As MLB was bouncing around, one of the Giants other final six outs was a punch out of Longoria in the 8th that also looked like a pretty bad call, on another low pitch.
Had a chuckle at how SF released Samardzija too to give themselves an extra roster spot for the final two days ala Buck demoting guys before the ASB. Cobb can't possibly make it that far next year, can he?
And its another to have a player like Valaika. Who has some background of success in the minors and majors but has not really been given a chance to play regularly. Then he gets a chance a take advantage of it. In fact Valaika has a 791 OPS this season. And played very well at 2B. And will probably be paid about half of what Alberto will get next year for a team that is looking for every way possible to cut payroll. So Valaika has a decent chance of being the O's starting 2nd baseman next year. Its not certain. But its possible. If not he probably gets regular at bats as a utility player.
Or Mullins who has shown himself to be very good CF defender and also has a 305/348/448/791 vs righties. Hyde has pretty much shown that he likes both Hays and Mullins in the same outfield. So much so that vs right handed pitchers next year the outfield is likely to be Hays/Mullins/Santander. At least until Diaz is promoted.
I saw these two players were doing well early and as opposed to what you are saying they continued to do well and have set themselves up for possible bigger roles with the O's next season.
I learned when playing college ball that if the time of day is late, a rainshower is coming up, or any other happening causes the game to last longer than the umps think it should, that they call it a strike, if the catcher caught the ball. Just a word to the wise.
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