With so many different stories cropping up yesterday, it was an impossible mission to pick a single thing to focus on with this morning’s post. So instead, here’s another brunch buffet of headlines, as we take you Around The Diamond.
The day’s biggest news surrounds the team floundering the most right now. Losers of 19 of their last 22 games heading into Thursday, the Royals shook things up on their coaching staff and hiring Kansas City legend George Brett as the team’s new hitting coach. Former Royals manager Trey Hillman, who was fired in 2010 and replaced with current manager Ned Yost, likes the move and thinks it will act as a spark plug for his former club.
Speaking of Kansas City, last night’s game at St. Louis brought an interesting MLB rule to the forefront.
A rain delay almost wiped out a top-of-the-ninth Royals rally and handed the Cardinals an undeserved 2-1 win. Under rule 4.12(b)(4), if a game that is the last game of a series between two teams is called due to weather, the score reverts back to that of the last completed inning. In last night’s case, the rain that caused a delay in the ninth would have erased KC’s three ninth-inning runs if the game were called, and the final score would have been that which remained after the fully completed eighth inning – 2-1 St. Louis.
Our W2W4 pick – the debut of Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha in that same game – didn’t disappoint. Just one year removed from Texas A&M, the youngster threw an absolute gem in his first big league game. Full details and a video clip of his performance are available here at Cardinals.com.
A little bit of history was made last night as well.Jacoby Ellsbury set the Red Sox single-game steals record, swiping five bags to help lead Boston to a 9-2 win over Philadelphia. Unlike many sportswriters across America, I will refrain from cheesy “Man of Steal” puns in relation to this story.
All you Yankee haters out there can take solace in the fact that the Mets swept the Subway Series, 4-0, for the very first time with yesterday’s win. The only other sweep in this interleague series – which began in 1997 – belongs to the 2003 Yankees who went 6-0 against the other New York club.
And for you Yankee lovers, a little bit of good news to soften the blow of
New York’s recent losing streak.Manager Joe Girardi announced yesterday that starter Andy Pettitte would be making his return to the rotation on Monday. That, coupled with the approaching returns of Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira, can only help a club that remains seven games over .500 and in second place in the division.