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    Starting tomorrow, Miami has 51 out of their last 74 (68.9%) of their games in their division. Through today, 25 out of 88 (28.4%) of their games were in their division

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    That format is complicated. Playoffs rarely start with an odd amount of teams like his proposal for double elimination to get from 5 teams to 1. Regardless of whether the 2 seed (top team that didn't start in the LCS) hosted or there was a neutral site, there would be a lot of empty seats. Here's my change to that proposal that makes the format simpler and lets division winners host games with some neutral site games:

    1 seed starts in the ALCS
    2 seed hosts every game of the double elimination except for Game 2
    3 seed hosts Game 2
    4 and 5 seeds (wild cards) do not host any games

    Game 1: 2 vs. 5
    Game 2: 3 vs. 4 (at 3 seed, both of these teams then fly to the 2 seed)
    Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, loser is first team eliminated
    Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
    Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, loser is second team eliminated
    Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, Game 5 loser is eliminated if they lose this game
    Game 7 if necessary: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser if the Game 5 winner won Game 6

    The better seed could bat last in every game regardless of whether that team was at home or a neutral site. College has Games 3, 4, and 5 all in one day, but I don't think MLB wants doubleheaders in the playoffs. A problem with any format that gives a team a bye through a round with many games is that the team might not want to have a week or more off.

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    If the season was over now, both Wild Cards would be between teams 94 run differential apart. They would be Seattle (+22) at us (+116) and Philadelphia (+10) at the Cubs (+104). Philadelphia would make the playoffs with a worse run differential than five teams that miss the playoffs.

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    Miami led 9-0 before Washington took a 14-9 lead and won 14-12. Miami's Adam Conley became the first reliever since 1908 (probably ever) to get a loss, pitch 2/3 of an inning or fewer, allow at least 2 hits, allow at least 5 runs, allow at least 4 walks, and allow at least 1 home run. Miami's Derek Dietrich, Brian Anderson, J.T. Realmuto, and Justin Bour became the 129th group of at least four teammates since 1908 to have at least 2 hits and at least 2 runs in a game their team lost.

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    Yesterday the Miami at Washington series had two rare events for the second time in three days, while Boston at Kansas City also had two rare events:

    1. Boston became the first team since at least 1908 to use at least 11 batters and have every batter have an RBI.

    2. Boston made it the 32nd time since 1908 that a team had at least 15 runs, at least 16 hits, and at least 13 walks.

    3. Washington's Mark Reynolds became the fourth player since 1908 to have at least 5 hits, at least 10 RBI, and a hit in every at-bat. Jim Bottomley did it on September 16, 1924, and it wasn't done again until Anthony Rendon and Scooter Gennett last year. Reynolds is the third player in two years to do that.

    4. Miami's Elieser Hernandez became the fifth reliever since 1908 (all of them since 1979) to allow at least 10 earned runs and at least 2 home runs in 2 1/3 or fewer innings.

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    Astros manager AJ Hinch, who will manage the AL in the All-Star Game, has added Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash to his AL coaching staff.

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    Miami had 22 hits and 5 walks in their 10-2 win at Washington. Miami made it the 52nd time since 1908 that a team had at least 27 baserunners in 9 or fewer innings and scored 10 or fewer runs.

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    https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1017031269228728320 says that on Saturday, San Diego's Wil Myers became the first player to hit 3 home runs in a game his team lost by 15. Arizona won 20-5.

    The Mets's Drew Gagnon became the second pitcher since 1908 to hit a sacrifice fly in his MLB debut. The first pitcher to do that was Cincinnati's Danny Jackson on April 7, 1988.

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    Houston has the best run differential and Kansas City has the worst. They're on pace for a run differential gap of 648. To show how hard it is to have that big a gap:

    When Detroit went 43-199 in 2003, the gap was 504
    When the Yankees 114-48 in 1998, the gap was 565
    When the Yankees went 110-44 (with 155 games according to baseball-reference so there must have been a tie) in 1927 for their best winning percentage ever, the gap was 635. That would project to 668 in a 162 game season.

