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On a somber note, former World Series MVP John Wetteland has been indicted on three counts of continuous sexual assault of a minor. Wetteland is accused of having a child perform a sex act on him, beginning in 2004, when the child was 4, and that it happened twice more during a two-year period.
I'm not sure "somber" is the word I'd go for. "Horrifyingly disgusting," perhaps.
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and the Dodgers beat the hell out of the Rockies 18-5

but its getting jinxed by articles saying "are the dodgers the best team in the nl?" (well yes yes they are) its a bit too early for that aint it ?

Besides they need to save some for the giants and the braves …… and the angels if they play them this year
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The Sox almost came back in the ninth last night, with 3 runs on 3 errors in the inning by Seattle 3B Dylan Moore. Just one more would have done it.
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I loved that Dave Roberts called catcher Russell Martin "our most effective pitcher these last three games."

Why, you ask?

Martin pitched the ninth inning in the Dodgers Saturday 18-5 blowout of the D-Backs to rest the bullpen. He pitched a perfect inning - 2 ground outs and a fly out. 10 pitches.
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The Sox almost came back in the ninth last night, with 3 runs on 3 errors in the inning by Seattle 3B Dylan Moore. Just one more would have done it.
I prefer to see it as “even with three consecutive errors by the Mariners in the ninth, the Red Sox couldn’t catch the first place Mariners”.
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Royals have the best record in the American League!
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This Robles guy, he’s pretty good.
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Mets almost pull of a comeback and a sweep of the Nats. Not sure why Turner was pitching the 9th. Maybe Calloway didn't want to use Diaz 3 days in a row. I hope it wasn't because of the "can't use your closer in a tie game on the road" nonsense. I've never understood that, your closer can't close the game in extra innings until you get to extra innings.

But promising things with Alonso and McNeil. If both of these guys hit it is a great lineup. We know Conforto, Cano, Ramos and Nimmo can hit. And if Rosario lives up to his potential, Mets win 95. And maybe Cespedes comes back. Oh, and Frazier and Lowrie are still on the DL

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Rangers were amazingly strong on comebacks (plural) today as the Cubs snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yet again. I'm in love with Joey Gallo.
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If the Dodgers can continue averaging 10 runs per game for the remainder of the season, I'd give them a decent shot at winning their division.
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The problem with the Dodgers is they averaged giving up more than 5 runs a game over the same stretch.
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Conclusions drawn from the first weekend:

The Cubs should be 3-0 but are 1-2 because it appears that they have no bullpen. They led by at least 2 runs in both of the loses.
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and the Dodgers beat the hell out of the Rockies 18-5

but its getting jinxed by articles saying "are the dodgers the best team in the nl?" (well yes yes they are) its a bit too early for that aint it ?

Besides they need to save some for the giants and the braves …… and the angels if they play them this year
Wow, playing the Rockies and the Dbacks on the same day?

Silly Dodger fans (but I repeat myself) think beating the Dbacks means something. We'll be lucky if we win 60 games. Thanks, front office.

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Hopefully, the Cardinals will start winning more games once they start playing teams that don't have any Christian Yeliches on them.
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In four games against Detroit, Toronto's starting pitchers did not give up a single run.

They still managed to lose two games because they didn't hit much, either.
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Hell, they gave up runs in what, 3/39 innings? Unfortunately they also only scored in 3 innings total.
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Wow, playing the Rockies and the Dbacks on the same day?

Silly Dodger fans (but I repeat myself) think beating the Dbacks means something. We'll be lucky if we win 60 games. Thanks, front office.
I didn't see the first 12 times I looked it over ….
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Bogaerts gave the red Sox a six year extension worth 120 million. It has an opt out at age 30. sounds like there's also an option year.

Meanwhile the Yankees how to put Stanton and Andujar on the DL.
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I'd rather it be them playing the Milwaukee Yeliches then the Cubs doing it
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Meanwhile the Yankees how to put Stanton and Andujar on the DL.
Ugh, Andujar has a small labrum tear in his shoulder. That makes 40% of the starting rotation and 50% of the defense on the IL. Still, nearly all of those guys are supposedly coming back over the next month or two. Andujar will probably require season ending surgery.
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OK, 10 on the IL is a little nuts. Are all you Yankee haters happy yet? 10!
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now if that said "sandiego" or SF .. then id be happy
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I'm calling the Nats' season. We have a crap manager who doesn't understand pitching and who is scared of his stars; and a crap bullpen. We also have a schedule that is front loaded with division rivals and by the time we figure any of it out, we'll be too far back to see first place. You made the right call Harper, the Nats owners are bush-league.

