Real or not: Wainwright is awesome again, Yankees have another great outfielder

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Before we talk about Adam Wainwright jersey the pitcher, let’s talk about Adam Wainwright jersey the hitter. His two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy jersey — his second of the season — provided the only runs as the St. Louis Cardinals jersey beat the Los Angeles Dodgers jersey 2-0 on Thursday. Hard to believe, but this was the first time in franchise history that the Cardinals threw a shutout with all the runs provide by a pitcher’s home run. That’s impressive enough, but here are some numbers that will blow your mind:

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Last 85 plate appearances:Bryce Harper jersey10 XBH & 16 RBIMike Trout jersey13 XBH & 18 RBI#STLCards Adam Wainwright jersey14 XBH & 25 RBI — Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) June 1, 2017 Ryan Spaeder was one off on the extra-base hits — Wainwright has 13, not 14, in that span — but he has driven in 25 runs going back to April 27 of last season. He’s hitting .244/.263/.526 with eight doubles, a triple and four home runs. He has come to bat 32 times with runners in scoring position and is 12-for-29 (.414) with 24 RBIs. Since April 27 of last season, 140 position players have batted at least 85 times with fewer RBIs. Memo to Mike Matheny: You may want to consider using Wainwright as a pinch-hitter once in a while (he has done so just once last season and once this year).

