price, made his first start for Detroit on Sunday and put together a stirring performance.
A solo home run by Chris Davis in the fourth inning was the only run Norris allowed over 7 1/3 innings in a 6-1 Tigers win. He gave up four hits, struck out five and walked just one.
On top of pitching a great game, Norris also showed he may have a Gold Glove in his future as well.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
It was less than two years ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds faced off in the NL wild-card game. Pittsburgh won that game and is still a contender in the National League while Cincinnati has taken a step back since then and is trying to rebuild.
Even though they're trending in opposite directions, there continues to be animosity between the two NL Central rivals.
A day after Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd felt that he was drilled deliberately by Pirates right-hander Joe Blanton, the beef hit a boiling point Sunday at Great American Ballpark.
With Pittsburgh leading 3-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Reds reliever Pedro Villareal hit Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen with a fastball square in the back.