As this mediocre 2017 campaign continues to march onward to a merciful September demise, wins are something we haven’t come to expect. That said, Michael Fulmer pitched a solid game on Saturday, and Justin Verlander gave us a gem on Sunday to avoid complete embarrassment in the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Taking the ump show to the next level
Meanwhile, a group of butthurt umpires wore white arm bands to express their displeasure with the fact that second baseman Ian Kinsler didn’t get suspended for his remarks about umpire Angel Hernandez. Manager Brad Ausmus had Kinsler’s back, as he should.
This is silly. Kinsler had a legitimate gripe and was punished for voicing it. Angel Hernandez is still a bad umpire. Let’s move on, and please bring me the robot umpires.
Upton not opting out, yet
Left fielder Justin Upton continues to have a career year. He continues to maintain that he is not going to opt out. At least, not yet.
A need for speed
There seem to be some concerned parties when it comes to a recent dip in Joe Jimenez’s fastball velocity. Jimenez isn’t one of those parties. While he has lost some velocity, Jimenez maintains that everything feels fine.
The #Tigers have placed RHP Anibal Sanchez on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain and recalled OF JaCoby Jones from Triple-A Toledo.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 18, 2017
The bewildering journey of Anibal Sanchez continues with his latest trip to the disabled list. Let’s hope his ability to pitch effectively recovers along with the hamstring.
Additionally, Daniel Norris has started his rehab assignment, and pitched a bullpen session on Friday that he said was the best he’s thrown in a long time.
A closer look at the farm
Minor League Ball took an in-depth look at Tigers prospect Christin Stewart. It’s a pretty good breakdown of his swing with some video. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the biggest concern with Stewart appears to be his defense.
Just a bit outside
After Justin Smoak walked one off, Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Ryan Tepera had a little trouble locating his Gatorade bath. He probably should have warmed up in the bullpen a bit longer.
For your free time
The New York Yankees paid a big fat pile of cash for reliever Aroldis Chapman. Maybe that wasn’t such a good idea. High school draftees are now permitted to hire agents. Is the double wild card format working? The story of Boston Red Sox owner Thomas Yawkey and integration. The last baseball glove manufacturer in the United States.
Baseball is awesome
The Little League World Series knows defense.