I was just perusing the old Fangraphs, looking to see if anyone had thrown a knuckleball in 2020. Last year there were a handful of guys who threw a few flutterballs, but I knew Steven Wright was out with an injury.
According to the pitch type listings the only people who've thrown the pitch this year are position players: Erik Kratz, Todd Frazier, and Holaday. But it's so few pitches, and players who don't normally pitch, I don't know if it wasn't just a mis-categorization of a batting practice curveball or something.
Does anyone remember Holaday's stint on the mound on August 14th? I certainly wasn't watching the end of a 15-3 blowout loss. The only clue in the game thread was @SteveA commenting that "Holaday bringing it at 73 MPH".
If we could get confirmation that he threw a knuckler, that might be the first one by an Oriole pitcher since Dan Boone in 1990, although Fangraphs says Ryan Flaherty may have also thrown a few knucklers in a pitching appearance in '16. But again we'd need confirmation that it wasn't just a 71 mph junkball that the trackers didn't know what to do with.
I suppose 2B is arguable. Alberto hits OK, but his defense is not very good. But do you really think a 500 or better team can have a third baseman like Ruiz? His defense is really bad, and I’ve been one of his big fans., But he doesn’t hit enough to compensate for his defense, or vice versa. He needs to go and we need to replace him with somebody competent.
He's probably got the Cy Young in the clubhouse if his teammates can clinch before Sunday, but could he lose it if his number is called on 3 days rest again Sunday, and he scuffles with a playoff berth on the line?
Except that Boddy's a team employee now, would have said he and Boddy have to be over the moon on the eve of his FA?
Like Rendon/Strasburg last year, there's a good bit extra he can earn with a hot month, maybe enough for him to flirt with the 1-year record if he stars and sticks by that principle.