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"That’s the Way Baseball Go (c): ‘21 MLB Season Post"


          

Opening day! Vegas says Dodgers/Yankees WS. Lindor got PAID. Lot of teams got better. What’s your expectation for your squad? We lost Kolten, kept Yadi and Waino and added Arenado. With Kolten hon, the job is all Tommy Edman’s and we’ll see a lot of Paul DeJong. Not sure how they are going to assemble the outfield...especially with Harrison Bader out 4 to 6 weeks. Pretty happy with the pitching staff, as long as they can stay healthy.

when I threw the rifle in the river,
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Topic Outline
Subject Author Message Date ID
On paper, this is the best Dodgers team ever assembled
Apr 01st 2021
1
#brAves
Apr 01st 2021
2
      Braves and Padres got squads too
Apr 01st 2021
5
Mets/Nationals postponed due to Covid issues....yikes
Apr 01st 2021
3
already? damn
Apr 01st 2021
6
wtf...I had to double check I was in the 2021 thread
Apr 01st 2021
11
I'm hoping the Rays can bring Wander Franco up this season
Apr 01st 2021
4
He looks exciting
Apr 05th 2021
23
Cole out here makin em miss
Apr 01st 2021
7
LOL....as soon as I hit enter, he hung one...
Apr 01st 2021
8
      damn, 8 SO and a no-decision
Apr 01st 2021
9
Cubs - Expectations Low
Apr 01st 2021
10
MLB All Star Game and Draft being pulled from Atlanta...
Apr 02nd 2021
12
Well done! Hope Schilling and Aubrey Huff rage tweet themselves....
Apr 02nd 2021
13
Buccos in First place!!!
Apr 02nd 2021
14
Same for the O's
Apr 05th 2021
24
Lets’s GOhtani!
Apr 04th 2021
15
Struck out one and hit a HR in his 1st ab
Apr 04th 2021
16
      So many random stat milestones he’s gonna get if he stays healthy
Apr 04th 2021
17
           RE: So many random stat milestones he’s gonna get if he stays healthy
Apr 04th 2021
18
                5th k of the night
Apr 04th 2021
20
                     :::shoehei Ohtani fist pump:::: 6th K
Apr 04th 2021
21
                          Damn Joe left him out there...
Apr 04th 2021
22
Kershaw had nothing on that ball
Apr 04th 2021
19
Kershaw has looked great since!
Apr 11th 2021
35
Akil Baddoo...can’t make this shit up
Apr 07th 2021
25
Tatis’ shoulder is becoming a thing...
Apr 07th 2021
26
bauer out here pitching w/ sticky balls?
Apr 08th 2021
27
That boy Nolan!!!
Apr 08th 2021
28
Big Lance Lynn still out here....11 SO, complete game shutout
Apr 09th 2021
29
Ohtani Rakin’
Apr 09th 2021
30
He’s so, effortlessly good
Apr 11th 2021
34
      he really is...and I wish we could talk.marvel about it more here
Apr 13th 2021
43
Pads first no hitter in franchise history
Apr 10th 2021
31
another great move by the Pirates
Apr 10th 2021
32
literally amazing
Apr 10th 2021
33
you expecting to win the division?
Apr 11th 2021
36
      RE: you expecting to win the division?
Apr 11th 2021
37
      yeah they'll need him
Apr 13th 2021
40
      Unless they move, no.
Apr 17th 2021
63
Freddie carried over the heat from the playoffs...
Apr 12th 2021
38
was at the game last night-
Apr 19th 2021
69
      to be cliche guy for a sec...
Apr 19th 2021
70
Ohtani Random Stat alert
Apr 12th 2021
39
Glasnow struck out 14 in 7.2 innings (1 walk, 2 hits)
Apr 13th 2021
41
he's so good...he's just...
Apr 13th 2021
42
Tyler Glasnow’s New Groove (Fangraphs swipe)
Apr 14th 2021
48
      This was a very cool article. Thanks for posting it.
Apr 14th 2021
56
Oh nothing to see here:
Apr 13th 2021
44
Here’s the random stat to go with it
Apr 13th 2021
45
      oh, there’s more. in Bo’s house of all places
Apr 13th 2021
46
      in the same game.
Apr 14th 2021
49
      Much watch tv for me right now
Apr 14th 2021
50
      Maybe even more surprising last night: Trout struck out 4 times
Apr 14th 2021
53
           Damn hes now struck out 5xs in last two games counting today.
Apr 14th 2021
58
      Lol...the Royals fan going full, Kenny Lofton...
Apr 14th 2021
51
      Part Deux
Apr 14th 2021
54
BUXTON!
Apr 14th 2021
47
LOL..."equally leveling lists"...
Apr 14th 2021
57
Goldie hits #250 and Arenado is raking
Apr 14th 2021
52
its great to see ex-Diamondback players succeeding
Apr 14th 2021
55
      damn, man...I didn't think about that
Apr 14th 2021
59
Giolito pitched a jewel yesterday.
Apr 14th 2021
60
Lost the perfect game. Batter got hit by a pitch for an auto
Apr 14th 2021
61
Dodgers vs Padres felt like Game 7 of the World Series
Apr 17th 2021
62
Loving this budding rivalry. High entertainment factor
Apr 17th 2021
64
Mookie with the game ending diving catch!
Apr 17th 2021
65
I am in NO way comparing myself with Mookie Betts...
Apr 18th 2021
66
Ohtani watch was paused for a few days
Apr 19th 2021
67
Arihara pitched a gem last night.
Apr 20th 2021
73
A's have gone from can't win to can't lose real quick
Apr 19th 2021
68
... and I love it nm
Apr 19th 2021
71
Yanks are fucking scuffling...
Apr 19th 2021
72
Ohtani with a shaky start but has settled In
Apr 20th 2021
74
Lol what a line in 4 IP
Apr 20th 2021
75
I've been pleasantly surprised by the Red Sox
Apr 21st 2021
76
Might need to stay w/ those GSW jerseys on some power transfer vibe
Apr 22nd 2021
78
      those were very divisive, but I like them
Apr 22nd 2021
79
           me too, bright colors in general need a comeback in sports
Apr 22nd 2021
80
Back to hitting HRs
Apr 21st 2021
77

