The run-scoring environment is down to late-1960s levels and now the four-man rotation is back en vogue, at least in the Mountain Time Zone. Jorge Arangure Jr. of Sweet Spot has details of Rockies manager Jim Tracy’s surprising decision, one that includes a 75-pitch limit for his starters.
As Rob Neyer of SB Nation points out:
I believe this is the first time that a manager has linked a four-man rotation to a 75-pitch limit. The argument against the four-man rotation for the last 30-odd seasons has been that (most, or many) pitchers can’t stay healthy and effective unless they have four days of rest between starts. But that was based on the notion that starting pitchers would, ideally, give you at least 100 pitches when starting every five games.
But if the goal is only 75 pitches, maybe they can stay healthy despite pitching every four games?
Neyer expresses cautious optimism about Tracy’s decision and Inside the Book’s Tom Tango expresses (I say, with apologies to Billy Mumphrey) unbridled enthusiasm, but Colin Wyers of Baseball Prospectus does not see much to celebrate, particularly when exploring the move’s impact on Colorado’s relief corps.
Jessie Sanchez of MLB.com reports that 21-year-old outfielder Yasel Puig, who has played two seasons in Cuba’s top league, is the latest gifted outfielder to defect.
The last-place Phillies have been without star second baseman Chase Utley all season long, and now they will be without his injured replacement, Freddy Galvis, for the summer. Via the Associated Press, MLB announced that Galvis had tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for 50 games.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson asked umpire crew chief Tim Tschida to inspect Rays reliever Joel Peralta’s glove before the bottom of the eighth inning of last night’s game, leading to the confiscation of the glove and to Peralta’s ejection. Peralta had pitched for the Nats and Triple-A affilitate Syracuse in 2010, so one may be forgiven in thinking that the organization believes that what is good for thee is downright fiendish for thee.
Here is more juicy background, courtesy of the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore:
[Rays manager Joe] Maddon was the bench coach for the Angels in June 2005 when then-Nationals Manager Frank Robinson, acting on a tip [from] his player, former Angels outfielder Jose Guillen, asked that umpires check the glove of Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly. Before Donnelly threw a pitch, he was ejected because of pine tar in his glove. Robinson and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia engaged in a heated exchange and had to be separated by Tschida, who was umpiring that game, too.
Maddon’s response to Johnson’s maneuver: “It was kind of a [chicken] move to go out there and do that under those circumstances.”
By the way, Ed Whelan and I were at the game, which the Rays ended up winning by one run. We were initially confused by what was transpiring on the field after Peralta, who had just entered the game in relief of David Price, had completed his warm-up tosses. Our immediate thought was that Peralta was hurt, but we could not understand why a trainer had not escorted Maddon to the mound.
Thanks to a Tweet reply from the aforementioned Wyers, we were enlightened.