Who will win Trevor Bauer’s Free Joe Kelly cleats? It looks like you needed to buy this shirt yesterday if you want a chance to own the cleats. Trevor Bauer is on notice that if he wears them to a game he can be removed and disciplined. Where’s the fun in that? Lance McCullers claims Joe Kelly was scared of Carlos Correa during their viral altercation.
Here is a strategy for every team coming in to the trade deadline. Spoiler alert: The Angels should buy a decent pitcher and stop wasting Mike Trout’s prime. Meanwhile, Jo Adell is apparently the Angels “biggest concern.” I didn’t see that one coming. Even if I get past Upton’s batting average, I think the blowpen has to take the booby prize this season. Joe Maddon says Shaun Anderson “is not ready to be here, that’s all that is.” Joe Maddon, when talking about unwritten rules, seems to be a bit mathematically challenged here unless he was mis-quoted. Three three-run home runs are not necessary to produce six runs. I am pretty sure two will do. Reid Detmers might just have to come up if Angels pitching woes continue to build.
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Now analysis begins to come out about the Fernando Tatis, Jr. unwritten rule controversy reported yesterday by John Henry Weitzel. If it isn’t written down can it be a rule? Is there an unwritten rule about when an apology is necessary? The Rockies have placed Elias Diaz on the restricted list and sent him home after he violated unspecified COVID-19 protocols “around the team hotel in Houston.” Obviously, this is not as big as losing both Plesac and Clevinger to stupidity, but it does show a trend toward seriousness concerning the protocols. The Astros’ woes continue with Yordan Alvarez going back on the injured list, possibly for the rest of the season. It’s confirmed, he’s done for the year with a torn patella tendon.
The biggest story of the day probably concerned Thom Brennaman, who entered yesterday as a broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds. He said some unsavory things on a hot mic. His apology was somewhat weirdly broken up by a Nick Castellanos home run, which he decided to call mid-apology.
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