DJR
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1. "On paper, this is the best Dodgers team ever assembled"
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Price, Gonsolin, and Nelson would be in the rotation for just about every other team, and they’re in the bullpen for now.

Betts and Bellinger have already won MVPs, and Seager may be primed to be in the running this year.

Hopefully the health is good, because this team could be great.

  

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2. "#brAves"
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Let me guess, I can have "good day" now, right?

  

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5. "Braves and Padres got squads too"
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NL playoffs could be fun.

  

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3. "Mets/Nationals postponed due to Covid issues....yikes"
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when I threw the rifle in the river,
it looked like Bol Bol was diving in the river - Action Bronson

  

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6. "already? damn"
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-The Knicks’ coaching search still includes a lone frontrunner, Kurt Rambis, whose qualifications for the position include a strong relationship with Jackson and a willingness to take the job.

  

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11. "wtf...I had to double check I was in the 2021 thread"
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4. "I'm hoping the Rays can bring Wander Franco up this season"
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That's me being selfish because I've been hearing about him for years and I wanna see what he can do.

I know we lost a lot in regards to our pitching (Morton & Snell) but I'm hoping that we can fill those holes. I was never the biggest Chris Archer fan on his 1st stretch here but I hope he can put together a solid season.

We need some offense and I'm hoping that last season's run boosts our confidence. I think Brandon Lowe can make some noise. We need Kevin Kiermeier to stay healthy. And Randy Arozarena certainly can't keep up his playoff pace, but he needs to show that he's no fluke.

Most preseason previews have us at 3rd in the AL East but I think we'll be in the running for division.

  

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23. "He looks exciting"
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IG @erichrigonan

  

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7. "Cole out here makin em miss"
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when I threw the rifle in the river,
it looked like Bol Bol was diving in the river - Action Bronson

  

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8. "LOL....as soon as I hit enter, he hung one..."
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and Fernandez put it in the stands. It's wild to see a pitcher make a mistake...and you can see that he knows it, immediately.

when I threw the rifle in the river,
it looked like Bol Bol was diving in the river - Action Bronson

  

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9. "damn, 8 SO and a no-decision"
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when I threw the rifle in the river,
it looked like Bol Bol was diving in the river - Action Bronson

  

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10. "Cubs - Expectations Low"
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guess we'll see what Jed Hoyer is made of. Hopefully, he can refresh the roster and keep the team competitive but this past off-season was very yawn inducing.

