Picture of the Day: The Metrodome deflated

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was the home of the Twins from 1982 though 2009, after which the team moved into Target Field, so it only makes sense that we check in on their old stadium as it enters its final days.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings’ Twitter account, below is a look at the Metrodome before and after its trademark roof was deflated this morning. The demolition process will soon begin in order to make room for the Vikings’ new stadium, which is set to open in 2016. They’ll play at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium until it’s ready.

The Metrodome hosted the World Series in 1987 and 1991 and the All-Star Game in 1985. Our resident Minnesotan, Aaron Gleeman, is surely toasting the stadium’s memory with a mimosa right now.

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.”