Here are several go-to links to make your Monday a bit more bearable:
- Sixty-nine-year-old Tommy John was asked his opinion on the Nationals’ decision to shut down Cy Young candidate Stephen Strasburg sometime in September. He told the Hall of Very Good site:
They have a lot of money invested in him and are erring in the side of caution. Is it right? I personally don’t think so. After I had (Tommy John surgery), the only way we knew to get my arm stronger was to throw. So I threw every day. And the more I threw . . . the better my arm felt. I never missed a start in the thirteen years after arm surgery because of my arm being sore or stiff because I threw off a mound to a catcher every single day.
- Jason Stark of ESPN has much more information on the Strasburg innings-limit debate here.
- SweetSpot’s David Schoenfield lets fans in Baltimore and the Bronx know that the Rays (62–52) are back in contention, thanks in part to the summertime performance of rookie southpaw Matt Moore.
- At a snail-like 49 miles per hour, this is the slowest pitch thrown in the bigs this season, courtesy of another lefty, Randy Wolf.
- The Giants have adopted a closer-by-committee approach in itheir attempt to preserve late-inning leads, which makes Rob Neyer of SB Nation happy — at least while the tactic lasts.
- Lewie Pollis of Wahoo’s on First lets Tribe fans know about “The Mathematical Improbability of Cleveland’s 11-Game Losing Streak.” Pollis concludes his analysis by pointing out:
Say what you want about how bad the Indians are or how poorly they’ve played or how this always happens to Cleveland sports teams, but snark and sarcasm aside they are not a historically bad team.
Managing to put together an almost statistically impossible losing streak isn’t something to be proud of (I have a lot of feelings about it, but “pride” definitely isn’t up there). But unless you honestly think that this Indians team is worse than the ’62 Mets, then the Tribe’s 11-game losing streak really is pretty incredible. Maybe that will take the sting out.
- Via Joe Pawlikowski of River Avenue Blues, listen to Yankees’ radio play-by-play announcer John Sterling mangle a play beyond your wildest expectations.
- Highly heralded prospect Manny Machado looks to make an impact on the Orioles: He hit two home runs in only his second game in the majors. As Mark Townsend of Big League Stew explains, 15-year-old fan Adam Corder upstaged the rookie infielder, as he ended up with both home-run balls.
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!