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Frobby

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  1. Manny Machado has been very hot lately. He’s leading the National League in RBI with 75, while currently posting an .884 OPS (145 OPS+). He has a 1.183 OPS over his last 25 games.
  2. He almost did that last month (9.5%), when he had a .656 OPS for the month. I’d prefer he just hit well.
  3. Good question. Eddie didn’t. Cal didn’t. Not sure who else would even be a candidate. Edit: Jim Gentile did it in 1960, leading the team with 98 RBI and finishing second in the rookie of the year voting. His teammate, Ron Hansen, won Rookie of the Year and finished third on the Orioles with 86 RBI, behind Gentile and Brooks Robinson.
  4. Lost in last night’s debacle was a pretty decent long relief job by Akin: 3 shutout innings allowing only one hit. He only threw 35 pitches, 26 for strikes. Maybe the Yankees were just coasting by then, but the minutes Akin departed, they ambushed Anderson for four runs in an inning. So, I’m inclined to give Akin credit for his successful outing.
  5. And he’s been far from perfect in his time here. He’s only throwing 60% strikes which is not high enough for a guy like him. He’s only throwing a first pitch strike 55.7% of the time. I’m seeing way too many pitches that are too high to tempt a matter to chase, or otherwise too far out of the strike zone. This is not the Alex Well who had a lot of success in the minors. Another big problem I see is that his change-up is only 5 mph slower than his fastball. Not enough there to throw off a batter’s timing, especially when the batter isn’t gearing up for premium heat in the first p
  6. Ryan Mountcastle appears to be heating up, hitting .359/.405/.744 over his last ten games. He’s had four consecutive multi-hit games, going 10 for 17 in that stretch. Overall, his OPS is back up to .775 after slipping as low as .724 on July 20. I’m hoping he can finish the season strong and give us something to look forward to in 2022.
  7. 6 innings of shutout ball, 2 hits, no walks, 6 strikeouts. He got through 6 in a tidy 60 pitches, 46 for strikes.
  8. Fangraphs had him pegged as an eventual 2B before the season began.
  9. Could’ve had both, but it’s water under the bridge. I like Wells a lot.
  10. That trade looked better at the time than it does in hindsight, with Diaz stagnating and Kremer disappointing. I haven’t given up on either player, but I’m not counting on them, either.
  11. My view is, it takes a lot of reps to know how good a player can become on defense. I remember Caleb Joseph was seen as a bat-first C for several years in our organization but he developed into a good defensive C. Obviously C is a different type of position than SS/3B and there are certain natural skills you have to have that can’t be improved significantly by mere repetition. But I’d certainly never assume that a guy in his first season of pro ball is anywhere near as good as he’s going to get. That said, it’s my guess that Grenier and Ortiz will remain ahead of Westburg on the
  12. Fangraphs gave his arm a 45 in their preseason write-up, so opinions may vary. And they gave his fielding a 40/45.
  13. Per Roch today: Update: Hyde said this afternoon that Rule 5 pick Tyler Wells, who threw a batting practice session yesterday, could be reinstated from the injured list Wednesday or after Thursday’s off-day. “Will be nice to have Tyler pitch in big spots later in the game,” Hyde said. https://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2021/08/orioles-and-yankees-lineups-45.html
  14. I wouldn’t put too much credence in it. I’m not saying he’s wrong, but I don’t know enough about Jared Pinder or how many times he’s seen Westburg play to put a lot of weight on his opinion. Statistically speaking, Westburg’s 968 fielding % at SS is fine, while his .920 at 3B is not, but neither is a huge sample. His range stats suggest he may not be the rangiest SS you’ve ever seen, but it’s a limited sample and a lot of extraneous factors affect the traditional range stats, and advanced metrics aren’t available. So far as defense goes, I’m a bit more nervous about Henderson, wh
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