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The Milwaukee Brewers and Cardinals have played five video games this season and Yelich has homered in all five — including three in Monday’s 9-6 pick, a three-flee shot to cap off a six-flee 2nd inning, one more three-flee shot in the seventh inning to snap a 6-6 tie, then the clincher in the eighth:
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 16, 2019
Right here are the seven home runs in bellow:
0-0, 92-mph fastball (off Miles Mikolas)
1-2, Ninety three-mph fastball (off Andrew Miller)
0-1, 94-mph sinker (off Dakota Hudson)
1-0, 92-mph fastball (off Michael Wacha)
1-0, Ninety three-mph sinker (off Hudson)
0-1, 92-mph fastball (off Mike Mayers)
1-0, 84-mph slider (off John Brebbia)
There appears to be like to be a vogue there … in fact, his eighth home flee this season got here off an 87-mph fastball from the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks, so seven of the eight home runs have been off fastballs/sinkers of moderate velocity. In other phrases: Accumulate now not throw Yelich a mediocre fastball. Especially at Miller Park (all eight of his home runs have come at home).
Present that Yelich also has been especially adept at trying fastballs early in the depend. The dwelling flee against Hendricks got here on the first pitch as nicely, so seven of his eight home runs have come on the first or 2nd pitch of the plate appearance. Bright. Did Yelich describe the linked patterns closing season?
Yes and no. His home runs by pitch:
Yes, he hammered fastballs, but higher than 1/2 his home runs got here off secondary pitches. Of his 36 home runs closing yr, 17 got here on the first or 2nd pitch. That’s 47 p.c, when compared to the MLB moderate of 37 p.c over the previous two seasons.
• Over the last two seasons, Yelich is hitting .329/.457/.921 against the Cardinals with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs in 21 video games. Yeah, I deem we would possibly per chance fair delivery seeing St. Louis pitchers discipline him well-known more accidental intentional walks.
• Yelich’s seven RBIs tie the franchise anecdote, carried out eleven times beforehand (including twice by Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy). Surprisingly, Cecil Cooper, Ben Oglivie, Gorman Thomas or Robin Yount by no device did it (shameless excuse to checklist the lineup of Harvey’s Wallbangers).
• It is the 21st time a Brewer has hit three home runs — Oglivie is the fully participant to compose it three times.
• Sooner than the sport, Yelich took additional batting instruct at an empty Miller Park and told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy that “I feel admire I have now not played fair the least bit this yr.”
Umm, Yelich is now hitting .354/.449/.785 with 22 RBIs in 17 video games and the Brewers have overwhelmed the Cardinals in four of their five meetings. The teams will face off twice more on this collection and three more times subsequent week in St. Louis. The Cardinals prefer to identify a greater game idea. For that matter, so does the rest of the league.
Bonus Christian Yelich point out: All that … and prior to the sport, Yelich gave a fan a new pet:
UPDATE: They are going to name him Yeli. 🐶 pic.twitter.com/J95rP1Rh5m
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 15, 2019
Noah Syndergaard–Aaron Nola matchup fails to sizzle: The Mets beat the Phillies 7-6 in eleven innings on a brisk night in Philly that featured 24 mph winds. (It was so windy that Syndergaard had to withhold his hair tied up in a ponytail.) The successful flee scored on Rhys Hoskins‘ two-out fielding error (following an infield single and a stroll), however the gigantic story was that Nola and Syndergaard both allowed five runs — something neither did closing season in a mixed 58 starts.
Syndergaard’s ERA rose to five.Sixty three, but it mostly has been a matter of unpleasant sequencing (batters are hitting .438 with runners in scoring do) as his total numbers are silent fair: 24 IP, 22 H, three HR, 5 BB, 29 SO.
Nola is a higher downside, as his numbers across the board are well-known worse than in 2018:
2018: .197 moderate, .570 OPS, 27% SO price, 7% BB price, 2.0% HR price
2019: .280 moderate, .901 OPS, 21.8% SO price, 12.6% BB price, 5.7% HR price
Nola’s 2018 marketing campaign was rather outstanding. Undoubtedly, by Baseball-Reference, Nola — and now not Jacob deGrom — was the supreme pitcher in the National League. His 10.5 WAR ranks as fair the ninth 10-WAR season for a pitcher since 1980 and the supreme since Randy Johnson in 2002. I compose now not essentially agree that he was better than deGrom; B-R is giving him a host of credit score for pitching in entrance of a gruesome defense, which pushes his price above deGrom’s.
