Michael Cuddyer won the 2013 National League batting title with
the Colorado Rockies, hitting .331. His numbers were actually
better this past season, but he played in just 49 games because of
hamstring injuries. The Mets, though, signed Cuddyer in the kind of
seemingly minor move that has a bit of a fallout. First, this can
only be seen as a boon for the Rockies – even though they lost
an accomplished hitter. Colorado had the foresight to issue a
qualifying offer to Cuddyer last week, meaning he could have
returned to the Rockies and been paid $15.3 million for 2015. Any team signing Cuddyer would have to surrender its first-round
pick, and the Rockies would get a “sandwich” choice between the
first and second rounds. This is good business for Colorado, and
it also ensured that no player – in the three-year history of the
process – has ever accepted a qualifying offer. For New York, they now have a middle-of-the-order bat to help
protect third baseman David Wright – who grew up in the same
Tidewater area of Virginia as Cuddyer. One reason for the Mets’
offensive woes in 2014 was the worst season of Wright’s 11-year
major league career, a .698 OPS that was nearly 200 points below
his career average to that point (.888). But what to make of Cuddyer? Before winning that batting title
two years ago, he had never hit better than .284 in a major league
career that began in 2001 with the Twins. His OPS the past two
years (with Coors Field as his home): .929. His OPS prior to
that: .795. Even though they’re bringing in the fences at the
Mets’ CitiField (again), wouldn’t the second number seem more likely in 2015? And that says nothing about the 2016 season,
when Cuddyer will be 37. The Mets’ thinking, though, is clear. Matt Harvey, a true ace, will
likely be back from Tommy John surgery at some point early next
season. Jacob de Grom is the National
League’s rookie of the year. Throw in Jon
Niese and Zack Wheeler, and there’s the makings of a fine
rotation (though not enough to overwhelm what Washington will throw out there in the same division). And maybe top prospect
Noah Syndergaard overcomes an injury-riddled 2014 – in which he
posted a 4.60 ERA at Class AAA while dealing with elbow issues
– to provide yet another option. There are also Gaping Holes at Shortstop and their Bench is weak with not much Depth at any position except Starting Pitching. Mets are at least 2 ligit players away from a serious Challenge of Nationals.
by Ed Rivera
Originally posted on CBS DC:
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — ESPN’s Keith Olbermann predicted on his Monday television broadcast the Washington Nationals to “blow through” the postseason en route to their first-ever World Series championship.
Olbermann’s prediction came at the tail end of a segment — roughly the 6-minute, 20-second mark — in which he reviewed his 2014 MLB predictions, or rather the predictions of his alter ego “Mr. Cranky.”
After assessing how those predictions shook out, Mr. Cranky had one more prediction, of championship proportion.
“But now, Mr. Cranky says he knows who wins the World Series,” Olbermann said. “You gotta wait for those Wild Card games to figure out the process, but bluntly I think one team is going to blow through the postseason. They might lose no more than four or five games in October. That team: The 2014 World Series Champion Washington Nationals.”
Currently, eleven wins stand between the Nationals and such a postseason…
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Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu has pitched three innings of a simulated game on the mound at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers say Ryu used all of his pitches Wednesday at his normal velocity, and had no problems with his left shoulder during the 45-pitch session. The 14-game winner faced several teammates, including Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke.
Ryu will be examined by a doctor on Thursday to find out how his shoulder responded. He hasn’t pitched since leaving a game after one inning on Sept. 12 because of shoulder irritation.
The Dodgers open the NL Division Series on Friday at home against St. Louis. Clayton Kershaw will pitch Game 1 for the Dodgers against Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.
Ryu earned a 3.38 ERA through 26 games in 2014, striking out 139 to only 29 walks.
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By Bradley Jensen
Details of his Death are not Available at this time.
Originally posted on CBS Chicago:
Lohse allowed three runs and seven hits as NL Central-leading Milwaukee won for the fifth time in six games. He retired his last 13 batters in his first win since April 23 against San Diego, ending a streak of three starts without a decision.
Jean Segura had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which improved to 15-9 against its division this year. Elian Herrera doubled twice in a spot start in right field for Ryan Braun, who got the day off as he makes his way back from a right oblique strain.
Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer and Junior Lake had a solo shot for the Cubs, who have lost three straight and 10 of 12. Jeff Samardzija lasted five…
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Originally posted on CBS Tampa:
By Rich Herrera – @RBIRich
Last night many folks went to bed after they felt comfortable that the Tampa Bay Rays had the game in hand. A lead in the bottom of the 9th and the closer ready to finish off the game. A funny thing happened on the way to the high-five line. The Rays saw the entire thing blow up in the 9th as Balfour walked two and gave up a base hit before Joe Maddon gave him the hook. He went to the pen and brought in Boxburger and he gave up the game winner in a jack to Mike Trout.
So what happened last night. Well there will be games like that no matter how good a bad a team is. But last night lets take a look a little deeper on what happened and why the game blew up for the Rays.
Maddon made the…
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Originally posted on CBS Miami:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Rollins homered with two outs in the 10th inning Saturday night, and the Philadelphia Phillies overcame two home runs by Giancarlo Stanton to beat the Miami Marlins 5-4.
Rollins drove a 2-2 pitch from Dan Jennings (0-1) into the seats in left. It was the 201st career homer for Rollins, but just the second game ender of his career. The first came June 23, 2010, against Cleveland.
B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the victory.
Rollins finished with three hits and hot-hitting Chase Utley had two doubles and drove in a run for Philadelphia, which has won 12 of 15 against the Marlins.
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This is Ridiculous no justice for the Montgomery family .
Originally posted on CBS San Francisco:
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — No charges will be filed in the death of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan who was fatally stabbed in September after a baseball game, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Friday.
Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi, was arrested Sept. 25, 2013 on suspicion of fatally stabbing Jonathan Denver, 24, near Third and Harrison streets in San Francisco following a game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at nearby AT&T Park.
He was released several days later, however, after Gascon said he needed more information from investigators before making a decision about filing charges.
On Friday Gascon said his office could not file charges because prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Montgomery did not act in self defense.
Gascon said prosecutors have interviewed witnesses including members of both groups and independent bystanders, and reviewed evidence including videos and forensics…
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Mets Defeat Cubs 9-4 in opening game of Weekend . Photos by Ed Rivera