Smith’s homer was his first since last July 21, ending a 356 at-bat drought.
I’m not worried about hitting home runs, the speedy Smith said with a smile. I like to steal bases. Can’t steal bases when you hit homers.
Astros: Gurriel returned after three days on the paternity list. . Reliever Joe Smith (right elbow soreness) could be back Tuesday.
I love his demeanor on the mound: no nonsense, no messing around, said former Yankees pitcher and current YES Network analyst David Cone, who struck out 222 batters as a Bronx Bomber in 1997. Of course, his fastball’s great. Everything’s off of that.
Severino’s fastball has been so overpowering so deep into games that no starting pitcher has come close to matching it. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Severino has thrown a major-league-leading 527 pitches of 98 mph or faster. Mets ace Noah Syndergaard’s 285 are a distant second. Severino also has thrown 44 pitches of 100 mph or faster, with 12 of them coming Tuesday.
Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.Snell, Rays beat Astros 3-2 to wrap impressive homestand
[I’m seeing] some funny swings, really out-in-front and lunging type swings. That shows me that the hitters just aren’t picking it up. It’s got a little different spin, a little different look to it. The key to me is if he can get side-to-side and downward tilt. He’s starting to get that. Last year, it was more side-to-side, and now he’s getting a little bit of both. That’s the one you want.
The Mets have never really talked about the deal, but it is well known that their owners, the Wilpons, had many accounts with investor Bernie Madoff. Madoff was returning 12 to 15 percent a year in what we now know were fictional returns. So deferring deals wasn’t a problem because the payout would occur years later and the interest rate would be lower than the money they were (fictionally) getting back from Madoff.