Floating strike zones are always fun. Last night, Dan Iassogna, one of the better umpires in the game, had a strike zone that could best be described as “amorphous”. Pitchers and hitters never really knew what was going to be called a strike, which led to some tensions on the Phillies side. Eventually, in the ninth inning, Brad Miller, the victim of a high strike that Iassogna hadn’t called much of all night, let his frustrations flow and was ejected. It happens, of course, but the state of umpiring these days seems to bring the calls for robot umpires at least to get louder and louder.
On to the links.
- Vince Velasquez insists he will be fine, but there has to be concern with the fact that his finger was numb minutes before the game was going to start.
- What the Phillies are doing to Scott Kingery is incredibly unfair to many, but most to Kingery.
- It was kind of alarming how just “blah” the team was last night. There didn’t seem to be anyone there that wanted to be there.
- Alec Bohm continues to hit the ball hard as he did last year, but now, there isn’t much to show for it.
- The most disappointing team in baseball shouldn’t surprise you.
- When the guy who has the most strikeouts in the game’s history doesn’t like all the strikeouts in the game today, that might be an issue.
- Remember those experimental rules about pitchers and stepping off and throws over to first in the minor leagues? They are having an effect, to say the least ($).