We have seen two intriguing games in Tampa Bay this week, with a split right now of one game apiece.
The baseball hasn’t been very exciting if all you notice are runs. But these have been two really well-pitched games by both teams. So, if you enjoy pitching and defense, this has been your series. Both teams have combined for three runs in the first two games. And we have the rubber game today at 2:10 pm to see which of these teams can take the series.
Tampa Bay Rays 2, Kansas City Royals 1 (Game Analysis)
2:10pm – MLB – Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays (BSKC)
CARDINALS’ MANAGER EJECTED FOR DEFENDING PITCHER
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt was ejected for arguing with umpires who told his relief pitcher, Giovanny Gallegos, to change hats after noticing a foreign substance, sunscreen, on the bill of the cap.
Now, you need to understand that most pitchers have a foreign substance of some kind somewhere on them. They use it to get more grip. And yes, it does help them get more spin on the ball as well.
This has been going on for years. Major League Baseball said before the season that they would be collecting baseballs to research the foreign substances being used. However, I don’t know of another instance recently in which a pitcher has been told to change hats.
Of course, you know that the crew chief involved would be Joe West. He is among the worst umpires in baseball. You would expect that he or Angel Hernandez would do something like this when nobody else has enforced this rule.
Joe West’s crew is correct, though. Pitchers are not allowed to have a foreign substance. It is against the rules. Shildt was angry because nothing is ever done about it, and now his pitcher is being singled out. That doesn’t make it right. It’s not ok to speed just because everyone else is doing it. You can still get a ticket.
But MLB needs to address this. They need to either say something to every pitcher with a foreign substance or change the rule. They are researching solutions that could include a towel with a sticky substance that could be left on the mound like the rosin bag. I would bet something like this will be in place by next season or soon thereafter.
Cardinals’ Mike Shildt livid over hat change: ‘Baseball’s dirty little secret’ (The Athletic)
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