Big League Stew
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew25 mins ago
Baseball's getting fun. The games matter more. The tacticians are under more scrutiny. We're watching the standings closer. The dog days are done and we're getting down to the good stuff. Ah yes, September.
So on this week's StewPod, we're talking about the major September storylines in MLB and making predictions about what's going to happen. Will Matt Williams survive with his job? Will the San Francisco Giants make the postseason? Will the Los Angeles Dodgers put it all together finally? Will the Texas Rangers actually make the playoffs? We hit on all that and much more in this week's podcast.Wed, Sep 210:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams. The New York Mets have surged into first place, while Williams' Nationals haven't been able to keep up.
As a result of the team's recent slide, Williams' moves in the dugout have come under more scrutiny. Things nearly boiled over Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
There were a few moments during the contest when fans criticized Williams, but the biggest criticism came in the ninth inning. With the game tied, Williams opted to go with Casey Janssen over Jonathan Papelbon. Janssen had thrown 26 pitches the previous day, and didn't perform particularly well, giving up four runs. Papelbon, on the other hand, was fresh, and has been the better option all season.
Going with Janssen turned out to be the wrong decision. The reliever gave up a three-run walk-off homer to Brandon Moss in the bottom of the inning, giving the Cardinals an 8-5 win.
This, of course, did not go over well with the fans. If they were in charge, it's clear Williams would no longer be running this team.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
You might not believe us, but we here at The Stew have acquired a time machine. Allow us to take you on a journey, all the way back to the year 2013.
You're sitting in an establishment debating baseball with your friends. The topic of no-hitters comes up. Since it's a fun game, you decide to ask your buddies which pitchers they think will throw a no-hitter during their careers.
The first couple answers are typical. Your buddies rattle off all the biggest names in the game. Then, your pal across the table speaks up. He's probably had too much to drink at this point, but it doesn't matter. "Jake Arrieta," he says. The table scoffs at him.
"Jake Arrieta," you say, dumbfounded. "The guy with the career 5.23 ERA in the majors?"
"I still believe he'll figure it out someday," your friend replies.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
The Kansas City Royals are cruising to the American League Central title, and even though the clubhouse is currently guarding against a chickenpox outbreak, their confidence is still sky-high.
That confidence certainly extends to the group of people cheering them on.
Cameras spotted a young Royals fan at Tuesday night's game at Kauffman Stadium against Detroit enjoying an ice cream cone. And when we say enjoying it, we mean really enjoying it.
The kid attacked his ice cream like the back-end of the Royals' lights-out bullpen attacks opposing hitters with their fastballs: fearlessly. It mustn't have taken long for his face to be covered in glorious mint chocolate chip, and he could not have been more delighted.Wed, Sep 28:10 PM EDTDetroit at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
It's September now. And while a good chunk of the sports world is going football crazy, we over here in the land of baseball are pretty excited about the month ahead of us too. We've got playoff races to watch, divisions to decide and postseason awards to lock up.
There will be excitement, disappointment, surprise and agony — and that might only be in the NL East.
As we size up the month ahead, there are storylines abound, from these surprising teams like the New York Mets and the Houston Astros to the juggernauts hoping to escape disappointment like the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
So The Stew's Mike Oz and Chris Cwik are here with the 10 most important storylines for the month ahead. Get ready, baseball fans, because this is going to be a fun one.LivePhiladelphia0 - 0NY MetsFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Opposing pitchers take note: Do not fall asleep when Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is on the bases. San Diego Padres reliever Kevin Quackenbush did not take heed of this warning Tuesday, and he paid for it dearly.
With his team already up 7-4, Andrus reached third base with two outs in the seventh inning. He must have really wanted to extend the lead, because he took it upon himself to score another run.
Quackenbush got set on the mound, but apparently forgot about Andrus over at third. Noticing this, Andrus broke for the plate. Andrus made it more than halfway to home before Quackenbush finally reacted to what was happening.
Given Andrus' speed, it's no surprise Quackenbush was a bit flustered when he saw the shortstop charging towards home. A good throw may have resulted in an out, but Quackenbush's toss wound up on the first base side of home plate.
Catcher Austin Hedges snagged the ball and turned to tag Andrus, but it was already too late. Andrus beat the tag, pulling off the incredible steal of home.Wed, Sep 210:10 PM EDTTexas at San DiegoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 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 St. Louis Cardinals showed why they have the best record in baseball Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals. The club pulled off an incredible come from behind victory, beating Washington 8-5.
It didn't come easy. The Cardinals entered the eighth inning down two runs, but managed to come back. Washington's bullpen certainly aided in that comeback.
After putting two men on base to start the inning, reliever Drew Storen made a costly throwing error, allowing one run to score. Another run would cross the plate on a double play, tying things up.
In order to hold the lead in the ninth, manager Matt Williams called upon Casey Janssen. Janssen could not get the job done. Though he managed to pick up two outs quickly, Janssen couldn't keep the Cardinals from rallying.
Cody Stanley would double with two outs. That was followed up by a Tommy Pham walk. With two men on, Brandon Moss stepped to the plate.Wed, Sep 28:15 PM EDTWashington at St. LouisPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
The Miami Marlins have decided to reverse course. The club will ask manager Dan Jennings abandon his role as manager in order to return to the front office at the end of the season, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.
Sources: #Marlins will ask Jennings to step down as manager and resume role as GM. If Jennings agrees, change would occur at end of season.
UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald took things even further Tuesday, saying Jennings could return to the front office, but it may not be as the general manager. Owner Jeffrey Loria is apparently planning on major changes within the organization, and that could impact Jennings' status. Sources also told Spencer the relationship between Loria and Jennings has become strained after the team's struggles this season.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Colorado Rockies may have lost Tuesday, but it wasn't all bad. The club pulled off the improbable, picking up a triple play against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Allow us to set the stage. Ender Inciarte led off the inning with a double. The next batter, Phil Gosselin, walked, putting men on first and second for slugger Paul Goldschmidt.
On the third pitch of his at-bat, Goldschmidt hit a line drive to Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes. Curiously, both the runners were moving on the play. Reyes made the catch for the first out, fired to second for the second out and watched as second baseman DJ LeMahieu casually tossed the ball to first for the triple play.
Even though Goldschmidt was at the center of the play, he seemed to handle it pretty well, according to Dargan Southard of MLB.com.Wed, Sep 28:40 PM EDTArizona at ColoradoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Normal Cornbelters are about to get a lot more interesting. On Wednesday, the independent league club will be managed by former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen.
It's not a permanent gig, though. Guillen will serve as the guest manager for just one game. It will be the first time Guillen has served as a manager since 2012.
The only downside to the whole event is that Guillen won't be able to wear No. 13 in the dugout. That number is worn by Ozney Guillen, Ozzie's son. Ozney is the club's right fielder, and will not give up the number to his dad for the game.
Guillen said he couldn't persuade his son to give him No. 13, according to the team's press release.
“I’m glad that I can help [Manager Brooks Carey] and this great group of guys that I get along with so well,” said Guillen. “The only bad part is that I can’t use the number 13 because I can’t persuade the guy.”Wed, Sep 28:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game