Carlos Gomez’s star continues to rise (USAT)
After Carlos Gomez hit278 with 14 homers and 26 stolen bases over 252 at-bats after the All-Star break last season, he entered 2013 as a relatively fashionable sleeper, and if anything, he’s actually exceeded the hype. Gomez is on tempo to finish the season with a line of:305-ninety one-26-80-forty. His 97:18 K:BB ratio isn’t ideal, but Gomez has been successful on eighty five.zero% of his previous 118 SB makes an attempt, which is a remarkable rate, and here are his slugging percentages relationship again from 2009, respectively:337,357,403,463 and557. That’s a development entering into the best course for a 27-yr-previous just now entering his prime who has 17 homers, 23 doubles and an MLB-main nine triples this season, when he’s been the eighth most precious fantasy hitter, according to Baseball Monster. Regardless of an shortened month because of the All-Star break, Gomez has five homers and 10 steals in July. He also continues to play fantastic protection, particularly according to superior metrics (his 32.3 UZR since 2011 ranks fifth-finest in baseball regardless of limited taking part in time. And Dustin Pedroia is the only participant forward of him who performs something apart from a nook spot). Gomez is a creating star who supplies a rare energy/pace combo (he’s presently the one participant in MLB with 15+ homers and 25+ steals) that makes him a prime fantasy performer, and if you additionally factor in his base running and protection, it’s actually not loopy that he has the third-highest WARFARE amongst all gamers this season.
Here’s a compilation of Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus being greatest buddies, although this recent play was no laughing matter.
Can anyone clarify why this wasn’t an infield fly rule?
Here’s Yasiel Puig doing Yasiel Puig issues.
Jose Fernandez entered 2013 as a 20-yr-previous with just 138.1 career minor league innings. His numbers were dominant (2.02 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 4.23 Ok:BB ratio), but it surely made no sense on the floor to start out his arbitration clock on a team clearly rebuilding and amongst those favored to finish with the worst document in baseball. Of course, the apparent counter to that is the Marlins having no intention of rostering someone like Fernandez on their team when things like Super Two standing would matter, so may as properly showcase him now. However most prospects fail when first brought up, even prime ones, not to mention pitchers still unable to drink legally. However Fernandez has exceeded all expectations, as he at the moment sports a 2.71 ERA and 1.04 WHIP whereas recording 124 strikeouts over 119.2 innings. He’s been notably dominant since June began, as he’s posted a 1.87 PERIOD and zero.91 WHIP with seventy two strikeouts over sixty seven.2 innings. Fernandez punched out thirteen batters throughout his last outing, which was the most by an NL proper-hander underneath age 21 since Kerry Wood in 1998. Fernandez has a whopping 94.eight mph common fastball velocity and an 9.four SwStr% combined with a 1.36 GB/FB ratio, so he clearly looks like the actual deal. The only negatives that can be mentioned at this level are that a horrible Marlins staff has hurt him within the wins category, and he’s going to be on an innings limit down the stretch.
Fernandez’s lackluster seven wins are little question disappointing, but he plays for a staff that has scored 50+ fewer runs than the subsequent worst in baseball, and people seven wins are more than: A.J. Burnett, who has four wins with a 2.ninety six PERIOD whereas pitching for a group that leads the NL Wild Card by 4.0 video games; Chris Sale, who has six wins with a decrease PERIOD and has thrown 17.1 extra innings; Cole Hamels, who has four wins with a 129:39 K:BB ratio; Stephen Strasburg, who has five wins with a 2.eighty five ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Strasburg has allowed two runs or fewer in 15 of his 20 begins this season! Enjoying for a team that was one of many favorites to win the World Series coming into 2013. If that’s not dangerous sufficient, contemplate these two other nominees: Yu Darvish has won two video games since Could 16 despite recording a 2.sixty six PERIOD and 1.13 WHIP with 86 strikeouts over 71.zero innings while taking part in for a crew eight games above500. Matt Harvey has a powerful argument as the very best pitcher in baseball this season (Clayton Kershaw has the best counter, and even he’s on tempo to finish with a modest 15.5 wins on a workforce that tasks to win its division) with a 2.eleven PERIOD, 0.88 WHIP. Harvey leads MLB in FIP (2.05), xFIP (2.fifty eight) and opposing slugging share (.275). Harvey has allowed two runs or fewer in 15 starts this season. He has eight wins.
