theScore's MLB editors Michael Bradburn, Josh Goldberg, Tom Ruminski Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb, and Brandon Wile answer some of the biggest topics during the 2023 season. Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves / Getty Images Sport / GettyWhat's the best rivalry in MLB right now?Braves vs. Dodgers: Most people would think the Dodgers and Padres would be the rivalry to key in on, but after an entertaining battle in Atlanta this week, it's hard not to look at the Dodgers and Braves as the top two clubs in the National League. The teams met in the postseason three times in four years, including a pair of matchups in the NLCS. Despite having an uncharacteristically quiet offseason, the Dodgers appear primed for another run at postseason glory, and it wouldn't be surprising to see these two clubs renew hostilities with a World Series berth on the line in October yet again. - GoldbergBlue Jays vs. Yankees: These two teams clearly don't like each other. Alek Manoah made headlines by calling Gerrit Cole the biggest cheater in baseball history during the offseason, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. said multiple times he'd never play for the Yankees. Things got even more heated when Aaron Judge's dugout glances started the pettiest beef of the season. Coaches and players from both clubs were pissed, and that was before Domingo German got tossed for using a foreign substance. Kevin Gausman threw more fuel on the fire when he said New York owed Toronto three innings because German was allowed to record nine outs. It's too bad they don't play each other again until late September, because their rivalry is must-watch TV. - RuminskiRangers vs. Astros: I might be getting ahead of myself since it hasn't had time to mature fully, but who doesn't love a good in-state rivalry? The Rangers are the new kids on the block, performing well above expectations after back-to-back transformative offseasons. It's still very early, and some may doubt Texas is a legitimate threat, particularly since losing Jacob deGrom to injury. But the Rangers aren't just lucking into this position - they're walloping opponents with a plus-112 run differential. The Astros, meanwhile, entered the campaign as favorites to repeat and have been severely underwhelming until relatively recently. Jose Altuve's return seems to have righted the ship, but other key members of the lineup really struggled in his absence. The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels may also make some noise in the division, but right now, the AL West seems to go through Texas. - Bradburn Patrick Smith / Getty Images Sport / GettyWhat's one performance you're most surprised by?Yennier Cano: No one was expecting the best reliever in baseball this season to be Cano. The Orioles setup man, acquired from the Twins for Jorge Lopez last trade deadline, has been remarkable, posting a 0.68 ERA and 0.45 WHIP while striking out 29 across 26 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old has walked one batter and hasn't surrendered a home run. This comes after posting an 11.50 ERA and 2.33 WHIP in 18 innings in 2022. Hitters just can't square up Cano at all, barreling up just two of his 335 pitches thrown this season. And when teams actually do get runners in scoring position, Cano's completely shut them down, allowing just three hits in 24 opportunities (.125). - WileNathan Eovaldi: The Rangers haven't missed a beat since losing deGrom to injury, thanks in large part to their other free-agent addition. Eovaldi was coming off a pretty bad year, at least by his career norms, posting a 3.87 ERA and 4.30 FIP over 109 1/3 innings. He really struggled with the long ball and had to deal with back and shoulder ailments. Eovaldi didn't seem like a good candidate for a multi-year deal, but that didn't deter Texas. The 33-year-old still doesn't strike guys out like the elite aces of this era, but he's missing barrels and limiting walks better than almost everyone. His 2.46 FIP ranks third in the AL. He could legitimately stay in the Cy Young conversation all year, and no one - not even Rangers executives - thought that might happen. - BradburnHomer-crazy Rays: What is in the water in St. Petersburg? Tampa Bay has hit a staggering 97 round-trippers through 52 games. The team is on pace to shatter the single-season MLB record, as 11 different players have gone deep at least seven times. This insane power surge comes after the Rays finished 25th in the majors with 139 home runs last year. Yandy Diaz is a perfect microcosm of the club's success at the plate. The 31-year-old has already hit two more homers (11) than he did all of last season over 137 contests. He's just four away from a new career high. - RuminskiLourdes Gurriel Jr.: Gurriel was the overlooked piece of an offseason deal with the Blue Jays, as most of the attention