Hello everyone! Random question: do you consider the four games the Mariners are playing against the Rockies to be one series or two? I was having this discussion with someone recently, where I argued that it should be considered one series even though it’s a home-and-home. They disagreed. Where do you stand? Feel free to ponder that as you read this morning’s links.
In Mariners news...
- Thankfully, the Nelson Cruz injury doesn’t appear to be too bad.
Cruz felt tightness in his calf running too hard on the Seager HR. Servais believes he should be ok, took himself out before it got bad.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) May 31, 2017
- Andrew Moore is doing his best to taunt the Mariners and their rotation problems.
What a gem from Andrew Moore! Final line this afternoon: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 97-63. pic.twitter.com/OKaHGDB0vL— Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) May 30, 2017
Around the league...
- I’m honestly surprised that pitchers don’t do this kind of thing more often.
Here's a 65mph Eephus courtesy of Zack Greinke pic.twitter.com/BadiITACdx— Pitcher List (@ThePitcherList) May 23, 2017
- Michael Morse sustained a concussion in the brawl with the Nationals after running into teammate Jeff Samardzija.
- James Dator takes a look at some players who chose not to get involved in the nasty fight.
- Punishments were announced for the two who instigated the showdown.
Hunter Strickland suspended six games by MLB, Bryce Harper 4.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 30, 2017
- Kolya Illarionov at The Hardball Times wonders if managers are using their challenges effectively.
- What will happen to the game without Mike Trout? Nick Stellini delves into this topic.
- Trout is so valuable that losing him for two months is almost as bad as another team losing a stud for a full season.
- Jeb Bush is reportedly out on the Marlins sale, but Derek Jeter is still trying to purchase the franchise without the help of the former Florida governor.
- Pinstripe Alley wonders if Gary Sanchez can get the power back in his swing.
- Albert Pujols is just one homer away from history.
Albert Pujols blasts a three-run homer off Bartolo Colon, giving the Angels a 3-2 lead in the third. He's one away from 600.— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) May 31, 2017
- Andrew Gruttado at The Ringer isn’t a fan of the movie trend where actors are made to look much younger than they are.