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Reveille 6/2/14



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Good morning.

Here are several links from the past week that will make your Monday at the office a bit more bearable:

It’s not as though Brewers fans (and one would presume they are driving the votes) are rewarding Braun for a stellar comeback chock full of dingers this season — he’s got seven home runs and 23 RBIs, which rank 27th and 41st, respectively, in the NL.​

Encarnacion’s tear has been even more fun than the numbers suggest, due to the style with which he’s been hitting. So far this month, he has five multi-homer games — he hit two in a game on back-to-back nights, too — and he’s just been destroying the pitches he’s been getting ahold of. According to ESPN’s home run tracker, Encarnacion leads the league with 10 “No Doubt” home runs, which are classified as homers that clear the fence by at least 20 vertical feet and land at least 50 feet beyond the fence. The average true distance of his 18 homers (416 ft.) outpaces the league average by a solid 20 ft. Fifteen of his 18 long balls were hit far enough to leave the yard in all 30 major league parks. In other words, Edwin Encarnacion is hitting not just a huge number of home runs, but true no-doubters, the kind that make you gasp.

  • Judging by the look on David Ortiz’s face after being hit with a David Price pitch, it may be safe to say that the Rays and the Red Sox still don’t like each other very much. Albert Chen of Sports Illustrated’s The Strike Zone has the details. 
  • The Royals have another new hitting coach — that would be four times in less than 20 months — but Chen’s colleague, Jay Jaffe, doubts that it will make a discernible difference. 
  • Jake Mintz of the Hardball Times loves watching pitchers throw the eephus, but only in small doses, lest its magical appeal dissipate.

That’s it. Have a walk-off week!


Tags: MLB


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