"Dressed up like an evil villain dressed up like a soccer dad"

  

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12. "MLB All Star Game and Draft being pulled from Atlanta..."
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due to GA voting restrictions.

https://www.mlb.com/press-release/press-release-mlb-statement-regarding-2021-all-star-game

when I threw the rifle in the river,
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13. "Well done! Hope Schilling and Aubrey Huff rage tweet themselves...."
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into having heart attacks over it.

  

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14. "Buccos in First place!!! "
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TBH the fact that you're even a mod here fits squarely within Jag's narrative of OK-sanctioned aggression, bullying, and toxicity. *shrug*

  

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24. "Same for the O's"
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Grand opening, grand closing!


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15. "Lets’s GOhtani!"
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Gets his first start of the season tonight on ESPN after a blistering spring at the plate and some good showing from the mound.


They taking kid gloves all the way off

Was in lineup last night and had a stolen base — so the decision to even steal a base before a start is a sign.

He’s gonna be in the lineup and pitch today

And he could be in the lineup tomorrow.


So far they’re letting him decide when he feels ready.

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16. "Struck out one and hit a HR in his 1st ab"
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Let’s GOHHHHHH

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17. "So many random stat milestones he’s gonna get if he stays healthy"
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https://twitter.com/FabianArdaya/status/1378874125083496451?s=20

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18. "RE: So many random stat milestones he’s gonna get if he stays healthy"
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https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/mk90xw/pitchingninja_shohei_ohtani_101mph_fastball_and/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

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20. "5th k of the night"
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https://twitter.com/jack_a_harris/status/1378889088846032899?s=21

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21. ":::shoehei Ohtani fist pump:::: 6th K"
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https://twitter.com/fabianardaya/status/1378890359611121668?s=21

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22. "Damn Joe left him out there..."
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19. "Kershaw had nothing on that ball"
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But Bauer, Buehler, and Urias all looked like horses.

Hopefully Kersh rounds into form. Excited to see how Dustin May looks.

  

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35. "Kershaw has looked great since!"
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As has the entire staff.

  

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25. "Akil Baddoo...can’t make this shit up"
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when I threw the rifle in the river,
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26. "Tatis’ shoulder is becoming a thing..."
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hurt it this time, on a big swing. He swings big. I hope this doesn’t affect how he plays, long term.

when I threw the rifle in the river,
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27. "bauer out here pitching w/ sticky balls?"
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https://sports.yahoo.com/umpires-remove-ball-likely-inspection-011757750.html

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28. "That boy Nolan!!!"
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29. "Big Lance Lynn still out here....11 SO, complete game shutout"
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30. "Ohtani Rakin’"
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34. "He’s so, effortlessly good"
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43. "he really is...and I wish we could talk.marvel about it more here"
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Even though the boards are dead.


Yea, I know the baseball world is talking about it more and everyone Ive seen across the league want to see him win. Folks on this board havent been talking about it but baseball is a low popularity sport here, there are no Angels fans, and im shoving it down peoples throats lol...

But man its really something special to see -- he feels like a perfect build a player from a video game.

A guy who can hit with power of the top 5% of hitters and pitch with the stuff of top 5% of pitchers. Then you add on his speed, baserunnin, and general athleticism. What would be the equivalent in the NBA or NFL. o we even need an equivalent to marvel at how special he is?


of course the key and wondering is consistency....but has anyone else show this type of potential in sports in recent memory?

This about sums it up:

https://www.thebiglead.com/posts/shohei-ohtani-angels-batting-exit-velocity-pitching-injuries-01f35mpkce36

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31. "Pads first no hitter in franchise history"
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It’s about time!

  

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32. "another great move by the Pirates"
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TBH the fact that you're even a mod here fits squarely within Jag's narrative of OK-sanctioned aggression, bullying, and toxicity. *shrug*

  

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33. "literally amazing"
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that it never happened before. especially since they've been in Petco for so long.

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36. "you expecting to win the division?"
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i watched the opening series beatdown and it looks like the Pads will be absurd this year.

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37. "RE: you expecting to win the division?"
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>i watched the opening series beatdown and it looks like the
>Pads will be absurd this year.
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Not if Tatis’ shoulder keeps wilding.

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40. "yeah they'll need him"
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they also were smoking the Snakes and Tatis was like, 1-19, they have a lot of firepower.

