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The big story from yesterday broke late last night, as we learned that Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon is suspended for 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Second to this story was Kris Bryant rolling his ankle and that he will be undergoing an MRI for what is being describe as a mild sprain.
Aaron Nola has been getting a lot of called strikes.
What Nola has accomplished to this point may not continue. Perhaps his 2015 production represents his ceiling, and this is nothing more than a four-start blip. Or maybe Nola has broken out, following in the footsteps of another Philly legend. If he can retain these called strikes, he'll see his ERA fall swiftly, giving his profile a boost. Although some will argue that whiffs are the sexiest pitch outcome, resilient Philadelphia fans will certainly be fine with looks.
Huston Street was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique.
In the land of good news, two of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Sean Manaea and Michael Fulmer have both been called up by their respective clubs.
More confidence polls, this time from the NL West.
Jose Fernandez has two breaking balls, says Eno Sarris of FanGraphs.
Maybe it’s not meaningful. You’ll hear his breaking ball described as such, or as a slurve, and referred to as one pitch. And if you look too long at the images above, you might even agree that those two look very similar.
But those subtle differences make each of his breaking balls more effective against batters of different handedness. Max Marchi’s work on platoon splits — which broke curve balls into three categories — found that the deeper, slower, bigger curve balls have reverse splits. They were more effective against opposite-handed hitters than same-handed hitters.
So yeah, Jose Fernandez has two breaking balls. Don’t get too comfortable if you’re a lefty.
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