Quick little post here, just want to explain how I believe the Home Run Derby will pan out and why. ROUND 1 Jesus Aguilar (1) vs. Rhys Hoskins (8) Yes, Aguilar is having a breakout season, but remember when Hoskins hit 18 homers in 50 games last year? Hoskins clearly has more raw power and his type of swing, one where he hangs in the air then crashes down on the ball, plays well in a dinger competition, especially one that now requires endurance. Winner: Hoskins Alex Bregman
Many of my recent posts have been directed more at overall views, but this week I would like to look at a few specific trends that have bothered me in this young MLB season. The first is the rise of the three true outcomes (minus the walks; I believe walks showcase a good hitter’s ability to work an opposing pitcher, not an AB so lame it only qualifies as a plate appearance). As many baseball followers heard, the first month of this season produced more strikeouts than hits.
I am writing this post as Game 5 roars upstairs, forced to leave after Carlos Correa hit the 20th home run of the game. It disgusted me more than any other home run has, or ever will (given the magnanimity of the stage on which it occurred). Why am I so disgusted? Because of one simple truth; THE BALLS ARE JUICED. You heard me right (or should I say read). No, I was not a believer of this fact months ago when it first came up in baseball discussions. I simply wrote it off as
The 88th Annual All-Star Game took place this past Tuesday, showcasing some of the league’s biggest and brightest stars, as well as their inability to provide a meaningful experience. How telling, in a season set to break the all-time home run record, that two thirds of the runs scored in the game would be off of solo blasts. That’s not to say that watching a grown man pound a ball over the wall isn’t enjoyable; it is the pinnacle of hitting and deserves our oohs and aahs. Ho