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May 5, 2014

What You Need to Know

Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/5

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
About a month and a half ago, the Baseball Prospectus staff wrote about spring training performances we sort of believed in. Rob Arthur chose to cover Anthony Rizzo, who was batting .392/.452/.750 at the time. With six home runs through 121 plate appearances, Rizzo has spent the first month and change of the season giving us reason to believe that the power spike he showed in Arizona is here to stay. But he’s done more than that. Still three months shy of his 25th birthday, Rizzo might be morphing into one of the best hitters in the National League.

Between Wednesday and Saturday of last week, Rizzo went deep in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. Equally as notable as the thump, though, were two of the pitchers against whom he displayed it.

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asstarr1

Not sure if I'm misreading the sentence, but Peralta's hit was the 4th hit for a Brewers pitcher this year.

May 05, 2014 06:32 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Fixed.

May 05, 2014 07:02 AM
 
rsambrook

The old routine 3 - 9 putout. Love it

May 05, 2014 06:35 AM
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smallflowers

151 hours of rest?

May 05, 2014 06:46 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Fixed.

May 05, 2014 07:03 AM
 
WoodyS

I honestly don't think that should be considered a 3-9. What actually happened is that Myers was moved to first base for the play.

May 05, 2014 06:46 AM
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smithdb

I think this raises a fascinating question. With the growing popularity of defensive shifts and non-traditional defensive formations, how do we score all these plays? Apart from the pitcher (and, in the AL, the DH), I assume there's no requirement that a lineup designate what position a player is fielding or that the umpire or scorer be notified of position changes. (Think of those occasions where a manager runs out of position players and is forced to use a pitcher in the outfield. The pitcher generally moves back and forth between left and right based on the handedness of the hitter -- I assume if he catches fly balls on those occasions, it will properly be score F7 or F9 based on where he was playing when the ball was pitched.) Given that after P and C, you can put the other seven guys anywhere you want on the field, doesn't that mean that scoring conventions are just a convenience to allow us to recreate the game, not a formal stat? If so, perhaps the scoring of games needs to evolve?

May 05, 2014 08:43 AM
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BillJohnson

Jeter's handling of that rundown was a thing of beauty, but I wonder: don't they teach rundowns in fielding instruction any more? Admittedly, the presence of the potential winning run ahead of the play was a complication, but that still took at least two or three more throws to finish than a rundown ever should. Not the first time I've seen such a ridiculously extended rundown lately, either. If I'd seen a play like that by my kids when I was coaching Little League, I'd have had a quiet "teaching moment" with them at the next practice.

May 05, 2014 07:02 AM
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maphal

Credit to Peralta Friday night, but the Reds lineup was shameful. Heisey-Votto-Frazier-Bruce-Pena-Cozart-Bernadina-Santiago-Leake. Walt Jocketty's bench is sad, again.

May 05, 2014 08:10 AM
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Geopipp

Just a note to keep things correct. The Jays are not going to a 6 man rotation any time soon. Brandon Morrow was put on the 60 DL on the weekend. Surprised - not really. So for the foreseeable future Happ will be in the rotation unless he stinks so bad that Marcus Stroman gets starts earlier than anyone thought. Personally I'd like Stroman to stay in the bullpen until Sept.

May 05, 2014 10:21 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Interesting—I saw a couple of their writers (one is linked) tweet that, but you may be right. Thanks for clarifying.

May 05, 2014 10:28 AM
 
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