This reminds me a little of that famous Ozzie Smith play from the 70′s where he dives and barehands a bad hop. Simmons doesn’t need to dive here, but he reacts so quickly to this bad hop that it almost doesn’t look difficult at all. I love how the Padres announcer says “oh, gimme a break.”
Your pitching staff will buy you steaks when you play center like this.
Sleepy Defense + Hustle = Awesomeness
No matter how Mike Trout’s career ends up, he will always have a good argument for being the best young position player the game has ever seen. He’s already got more fWAR through his age 22 season than anybody else, and now he’s on the verge of accumulating the most rWAR too.
I’ve never seen the bases unload like this before. Great baserunning by Segura especially.
Amusing bit in the Rays batting practice the other day…
I didn’t think he’d catch this. Awesome hustle.
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NJIT math professor Bruce Bukiet has been crunching some numbers and says The Red Sox have a 69% chance of beating the Cardinals in this year’s World Series. Although, lookin’ at the first two rounds of the post-season, the Cardinals have outplayed his projections for them. So don’t count ‘em out just yet.
Very fitting that Juan Uribe powers Dodgers to NLCS. He’s got to be the most underrated guy on the team this season.
I remember watching a Dodgers game on the final weekend of the season and there was this poll – who was the best Dodger of the year? They gave three choices & you could text in your answer. The choices were Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, & Hanley Ramirez.
That was pretty surprising to me at the time, ’cause all season long, I’d kept noticing that Uribe and Yasiel Puig were two of the reasons the team was doing so well and yet they weren’t even included. In fact, the team leaders in WAR are:
A good article over at Fangraphs, A First Last Word on Strengths of Schedules, is worth checking out & gives some good insight on the upcoming playoffs. It got me thinking of something more straight forward though, like, when it comes down to it, how do these clubs do when they’re facing other clubs that are over .500.