Alex Claudio admitted he hasn’t thrown a four-seam fastball since 2015, whose sinkerball doesn’t scare 90, who flicks at and teases the strike zone with sinkers, sliders, changeups and various articles of funk.
From here, the challenge will be to be less imperfect than everyone else. To drag innings from their starters. To build a bullpen nightly. To win another one-run game. Then another. They’re good at that.
Tim Brown highlights both the Angels' push for the AL wild card and the Yankees' post-trade deadline malaise.
In three starts as a Dodger, 17 days after three minor leaguers went to Texas for him, Darvish has been good, OK and OK.
The new regime can choose the easy path, get out from under the hundreds of millions of dollars coming due and promise tomorrow will be better. Or, it can take Stanton, for all that makes him great and fragile, and aim for something better.
Judge did more than his share for the New York Yankees in the first half. He carried the few days in Miami between halves. And then it was time for sliders again.
For the next month, most players will be floated onto what is called revocable trade waivers. August waivers are a way of life in the big leagues, particularly if one has the audacity to make money and/or grow older.