By: Zane Miller
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The Reds lost the first game of their three game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, coming off of a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers to start the first leg of the road trip.
The Giants got on the board first with a strong first inning consisting of an RBI single by third baseman Evan Longoria and a two RBI double by shortstop Brandon Crawford, however in the second the Reds responded by catcher Tucker Barnhart hitting an RBI single. In the bottom of the inning, right fielder Andrew McCutchen added to the Giants’ lead with an RBI single to make it a 4-1 lead. In the third, second baseman Kelby Tomlinson hit a two RBI single to further add to the lead, however the Reds closed the gap in the fourth with a two run homer from Barnhart, then followed in the sixth by a solo shot from right fielder Scott Schebler. However, in the bottom of the inning, the Giants again responded by getting an RBI double from catcher Buster Posey and a two RBI double from first baseman Brandon Belt, then getting a solo home run from Belt in the eighth. While the Reds were able to cut the Giants’ advantage in half in the ninth with a three run home run by first baseman Adam Duvall, who came into the game as a defensive replacement, but the Giants would still hold on to win 10-7.
Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton went five innings in the win, allowing four earned runs, nine hits and two walks. Reds starter Sal Romano struggled, allowing six earned runs, eight hits and two walks over just two and a third innings in the loss.
The teams will face off in the second game of the series on Tuesday night.
By: Noah Wright
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Yesterday, Mariners’ all-star second baseman, Robinson Cano, suffered a fractured right hand while facing The Tigers. His fractured hand is the result of a Blaine Hardy HBP. Though there has been no certain time Cano will be out, it is estimated he will miss about 6 weeks.
This is a large blow to The Mariners lineup, as Cano has batted .289/.383/.444 with 4 homeruns, and 23 RBI’s. He’s also been playing good defense, with 1 DRS, .4 defensive WAR, and 1.7 UZR.
The Mariners could move center fielder, Dee Gordon, who was a middle infielder before being moved to the outfield this year, but the team has stated they will not move him to second. The M’s also have a few external options as well. Second baseman Brandon Phillips, and infielder Yunel Escobar still sit on the free agent market. The team could also make a trade. One possibility I could see is Marlins’ secondbasemen, Starlin Castro, who would not cost The Mariners any big name prospects.
By: Ethan Cushman
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It's the 2018. Back in the 2016-2017 offseason if you were to say that we were wild card contenders by 2018 you woulda tipped your caps. If you would of said we were world series contenders your mind would of been blown but that's where we are today. We are one of the best teams in the league well being extremely young with more young guys coming like estevan florial, justus sheffield and albert abreu as well as many more. But no team is perfect and even great teams like the Yankees have holes to fill. The one glaring one that very one seems to talk about and that is starting pitching. That was a thought through out the off season when the yankees were linked to guys such as Gerrit Cole, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, Patrick Corbin and many others. But the Yankees decided to only bring CC back and go with the starting five from last year which on paper looked great. The problem is that we didn't have much depth besides those guys. And now with The Montgomery injury the Yankees are looking for a starter more than ever. Most world series teams have 6 or 7 quality starters in order to have depth. I Mean look at the Astros the have Peacock and Mchugh in the bullpen and both of those guys could be starters on many other teams. Instead they can be used as long relievers spot starters and even as normal 7th or 8th inning guys. Therefore I think the Yankees should and will pick up a starting pitcher via trade this season. But to find out who lets first list out the teams that will be buyers, sellers, or that we cant be sure of yet
Yankees of course
Dodgers: We don't know (with a possibility to just stay pat)
Now just because they are sellers doesn't mean they will shop starting pitching. It all depends on what that team has to offer. A perfect example is the Orioles who don't have much starters to offer but could trade a position player like Manny Machado or a reliever like Zach Britton. Out of the teams that are either sellers or could go either way I created alist of them that could trade starting pitching
Blue Jays (Stroman maybe? But more likely a guy like Happ)
Mariners (Paxton or even Hernandez similar to the tigers with Verlander last year)
Mets (Degrom? Would be nice but not likely)
Giants (Bumgarner would be a dream but i don't see the Giants trading him unless there totally out of it. But maybe Cueto or even Ty Blach if he keeps it up)
Rays (Chris Archer is a definite possibility)
Tigers (Michael Fulmer also a definite possibility)
Royals (the only guy that I see them shopping that's worth anything is Danny Duffy)
Marlins (No one on this team is untouchable. There Pitching is horrendous tho. Maybe Dan Straily or jose urena)
Rangers (maybe trade for Cole Hamels on the cheap. He only has one year left on his deal and wouldn't stop us from making a big SP fa signing (Keuchel and Corbin are two guys that come to mind. Maybe even get Alex Claudio thrown in to get a quality lefty arm out of the bullpen)
Athletics (Sean manaea? The yankees have already got Sonny Gray from the As so maybe they have stayed in touch)
Who could the yankees trade? The yankees have gotten much praise for competing well staying young. Therefore we have the pieces to make a trade happen The prospects that are untouchable are as follows. Gleyber Torres, Estevan Florial, and probably miguel Andujar, the sleeper is Luis medina. I wouldn't trade him either. Most other guys are in play including Clint frazier. (I wouldn't trade sheffield for most guys except the really top guys (ex. Stroman, Bumgarner)
What I would do a for a trade proposal
Yankees receive Marcus Stroman
Jays receive, Clint frazier, justus sheffield and Albert Abreu/Chance Adams)
Yankees receive Michael Fulmer
Tigers receive Clint Frazier, Chance Adams and Albert Abreu
Yankees receive Felix hernandez plus cash (to pay hernandez contract)
Mariners receive Chance Adams international bonus money
Guys who id offer Chance Adams and Clint Frazier for straight up (Paxton, Archer (maybe Manea depending on how he's doing))
Yanks receive Dan Straily
Marlins receive Domingo Acevedo/Thairo Estrada
Yanks receive Cole hamels and Alex Claudio
Rangers receive Chance Adams and Chasen Shreve.
