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Hits were difficult to come by in Miami’s first
MIAMI (AP) — two regular season games. The early offensive malaise finally ended Saturday night.Miguel Rojas and Martin Prado each had three hits دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, and the Marlins won for the first time this season, beating the Colorado Rockies 7-3.Limited to a total of six hits in a pair of losses to Colorado earlier this week, the Marlins broke loose for 16 hits against starter Tyler Anderson and four relievers.“We put things together today,” Rojas said. “We’re not going to depend on the three-run homer. That’s for sure. But if it happens, it will be great.”It wasn’t even the biggest loss of the day for Colorado. First baseman Daniel Murphy, signed to a two-year deal during the offseason, said after the game he had broken the index finger on his left hand and is out indefinitely.Miami’s Lewis Brinson, who scored twice, Rossell Herrera and Chad Wallach each had two hits. Rojas doubled twice and drove in three runs.“A lot of firsts tonight, we got our first win out of the way,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “We had a lot of guys who didn’t have hits, they had hits. There is a lot of size in that room right now.”Pablo Lopez (1-0) allowed five hits and three runs and struck out a career-high seven in 5 1/3 innings. He was lifted after retiring Trevor Story on a flyball that ended an 11-pitch at-bat.“Tough guy, great hitter,” Lopez said of Story. “He has a good approach, smart. It’s a battle. I tried to mix all my pitches. I gave everything I had. I had my defense behind me. It felt really good winning that little battle there.”Lopez’s performance followed his solid spring in which he went 3-0 with an 0.90 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.Five Marlins relievers kept Colorado scoreless through the final 3 2/3 innings.Rojas and Herrera capitalized on Anderson’s first pitches with hits that keyed a three-run fourth for a 5-2 lead. Rojas’ double to left center scored two and Herrera followed with an RBI single.Anderson (0-1) gave up five runs دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, nine hits and struck out four in five innings.Miami added two runs in the seventh on Prado’s RBI single and Curtis Granderson’s safety squeeze bunt single that scored Brinson.“The big blow was the first-pitch fastball to Rojas for the double that scored a couple of runs,” Colorado manager Bud Black said.WEB GEMSNot lost in the Marlins offensive output were standout defensive plays by 3B Brian Anderson and OF Brinson. Anderson dived for Chris Iannetta’s hard grounder down the line, reached his feet and threw high to first, where Prado leaped and tagged Iannetta out to start the fifth. Iannetta was robbed again in the eighth, when Brinson dove and grabbed his sinking liner to center.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: Murphy injured the finger while diving to stop a sharp grounder in the fourth inning of Friday’s game against Miami. Although Murphy remained in the game and had his first hit as a Rockie in the ninth, swelling on his finger worsened overnight. Murphy got X-rays on Saturday and will visit a hand specialist Monday.Marlins: P Jose Urena expects to make his second start against the New York Mets on Tuesday as he recovers from the line drive he took behind his left leg off a hit ball by Dahl in the second inning of the season opener Thursday.UP NEXTRHP Jon Gray will start the series finale for the Rockies on Sunday while the Marlins will go with RHP Sandy Alcantara. He’s more compelling than you might think."I’ll be the first to admit it - coming into this offseason, I didn’t think much of DJ LeMahieu as a potential free agent target for the Milwaukee Brewers. Sure, LeMahieu won a batting title with the Rockies by hitting .348 in 2016, but according to both wRC+ and OPS+, that season was the only one in the second baseman’s parts of eight years in the big leagues that his overall batting line was above the league average. In 3,799 plate appearances for Colorado, LeMahieu has hit .298/.350/.406, but when accounting for the park factors used by Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs, that slash translates to a 90 wRC+ and 92 OPS+. It seemed like LeMahieu’s offensive success was predicated on playing his home games at Coors Field, where he’s a career .330/.387/.448 hitter (versus .264/.311/.362 on the road).However دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, I have changed my tune on LeMahieu since the winter started. Around Thanksgiving, Jeff Sullivan published an article on Fangraphs entitled “The Hidden Upside of a Normal Free Agent.” The post acknowledged that while LeMahieu is a perfectly fine regular in his current incarnation, his specific offensive profile could be one that suggests bigger things might be possible. DJ has always been a skilled contact hitter, striking out in only 15.2% of his career plate appearances and at a rate of 14.1% or less in each of the last three seasons. He only swings-and-misses around 5% of the time. Per