MLB General Discussion Jul 10, 2019 13:09:26 GMT -5
Post by offbase on Jul 10, 2019 13:09:26 GMT -5
From Rominer on TT:
Some interesting All Star Game chatter. I'm surprised this is coming from Verlander, instead of from his whiny girlfriend on Twitter.
Justin Verlander thinks balls are juiced, J.D. Martinez isn't so sure
weei.radio.com/blogs/rob-bradfo ... ez-isnt-so
Verlander is leading the league with 26 HR allowed this year. His career high for a season is 30. So that's where those sour grapes are coming from.
But wait a minute. He is also leading the league in WHIP. He's striking out 31.5% of the batters that he's faced, a mark he's topped only once: in 2018. And the flip side of that, batters are putting the ball in play against Verlander just 57% of the time, which, again, is bested only by his 2018 season.
Sure, he's giving up HR at by far the highest rate of his career (5.4% of PAs). I'll give you one guess what his second worst season is for HR rate.
In fact, his 4 seasons with the highest HR rate allowed are 2016-2019. His 4 seasons with the lowest % of balls put into play are also 2016-2019. And, yup, his top 3 (and 4 of his top 5) seasons by K rate have come 2016-2019.
None of which proves that the balls aren't juiced. But it all certainly suggests JD Martinez's point (and the trend predates MLB's stake in Rawlings). Of course, we knew that already, "true outcomes" being second only to "launch angle" in its overuse. It is amusing, though, to see Verlander, of all people, complaining about this stuff, when his mid-30s career renaissance seems to be very much a product of the evolution of the game.