Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kenley coughs it up: Atlanta 3, Dodgers 1

The Dodgers couldn't hold a slim lead Saturday in Atlanta and lost, 3-1, when reliever Kenley Jansen couldn't outwit the pinch hitter he came in to face, Evan Gattis. The pinch hitter's homer turned a 1-0 Dodgers lead into a 2-1 Braves lead in the eighth inning. Ball game.


Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen threw nothing but cutters to Atlanta pinch hitter Evan Gattis Saturday, and paid the price (Keith Allison/Creative Commons Share Alike-Attribution Generic 2.0 license).

By BILL PETERSON
Big Leagues in Los Angeles

The game: May 18, Dodgers at Atlanta. The Dodgers entered 17-23, fifth place NL West, six games behind Arizona and San Francisco. Atlanta entered 23-18, first place NL East, one-half game ahead of Washington.

The pitchers: Dodgers, Chris Capuano, left hander (1-2, 6.60). Atlanta, Kris Medlen, right hander (1-5, 3.44).

The result: Atlanta 3, Dodgers 1. (Baseball-reference.com box score)

Summary: The Dodgers might have stolen a 1-0 win with an unearned run, but they ended up giving it back because their relief pitcher couldn't outsmart Atlanta's pinch hitter.

The pitching: We could recite all the bromides about pitching, but Saturday's Dodgers loss in Atlanta illustrates them well enough. Starting pitcher Chris Capuano repeated the plan he used to shut down the punchless Miami Marlins earlier in the week, and it worked just as well against the power-hitting Braves. Capuano threw a sinker in the high 80s and a change in the high 70s, moving them around and mixing in an occasional slider for seasoning. The Braves managed only five hits against him in 7 1/3 innings, and he didn't walk anyone ... When he was through, leading, 1-0, with one out and a runner on first in the eighth, the Dodgers brought in Kenley Jansen, who threw hard, but that was all he threw, and that was the problem. Against the pinch hitter Jansen came in to face, Evan Gattis, Jansen threw cutter after cutter after cutter after cutter. Eight of them. On 2-2, Gattis fouled off three of them, straight back. He was timing the cutter and getting on top of it. All of these pitches were the same speed, 92-94 MPH, and the same basic break. It was only a matter of time. And, while you were begging for Jansen to throw Gattis something off speed, he dialed up another cutter, and Gattis crushed it. Home run. Braves, 2-1 ... Then the next hitter, Andrelton Simmons, got a first-pitch cutter, and he hit it into the seats. Braves, 3-1 ...

We don't know what the Dodgers discussed with regard to pitching Gattis when Jansen entered the game, but we have to assume that some of the responsibility goes on the rookie catcher, Tim Federowicz, whose job it is to call the pitches. Federowicz caught Capuano in the lefty's two starts this week and pulled off the simple sinker-changeup plan. Unfortunately, his calls for Jansen were even simpler -- cutter after cutter after cutter. It cost the Dodgers a ball game. Perhaps the rookie was just following instructions, but if those were his instructions, that's an even bigger problem ... [UPDATE] This morning, courtesy of MLB.com's Ken Gurnick, we received clarification from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly concerning Jansen's pitch selection. Here is the money quote from Mattingly: "You want him to pitch to his conviction, but he pitched right into (Gattis') strength. (Catcher Tim Federowicz) called a slider, he didn't want to throw it. He called for a fastball away, he wanted to come inside. For me, (Federowicz) has to go out and make sure. If he says, 'I can get this guy inside,' that's his conviction ... But make him beat you in the big part of the park. If you go away, and he goes to center field or right-center, it's easier to take than going to the guy's strength. He gave up a home run and basically gave up the game." [END UPDATE]  ...

Last season, Atlanta starter Kris Medlen was 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA. Apparently, he has to pitch that well to win a ball game. Saturday, Medlen gave up but one unearned run and two hits in seven innings, and he still couldn't get a win. Medlen mixed two different fastballs with a curve and a change to very good effect ... Except for the effect on his record. Medlen now is 1-5 with a 3.02 earnie. The man is pitching in tough luck.

The hitting: As we saw Saturday, Atlanta's Evan Gattis isn't in the big leagues because he sat in a pickup truck for three years without playing baseball. He's up because he can hit a fastball. He caught a break when the Braves had to start the year with catcher Brian McCann disabled and they needed a catcher. Gattis won the audition in spring training and hit so well that the club had to keep him when McCann was ready to play again ... His homer against Kenley Jansen was his eighth of the season … Atlanta's Chris Johnson was the only multi-hit performer against the Dodgers' Chris Capuano Saturday, going three-for-three. All three of his singles came off changeups. Johnson now is batting .339 ... Not much to speak of with respect to the Dodgers' hitting. Only two hits for the entire game.