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63. "Unless they move, no."
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38. "Freddie carried over the heat from the playoffs..."
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to start the season.

when I threw the rifle in the river,
it looked like Bol Bol was diving in the river - Action Bronson

  

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69. "was at the game last night-"
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that hr across the street was special.

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70. "to be cliche guy for a sec..."
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he is seeing the ball, so good. He barrels up on everything.

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39. "Ohtani Random Stat alert"
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https://mobile.twitter.com/i/web/status/1381797851479429121

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41. "Glasnow struck out 14 in 7.2 innings (1 walk, 2 hits)"
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Rays over Rangers, 1-0.

This cat has been on fire this season. I know it's only been 3 starts but he's looked almost unhittable.

We're gonna need him too because injuries are eating us alive. Chris Archer, Ji-Man Choi, Kevin Kiermeier, Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks are all gonna miss some time.

  

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42. "he's so good...he's just..."
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a Picasso painting of a power pitcher. He was so frustrating to watch last year...especially in the playoffs. I dunno if it was him or how he was being coached...but man, he seems to have it going, so far.

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48. " Tyler Glasnow’s New Groove (Fangraphs swipe)"
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https://blogs.fangraphs.com/tyler-glasnows-new-groove/

Tyler Glasnow’s New Groove
by Ben Clemens
April 12, 2021

Did you know that Tyler Glasnow was once a Pirate? Yes, like every other baseball writer in existence, I’m contractually obligated to point that out in any article I write about him. Good news, though — I promise that’s the last time I’ll mention them in this article, because I want to talk about something that Glasnow has done this year to add a much-needed wrinkle to his game.

The Glasnow of the past few years was a two-trick pony, if such a thing exists. Trick one: a fastball that sits around 97 mph and touches 101 when he needs it. It doesn’t stand out for exceptional rise or transverse spin efficiency, but it doesn’t need to. Glasnow’s velocity and extension make for a flat-planed, dynamic pitch that both misses bats and induces weak contact.

You already knew that, because you can’t watch a Glasnow appearance without marveling at the graceful explosion of the pitch, seemingly catapulted by his smooth delivery. Here, watch him overpower J.D. Martinez:


Ah, what a joy to watch.

You’ve likely seen Glasnow’s second trick, as well: a big-bending, 12-6 curve that appears to warp space and time. There’s no way a pitch thrown that hard should break so much; per Baseball Savant, it has five more inches of drop than the average curveball thrown with similar velocity. This isn’t one of those pitches with just enough wiggle to miss the big part of the bat; this misses the bat entirely, and by more than a hair.

What’s more, the curveball spins in the exact opposite direction of the fastball. That makes it harder for batters to discern between the two, and you really don’t want to gear up for 97 up in the zone and then try to hit a curveball that falls 42 inches more on its flight home than the fastball would have. One more GIF? One more GIF:


Cool, great, we’re all caught up to Glasnow as of 2020. He threw a fastball and a curve, and the two paired masterfully. That was it! Oh sure, he threw the odd changeup — 63 in all of 2020, and 31 the year before — but that’s more of a technicality than a third pitch.

How much does that matter? It’s a matter of opinion, but you could pluck out some data points that suggest Glasnow didn’t suffer overmuch from a lack of diversity. For one, he led the majors in putaway percentage, the rate at which he turned two-strike pitches into strikeouts, last year. It doesn’t seem like batters were able to predict and lay off his pitches in high-impact situations. That list isn’t one you can fake your way onto, either:

Putaway% Leaders, 2020
Pitcher Putaway%
Tyler Glasnow 30.2%
Shane Bieber 28.4%
Corbin Burnes 28.4%
Framber Valdez 27.7%
Dinelson Lamet 26.2%
Aaron Nola 27.7%
Jacob deGrom 26.2%
Joe Musgrove 26.1%
Zac Gallen 26.1%
Dylan Bundy 25.9%

There’s also the matter of his performance. Between his 2018 Rays debut and the end of 2020, he compiled a 3.32 ERA and 3.40 FIP thanks to his 33.3% strikeout rate. That ranks among the best 25 starters in baseball on. Maybe the two pitches aren’t such a big deal.

On the other hand, Glasnow was the very picture of inefficiency. He averaged just over five innings per start in that span. It’s basically a math problem: Glasnow doesn’t often throw his curveball in the zone, but he can’t turn into a fastball-only pitcher when behind in the count — it’s a great fastball, but major league hitters are great at baseball, and they don’t generally miss fastballs in fastball counts from a pitcher who has no option but to tangle with them.

