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If we lived by reporter Bob Nightingale’s famously erroneous sources during the past offseason, Trevor Bauer would be a New York Met right now. But since we don’t, Bauer is pitching under the Los Angeles sun, while the Mets (under plenty of rain) are relying on a free agent starter who was their Plan C (?), Plan D (?), maybe Plan E (?) option?
Three months later, the tall right-hander entered last night’s game with the fourth lowest ERA in baseball, while Bauer is probably searching for new ways to grip the baseball after news circulated that MLB will be cracking down on foreign substance use.
Statcast is able to calculate catch probability by considering a fielder’s starting position and speed relative to the distance and hang time of the ball put in play. Find out how the video matches up to the numbers.
Edwin Díaz fired 483 pitches in 2020, and most of them twisted, turned and ducked away from bats until they hit the catcher’s mitt with a thud. But the one pitch Mets fans probably remember most was a crushing (literally and figuratively) home run he gave up to Marcell Ozuna in July. Ironically, it was on a pitch that tells part of the story of how the young closer was able to regain his form.