The base running: Not many base runners in this one, so there wasn't a lot of base running. In the third, with two out and Matt Kemp batting, Dee Gordon tried to steal third base for the Dodgers, and he was thrown out. It took a perfect play to get him. One hates to see the final out of the inning at third base. But, the way this season has gone for the Dodgers, the final out was just as likely to be made in the batter's box ... [UPDATE] Here is what Mattingly said this morning about that stolen base attempt, courtesy of MLB.com's Ken Gurnick: "The first year (Gordon) was here, you want to be patient with him and you're always teaching, but yesterday, we've been there before, and I told him when he got to the dugout that you can't run there unless you're 100 percent ... You're in scoring position already. Matt Kemp's at the plate. Come on, Dee, we've been there. There's no real upside to stealing the base. Only an infield hit or a passed ball. It doesn't make any sense to me. It's just a mistake you really can't make. I don't want to come down on Dee. He's trying. But it's just not the right time to steal a base. It's a useless base." [END UPDATE] ... Sounds like Matty is a little frustrated with his guys, and you can't blame him ... In this corner, we're less upset with Gordon's stolen base attempt than with Jansen's pitch selection.

The fielding: The Dodgers would not have had a lead to protect for so long without Matt Kemp's nice catch at the center field wall in the first inning. Kemp took a solo home run away from Atlanta's Jason Heyward on a ball that was over the yellow line on top of the fence when Kemp caught it ... Braves catcher Brian McCann made a perfect throw in the third inning to nab the Dodgers' Dee Gordon trying to steal third base ... The Dodgers countered with a sweet double play in the third, started by Nick Punto, who came in and to his left on a ground ball by Andrelton Simmons and shuffled underhand to Skip Schumaker at second base. Because the runner coming from first was the Atlanta pitcher, Kris Medlen, there wasn't a lot of interference for Schumaker, who completed the double play with a strong throw to first. Medlen came in straight, but not especially fast ... The Dodgers scored their only run, unearned, in the fourth, when Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton mishandled Schumaker's ball in the left field corner for an error that allowed Adrian Gonzalez to come all the way around from first base.

Strategic moves: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly long resisted batting Dee Gordon in the eight hole, and his reasons were sound. Gordon ends up there at times, but one can see why it doesn't work. First, Gordon isn't good enough at reaching base with two out to get the pitcher out of the way for the top of the order next inning. Second, even if Gordon does get on with less than two out, the ball club ends up using an out in the pitcher's spot and moving him up, but then one hates to take the bat out of a hitter's hands by risking an out on the bases. So, Gordon’s speed ends up wasted … In the third inning Saturday, Gordon led off by being hit by a pitch. Chris Capuano bunted Gordon to second for the first out. Then, Carl Crawford flied out to right field, but not far enough to advance Gordon against the strong-armed Jason Heyward. So, with two out and Matt Kemp batting, Gordon attempted to swipe third and was thrown out in a close play, ending the inning ... True, one hates to take the bat out of Kemp's hands. However, with runners in scoring position this year, Kemp doesn't really have a bat in his hands. With runners in scoring position this year, Kemp is seven-for-40 (.175), all singles. Gordon certainly could have scored from second on a single, but there are a lot more ways home from third. If the big bats were driving runners home, Gordon could easily be chastised for trying that steal, but the way it is now, that's not so obvious ... Here's an idea: when Gordon reaches from the eight hole, especially leading off an inning, give him a couple pitches to run before the pitcher gets a bunt down. Then, if he succeeds, the bunt moves him to third with one out, and even the Dodgers should have an excellent chance to score under those circumstances ...

Doubt if anyone is second-guessing Mattingly for his pitching choices Saturday. He let Capuano bat in the eighth so he could pitch to Dan Uggla to start the Braves' next inning. Uggla, four-for-24 lifetime against Capuano to that point, flied out to start the eighth for Atlanta. When the next batter, slumping B.J. Upton, hit a clean single, Capuano was up to 91 pitches and Mattingly called for Kenley Jansen from the pen. Obviously, the Dodgers didn't have a very sharp pitching plan for Jansen against the pinch hitter, Evan Gattis (see above, under "The pitching).

