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    Chicago Cubs left-hander Brandon Hughes admits he might have been a little thrown off in spring training had he known how this season would have played out. “But I’m here and I’m doing it,” Hughes told the Tribune. “The season has been crazy.” The 26-year-old reliever opened the year at Double-A Tennessee, a brief five-appearance stop before his dominance resulted in a Triple- A promotion. Jason Heyward’s move to the COVID-19 injured list in mid-May created an opportunity for Hughes, whose usage has evolved from low-leverage innings to save opportunities. “He’s been as solid as I’ve seen a rookie come up and be,” manager David Ross said. “Very consistent and is poised out on the mound. … What’s amazing is he hasn’t been pitching that long, so pretty impressive.” Hughes’ transition from outfielder to pitcher was complete by 2019, his first full season on the mound. Before that season, the lefty threw one-third of an inning at South Bend in 2018 and made seven appearances with a 7.11 ERA during his 2015 freshman season with Michigan State. Within four years...
    Six innings, two hits, no runs, 11 strikeouts. Max Scherzer silenced everyone who was worried about how he’d fare in his first big-league game since May 18. The Hall of Famer didn’t get a win as the Mets’ bullpen and hitters let him down, but the message coming from Scherzer’s right arm and now fully-healed left oblique was clear. He’s back and ready to make hitters look silly again. His victims on Tuesday night were the Cincinnati Reds, a last place team with the National League’s 14th-ranked offense. But the Cincinnati lineup on Tuesday still featured some seasoned professionals, including veterans Mike Moustakas, Tommy Pham and Tyler Naquin, as well as Jonathan India, last year’s NL Rookie of the Year. Those four combined to go 1-for-9 against Scherzer with five strikeouts. All told, things could hardly have been better on an individual level. Scherzer turned in arguably his best start as a Met, racking up his first game with at least 11 strikeouts and zero walks since joining the club. “Felt great, no issues whatsoever today,” Scherzer assessed afterward. “I...
    When Chicago Cubs reliever Scott Effross first learned his sidearm delivery, he watched a lot of hitting videos. Because he uses more lower-half load than a conventional pitching delivery, his process more closely resembles a hitter’s. Dissecting those hitting videos became a valuable tool, helping him tap into his lower half more while using his hips and core to get down the mound and keep his arm path consistent. “I’d see how guys would stay on their back legs and drive through,” Effross told the Tribune. “Obviously pitchers use their lower half really well regardless, but for me, that was probably the biggest adjustment, learning how to use that in a completely different way.” Nearly three years ago, during the Double-A Tennessee All-Star break, Effross committed to the new sidearm delivery in hopes of changing his career trajectory. Effross, 28, has quickly become a versatile bullpen option for manager David Ross. Effross leads the Cubs with 19 appearances, owning a 2.04 ERA, team-high 11.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 203 ERA+. His 17⅔ innings are most among their relievers aside from the...
    A switch hitter in baseball is a player who hits from both sides of the plate. While not entirely common, there is a practical use to any switch hitter in a lineup. Switch hitters are less common nowadays than in the distant past, but even the NL Champion Atlanta Braves have one in the middle of their lineup in second baseman Ozzie Albies. Albies prefers to hit right-handed, but at times has been a primarily left-handed hitter. Chipper Jones, who no doubt resides on the Braves Mt. Rushmore, was also a switch-hitter. It provides added value to any lineup, as regardless of what pitcher a manager brings into a ballgame, the hitter always has an advantage.What is a switch hitter in baseball?Limiting oneself to batting from one side of the plate may seem ineffective at first, but players rarely can succeed at batting both left-handed and right-handed. In fact, under 10 percent of all batters are switch hitters. Just last year, MLB.com put together their best switch-hitting lineup, and it was loaded with Hall of Fame talent. The likes of...
    With more than a quarter of the season in the books, the Giants have proven their patient offensive approach can be a weapon against opposing pitchers. Entering a weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, no opposing starter had completed seven innings against the Giants as the lineup has prided itself on a disciplined style that’s helped the club win “time of possession” battles. The strategy has clearly helped the Giants’ this season, but it hasn’t paid dividends against elite Dodgers starters Trevor Bauer and Walker Buehler. After Bauer threw 126 pitches in 6 1/3 innings without giving up an earned run on Friday, Buehler became the first starter to log seven innings against San Francisco this season with an outstanding effort on Saturday. A Giants team that began the series leading the National League West is now in danger of falling into third place with a third consecutive defeat on Sunday, and manager Gabe Kapler is counting on a different lineup to get the club out of a sudden offensive rut. With the Dodgers turning...
    The Oakland A’s added two more veteran right-handed relievers Sunday night, per reports. One, a familiar face, the other a new addition. Yusmeiro Petit, 36, will return to the A’s on a one-year deal worth $2.55 million. This will be Petit’s fourth season with the A’s, not surprising since the right-handed reliever quickly became manager Bob Melvin’s go-to pitcher in any leverage situation. Petit has a 2.73 ERA in 180 games over his three seasons with the A’s, including a 1.66 ERA in 20 games last season. He made a league-leading 80 appearances for the A’s in 2019 and held a 2.71 ERA. Petit made tweaks to his delivery in the last offseason to create more deception. Romo, 37, is a new face in Oakland and fits the A’s bill — while also adding a unique arm angle to the bullpen’s arsenal. The A’s signed him to a one-year, $2.25 million deal. The sidearmer throws his slider 64% of the time with a sinker, changeup and four-seamer. After leaving the San Francisco Giants, he had a...
