#1 vs. #18. It doesn't get much better than that.
What a blow for the sport. God. I can't imagine a worse thing happening to what is very much the biggest baseball story of the past decade. We've seen pitchers come back from PRP and stem cell injection therapy, like Masahiro Tanaka very recently, but it means that his UCL will always be a risk moving forward. Here's to hoping he makes a speedy recovery.
A 92 wRC+ since the beginning of last year, so Boston how has had enough.
Jose Bautista's career may be over after the Braves have unconditionally released him. Let's take a minute to appreciate what a career he's had, if this is truly the end.
Evan Davis, a featured writer and editor for Beyond the Box Score and the host of our In Play, Pod(cast), appeared on MLB Network's MLB Now yesterday afternoon to make the case for relievers going into the Hall of Fame (a topic he expounded on last week). Evan promises to be nicer to Mike Lowell next time.
Our intrepid podcast host, armed with his statistics knowledge and pocket square, chatted with Brian Kenny about the mechanics and value of Deserved Run Average.
Cain's arm looks a little like jelly after making this catch, but Royals fans are used to seeing Cain make plays like this. Cain ranks second only to Leonys Martin in defensive runs saved among center fielders since 2014, and he ranks eighth overall. According to Jeffrey Flanagan and Statcast, Cain's route efficiency was 98 percent on a batted ball that goes for a hit about 89 percent of the time.
I'm pretty sure my home to first speed would be right around his home to third speed.
Is switch hitting a sustainable strategy for beating the shift?