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Here’s a FedEx employee recklessly throwing objects into a truck.
This is the Bubble Wrap Bike. “Jealous much?”
So I tried “Popeyes” for the first time just lately (I had always been keen on “Church’s Hen”) and was pretty impressed, albeit not quite as much as this particular person. Still, it was little question legit, and I’m fairly fired up for his or her new waffle battered tenders.
Many (together with myself) anticipated the Blue Jays to be main contenders this season, but they sit 14.5 video games out of first place within the AL East at the finish of July (Many additionally (including myself) predicted the Nationals to make the World Series. And the group that’s gained two of the past three WS can also be a transparent vendor at the trade deadline. The Mariners at the moment have a better report than the Angels. Baseball, as at all times, stays incredibly unpredictable). However back to Toronto, since I wanted to point out simply what number of things have gone flawed for a crew that looked so promising on paper getting into the yr. Jose Bautista has been effective, although his842 OPS is his lowest since 2009, and Edwin Encarnacion has confirmed last year was no fluke (fantasy house owners need to be thrilled with his manufacturing, as he’s on tempo to finish with forty five homers and a hundred thirty RBI regardless of a modest278 BA. He’s additionally walked six more instances than he’s struck out). But after that, it will get ugly: Jose Reyes suffered a grotesque ankle harm, costing him 67 video games; after “winning” the batting title final season, Melky Cabrera is hitting just281/.322/.363. He’s a corner outfielder with three homers playing in Rogers Centre that has the second-highest HR Park Think about main league baseball in 2013; Brett Lawrie, who posted a953 OPS as a 21-12 months-outdated rookie two years ago, at the moment sports activities a207/.273/.391 line (once more, while calling baseball’s second-best hitter’s park dwelling); J.P. Arencibia has a 107:14 K:BB ratio; after being successful on his previous 19-of-21 SB makes an attempt, Maicer Izturis is 0-for-4 since joining Toronto; after successful the Cy Younger award final season, R.A. Dickey has a four.86 PERIOD and 1.30 WHIP whereas experiencing a serious dip in velocity. He hasn’t had a single start with out issuing a stroll, and if Dickey didn’t allow one run over his next 108.zero innings, he’d still end with a better PERIOD this season compared to final; Brandon Morrow has suffered through an harm plagued marketing campaign, posting a 5.sixty three ERA and 1.forty nine WHIP over 54.1 innings; Josh Johnson has won one game over 14 begins and sits with a 6.08 PERIOD and 1.57 WHIP (together with permitting 19 earned runs over his previous 13.2 innings). In case I haven’t been clear, the Blue Jays’ season hasn’t gone fairly as planned.
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Over his last 4 begins, Chris Archer has allowed one run over 31.zero innings, resulting in a zero.29 ERA and 0.sixty one WHIP with a 4.three Ok:BB ratio. In actual fact, when you date his latest sizzling stretch back to the beginning of July, he’s 4-0 with a 0.73 PERIOD and 0.65 WHIP over his past five starts. Archer entered the yr No. fifty three on Keith Legislation’s prospect list, however his numbers this season in Triple-A have been hardly overwhelming (three.96 ERA, 1.forty six WHIP, 2.26 Ok:BB ratio). Archer has a 6.25 K/9 rate since joining Tampa Bay, and he at the moment sports activities a216 BABIP (that would easily be an MLB-low if he certified. Nonetheless, this isn’t essentially a deathblow. If you happen to try the league leaders on this category, there’s one thing that actually jumps out. They consist largely of actually good pitchers). Moreover, it’s additionally value stating among the aforementioned 5 starts, four of them got here against opponents ranked in the backside-10 in runs scored in MLB (although to be truthful, a kind of additionally came with no consideration-hander pitching in Yankee Stadium, when he tossed a complete recreation shutout while permitting simply two base runners). Still, there are plenty of positives, as Archer plays for a staff that has a terrific observe document in creating younger pitchers. Tampa Bay additionally gives robust defense, and Tropicana Discipline has turn out to be quite the pitcher’s park. Archer’s Ok rate might not be spectacular, however he has averaged 95.0 mph together with his fastball, which might be third highest among all starters if he certified, and his profession eight.2 SwStr% suggests he’s not a fluke, though clearly it’s in all probability finest to anticipate some regression is in retailer.
