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    Monday is an AL day, and the games aren't any good. I'm going to take the opportunity to go back to watching games on the same day starting on Tuesday. It makes less sense, but not feeling like I'm a day behind all the time is more fun.

    Edit: Forget that. It's just so much easier to watch good games and plan my day when I'm a day behind. I think there's still one more day of real life in the way, and then things should be back to normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampdragon View Post
    You never know when they will turn into real pitchers. It took Sandy Koufax five years of mediocrity in the majors. Kingham could pitch brilliantly for the Mariners (for example) this season, for someone else next season, as a reliever three years after that, or never. Every team needs pitching, but the development and health of pitchers in the real world is a crapshoot.
    I know you're not directly comparing him to Koufax, but Kingham is in his age 27 season. Koufax made his third All-Star team in his age 27 season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampdragon View Post
    331. Fri., June 7

    Twins 6, Tigers 3

    1. The Tigers had the best possible situation to get a win. They were at home, they were facing Pineda, the Twins' 5th starter, and they had Boyd pitching. It still wasn't enough. Boyd gave up a two run homer to Garver and a solo shot to Cron in 7 innings. Pineda gave up the same 3 runs in 5 innings without allowing any homers. So it was up to the Tiger bullpen, and the first batter to face that bullpen, Nelson Cruz, homered to give the Twins the lead for good.
    2. Buxton got a speed double in the 9th on a routine single to center. I don't know whether he's as fast as Cody Bellinger, but he has serious speed.

    A's-Rangers next
    It has been fun watching Buxton fulfill so much of his promise this year. The speed has always been there (and shows up with nightly Web Gems - are those still a thing? - in CF), but he is finally hitting the ball in the air more, which porbably has something to do with a change in coaching and better health, knock on wood. Leading the league in doubles so far, and just cracked his 8th homer, all while hitting from the 9 hole. He's just outside the top 20 in WAR at this point, which has been a blast to watch.

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    338. Sat., June 8

    Dodgers 7, Giants 2

    The first 7 innings was a story of multiple missed opportunities on both sides and a Dodger 3-2 lead. Then the Dodgers scored 4 runs in the 8th to put the game away. Seager had 4 hits and drove in 3. Three of those hits were after intentional walks to Bellinger. Turner had three hits, a sac fly, and a bases loaded walk. Samardzija did a good high wire act for 5 innings but took the loss anyway.
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    Real life interferes once again. I have to help with an apartment move. The marathon may be down until Tuesday evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twins15 View Post
    It has been fun watching Buxton fulfill so much of his promise this year. The speed has always been there (and shows up with nightly Web Gems - are those still a thing? - in CF), but he is finally hitting the ball in the air more, which porbably has something to do with a change in coaching and better health, knock on wood. Leading the league in doubles so far, and just cracked his 8th homer, all while hitting from the 9 hole. He's just outside the top 20 in WAR at this point, which has been a blast to watch.
    Having good players as part of the supporting cast is a sign that this team is for real.
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    339. Mon., June 10

    A's 2, Rays 6

    1. Charlie Morton pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits. The A's had a rookie, Tanner Anderson, making his first start. Anderson gave up a 2 run homer to Lowe in his 5.1 innings.
    2. All of the Rays runs scored on two run homers, one each by Lowe, Kiermaier, and Choi.

    The only other AL game is Rangers-Red Sox. That will be next sometime today.
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    340. Mon, June 10

    Rangers 4, Red Sox 3 (11)

    1. Mike Minor gave up a two run homer to Benintendi two batters into the game. He immediately quit giving up runs for the duration of his 8 inning start. Chris Sale pitched 7 innings with 10 strikeouts and no earned runs, but Odor walked and stole second in the 6th, going to 3rd on an error by Leon. He scored an unearned run on a Santana single, one of Santana's 4 hits on the day. So it was 2-1 Red Sox going to the 9th.
    2. With one out in the 9th, Mike Barnes gave up a single to Santana and a double to Andrus. They both scored on a Mazara single, and it was 3-2 Rangers. Martinez singled off Shawn Kelley to lead off the bottom of the 9th. Chaves pinch ran. Bogaerts singled him to 2nd, and he went to 3rd on a double play. With the Red Sox down to their last out, Brock Holt's RBI single tied the score. Hernandez doubled, Holt tried for home, and Holt was thrown out by 20 feet. Oops.
    3. The 10th inning was uneventful. Brasier had the 11th, and he gave up a double to Santana (there he is again) and Andrus singled him home. 4-3 Rangers, and Chris Martin retired the Red Sox for the save. If the season ended today, the Rangers would be the second wild card team.

    There are two interleague games on the Monday schedule. Nats-White Sox is next.
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    341. Mon., June 10

    Nats 12, White Sox 1

    A one sided game that was made more so by Suzuki's grand slam to cap a 6 run 9th. Turner was only a single short of the cycle, and he had two chances at it but made an out both times. Martinez decided that an eleven run lead on the road was the right spot to let Rosenthal pitch the 9th. He walked the first batter, but he was bailed out by a double play and had no issues after that.
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    342. Dodgers 3, Angels 5

    1. The Dodgers lost, and it was Joe Kelly's fault. Kind of.
    2. Canning had a typical outing. He went six innings, giving up a hit batter and three doubles in the 2nd for three runs. Ryu wasn't as sharp as he has been his last few starts. He allowed one run in only six innings while allowing more traffic than the typical 2019 Ryu start. Still, the Dodgers led 3-1 going to the bottom of the 7th.
    3. Stripling started the 7th, which was a bit questionable because Roberts was never going to let him face Trout, who was due up 4th. He gave up a single and got two outs with Trout coming up. Roberts brought in Floro, and Trout hit a long home run to tie the game. So the Dodger loss was partially Mike Trout's fault.
    4. In the 8th, Muncy walked and Turner singled. Then the heart of the Dodger lineup, Bellinger, Seager, and Verdugo, failed to get any of the runners home. Still 3-3.
    5. Kelly has looked better while pitching in low leverage situations. So Roberts decided he should have the 8th in a tie game. If this had been a game the Dodgers really needed, he wouldn't have done that. So the loss was partly Dave Roberts' fault.
    6. Kelly started off by walking Ohtani on 4 pitches. He struck out the next hitter, but Goodwin was intentionally walked after a pickoff error. A wild pitch put runners on 2nd and 3rd, and then Kelly walked Lucroy. With the bases loaded and one out, Kelly has to get Wilfredo Tovar and Luis Rengifo, two of the weakest hitters in anyone's lineup. Tovar hits the ball about 60 feet to Muncy, who throws home to force Ohtani. But Muncy's throw was high, and Martin had to leave his feet to make the catch. Ohtani arrived at the plate almost simultaneously with Martin's foot coming back down. The call was safe, and that was upheld despite a challenge. So perhaps it's the home plate umpire's fault. Kelly throws one last wild pitch before striking out the next two hitters, and the Angels win 5-3.


    Tuesday games start in the morning. It's an AL day, and I'll best avoid spoilers by starting with the first Mets-Yankees game. Then it will be Rangers-Red Sox again, and then the two bottom feeder division games of Blue Jays-Orioles and Tigers-Royals. If there's time for a 5th game, I'll watch Brewers-Astros.
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