We have been highlighting certain plays this postseason from Statcast, MLB Advanced Media’s new player tracking technology. In one of their latest videos, they broke down how Royals catcher Salvador Perez threw out Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco on a bunt attempt in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 3 of the World Series from last night. Check it out below.
Yes, this play would have been closer had Blanco continued to run. And Statcast’s numbers back that up. But let’s focus on the positive here. It was a heck of a play by Perez.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.
He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.
It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.
However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.