Marlins’ Opening Day starting lineup is comical

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Here it is, via MLB.com Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro:

Pierre, the leadoff man, owns a .284/.339/.333 batting line since the start of the 2010 season and will turn 36 years old this summer. Coghlan was named the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, but he has hit .238/.305/.351 in 803 major league plate appearances since. Polanco, the cleanup hitter, has 13 home runs and a .356 slugging percentage in his last 344 games. Dodgers utilityman Skip Schumaker, for quick reference, owns a career slugging percentage of .377. We’ll just go ahead and stop there.

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.”