Our newest capper, Arnie Rothstein, suffered a tough loss Saturday on what should have been a solid play with the Baltimore Orioles getting +101 against the Miami Marlins. What was amazing and totally unexpected was the first of a series of bizarre events: through the first 9 innings of the game the Orioles had 3 walks, 7 hits and left 10 men on a base in an eventual 13 inning 1-0 loss to the weak hitting Marlins.
Then to compound Arnie's frustration Orioles reliever, Brian Matusz became the second pitcher in just a week to get thrown out of the game for having a foreign substance on his arm. That event might well have been the difference as Orioles manager Buck Showalter was forced to turn to T.J. McFarland, and Miami eventually got him for the game’s only run in the 13th. And there went Arnie's unbeaten pick streak.
Finally, to complete a night of bizarre crap the game also featured three scoreless innings by Miami reliever Carter Capps, who many are now claiming - this author included - that his delivery is illegal. He is literally leaping forward off the rubber before he throws his pitch. That’s not legal. He got called on this in the minors, but the ruling so far from MLB is that as long as he’s dragging his foot it’s legal. However, he is not dragging his foot - he is leaping - and is gaining an unfair advantage. At his release point he is actually almost on the grass that fronts the mound; approximately 52+ feet from the plate!
Watch one the strangest deliveries you will have ever seen and tell me it's a legal pitch.
.......... muses about ballgames and life in Las Vegas - particularly the long hours spent in the casino sports book surrounded by sexy cocktail waitresses, degenerate horse players, the Whale Man's entourage ....and the sheer terror of having Under 7 with 5 runs already on the board by the fourth inning".