On Tuesday Andrew from NYaT imagined what it would look like if every bat in the Yankee lineup went sideways. Yesterday he moved on to the pitchers:
CC Sabathia: What it would look like: Alex Fernandez after Marlins won the 1997 World Series. In December of 1996,
the Florida Marlins General Manager Dave Dombrowski brought a big free
agent starter to the Marlins in Alex Fernandez. In his last year in
Chicago (where he was a workhorse), Fernandez made 35 starts, pitching
258 innings, and in his first season in Florida, he pitched 220.2
innings plus the playoffs. The Marlins won their World Series but
Fernandez couldn’t handle the pressure on his arm. He missed the 1998
season, and, despite winning Comeback Player of the Year in 1999, he was out of baseball after 2000.
Andrew then proceeds to run down just how much mileage is on CC’s arm. It’s a lot. More than I realized, actually. I’d be more worried about it if Sabathia wasn’t freakin’ huge, however, which I suspect allows him to do things most other pitchers can’t. But like Andrew says, this is an exercise in imagining the worst, so let’s allow our imaginations to run free, shall we?
The Cubs wrapped up a four-game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon, suffering a 13-10 loss to split the set. They’ll match up again against the Reds next week for a three-game series in Cincinnati. That’s good news for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, because that means he’ll get to see Reds first baseman Joey Votto some more.
As CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports, Bryant has grown quite fond of Votto. Bryant has already won a World Series ring, a Rookie of the Year Award, and an MVP Award, but he still looks up to Votto. According to Bryant, Votto is “the best player ever.” He added, ““He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain. He gets a lot of (heat) about his walks and working at-bats and some people want him to swing at more pitches. But, gosh, I mean, he does an unbelievable job. You know that he’s going to give you a great at-bat every time he goes up there. It’s definitely a guy that I look up to and I can learn from.”
Bryant said that Votto is “a future Hall of Famer, that’s for sure.”
Bryant also explained how his approach changed by watching Votto. He said that in his rookie season, he was “swinging at everything.” Votto, however, is “aggressive, but he’s not going to swing at a pitch until he wants it.”
Indeed, in Bryant’s rookie season, he struck out in nearly 31 percent of his 650 plate appearances. This season, he has struck out in only 19 percent of his PA. His walk rate has also increased by more than 2.5 percent since his rookie campaign. Compared to last year, Bryant is down in HR and RBI, but his average is the same, his on-base percentage is markedly better, and his slugging percentage is only down by a minute amount.
Diamondbacks second baseman Daniel Descalso hit his team’s third inside-the-park home run of the season during Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Astros. In the top of the fourth inning, with the score 1-0 and the bases empty, Descalso ripped a 1-0, 83 MPH change-up to right-center field. The ball caromed off the wall, heading towards left field, which sent center Jake Marisnick on the chase. Marisnick tried to pick up the ball with his glove, but dropped it, which sealed Descalso’s destiny for an inside-the-parker.
It had only been five days since the Diamondbacks’ last inside-the-park home run. David Peralta hit one against the Cubs on August 12. Ketel Marte legged out his club’s first ITPHR on July 26 against the Braves.
As ESPN Stats & Info notes, the Diamondbacks have three as a team, which is amazing because the other 29 teams have hit seven combined.