Yesterday, in discussing the Rays offensive woes, Joe Maddon raised a few good points as well as an entertaining one.
Paul Sporer and I discuss players on the mend as well as batters and pitchers that continue to impress us or depress us this season.
My latest piece at TheProcessReport looks into the struggles Wil Myers is having in 2014.
Since driving in his last run on April 4th, Myers is just 5 for his last 34 (all singles) with two walks and 11 strikeouts in 36 plate appearances. The plan of attack on Myers appears crystal clear – pitch him away.
Minimum 40 Plate Appearances:
- 0 home runs: Aaron Hill, Andrew McCutchen, Billy Butler, Carlos Santana, Chris Carter, Dan Uggla, Edwin Encarnacion, Eric Hosmer, Khris Davis, Matt Holliday, Wil Myers, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo
- 0 walks: Dustin Pedroia, Johnathan Schoop, Juan Uribe, Khris Davis, Melky Cabrera
- 0 strikeouts: Andrelton Simmons
- 0 steals: Alejandro de Aza, Dustin Pedroia, Erick Aybar, Ian Desmond, Juan Lagares, Mike Trout, Will Venable
- 0 RBI: Carlos Ruiz, Xander Bogaerts
Minimum 25 batters faced:
- 0 earned runs: Chris Young, Ervin Santana, Hector Rondon, Junichi Tazawa, Justin Grimm, Ross Detwiler, Santiago Casilla, Will Smith, Yu Darvish, Zach Britton
- 0 walks: Carlos Villanueva, Chad Bettis, Clay Buchholz, Ervin Santana, Mark Melancon, Sean Doolittle, Tim Hudson, Tommy Milone, Tyler Thornburg, Wei-Yin Chen
The Milwaukee Brewers are baseball’s hottest team having won nine straight games after dropping two of their first three to begin the season. While their hot start is due to success in many areas, it is tough to overlook the difference in their pitching so far.
|Strike% (Strikes + In-Play / Pitches)||63.0%||64.7%|
|Miss% (Misses / Swing)||20.8%||24.5%|
|Swinging Strike% (Misses / Pitches)||9.3%||11.1%|
|In Play% (Ball in Play / Swings)||42.7%||37.7%|
|Zone% (Pitches in Strike Zone / Pitches)||47.9%||49.0%|
|Chase% (Swings / Pitches out of Zone)||26.3%||26.2%|
|Strikeout Rate (Strikeous / PA)||18.4%||25.7%|
|Walk Rate (Walks / PA)||7.6%||7.0%|
|LOB% (Percentage of runners stranded)||74%||82%|
Fewer balls in play have allowed the team to mask its infield defensive struggles from last season. In terms of defensive runs saved, the Milwaukee infield was a net -13 and only Jean Segura had a positive total while the outfield defense saved 64 runs with Carlos Gomez leading the way with 41.
Ten games into the season, Milwaukee has an early two-game lead in the National League Central and has the best record in all of baseball after defeating Pittsburgh for the team’s seventh straight win. That winning streak includes a perfect 6-0 record on the road with stops in Boston and Philadelphia and Friday night’s win to pull them even at 2-2 at Miller Park.
My latest piece on ESPN’s SweetSpot blog looks into the red hot Milwaukee Brewers and why they are doing so well to start the season.
The new partnership between Fangraphs and Fox Sports Live is a good idea and clips like this – short, to the point, and not a ton of numbers thrown up on the screen – will help further the discussion in the mainstream. Looking forward to the rest of these Saberclips.
Back in 2011, Brighthouse Sports Network in Tampa Bay approached myself and Tommy Rancel to do a longer form series. Sadly, those videos are no longer on their site.
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Maddon continued to complain about the way umpires are “redesigning the force play” with a revised, stricter interpretation on the rules regarding the transfer of the ball from glove to throwing hand. 2B Ben Zobrist, who was on the wrong end of such a play Tuesday, took action, contacting players union chief Tony Clark, who said he will meet this week with MLB officials to further discuss.
On Tuesday, Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar was called safe, and the call upheld via replay, after Zobrist dropped the ball trying to make a throw. “It’s a bad interpretation of the rule,” Zobrist said. “It doesn’t make sense at all.”