focused on Gabriel Moreno and Daulton Varsho. After hitting just five home runs in 121 games last season, Gurriel has already gone deep eight times in 2023 and is a strong candidate to break his career high of 21. He's showing improved plate discipline with the best strikeout and walk rates of his six-year career. With free agency looming at the conclusion of the season, the 29-year-old is positioning himself to secure a nice new contract. - Goldberg New York Yankees / Getty ImagesWhich team is feeling some buyer's remorse?Yankees: It was easy to see New York's six-year, $162-million investment in Carlos Rodon going sideways. Skeptics are certainly being proven right in Year 1. The 30-year-old has battled a litany of injuries throughout his career and is now dealing with a troublesome back issue that's left him without a timetable to make his debut. The Yankees have been able to weather Rodon's absence, but it's hard to see this contract aging particularly well as the hurler enters his 30s. - Goldberg Twins: As someone who absolutely loved the signing of Carlos Correa, this one stings to admit. Minnesota is in a great spot, leading its division and ranking sixth in MLB by home runs. But the Twins have gotten very little help from Correa, who they signed to a six-year, $200-million deal after highly publicized injury snags prevented much more lucrative deals with the Mets and Giants. Now, Correa is sidelined with left foot injuries - the opposite foot that was flagged in his offseason medicals. Even if it ends up being minor, he's hitting .213/.302/.396 - all career lows by a very wide margin - over 44 games. There's still plenty of time to turn this around - and at least the Twins avoided the $350-million agreements - but this certainly isn't ideal. - BradburnPhillies: Philadelphia dished out a combined $372 million on Trea Turner and Taijuan Walker. However, the results haven't been there yet. The Phillies are off to a 23-27 start after reaching the World Series last season, while Turner and Walker have accumulated a collective 0.9 fWAR. Turner, who signed an 11-year, $300-million pact, is slashing .244/.288/.383 with five homers and six steals, and fans at Citizens Bank Park are already booing him. The star shortstop will still likely put up solid numbers, but he needs to start turning it around soon. Walker was supposed to provide stability behind Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler in the rotation, yet he sports a career-worst 5.79 ERA. - Ruminski Elsa / Getty Images Sport / GettyIs a 10-game sticky stuff suspension sufficient?Yes: If a pitcher is caught doctoring the baseball in any illegal manner, they should be punished. In this case, the punishment fits the crime. Part of it is precedent, because 10-game suspensions have usually been the standard for this sort of thing. Knuckleballer Joe Niekro got 10 after he famously discarded a nail file and sandpaper from his back pocket in the 1980s. Michael Pineda got 10 after umpires found pine tar on his neck in 2014. The automatic 10-game ban instituted in 2021 during MLB's "sticky stuff" crackdown seems to be working, and so it should stay the way it is - at least for a first-time offender. The only thing I'd change is the appeal process, which doesn't seem fair. Both Max Scherzer and German pled innocent but chose not to appeal because they felt the league wouldn't hear their cases fairly. - Sharkey-GotliebNo way: Part of the reason the 10-game ban is so punitive is actually because the pitcher remains on the 26-man roster for the duration of the suspension and leaves his team hamstrung with a short bench. But does the punishment at an individual level fit the crime? MLB suspends first-time offenders who take performance-enhancing drugs for half the season. In what way is this measurably different? It's making a conscious effort to use a banned substance to gain a competitive edge. If MLB genuinely wants rid of this, it'll ramp up the punishment to match PED suspensions. - Bradburn Mark Blinch / Getty Images Sport / GettyWhat is the biggest problem facing struggling preseason contenders?Manoah's struggles: Coming off a strong 2022 in which he finished as a finalist in the AL Cy Young voting, most expected another excellent campaign from Manoah. However, the right-hander has struggled mightily so far, and there are some real concerns about whether he can recapture the form he displayed in his first two seasons. Manoah is struggling to command his pitches and is getting almost nothing out of his slider, which had been his most effective offering with two strikes in 2021 and 2022. There are also some worrisome trends offensively, but the Blue Jays will be in tough to make up ground in the extremely competitive AL East if Manoah can't find a way to get his season back on track. - GoldbergMariners not hitting consistently: This isn't a case of