Over the weekend, we learned that Games 1 and 2 of the World Series got poor ratings, a continuing trend — last year’s Games 1 and 2 along with this year’s were the only two sets in history to get single-digit overnight ratings. As Steve LePore pointed out earlier this year at SB Nation, baseball got 3.37 million viewers in 2003 but just 2.5 million in 2012. ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball dropped from 2.75 million in 2007 to 1.78 million in 2012.
Michael Stutes was an interesting player in 2011, an ascending young reliever who debuted in late April and stuck the rest of the year. He wasn’t appreciably better than, say, pre-injury David Herndon, but he looked like he might be able to stick around for a bit.
Injuries seriously derailed the intrigue. After undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery and appearing in just six games in 2012, Stutes dealt with biceps tendinitis through the majority of 2013, missing three months (plus nearly all of April and May after being passed over for Phillippe Aumont out of spring training). So, it’s safe to say the road has been a bit rocky for the young man.
Giles had just one appearance this week, his first multi-inning excursion this fall. Fastball still sitting 95-97mph though it was down to 93mph towards the end of his second inning of work. He also threw what looked to be his first two changeups this month. He’s still living up in the zone far too often and the control is just okay. Still, the pure fastball velocity is missing pretty good Fall League bats. Giles is making the case to start the 2013 season in Reading despite a poor showing in the Florida State league during the season.