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With pitchers and catchers report

Postby panxing18 on Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:53 pm

ing this week Sandy Koufax Jersey , baseball is officially back. We’re just over 40 days away from Opening Day, and it’s almost time to start a brand new season."With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, baseball is officially back. We’re just over 40 days away from Opening Day, and it’s almost time to start a brand new season.Corey Seager updateThough the Dodgers had a somewhat quiet off-season, they will be adding one of the best young shortstops in the game to their lineup in 2019. After missing most of the 2018 season, the Dodgers are optimistic Corey Seager will be ready to go for Opening Day. Dave Roberts spoke with reporters and gave an update on when we can expect Seager to return. “Corey is running around, I wouldn’t say he’s running at 100 percent, but just seeing the video and talking to trainers, the eye test, he looks really good and looks really strong,” Roberts said. “The arm, I think he’s up to like 90 feet and he’s not throwing across the diamond yet, but we’re tracking for him to be ready Opening Day.”Seager only played in 24 games in 2018, before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Additionally, he underwent left hip surgery in August as well. Asked when Seager is expected to be ready, Roberts said it’s to be determined. “There’s kind of a rough schedule for Corey but obviously it’s kind of going to be on the backfields, kind of take some at-bats, and then as far as hitting to an A-game over here, to start http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , to play, to get three at-bats, that’s down the road.”Roberts expects Seager to see around 50-60 at-bats before even playing in a game, but that can change depending on how he feels. For all the Seager fans out there, he’s officially gone dairy free as well. Kenley Jansen’s health Last season was a bit of a scare for Kenley Jansen, as he missed time due to an irregular heartbeat. He underwent heart surgery in the off-season, as well as dropped 25 pounds. Like Seager, Jansen went dairy-free. He also added two workouts a day. With losing the weight, Jansen hopes it will help his body function better. He no longer needs to take any blood-thinning medication, though he still wears a heart-monitor underneath his shirt. It checks his heart rate after workouts to make sure everything is good to go. “I’ve got to prove everybody wrong,” Jansen said to reporters. “That’s all I want to do. I just want to come out here and compete in spring training. Compete like I’m competing for a job instead of having a vacation.” Starting catching situationOne of the biggest hits the Dodgers took this off-season was the loss of starting catcher Yasmani Grandal. After three consecutive seasons of at least 20 home runs, Grandal signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Over the last few months, the Dodgers stayed aggressive in the pursuit of J.T. Realmuto, arguably the best catcher in all of baseball. LA didn’t make a deal, and instead traded for a former friend, Russell Martin. Martin, now 36, played for the Dodgers from 2006 until 2010. With two starting catchers at the helm in Martin and Austin Barnes, it’s currently unclear as to who will get more starts behind the plate. “I think it’s a very good duo and I think time will tell Hyun-Jin Ryu Jersey ,” Roberts said. “So they’re going to split time and we’ll see who gets the lion’s share. But I think that right now, that’s a good complement.”Other notes: Although he’s been moved to the bullpen during the last two postseasons, Dave Roberts said he sees Kenta Maeda as a starting pitcher this season If Maeda is a starter, the starting rotation likely will be Kershaw, Buehler, Hill, Ryu and MaedaRoberts wants to make sure Cody Bellinger plays every day. He will take reps in right field, center field and first base, but A.J. Pollock is the every day center fielderKeibert Ruiz unlikely to appear in MLB this season. Will Smith could see time, but needs to improve offensivelyStaying on Smith, Andrew Friedman had high praise for him. “I think he could contend for a Gold Glove defensively. It’s just about getting him to that point offensively where there’s more consistency that we think is in there.” A look at Carlos Santana’s impressive exit velocity early in the season"One of the best things about Statcast is that it gives us something worthwhile to talk about in the first week of the season. Wins and losses are just as important now as they are in September, but most individual player stats are worthless. You can’t tell much from the single statistic of hit or even a home run besides the fact that they probably hit the ball pretty well. The discussion starts and stops with “this thing happened” in each of those instances. Exit velocity is a whole different monster. Exit velocity is something that you can use on a case-by-case basis on its own to see what a player is doing — we can say without a shadow of a doubt that Carlos Santana has hit the ball really dang hard in his first few games. He might not for the whole season, but that’s okay. It’s more than just “he hit it,” instead it now becomes “did you see this fuckin guy hit a baseball 112.8 miles per hour, then follow that up with 108.3 miles per hour? Cripes!” I guess what I’m trying to say is: Our boy is back. Carlos Santana has made no secret about the fact he loves Cleveland, and is thrilled to be back with the Indians. Call it playing up the fans if you want, but at this year’s fan fest he told eager Tribe fans, “Last year I missed you guys. Right now, I’m so excited to be back to my natural home.” He had some equally rosy comments leading up to his free agency in 2017. Even after today’s game http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , where the Indians lost in devastating fashion to the lowly Chicago White Sox, Santana’s bat came through as one of the few bright spots. He told reporters after the game he’s enjoying the game of baseball, when he wasn’t before. He attributes his hot start to feeling comfortable in both body and mind. How do you not love him? Through the Indians’ first five games, Carlos Santana’s bat has been the lone light in the darkness for the Francisco Lindorless Tribe (Hanley Ramirez and his pair of home runs is a distant second). Sample sizes are still extremely small right now, which means it’s easy to do something like take a blanket look at how Carlos has hit every ball that he’s made contact with. So let’s do that. March 2899.8 mph flyout vs. Jose Berrios95.2 mph flyout vs. Jose BerriosMarch 30111.8 mph single vs. Blake Parker88.2 mph flyout vs. Trevor May76.5 mph pop out vs. Jake Odorizzi83.9 mph groundout vs. Jake OdorizziMarch 31112.8 mph double vs. Martin Perez108.3 mph single vs. Martin Perez99.9 mph single vs. Martin Perez102.6 mph single vs. Michael PinedaApril 1106.4 mph single vs. Ivan Nova79.0 mph GIDP vs. Ivan NovaApril 3110.1 mph single vs. Nate Jones99.4 mph groundout vs. Carlos Rodon81.3 mph flyout vs. Carlos Rodon84.7 mph single vs. Carlos RodonGo ahead and file that under “not bad.”In the March 31 game — a loss to the Twins — Santana held the mark for the four hardest-hit balls among Indians batters. That speaks to be how bad the Indians lineup is, sure, but it also shows the kind of great contact that Slamtana is making now that he’s back where he feels the most comfortable. Entering play today, Santana ranked sixth in average exit velocity at 97 miles per hour, and fifth in hard hit percentage at 66.7 percent.Similar to the dearly departed Yandy Diaz, though, Santana’s launch angle could use a boost as it sits at 10.2 heading into today (and his .500 batting average on balls in play probably isn’t going to stand forever).still, for this one fun little metric, in the silliest time of the year, Carlos Santana is doing something really, really well. Let’s enjoy that for a minute.
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