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Monday, August 27, 2018

MLB’s concerning year-over-year attendance dip

I’ll be watching xwoba really closely next year. Early this season I noticed Carpenter and Morales Had xwoba much lower than their woba. I picked up Carpenter hoping for a bounce back but, unfortunately, a rash of injuries forced me waiver him for outfield and pitching replacements. Had I been able to keep him I’d be solidly in first instead of a close second.

Kendrys Morales continues to teach me, to count out the old dogs. Morales is 35, and on May 1, when he looked like he didn’t belong anywhere near the major leagues, I suggested, rather forcefully, that the Toronto Blue Jays cut him and give his plate appearances to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Blue Jays, not surprisingly, declined to take the advice. It was offered with logic behind it, of course – that Guerrero gave them a better chance to contend, that Morales’ contract that continued through the 2019 season already was sunk cost. Over the three months since then, Morales has put up an OPS over .950, and his latest stretch was the coup de grace.

On Sunday, he homered for the seventh consecutive game, tying Barry Bonds, Jim Thome and Kevin Mench – Kevin Mench!? – for the second-longest streak. Three men share the record: Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long – Dale Long!? – each homered in eight straight.

So mea culpa, Kendrys Morales, for the doubt. It doesn’t take away that Vlad Jr. belonged in the big leagues then and belongs there now, but so, it turns out, does Morales. Though even if he ties the record against Baltimore on Monday, his game Tuesday won’t be the most important for a Blue Jay. Because …

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 64 comment(s)
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