    Edit: Houston sent Ken Giles down. He's 0-2 with a 4.99 ERA. He has 12 saves without a blown save. I wonder if a pitcher had ever been demoted with at least 12 saves and no blown saves. He was placed by Cionel Pérez, who has started and relieved. He has a 1.98 ERA in AA and has never been in AAA.
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    Arizona catcher Alex Avila is struggling while batting, but did a great job in his first career game pitching. Starting with a batter grounding into a double play, he got five outs on five pitches. While batting, he made the last out of Colorado's 19-2 win.

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    Tonight at Boston, Toronto's Ryan Borucki and Boston's Rick Porcello made it the first time since 1908 (probably ever) that both starters allowed at least 7 runs, at least 7 hits, and at least 4 walks or 3 fewer innings. There were two games since 1908 that two teammates did that in.

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    Ryan Borucki had a -.687 Win Probability Added (WPA) on Fangraphs. Baseball-reference has him worse at -.724. According to baseball-reference, he had the worst WPA by a starter on a winning team in over 10 years. The last starter on a winning team with a WPA that bad was when Pettitte allowed 10 runs to Kansas City on June 7, 2008. Johnny Damon went 6-for-6 with a walkoff single to win 12-11. Borucki had the 19th worst WPA by a starter on a winning team since 1925, which is as far back as baseball-reference has WPA for. To compare, since 1925 there have been 18 perfect games including Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series.

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    Toronto's Chris Rowley allowed a walkoff grand slam to Xander Bogaerts for Boston to win 6-2 in 10 innings. Rowley got 1 out and became the first pitcher since 1908 (probably ever) to get 0 or 1 out and allow a walkoff grand slam that were all his baserunners in his MLB debut. My source is the baseball-reference Play Index. In under 24 hours, he and Jeremy Bleich had bad MLB debuts, with Bleich allowing 2 earned runs in 0 innings.

    Edit: I got corrected on Twitter. It was Rowley's season debut but his sixth career game, which is still the earliest in a player's career a player has done that.

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    translation: Joe Girardi will manage the Cardinals?

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    Firing the manager is fine because I think he deserves to be fired based on his managerial moves over the last couple of years, but the GM needs to take some heat too for putting together a questionable 25 man roster.

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    Texas's Mike Minor and Baltimore's Miguel Castro made it the 103rd time since 1908 that both starters pitched 2 2/3 or fewer innings, allowed at least 4 runs, and allowed more runs than hits. Four of the last five times it happened, Texas was one of the teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankees1962 View Post
    Firing the manager is fine because I think he deserves to be fired based on his managerial moves over the last couple of years, but the GM needs to take some heat too for putting together a questionable 25 man roster.
    Eh. He's being fired for a laundry list of reasons, namely because he has a Goose Gossage mentality to how to bring up the young guys, among other things.
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    The White Sox beat the Royals 10-1. The White Sox improved to 8-11 when Lucas Giolito starts. The Mets are 8-11 when Jacob deGrom starts. Out of 85 pitchers with enough innings to qualify, deGrom has the best ERA at 1.68, and if you rearrange the digits, you get Giolito's 6.18, which is the worst in MLB. This didn't require the baseball-reference Play Index. After the Dodgers finish their game, Ross Stripling will stop having enough innings to qualify to decrease the amount of pitchers to 84.

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    I know the All Star Game and Derby are pointless, but damn was that fun to watch last night.

    https://deadspin.com/bryce-harper-wi...rby-1827645991

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhodyYanksFan View Post
    I know the All Star Game and Derby are pointless, but damn was that fun to watch last night.

    https://deadspin.com/bryce-harper-wi...rby-1827645991
    Great t.v., for sure.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dc-sports-bog/wp/2018/07/17/did-bryce-harper-and-his-dad-cheat-at-the-home-run-derby-this-is-dumb/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f93b71f2db6b

    lolz at cubs fans.

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    Dodgers Offering Diaz and Ruiz for machado? in terms of Yankees, what they comparable to?

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