Monday is going to be an exciting day in Baseball with the Biogenesis suspensions looming, A-Rod is apparently going to be in the lineup in Chicago, and will Hanley Ramirez's injury put a damper on the streaking Dodgers' mood?
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MLB bans loom Monday for A-Rod, 12 others -- including 3 new names by Jon Heyman -- CBS Sports
I'm sure everyone will be glued to their phones, TV sets, laptops, tablets, name any other device and people will be be paying close attention to the suspensions that are supposed to be handed down around noon eastern Monday. Heyman included in the headline that there are three new names not reported yet, so no one knows yet if they are big names or not. What we do know though is that the Yankees have been notified that A-Rod will be suspended through 2014, but say he is penciled into the lineup for tonight's game against the White Sox. Stay tuned folks.
Hanley Ramirez injury: Dodgers SS hurts right shoulder, leaves game by Connor Moylan -- SB Nation
Hanley Ramirez's history with shoulder injuries isn't easily remembered due to all of his other injuries he has endured over his playing career. In 2011, Hanley had season-ending shoulder surgery on his left shoulder, but after this blunder, Ramirez could be looking at another DL stint. Moylan includes a GIF of the play in the article and what it seemed to most who saw the play is that Hanley looked to have enough time to slow down after catching the ball but instead didn't know where the wall was and the rest is history.
Matt Garza takes jabs at Eric and Kaycee Sogard during Twitter rant by Mark Townsend -- Yahoo Sports
Matt Garza has always been known as an energetic, fiery competitor, but he took it to another level Saturday night as he went on a Twitter rant against Eric Sogard and his currently pregnant wife Kaycee. Garza didn't like the squeeze play that Sogard executed to give the Athletics an insurance run, but the A's like every other team know Garza is one of the worst fielding pitchers in baseball. After the game, Kaycee tweeted something after hearing what Garza was quoted as saying to Sogard right after the bunt. That caught the attention of Garza, where the rant followed. Townsend includes the Twitter feed in the article so check it our for yourself.
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After Biogenesis can we see the light at the end of the PED tunnel? by Joe Connor -- Pin Striped Bible
Connor has a very in-depth article of the changes that have been made in baseball to try to make the game as clean as possible. Christine Ayotte, who is the director of the lab in charge of the testing program, is quoted as saying the program is second to none and it is second-to-none in detecting positive tests.
Yovani Gallardo, velocity drop, and throwing a lot of pitches by Noah Jarosh -- Brew Crew Ball
This article by Noah is an interesting one, as he dives into some meaningful stats about pitchers who have thrown the most pitches since 2009. He's most interested in Gallardo, of course, since his season before going on the DL had been very poor. Jarosh finds that out of the 28 pitchers he included in his study only four have seen an increase in velocity since, and 16 of the pitchers have worse FIPs in 2013 than their career averages.
Cosart, Simpson, History Lesson by Clack -- The Crawfish Boxes
Most people probably don't know that Jarred Cosart is only the second pitcher in the last 100 years to throw six or more innings while allowing one or fewer runs in their first four starts. While it's obviously a very small sample size, it is nothing short of impressive for a rookie.
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All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.
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