That means he has to mix in some amount of curveballs, but given its hellacious break, that leads to a good amount of pitches outside the zone. That puts a lot of pressure on Glasnow to start counts ahead — opponents have compiled a wOBA 140 points higher against him when ahead 1-0 as compared to behind 0-1, 30 points higher than league average.

To reiterate, none of this means that Glasnow wasn’t an effective pitcher before this year. He was one of the top 25 starters in baseball on a rate basis! He doesn’t throw a particularly high number of pitches per batter faced, and while his ahead/behind splits are elevated, they aren’t ghastly.

There’s the matter of times-through-the-order splits, and it’s easy to imagine that a pitcher with two pitches might struggle against hitters as they see those pitches more often. Two counterpoints: Glasnow has been better on the third time through than the second (in splits too small to be meaningful), and the Rays let him face at least one batter a third time in all but one of his 11 starts. He’s not Max Scherzer out there, but hey, lots of people fall into the general category of “not Max Scherzer.”

Anyway! We’re 800 words in, and I haven’t even gotten into the meat of this article yet: Glasnow is a two-pitch pitcher no longer. He added a slider to his arsenal, and he’s thrown it roughly a third of the time this year. It isn’t anything fancy so far, and it hasn’t had to be; batters need to gear up so hard for the two headliners that the slider befuddles them:


I cherry-picked an example, but this use case — a pitch he can throw in or around the strike zone that isn’t a fastball — is exactly what was lacking in his old arsenal. The exact shape of the pitch isn’t nailed down yet — it overlaps in velocity with his curveball, and while on average it has two-plane break, there’s still a good deal of variation from one pitch to the next, hardly surprising as he gains feel for it.

One thing is for sure: this isn’t the slider/cutter hybrid so many pitchers have added in recent years, despite velocity pushing 90 mph at times. It drops relative to spin-less motion, where those hybrid pitches have no drop or even slight ride. He throws it with a distinct axis as compared to his curveball — more sidespin, though still plenty of topspin — and with a similar spin rate. It feels more like a curve/slider hybrid than anything else, which makes sense for someone with Glasnow’s feel for breaking stuff.

Thus far, the raw numbers on the pitch are unremarkable. Batters are swinging at about half of the sliders he throws, an average rate. When they swing, they’re missing about a third of the time, ever-so-slightly less frequently than hitters miss an average slider. He throws it in the zone half the time — you guessed it, roughly average.

So, uh… what? Glasnow has two absolutely premium pitches in his arsenal. He’s shelving them — largely the curve, which he’s thrown only 11% of the time so far this year — in favor of a serviceable slider. This is supposed to be a good development?

It is! There might not be a conclusive body of research about the benefits of adding pitches, but so far, both of Glasnow’s other pitches appear to play well with the slider. He’s thrown 18 curveballs this year — and gotten seven strikeouts on those pitches. None of those have been thrown when he’s behind in the count, and why would they? It was always a pitch to throw when ahead. Glasnow simply had no other tools before. Subtracting the curveballs that he threw in suboptimal situations flatters the remainder.

Meanwhile, having another credible pitch he can locate in the zone when behind in the count protects his fastball. Last year, if a batter got ahead in the count, Glasnow went to the fastball 84.4% of the time. That didn’t stop him from throwing it by them, because it’s an incredible pitch, but it’s not like he was fooling hitters with his pitch selection. This year, he’s down to 70% fastballs when he’s behind.

It’s too early to look at count-based splits — honestly, it’s almost always too early to look at count-based splits, as they take forever to become reliable — but try this hilariously small-sample statistic on for size: in 19 1-0 counts, Glasnow has gotten a strike 11 times, a 57.9% rate. In his career before this year, that stood at 48%. For a guy with such lethal strikeout stuff, favorable counts are worth their weight in gold, and his slider is a way to get there with greater frequency.

Will this experiment work out? I have no clue. There are signs pointing both directions. Glasnow’s walk rate has plummeted this year, though of course he’s only made two starts. On the other hand, the slider isn’t doing what you’d hope in at least one way — batters aren’t chasing it much (28% of the time), but they are swinging a lot when he ventures into the zone (74%).