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Ugh, Andujar has a small labrum tear in his shoulder. That makes 40% of the starting rotation and 50% of the defense on the IL. Still, nearly all of those guys are supposedly coming back over the next month or two. Andujar will probably require season ending surgery.
Look at the bright side- no matter who the Yanks put at 3B now, it will be a defensive improvement.

I'm getting a little impatient with Chapman. Sometimes he's lights out, yesterday he gives up the big hit to a young Tiger (his first MLB hit, no less) and winds up giving up 2 in the 9th. I don't think he's as fearsome as he used to be. These fireballers eventually lose a few mph off the fastball, they either need to learn how to be a pitcher and not a thrower (like Frank Tanana did with great success) or they wash up in a hurry. With so much (probably too much) talent in the bullpen, he shouldn't be the closer.
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Toronto trades Kevin Pillar to San Francisco for two prospects and utility man Alen Hanson, who will be sent directly to Buffalo. Anthony Alford up from Buffalo to replace Pillar.

This trade is sad - Pillar was vedry popular in Toronto - but he's 30, starting to cost money, and while he's legitimately a really good defensive player he's not a player of high enough quality that he'll remain good for the 3-4 years they need to construct a contender. Getting something for him while he's worth something was a good move.

More puzzlingly, the team handed a 5-year- $52 million deal to Randal Grichuk. Grichuk... he's not a bad player. He hits some home runs. He's an okay outfielder. He's not that far above replacement level, though, because his K/BB ratio is dreadful and he isn't REALLY good at anything else. This extension took me totally by surprise. Grichuk will have to get measurably better than he is now for this deal to be a good one, and if there is reason to be hopeful of that I don't see it. His rookie year is still the best year he's ever had.
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Three games into the season some nimrod in the LA Times was stating the obvious: the Dodgers' big problem this year is going to be timely hitting. Where do they get these guys? Have you watched the Arson Squad in action, dude?
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Timely hitting is literally every team's problem all the time. I mean, no matter how many hits and homers a team has, if they could have that same number of hits and homers at all the right times, they'd be the greatest team of all time.
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I'm calling the Nats' season. We have a crap manager who doesn't understand pitching and who is scared of his stars; and a crap bullpen. We also have a schedule that is front loaded with division rivals and by the time we figure any of it out, we'll be too far back to see first place. You made the right call Harper, the Nats owners are bush-league.


It was a bit more exciting than I wanted, but the Nats beat the Phillies today 9-8. The season isn’t decided in the first week.
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I can't believe it. For the first time in my life, after watching a lot of baseball, I see a baserunner hit by a batted ball. Even more amazing, the umpires didn't immediately call it. The play went on and the out was made at third later in the play, and apparently the home plate umpire came out and corrected the play retroactively.
Are you watching, Bob? It just happened again. Judge got hit by a Gleyber Torres grounder.
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I'm getting a little impatient with Chapman. Sometimes he's lights out, yesterday he gives up the big hit to a young Tiger (his first MLB hit, no less) and winds up giving up 2 in the 9th. I don't think he's as fearsome as he used to be. These fireballers eventually lose a few mph off the fastball, they either need to learn how to be a pitcher and not a thrower (like Frank Tanana did with great success) or they wash up in a hurry. With so much (probably too much) talent in the bullpen, he shouldn't be the closer.
Aroldis' fastball was notably slow all spring, and has been the topic of a lot of closer watches on fantasy baseball sites. He touched 100 yesterday, so it looks like he's picking up speed. I think he still has a lot left in the tank, but is certainly in the tail end of a great run.

The Royals' offense is looking really good - they have a lot of good pieces with a ton of potential. And it's looking like those pieces will be on the optimistic side of the projections. But the bullpen is disastrous - possibly even worse than last year. I think it'd be a big mistake to go out and trade for a bunch of pieces, or even pay for Kimbrel - but good God this squad is the dregs.

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Are you watching, Bob? It just happened again. Judge got hit by a Gleyber Torres grounder.
I did! Never saw it happen once in well over 50 years watching baseball, then twice in one week!
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So the Dodgers are averaging 2.5 homeruns per game coming into their first trip to Coors field. The weather is supposed to be nice with maybe some showers all weekend. I think the weekend over under should stay at 7.5 homeruns but I'd bet the over.
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So the Dodgers are averaging 2.5 homeruns per game coming into their first trip to Coors field...
The Dodgers are averaging 2.5 home runs a game, and the Astros aren't even averaging 2 runs per game. 160 million a year doesn't buy what it used to. And here I thought it'd be the 3/5 of the starting rotation getting replaced that might be a problem. That's pretty impressive for the Dodgers though.

