Ohtani’s words will matter, but so will his bat. In Japan, teams throw batting practice from the mound. In the majors, the pitcher throws BP in front of the mound. So that took him a minute to adjust to Wednesday, though it didn’t stop him from spraying line drives around the field. Ohtani also sent a couple pitches over the fence, to right field and right-center.
Contrary to popular belief, Moneyball wasn’t about on-base percentage. It was about taking advantage of an underpriced commodity, which Billy Beane happened to identify as the ability to get on base. The analogous asset in today’s fantasy baseball game is high-strikeout middle relievers. This extends beyond saves or holds (if your league rewards those outings). Middle relievers can be staff-savers in almost every format.
In weekly rotisserie formats, the difference between a top reliever throwing three stanzas per week and a back-end starter who fails to last five frames is shrinking — if it hasn’t already flipped towards the reliever.
We’ll tell him, it’s not something we try to hide or try to fake it, we try to be really, really honest with him. We want him to trust us so we tell him when things are going to hurt or the medicine is going to taste bad.
They decided to release the 29-year-old receiver on Wednesday right before the new league year began.
Baltimore could also scour the free agent market to bolster its receiving corps. So far they’ve added John Brown and Ryan Grant this offseason. The Ravens could also address this need in the upcoming draft.
What’s next for Maclin? Maclin could still be a serviceable player. But he isn’t going to receive a lucrative contract this offseason. At best, a Super Bowl contender could offer him a one-year or two-year deal. If Maclin can go to a team where he doesn’t have to shoulder the receiving load, he could be a solid complementary piece.
Whoa, this is big.