    Two free agent left-handed hitters the Yankees should consider By: Andres Chavez January 23, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees, specifically their general manager Brian Cashman, have not been shy about their intentions of adding at least one left-handed bat. From a roster construction standpoint, it makes sense for the team to have that option. “If I can find a way to balance out and incorporate some left-handed, quality bats to balance this out, I think that’s optimal,” the Yankees general manager said in December on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM’s The Front Office. So far, besides re-signing infielder DJ LeMahieu, most of the Yankees’ adds this offseason have been on the pitching side. They signed Corey Kluber, they also added Jhoulys Chacin and Asher Wojciechowski for depth. But as Cashman stated, a left-handed bat would be welcomed. Most of the Yankees’ best hitters are righties: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, LeMahieu, and Gio Urshela are all right-handed. A left-handed hitter would also, theoretically, take advantage of...
    The Oakland A’s have had some success against left-handed pitching this season, going 12-3 in the regular season and postseason when an opponent starts a left-handed pitcher. Simply, Oakland has the right-handed hitters to compete. Manager Bob Melvin packed them into Tuesday’s lineup as the A’s hope to even the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros. SS Marcus Semien 2B Tommy La Stella (L) 3B Chad Pinder LF Mark Canha DH Khris Davis 1B Matt Olson (L) C Sean Murphy CF Ramón Laureano RF Stephen Piscotty LHP Sean Manaea Related Articles What the A’s are saying before AL Divisional Series Game 2 vs. Astros Oakland A’s adjust to new reality of postseason baseball at hitter-friendly Dodger Stadium What the Athletics and Astros are saying after Houston wins ALDS Game 1 Oakland A’s right where they want to be — as underdogs ALDS: A’s lose to Astros in Game 1 as crucial error, bullpen role reversal prove costly...
    Hitting against Yu Darvish is a mystery this season, so he decided to give batters a hint Darvish is likely the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young award, with an established 7-1 record paired with a 1.44 ERA. Such statistics are hard to match, and even tougher to beat as opposing hitters, but Darvish has supplied a hint of hope to all those trying to figure him out this season. Per Yu, four-seam fastballs to right-handed hitters haven’t been up to par in 2020, which is rather surprising given his numbers against righties are far from shoddy. Right-handed hitters do pose a slight threat to Darvish, as they’re hitting a slightly-higher clip than lefties at .211. That, of course, is still not ideal for said right-handed batters.So what’s the catch? Darvish has a backup planDarvish is one of the best interviews in baseball, as he’s notoriously frank and among the funniest players in the game. After giving up his flaw, Yu stated, verbatim, how he’s worked around such struggles. “But I have a lot of cutters — three or four...
    Week in celebrity photos Op-Ed: Why a PPE shortage still plagues America and what we need to do about it Theo Epstein: Cubs want to trade for pitcher who can retire left-handed hitters Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein spoke to media members, including Russell Dorsey from the Chicago Sun-Times, on Friday, tackling a wide array of topics including the trade deadline, the Cubs’ intentions, and the trade landscape in the league as a whole. © Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports Cubs president Theo Epstein (left) and manager David Ross “There are a lot of years when we know we have an impactful move or two in us. It’s just a matter of finding it and executing on it,” said Epstein in a quote provided by Dorsey. “This year, the moves might be more complimentary and there might be more internal solutions.” Epstein has a history of getting out in front of the Cubs’ deadline plans with the media and setting expectations for a fan base that annually eyes a blockbuster deal. Epstein is setting expectations below that level. Specifically, Epstein...
    More than eight months after the Giants hired Gabe Kapler to succeed Bruce Bochy, the team’s new manager finally has a win under his belt. Strong performances from pair of rookie pitchers, Logan Webb and Caleb Baragar, and early rallies from the Giants offense helped the team secure a 5-4 win over the Dodgers after suffering through back-to-back blowout losses to open the season. Baragar, who made his major league debut in Saturday’s victory, fired 16 fastballs in 19 pitches over two perfect innings of relief to pick up the win. The fearless left-hander showed no hesitation attacking the heart of the Dodgers’ order with his four-seamer and induced a 6-3 double play lineout from Mookie Betts while also getting soft flyouts from Los Angeles sluggers Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy. Trevor Gott, who entered the season with one career save in 131 appearances, allowed a leadoff home run to catcher Will Smith to open the night, but retired Muncy, Betts and Bellinger in order to finish the game. The Dodgers cut a 5-1 deficit to 5-3 in the eighth...
    US coronavirus: More than 71,000 new cases were reported Thursday, the most ever 21 Shocking Secrets Restaurant Workers Know—and You Dont Padres send pair of players to Royals for pitcher Tim Hill The Padres announced on Thursday evening that the club acquired lefty reliever Tim Hill from the Royals in exchange for outfielder Franchy Cordero and pitcher Ronald Bolaños. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images Hill, 30, was solid out of the bullpen for the Royals since debuting in 2018. Over 85 1/3 innings of relief, the southpaw has a 4.11 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 27 walks. As can be seen in the image above, he’s a side-winding lefty. It is no surprise that he has held left-handed hitters to a .524 OPS compared to .766 for right-handed hitters. Cordero, 25, has hit .240/.306/.431 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 273 plate appearances over parts of the past three seasons. He put up impressive numbers at Triple-A El Paso in 2017 but he hasn’t quite translated the success to the majors yet. Bolaños, 23, made his major league...
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