As dale wrote just above, the season isn't decided in a week.
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We're up to 11 now, but yes, conceded.
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The Cubs are off to an ugly 1-5 start, and their pitching has been atrocious so far: they currently have seven pitchers whose ERAs are above 8.

And, now, they play three against the Brewers, who are 6-1. Cubs fans around here are already getting anxious.
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So far this year,

1. Strikeouts are 14% more common than hits. There is more than a strikeout per inning.
2. Strikeouts are 2.5 times more common than walks, which is an extremely high ratio.
3. MLB teams are averaging about one stolen base every two games.

This is just not great baseball.
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The Cubs will stagger home from Milwaukee after having opened their season with nine straight games on the road. I can't remember ever seeing any team begin the season with such a long road trip, and it sure hasn't done them any favors. After their first six games, they are an amazing 5 1/2 games behind the Brewers, and could very well be 8 1/2 come Monday morning.
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So far this year,

1. Strikeouts are 14% more common than hits. There is more than a strikeout per inning.
2. Strikeouts are 2.5 times more common than walks, which is an extremely high ratio.
3. MLB teams are averaging about one stolen base every two games.

This is just not great baseball.
How does this compare to previous seasons?
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The rate of strikeouts, strikeouts to hits, and the strikeout-to-walk ratio are unprecedented in major league history. The strikeout rate is up 7% from last year and last year was the highest it had ever been. Those numbers are much higher even than in 1968, the Year of the Pitcher.

In 1968, BOB GIBSON - the guy with the 1.12 ERA - did not strike out as many men per nine innings as the average major league pitcher does today. Not even close.

The stolen base total is nowhere near as low as it was back in the 1930s or 1950s where there pretty much wasn't any basestealing, but it's not very high.
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These are the real problems facing the sport, more so than pace-of-play and overall game length. The games only seem interminable because nothing ever happens. The three true outcomes provide very little excitement on the basepaths.

Baseball is back to where it was 20 years ago in the total number of home runs: 5528 in 1999 and 5585 last year*. Unfortunately, batting averages and on-base percentage have cratered over the same period. And let's not forget that there were more strikeouts than hits for the first time ever in 2018.

I don't know the answer. I know MLB is experimenting with moving the pitching rubber back two feet in one of the independent minor leagues. It's hard to imagine that wouldn't screw up a generation of established MLB pitchers, but lowering the mound after 1968 didn't lead to disaster.


* I came across a startling stat just now: the overall number home runs plummeted to 4186 in 2014. Three years later, in 2017, it peaked at 6105 (a 46% increase.)
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I totally agree, Blank Slate. Since I am a fan of both hockey and baseball, this is the time of year when I am switching back and forth. In the past, I would click over to baseball and find I had missed something. Now, I click over and find that nothing has happened. If I actually watch a baseball game all the way through, it seems to be moving with the speed of grass growing. In the past it did seem that watching hockey made baseball slow down, but now it's like everyone playing baseball is on quaaludes.

I used to think that MLB should stop tinkering with the game and just play ball. I don't think that works any more. I don't know what should be done but I think something needs to change.
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Well, any speculations as to what's been causing the changes noted by RickJay and Blank Slate? Is the way players are being selected, or incentivized, or trained, or coached, nowadays favoring certain aspects of the game over others?

Are hitters bulking up, or being encouraged to swing for the fences rather than just get on base, leading to more strikeouts?

Are pitchers pitching, or being utilized, in a different way, perhaps one that makes them more effective but less durable?

Are umpires calling games differently?
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Pitchers are throwing faster and batters have gone over to swinging with an upwards arc to try for the home runs. Elevating leads to mode home runs and more strike outs.
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Pitchers are throwing faster, and teams are changing pitchers more often (not just this year, it's been a trend for years). Generally speaking, hitters are far more likely to get a hit against a pitcher on the second or third time that they face him during a game, and so, the current conventional wisdom is to limit that as much as possible -- it's now very common to pull a starter after he goes through the batting order twice, and the idea of a starter pitching into the late innings (unless he's working a no-hitter) is virtually dead in MLB.

And, as What Exit? notes, increasing use of the defensive shift has made it increasingly difficult for many batters to get hits on ground balls. Hence, the focus on the "angle of attack" for batters' swings, trying to get the ball in the air -- this leads to home runs (or doubles off the wall, perhaps) if it's successful, but not many other positive results.
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Too late to edit: another factor in how teams use pitchers is their (admittedly imperfect) attempts to limit overusing and over-stressing the arms of their pitchers, especially their younger pitchers, and thus, trying to limit injuries.

Starting pitchers (especially those with any history of arm injuries) are often on strict pitch counts, which also leads to managers pulling starters earlier in games than they did a generation ago.
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