Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech and Rodón all came to spring training as mysteries. Cease and Rodón won rotation spots with brilliant springs, and Kopech has been sensational out of the bullpen as the White Sox ease him back after two missed seasons.Washington Nationals
Even with those caveats, the Cardinals got a steal in Arenado. A player of his caliber would fetch a high price on the free agent market. While three years younger, Francisco Lindor just signed a 10-year, $341 million extension. Arenado is a more accomplished player, and one who seems very happy in his new home at the hot corner at Busch Stadium.
"There was a lot of work to do," he said. "There always is after the season."Colorado Rockies
It is historic. Only three pitchers have begun a season with more strikeouts without issuing a walk:Oakland Athletics
I try not to get carried away with lineup spots, as they can change in a heartbeat. That being said, I am often grabbing free agents for immediate help, which means that I need to be aware of their recent lineup placement. Players who hit in the top half of the lineup are going to get more plate appearances and should generate more R+RBI per plate appearance. Those who hit low in the lineup have less upside, especially those who hit seventh or eighth in the National League. I dismiss recent lineup spots when I truly believe in a player’s talent and plan on rostering him for the long haul, but otherwise, lineup spots have to be part of the equation.Houston Astros
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LeMahieu hit a tying single in the fifth, when Yarbrough struck out Judge with two on and two out. Tampa Bay, off to a slow start in the defense of its AL pennant, got back to .500 at 8-8.
“He’s got some guts and he’s got good stuff,” Hinch said. “That is something positive to take away but he knows how it got there. The lack of execution caught up to him a little bit and certainly ended his night pretty early.”
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