Here’s the entertainment, a couple of up and comers, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Enjoy, admission is free but the bar is pay as you go.
Shohei Ohtani and what we could learn from the Japanese.
First a few scores
Braves 8 Rockies 3 Indians 3 Royals 2 Pirates 14 Reds 3
Shohei Ohtani had a very lackluster spring training and there was considerable speculation that he would need to start the season in the minor leagues. He started the season in the major league and hit a home run in his first at bat and threw 8 scoreless in his first start. Where the hell did that come from?
Shohei Ohtani is a fine young man who combines humility with determination to pursue his young man’s dreams. While those of us here who are in the latter stages of our lives, might like to imagine that he might look at us and say I want to be like him, we should also be thinking I wish I had been more like him.
In the Japanese league when a pitcher accidentally hits a batter he bows to the hitter to apologize and indicate that it wasn’t intentional. I sure hope Ohtani does that and that it rubs off onto some of the fake tough guy American pitchers.
Read about it here.
Stat Head Report: The Players Keep Getting Awesome
Does it piss you off that I’m scattering the scores?
Orioles 7 Yankees 3 Go Go Fightin O’s!!!
Blue Jays 8 Rangers 5 Brewers 5 Cubs 4 Padres 4 Astro’s 1
Since 2011 the number of fastballs over 95 mph has more than doubled. I presume that the number of MLB pitchers who can throw the thing 95 mph plus has also doubled. Whoa.
And that’s not even half the story because the hitters are more than catching up.
In 2014 when the at bat was decided by a 95 mph plus fastball the OPS was .654, in 2017 it was .734. In 2014 when the outcome of an at bat was decided by a 95 mph plus fastball a home run happened 1.6% of the time, in 2017 2.8% percent of the time.
Nerd out here
Blast From The Past
And does it piss you off that I’m not commenting on any of the scores because I was too lazy to check out what happened in any of them.
Angels 13 Athletics 9 Dodgers Giants PP
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