Playing A Little Pepper

Public Service Announcement: Over the next few days, you will hear a lot of things around baseball such as “Miguel Cabrera is the first player to ever have 30 home runs and 90 RBI before the All-Star break” or “Matt Moore is the 6th youngest pitcher to win 13 games before the All-Star break since 1975.” What these people are either ignoring or don’t realize is that the All-Star break is really late this year. The Rays will play 96 games before the break. The Red Sox will play 97. Most teams will play 94-97. Up until this season, teams would typically play 85-90 games before the break. That’s an extra start for starting pitchers and an extra 30-40 plate appearances for hitters.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Luke Scott, DH
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Wil Myers, RF
  7. Matt Joyce, LF
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS
  10. David Price, SP

 

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2 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    At the game. Price just finished the 5th. Has thrown 46 strikes and 6 balls. Crazy strike:ball ratio of 88% so far.

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    • Rob says:

      Price just threw a complete game in 87 pitches and 80% of those were strikes. Too bad the offense didn't show up against a guy making his debut.

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