When Gary Sanchez dropped a third strike in the second inning of the Yankees 7-2 loss to the Indians Friday his defensive woes in 2017 came to a head. A runner scored from third on the passed ball that put Cleveland up 2-0 and set off head coach Joe Girardi.
“He needs to improve,” Girardi said after the game (via NY Daily News) . “Bottom line.”
In all honesty it’s the right way to play it for Oakland. The A’s have a 44-58 record, have next to zero chance to make the playoffs and have Gray under control for another couple of years. They can keep him and continue to build on him and maybe make a playoff run next year.
Add that to the fact that the Astros, Dodgers and Brewers are all in the running for Gray, and all of those teams have a good stable of prospects. It’s smart to ask for a high price and that’s exactly what the A’s are doing.
At this point the A’s have until Monday to get the deal done and odds are they will, netting a huge prospect in the process. It’s just a matter of which GM will bite the bullet and pay that high price for the starter that could be the difference between making the playoffs or even getting to the World Series.
It’s going to be an eventful few days.
From the bottom of the knee to the armpit, the strike zone is set for each batter. No technology is used, at least for the umpire’s benefit during the course of the game. It’s just one man using his own eyes to determine which pitches are strikes and which are balls.
Just how good umpires are at that aspect of their job is debatable. While Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys the prevailing thought around baseball is that they are accurate on somewhere US Cheap Jerseys around 95 percent of calls, that number is unscientific. Without anyone from the league to confirm or deny, we’re left to speculate. Could it be lower than that? Could automating balls and strikes be a more accurate way of doing things?