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  1. It's because he knows how to get his batting gloves just right. That's the key to batting .233 in the Majors. He has been somewhat valuable, of course, but a huge percentage of his value has come from the walks. Not that, as a sabermetrics guy, I don't appreciate the value of walks and On-Base Percentage. I just question whether he can sustain this level of production. So far this year, the difference between his On-Base and Batting Average is 148 points (381 minus 233). But his career difference is only 101. Some guys who have had a very high difference over their whole careers: Babe Ruth -- 132 Ted Williams -- 134 Eddie Yost -- 140 Barry Bonds -- 146 Gene Tenace -- 147 Tenace is the highest I could thiink of offhand. And he and Yost are the guys on the list who are somewhat comparable to Grossman Version 2021 (low to mediocre Batting Average with very high Walk Rate). The others are probably the three greatest offensive players of all time, with both high to very high BAs and very high Walk Rates. The question is whether Grossman can give us a whole season or at least a significant part of it at the Tenace/Yost level His history says that that's not the way to bet. .
  2. Josh Hader just became the fastest pitcher to reach 400 career strikeouts -- he's at 404 strikeouts in 236.1 innings, for a career rate of 15.4 strikeouts per 9 innings. So far this year, he is averaging 17.1 Ks per 9, with an ERA of 0.71.
  3. Two today: Yesterday, Brewers pitcher Adrian Houser hit his second career home run, off of Daniel Castano -- after hitting his first on April 27, also off of Daniel Castano. Also yesterday, Max Scherzer's 14-srikeout outing made him just the fifth pitcher to have 100 games with ten or more strikeouts, joining Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, and Pedro Martinez.
  4. Boosts his Slash Line to .127 / .225 / .238 / .463, good for an OPS+ of 34. So he's catching up to Ray Oyler. That OPS+ makes him now 70.8 percent of the hitter that Oyler was.
  5. A big issue, to be sure. If Al Avila was an investment advisor, he'd have put his clients heavily into Enron, WorldCom, and Madoff Securities.
  6. For the last few years we could have had, and could still have, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez, and Nick Castellanos. Since leaving the Tigers: Scherzer has been Top Five in the Cy Young voting in every full season, with two Cy Young Awards and a World Series win. So far this year he has a 2.54 ERA, .846 WHIP, and 157 ERA+. Verlander has a Cy Young Award and a runner-up for the CYA, a World Series victory, and ERA+ of 389, 164, 179, and 188. J.D. has had OPS+ figures of 172, 170, 173, and 140, and has a World Series win. And so far this year he is batting .348 with an OPS of 1.127 and OPS+ of 211. He is leading the Majors in Home Runs, RBIs, and Total Bases, and leading the American League in Doubles and Runs. Castellanos had a 154 OPS+ for the Cubs in 2019, and so far this year is batting .324, with an OPS of 1.008 and OPS+ of 158. And the current Tigers are a historically awful team that is tied for both the worst average of Runs Scored Per Game and the worst Team ERA in the Majors, with a roster full of guys whose names I have trouble remembering, many of them being interchangeably bad.
  7. Danny DeVito. He has the look, plus an alliterative name.
  8. As of yesterday, the Tigers had a .276 Winning Percentage. The next-lowest team was at .357, and only one other team was below .407. The Tigers have given up 62 more runs than they have scored. The worst margin other than the Tigers' is 26. This isn't just a train wreck. It's more like all of the trains wrecking at the same time, by crashing through nuclear power plants. Al Avila's 2021 masterpiece could wind up making us pine for the good old days of 2003.
  9. I'm not really in favor of that proposal. I have long advocated a rule that when a relief pitcher is brought in mid-inning (i.e.., after another pitcher has started the inning), he should be required to face a minimum number of batters (like three) or finish the inning, whichever comes first. Because the parade of pitchers facing as little as one batter each was really harming the game in more than one way, in my opinion. And now we finally have such a rule. As for something as punitive as the loss of the DH, that's too much, at least without some exceptions. Certainly the penalty should not be imposed when a new pitcher starts an inning, because that doesn't slow down the game. Although maybe imposing it with the second or third mid-inning pitching change of the game wouldn't be so bad, because those are the changes that bog things down. And it would be easy enough to craft reasonable exceptions, such as not counting a change made necessary by an njury, or a change if the pitcher on the mound reaches some alarming pitch count within an inning, or allows three or more runs or five or more baserunners in an inning, etc.
  10. Yep. He could have walked over to third base and had the Unassisted Triple Play. It would have been just the 16th UTP in Major League history. Substantially rarer than a Perfect Game, of which there have been 23.
  11. Still, they have room to get worse. They're 28th in the Majors in Runs Scored Per Game, and there is still one club below them in Team ERA. Come on, guys, let's see some effort here!
  12. I would like to see them deal with the batter thing first, to get rid of idiocies like Robbie Grossman stepping out and unfastening and refastening the velcro straps on his batting gloves after what seems to be every freaking pitch. Even when he doesn't swing. It's ridiculous. Guess what: Velcro works, and batting gloves don't mysteriously loosen every few seconds. In fact, they don't loosen at all, even when you swing. Stay in the damn box! Most batters don't seem to be going for the lengthy strolls between pitches nearly as much as they were a few years ago. But some -- like Grossman -- are still wasting a lot of time.
  13. Advocating due process for Angel Hernandez? You're fired.
  14. They're not who we thought they were. They're worse. In pitching, they are next-to-last in the Majors in Team ERA, and are tied for the worst in Home Runs Allowed Per Game. And the offense sucks, too.
  15. How could this happen when he was in the best shape of his life?
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