Want some more conflicting signs? Per our pitch weights, his slider has been tied with his fastball as his best pitch so far this year. Easy! What a good decision to throw it. But most of that positive value has been accrued on balls in play — volatile readings, to say the least. And batters are making more contact on out-of-zone pitches overall, even though the slider theoretically helps the curveball play up on that front. It’s a puzzle!

In truth, I’m not sure what to make of Glasnow’s new pitch. Glasnow has always been a study in logical extremes. You know how analysts are always saying “throw your best pitches more”? That’s exactly what he already did. He has two absolutely dominant offerings, and he threw them to the exclusion of any other pitches. Now he’s not doing that, and the results are intriguing.

I haven’t drawn any new conclusions about the pitch yet, and truthfully, I doubt Glasnow has either. He’s only used it in two games, and batters are adjusting to the new pitch as much as he is. Seeing its usage evolve will be fascinating, and the pitch certainly still has some growth left — it was literally created in a lab during spring training.

Given Glasnow’s feel for his curveball, there’s a good chance that he keeps improving the pitch, adding bite and refining its usage. Selfishly, though, I hope it doesn’t improve. I love the experiment of one of the game’s best two-pitch pitchers adding an ordinary third one. I don’t know how it will all shake out, and I love that I don’t know. Glasnow’s starts are appointment viewing, and watching him test out a new theory live on air is a fun subplot in an already-exciting season.


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56. "This was a very cool article. Thanks for posting it."
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44. "Oh nothing to see here:"
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Just the guy who can hit a ball 119 mph
And throw a ball 101 mph

Beating out a routine grounder to SS

https://twitter.com/ohtani_mlb/status/1382127833519038465?s=21

I mean cmon.

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45. "Here’s the random stat to go with it"
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https://twitter.com/MLBStats/status/1382126943655632902?s=20

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46. "oh, there’s more. in Bo’s house of all places"
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https://twitter.com/fabianardaya/status/1382145620442378240?s=21

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49. "in the same game."
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absurd.


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50. "Much watch tv for me right now"
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I’m like a fiend trying to find angels streams to catch

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53. "Maybe even more surprising last night: Trout struck out 4 times"
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in the same game

>absurd.

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58. "Damn hes now struck out 5xs in last two games counting today."
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51. "Lol...the Royals fan going full, Kenny Lofton..."
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to catch the ball and the Angels fan looking like...”but, bro!”

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54. "Part Deux"
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That’s serious speed. (It’s the third-fastest home-to-first time recorded this season, by any player, per Daren Willman of Statcast.) But what’s perhaps most remarkable about it is that it isn’t necessarily out of the ordinary for Ohtani. Just look at the leaderboard for sprint speed:

MLB sprint speed
Screenshot via Statcast
https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/leaderboard/sprint_speed

That’s the collection of up-the-middle types you’d expect—speedy middle infielders and centerfielders—and Ohtani. A DH in the top 10! That is not supposed to happen. And, of course, it only looks sillier when you sketch in the context around it. This speed-demon designated hitter is also a pitcher.


https://www.si.com/mlb/2021/04/14/shohei-ohtani-can-do-everything-the-opener

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47. "BUXTON! "
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(LOL @ the JEFFBAGWELL acronym for measuring WAR)

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/this-is-the-byron-buxton-we-were-promised/

APR. 13, 2021, AT 10:11 AM

This Is The Byron Buxton We Were Promised
By Neil Paine

The Minnesota Twins have MLB’s second-best record over the past two-plus seasons (trailing only the powerhouse Los Angeles Dodgers), earning a pair of division titles over that span. They’ve scored the third-most runs in baseball and rank fourth in OPS, with a reputation as one of the most devastating offensive teams in the game. But maybe the most incredible part of the Twins’ recent run is that they’ve done it all with center fielder Byron Buxton playing fewer than 60 percent of the team’s scheduled games.

Buxton has had superstar potential ever since he was taken second overall in the 2012 draft and was named Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect before the 2014 season. But aside from an electric 2017 season at age 23, one of the fastest players in baseball has struggled to stay healthy long enough to reach his full potential. Only time will tell if that changes in 2021 — but in the first few weeks of the season at least, Buxton has tantalized everyone again with flashes of the stellar player Minnesota has been hoping he would become for years.

Byron Buxton now has FIVE home runs this year.