Sullivan, LeMahieu was one of only six players in baseball last season (min. 250 PA) who was one standard deviation better than league average in both contact rate and exit velocity. The others in the category? Joe Mauer, Nick Markakis, Anthony Rendon, Mookie Betts, and Mike Trout. Pretty good company.As a hitter, LeMahieu has long favored the opposite field, going the other way 35% of the time during his career. He also has hit a majority of his balls on the ground, 53.8% of his career balls in play. Those totals started to shift in 2018, however. After pulling the ball at around only a 21% rate from 2015-17, he increased his pull rate to 29.8% in 2018. His fly ball rate was 19.7% in 2017; it was 29.5% in 2018. Perhaps not coincidentally, last season LeMahieu bashed a career-high 15 home runs while also posting his best ever Isolated Power total دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, coming in at .152. And he was able to accomplish that without sacrificing any of his contact ability.LeMahieu is an elite hitter inasmuch as hardly any players in baseball can match his ability to consistently put the ball in play while maintaining as high of a rate of quality contact. LeMahieu has previously mentioned the desire to add more pull power to his game, and Sullivan suggests that with some further adjustments with the right coaching, DJ could be a candidate for the next power breakout:If that isn’t enough to convince you to buy into LeMahieu’s potential upside at the plate, maybe Baseball Prospectus’ new hitting metric will help. Deserved Runs Created focuses more on what should happen based on a hitter’s quality of contact and purports to calculate and apply park factors in a different, more accurate way than wRC+ and OPS+. BP’s research shows that by relying on expected outcomes, DRC+ is a more reliable offensive metric than the others when it comes to both describing how well a batter is performing at a given moment as well as predicting future output. DJ’s .276/.321/.428 batting line in 2018 was valued at between 12-14% below league average according to Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference; according to DRC+, however, LeMahieu’s offensive production was 5% better than league average in 2018. Per DRC+, LeMahieu’s last four years at the plate have gone like this: 107, 133, 106, 105. I mentioned LeMahieu’s career OPS+ and wRC+ totals above; DRC+ gives DJ an overall mark of 104 across his 955 MLB games. Ken Rosenthal pointed out in recent piece for The Athletic that according to Baseball Prospectus’ calculation that accounts for Deserved Runs Created, LeMahieu’s 14.7 wins above replacement player since the start of 2016 ranks first among all active second baseman in the big leagues.Another big chunk of LeMahieu’s on-field value comes from his skill with the glove. He has won three Gold Gloves at second base in his career - including the last two in 2017 and 2018 - and he routinely grades out as one of the game’s top fielders according to the advanced metrics. He has recorded +67 Defensive Runs Saved in over 7,400 innings at the keystone and +18 DRS in 2018 alone. BP’s Fielding Runs Above Average credits him with +51.0 runs on defense for his career, including 20+ in each of the last two seasons.LeMahieu turns 31 next July an isn’t projected to break the bank during his first crack at free agency. MLB Trade Rumors predicts a 2-year دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, $18 mil deal for the slick-fielding, right-handed bat; Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs forecasts a 2-year, $22 mil pact. Even in a small market like Milwaukee, those prices are more than palatable.Noted SB Nation columnist Grant Brisbee wrote recently about how the way that front offices operate has shifted. “The new divide in baseball is teams who know how to use the information available to them vs. the teams that only kind of know. It’s not just about acquiring obviously talented players; teams now are just as interest in making better players.” The Milwaukee Brewers under the David Stearns regime embody this idea quite well. Over the last few years we have seen the likes of Travis Shaw, Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich, Jesus Aguilar, and others arrive in the Cream City from outside the organization and either augment a specific skill at the plate, or take their offensive game to a whole new level altogether.Maybe DJ LeMahieu will be the next Milwaukee Brewer hitter to join that parade. He should be available on a short-term deal at rather reasonable rate, provides a high floor as an elite defender who is capable of consistently putting the ball in play, and is someone who wouldn’t necessarily become a long-term roadblock to the arrival of Keston Hiura. But if the Brewers can help LeMahieu further unlock his power potential, he could breakout to become the right-handed power threat that the team desperately needs to try and add to the lineup for 2019.Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference, Fangraphs, and Baseball Prospectus
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