MLB 2021 A Sticky Situation

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Halfway through the year and there’s been lots of storylines. First we have the crackdown on spider tack, a substance pitchers use to artificially increase the spin rates on their pitches. Most hitters can’t handle high spin rate fastballs up in the zone so the tack helps there but it also helps with the break on their sliders/curves. Since the crackdown started offense is up (except in New York) and some guys are on ridiculous hit streaks (Gallo and Schwarber to name 2).

2nd we have a lot of surprises in the standings. In the AL East the Yankees have been a disaster. On the other hand Boston has been fantastic. They were expected to be rebuilding but instead have the best record in the AL. In the central the Indians are in second despite trading away their best players last year and over the offseason. The twins have had a disappointing year currently sitting in 4th. The white Sox despite losing two of their stud young outfielders sit in first. Out west the Astros are in first without trash cans or spider tack aiding them. Seattle sits 3 games above .500 and has a plethora of young talent in the minors (Kelenic, Rodriguez, Hancock, Kirby, Marte, and Raleigh).

In the NL the Mets lead the East but only because everyone else sucks. Everyone in this division has been a disappointment. DeGrom is currently having the greatest single pitching season and that’s pretty much the only positive thing to take away from that division. Forum favorite Patrick Corbin has had a rough year but has shown promise over his last three starts. The Brewers lead the central backed by a three headed monster top of the rotation and a surging offense. Urias and Adames are former top prospects for the Padres and rays. They’re having great seasons so far with the brew crew. The cardinals have been in a free fall since starting out hot. Out west the giants surprisingly have the best record in all of baseball. They’ve found the fountain of youth and guys like Crawford, Longoria (currently hurt), wood, descalfani, and gausman are having career years. The Rockies for some reason have their own thread on TTW, that’s been the highlight of their whole season.

Unfortunately there’s been two criminal cases involving high profile players. Ozuna (not to be confused with Osuna) was arrested for a domestic violence incident in May. Bauer is currently under a police investigation for the same reason. Both players are likely to receive suspensions regardless of the legal outcome. There was also the whole all star game location debacle that exposed the hypocrisy of the mlb. For forum rules reasons I’ll leave it at that.
 

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Legend
First half of the season is over. Homerun derby is tonight. Ohtani vs Soto, Gallo vs Story, Olson vs Mancini, and the defending champ Alonso vs Perez. Juiced balls and Coors field should lead to an exciting night. Love the h2h format it’s made the derby so much fun to watch since they switched to it. This is one of the best group of players for the derby in a long time. Ohtani we all know is a stud and sits in the 100th percentile in a lot of power stats. Gallo has the most power in the game with Olson close behind him. Alonso is the rookie homerun record holder and one of a handful of people to have hit 50 in a season. Soto is a top 5 player in the game. Mancini has an incredible comeback story from cancer. Story is having a down year but is a regular 30 homerun hitter and the hometown representative. Perez is having a career year and could be the first catcher to win the derby. If anyone other than Alonso wins it then it will be a first time winner. I’m rooting for Pete as a Mets fan but if he doesn’t I hope Gallo wins. I’ve always loved his game.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Fun & games in Denver, as it should be but the biggest and very sad news is the torn ACL that puts Ronald Acuna Jr on the sideline until 2022. The Braves star will be there at Coors Field but only to cheer on the NL squad. Hopefully he regains his power swing and base path speed after rehab.
 

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Legend
RePete becomes the 3rd back to back champ in derby history! Put up a derby record 35 in the first round against Perez followed by taking out division rival Soto and the feel good story of the derby Mancini in the finals. Soto and Ohtani had a battle, tied twice before Soto won the second tiebreaker. Story had some home field advantage work in his favor when he hit a 20th homer after time expired to beat Gallo by one. Gallo did the same thing but didn’t get the same call. Overall an entertaining derby
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Talk about a tough draw…Salvador Perez had the second most dingers in a regulation round (28) last night and lost to Alonso 1R. Only Soto in a tiebreaker (31 total) over Ohtani (28 total) had more.

ESPN threw some shade at Perez by interviewing Alonso while the KC catcher was swinging away trying to compete with the 35-shot mark set by the Mets slugger.
 

yossarian

Professional
ESPN markets it as the most exciting HR derby ever due to environment producing longest HRs ever seen

Also refuses to display distance of each HR
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
ESPN markets it as the most exciting HR derby ever due to environment producing longest HRs ever seen

Also refuses to display distance of each HR
Mantle jacked one in humid sea level Washington DC in a regular season game in 1953 that would have shamed modern day sluggers. It was estimated at 565 feet. Same for Babe Ruth in Detroit in 1921 when a best estimate for one shot was 575 feet.

