Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 23, 2014

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Joe Girardi and other managers like to manage by the book. Sometimes they do so to an insane measure.

What book SHOULD they be managing by? How about Baseball is a Funny Game by Joe Garagiola?

There is wisdom in that book that maybe could help give pitchers a little more confidence moving forward. I explain on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Jonathan LuCroy, Carlos Santana, Jacob deGrom, Miguel Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, Brian Dozier and Scott Kazmir all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

Buy a copy of Baseball is a Funny Game by clicking HERE.

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Tim Lincecum closer? Why not?

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Drew Hallowell – Getty Images

Earlier this year, before he threw a no hitter, I was wondering if Tim Lincecum should make the transition to bullpen closer.

Well if that is ever going to happen, we saw a nice preview. It helped matters that the Giants and Phillies game never ended and pitcher after pitcher came and went until poor George Kontos had to take the proverbial bullet for the team and start his third inning.

In came the Freak and while he was a little shaky (after all, he didn’t expect to pitch last night) but in the end, he got the save, the Giants are back in first and a game up on the Dodgers.

Just as they drew it up.

Meanwhile the Red Sox and A’s ground their teeth to the gums.

 

Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.

An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.

 

 

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A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

The A’s couldn’t score in the 9th, 10th nor 11th and L. J. Hoes homered to give the Astros a 3-2 win in 12. TEETH GRINDER

38 Dodged Bullets 31 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +8

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Buster Posey tied the game in the 9th with a homer and Brandon Crawford untied it with a bases clearing double in the 14th as Lincecum was pressed into closer duty and the Giants stole one in Philadelphia, 9-6. DODGED BULLET

39 Dodged Bullets 31 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: + 8

 

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

The Red Sox collected 11 hits but could only plate 3 as poor Jake Peavy dropped another game, this one in Toronto 7-3. TEETH GRINDER

33 Dodged Bullets 39 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: -6

 

Once again all three teams are playing. Maybe their regular closers will get a chance to save some games tomorrow.