The Tigers are receiving reinforcements, and the team could use the help. They already received bullpen help in the form of Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy, who was activated on Monday. And when I say help, I should note that Hardy gave up a three-run home run last night but let's just assume he will pitch better.
Also on the mend, and then hurt, and then back on the mend is Cameron Maybin. He was hit on his already injured wrist Sunday but his MRI was negative. He will continue his rehab in Toledo with only a minor setback.
Of even more importance is the rehab of Daniel Norris. Mike Pelfrey has been...well he's been Mike Pelfrey. I don't really know what was expected here. And Shane Greene doesn't appear to be the answer, but wait until his next start. So some starting pitching help is a must. Norris has been promoted to Triple-A and figures to make two more starts before returning in late April.
Assuming Victor Martinez is OK and James McCann returns soon, the Tigers should be at full strength for the first time this year. They'll need the help to contend with the rest of their tough opening month schedule.
Nick Castellanos is off to a hot start
Sure this is a thing:
Follow-up on Nick Castellanos from off-day story: He's one of four qualified hitters in MLB yet to walk this year, according to @MLBNetwork.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 19, 2016
But Castellanos has been hitting the ball real hard. That's all we can really ask for.
Yankees bullpen, as terrifying as advertised
Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller are striking 66 percent of the batters they face. Aroldis Chapman hasn't pitched yet. You should probably try to get ahead of the Yankees before the seventh inning.
The Big Short 2: the Atlanta Braves
Public shares for the Braves went on sale for the first time and promptly plummeted from $36 to $19.95. Which is the last time they won the championship. Top level troll job by all investors involved.
30 for 3,000
Ichiro Suzuki is only 65 hits away from 3,000, which is a remarkable feat for a player that started playing in the MLB at age 27. The Hardball Times reviews the other 29 players who have achieved the milestone.
The Blue Jays strike out a hilarious amount
The team as a whole is striking out 28.6 percent of the time. This is awesome and I support it.