On April 8, the Astros opened a three-game sequence at house in opposition to the A’s with their fifth consecutive victory in opposition to Oakland on the younger 2021 season. Houston had received all five of these video games by at the least 4 runs, by a complete rating of 41-11.
Total domination. The Astros had been 6-1, the A’s had been 1-7.
That was April 8. The standings coming into play on April 22 seemed a bit totally different.
The A’s are in first place within the AL West with a document of 12-7. Yep, when you’re counting, that’s 11 consecutive victories. The Astros are in final place within the division, with a 7-10 document. Yep, when you’re counting, that’s a 1-9 stretch.
Point is, it was too early for the A’s to panic and too early for the Astros to rejoice. Keep that in thoughts as we play “Panic or Patience?”
Tommy Pham, Padres
Troubling numbers: .153 common, .017 ISO, 0 HR in 73 PA
Panic or Patience? Good factor these numbers aren’t the one ones related with Pham, as a result of they don’t paint a fairly image. So let’s take a look at different numbers. His stroll proportion of 15.1 p.c is a profession excessive. His strikeout proportion of 19.2 p.c is a smidge away from his profession low (18.8 p.c). That’s an ideal mixture.
How concerning the contact he’s making? A full 91.3 p.c of his contact this 12 months is rated as medium/hard-hit, which is properly above his profession common of 85.3. He’s just about eradicated the “soft contact” component. And his common exit velocity this 12 months is 91.8 mph, proper at his profession common. His barrel proportion is 13 p.c, properly above his profession common of 9.6 p.c. Problem is, he’s hitting the ball proper at defenders, or defenders are making nice performs. His BABIP (batting common on balls in play) is simply .196, which is unsustainably low and properly under his profession common of .329. Just watch Mookie Betts rob Pham on this play. Patience, Padres followers.
New York Yankees
Troubling numbers: 6-11 document
Panic or Patience? There could be very little endurance in New York proper about now, and that’s comprehensible. The Yankees are a multitude. They’re tied with the Twins for the worst document within the AL and requires supervisor Aaron Boone to be fired are rising louder. The offense is struggling mightily — the Yanks have scored the fewest runs within the AL and the crew’s OPS+ is simply 83 — and the protection simply isn’t good. Gerrit Cole has been excellent and the bullpen has been strong, however the remaining of the rotation has been mediocre, at greatest.
But the Yankees have solely performed 17 of their 162 video games this 12 months. Pennants will not be received or misplaced in April. Patience. It feels unlikely that Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier all end the season with batting averages of .186 or decrease and OPSes of .571, which is the place all 4 presently reside. And rotation tasks Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon had been all the time simply that, tasks. Plus, there are younger arms that will likely be up in some unspecified time in the future. Upgrades and/or adjustments may want to be made, however there’s time for that, too.
Marco Gonzales, Mariners
Troubling numbers: 6.04 ERA, 6.07 FIP
Panic or Patience? Maybe it’s not honest to embrace Gonzales — though these ERA/FIP numbers are fairly ugly — as a result of it’s fairly clear that he’s already turned the nook. The lefty gave up 12 earned runs on 17 hits and five walks in his first two starts, protecting 10 1/3 innings. Bleh. In his third begin, although, he allowed three hits and two runs in five innings of a sport the Mariners received 4-2.
The fourth begin? That’s the gem. Facing the juggernaut Dodgers, Gonzales allowed simply two hits and one run in seven stellar innings, hanging out six on 101 pitches. Shutting down one of the best crew in baseball like that’s fairly encouraging, eh? Worth a bit extra endurance, even when his subsequent outing is not as stellar.
Troubling numbers: 6-11 document
Panic or Patience? The Yankees and Twins have the identical document, however at the least the Twins have just a few brilliant spots. Byron Buxton has been demolishing the baseball when wholesome, and the everlasting slugger Nelson Cruz has matched Buxton’s six homers this 12 months. Michael Pineda has a 1.00 ERA in three starts, and ace Jose Berrios is rolling alongside, with 30 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings protecting 4 starts. In the bullpen, Taylor Rogers has but to enable an earned run in 7 2/3 innings.
The downside? Not a lot assist. Buxton and Cruz every have six homers (in 95 complete ABs), and all the opposite players on the crew have mixed for six homers (in 477 ABs). Berrios and Pineda have been nice of their seven starts, however Kenta Maeda and Matt Shoemaker have a mixed 6.19 ERA of their seven outings. Rogers has been stellar in reduction, however Alex Colome, Randy Dobnak and Hansel Robles have a mixed 7.77 ERA in 24 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. Oh, and stuff like this.
Still, endurance. Again, the Twins are simply 17 video games into the season.
Madison Bumgarner, Diamondbacks
Troubling numbers: 8.48 ERA, 4.3 BB/9
Panic or Patience? Bumgarner signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Diamondbacks prior to the beginning of the 2020 season. The return hasn’t been good. In 9 starts within the shortened 2020 season, MadBum posted a 6.48 ERA. In his first three starts of 2021, that ERA sat in double-digits, at 11.20. Yikes.
But perhaps there’s hope. In his most up-to-date begin, in opposition to the Nationals, he allowed only one run in five innings, hanging out five. A simplified psychological method, he stated after the sport, helped. “There’s a lot of little stuff that goes on inside our heads and, obviously, I’d like to keep a lot of it to myself,” Bumgarner stated, as reported by MLB.com. “I’m going to probably choose to do that for now. Maybe down the road, I’ll divulge a little more of it, but that was a key driver, I think — the mental side and kind of how we went about it.” A bit extra endurance is required.
By now you’ve most likely seen that we selected endurance for all five struggling teams/players. We are roughly 12 p.c of the way in which by a 162-game schedule, so yeah, a bit extra endurance is known as for. If this was the 2020 season, with solely 60 video games? Sure, get apprehensive. But we’re again to the long-haul season. It’s an extended trip, and a pair of small-sample-size bumps — that’s what a 20-game stretch is — will not be trigger for panic.