one guy having a slow start - just about every Mariners hitter, with the exception of Jarred Kelenic, shares some of the blame. Teoscar Henandez acquired in the offseason to be a middle-order anchor, leads the majors in strikeouts and owns the worst OPS of his career. Still, his nine homers rank second on the team. Julio Rodriguez is mired in a sophomore slump that's only gotten worse in May. Kelenic and rookie infielder Jose Caballero, who's only played 24 games, are the only two Mariners with an OPS above .800. Seattle's starting pitching has been tremendous and is the reason the team is playing .500, but those pitchers can only carry the load for so long. - Sharkey-GotliebPadres' big four haven't hit stride: Juan Soto, Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Manny Machado haven't been able to get hot at the same time. Soto got off to a slow start but now owns a .917 OPS after seven multi-hit games with 21 walks in May. However, he hasn't been getting much help. Machado, the reigning NL MVP runner-up, is hurt after slashing .231/.282/.372 with five homers over 40 games. Bogaerts started his Padres tenure on fire, amassing a .914 OPS in April, but he has just 14 hits over 90 plate appearances this month. Tatis has gone deep seven times but only played 30 contests. San Diego's success will be closely tied to its star sluggers performing like everybody expects they can. - Ruminski David Berding / Getty Images Sport / GettyCorrea said he maybe didn't want to play all 13 seasons of his failed Giants deal. Should there be a cap on years signed?Yes: While I am very pro player and support securing the largest contract possible, I do think a cap on years would benefit the game. While adding additional years to contracts helps teams drive down the average annual value for luxury-tax purposes, it also hamstrings them well down the road by forcing them to pay large contracts to aging players. Of course, this is a problem owners clearly have no issue with after seeing some of the massive deals recently handed out. But having a cap of, say, seven years for teams re-signing their own players and six years for free agents could prompt more teams to get involved in signing free agents while also potentially driving up player salaries on an annual basis. It could also keep free agency interesting. With so many star players signing 10-plus-year deals, we're going to see a significant dip in talent hitting the market in the future. - WileNo: A cap only in term length would serve no real purpose. And that's ignoring the fact that any cap on player earnings has been proven not to increase parity - it only drives down wages to keep more earnings in the pockets of owners. Some teams, in fact, will prefer to prolong contracts to drive down the AAV and have enough money per annum to address other concerns - either more signings or extensions for players on the roster. If Bryce Harper, for instance, hit the open market heading into his age-26 season and was beholden to a six-year free-agent deal maximum, what would that have even looked like? Around $40 million per year for a total of $240 million? Maybe $50 million for $300 million overall? How many teams could legitimately make that happen? And now, parity is perhaps an even bigger issue. - BradburnCopyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Kevin Kiermaier and Bo Bichette hit homers to back Kevin Gausman's eight-strikeout start, leading the Blue Jays to a 3-1 win over the Twins
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman believes his team got a raw deal Tuesday because New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German managed to record nine outs while using an illegal substance."Obviously, the guy over there (German) was cheating, and for three innings, dominated us," Gausman said Friday, according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. "We feel like they owe us three innings."Gausman, who started against German in the eventual 6-3 loss, said something suspicious was going on with the Yankees hurler from the start."You look at some of the swings he was getting there in the first. He got a swing on a breaking ball from (Vladimir Guerrero Jr.) that was in the other batters box, and you don't see that from Vladdy," Gausman said. "Obviously, (German) has had a really good year, but I think all of those things should be in question now."But we can't do anything about it. He'll serve his suspension, and when he comes back, if he stops, he stops. If he doesn't, he'll get another one."German received a 10-game ban for violating MLB's foreign-substance policy. The crew chief for the game said the 30-year-old's hand was the "stickiest I've ever felt," and that he definitely wasn't using rosin.The four-game series, which saw the Yankees win three contests, was filled with tense moments after Aaron Judge caused a stir Monday when he looked into New York's dugout right before hitting a home run. Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Leading off The defending World Series champions - who some see as one of baseball's evil empires - are showing signs of decline.The Houston Astros still have a number of talented players. Yordan Alvarez is one of the game's best hitters. The bullpen is very good. The club still possesses a couple of excellent rotation fixtures in Framber Valdez and Cristian Javier.Last year's title validated the development processes the Astros' previous management regime had built, and the club is still a threat to win the AL West.But a franchise that appeared to be set up for an extended run of sustained excellence - like the Dodgers, Rays, or Yankees - now appears to be on a different trajectory.Houston's outlook is downgraded because of personnel losses following the sign-stealing scandal, the erosion of talent in the farm system, and the rest of the industry catching up to its once-innovative practices.Before most teams had even experimented with high-speed cameras, the Astros had purchased and installed 75 Edgertronic cameras throughout its system by 2017 to hone pitch grips and evaluate mechanics. High-speed cameras are now standard technology in the game. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty ImagesAs for their organizational losses, they're starting to show up on the field and in the front office.After winning 100 or more games in four of the last five full seasons, the Astros are currently projected by FanGraphs to win 89 this year. And of the 32 front office personnel listed in the baseball operations department in 2018, only nine remain, and none are among the senior leadership team.Jeffrey Luhnow, the former general manager who built the tainted 2017 title team, is now running a soccer club in Mexico. His top lieutenant, Mike Elias, is now the GM in Baltimore. He brought with him Sig Mejdal, who was a special assistant in charge of "process improvement" in Houston. Elias and Mejdal have recreated a lot of what made Houston successful in Baltimore. Mike Fast, who led the Astros' analytics research and development, is with the Atlanta Braves.Among the coaching staffs in the minors and majors, those who carried out the player development, only nine of the 21 listed in 2018 remain. Those losses include longtime pitching coach Brent Strom, who helped get the most out of pitchers like Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander when they came to Houston, and who might now be working similar magic in Arizona with Zac Gallen.Houston also seems to have made a philosophical shift by hiring Dana Brown as GM after choosing not to re-sign James Click. Brown comes from a more scouting-oriented background compared to the quantitative-centric hires who turned the so-called "Diasastros" into a dynamic organization.The Astros of the last few seasons rarely missed when making player-acquisition decisions. But the new regime appears to have missed badly with free agent Jose Abreu, the major middle-of-the-order addition who hasn't yet homered this season. Tim Warner / Getty ImagesHis power outage shouldn't be completely shocking given his age, 36, and the park fit. Of the 228 hitters with at least 175 batted balls in play last year, Abreu ranked 203rd in elevating batted balls to his pull side into the air (15%). The Crawford Boxes in left field don't work unless you can pull the ball in the air. Otherwise, Houston's home park isn't all that favorable to right-handed hitters.But perhaps the effects of that brain drain are being felt most sharply in the farm system.The Astros ranked 10th in Baseball America's organizational talent rankings in the spring of 2018. It was the fifth straight year they ranked in the top 10, and four times they ranked in the top five.But they fell to 27th in 2020 due to injuries and graduations. They then ranked 26th in the 2021 preseason, 28th last year, and slotted 25th in Baseball America's organizational talent rankings this spring.For now, it looks like this generation of Astros teams has likely already had its best days.No. 2: It took a while, but Mitch Keller is hereHere's another example of why you should never give up on a young arm: Mitch Keller's 2023.Although the Pirates have cooled off from their torrid start, Keller threw 16 shutout innings in his last two outings, including the first complete-game shutout of his career May 8 against Colorado. He followed it up Sunday with seven shutout innings against Baltimore, which included 13 strikeouts and no walks.After being a second-round pick by Pittsburgh in the 2014 draft, Keller's enjoyed above-average velocity and an above-average breaking ball. But for a variety of reasons, the stuff never clicked. Now, after he first appeared in the majors in 2019, it's all coming together.First, he's reduced his walk rate in