What now: The Dodgers dropped to 17-24, fifth in the NL West, seven games behind the new outright division leader, Arizona. The Braves, at 24-18, padded their lead in the NL East to 1 1/2 games ahead of Washington ... Saturday's loss for the Dodgers guaranteed that they would lose their first series in Atlanta since Don Mattingly became their manager in 2011 ... The final game of the series Sunday (10:35 a.m. PDT) is looking like a pitching mismatch in Atlanta's favor. The Braves are sending lefty Mike Minor (5-2, 2.75) against right hander Matt Magill (0-0, 6.92) ... The Dodgers are batting .300 against left-handed pitching this year, but they're only 6-8 in games started by opposing left handers ... Rain was in the forecast for Atlanta all day Sunday.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Labels

Los Angeles Dodgers (123) Los Angeles Angels (92) St. Louis Cardinals (63) New York Yankees (57) Texas Rangers (49) Cincinnati Reds (38) Houston Astros (38) San Francisco Giants (37) First Division (35) Oakland Athletics (35) Boston Red Sox (34) Matt Kemp (34) Minnesota Twins (34) Cleveland Indians (33) Chicago White Sox (31) Kansas City Royals (31) New York Mets (31) Atlanta Braves (30) Henry Aaron (30) Chicago Cubs (29) Clayton Kershaw (29) Detroit Tigers (29) Baltimore Orioles (28) Albert Pujols (27) Don Mattingly (27) Center League (26) Second Division (26) West League (26) Tampa Bay Rays (25) Third Division (25) Andre Ethier (24) Dick Allen (24) East League (24) Harmon Killebrew (24) Milwaukee Brewers (23) Pittsburgh Pirates (22) Arizona Diamondbacks (21) Washington Nationals (21) Fourth Division (20) Mike Scioscia (20) Mike Trout (20) San Diego Padres (20) Seattle Mariners (18) Hanley Ramirez (15) Adrian Gonzalez (14) American League (14) C.J. WIlson (14) Dee Gordon (14) Miami Marlins (14) Real Madrid (14) Toronto Blue Jays (14) Golden State Warriors (13) Jered Weaver (13) Josh Hamilton (13) Philadelphia Phillies (13) Barcelona (12) Colorado Rockies (12) National League (12) Yasiel Puig (12) Zack Greinke (12) Howie Kendrick (10) Mark Trumbo (10) Minnesota Lynx (10) A.J. Ellis (9) Bryce Harper (9) Bud Selig East (9) Carl Crawford (9) Chub Feeney League (9) Dan Haren (9) Dodger Stadium (9) James Loney (9) Joe Cronin League (9) Jon Lester (9) Kenley Jansen (9) AS Roma (8) Anaheim Ducks (8) Billy Beane (8) Bud Selig West (8) Connecticut Huskies (8) Erick Aybar (8) Ernesto Frieri (8) Garrett Richards (8) Justin Verlander (8) Minnesota Wild (8) San Antonio Spurs (8) Los Angeles Sparks (7) New England Patriots (7) Paris Saint-Germain (7) Yoenis Cespedes (7) Andrelton Simmons (6) Angel Stadium (6) Bayern Munich (6) Bobby Abreu (6) Bud Selig (6) Chris Sale (6) David Ortiz (6) Florida Panthers (6) Hyun-Jin Ryu (6) Juan Uribe (6) Juventus (6) Liverpool (6) Los Angeles Clippers (6) Miami Heat (6) Miguel Cabrera (6) North Carolina Tar Heels (6) Pittsburgh Penguins (6) Prince Fielder (6) Torii Hunter (6) Toronto Raptors (6) Winnipeg Jets (6) Chicago Blackhawks (5) Chris Capuano (5) Columbus Blue Jackets (5) David Price (5) Ervin Santana (5) European traveling soccer championship (5) Harmon Killebrew Award (5) Jerry DiPoto (5) Jim Leyland (5) Joe Blanton (5) Joe Maddon (5) Los Angeles Lakers (5) Mark Ellis (5) Napoli (5) National League traveling championship (5) North American traveling soccer championship (5) Pittsburgh Steelers (5) Scott Van Slyke (5) Tottenham Hotspur (5) UCLA Bruins (5) Alex Rodriguez (4) American League traveling championship (4) Argentine traveling soccer championship (4) Borussia Dortmund (4) Boston Bruins (4) Carlos Beltran (4) Club América (4) Fredi Gonzalez (4) Henry Aaron Award (4) James Shields (4) Jason Vargas (4) Jose Altuve (4) Kendrys Morales (4) Manchester City (4) Mark Teixeira (4) Mat Latos (4) Matt Holliday (4) Ned Yost (4) Nelson Cruz (4) New York Liberty (4) New York Rangers (4) Nick Punto (4) Oklahoma City Thunder (4) Pro football traveling championship (4) River Plate (4) St. Louis Blues (4) Toronto FC (4) Vancouver Whitecaps (4) Villanova Wildcats (4) college football national traveling championship (4) women's pro basketball traveling championship (4) 2014 World Series (3) A.J. Burnett (3) AC Milan (3) Adam Jones (3) Adam Kennedy (3) African traveling soccer championship (3) Alberto Callaspo (3) Alex Wood (3) All-Star Game (3) American League Championship Series (3) Andrew McCutchen (3) Billy Butler (3) Borussia Mochengladbach (3) Brandon Phillips (3) Brazilian traveling soccer championship (3) Canadian traveling football championship (3) Chelsea FC (3) Chub Feeney (3) Clemson Tigers (3) Cory Rasmus (3) David Dombrowski (3) David Freese (3) Dick Allen Award (3) Dustin Pedroia (3) Eric Hosmer (3) Feyenoord Rotterdam (3) Florida Marlins (3) Francisco Liriano (3) German traveling soccer championship (3) Houston Rockets (3) Huston Street (3) Indiana Pacers (3) Italian traveling soccer championship (3) J.B. Shuck (3) Jack Morris (3) Jacoby Ellsbury (3) Jerome Williams (3) Jerry Hairston (3) Joaquin Benoit (3) Joc Pederson (3) Joe Cronin (3) Joey Votto (3) LA Galaxy (3) Lance Lynn (3) Los Angeles Kings (3) Los Angeles Rams (3) Magic Johnson (3) Major League Baseball (3) Mamelodi Sundowns (3) Mississippi State Bulldogs (3) Monterrey (3) National League Championship Series (3) National League Division Series (3) New York Red Bulls (3) North League (3) Oregon Ducks (3) PSV Eindhoven (3) Portland Timbers (3) Robinson Cano (3) Ryan Braun (3) Saskatchewan Roughriders (3) Scott Downs (3) Seattle Storm (3) South Carolina Gamecocks (3) South League (3) Spanish traveling soccer championship (3) Stan Kasten (3) Tampa Bay Lightning (3) Tim Lincecum (3) Toluca (3) Vin Scully (3) Virginia Tech Hokies (3) Washington Capitals (3) eastern hockey traveling championship (3) interleague traveling baseball championship (3) pro basketbal traveling championship (3) traveling soccer championship (3) western hockey traveling championship (3) world traveling soccer championship (3) Adam Dunn (2) Ajax Amsterdam (2) Al Alburquerque (2) Alabama Crimson Tide (2) Alcides Escobar (2) Aldosivi (2) Alex Gordon (2) Alex Rios (2) Alexander Cartwright (2) Allen Craig (2) American League Division Series (2) American division traveling football championship (2) Anibal Sanchez (2) Arte Moreno (2) Asian traveling soccer championship (2) Atlanta United FC (2) Atlético Madrid (2) Austin Jackson (2) Barry Bonds (2) Bartolo Colon (2) Baseball Hall of Fame (2) Baylor Bears (2) Benfica (2) Billy Hamilton (2) Boca Juniors (2) Boston Celtics (2) Brandon Crawford (2) Brandon League (2) Brian McCann (2) Bud Norris (2) Buster Posey (2) CSKA Moscow (2) Calgary Stampeders (2) Carlos Gomez (2) Carolina Hurricanes (2) Central League (2) Chad Billingsley (2) Chase Headley (2) Chase Utley (2) Chicago Bulls (2) Chris Davis (2) Chris Iannetta (2) Chris Johnson (2) Chris Paul (2) Chris Young (2) Cleveland Cavaliers (2) Cliff Lee (2) Clint Hurdle (2) Cole Hamels (2) Colorado Avalanche (2) Corey Seager (2) Craig Kimbrel (2) Cruz Azul (2) Cy Young (2) Dallas Keuchel (2) Davey Johnson (2) Derek Jeter (2) Didi Gregorius (2) Doug Fister (2) Dutch traveling soccer championship (2) English Premier League (2) English traveling soccer championship (2) FC Dallas (2) FC Porto (2) FC Utrecht (2) Frank McCourt (2) French traveling soccer championship (2) George Springer (2) German inner pyramid (2) Gerrit Cole (2) Giancarlo Stanton (2) Gio Gonzalez (2) Green Bay Packers (2) Greg Maddux (2) Hall of Fame (2) Hank Conger (2) Hisashi Iwakuma (2) Huracán (2) Italian