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Quick Hits: I traded Dan Uggla seemingly right after he acquired new contacts, so it’s been irritating to see him hit eight homers over his last 25 video games. It hasn’t been all good, however, as he’s batting195 over that span, placing out 27 occasions over 87 at-bats. Moreover, he’s scored simply 11 runs over his eight-homer stretch after crossing the plate 86 occasions despite a220/.348/.384 line final season, and he’s also on tempo to document fewer RBI than he did in 2012 despite a 45-point enhance in slugging proportion (he already has two more homers this season in comparison with final in 185 fewer ABs). Uggla’s 32.0 Okay% is the fourth-worst in baseball. Why once more do I personal him in so many fantasy leagues?…With Joe Nathan surprisingly on the trade block, Joakim Soria isn’t a foul stash right now for those trying to find saves. He hadn’t appeared in a recreation since 2011 earlier than this month, but he’s yet to allow a run over 5.2 innings and has exhibited solid enough velocity during his return from Tommy John surgery. Tanner Scheppers seems to be the current in house favorite to replace ninth inning work, but he has a modest 33:17 K:BB ratio over 47.2 innings, whereas Soria has a profession 2.36 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Nonetheless, I find it arduous to consider Texas would actually transfer Joe Nathan, because it doesn’t make a lot sense…Derek Jeter’s house run Sunday broke a Yankees 28-sport homerless streak by proper-handed batters. In fact, the team hit as many homers by RHB on Sunday (two) as that they had combined since Might 15.
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And in the event you happen to additionally play fantasy football (or only a fan of the random links), here’s my first NFL column of the 12 months.
Quick Hits Part Deux: At this point, Jonathan Villar needs to be owned in all but shallow leagues. He had eight homers and 31 steals over 339 at-bats in Triple-A this season, and while that came within the PCL, he’s just 22 years old and plays shortstop. He’s already racked up 193 stolen bases all through his minor league profession. The change-hitter has been handed an everyday job as Houston’s leadoff hitter, and whereas Villar has already struck out an alarming thirteen times over 26 at-bats, he’s also recorded four steals (while getting caught twice) over his first seven video games in the massive leagues, so he’s clearly going to run wild…The A’s have a652 successful proportion in July (which might be the perfect in baseball this season by a large margin. The Cardinals at the moment have the best at602). Oakland has done this regardless of an MLB staff-worst251 BABIP over that span (subsequent lowest is268). Go determine…I wanted to additional bury my Giants by mentioning how they have simply seven home runs in July with a pathetic085 ISO, however the Yankees, who have the benefit of the DH and play in a park that couldn’t be more excessive in favor of hitters compared to San Francisco, have hit just nine house runs and have a087 ISO this month. Wow…More enjoyable with July stats: The Rockies have scored the third fewest runs up to now this month. Put otherwise, their workforce wRC+ is 55. The next lowest is seventy four (Twins)…Logical thought would be anybody leaving Coors Subject would lose fantasy worth, but Eric Young Jr. has been given the opportunity to be an daily participant since joining the Mets (batting leadoff even), and he’s gone from afterthought to precious asset because of this. Clearly, Young isn’t going to supply any power (he has six profession homers over 909 career at-bats), however since joining New York, he’s been on a pace to finish a full season with one zero five runs scored and sixty two steals. That isn’t sustainable, however with 17 walks and 17 SB makes an attempt over 34 video games, it’s clear he’s going to remain a fantasy factor over the remainder of 2013.