each season since 2020. His percentage of pitches thrown in the strike zone is a career-best 57% this year.Second, his arsenal is now among the deepest in the game. Keller throws five pitches after adding a sweeper and cutter in recent years, but none more than 25% of the time. Batters can't sit on a single one. After Tread Athlete @mkeller11 's 7 shoutout innings:1 st Pirates pitcher with 13 Ks 0 BB 0 R since 1920 Lowers season ERA to 2.38 Past 5 starts: 33 IP 1.18 ERA .79 WHIP 44:4 K:BBThe Mitch Keller Show is here #TreadFam pic.twitter.com/dsxw2vIdJE Tread Athletics (@TreadHQ) May 15, 2023 The Pirates haven't had a true ace since Gerrit Cole's 2015 campaign. They might have one now.No. 3: More teams than just the Cardinals needed Sean MurphyOne thing that's been underscored with the drama and scapegoating of Willson Contreras, and the excellent performance by the Braves to date, is just how valuable catching production is.It goes beyond what we can measure. We can't quantify all the defensive value a catcher brings via things like pitch calling and playing psychologist/coach with pitchers. If a catcher can also hit while bringing that defensive acumen, they're incredibly valuable.Perhaps the Cardinals should have upped their offer for Murphy. The Cleveland Guardians really ought to have, too. Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves / Getty ImagesThe Guardians' catchers have combined for a 32 wRC+ this year, which would match their team mark in the shortened 2020 season, tied for the fourth-worst catcher-hitting performance since 1960. (Marlins catchers have a 23 wRC+ this year, which is the worst currently).Cleveland has long needed catching help. Perhaps prospect Bo Naylor, Josh's younger brother, is the answer. It's time to find out. And if there's doubt about his ability to catch, the club should've been even more aggressive in acquiring Murphy or Gabriel Moreno.The Guardians signed Mike Zunino this offseason, who entered play Friday 0-for-27 with 21 strikeouts in May. There are too many zeros in the Guardians' lineup.No. 4: Can Alek Manoah be fixed?The good news for the Blue Jays is they roster a top-of-the-rotation fixture in Kevin Gausman, and perhaps another in Chris Bassitt (although he's been more of a mid-rotation arm in his career). Yusei Kikuchi and Jose Berrios are enjoying better campaigns early this season.However, the club likely figured it'd need a great season from Alek Manoah to contend for an AL East crown and push deep into October. But Manoah is a mess right now.Manoah's seven-walk, two-homer outing against the Yankees on Monday was about as non-competitive as it gets. He's lost a tick on his fastball, but it's his lack of command of his breaking ball that's derailing his 2023 season. Omar Rawlings / Getty ImagesManoah is getting strikes called at just an 8.5% rate with his slider, along with a 24% whiff rate. Compare that to last season when he owned a 12.5% called-strike rate and a 32% whiff rate on that pitch.While the slider is often designed to be used as a chase pitch, he's throwing it in the zone just 34.7% of the time compared to 43.5% last year.These are problems for someone who's essentially a two-pitch pitcher.While his rate of called-plus-swinging strikes on his four-seamer is in line with the MLB average (28.7%), his slider's CSW (18.8%) is well below average (31.3%).As poor as he's been (5.40 ERA), he's actually been fortunate (6.46 FIP). Manoah's walked 15% of the batters he's faced, which is the worst mark among qualified pitchers.The Blue Jays will be hard-pressed to track down the Rays with this type of production from a key rotation member.No. 5: Added artificial flavor is OKSome view steals as artificially inflated this season, and records are certainly being threatened because of the new rules. But steals have artificially spiked before in the modern era. Baseball America's Matt Eddy wrote this week about how the advent of artificial turf usage in the National League in the 1980s increased stolen base totals and created a different game.Eddy noted the NL stolen-base-per-game rate of the decade (1.3) was nearly double that of the 1960s (0.7), and much greater than the AL (1.0) in the 1980s.We ought to be more interested in performance within the context of the environment in which it occurs (adjusting for the run environment and ballparks, etc.) and less concerned with raw stat counting and inflation.More action and more athletic play are good for the sport.No. 6: MLB's own witching hour is brewingWhat's also good for the sport? More concentrated drama on TV.The Blue Jays-Yankees and Rays-Mets games were excellent Wednesday night, and each ended with walk-off home runs within minutes of each other.This is another positive from the pitch clock: games are ending at a more predictable time.That means fans know when high-leverage drama is most likely to