Yankees IL Payroll Tops the Rays

In a season where the New York Yankees have already lost to the Injured List Miguel Andujar, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorious, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton you would think fans would be jumping off bridges because the season would be over, but you would be dead wrong.

Even though the Yankees Injured List payroll currently sits at over $81 million, that is around $20 million more than the Rays entire payroll, their season has not come crashing down on them. In fact the Yankees are only two and half games back of the Rays and are four games up on the mighty Boston Red Sox. Obviously I have to get the Red Sox in to any article about the Yankees just because of their rivalry.

Is the unexpected performance of the Yankees a sign that they are destine to win dominate when healthy? Maybe or maybe not, but what it does go to show is that just because you spend big doesn’t mean you can expect big results. How does it show that, well their active roster is only eighth in spending yet they still hold the third best record in the American League. Maybe they get better when they get healthy, but maybe not.

New Financial Trend in Baseball?

If I told you the Tampa Bay Rays would be tied for the second best record in baseball (based on win percentage) after around 30 games would you have said I was crazy? Maybe not, but I doubt you would have gone to Las Vegas and put money on it. It is true though.

Currently the Rays are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the second best record in majors, with the Minnesota Twins holding the top spot. Cardinal are not a surprising team to see near the top, but the Twins and Rays might be. What is even more interesting is when you look at the financials. Minnesota and Tampa Bay are both below the league average in 2019 total payroll. Minnesota is 18th on the list while the Rays are dead last.

My question to you the baseball enthusiast is are we seeing a new trend beginning to appear where teams who build a team on the cheap with young talent and a group of role players is able to not only compete, but dominate?

Of the top five spending teams in MLB only one, the Los Angeles Dodgers, leads their division and the biggest spender, Boston Red Sox, aren’t even over .500. It is still early in the baseball season, but this presumptive trend is surely something I will be keeping an eye on and you should to.

Gio Gonzalez to the Angels

I know this is a little late as Gio Gonzalez is in agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers on a deal, but I have to at least put it out there as to why he should have been an Angel.

Anaheim is dead last in their division. Their pitching staff looks more like the waiting room at your local hospital then a major league staff with injuries to Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano. 4/5th of the what should have been their starting rotation this year are injured. What did the Angels’ do? They turned to Matt Harvey, a reclamation project, and Trevor Cahill, an 11 year vet with a career ERA of 4.11.

Gio Gonzalez was at one point a very good pitcher, similar to Matt Harvey, but he lost his way. For a team like the Angels that really have no better options why not take a chance on another reclamation project? Why not see if they could capture lightning in a bottle? What is the worst that could happen, they fall further in to last place? Getting Gonzalez on the cheap is a low risk, high potential reward for the Angels who really can’t sink any further.

Evil Genius or Delusional Dunce?

In Wednesday afternoon’s game 5 of the NLCS Craig Counsel did something that may have never been done before. He pulled his starter Wade Miley after one batter, Cody Bellinger. Not because Miley was injured or anything along those lines. From what anyone can tell it was a planned, strategic, move to get the Dodgers to set their lineup for a lefty starter and then end up facing a right handed pitcher in Brandon Woodruff. In addition Miley is now slated to start Friday for the Brewers.

Is Craig Counsel an evil genius making a move like this one or is he just delusional thinking this gives his team a leg up on the Dodgers?

NLCS and ALCS comments from Tuesday

What an exciting night of baseball we were able to take in on Tuesday. Boston thrilled us with over the top offense, while Los Angeles and Milwaukee kept us on the edge of our seats playing a tied game late in to the night.

Houston must be wondering is there any way to keep Boston’s bats from exploding? Last night the Red Sox put up eight runs on the Astros’ pitchers while being held to only two runs. Nathan Eovaldi went six innings giving up the only two runs of the game and the the Red Sox bullpen did the rest. Dallas Keuchel was somewhat strong through five innings giving up two runs as well, but once the bullpen stepped in it fell apart. Joe Smith took over for Keuchel and gave up the eventual winning run sixth and the icing on the cake was Roberto Osuna giving up a grand slam to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the eighth. Throughout the regular season Houston’s pitching staff has been somewhat reliable and when they were not the high powered offense was able to make up for it, unfortunately that was not the case last night.

In a complete contrast from game three of the ALCS, game 4 of the NLCS was a pitching

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duel. This game started off really rocky for the Brewers as they let one run score in the first and then had to take starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez out in the second after he twisted his ankle trying to field a ground ball, but young Freddy Peralta stepped in and pitched extremely well for Milwaukee and shut down the Dodgers for three innings allowing his team to climb back in to this game. In the fifth inning the Brewers tied the game up at one and then we went seven innings of scoreless baseball late in to the Southern California night. Finally in the 13th inning the struggling Cody Bellinger knocked in the Manny Machado to walk it off. It was a game for the ages and one that won’t soon be forgotten.