Article Written by Adam Corsair (@ACorsair21)
I'm going to try to post one of these little quick thoughts after as many games as possible. By doing so, I plan to list what I thought was worth highlighting, both the positives and negatives (but I'll try not to focus so much on the negatives unless they're glaring). With that, here are a few things that I noticed for tonight's game against the Rays on May 6, 2017 -
- It's been a while, I know. But here I am! Let's go! (That sick freestyle right there was completely unintentional.)
- If you haven't already, you should check out today's SOT6 Podcast - Episode 11. You can do so by clicking on the "LISTEN" tab in the menu bar. Or, you can subscribe on iTunes here. Whatever's easier for you!
- Estrada vs Odorizzi. Should be a nice game if you love pitching - which I do.
- So that Carrera home run - or sort of home run - is going to be a talking point, eh? I mean, at the end of the day, it's still a run scored regardless of whether it was an inside-the-park home run or just a regular home run. It doesn't matter. For me, it looked like it went out and bounced back into the park. But who am I?
- This has to be said - the Trop just looks like a terrible dome from the 90's. It just looks like a tacky place to play. Time to move, Rays.
- Estrada was pretty solid today. He pitching 6 innings, throwing 96 pitches - 63 of which were strikes (66%) - giving up 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 7 strikeouts, and 2 walks while facing 26 batters. It wasn't until the 6th inning where he sort of unraveled, giving up two doubles to Longoria and Morrison, as well as a home run to Colby Rasmus (OF COURSE it's his first hit of the season!).
- Odorizzi was very good, as well. He ended today's game pitching 7 innings, throwing 107 pitches - 66 for strikes (62%) - surrendering 5 hits, 1 earned run, 6 strikeouts, and not a single walk while facing 24 batters. This was the first time this season that Odorizzi was able to pitch over 6 innings, so kudos to him (objectively).
- J.P. Howell came in relief of Estrada in the 7th and was able to stop the bleeding. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning, so it was good to see him put some solid work in.
- Grilli took the reigns in the 8th inning and unfortunately his woes continued. He gave up two consecutive walks to Longoria and Morrison to lead off the inning, which ended up being costly as Rasmus drove in Longoria as a result of a single (even after review), leading to the dagger. It's not like his velocity or the way his pitches break are issues, it's more his accuracy. It's just sort of all over the place and he may be overcompensating. At least, that's how it looks to me.
- Jays fall, 6-1 in Tampa Bay.
- Player of the Game: Kendrys Morales (I guess?).
- Biagini gets the start tomorrow to close out the series. That should be fun, right??....right??.... I mean.... right?
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