Yanks receive Madison Bumgarner
Giants receive Clint Frazier Justus Sheffield Chance Adams and Albert Abreu.
It's hard to predict which path ninja cashman will go but if all of this trade offers were laid down for me and I had to pick one i'd pick the Madison Bumgarner one but I know it's most likely not going to happen. the Marcus Stroman one with Chance Adams in the deal would be my second choice but its not guartied the Blue jays will be sellers. The one I really like is Michael Fulmer. The Tigers will be looking to get prospects which not only makes this deal plausible but gives the Yankees a bull dog of a starter and a ace to go along with Luis Severino. Think off that postseason rotation
That rotation would be nice and with Monty inn the bullpen the Yankees could win the world series.
By: Noah Wright
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The Mariners have announced that future hall of fame outfielder, Ichiro Suzuki (now 44 years old), will join the team’s front office as a special assistant to The Mariners’ Chairman. Ichiro had rejoined The Mariners on a minor league deal, as a homecoming to his career. On the 2018 season, Ichiro struggled, as he batted just .205/.255/.205, but fans were able to see a few final glimpses of his former self with the glove, when he robbed Indian’s Jose Ramirez of a home run in April.
If Ichiro decides to retire from playing the game, he will finish off a legendary career that started in 1992, with The Japan Pacific League Orix Blue Waves, when Ichiro was 18. This started a 9 season run with The Blue Waves, in which he hit .353 with 118 homeruns, and 199 stolen bases (951 games); showing both power, speed, great defense, and an even better arm. After the 2000 season, The Mariners purchased Ichiro’s contract from The Blue Waves. In his first year in 2001, at 27 years old, Ichiro exceed expectations by a large margin; by batting a league leading .351, and a fantastic .381 OBP/.457 slugging %, while having 8 homers, and 69 RBI’s in 738 PA’s. He also led the league in stolen bases with 56, and earned a much deserved Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. To top off his rookie season, he won Rookie Of The Year, AND MVP in the same season, the second player to do so since Fred Lynn in 1975. In 2004, Ichiro would have his best season of his career. This season was highlighted by a league leading, and season record, 262 hits, and a .372/.418/.455 slash line (the OBP and average being a career high) in 762 PA’s. He also continued to show his defensive prowess with 12 outfield assists, 30 DRS, 2.5 defensive WAR, and 20.4 UZR. Ichiro would continue to be a threat with the bat, and glove, even until his trade to The New York Yankees in 2012. The legendary outfielder would reach another milestone on August 21st, 2013; when he got his 4000th baseball hit (MLB and Pacific league combined). He would play with The Yankees until 2014. After 2014, Ichiro signed with The Miami Marlins, from 2015 to 2017. June 16th would mark another large milestone in Ichiro’s career, as he topped Pete Rose for the most hits (Pacific League and MLB combined). On August 7th, 2016; at 42 years of age; Ichiro would get his 3000th MLB hit, a triple that cemented himself into a first ballot Hall Of Fame Candidate.
Now 27 seasons, and 4367 hits later (1278 in Japan, 3089 in US), Ichiro’s career looks to be coming to an end. In total, Ichiro Suzuki will finish with a MLB slash line of .311/.355/.402, 646 stolen bases, 117 homeruns, an MVP, Rookie Of The Year, 2 silver sluggers, 10 Gold Gloves, 10 all star game appearances, 10 straight seasons with 200+ hits per seasons, and a career 59.4 WAR. (totals with MLB+Pacific League: .322/.373/.434, 235 homeruns, 708 stolen bases, 4367 hits). If this is the end of Ichiro’s playing career, we wish him the best in his post playing career.
By: Noah Wright
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Clayton Kershaw, for many years was undisputed, the best starting pitcher in The MLB. Multiple Cy Young awards, an MVP, and a no-hitter has earned him that reputation, but another name has seemingly overtaken Kershaw, the monochromatic ace, Max Scherzer. Scherzer has shown he’s worth the title of best starter in baseball, with multiple Cy Young awards like Kershaw, and 2 no hitters, but how does he stand-up to The Dodger’s ace?
