You know what my favorite part of an off-day is? When it’s over. Yes, it’s a great day when the Tigers are playing baseball and an even greater day when we get to see Michael Fulmer take the mound as the Tigers invade St. Petersburg, Florida for a three game series against the Rays. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm EST and Tampa Bay will be sending Matt Andriese to the bump as Detroit looks to remain at-top the American League Central. You can catch up on what’s going on in the AL Central with Ashley’s latest installment of Central Intelligence. Michael Fulmer and a few other major league star starters team with Carhartt to help our veterans by striking out batters. Fangraphs says they finally found a downside to Miguel Cabrera and my response to that below.
"He can’t hit the pitch in." - @BauerOutage pic.twitter.com/dBV4xx01T0— Ron W (@FIPmyWHIP) April 17, 2017
Alan Nathan of The Hardball Times goes in-depth on the science behind what’s happening at Chase Field after installing a humidor. James Paxton of the Mariners is really fooling hitters with his fastball so far this season. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight has finally found the stat that can kill the save stat and rescue relief pitching. The Los Angeles Dodgers are “baffled” as veteran starter Rich Hill heads back to the disabled list with a blister. Ender Inciarte becomes the first player to beat their home run total from last year. Did the Texas Rangers save themselves from more of Sam Dyson, or did they save Sam Dyson from himself since they place him on the disabled list after a horrendous start to the season. It was another exciting Patriot’s Day in Boston as they held the annual Boston Marathon and the eleven am Red Sox game. It’s good news for the Cleveland Indians as Jason Kipnis could re-join the team on their trip to Chicago.
It’s kinda scary when you realize this changeup is Noah Syndergaard’s third best pitch, thank goodness he’s in the National League, amirite?
Vote for the best pitch of the Weekend! It will be hard to beat this unreal 89mph Changeup from Noah Syndergaard https://t.co/uW19olVPHk pic.twitter.com/jAaadIAw33— Pitcher List (@ThePitcherList) April 17, 2017
To close it off, Justin Verlander still has the best social media game in the business
Working on my tipping. #nooffdays pic.twitter.com/GPNo6DTA4a— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) April 17, 2017