I’m just going to bury this take here where nobody will see it: If Mookie doesn’t come back to Boston I’m free agency, I hope he goes to the Angels. TROUT AND MOOKIE IN THE SAME OUTFIELD CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE
Minor became only the 20th pitcher in baseball this season to get to 200 strikeouts. So far. He ends the season with only 18 fewer Ks than Chris Sale, who hasn't pitched in months. An amazing accomplishment.
What time is the Mike Minor 200th Strikeout Parade?
Attention, sports purists! This blog contains details of two major league teams turning the late innings of a late-season baseball game into a deeply silly battle-of-wills over one guy’s pursuit of a statistical milestone. If reading about professional baseball players briefly abandoning...
Granted, the bad faith at deadspin when it comes to Boston sports is clear.
This whole thing is stupid. Why would the Red Sox care if Minor got to 200 Ks or not?
This paragraph from the article needs a very big Jump To Conclusions floor mat:
"We can be sure that the Red Sox were determined not to let Minor get to 200 strikeouts on the season, even if it meant losing the game, because of what happened next. The Rangers grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of homers of their own, and Minor was back on the mound for the top of the eighth, sitting at a personal season-high-tying 117 pitches, in a game with no meaning whatsoever to his team’s fortunes. The Red Sox, more determined to break up the march to 200 strikeouts than they were to win a baseball game, responded by putting contact swings on the first pitches of three consecutive at-bats, leading to two feeble ground-outs and an infield pop-out, denying Minor a shot at his goal while also forgoing their own shot at victory."
He writes this even though he previously acknowledged that in the previous inning the Red Sox had hit 2 home runs on first pitches. Maybe they learned that jumping on the first pitch against Minor would work, because he was so concerned with strikeouts that he was being aggressive in the zone right away. Or maybe the whole team just wanted to get the meaningless game over with and get on the plane home from the last road trip of this lost season.
I'll say that if they were swinging at first pitches to deny Minor his pointless "milestone" then the Red Sox are a stupid team that is concerned with the wrong things, and they should be embarrassed. Maybe that's the case, but that article just leaps to that conclusion without showing any evidence and isn't convincing at all. One thing we do know for sure is that the Rangers admitted they cared more about the 200 Ks than they did about catching popups. They should be embarrassed about that.
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