inner pyramid (2) Jacob deGrom (2) Jason Grilli (2) Jay Bruce (2) Jeff Bagwell (2) Jerry Sands (2) Jimmy Rollins (2) Joe Girardi (2) Joe Kelly (2) John Lackey (2) Jordan Zimmermann (2) Josh Beckett (2) Justin Upton (2) Kelvin Herrera (2) Lee Smith (2) Leinster (2) Liga MX (2) Logan Forsythe (2) Luis Mendoza (2) Lyle Overbay (2) Lyon (2) Madison Bumgarner (2) Manchester United (2) Manny Machado (2) Marlon Byrd (2) Marseille (2) Melky Cabrera (2) Mexican inner pyramid (2) Mexican traveling soccer championship (2) Miami Hurricanes (2) Michael Wacha (2) Michigan State Spartans (2) Mickey Hatcher (2) Mike Fiers (2) Mike Moustakas (2) Mocambola (2) Montreal Canadiens (2) Montreal Impact (2) Munster (2) Nantes (2) Nathan Eovaldi (2) National League West (2) National division pro football traveling championship (2) Nebraska Cornhuskers (2) Ned Colletti (2) New York Giants (2) Nice (2) Nick Swisher (2) Northeast Conference (2) Northwest Conference (2) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2) Ohio State Buckeyes (2) Ottawa RedBlacks (2) Pachuca (2) Paul Goldschmidt (2) Pedro Alvarez (2) Pete Kozma (2) Philadephia Eagles (2) Pittsburgh Panthers (2) Portuguese traveling soccer championship (2) Ricky Nolasco (2) Roger Clemens (2) Roy Williams (2) Russell Martin (2) Ryan Vogelsong (2) Ryan Zimmerman (2) San Jose Sharks (2) Seattle Seawolves (2) Seattle Sounders (2) Sevilla (2) Shane Victorino (2) South American traveling soccer championship (2) Southern California Trojans (2) Southwest Conference (2) Spanish inner pyramid (2) Stephen Strasburg (2) Steven Strasburg (2) Suwon Bluewings (2) Ted Turner (2) Terry Francona (2) Tony Cingrani (2) Tony LaRussa (2) Toronto Maple Leafs (2) Torri Hunter (2) Toulouse (2) UANL (2) UD Songo (2) United States rugby traveling championship (2) Utah Jazz (2) Valencia (2) Victor Martinez (2) Washington Mystics (2) Werder Bremen (2) West Ham United (2) Wil Myers (2) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2) World Series (2) Yu Darvish (2) continental traveling hockey championship (2) eastern pro basketball traveling championship (2) men's college basketball long traveling championship (2) men's college basketball short traveling championship (2) pro hockey traveling championship (2) traveling championship (2) western basketball traveling championship (2) women's college basketball long traveling championship (2) women's college basketball short traveling championship (2) women's pro basketball First Division (2) 1899 Hoffenheim (1) A'ja Wilson (1) AFC traveling championship (1) Aaron Hamilton (1) Aaron Harang (1) Aaron Judge (1) Adam Dunn (1) Adam LaRoche (1) Adam Silver (1) Adam Wainwright (1) Al Campanis (1) Alan Wiggins (1) Alejandro De Aza (1) Alex Avila (1) Alex Guerrero (1) Alexander Ovechkin (1) Alysha Clark (1) American League West (1) Andres Ghiggia (1) Andrew Heaney (1) Andrew McCtchen (1) Andrew Miller (1) Andy Pettitte (1) Annibal Sanchez (1) Anthony Rizzo (1) Antony Auclair (1) Aroldis Chapman (1) Arsenal (1) Astros (1) Atalanta (1) Atlanta Hawks (1) Atletico Mineiro (1) Atlético Mineiro (1) Atlético Nacional (1) Auckland City (1) Auston Matthews (1) Australian traveling cricket championship (1) Babe Ruth (1) Baltimore Orioles Kansas City Royals (1) Barry Larkin (1) Bayer Leerkusen (1) Ben Wade (1) Benji Molina (1) Bert Blyleven (1) Bert Campaneris (1) Big Bash League (1) Bill Belichick (1) Bill Foley (1) Billy Buckner (1) Blake Griffin (1) Bo Porter (1) Bobby Cox (1) Bobby Thompson (1) Bordeaux (1) Bordeaux Begles (1) Brad Ausmus (1) Brad Havens (1) Brad Lidge (1) Branch Rickey (1) Brandon Maurer (1) Brandon McCarthy (1) Brandon Morrow (1) Brandon Moss (1) Brandon Snyder (1) Brazilian inner pyramid (1) Breanna Stewart (1) Brendan Ryan (1) Brett Lawrie (1) Brett Wallace (1) Brian Cashman (1) Brian Harper (1) Bruce Bochy (1) Bryan Price (1) Buck Showalter (1) Buffalo Sabres (1) Bundesliga (1) Butler Bulldogs (1) Buzz Williams (1) C.J. Kron (1) CBS (1) CC Sabathia (1) Caleb Joseph (1) Calgary Flames (1) California Angels (1) Cameron Brate (1) Candace Parker (1) Carlos Correa (1) Carlos Frias (1) Carlos Gonzalez (1) Carlos Marmol (1) Cauterbury United (1) Celta Vigo (1) Chad Qualls (1) Chapecoense (1) Charlie Coyle (1) Chelsea (1) Chennai Super Kings (1) Chiapas (1) Chicago Bears (1) Chicago Fire (1) Chicago Sky (1) Chris Archer (1) Chris Carpenter (1) Chris Perez (1) Chris Tillman (1) Christiano Ronaldo (1) Citi Field (1) Clay Bucchholz (1) Clay Helton (1) Cleveand Indians (1) Colin Cowgill (1) Columbus Crew (1) Colón Santa Fe (1) Connecticut Sun (1) Conor Sheary (1) Coors Field (1) Corinthians (1) Cork (1) Cornbelt Conference (1) Costa del Este (1) Costa do Sol (1) Cotton Nash (1) Craig Biggio (1) Crusaders (1) Curt Schilling (1) Dabo Swinney (1) Dale Murphy (1) Dallas Cowboys (1) Dallas Wings (1) Dan Straily (1) Daniel Nava (1) Danny Duffy (1) Dansby Swanson (1) Darryl Sutter (1) Darwin Barney (1) Davey Lopes (1) David DeJesus (1) David Murphy (1) David Ousted (1) David Peralta (1) David Wright (1) Dawn Staley (1) DeMar Derozan (1) Dean Chance (1) Delhi Capitals (1) Denver Broncos (1) Detroit Red Wings (1) Devan Dubnyk (1) Devon Travis (1) Dick Jacobs (1) Dillon Gee (1) Dioner Navarro (1) Don Mincher (1) Don Sutton (1) Dr. James Naismith (1) Draymond Green (1) Drayton McLane (1) Drew Hutchison (1) Dries Mertens (1) Dublin (1) Duke Blue Devils (1) Dustin Byfuglein (1) Dusty Baker (1) Earl Weaver (1) Ed Creech (1) Edinburgh (1) Edinson Volquez (1) Edmonton Oilers (1) Edwin Jackson (1) Efren Navarro (1) Eintracht Frankfurt (1) Elena Della Donne (1) Elian Herrera (1) Empoli (1) Ender Inciarte (1) Endy Chavez (1) English Big Six (1) English Little Six(ish) (1) English Middle Six (1) English inner pyramid (1) English rugby union traveling championship (1) Eric Sogard (1) Eric Staal (1) Estudiantes de Mérida (1) European pro basketball traveling championship (1) European top-level basketball pyramid (1) European traveling rugby union championship (1) Evan Gattis (1) Evan Longoria (1) Everton FC (1) Exeter Chiefs (1) FC Köln (1) Farhan Zaidi (1) Felix Hernandez (1) Fenerbahce (1) Fiorentina (1) Five Nations traveling rugby championship (1) Flamengo (1) Football Association (1) Four-by-four baseball regions (1) France (1) Frank Viola (1) Frank Wren (1) Fred McGriff (1) Freddie Gray (1) Freddy Galvis (1) Free State Stars (1) French Big Six (1) French Little Six(ish) (1) French Middle Six (1) French inner pyramid (1) French rugby traveling championship (1) French soccer inner pyramid (1) Garrett Williams (1) Gary Sanchez (1) Gene Mauch (1) Geno Auriemma (1) Genoa (1) German Big Six (1) German Little Six (1) German Middle Six (1) Gerry Hunsicker (1) Glendale Raptors (1) Godoy Cruz (1) Gonzaga Zags (1) Goran Dragic (1) Grant Green (1) Greg Holland (1) Guggenheim Baseball Management (1) Halle Berry (1) Happy Chandler East (1) Happy Chandler West (1) Harry Carey (1) Hassan Whiteside (1) Heath Bell (1) Henry Aaron Award. (1) Herediano (1) Holland (1) Houston (1) Houston Texans (1) Howard Kendrick (1) Hurricanes (1) Ian Kinsler (1) Ichiro Suzuki (1) Incheon United (1) Indian Premier League (1) Indiana Fever (1) Indianapolis Colts (1) Internacional (1) Internacional Palmeiras (1) International Champions Cup (1) Irish hurling traveling championship (1) Italian Big Six (1) Italian Little Six(ish) (1) Italian Middle Six (1) Ivan DeJesus (1) J.B. Schuck (1) J.J. Hardy (1) J.J.Hardy (1) J.P. Howell (1) Jack Kent Cooke (1) Jack McKeon (1) Jackie Robinson (1) Jake Marisnick (1) Jake Odorizzi (1) Jake Peavy (1) Jameis Winson (1) James Paxton (1) James Shielss (1) Jamie McCourt (1) Jamie Wright (1) Jared Goff (1) Jared Weaver (1) Jarrod Dyson (1) Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1) Jason Giambi (1) Jason Hammel (1) Jason Heyward (1) Jason Isringhausen (1) Jason Zucker (1) Javy Guerra (1) Jeff Samadrzija (1) Jeff Samardjzia (1) Jeonbuk Motors (1) Jhonny Peralta (1) Jim Abbott (1) Jim Eppard (1) Jim Eppel (1) Jim Fregosi (1) Jim Hickey (1) Jim Johnson (1) Jim Palmer (1) Jimmie Hall (1) Jimmy Nelson (1) Jimmy Piersall (1) Joc Pedersen (1) Joe Mauer (1) Joe Morgan (1) Joe Saunders (1) Joe Thatcher (1) Joe Torre (1) JoeGirardi (1) Joel Berry II (1) Joel Hanrahan (1) John Angelos (1) John Farrell (1) John Helyar (1) John Jay (1) John O'Donnell Stadium (1) John Roseboro (1) Johnny Cueto (1) Johnny Giavotella (1) Jon Niese (1) Jonathan Papelbon (1) Jonathan Quick (1) Jonathan Schoop (1) Jordan Lyles (1) Jose Abreu (1) Jose Bautista (1) Jose Peraza (1) Jose Quintana (1) Jose Reyes (1) Jose Valverde (1) Joseph Wapner (1) Josh Donaldson (1) Josh Harrison (1) Jozy Altidore (1) Juan Marichal (1) Juan Pierre (1) Juan Rivera (1) Justin Jackson (1) Justin Turner (1) Kaizer Chiefs (1) Kansas City Chiefs (1) Kansas City Royals Pittsburgh Pirates (1) Kashima Antlers (1) Ken Giles (1) Ken Rosenthal (1) Kentucky Wildcats (1) Kevin Correia (1) Kevin Jepson (1) Kevin Kiermaier (1) Kevin Malone (1) Kevin Tapani (1) Kilkenny (1) Koji Uehara (1) Kole Calhoun (1) Kris Bryant (1) Kris Jenkins (1) Kris Medlen (1) Kwami Leonard (1) Kyle Kubitza (1) Kyle Seager (1) L.J. Hoes (1) LAFC (1) La Liga (1) LaMarr Hoyt (1) Lance McCullers (1) Lanus (1) Larry Dolan (1) Las Vegas Aces (1) Las Vegas Golden Knights (1) Lazio (1) Legia Warsaw (1) Leicester City FC (1) LewWolff (1) León (1) Leônidas (1) Ligue 1 (1) Lille (1) Limerick (1) Logan White (1) Lords of the Realm (1) Lorenzo Cain (1) Los Angeles Chargers (1) Los Angeles Galaxy (1) Louisville Cardinals (1) Lyonn (1) Major League Rugby (1) Major League Soccer (1) Major League Soccer standings (1) Maracanazo (1) Maracanã (1) Marcell Ozuna (1) Marge Schott (1) Mariano Rivera (1) Mark McGwire (1) Mark Mulder (1) Mark Reynolds (1) Mark Scheifele (1) Martin Prado (1) Marvin Miller (1) Masahiro Tanaka (1) Matt Adams (1) Matt Carpenter (1) Matt Dominguez (1) Matt Harvey (1) Matt Joyce (1) Matt Moore (1) Matt Shoemaker (1) Matt Wieters (1) Max Kruse (1) Max Scherzer (1) Maya Moore (1) Melbourne Renegades (1) Memphis Grizzlies (1) Mexican Big Six (1) Mexican Little Six (1) Mexican Middle Six (1) Michael Bourn (1) Michael Cuddyer (1) Michael Roth (1) Michael Young (1) Michigan Wolverines (1) Mikael Granlund (1) Mike Bolsinger (1) Mike Ilitch (1) Mike Illitch (1) Mike Leake (1) Mike Matheny (1) Mike Minor (1) Mike Mussina (1) Mike Napoli (1) Mike Piazza (1) Mike Zunino (1) Mikko Koivu (1) Milwaukee Bucks (1) MilwaukeeBrewers (1) Minnesota United FC (1) Monaco FC (1) Montreal Alouettes (1) Mookie Betts (1) Mumbai Indians (1) NBA (1) NBA Ear of Corn (1) NBA East Ear of Corn (1) NBA West Ear of Corn (1) NBA east traveling championship (1) NBA traveling championship (1) Nashville Predators (1) National Football League (1) National Hockey League (1) National League Divisional Series (1) Nes York Yankees (1) New England Revolution (1) New Jersey Devils (1) New Orleans Saints (1) New York FC (1) New York Knickerbockers (1) NewYork Yankees (1) Newcastle United (1) Nick Markakis (1) Nick Saban (1) Nino Niederreiter (1) Nolan Ryan (1) North American soccer pyramid (1) North Carolina Courage (1) Northern American traveling soccer championship (1) Oakland Raiders (1) Oceana traveling soccer championship (1) PNC Park (1) Pac-12 traveling championship (1) Palermo (1) Palmeiras (1) Panathinaikos (1) Paul Maholm (1) Paul Molitor (1) Paul Splittorff (1) Paços de Ferreira (1) Pedro (1) Pekka Rinne (1) Pelé (1) Penn State Nittany Lions (1) Perez Zeledon (1) Pete Carroll (1) Peter Bourjos (1) Phil Hughes (1) Phil Jackson (1) Phil Kessel (1) Philadelphia Eagles (1) Philadelphia Union (1) Philippine Basketball Association (1) Plaza Amador (1) Portland Thorns (1) Portland Trail Blazers (1) Preston Tucker (1) Prince Fielder (1) Quad Cities Angels (1) R.A. Dickey (1) R.A.Dickey (1) RB Leipzig (1) Ralph Garr (1) Randy Choate (1) Real Betis (1) Real Salt Lake (1) Real Sociedad (1) Reggie Jackson (1) Reims (1) Rich Gale (1) Rich Hill (1) Rick Monday (1) Rick Reichardt (1) Rickey Henderson (1) Robert Cannon (1) Robert Lurie (1) Roberto Hernandez (1) Roger Scruton (1) Rogers Hornsby (1) Rohinson Cano (1) Ron Cey (1) Ron Washington (1) Roughned Odor (1) Rubby De La Rosa (1) Ryan Howard (1) Ryan Ludwick (1) Sacramento Kings (1) Safeco Field (1) Salvador Perez (1) Sam LeCure (1) San Diego Legion (1) San Francico Giants (1) San Francisco Giants (1) San Jose (1) San Jose Earthquakes (1) Sandy Koufax (1) Sanfrecce Hiroshima (1) Santa Tecla (1) Santos de Guapiles (1) Saracens (1) Schalke 04 (1) Scott Diamond (1) Scott Dres (1) Scott Kazmir (1) Sean Marshall (1) Seattle Seahawks (1) Sebastian Giovinco (1) Second Divison (1) Seimone Augustus (1) Serie A (1) Seth Smith (1) Sevilla FC (1) Shakhtar Donetsk (1) Shanghai SIPG (1) Shin-Soo Choo (1) Silvio Berlusconi (1) Sonny Gray (1) Southeast Conference (1) Southern Hemisphere traveling rugby union championship (1) Spanish Big Six (1) Spanish Little Six(ish) (1) Spanish Middle Six (1) Sporting CP (1) Sporting KC (1) Staid Francais (1) Staples Center (1) Starlin Castro (1) Stephen Drew (1) Steve Carlton (1) Steve Garvey (1) Sun Belt Conference (1) Super Bowl (1) Swansea City (1) Sydney Sixers (1) Sydney Thunder (1) Sylvia Fowles (1) Syracuse Orange (1) São Paulo (1) Taijuan Walker (1) Talleres Cordoba (1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1) Team Wellington (1) Texas A&M Aggies (1) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (1) Tigre (1) Tim Federowicz (1) Tim Holbrook (1) Tim Hudson (1) Tim Raines (1) Tina Charles (1) Todd Frazier (1) Tom Glavine (1) Tom Izzo (1) Tom Seaver (1) Top 14 (1) Torino (1) Toronton Blue Jays (1) Trevor May (1) Trevor Rosenthal (1) Tri-annual regional baseball leagues (1) Tronto Blue Jays (1) Troy Trojans (1) Ty Cobb (1) UNAM (1) US women's traveling soccer championship (1) Vegas Golden Knights (1) Vernon Wells (1) Victor Vázquez (1) Vladimir Guerrero. (1) WAR (1) Wade Davis (1) Wade LeBlanc (1) Wade Miley (1) Walter Haas (1) Walter O'Malley (1) Wandy Rodriguez (1) Warren Giles League (1) Washington Huskies (1) Washington Natinals (1) Washington Redskins (1) Washington Senators (1) Watford (1) Wellington Castillo (1) Will Holder (1) Will Myers (1) Wilmer Flores (1) Wily Peralta (1) Wins Above Replacement (1) Wisconsin Badgers (1) World Cup (1) Xavier Musketeers (1) Yadier Molina (1) Yan Gomes (1) Yankee Stadium (1) Yuli Gurriel (1) Zach Britton (1) Zach Parise (1) Zack Cozart (1) Zamora FC (1) Zlatan Ibrahimović (1) baseball (1) baseball Elite Divisin (1) baseball continental traveling championship (1) baseball pyramid (1) baseball traveling championship (1) college football (1) drug testing (1) hockey traveling championship (1) pro basketball Ear of Corn (1) pro basketball Elite League (1) pro basketball First Division (1) pro basketball Fourth Division (1) pro basketball Second Division (1) pro basketball Third Division (1) pro hockey (1) pro hockey Elite League (1) pro soccer (1) realignment (1) soccer (1) steven Souza (1) test (1) western pro basketball traveling championship (1) western pro hockey traveling championship (1)