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Monday, May 13, 2019

Stephen Strasburg gets thrown out from right field while attempting to break up no-hitter

No-hit bids usually end when a batter makes contact like Stephen Strasburg did in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

With Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu mowing down the Nationals lineup, Strasburg stepped into the box hoping to get his team’s first hit of the day. That seemed to have happened when Strasburg poked a low line drive down the right-field line that bounced in the outfield.

And then Dodgers right-fielder Cody Bellinger did this.

Question, for those viewing the play:

Does this reflect positively on Bellinger, or negatively on Strasburg?

 

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cody bellinger, outs, pitchers hitting, stephen strasburg

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   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: May 13, 2019 at 12:01 PM (#5841492)
Positively on Bellinger. I don't think Strasburg was dogging it down the line, it was just a hard hit ball with the RF playing in, and with a slow runner and a strong arm he beat him by a nose.

I think pitchers tend to break slowly out of the box, and Strasburg here was no exception. I suspect it comes from a bit of surprise at having hit the ball hard.

Confluence of events. I'm enjoying this version of Bellinger immensely - it would be fun to have dueling superstars in LA.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: May 13, 2019 at 12:07 PM (#5841495)
Positively on Bellinger. I don't think Strasburg was dogging it down the line, it was just a hard hit ball with the RF playing in, and with a slow runner and a strong arm he beat him by a nose.


Absolutely. MOst of the time the ball is hit a little harder, but Bellinger was playing closer due to it being a pitcher up.

My youngest child is a righthanded hitter who has always had a strong tendency to hit the other way. Couple that with foot speed that can best be described as Molinaesque, and he has probably been thrown out by the rightfielder close to 10 times since first moving up to a larger field.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: May 13, 2019 at 12:13 PM (#5841501)
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   4. Walt Davis Posted: May 13, 2019 at 06:21 PM (#5841697)
It's a play that probably could happen a lot more than it does. Probably one of those unwritten rules and I'm sure in Tim McCarver's universe that Bob Gibson would have killed any RF that tried to throw him out, etc. On the replay, I concur with the confluence of events -- it wasn't even a particularly long throw for Bellinger but I'm not sure he tries for it without the no-hitter on the line. (I can't believe Taylor didn't make a a pointless dive on the double.)
   5. The Honorable Ardo Posted: May 13, 2019 at 06:28 PM (#5841701)
Since everyone likes a good Jeff Francoeur story, I once saw him fire a shot from right field to try and throw out Yovani Gallardo at first base. Gallardo made it by a single step. It wasn't a no-hit bid, but the game was scoreless at the time.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: May 13, 2019 at 06:42 PM (#5841703)

Since everyone likes a good Jeff Francoeur story, I once saw him fire a shot from right field to try and throw out Yovani Gallardo at first base. Gallardo made it by a single step. It wasn't a no-hit bid, but the game was scoreless at the time.



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