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Ross Stripling's no-hit bid caused quite the bit of controversy, all because manager Dave Roberts pulled Stripling after 100 pitches and 7.1 no-hit innings. The day after? Roberts was even more confident in his decision.
Noah Syndergaard debuted a new toy, kinda.
Before making any definitive statements, we'll need to see more of Syndergaard's new slider over the course of several games, if not a couple months, but it's hard not to get excited about this development. Syndergaard came into the league and produced an above average K/9 (9.96) and a pristine BB/9 (1.86). If his new slider is here to stay, and can become a consistent out pitch for Syndergaard, he should have very little trouble dispatching hitters throughout the season.
Here is a roundup of the latest news surrounding the AL East.
Owen Watson of FanGraphs looked at the meaningless of the Padres opening series.
But the extreme manifestations of both of those opposing forces — the strength of the Dodgers’ pitching and the weakness of the Padres’ hitting — rarely can combine for such a series as the one we just saw. The Padres swung at about a league-average rate of pitches outside the zone. They made overall contact at a rate only slightly below league average, even if their in-zone contact rate was bad. They hit a number of balls really hard, and in a larger sample size, the majority of those would go for hits. This was a three game series to open the season, and that’s why it’s under the microscope, and that’s why the Padres fan base is probably feeling pretty rough right now.
But this could probably happen to a lot of teams if we rolled the dice enough times, especially if we could send them up against a rotation headed by a prime Kershaw. This is the nature of baseball. The Padres will score a run, the game will find a middle ground, and we’ll wait for the universe to select its next victim.
And the Rangers got some bad injury news.
Choo out 4-6 weeks...Chirinos 10-12...both on dl— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) April 10, 2016
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Today in Baseball History: In 1962, the New York Mets play their first game, an 11-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.