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Now for even better stuff, at least as the Cardinals’ hopes for winning the NL Central: Wainwright’s first seven starts: 2-3, 6.37 ERA, 35.1 IP, 53 H, 7.8 percent BB rate, 19.8 percent SO rate Wainwright’s past four starts: 4-0, 0.34 ERA, 26.1 IP, 16 H, 9.7 percent BB rate, 20.4 percent SO rate So what’s going? The results are obviously night and day, but the walk rates and strikeout rates are essentially unchanged. When we see a drastic improvement from a pitcher, the first we check is strikeout rate. In Wainwright’s case, that’s not the explanation for his superb performances these past four outings. So it’s something else.
mlb teams without alternate jerseys Adam Wainwright jersey has had a revival of late and has given up just one earned run over his past four starts. Jeff Curry/USA TODAY SportsAfter the game, manager Mike Matheny fell back on the tried-and-true explanation of fastball command, telling reporters: “He’s executing, throwing his fastball in good locations and that makes his breaking [stuff] better. He’s being smarter with his cutter. And with confidence comes even better pitches.”
cheap jerseys authentic There’s probably something to that, and it certainly seems clear that Wainwright’s approach with the fastball has been different: First seven starts: 22 percent high fastballs, 31 percent inside fastballs Past four starts: 31 percent high fastballs, 23 percent inside fastballs Basically, more high fastballs and a few more on the outer half of the plate. In those first seven games, opponents hit .394 against his fastball; they’ve hit .195 against it the past four starts.
pro baseball jerseys cheap So that’s a good barometer of what’s happened. It doesn’t explain everything. His well-hit average against all pitches according to ESPN Stats & Info has gone from .148 to … .151. So, umm, the same. He’s not necessarily giving up softer contact. His ground-ball, fly-ball and line-drive rates are basically the same.
I’d suggest we’re looking at essentially the same pitcher. He probably had a lot of bad luck on balls in play early on and now he’s pitching in some good luck. His season ERA is 3.79 and that’s probably a reasonable number to expect the rest of the way.
Corey Kluber jersey is back and all is well. After missing a month with a lower back strain, the Cleveland Indians jersey ace returned against the Oakland Athletics jersey and dominated with 10 strikeouts and two hits in an efficient 77-pitch effort over six innings. His stuff was lights out:
Hey.Have 10 seconds? Here are 10 CK strikeouts. — #VoteTribe 5x a day (@Indians) June 1, 2017 From ESPN researcher Mark Simon, Kluber’s curveball, as you can see in the above highlights, was his sit-down-and-drink-some-Gatorade pitch: He threw it 32 times, the A’s swung at 12 of them and missed 10, going 0-for-6 with five strikeouts. As Mark wrote before the game, Kluber is the latest example of a pitcher who threw a lot of innings in the postseason and was injured or less effective the following year. Given that he threw 249⅓ innings last year, maybe the month off will actually turn out to be a bonus come October, with less mileage on his arm.
The New York Yankees jersey’ other mashing outfielder. Aaron Judge is hitting .326/.427/.680. He’s getting a lot of attention. He deserves the attention! Teammate Aaron Hicks jersey, after going 4-for-5 with three doubles in six RBIs in a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays jersey, is now hitting .317/.437/.579. Hicks has been the club’s fourth outfielder, but has been playing every day of late with Jacoby Ellsbury jersey on the DL. Ellsbury may be the fourth outfielder when he returns the way Hicks has played. He has eight home runs and 30 RBIs in just 126 at-bats, numbers that project to 25 and 95 over just 400 at-bats. With one of the strongest arms in the game and decent range, he may even be a defensive upgrade over Ellsbury.
Give Brian Cashman credit for this one. Hicks had been a first-round pick by the Minnesota Twins jersey, but over three seasons with them he hit just .225. Still, he had good discipline — some scouts considered him too passive — and the Twins had kind of fooled around with him, never running him out there for 500-plus at-bats in a season. The Yankees got him for backup catcher J.R. Murphy, currently hitting .225 in Triple-A. How much of this is legitimate for Hicks? The stat I like is 28 walks and 27 strikeouts — one of only a handful of players with more walks than strikeouts, a list that includes Buster Posey jersey, Mookie Betts jersey, Joey Votto jersey and Anthony Rizzo jersey. While there is some good fortune going on — his average exit velocity is league average and his launch angle is below average — there’s some real improvement. The rich just got richer.
Play of the day. A triple play!
Outs are better in threes.@Twins go around the horn for the TRIPLE PLAY.
— MLB (@MLB) June 2, 2017
Quick thoughts … Speaking of the Yankees, Gary Sanchez jersey homered twice. Imagine if he gets going. … Joe Girardi moved Judge into the third spot for the first time, hitting between Sanchez and Matt Holliday jersey. Good move to get Judge’s OBP up higher in the lineup. … Thursday was the 25th anniversary of the day the Yankees drafted Derek Jeter. They took him sixth overall. Drafted ahead of him: Phil Nevin (Houston Astros jersey), Paul Shuey (Indians), B.J. Wallace (Montreal cheap jersey Expos), Jeffrey Hammonds (Baltimore Orioles jersey), Chad Mottola (Cincinnati Reds jersey). … Tough day for the Seattle Mariners jersey. Tough season. Jean Segura jersey left Thursday’s loss to the Colorado Rockies jersey with an ankle injury and Nelson Cruz jersey left after getting hit in the hand by a pitch. Check the updates. … Sam Miller writes that Mike Trout jersey could still end up leading the AL in WAR … Ken Rosenthal reported that the Texas Rangers jersey designated Sam Dyson jersey for assignment. No surprise. He has to be a black cloud in the clubhouse the way he has pitched. … Via Sarah Langs of ESPN Stats & Info: Since 1996 (first full season of wild-card era), 58 percent of division winners held the division lead on June 1. This stat is great: The Dodgers, Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks jersey all began June at .600 or better; the only other time that happened since 1996 was the NL Central in 2013, with the Cardinals, Reds and Pirates. All three of those teams made the playoffs that year. Eleven of the 21 World Series winners led their division on June 1.

Is meeting with rival Cardinals the remedy for Cubs’ struggles?

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This is where the Chicago Cubs jersey are as June 2 dawns: two games under .500 after a disastrous 0-6 road trip, but looking forward to a new month and a 10-game homestand. If there was ever a time for the Cubs to reset their season, it’s now. We heard that kind of talk a lot last month, but after going 12-16, May won’t be remembered kindly.

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“Once we get back home, we have that off day to kind of decompress,” Kyle Schwarber jersey said Wednesday after the Cubs’ latest loss in San Diego. “Just take that mental breather. It will be good to be back in Chicago and in front of the home crowd again and start a whole new fresh slate.”

