Game 85, 2016 and 4th of July historical revisionism

The guy who wrote the latest Ty Cobb biography explains why most of what we’ve been told of Cobb is a lie. For example, his family history would indicate he was no racist, despite what we’ve been told:

Ty Cobb was descended from a long line of abolitionists. His great-grandfather was a minister who preached against slavery and was run out of town for it. His grandfather refused to fight in the Confederate army because of the slavery issue. And his father was an educator and state senator who spoke up for his black constituents and is known to have once broken up a lynch mob.

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Cobb himself was never asked about segregation until 1952, when the Texas League was integrating, and Sporting News asked him what he thought. “The Negro should be accepted wholeheartedly, and not grudgingly,” he said. “The Negro has the right to play professional baseball and whose [sic] to say he has not?”

I’ve read the biography, and it’s a good one. I give it 4 stars.

On to today’s game.

Orioles at Dodgers, 6:10PM PT, TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), MASN, SPNLA

The Dodgers have won four straight and the Orioles have lost four straight. Despite that the Orioles still lead the AL East by three games. Each streak could continue after this evening’s game with its early start time (fireworks afterward!). The Dodgers ask young Julio Urias (1-2, 4.09 ERA) to keep up his good work; he’s lowered his ERA from one game to the next in each of his 7 starts. He’s thrown 33 innings so far for the big leaguers in 2016 after throwing 41 in the minors this season. The most he’s ever thrown in a season is 87 2/3 in 2014, so he’s coming close to a shutdown point.

Urias will be opposed by Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 5.77 ERA). This is his fourth start after coming off the DL, where he’d been with shoulder tendinitis. His last start was his best since his return; he went six innings against the Padres and got the win.

Note: the Orioles hit a lot of home runs. They just set a major league record by hitting 56 in June, the most ever in that calendar month. They are on pace to hit 262 for the season, just two short of the all-time record of 264 set by the A-Rod-Griffey Jr.-Jay Buhner-E. Martinez Mariners in 1997.

Update: Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Thursday’s game for the Dodgers against the Padres.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    At The Phone Booth, Rox take 1-0 lead in the second as Peevy balks in a run.

  • Bumsrap

    Maybe being on the DL to start the second half will give Pederson a chance to have a rested body and mind for the second half and have two first halves this year.

    • WBBsAs

      He was doing fine, making consistently better contact and playing outstanding D. I doubt he’d have had the same second-half problems as last year.

  • WBBsAs

    Mattingly the strategist: Ichiro leads off tie game in eighth with a double. He then orders Realmuto (for-four-four) to bunt, who fouls them off before walking. Then Donnie orders Prado to bunt into a DP.

    • Bob_Hendley

      So was Prado able to accomplish that? 😉

      • He sure was.

      • WBBsAs

        Donnie knows his personnel.

  • This blog needs some husband & wife cheesecake

    From left, Alex Wood and his wife, Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend, and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kazmir

  • Dratted Giants win again.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Blackout on mlb.tv here in DC

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s get a double play here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Happy July 4th to all my US of A friends.

  • Bob_Hendley

    O’s announcers noting that Julio not getting the calls.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, it is Jim Palmer.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Palmer says that Julio has a classic Orioles delivery.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Have to go back to comeback mode.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig dinger,

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yas yanks one,

  • WinnipegDave

    Some good wood tonight on those hits!

  • WinnipegDave

    Could use another home run here.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Lotta pitches in this game.

    • WinnipegDave

      And could have been more. Thompson swung at 2 balls out of the zone. Puig could be batting right now.

  • RBI

    Happy 4th everyone! We are about to go out in search of fireworks, taking my little radio with. Go dodgers!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dave Wallace, Orioles pitching coach, spent 20 years in the Dodger organization, including Sr. VP for baseball operations in 2001-3

  • Bob_Hendley

    Back to 3 run lead for O’s.

  • HLKLA

    Are we destroying Urias’ confidence by having him pitch in the majors while still being so young?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Always a question, given his youth. But he has shown he can pitch in the Bigs. Coming into this game he has shown steady improvement after being rocked in the first couple outings.

      • Seems to me he needs to work on putting guys away. He doesn’t have that knockout pitch, so guys like Hardy can foul off half-a-dozen balls before doubling to right field.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well if that was Urias last start of the year – at least in MLB – do you think he begins next year in the majors or the minors?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Would magine he has at least two starts left. Seems to be able. Coming in his ERA was league average despite the earlier troubles. Believe he is in the Bigs to stay.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Heck, this guy Gallardo is in the Bigs and makes $9 million with ERA+ of 77.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Julio’s numbers coming into this game were actually better than what Clayton did in his first season when he was 20. (ERA, k and bb rates)

    • WBBsAs

      No.

