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April 15, 2014

What You Need to Know

Back-and-Forth Baseball

by Daniel Rathman


The Monday Takeaway
At the start of the eighth inning, yesterday’s series opener between the Braves and Phillies was a tidy 2-1 affair. Ryan Howard homered in the second inning to give the home team its lone run of the game, and Evan Gattis went yard in the sixth to turn the visitors’ one-run deficit into a one-run lead. Then, three relievers took turns making history, as Citizens Bank Park lived up to its unforgiving reputation.

B.J. Rosenberg went first. He faced three batters—Gattis, Dan Uggla, and Andrelton Simmons—and all three of them found the seats, becoming the second troika of the season to go back-to-back-to-back. It had been at least 64 years since another reliever was so badly bludgeoned.

With the Braves now up 5-1, Luis Avilan decided to one-up Rosenberg. He served up only one tater, but that one was a three-run bomb off the bat of Domonic Brown, which scored the third, fourth, and fifth runs of the frame and put the Phillies ahead 6-5. Little did Avilan know that, an inning later, he would become the first pitcher since Jack Knott in 1934 to be credited with a win after allowing at least five earned runs and recording no more than three outs*.

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garciamckinley

Crazy day of baseball. Late on the west coast the Padres turned a 4-3 deficit against the Rockies into a 5-4 advantage in the eighth inning, and they did it without a hit. Stupid blood moon.

Apr 15, 2014 05:46 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

If that had happened about 20 minutes earlier, it would've made this article. Thanks for pointing it out!

Apr 15, 2014 08:31 AM
 
BillJohnson

Davidson's strike zone was indeed ludicrous (for both sides), bur his running Carpenter, whom he was clearly baiting, was worse. How does Davidson rank among active umps in ejections per game umpired? He acts as though he wants to be at the top of that statistic, and as though that is a good thing.

Apr 15, 2014 07:18 AM
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Dave Brock

I don't have the link but I thought I saw last year it was around 4.2%, double the average. Every year I ask myself why he's still in the league, and I don't find anyone that disagrees with me.

Apr 15, 2014 10:23 AM
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Deadheadbrewer

This is a fantastic way to catch up on the previous day's action!

Apr 15, 2014 07:44 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Glad you're enjoying it.

Apr 15, 2014 08:34 AM
 
TGT969

I just don't get how Arencibia's play was ruled an error. I've been watching
baseball for almost 50 years and that has been an out for almost 49 of them.
Guess I'm getting dumber with age

Apr 15, 2014 07:46 AM
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asstarr1

I'm generally not one for conspiracy theories, but is the new emphasis on transfers, which is covered by the rule book, a way for the umpires to make a mockery of replay and give a big middle finger to all those who supported its implementation?

Apr 15, 2014 08:03 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

I think it's replay-related, but not in the way that you're suggesting. Replay—and the ability to subject most things to slow-motion-video review—forces strict interpretations of rules that weren't interpreted strictly before. Otherwise, managers would challenge them. I think MLB tried to cover itself by telling umpires to rule it "no catch," and then go to replay for indisputable evidence otherwise; we'll see if that changes this offseason.

Apr 15, 2014 08:36 AM
 
PeterBNYC

THIS is the first plausible explanation I have seen of the replay circus. This only makes more mysterious the Umpires' call on the Anna (Yankees) double Sunday.

Apr 15, 2014 13:42 PM
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BurrRutledge

Going back to the written definition of a catch, and how it is being interpreted today, The question should be how long a player needs the ball in the glove to demonstrate control?

Voluntarily and intentionally releasing the ball from the glove after that point should not be ruled a no-catch if the ball is dropped on the transfer. But dropping the transfer before that point would be a no-catch since the fielder had not yet demonstrated control of the ball.

The act of transferring the ball from the glove to the throwing hand is voluntary and intentional. Whether the ball makes it into the throwing hand is irrelevant.

Dropping the ball during a dive, slide, or crash into a wall (or another player), however, is involuntary and unintentional.

Thought experiment: runner on second base. Line drive up the middle. The second baseman makes a diving 'catch' and flips the ball from his glove to the shortstop to complete the double play before the runner can return to the bag. The ball hops once on the ground before the shortstop scoops it up and steps on the bag before the runner has slid back.

Old ruling: double-play.
New ruling: no catch, and runner is safe at first, since the ball hit the ground during the flip. And, the runner is safe at second because the shortstop stepped on the bag instead of tagging him.

Seriously? This is a web gem last year and an E4 this year.

Apr 15, 2014 14:35 PM
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