Rays tie in: he once threw Brandon Guyer a knuckle ball.
Well, the Rays lost again. Erik has a good recap, detailing how it was a game of inches in the sixth inning. Thing is, the Orioles always win games of inches, because they're really good, so it wasn't that close at all. Chris Davis always makes good barehand plays at third base. Anyway, playoff odds are down to .4%. Is that still "an adequate amount of hope?"
This is a must read for anyone interested in understanding pitching. C.J. Wilson talked about his process in depth with David Laurila, proving, once again, that David Laurila is the best.
Bradley Woodrum is a serious baseball writer (Burrito Ambassador sighting).
We've talked a lot about pace this season, and Scott Lindholm asks the question of whether pitching slower helps the pitcher. There are some issues with the conclusion, which he discusses, but on the face of it, it sort of looks like it does.
Ben Lindbergh on Rusney Castillo and other Cuban free agents.
Wendy Thurm on changing agency commission rates.