We heard a couple of weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are looking for ways to cut down on offense in Chase Field. Among their ideas was installing a Coors Field-style humidor. If they do that, however, they had best be careful because people who know more than I do about such things think doing so could turn the joint into the Astrodome, Part Deux.
The upshot, according to a physics professor you don’t know named Alan Nathan and a hit tracker you probably know named Greg Rybarczyk, is that humidified balls hit in the air would lose 2.5 m.p.h. off the bat, 14 feet in flight and would result in a 38% decrease in home runs. That’s some serious offensive depression.
No word if the Dbacks have looked into simply getting better pitching.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.