Still really impressed by the job the bullpen did yesterday, particularly Cristopher Sanchez. Getting the call probably late Saturday night that he would be needed in Boston, Sanchez was able to come on in relief yesterday and be the bulk innings guy that Joe Girardi would need due to his needing to use an opener in the game. His line of 3 innings pitched, four hits and one run allowed doesn’t scream “effective”, but it was more than enough for the team. Had he come in and pitched poorly, yesterday’s game could have gone much worse than it did. Instead, he kind of set up the rest of the available bullpen in a way that Girardi could use them without any misstep. Having Suarez able to go more than one inning helped as well, but Sanchez’s contribution shouldn’t go unnoticed.
On to the links.
- This story from Matt Gelb ($) just frustrates us to no end. I will not get into the politics of it all, but suffice it to say: I disagree with those on the team that won’t get the vaccine.
- Here is more on the team’s first round pick this year, Andrew Painter.
- Since the sticky-stuff crackdown, the team’s offense has taken off. Coincidence?
- Here are all the first-round pick from the draft and some analysis that does with it.
- The fact that college athletes can now earn some money while playing collegiate athletics may change the signability status of some draftees.
- This story about the maid in the Denver hotel near the All-Star game is just incredible. Let that woman throw out the first pitch.
- It is hoped by MLB that the doubleheaders of the future will be nine inning games instead of seven. Hear, hear!
- Poor Ronald Acuna. Yes, yes, he’s on the hated Braves, but for a sport that struggled to promote its stars to lose one of them for an extended period, it’s not a good thing.