Baseball 5-22-14 News
07:48 AM ET 05.22 | Though is record doesn't show it, Jeff Samardzija is off to a very nice start. One rival National League GM opined recently that he believes the Cubs have no choice but to do everything in their power to try to lock up Samardzija to a long-term deal. ... Despite that's GM's opinion, dealing him in July seems to be the more sensible approach. ... [The Yankees] no doubt have the need, and now they are said to have the ammunition. Dellin Betances, who's dominating as a set-up man, isn't one the Yankees would presumably want to deal, but Manny Banuelos is back healthy and a nice new stash of hopefuls includes Luis Severino, Abi Avelino plus the usual strong catching selections and three No. 1s from last year with potential -- pitcher Ian Clarkin, slugger Aaron Judge and third baseman Eric Jagielo.
07:47 AM ET 05.22 | It seemed this season could have gone one of two ways for Cliff Lee: key a surprising season for the Phillies or play a key part of another team's playoff run after a trade. Now? Now Cliff Lee is likely to be pitching for an also-ran team when he turns 36 in August. This one. Whether Lee's recuperation from a sore elbow takes us into mid-June or, as feared, much longer, there will be missed starts that this team can ill afford to lose -- but given their lack of pitching depth, probably will. And even if Lee returns and pitches effectively, uncertainty will remain about his durability in the weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, an uncertainty that will affect and maybe doom his trade status. As Lee said when it was announced Tuesday that he was headed for the 15-day disabled list, "This is new to me."
07:46 AM ET 05.22 | The Giants did claim a win over the Rockieson Wednesday, but they may also suffer two losses. They won't have those answers until they open the MRI envelopes on Thursday. Santiago Casilla and Matt Cain are going for tests after both pitchers sustained hamstring injuries in a 5-1 victory. ... [Casilla] was carried off the field in the ninth, when he made his fifth career plate appearance and ran all-out while trying to beat out a chopper. He began to pull up lame just short of first base and then collapsed in apparent agony. He did not put any weight on his right leg as trainers helped him to the dugout. Giantsmanager Bruce Bochy said that Casilla, who has provided some entertainment in his rare appearances in the batter's box, was under orders not to swing. "I was shocked he was running like that," Bochy [said].
07:45 AM ET 05.22 | This year, Colorado has more than proved it can hit. [Troy Tulowitzki] is again one of the best players in the sport, but top-to-bottom depth is the lineup's greatest strength. ... The Rockies' offensive numbers are staggering, but, within their clubhouse, there's talk of less tangible factors behind their fast start. Michael Cuddyer, a perpetual winner during his time with the Twins and one of the game's most respected players, said theRockies have developed a "belief system." Since some of our readers may question the verifiability of such a term, I asked him to elaborate. Naturally, he obliged. "At the risk of sounding like one of those pompous athletes, you really can't know unless you're in the clubhouse," Cuddyer said. "You can't quantify it. There's no equation you can put together."