Thursday, July 18, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, July 18, 2019 -- "Hot Trout"


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"Trout’s injury paused his monster start to the second half, with homers in both of the Angels’ first two games out of the break. Trout is hitting .375/.488/1.188 in July with eight homers in 41 plate appearances, and more walks than strikeouts. The idea that we might be getting the kind of peak-peak performance from a player who could be the best who has ever played the game is tantalizing. Trout’s greatness has been about the breadth of his skills and the consistency of his play. Strangely, he’s rarely had the kind of run like, say, Christian Yelich did last year."

Monday, July 15, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, July 15, 2019 -- "A Year of Yelich"


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"One year ago today, Christian Yelich was having the same season he’d had the previous two. He was hitting for average, drawing walks, hitting the ball pretty hard but on the ground a lot. He was providing value on the bases and in the field. He also wasn’t the best player in his own team’s outfield, being outplayed by Lorenzo Cain, who had the best MVP case on the Brewers deep into August. I would argue that a year ago today, we had as good a read on what Christian Yelich was, and would continue to be, as we did on any player in baseball. Yelich was exactly the same hitter in the first half as he’d been the previous two seasons, and in the period just prior to the break he’d doubled down on his worst traits, hitting the ball on the ground as much as anyone in the game.

"That guy has hit 57 homers in the last year."

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, July 11, 2019 -- "Experimentation"


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"There is enormous value in having a space for ideas, from the long overdue to ones borrowed from Calvinball, to be tried. Maybe none of this ever gets out of Somerset and York and Lancaster, but we’ll have given the ideas a chance, and we’ll have gathered information, and we’ll be able to offer informed opinions. These ideas are so far away from showing up in a Yankees/Red Sox game that the panic over them is wholly misplaced. What’s important is that we’ll be able to see them, see their effects on the game, and over time, pick and choose what actually works from all of the changes."