    • Bumsrap

      I think Urias is hungry and confident. But I would prefer to have Stewart in the rotation now that Ryu and McCarthy apparently are back in it. Urias got his taste and bailed out the rotation when it needed help.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig seems to have his stroke back.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay Seager. It’s go time here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Comes through,

      • WinnipegDave

        Beautiful.

  • WinnipegDave

    Closed the gap again. Would have loved more but happy to score 2 considering there were 2 outs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A balk for RBI!

    • RBI

      Say what?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tie ballgame

  • WinnipegDave

    5-5. Brand new ball game and Urias saved of an L beside his name in the box score.

  • WinnipegDave

    Blanton weaves in and out of traffic that inning.

    • RBI

      Nicely put.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks. And not entirely without a bit of a wink to former Oriole manager Earl.

  • RBI

    Seager!

  • WinnipegDave

    They tried to pitch inside to Seager once to often tonight I guess.

  • WinnipegDave

    And now the lead 6-5.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hope Hatch has it tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Oh wait! It’s the 8th already!

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal hitting the ball very hard.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wowie Howie!

    • WinnipegDave

      He is getting a few extra base hits recently.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Coming into the game, 3 of last 5 hits were doubles.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well there you go.

    • WBBsAs

      That was a very nice bit of hitting, and Taylor’s really got some wheels.

  • WinnipegDave

    Safe! 7-5 lead and Jansen hopefully locked and loaded in the pen.

  • WinnipegDave

    I wonder what the pecking order will be in the NL ASG bullpen? Always weird to think of (insert name of your favourite team’s closer) as a 7th or 8th inning guy.

    • WinnipegDave

      Especially Jansen! Lol.

      • WBBsAs

        Familia’s really good, too.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jansen a little greedy with the pop up.

    • WBBsAs

      A rare sight to see a pitcher do that but, with Kenley’s size, I wouldn’t want to challenge him.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Justin looked like he would have bowled over just about anyone else in that situation.

        • John_from_Aus

          I remember doing that off the mound in a semi final (top 4 situation) many years ago. I caught it on the second attempt half way down the third base line. (I’m not sure where my third baseman was)

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    7-5! And now for fireworks ( or Boomie Lights as my kids’ friend Rosie called them when she was four.)

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • RBI

    That was very cool – listening to Jansen close out the Orioles as the fireworks hit an amazing finale.

    • WinnipegDave

      Timing is everything.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers remain solidly the 4th best team in the NL (7th overall) and closing in on the Nats for 3rd best record.

  • John_from_Aus

    that was a gutsy win

    • WinnipegDave

      Hey John. I realize this might be a bit late but – what are the odds you become the next PM there in Australia. Do we still have a shot to vote for you? Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you out!

      And yes, it was a gutsy win but easy to digest!

      • John_from_Aus

        I wouldn’t want the job. 🙂
        We just had our general election on Saturday and its still too close to call.

  • Yahoo! It might have been a little ill-mannered to defeat the Baltimore team on the 4th of July, considering the national anthem was written on a ship in the Patapsco River just south of the city, but I’ll take it.

    • WBBsAs

      No need to apologize to the source of an awful song.

  • Bumsrap

    Baez looked great against the Orioles. O’Day due back soon from the DL. Who else besides Baez might the Dodgers have to give the Orioles for O’Day?

    Might the Dodgers try to trade for Lucroy before the deadline? Grandal and who else would it take to get Lucroy?

    Do the Dodgers trade for Archer?

    Besides a starter, reliever, and a right side bat, would the Dodgers want or need to do anything else?

    • WBBsAs

      O’Day didn’t/doesn’t want to leave the East Coast, and the Orioles themselves need reliable relievers – as yesterday’s game proved. As far as Lucroy goes, huge price in premium prospects, and Grandal is showing signs of life – hit the ball very hard yesterday, but robbed by Adam Jones on a screamer to CF in addition to his monster HR. Archer also would come at very high price, and I’m not sure he’s be an improvement.

      • Bumsrap

        So you think FAZ will stand pat?

        • WBBsAs

          Not necessarily, but they may not risk a short-term fix at the expense of the future. Getting healthy is already paying dividends that trades might not yield better results. And remember, the Gnats have been playing the wimpy part of their schedule, and it gets tougher for them after the ASG break.

          • Bumsrap

            Does Grandal now have more trade value?

            Good article on De Jong below. Could De Jong, Cotton, and Grandal get Lucroy?
            http://www.thinkbluela.com/index.php/2016/07/05/chase-de-jong-very-good-just-got-a-whole-lot-better/

            Would Baez, Hatcher, and the Andersons, get O’Day?

            Would Kazmir and $$ and Diaz get Archer?

          • WBBsAs

            Speculating on such things is futile, but I’ll guarantee you that the Tampa Bay Devils (sic) will never give up a young cost-controlled pitcher like Archer for an aging Kazmir.

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