We all saw what happened last night with Max Scherzer. It was a joke that Scherzer threw a temper tantrum on the mound because he had to be checked, but it’s tough to blame him for being upset. MLB has surprisingly created a mess out of the situation by not actually thinking about how a mid-season rule change will affect the game itself and it’s only going to get worse as the season wears on. Imagine what September will look like when teams request the umpiring crew check every pitcher that comes into the game in order to throw off rhythm.
On to the links.
- If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the quick writeup about the Scherzer-Girardi rhubarb.
- Dylan Cozens, former Phillies prospect, is stepping away from the game to pursue a football career.
- Aaron Nola feels that his issues are mechanical and that he can get them squared away.
- An interesting read from The Athletic ($) about how the Rays have created a paradox of an environment players love to play in, but one that affects the sport and how it’s played.
- Of course Wander Franco homered in his first game, as his first hit in the major leagues. Dude is going to own the AL East for a long time (or how ever long until Tampa Bay trades him).
- Marcus Stroman had to leave a start early last night, which affects the Phillies this weekend possibly.