Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, June 6, 2024 -- "Nine Pitches"

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In play, run(s), 100.1 mph four-seam fastball

Tell your statistics to shut up.

The best part about this homer wasn’t the swing, wasn’t the exit velocity, wasn’t the distance. The best part about this homer was how Paul Skenes knew it before the ball was even over his head. Skenes finishes the pitch and swings around, facing towards the first-base stands, grimacing, well aware his shutout is over. It turns out you can’t throw six fastballs past Shohei Ohtani, especially when the sixth is as poorly located as the Young Republicans booth at Smith College orientation.