Jake Odorizzi pitched well after switching to the stretch, and Mac Topkin reports that he will start that way in his next outing.
#Rays Odorizzi said key was switching to pitch out of stretch after leadoff walk and sticking with it rest of game. Will start that way next— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 18, 2017
More discussion of Odorizzi’s switch, with quotes about mechanics, in Topkin’s article.
In other game recap news, Alex Simon pointed out that yesterday was Tim Beckham’s first career ejection. What do you keep to memorialize a thing like that. Do you get the umpire’s signature?
- The Nationals won a court case against the Orioles over TV rights. This will give the Nationals a larger share of the money from MASN broadcasts, which the Orioles control. (h/t Baseball America)
- Tony Blengino went looking for statistical mismatches, and the ones he found are interesting. Features some rough results from former-Ray Matt Moore.
- Marry Craig reminds us to think hard about how we talk about baseball players.
- Zach Crizer dove into batted ball data to look for Manny Machado’s missing hits.
- Former-Ray Stephen Vogt was in a scary home plate collision, that looked to me like it was absolutely no one’s fault. He’s being evaluated for a neck and a knee strain.
- The Braves activated former-Ray Sean Rodriguez.