First, let's take a look at Dodger lefty, Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in recent history. Since his first full season in 2009, Kershaw has absolutely dominated MLB batters. However, Kershaw truly broke out in 2011. In that season, Kershaw pitched for a 21-5 record, 2.28 ERA, 0.977 WHIP, struck out 248 K’s, and walked just 51 batters, in 233.1 innings. He also had a FIP of just 2.47, and batters did not hit the ball well off of him, as he had just a .53 HR/9, and .204 average against. His effort in 2011 earned him a Cy Young award, and a pitching triple-crown (led the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts). Kershaw continued his dominance between 2012, and 2013, finishing 2nd place in Cy Young voting in 2012, and recording a miniscule 1.83 ERA in 2013, which was lower than his FIP (2.39), and a Cy Young in 2013 as well. Kershaw would have his best season in 2014. In 2014, Kershaw won 21 games (lost just 3), recorded a 1.77 ERA (tied for 2nd lowest ERA of active players, and a career low), .0857 WHIP, a 1.81 FIP, while striking out 239 batters against just 31 walks. To top it off, Kershaw threw his first (and only so far) no hitter on June 19th against The Colorado Rockies. He did this in 198.1 innings pitched, and just 27 games started. This is impressive because he started the year on the DL, and wouldn’t start his first regular season game until early May. Kershaw would have another very dominant year in 2015. The 2015 season was highlighted by a career high 11.6 K/9, 2.13 ERA, a 1.99 FIP, and just 42 walks in 232.2 innings. One of the biggest highlights of Kershaw’s 2015 season is that he reached the 300 strikeout single season milestone (struck out 301). The last pitcher before Kershaw to reach that plateau was legendary lefty, Randy Johnson, with 334 K’s. In the next season, Kershaw looked to top his 2016 season, and was on his way of doing so. From the beginning of the season to late June, Kershaw won 11 games (lost just 2), while having a 1.79 ERA, 0.727 WHIP, and 145 K’s (10.8 K/9) to go against just 9 walks, and 3 complete games in his first 121 innings of play (16 starts). Then injuries stuck, and derailed his season. After June 26th (Kershaw’s last start before going on the DL), he would not make another start until September. In 2017, Kershaw has another fantastic year (2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9, 10.4 K/9) but again missed time, and only made 27 starts (175 innings pitched). To sum it up, Kershaw’s career numbers look like this: 2.37 ERA, 1.005 WHIP, 9.9 K/9, 2.4 walks/9, a 2.62 FIP, and has 61.5 WAR in 1979 career innings.
Next, let's look at The Washington Nationals’ ace, Max Scherzer. The former Arizona D-Back prospect has built up his reputation of being one of the best starters in baseball since his breakout year in 2013 with The Detroit Tigers. In that year, Scherzer pitched to a 2.90 ERA, .970 WHIP, while walking just 56 batters, against striking out 240 in 214.1 innings. This effort earned him the first of 3 Cy Youngs in his career. Scherzer would have another ace-worthy season in 2014, recording a 3.15 ERA, striking out 252, and walking just 63 batters. After the 2014 season, Max Scherzer signed a 7 year deal with The Washington Nationals. Since coming to The Nation’s Capital, Scherzer has continued to dominate. In his first year with The Nats, Scherzer recorded a 2.79 ERA a .918 WHIP, while improving his control, walking just 34 (still a career low), and keeping up his strikeout rates (276 strikeouts) in 228.2 innings. His first season was also highlighted by 2 no-hitters, once against The Pittsburgh Pirates on June 22nd, and a second against The New York Mets on October 3rd. The last pitcher do do such a feat: one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game, Nolan Ryan in 1973. Scherzer is also just the 4th player ever to do so. In 2016, Scherzer won his second Cy Young award over Cub’s ace Jon Lester, by recording a 2.96 ERA, .968 WHIP, while striking out a career high 284 batters (11.2 K/9 rate), against walking just 56 guys. The right-hander’s best season, however, in 2017. In his 3rd Cy Young season, Scherzer recorded a now career low 2.51 ERA and .902 WHIP. He also reached career highs with 12 K/9 (268 total), and in hits/9 (5.7), while also keeping up impressive control with just 55 walks, all in 200.2 innings. With winning The Cy Young award, Scherzer has finished in the top 5 of Cy Young voting every year since 2013. In total, Scherzer has a career 3.26 ERA, 1.112 WHIP, 2.5 walks/9, 10.3 K/9, and a 3.22 FIP, to go along with a 46.3 WAR in 1942.1 career innings.
So who’s better? The 2014 MVP, Clayton Kershaw, or the 3 time Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer. To me, you still have to give it to Kershaw. Kershaw has had the better career than Scherzer, as he has a lower ERA, FIP, WHIP, while having slightly better control. One reason I that fans may say Scherzer is the better ace is because of health. Clayton Kershaw has not made 30 starts consistently since between 2009 to 2013. Since 2014, Kershaw has made just one season with more than 30 starts (33 in 2015). While Scherzer has made 30+ every year since 2009. However, I have to still give it to Kershaw. While he may not be the most consistent with health, he has proven that he is the better starter.