The “K” Is Back! Clip-Art Help also on The Way!

Dallas Keuchel

Position: Pitcher

Bats: Left  •  Throws: Left

6-3, 205lb (190cm, 92kg)

Team: Houston Astros (majors)

Born: January 1, 1988 in Tulsa, OK us

Draft: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 7th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR).

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/keuchda01.shtml

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Dallas Keuchel is back. Big time. His 2-1 mastery of the Texas Rangers on Sunday also made a virtual Nostradamus out of Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who virtually told the world to look for this happening after watching the improvement in Keuchel’s 4-game work that led up to this start. The result finally earned the Astros ace his 10th win of the season (10-2, 2.77) for a 6.2 inning stretch in which he gave up only one earned run on 6 hits while posting 7 strikeouts to 3 walks.

We are not surprised. Just grateful.

Welcome back, Dallas!

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Tyler Clippard

(During his “Yankee Clippard” Days)

Position: Pitcher

Bats: Right  •  Throws: Right

6-3, 200lb (190cm, 90kg)

Team: Houston Astros (minors, 40-man)

Born: February 14, 1985 in Lexington, KY us

Draft: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 9th round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft from J W Mitchell HS (New Port Richey, FL).

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Clippard has a 48-41, 3.04 ERA record for 11 seasons in MLB (2007-2017). Except for 8 early starts, almost all of his 609 game appearances have been in relief for six different MLB clubs. He did pretty well against the Astros during their recent 3-game sweep loss to the White Sox and that just may have been the “make the deal” button on his desirability by the Astros.

As soon as I read of the trade, the phrase “Clip Art” came to mind as a play on our newest Astros’ name – and as an appropriate nickname for an effective pitcher, especially for a reliever as a substitute for other human forces already in play from his predecessor.

Definition

Baseball Clip Art: The final product of a pitcher whose deceptive body motion, slight of hand, and artful release of a variably thrown at different speeds baseball most often leads to the same result: The winning picture for the club placing this force into motion just got a lot clearer and brighter.

If anything, pitching in baseball may be one of the best demonstrations in all competitive sports for showing how science and art come together to produce an effect that is amazingly exhilarating when it is performed by a player of your own club, but terribly frustrating when it is performed by some Darth Vader from the other team.

Welcome to Houston, “Clip Art” Clippard!

Our MMP Louvre awaits your first demonstration.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clippty01.shtml

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 72 45 .615  
2 ANGELS 61 58 .513 12.0
3 MARINERS 59 60 .496 14.0
4 RANGERS 56 60 .483 15.5
5 ATHLETICS 52 66 .441 20.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017

 ASTROS 2 – RANGERS 1.

 ANGELS 4 – MARINERS 2.

 ATHLETICS 9 – ORIOLES 3.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 447 162 34 3 18 .362
2 CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
3 JEAN SEGURA SEA 368 116 21 1 7 .315
4 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 322 101 21 0 20 .314
5 ERIC HOSMER KC 448 140 22 1 19 .313
6 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 360 112 21 3 13 .311
7 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 442 137 37 5 18 .310
8 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 366 113 18 0 18 .309
9 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 384 117 22 0 28 .305
10 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
20 JOSH REDDICK HOU 360 106 25 3 11 .294
22 YULI GURRIEL HOU 400 117 31 0 15 .293
38 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 385 105 29 4 13 .273

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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2 Responses to “The “K” Is Back! Clip-Art Help also on The Way!”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    Given “Clip Art’s” birthday, maybe he can come in from the bullpen to the accompaniment of the music and lyrics from My Funny Valentine:

    “. . . Yet you’re my favorite work of art.”

  2. bhick6 Says:

    In the seven years Tyler Clippard spent as a Washington National, he was always popular with Nats fans. He seemed to bring positive energy to the team. It appeared that he fit well in the clubhouse, and he always came out to the mound prepared to take a professional approach to the game. The Astros have made a fine acquisition.

    Bill Hickman

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