Back with a Daily Triple after travelling for work the past couple days. Car insurance doesn’t sell itself.
13-year veteran Ryan Zimmerman is turning back the clock. After a BRUTAL 2016 season—in which he hit .218 with an OBP of .272—the Nationals 1B is off to a torrid start. Zimmerman currently has a slash line of .389/.431/.778, with 11 XBH and 5 HR. It makes you wonder; if a player who ranked 58th in WAR among first basemen one year can become an offensive stud the next by becoming more conscious of his launch angle, how long before every player in baseball is trying to get more lift at the plate?
What would a week of baseball reading be without an article from Sam Miller? This week he takes a look at some early-season statistical surprises:
- Sacrifice flies are at their lowest rate since the 1950s;
- Wild pitches are at an all-time high;
- And ground ball double plays are up despite fewer base runners.
Make sure to check it out, as you should every article Miller writes.
A couple days late on this one, but I can’t pass up the chance as a White Sox fan. Earlier this week, Jose Quintana appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. When Quintana—a natural Spanish speaker and native of Colombia—came up with the Yankees, he watched Fallon’s show to learn English. To say thank you, he taught Fallon a few sentences of Spanish when the White Sox were in New York this week.