Good morning everyone! I’m back from my minor slumber. I’m still tired, but at least I’m here doing this writing thing. You might also be tired, depending on when you’re reading this. Or maybe you’re always tired, which is relatable. Either way, hopefully these links can help wake you up.
In Mariners news...
- Alex Rodriguez seems confident that Robinson Canó will be back to his dominant ways eventually.
- Ohhhh yes.
- Corey Brock at The Athletic sees big things coming from our friend Ryan Cook.
Around the league...
- Jake Mailhot at Fangraphs took a look at what Lance McCullers is doing this year to succeed in ways he hasn’t in the past.
- People are throwing baseballs very hard.
There has already been more pitches thrown 100 MPH+ this season than the whole 2008 season.— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 21, 2018
2018: 197 pitches 100 MPH+
2008: 196 pitches 100 MPH+
- Gabe Lacques at USA Today investigates how the videogame Fortnite is impacting the sport of baseball.
- Angels third baseman Zack Cozart is unhappy with how the Rays have been deploying Sergio Romo as a one-inning starting pitcher.
- Don’t know how masking agents like the one Canó took work? Stephanie Springer at The Hardball Times will help educate you.
- This went from reasonable to weird REALLY quick.
Rich Hill has been experimenting with various treatments for the blister, including receiving laser therapy, chugging apple cider vinegar and urinating on his hand.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 21, 2018
53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro's still got some dingers left in him pic.twitter.com/ts1fU6mkeh— SportsDay Rangers (@dmn_rangers) May 22, 2018
- Nationals teenager Juan Soto has raced to the majors faster than any player in recent memory. Soto also hit his first big league homer yesterday on the first pitch he saw as a starter.
- The Mets have some interest in José Bautista, who got dumped by the Braves this weekend.
- The Twins have DFA’d Phil Hughes, who I honestly didn’t know was still in Minnesota.
- This is incredible.
Everything that has happened since the dawn of mankind has been leading to this pic.twitter.com/qSHgAUKuNg— pat tobin (@tastefactory) May 20, 2018
- This news is a little late, but the Hofstra softball team threw a perfect game in an elimination game in the NCAA tournament! The Pride lost their next game the same day and their season is over, however.
SB: PERFECT GAME!!!!!! Sophie Dandola records what is believed to be #Hofstra's first perfect game in @NCAAsoftball Tournament play, as the Pride tops UNCG, 6-0, to advance to tonight's semifinal against No. 9 South Carolina, coming up in 30 minutes. #RoarWithPride pic.twitter.com/386Bxp2wWP— Hofstra Softball (@HofstraSoftball) May 19, 2018