How was your week

Posted: May 22, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Last night in Major League Baseball there where multiple games with multiple home runs as well as multiple players with hit multiple home runs and while that’s what you’re going to see on the highlights and they are exciting it’s not the issue baseball has right now.

Last night the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1. Now they’re going to try and sell this game to it’s fans as a pitchers duel what it really is was a showcase for how analytics has ruined the game of baseball.

Jordan Montgomery was the Yankees starting pitcher while Carlos Rodon started the game for the White Sox. Montgomery pitched 7 innings and allowed 4 hits and struck out 11 while Rodon pitched 6 innings gave up 2 hits and struck out 13. In total the Yankees struck out 15 times in the game while the White Sox struck out 11 times. That adds up to the White Sox putting the baseball in play for 16 outs while the Yankees struck out more times than they actually out the baseball in play. New York made 11 outs in the game that weren’t strikeouts.

Major League Baseball has been trying to figure out for years how to get younger fans interested in their game. Well I have a feeling that putting the baseball in play and not striking out 26 times by both teams combined might help. Now I am a huge baseball fan, but I don’t want to sit their and watch batter after batter strikeout.

Unfortunately analytics has preached to players that swing plain and launch angle are more important than being able to actually put the baseball into play. Players used to cut down their swings with two strikes and try to put the baseball in play and some of them even used to choke up on the bat to shorten their swings. Now even with two strikes batters swing just as hard as they can and try to hit the baseball out of the park. This has led to more and more and more strikeouts with probably even more to come. How exciting is that going to be for fans to watch?

Now baseballs answer to this appears to be moving the mound back because almost every pitcher throws 100 m.p.h. Is this really going to help? NO! At this point why don’t they just move the pitchers mound back to 2nd base and see how that works for them. Instead of going back and teaching hitters how to hit with two strikes Major League Baseball is blaming their strikeout problem on hard throwing pitchers. It might be true that hard throwing pitchers strikeout more batters if a batter knows how to hit with two strikes and is willing to take the ball the opposite way they can get hits off of even the hardest throwing pitcher.

Maybe you have a better solution. What would you like to see Major League Baseball do to try and cut down on strikeouts? Do you agree that moving the pitcher mound is the thing to do? Or do you have another maybe better idea for them to try?

Well if you’re one of the very, very few people who are interested the actual first round of the NBA playoffs starts today with four games today and four games tomorrow.

Today we start with the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Miami Heat. Then it’s the Dallas Mavericks at the Los Angeles Clippers. Next we have the Boston Celtics at the Brooklyn Nets. While the final Saturday game has the Portland Trail Blazers at the Denver Nuggets.

Tomorrow we start with the Washington Wizards at the Philadelphia 76ers. Next it’s the Los Angeles Lakers at the Phoenix Suns. Then we have the Atlanta Hawks at the New York Knicks. Then the final game of the weekend has the Memphis Grizzlies at the Utah Jazz.

So are you watching the NBA playoffs? If so why?

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Comments
  1. I can’t think of one good reason to watch the NBA playoffs. Maybe in the later rounds, but certainly not in round#1. As to baseball, the Cubs were very successful with small ball last night although they did hit a couple of home runs also. One of the most exciting plays in baseball, the hit and run seems to have been forgotten. Will the owners ever pay big money to a singles hitter again? (Remember that Pete Rose said that he was the highest paid singles hitter in baseball?)

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