*Keuchel's streak of five straight quality starts comes to an end after yesterday's 6.2IP, 10H/5ER performance, and he gave up 5ER for just the 2nd time this season.
This wasn't a terrible day. I had good stuff. I had a good slider. I made good pitches with my changeup...This is one I wouldn't take back. The only thing I would take back is some of those first-inning runs, but against a quality team like the Royals before a good crowd, I can't ask for more except a few inches to the left or right and those balls going into somebody's glove.
*Velasquez made his first relief appearance of the season, and it reminded him of the old days with the piggyback system.
Hall of Fame Links
*Here's Biggio's plaque.
*You can watch Biggio's speech in its entirety (scroll down).
*A good tweet:
*A.J. Hinch would like MLB to rearrange start times of games on Induction Day so players can watch speeches.The fetishization of intangibles turns a gold glove 2B w .400 OBP and big SB totals over long career into "a guy who played the right way".— Internet Contrarian! (@bogcommenter) July 26, 2015
Another good tweet:
Next year's @BaseballHall induction ceremony should have Griffey, Bagwell, Piazza, and @TimRaines30. Anything less is unacceptable.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) July 27, 2015
Trade Deadline Links
*The Rangers and Dodgers became the weekend favorites to land Cole Hamels, while the Astros (among others) had scouts present at Wrigley for Hamels' no-hitter. One scout, who apparently is narrow-minded and is perfectly willing to give undue weight to a mediocre half-season and ignore years of Hamels' pitching excellence:
After watching that, there's no doubt in my mind he's still one of the best pitchers in baseball. He's a difference-maker for somebody.
*The Tigers want an MLB-ready starter in return for David Price, says Jon-Paul Morosi, and the Astros weren't one of the teams he named as showing interest...which may actually mean more than if they were.
*4100 words about Ed Wade, Shawn Chacon, and the crazy 1st half of the 2008 season.