happen, and it makes MLB.TV's Big Inning coverage a lot more interesting - more like the NFL's Red Zone offering. It's difficult to quantify, but knowing when to tune in for drama is a good thing for the sport.No. 7: The National League is badThere are only six teams above .500 in the National League, and one of those is the Marlins, one game above entering play Friday.The Padres have shown us that a stars-and-scrubs roster rarely works, especially when the stars aren't playing well.Already struggling, Manny Machado now has a small hand fracture. Sean M. Haffey / Getty ImagesThe Mets have demonstrated that constructing the oldest roster in the majors isn't a savvy approach.The Cardinals haven't just botched the management of their public communications but misunderstood why they were falling short. Hint: It's the starting pitching. (Where was Matthew Liberatore all season? His debut Wednesday was excellent.)The Dodgers essentially did nothing in the offseason - ostensibly to keep as much payroll space as possible to sign Shohei Ohtani this winter - and yet find themselves again atop the league.The Atlanta Braves have looked like the class of the NL for much of this season, but a rash of starting pitcher injuries clouds their upside. If the Dodgers and Braves remain healthy, they couldn't ask for a better path to a World Series. No. 8: The Mariners' big edgeThe Mariners lead the majors in starting pitcher WAR and FIP in May and are second in WAR for the season. Seattle already entered the season with an enviable top and middle of the rotation, and with rookie Bryce Miller's emergence - his fastball is nearly Spencer Strider-like - the Mariners have arguably the majors' deepest starting rotation.At a time when so many teams are losing quality starters to injury, the Mariners have a big edge.No. 9: Struggling shortstopsIt's a golden era for shortstop play, but a number are struggling this year.Not only do the Mets have enough issues with health and age, but Francisco Lindor owns a 24.1% strikeout rate, which is alarming given we're already a quarter of the way through the season. Lindor's carer-high rate was 18.8%In Kansas City, Bobby Witt Jr. owns a .277 on-base mark and a .290 career OBP covering his first 827 plate appearances. He continues to bat leadoff.In Minnesota, Carlos Correa is batting just .203. The top six wRC+ seasons for shortstops as a collective have occurred since 2018. They're all at 94 or better, meaning what was once a glove-first position now demands about a league-average bat to keep up. Lindor, Witt, and Correa will almost certainly be better the rest of the season, but the bar to be an elite shortstop is higher now.Stat of the Week10 The Oakland A's finally won their 10th game of the season Tuesday and have a .222 winning percentage going into play Friday. The last team to win only nine of its first 40 games was the 2003 Detroit Tigers, who went on to lose 119 games. The A's likely have a shot at the record for losses in a season since 1901, which is held by the 1962 New York Mets (120). Oakland won just 9 of their first 40 games.They're the first team in 20 years to win fewer than 10 of their first 40 games in a season.#MLB #Athletics pic.twitter.com/q02GnrWx89 Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) May 15, 2023 The interesting thing about the A's is they're not terrible at everything.They're actually about an average hitting team. It's the pitching - particularly the bullpen - that's historically terrible.The worst bullpens of all time by WAR are the 2013 Astros (minus-5.1 WAR) and 1966 Mets (minus-4.8). Without any added help, the A's (minus-2.0) might challenge those marks.They said it "You're a loser (expletive) organization. Every single one of you" - Bryce Harper to the entire Colorado Rockies team following his ejection after taking exception to some clapping from Rockies pitcher Jake Bird. Bryce Harper wasn t having any of this glove clapping pic.twitter.com/3yjWMx9q0D SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) May 14, 2023 "We felt really good about the progress that we've made, and it lines up really well for him to catch on Monday with Jack (Flaherty) on the mound" - Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol before returning catcher Willson Contreras to his spot behind the plate Monday. Miraculously, the Cardinals transformed Contreras back into being a playable catcher in just nine days.You don't see that everyday Zac Gallen really hit a bird with a curveball. pic.twitter.com/T6XOZudoMH Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) May 17, 2023 RIP, innocent bird.Starting Lineup is a bi-weekly collection of reporting, observations, and insights from the Major League Baseball beat.Travis Sawchik is theScore's senior baseball writer.Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
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