And he's a triple shy of the cycle today. 👀 pic.twitter.com/4pINyHgjkf

— MLB (@MLB) April 11, 2021
So far this year, Buxton is putting up a collection of totally silly, video-game stats: He’s hitting .481 with a 1.734 OPS, five home runs, nine RBIs and 1.1 wins above replacement1 already in just eight games. In the last category, Buxton currently ranks as the third-most valuable player in all of baseball through two weeks of play:

The speedy Buxton is off to a very fast start this year
MLB wins above replacement leaders, 2021 season

WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT
PLAYER TEAM POS BATTING PITCHING TOTAL
Tyler Glasnow TBR P -0.01 1.18 1.17
Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL RF 1.15 0.00 1.15
Byron Buxton MIN CF 1.14 0.00 1.14
J.D. Martínez BOS DH/OF 1.05 0.00 1.05
Mike Trout LAA CF 1.05 0.00 1.05
Jacob deGrom NYM P 0.19 0.85 1.03
Gerrit Cole NYY P 0.00 0.94 0.94
Cedric Mullins BAL CF 0.83 0.00 0.83
Ryan McMahon COL 2B/3B 0.82 0.00 0.82
Phillip Evans PIT 3B/OF 0.77 0.02 0.79

WAR is measured using JEFFBAGWELL (Joint Estimate Featuring FanGraphs and B-R Aggregated to Generate WAR, Equally Leveling Lists), which averages the metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.

SOURCES: BASEBALL-REFERENCE.COM, FANGRAPHS

Surely those numbers will regress to the mean as the season goes on — or do we really think Buxton will keep playing at a pace of 20.5 WAR per 162 games? — but there are plenty of good things happening under the surface to suggest that he can continue enjoying a monster season. Here are the Statcast categories in which Buxton ranks among at least the 98th percentile of all hitters right now:

Average exit velocity (98th)
Barrel rate (100th)
Hard-hit ball rate (98th)
Expected batting average (100th)
Expected slugging percentage (100th)
Expected wOBA (100th)
Sprint speed (99th)

Buxton also ranks among the top third of hitters in avoiding strikeouts and swings-and-misses, and he remains one of the finest defensive center fielders in the game by several metrics. By the same tracking data, Buxton does have a legitimate hole in his approach at the plate — chasing 44 percent of pitches outside the strike zone (the league average is 30 percent). He also ranks among the bottom half of hitters in walk rate, despite a massive improvement over last year (when he drew a base on balls just twice in 135 plate appearances). But altogether, Buxton’s statistical profile represents an extremely unusual blend of power and speed. Since 2015, the dawn of the Statcast era, only two other players2 had at least 150 plate appearances per 162 team games and ranked in the 98th percentile or higher in both average exit velocity and sprint speed in the same season.

Buxton’s development into a star-level player isn’t entirely new this year, either. Although it flew somewhat under the radar in a COVID-19 shortened schedule, Buxton played at a 4.4-WAR pace last season (per 162 team games), which would have edged out his career-high output from 2017. He still missed time to injury, including the concussion-like symptoms that kept Buxton out of the starting lineup in an elimination game against the Houston Astros.3 But he hit well (.844 OPS) when he played, and he fielded at an elite level in center. In many ways, this hot 2021 start is the continuation of Buxton’s bounceback after injuries marred his 2018 and 2019 campaigns.

And if the Twins were already among the best teams in baseball with him playing only intermittently, how scary could they be with a healthy Buxton? We’re getting some clues early on. Though they’re in a tie for first place in the AL Central at just 5-4, the Twins rank third overall in runs per game, putting 6.11 on the board per contest, and they rank fourth in team ERA with a little help from Buxton’s glove in center. The club’s Achilles’ heel has been horrendous luck in extra-inning games; three of the Twins’ four losses have come after nine innings, the most of any team this year.

According to the underlying stats, however, the Twins have played like a dominant team so far, with Buxton’s MVP-level play leading the way. If he can stay on the field for anything close to a full season — a big “if,” granted — Buxton could finally put together the type of year experts have been envisioning for him since he turned pro.


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57. "LOL..."equally leveling lists"..."
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that acronym sounds like something we would have made up in OKS. Buxton is crazy gifted, though. I'll admit, early on I kind of looked at him as a speedster who you couldn't get a hit into the outfield, past. He's much more well-rounded, than that.

