As one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history winds to a close, the Blue Jays are taking stock of their future. Which players could be key contributors in 2018? And which ones could be key building blocks for years to come?
A few months ago, many people would have included Roberto Osuna as one of those foundational players.
The 2017 Toronto Blue Jays season is all but over, and it will go down as an ugly one. Barring a big comeback, they’re likely to finish last in the AL East for just the second time in the past 13 seasons. For just the second time in franchise history, they’re going to end a season having never crossed above .500.
Jonah Keri has an Abstract chat with Bill James about flattering your reader; the hipster quality of Sabermetrics; shifting from analysis to history; empiricism and holding on to inaccuracies; skepticism; iconoclasm; opportunity; beating Tim Raines in …
We’ve reached the home stretch of the Major League Baseball season, and everything’s moving so fast. The wild AL wild-card race seems to reshuffle daily; Giancarlo Stanton’s home-run odometer keeps clicking; blockbuster deadline deals make us rethink what the playoffs might hold.
With all of that swirling around us, it’s nice to fall back on dependable old favorites.
A major pickup by one of the American League’s playoff hopefuls upped the ante on an already wild wild-card race. An even bigger pickup at the last possible minute trumped that deal, and threw the waiver deadline into chaos. We take a look at both deals, and more happenings for the stretch run, in this edition of Keri The 10.
In the baseball world, “luck” can be a loaded term. If a player is hitting .300 due to a confluence of events, he wants to savour his accomplishment, not hear about any kind of good fortune. Likewise, fans of a losing team don’t want to hear excuses about wins and losses, or why the number-four starter owns a 5.75 ERA.
Everyone is playing for something, even this late in the season.
In the NL Central, three teams are playing for the division crown. In the wild-card race, slowdowns by the Rockies and Diamondbacks could open the door for upstart contenders. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are merely playing for the title of best team of all time.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Keri The 10! As always, we’ll go around the majors with 10 stories that caught our eye from the past seven days. There will be numbers, and occasionally, memes. As always, we will have fun.
1. Rich man, poor man
Three days after wearing those glorious Little Leaguer-signed cleats, Josh Harrison dashed the hopes of Dodgers fans, and Rich Hill, with a walkoff home run at PNC Park.
If you’re anyone other than Reds play-by-play man Marty Brennaman, you probably know that Joey Votto is a really good hitter. Votto is a five-time all-star, he won the NL MVP award in 2010, and has finished in the top seven in MVP voting a total of five times. He’s having another monster season in 2017, on pace to challenge or beat his personal best in multiple offensive categories.
It all started innocently enough.
The instigator danced. Led the crowd in cheers. Razzed the opposition. Harmless stuff, the kind you’d see every time you saw him in person, every time you watched on TV.
If you were on the other side, it was never a big deal.