The scariest exit velocity I have ever seen was Reggie Jackson’s 1971 All-Star Game shot off the transformer high atop the right field roof in Detroit. It was hit on a pitch delivered by Dock Ellis, the fellow who threw a no-hitter the year before while supposedly high on LSD.

 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
A little guilty pleasure watching all this talent tonight. What a shot by Vlad Jr. to double the lead to 2-0 for the ALers! His friend’s Tatis Jr’s reaction from SS was priceless as the 460 foot bomb passed over his head.

I remember the rancor expressed by a now deceased forum member over the supposed lack of athleticism required to play this sport at a high level and still have to wonder what he must have seen to think that. My guilty feeling here would be to think ill of the dead but his opinion was dead wrong.
 

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happy trade deadline day. Yankees have already made a move for two left handed sluggers Joey Gallo (damnit I’m gonna have to root against him now) and Anthony Rizzo. Red Sox add Kyle Schwarber who’s about a month away from coming off the IL. Dodgers make the biggest move adding Trae Turner and Max Scherzer. Padres got the Pirates all star Adam Fraizer about a week ago. Rays got ageless slugger Nelson Cruz.

I’ll be interested in what the Padres and giants do today after the Dodgers blockbuster last night. Also wonder who gets Jose Berrios and if the Twins can get out of Josh Donaldsons contract. They have a 3B Jose Miranda tearing up AAA floor pitching. Mets are linked to a package consisting of Kris Bryant, Javy Baez, and/or Zach Davies. Going to be a chaotic day.
 

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Berrios to the Blue Jays for Austin Martin and Simeon Woods-Richardson, two top 70 prospects. Twins absolutely fleeced the Blue Jays. Berrios is under contract for one more year but he’s mediocre. Now he has to face the Red Sox, Yankees with Gallo and Rizzo, and the Rays instead of the tigers royals and Indians. Not a smart overpay
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
The Yankees swept Bosox at Yankee Stadium and are tied with them for the second WC spot in the AL but one game better in the loss column (68-52 vs 69-53). All the catching up has been done with a MASH list of important players on the IL (now 16, 4th most behind LAD, NYM and TBR). The Yanks got Garrit Cole back yesterday from the Covid list and immediately chipped in a solid start FTW vs CWS.

The WC race in the AL could sizzle. Oakland is just 1/2 game ahead of NYY. Toronto and Seattle are a bit back but within reach.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Speaking of sticky situations, Trevor Bauer is in court again today to determine validity of issuing a restraining order against him to protect a woman accusing him of sexual assault. Reports have leaked that Bauer will invoke Fifth Amendment privileges when he takes the stand.

I notice the shills at ESPN on Get Up can devote coverage of Ohtani, the Yankees and the Mets but not one peep about this damaging development.
 

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Salvador Perez hit homerun number 38 yesterday. That’s the most in a single season by an AL catcher. He’s having a historically great year that coincides with vlad jr, Ohtani, and Devers having great years as well. Only one of these four has gotten any national airtime though. Bob still can’t figure out how to market his stars.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Salvador Perez hit homerun number 38 yesterday. That’s the most in a single season by an AL catcher. He’s having a historically great year that coincides with vlad jr, Ohtani, and Devers having great years as well. Only one of these four has gotten any national airtime though. Bob still can’t figure out how to market his stars.
How many as DH?
 

Clay lover

Hall of Fame
Spider tack is honestly as bad as steroids and even trash can banging if not worse in terms of the advantage it provides, and pitchers who get caught deserve the utmost scorn. With steroids you may get stronger and recover faster but if you don't hit the ball you don't hit the ball, same situation for electronic sign-stealing. Spider tack on the other hand has a direct, tangible impact on the RPM of the ball EVERY TIME you throw the ball - the effects are 100% translatable to the results.
 

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How many as DH?
Most ever as a catcher not counting what position they played each day. If we’re going by what position he played each day Pudge is the leader by I think 12 homeruns. He’s on my fantasy teams so I don’t really care since him at dh or catcher every day + historic season is a cheat code but if we’re going by official records I guess I should’ve clarified.
 

stringertom

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Most ever as a catcher not counting what position they played each day. If we’re going by what position he played each day Pudge is the leader by I think 12 homeruns. He’s on my fantasy teams so I don’t really care since him at dh or catcher every day + historic season is a cheat code but if we’re going by official records I guess I should’ve clarified.
Counting all dingers hit he could easily pass Bench for the all time MLB season high (45). It’s a crazy big number he will finish with, especially in his first full season after elbow surgery cost him 2019 and his prior season high being 27. Good pick by you in fantasy.
 

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Never forget. There’s going to be a special presentation before the Mets Yankees game today. Should be special. Now Manfred just needs to get his head out of his ass and let the Mets wear NYPD/NYFD hats for the game.
 
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