Good morning everyone! Let’s dive into the links today as we kick off our Wednesday.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic wrote about the M’s pitching staff and the growing pains they’re experiencing during this strange season. ($)
- It seems the staff is struggling in certain unique ways.
Lowest Hard-Hit Rate Allowed - MLB Teams— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) August 4, 2020
Reds hard-hit rate - 22%
Mariners rate - 36%
Reds 71 hard-hit balls allowed, Mariners 132
- However, the Seager brothers are punishing baseballs this year!
Most Hard-Hit Balls - 2020 Season— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) August 4, 2020
1. Corey Seager 23
2. Kyle Seager 20
2. Mookie Betts 20
4. Wilmer Flores 18
5. Tommy Pham 18
* Robinson Canó, Justin Turner, Fernando Tatís Jr, Aaron Judge, Trevor Story & Whit Merrifield all have 17
Around the league...
- At least he’s reasonable when he’s angry.
Jacob deGrom beating up the Hand Sanitizer...and then fixing it... pic.twitter.com/3w2Z6oQybR— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 4, 2020
- Some Cardinals players chose to disclose that they tested positive for the coronavirus. We hope to see all of them on the field again as soon as possible!
#STLCards announce that catcher Yadier Molina, shortstop Paul DeJong, infielder Rangel Ravelo, infielder Edmundo Sosa and relievers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley are six of the seven players who tested positive for COVID-19.— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) August 4, 2020
These individuals gave consent to be identified.
- Along with Jo Adell, who made his debut last night, top pitching prospect Luis Patiño was called up by the Padres yesterday.
- This sentence just got more and more wild for my Mariners fan nostalgia.
Leonys Martin’s right-field canon denies Adam Jones a game-winning RBI; Stefen Romero and Jabari Blash fuel an Eagles comeback and so much more from Japan on Tuesday.https://t.co/UK4mVXFouW— Jim Allen (@JballAllen) August 4, 2020
- Roberto Osuna will likely require Tommy John surgery.
- Jon Tayler at Fangraphs spoke to an epidemiologist about MLB’s plan to prevent coronavirus spread and what we should expect this season.
- Baseball Prospectus tells the story of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, who are in danger of being eliminated this season as a result of minor league contraction. (FREE)
- Imagine showing this clip to someone 20 years ago.
Welp, this is a first. Pirates vs Twins game delayed because of a drone on the field. pic.twitter.com/uMPPcv8nOL— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) August 4, 2020
- So it appears as though roster sizes will shrink on Thursday, but won’t go back down to the regular size (26).
Union telling players that roster size will reduce to from 30 and 28 on Thursday and remain at that level for the rest of the season and postseason, source tells The Athletic. Taxi squad will be expanded from three players to five players for remainder of the season.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 4, 2020
- In which the entire Mets infield got hurt in one day.
The Mets placed Robinson Canó on the IL with a grade two left adductor strain.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 4, 2020
Jeff McNeil’s MRI revealed a low grade right intercostal strain. He is day-to-day.
Amed Rosario was diagnosed with left quad tightness. Also day-to-day.
- Shout-out to my friend Melanie, who is getting a much-deserved opportunity in Baltimore!
Tonight, @MelanieLynneN becomes the fourth active female game broadcaster in Major League Baseball and the first female broadcaster in franchise history to call play-by-play for a regular season game.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 5, 2020
Congratulations, Melanie! pic.twitter.com/KXUHGFMD6G
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs says that Aaron Judge’s renewed efforts to pull the ball have led to his hot start.
- Athletes at Colorado State University expressed concern that the athletic department is making efforts to cover up the severity of the coronavirus on its teams.