Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman made his first career major league start on Saturday against the Royals and was very impressive. The right-hander limited the opposition to one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts over six innings.
Stroman was more impressed by the Blue Jays’ offense, however. The Jays banged out 12 runs on 14 hits and four walks, bringing their runs per game average up to 5.04, second-best in the American League. Shockingly, they didn’t hit any home runs, only the second time the Jays went homerless in the last two weeks.
After the game, Stroman told the media just how impressive the Jays’ bats were:
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!