After a very successful 6-3 road trip through Boston, Toronto, and Cincinnati, the Birds return home tonight to start a six-game homestand against Boston and Tampa Bay. They then finish the month in New York, because the MLB schedule remains incredibly stupid.
That aside, let’s see what’s up in today’s links.
Camden Depot’s Nick Cicere tries to assuage our fears about Kevin Gausman. His ERA is, of course, an unseemly 7.23 after he got tagged on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Three of his four starts this season have been shaky. Is a turnaround on the horizon? We all certainly hope so.
Adam Jones is playing 17-feet deeper so far this season, much to the delight of my father. Is it helping? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello says that early returns have been favorable.
For the nerd crowd: Camden Depot’s Matt Perez tries to figure out why WAR seems to underestimate MLB’s elite relief pitchers, of which there now seem to be more than ever. Basically, WAR has trouble placing appropriate value on smaller sample sizes, and when relievers are throwing 60-70 innings per year, that becomes an issue.
FanGraphs’ David Laurila sat down with Caleb Joseph to talk about how young pitchers and catchers mature in the minors and bigs. Ever want to get inside the head of an MLB catcher? This is the article for you. Very cool stuff.
Vice Sports’ Christopher Crawford is one of those guys who just refuses to believe that the Orioles are – and have been – a good team, despite what the win column has been telling him since 2012. It’s amusing to read him try to figure out what the heck is going on with this team that “over-performs” the projections every year. Maybe part of it goes back to that WAR problem Matt Perez talked about earlier. In addition to that…come on man. It ain’t luck…it’s Buck.