Bob mentioned Derryl Cousins’ redonkulously small strikezone earlier this morning. Now Jason at IIATMS has it in visual form. For those unfamiliar, the green dots were called balls. Note how much green is in the strikezone. I’m seeing at least 26 pitches that should have been called strikes. The Yankees and Red Sox are fairly good at drawing walks as it is. They didn’t need Cousins’ help. The fans watching certainly didn’t need it.
Based on how bad that zone was, it’s probably worth moderating our “release Smoltz” and “smack Joba in the head” talk at least a little bit this morning.
Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners and figures to miss around 2-3 weeks.
Davis has put up an .805 OPS (119 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 47 games this season for the A’s, who are two games above .500 (25-23) largely because of their surprisingly consistent offensive production. Oakland is ninth among all MLB teams in runs scored and the club ranks seventh in combined team OPS (.748), behind only the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.
It sounds like Franklin Barreto is on his way up from Triple-A Nashville to take Davis’ spot.