Anyway, the shock to Nola’s delivery is that his curveball, which was so dominant in 2018, has deserted him. Batters are hitting .348/.385/.522 against it after hitting .155/.192/.249 against it closing season. His characterize has been unpleasant across the board: Batters swung at forty eight p.c of his pitches closing yr, but that price is at 39 p.c this yr as his in-zone price has dropped as nicely. As with all these early numbers, we must the least bit times bear in mind that it be fully four starts, however the Phillies will need a greater version of Nola to headline the rotation.
Kershaw returns: In his return to Dodger Stadium, Yasiel Puig beaten a two-flee homer off Clayton Kershaw in the first inning, but Kershaw then settled in and shut down the Reds the rest of the style in his first delivery of the season. Dave Roberts even let Kershaw bat in a 2-2 game in the underside of the sixth with one out and no one on — a minute bit irregular, but Kershaw was sitting at fair 74 pitches and had struck out the aspect in the sixth. He would attain the seventh throwing fair 10 more pitches.
Clayton Kershaw’s closing line: 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts. 84 pitches, 58 of them strikes. Only Yasiel Puig got to him. His fastball averaged Ninety mph, but his breaking pitches seemed entertaining, and that will regularly be sufficient.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 16, 2019
Kershaw would crawl away with a no-resolution and the Reds scored off Kenley Jansen in the raze of ninth, fully to hunt Joc Pederson bring a dramatic stroll-off home flee for the Dodgers off Raisel Iglesias. Alden Gonzalez has more on the sport.
Jackie Robinson Day shoes: I admire the tributes. Bryce Harper wore UCLA-themed shoes in honor of Jackie:
Bryce Harper wearing UCLA-themed shoes tonight for Jackie Day. pic.twitter.com/Ml0brfWD64
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) April 15, 2019
At UCLA, Robinson was identified more for his football, music, basketball and even golf — he it sounds as if received the conference championship — than baseball, the do fable has it he hit .097 at some level of his one season on the Bruins baseball crew.
@UniWatch in the @Rangers game @LinoDeShields is wearing one certain that has Jackie Robinson’s face and his time with the Dodgers proven, his other chest is Kansas Metropolis Monarch’s themed, Robinson’s crew from his time in the Negro League #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/Pa9t9wzBzg
— Jonathan Shaw (@jonny_shaw_10) April 16, 2019
Nasty play of the day: Brandon Drury of the Blue Jays idea he had walked in the sixth inning, with the exception of he hadn’t — it was a 2-2 pitch, now not three-2. That led to Teoscar Hernandez getting picked off first wicked. It’s possible you’ll per chance seek him heading back to first wicked, but then stopping as soon as he noticed Drury heading to first, so who compose you blame?
You guys know that announcing “you seek something new on the ballpark day to day”?
That is that something new… pic.twitter.com/mLdhQQdQrn
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 16, 2019
Hernandez made up for the mistake two innings later: He belted a crawl-ahead, three-flee home flee, his first of the season, to present the Jays the 5-three pick over the Twins.
Twins catcher Mitch Garver, riding a sizzling bat with eight hits in his previous 12 at-bats, grew to become the 2nd catcher to hit leadoff this season, following the Jays’ Danny Jansen, who did it on March 31. It came about 16 times closing season, 10 of these by J.T. Realmuto. Jason Kendall is the king of leadoff-hitting catchers, owning the raze five single-season marks, including 119 video games in 2004. Serene, it be rare to hunt a catcher in the leadoff do. Via the Baseball-Reference Play Index, since 1908 there have been fair 94 instances when a catcher hit leadoff on the least as soon as in a season for his crew — but 38 of these got here from a catcher who did it fair as soon as that explicit yr.
Garver is uninteresting, but now not tremendous uninteresting. In step with Statcast, his top poke glide in 2018 was equal to Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer and Joc Pederson. Garver does have some on-wicked means with a .335 stamp closing season, so it be now not a gruesome idea from Rocco Baldelli. Gape Garver to continue to get more playing time over Jason Castro.
House flee of the day: Chris Davis with his first:
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 15, 2019
The Orioles beat the Purple Sox 8-1 to separate the four-game collection at Fenway. So, yes, fair admire we all expected, the Orioles are one game better than the Purple Sox by 17 video games.