Oh boy. Finally, it seems that MLB is ready to crack down on jugs that use foreign substances. Maybe that’s why Gerrit Cole the spin rate was down Thursday; you can read more about it below. Against Cole, however, was the real story of the game that Ryan yarbrough threw a complete game, the first of one Rays starting jug since 2016. Yarbrough is at best frayed, but this is a reminder that you can stream your jugs towards Yankees right now while they are struggling.
On the hit side of things, Charlie blackmon seems to be back when he went 3 for 4 with home runs and three RBIs. He hits .319 over the last 15 games. I think you can still get him cheap. Blackmon is not flashy, and he will be 35 years old in less than a month, but he actually puts out the best Statcast numbers in his career. Get hold of him before others realize how good he has been.
The Cole situation is difficult and potentially sticky
Yankees SP Gerrit Cole was not his sharpest Thursday in what has otherwise been a Cy Young-worthy season – he allowed five races in five innings – but that is not the story now. The story has shifted to focusing on Cole’s spinning speed going down at night. If you still do not know why Twitter was burned by Cole’s spinning speed, there is curious speculation about the fact that this happened the same day several times. MLB Insiders reported that starter jugs use sticky substances to improve spin speed, and Cole was named in the reports.
Here is an exact Tweet from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal“Evidence was presented at MLB owners’ meetings to suggest that the use of illegal foreign substances by jugs trying to increase spin speeds and gain an advantage is widespread in the game. So attacks will now begin in earnest.”
Max Goldstein ga more data on Twitter: “Gerrit Cole’s four-stitch fastball had an average spin speed of 2436 rpm today. The last outing where his average fastball spin speed was lower than it was on September 21, 2018.”
All the while, Cole still had 15 swinging strikes on 92 courses, and he allowed only five hard-hitting balls. His average starting speed was 83 km / h. I had people tell me after this start that Gerrit Cole is “done” because he can no longer use sticky substances. I wanted to put my head through the computer. Luckily, Scott helped talk some sense back to me. He sees Cole as just being on tonight’s outing and does not buy into the story that this will track his entire career. That said, the fact that the fastball was down over 100 rpm is at least a little curious.
The only thing we know now is that baseball will hit hard on the use of these drugs, and the idea is to restore some balance in the game so that pitchers are not so beneficial and hitters do not have to sell out so hard for the home run. It will be interesting to see spin frequencies across the league now that MLB is cracking down on the use of foreign sticky substances.
For more on Cole’s spin speed and a deep dive into the situation, Chris Towers have you covered in the introduction to his deviation.
Is it now time to shop Yelich?
Breweries OF Christian Yelich went 1 on 3 with his second homer, hitting .171 with a 35% K-rate since returning from IL. This begs the question: is Yelich the perfect buy-low, or is it now time to sell him before he completely bottoms out?
Scott wanted to trade him now because it looks like there will be more believers out there. Scott does not feel he can trust him for the rest of this season.
More news and notes
- Diamondbacks SP Madison Bumgarner was placed on IL with left shoulder inflammation.
- White Sox 1B Andrew Vaughn went to COVID IL. GM Rick Hahn had this to say: “Andrew is currently asymptomatic and our hope is that he, like our other IL placements of this kind, will soon return to the active list.” Jake lam is set for more playing time and hit its fourth homer on Thursday. Batting .265 with a .931 OPS, Lamb is 1% listed and has six games next week, but four are against LHP. He is someone to watch in deep 15 leagues.
- Padres SS Fernando Tatis came back into the lineup for Padres after tackling oblique discomfort. He added two more hits with his 17th homer.
- Dodgers SS Corey seager will travel with the Dodgers on their upcoming six-game road trip. He is still at least two weeks away with his broken hand.
- Fighting SP Kevin Gausman confirmed that he will start Saturday against kids. He was dealing with a minor hip injury.
- Sailors GM Jerry Dipoto said he fears Kyle Lewis could be in line for a prolonged absence after his torn right meniscus. Dipoto added that they are hopeful that he can return this season.
- Fighting OF Mike Yastrzemski was placed on IL with a sprained right thumb.
- Giants SP Logan web was placed on IL with a right shoulder load.
- Pirates 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes made his long-awaited return on Thursday. He finished 2 for 4 with a triple and a race scored.
- Marlins SP Elieser Hernandez came back and hit well (5 IP, 1 ER, 6 K) but went with a square load while running the bases. Manager Don Mattingly said he believes it is a long-term injury. It’s a very tough break.
- Breweries 2B Kolten Wong left Thursday’s match with left oblique discomfort. This is the same slant that gave him trouble earlier in the season.
- Mariners RP Kendall graveman is out of quarantine and has rejoined the team Seattle. He may require a few rehabilitation or simulated games.
- Padres OF Tommy pham had a CT scan come back clean after the collision with Ha-seong kim. Pham stayed out of the lineup on Thursday.
- Royals DH Jorge soler came back to the lineup. Edward Olivares was re-elected to Triple-A.
- Yankees SP Corey clubs is expected to start a throwing program soon, although the total return line has not changed.
Scott recently took a deep dive into the best prospects in baseball right now with five on the sidelines and five on the periphery. You can find it here.
- Brave OF Drew Waters comes around the last 15 games, but may not be ready yet. Scott likes that he has reduced the strike percentage, but his power and average figures are worse than they were in 2019. So far he has been more of a future prospect than a production prospect. He must continue to cut back on strikes and add more power, but it seems too early now for him to be an MLB player now. In other words, he is not a stash.
- Five on the edge: Rays SS Hiking Franco, SS rays Vidal brujan, Angels OF Jo adell, Marlins OF Jesus sanchez, Royals SP Jackson kowar.
- Five in the periphery: Royals SS Bobby witt, Mariners C Cal Raleigh, Mariners SP Brandon williamson, SS rays Greg Jones, Citizens SP Mitchell Parker.
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