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52. "Goldie hits #250 and Arenado is raking "
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55. "its great to see ex-Diamondback players succeeding"
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we are the Farm Team for the Majors.

JD Martinez... Goldie... every fucking pitcher on the All Star team... BEING A FAN IN PHOENIX IS GREAT.

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59. "damn, man...I didn't think about that"
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60. "Giolito pitched a jewel yesterday. "
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But we lost in extra innings.

Tonight?

Rodon is pitching a perfect game with an inning to go!

We are winning the World Series. Mark my words. This team
has it all, and Anderson and Jimenez haven’t even played yet.

Pale Hose!

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61. "Lost the perfect game. Batter got hit by a pitch for an auto"
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walk.

He still got the no hitter and went the distance.

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62. "Dodgers vs Padres felt like Game 7 of the World Series"
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The tension, the back and forth scoring, 20 strike outs, extra innins, extra extra innnings. Manny hustling.

Thank you MLB for giving us 18 more this year! What a great rivalry

  

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64. "Loving this budding rivalry. High entertainment factor"
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Santana striking out Tatis with the bases loaded and David Price coming through!

Seager is off to an MVP level start.

  

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65. "Mookie with the game ending diving catch!"
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Two runners on in a 2-0 game. What a play.

http://twitter.com/mlb/status/1383631255195979784?s=21

  

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66. "I am in NO way comparing myself with Mookie Betts..."
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but having played baseball through college...as an outfielder...the catch he made tonight is SO TOUGH, man. It’s also such a lonely place, cause it happens so fast, there’s no backup. That ball goes under your glove and you are not getting up to go after it for a minute, cuz you’re still sliding. Just supremely confident and skilled. He’s literally deciding games with his glove. Incredible.

when I threw the rifle in the river,
it looked like Bol Bol was diving in the river - Action Bronson

  

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67. "Ohtani watch was paused for a few days"
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Avg stat lines and covid positives from the twins.... hopefully we’re back tonight


Will be an eventful start to the week if he’s in the lineup today ashes slated to get his second start tomorrow

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73. "Arihara pitched a gem last night."
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Trout is still striking out at an incredibly high rate (for him).
Ohtani took Arihara to the track but got robbed of at least an extra base hit and possibly HR by Adolis Garcia who also homered to start off the Rangers scoring.

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68. "A's have gone from can't win to can't lose real quick"
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They looked so ass-awful to open the season, and now they've won 8 in a row. Glad they've found their groove.

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71. "... and I love it nm"
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But hell, what do I know?

  

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72. "Yanks are fucking scuffling..."
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too much talent, though. They'll figure it out...but, man does it look rough.

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74. "Ohtani with a shaky start but has settled In"
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He’s on a 75 pitch COunt tonight and used over 1/3rd (28) in the 1st inning but got out of a bases loaded one out jam.

https://mobile.twitter.com/i/web/status/1384686807665713154

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75. "Lol what a line in 4 IP"
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4IP
7K
6BB
1 HBP
1 H
0 ER

Avg velocity down 96 mph
And fastest of the night was 98

He threw the fastball way less. Apparently that’s the pitch Tahts causing his blister so it makes sense

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76. "I've been pleasantly surprised by the Red Sox"
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After shitting the bed the first 3 games we've been on a damn run. The hitters have started to come back down to earth a little bit, but I think this offense will keep us in contention. Very happy to see JD and Devers bounce back after a really tough 2020. The pitching will not be as good as it's been so far, but if we can get back E-Rod and Sale and somehow slide into the playoffs we're gonna be a really tough out.

Besides the record, this is just a likeable group though. Very easy to cheer for, and as much as I'd rather have Mookie, Verdugo seems like a really fun guy to have in the clubhouse.

  

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78. "Might need to stay w/ those GSW jerseys on some power transfer vibe"
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79. "those were very divisive, but I like them"
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Also they split the 2 games they played in them, so I don't think they did much lol

  

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80. "me too, bright colors in general need a comeback in sports"
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I love the Braves bringing back the Hank Aaron-era blue and red uniforms, they look brand new even though they're 50 years old and really pop, especially with the yellow armbands they're wearing.


I just saw some stat that Boston's taken 12 of 19 since the first night in yellow, I have no idea how often they're actually wearing them lol


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77. "Back to hitting HRs"
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https://streamable.com/5o371d

Clearing the bases in under 18 seconds is the low key batflip

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