Coffee and Clippings: Time to worry about Johnny Cueto?

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David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN’s SweetSpot blog asks if is time to worry about Johnny Cueto’s struggles… Has it been bad luck? Bad pitching? Before we get into that, it’s worth noting that Cueto’s worst three-game span with the Cincinnati Reds this season was 11 runs in 21.1 innings. In 2014, it was 12 runs in […]

Coffee and Clippings: Carpenter reaches 20 homers, scores a new ride

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Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses Matt Carpenter’s brand new golf cart courtesy of Adam Wainwright… “If you hit 20 home runs,” Wainwright said. “I’ll buy you a golf cart.” Get out the checkbook. And make it purple. TCU purple. With a leadoff home run Sunday, Carpenter reached 20 home runs in […]

Peter Gammons: Sea of possibilities for Dombrowski in Boston

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It isn’t what some think it is with Dave Dombrowski. Remember, when he traded for Max Scherzer, he was 25 and had a 9-15 record in two big league seasons. It wasn’t as if he gave away one of the five greatest lefthanded pitchers in history, Randy Johnson, for 3 ½ months of Mark Langston, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Max Scherzer thanks catchers with some classy gifts

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James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) of the Washington Post spotlights Max Scherzer giving his catchers classy gifts as thanks for the no-hitter and one-hitter help It’s unclear how much Scherzer spent on the watches, but they retail anywhere from $2,000 to $80,000. (There are even a couple in the $200,000-$300,000 range.) “You always take care of your catchers,” Scherzer […]

Coffee and Clippings: Every pitch counts in baseball, but the 1-1 pitch counts more than any other

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Zach Helfand (@zhelfand) of the LA Times talks about the importance of the 1-1 pitch count in the game of baseball… The general consensus in baseball has long held that the first pitch of an at-bat is the most important. The logic: getting ahead in a count will lead to better results. But advanced analytics […]

Coffee and Clippings: Playoff Baseball Gives Speedsters Larger Roles

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J. J. Cooper (@jjcoop36) of Baseball America highlights players like Terrance Gore and the role of team speedster down the stretch and into the playoffs… From April to August, Gore is a very speedy outfielder playing in the Royals minor league system. There are plenty of scouts who question whether he’ll ever hit enough to […]

Coffee and Clippings: Baez continues sizzling stretch for I-Cubs

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Alex Kraft (@kraftmac21) of talks about Javier Baez’s eighth multi-hit performance in the minors… It was a classic case of Javy being Manny. After getting a chance to meet Manny Ramirez before taking the field Monday, Javier Baez turned the former big-league star’s advice into a huge night at the plate. The Cubs’ infielder […]

Coffee and Clippings: Major concern for CC Sabathia, but not the Yankees’ rotation

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Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post on CC Sabathia’s knee and what it means for the Yankee’s going forward… “It’s frustrating because I know I can pitch at this level, at a high level,” Sabathia said. “It’s just a matter of me getting out there and being healthy enough to do it.” His 35-year-old […]

Peter Gammons: Cueto’s presence being felt in Kansas City

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Yordano Ventura won the afternoon the Royals traded for Johnny Cueto, but it had been a long month learning process before he finally won. There had been problems with a thumb cramp, an ejection for throwing at Brett Lawrie, a bench-clearing brawl thought to be instigated by him against the White Sox, a brief option […]

Coffee and Clippings: Once-steady starter Miguel Gonzalez unable to find consistency

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Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) of the Baltimore Sun discusses Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez and his lack of consistency of late… Gonzalez has been searching for consistency all season, but has especially struggled since returning from the disabled list in late June. In 11 starts since returning from a strained groin, Gonzalez owns a 6.48 ERA, his […]