After Skip Schumaker pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Reds on Thursday night, we got another position player pitching last night. It didn’t go nearly as well.
With the Tigers down 17-6 to the Twins, infielder Andrew Romine made his first career relief appearance in the bottom of the eighth inning. He surrendered a leadoff double to Kennys Vargas before giving up back-to-back home runs to Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe. Both of them were tape-measure blasts. On the bright side, Romine retired three out of the next four batters, including a strikeout of Kurt Suzuki.
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According to the fantastic Brooks Baseball, Romine averaged 86.7 mph on his fastball and topped out at 90.6 mph.
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.”