Not less than ten minutes after reading this story in which Doc Gooden offers his advice to Stephen Strasburg I read that Gooden was arrested after being involved in a crash after which he was charged with:
- Driving under the Influence of a controlled dangerous substance;
- Endangering the welfare
of a child;
- DWI with a child passenger;
- Leaving the scene of a motor
- Failure to keep right; and
- Failure to
notify change of address regarding driver’s license
You’d think the first six charges were enough without that address beef, but if I saw that a guy was driving his kids around while on drugs I’d spend hours in the law library looking for new and outrageously punitive things with which to charge him.
As I sit here right now I’m struggling to think of someone who has wasted his life and the second, third, fourth and fifth chances (and then some) he was given than Dwight Gooden has. Maybe there’s one or two, I don’t know. I do know, though, that Stephen Strasburg should take any advice Doc Gooden has for him and do pretty much the exact opposite.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.