The Mets suffered another tough defeat, but Jose Reyes continues to shine as a bright spot on the lineup.
Nothing like blowing a lead in the 8th inning to ruin your Saturday. An RBI single from Justin Turner in the 1st and another by Jason Bay in the 3rd had the Mets off to a slim lead for most of the night. Raul Ibanez nailed a double in the 4th, scoring Chase Utley, but otherwise Mike Pelfrey seemed to have everything completely under control.
Enter the 8th inning. Pelfrey got John Mayberry to fly out, and afterward struck out pinch hitter Ross Gload. Jimmy Rollins hit a two-out single and Terry Collins decided to pull the plug on Pelfrey. Pelf threw 116 pitches.
Author’s note: I originally published this over at RotoHardball, a fantasy baseball blog with SB Nation. But I spent a lot of time on it, and think that a regular baseball fan would find it as useful as a fantasy baseball player. So: check it out.
As linked by the one, the only CajoleJuice, RotoExperts posted an article about why Zack Greinke — off to a dominant start in terms of peripherals — has an ERA near 6.00. And they, like anyone who takes the time to actually examine Greinke’s performance beyond looking at his record and ERA, have concluded that his abnormally high BABIP against (.348 vs. .308 career average), strand rate (52% (!) vs. 72.2%) and HR/FB rate (18% vs. 8.7%) are the main culprits behind the vast disparity between Greinke’s ugly 5.78 ERA and sparkling 2.77 FIP (1.58 xFIP).
Just the other day, a Young Handsome Star Catcher was badly injured in a collision at home plate. Buster Posey was blocking the plate, waiting to receive a throw and the runner coming home barreled into him to push him off the plate. Unfortunately, Posey was balanced in such a way that he couldn’t move nimbly enough and he landed awkwardly on his ankle and it broke. It wasn’t in any way a dirty play or a bush move. Home plate collisions happen ALL the time, in spite of the fact that the rule book is quite clear about fielders not being allowed to block any base.
I want to point out, right now, that Brad Ausmus, no fire plug, was VERY good at tagging out runners without putting his body in the runner’s way such that a runner had to act like a football tackle.
The Boston Bruins are off to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. I think one could say that game seven between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning will go down as an instant classic, tonight’s game was also not for the faint of heart as both teams skated up and down the ice exchanging chances on the opposition’s net.
Both goalies Dwayne Roloson and Tim Thomas were stellar and Nathan Horton scored the only goal (8th of the Stanley Cup Playoffs) at the 12:27 mark of the third period and then Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins defense held on for the win as Tampa Bay had a few good chances to even the score.
This is what happened when Steven Stamkos got in the way of a slap shot off of the stick Boston Bruins Defenseman Johnny Boychuk… All I can say is ouch!!! I think Stamkos is probably very lucky that he was wearing a half shield. Some might say that this is enough reason to make the half shield mandatory.