Getting Right To Work
My duties here at MLBPipeline.com include running my own blog, so let’s take it for a quick test drive.
My first day at MLB.com HQ in Manhattan was a busy one. Yesterday, I recorded videos on recent American League and National League callups, which were blended into an Around The Minors podcast. I also wrote a story on callups and took over the @MLBPipeline Twitter feed for an hour.
As I was getting right to work, so were two of the players I discussed. While battling the Pirates for National League Central supremacy, the Cardinals are hoping that righthander Michael Wacha can solidy their fifth-starter slot and the Reds are looking for center fielder Billy Hamilton to provide a spark. Both players were promoted after the minor league season ended on Monday (though Wacha had spent most of August in the St. Louis bullpen).
Facing off last night in Cincinnati, both rookies did exactly what was asked of them. Wacha required just 80 pitches to throw six shutout innings, working at 90-95 mph with his fastball and repeatedly recording outs with his changeup. But he had to settle for a no-decision because Homer Bailey threw seven shutout innings for the Reds.
Hamilton scored the game’s lone run in the seventh inning. Ryan Ludwick led off the frame with a single off Seth Maness, prompting Hamilton’s big league debut as a pinch-runner. Well aware that Hamilton had set a minor league record with 155 steals last year, Maness tried to pick him off three times. When Maness finally delivered to the plate, Hamilton took off and beat Yadier Molina’s throw to second base. Three pitches later, Todd Frazier doubled Hamilton in.
Wacha and Hamilton have bright futures in the major leagues. And I like to think I have one here in my new job.