With thirteen pitchers on the active roster and nine starting position players, including the designated hitter, in the starting lineup, the team should have three additional bench players. However, back problems for Adam Lind and a baseball off the shin of Yunel Escobar last night means that the team will have to rely on Jose Molina as the sole replacement in case anything else goes wrong on the field tonight.
While it would be easy to point the fingers of blame for the team’s short bench on its unwillingness to move Lind, who hasn’t played in four days, to the Disabled List, where he may still end up, I’m curious as to how the team can justify having one more pitcher on its roster than almost every other team in baseball. Surely, Casey Janssen, one of seven right handed relievers in the bullpen would understand a quick demotion given the circumstances.
John Farrell and Alex Anthopoulos are apparently not of that same mindset, as they insist on rolling the dice that tonight’s game won’t require any backup.
And The Rest:
Francisco Liriano only pitched three innings last night because of flu like symptoms. A current ability to relate to those symptoms makes Liriano my favourite pitcher right now. Or that could just be the medication making me feel that way.
A part of the PNC Park experience has sadly been lost.
One day after writing about MLB’s plan to cut out fraternization between players, Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry embraced St. Louis Cardinals (for now) first baseman Albert Pujols during batting practice setting off an overreaction among both Cards and Cubs fans.
Last night, Roy Halladay walked an opposing pitcher for the first time in his career. What a bum.
It’s almost easier to imagine Derek Jeter in another uniform than it is to picture Tim Wakefield pitching for another team.
If only the New York Yankees had kept Lance Berkman. Then, all of their problems would be over.
I really find it hard to imagine writing something without putting any thought into it at all.
Unfortunately, PEDs aren’t the only area of ignorance in sports writers’ wheelhouse.
Today in inspirational.
Finally, the quote of the day two days ago is from C.J. Wilson after the Rangers lost 7-2 to the Athletics on Monday.
It’s like obviously no one sets out there to go walk guys, and I haven’t been doing that lately. It’s just only against their team that I do that. They take everything close. If it’s not called a strike, then they walk. It’s lawyer ball. That’s how they roll. That’s how they’re going to beat me. That’s how they have to beat me. I have to make a bunch of mistakes and walk a bunch of guys because they’re not that good of a hitting team. The whole game was frustrating.
Bonus video: This is how the Pittsburgh Pirates promote their concessions.