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Schwarber, more than anyone, could use that mental break. It remains to be seen if the day off the team enjoyed Thursday will help him snap out of his season-long funk (.165/.286/.341), but at this rate the Cubs will try to find anything positive.
navy and lime green baseball jersey The biggest assists this week came from the other teams in the division. They were just as bad, at least until Thursday when the St. Louis Cardinals jersey and Milwaukee Brewers jersey both won. Even so, not one National League Central team has a winning record over the past 10 games.
cheap jerseys As the Cubs begin a series with the rival Cardinals on Friday, Chicago is in third place in the division, three games behind first-place Milwaukee and 1.5 games behind second-place St. Louis.
baseball apparel wholesale Only five games separate first and last place with four months to play. It illuminates the meaning of one of the oldest maxims in sports: You have to win games in your division to win the division. And this season it could have more meaning than ever.
“It probably does,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon admitted. “We’re just morphing into June right now. There’s a lot of time to go. If we were playing our best game in this position, I’d be a little bit more concerned. We have not hit to our potential yet, so I believe that our guys will. Then hopefully that will be a moot point.”
Maddon can only offer hope because he can’t know for sure what’s going to happen. But as team president Theo Epstein put it a few days ago, the Cubs would have to “roll snake eyes” to be this bad on offense for the entire season. Positivity remains the name of the game inside the Cubs’ clubhouse.
“If you stay down in the dumps, it can drag you all the way down,” Schwarber said. Along those lines, the idea of leadership has recently come up within the locker room. Mostly it’s been the press asking where it will come from. It’s not a bad narrative to explore considering every other aspect of the Cubs’ performance at the plate has been examined. If it is all mental, then the voices speaking to the players can play an important part.
Ironically, two of the cheap jersey Cubs’ 2016 leaders, free-agent departure Dexter Fowler jersey and retiree David Ross jersey, will be at Wrigley Field this weekend. Fowler plays for the Cardinals now, but before Ross broadcasts the game from the bleachers for ESPN on Sunday night, he might be able to shed some light on what’s up with his old team.
“There is a growth process going on,” Ross said Thursday during a phone interview. “I think we all would be shocked if there was no dip in the growth. I would also be shocked if they didn’t bounce back from this and win the division.
“Shocked.” The Cubs think it’s only a matter of time before Kyle Schwarber jersey and the rest of the offense start to heat up. Jimmy Simmons/Icon SportwireRoss echoed the sentiments of another leader who has seemingly taken on an even bigger role after the departures of others. At least publicly, Jason Heyward jersey has become one of the main voices in the Cubs’ clubhouse. Perhaps that’s no surprise, considering his Game 7 rain-delay heroics last season. His opinion comes from the experience of one who has struggled. He’s been there, but many of the young Cubs have not. What can a guy like Schwarber draw on when things go south?
“When you don’t have swings, when you don’t have confidence, when you don’t have enough to go back to, it makes it tougher,” Heyward said. “You don’t have that muscle memory built up.”
Is it possible that the young Cubs had too much success too early and now have to figure things out while trying to defend a title? There are worse scenarios, and of course they should be better for it when they come out the other side.
But will it be at the cost of the division?
“Just inconsistency of a young group,” Ross said. “Some of that stuff is hidden when you get good starting pitching.”
Ross may have hit on something, because people may have forgotten (or didn’t realize) that the Cubs were ranked 10th in the National League last season in hitting with men in scoring position. That’s better than 15th, where they rank now, but it’s not as if they lit the world on fire. In 2016, they pitched lights-out, and that covered a few offensive warts. This year, everything is being exposed.
“You can’t slow the game down enough,” Heyward said regarding the tough times. “You can’t slow life down enough.”
They might be saying the same in locker rooms across the NL Central. Those teams, though, must feel emboldened by the Cubs’ play in first two months, while the Cubs feel fortunate that the Cardinals and Brewers can be overtaken with just a few days of good baseball. Plus, according to ESPN Stats & Information, 11 teams since 1996 have begun June at least two games under .500 yet have gone on to win the division.
Another adage now applies — every division game is worth two in the standings — so this weekend provides a chance at a six-game swing if one team sweeps. It means the Cubs’ West Coast debacle has to be forgotten quickly, and though Ross can only cheer from the bleachers — like the rest of the fans this weekend — he can offer advice from afar. The Cubs should take it.
“The main thing is keeping the sanity within the group,” he said. “You can grow from these situations.
“There is great leadership from the front office on down. I don’t worry about that. They’re just not getting the big hit. They will get it. I’m sure of it.”