And That Happened: July 20, 1969

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The scores:

Red Sox 6, Orioles 5
Angels 7, Athletics 3; Athletics 9, Angels 6
Royals 8, White Sox 6, Royals 3, White Sox 2
Indians 5, Tigers 4; Tigers 3, Indians 2
Yankees 3, Senators 2
Twins 4, Pilots 0
Braves 10, Padres 0
Mets 4, Expos 2; Expos 3, Mets 2
Cubs 1, Phillies 0; Cubs 6, Phillies 1
Giants 7, Dodgers 3

Oh, and this badass walked on the frickin’ moon:

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Sorry, needed a baseball prextext to note that one of the most extraordinary Americans to ever walk the Earth, and a world beyond, passed over the weekend.

The greatness of his most well-known accomplishment was matched by the greatness of his lesser known accomplishments. Not the least of which was the fact that, when that great one was over, he just put his head down, went to work on noble things and didn’t seek the spotlight. Which is simultaneously the most and least American thing ever.

Good travels, Mr. Armstrong.

Alex Wood to try pitching out of the stretch

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Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers starter Alex Wood plans to pitch out of the stretch throughout the 2018 season. Wood got the idea when he watched Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Dodgers.

Wood, 27, finished last season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 151/38 K/BB ratio in 152 1/3 innings. That’s a mighty fine season, one in which many pitchers would not dare to mess with something that isn’t broken.

Interestingly, Wood indeed has had better results with runners on base — when he would pitch out of the stretch — as opposed to the bases being empty, with a respective OPS allowed of .523 versus .684, respectively. Over his career, he has allowed a .617 OPS with runners on and .706 with the bases empty.

In response to Moura’s tweet about Wood, retired pitchers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver took the opportunity to burn themselves. Haren tweeted, “I pitched a few seasons completely out of the stretch actually, just not by choice.” Weaver responded, “Sometimes I would just step off and throw the ball in the gap myself because I knew the hitter would do it anyways.”