May 21, 2024

Yankees, Astros hit some long home runs; Ohtani-Mizuhara saga getting Hollywood treatment

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There had been a LOT of monster home runs hit within the Yankees/Astros collection, Ken has notes on the commerce marketplace for Mason Miller and they’re making a TV present about Ippei Mizuhara (no, actually). I’m Levi Weaver, right here with Ken Rosenthal — welcome to The Windup!

Big-time home runs

At first look, the Astros’ 4-3 win over the Yankees yesterday might sound barely attention-grabbing for one motive solely: with the win, the Astros averted a season sweep by the hands of the staff they bounced from the playoffs in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2022. Vengeance is all the time a bit noteworthy.

But for any stat nerds who is perhaps studying, this sport (and collection) featured some large home runs that warrant a re-assessment.

Let’s begin with Yordan Alvarez’s blast within the first inning. It solely went 395 ft as a result of it was hit at a launch angle of 23 levels, however make no mistake: It was scorched.

If Alvarez had hit it within the first inning of Tuesday’s sport, it could have been the second-highest exit velocity of any home run hit this yr, at 116.8 mph, trailing solely Shohei Ohtani’s 118.7.

But it registered fourth, due to Giancarlo Stanton’s week — he hit one 118.8 on Tuesday, and adopted it with 119.9 on Wednesday.

There was extra: Jon Singleton’s upper-deck-clanking home run later in yesterday’s first inning nonetheless cracked the highest 5 hardest-hit homers this yr, at 115.4 mph. Four of the highest 5! In one collection!

Actually, make that 5 of the highest six, as a result of Singleton was bumped from the 5 spot simply a few hours later. In the eighth inning, Aaron Judge unleashed one at 115.7 mph. It sailed 473 ft, which tied Mike Trout for the longest home run hit within the huge leagues this yr.

There was one different home run yesterday, and it’s humorous to me as a result of it was the polar reverse of the laser-fest. There have solely been two home runs hit this yr on balls hit beneath 99 mph with a launch angle of a minimum of 43 levels. One was yesterday’s third-inning, uhhh … blast? by Anthony Volpe. The different? Kyle Tucker of the (who else) Astros, who did it on April 27 towards the Rockies.

Ken’s Notebook: Steep asking worth for A’s Mason Miller

From my latest story on the potential of the A’s buying and selling Mason Miller:

Naturally, groups are calling the Oakland Athletics with commerce curiosity of their 100-mph-throwing nearer, right-hander Mason Miller. And naturally, the A’s are asking for a ton in return.

No staff has come near assembly the A’s worth, in keeping with a staff supply. Perhaps no staff will. Miller, 25, will not be solely Oakland’s greatest younger participant but in addition their greatest participant, interval. To purchase him, a staff seemingly would want to surrender a younger participant of comparable capacity, or a considerable package deal of a number of children who could possibly be a part of the A’s future.

Thus, if the Padres needed Miller at this early stage, the A’s seemingly would ask for rookie middle fielder Jackson Merrill. Other groups could be hit with related requests. Baseball Trade Values estimates a good take care of the Baltimore Orioles would contain two of Keith Law’s top 100 prospects: nook infielder Coby Mayo (No. 27) and outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. (No. 64).

Miller, incomes $740,000 this season, will not be eligible for arbitration till 2026 and is beneath membership management via 2029.

The A’s, although, is not going to rule out buying and selling him. Teams entertain discussions on just about all gamers. The efficiency of most relievers is unstable. And Miller missed nearly 4 months final season with a gentle UCL sprain in his proper elbow.

On the opposite hand, the A’s say they’re planning to ramp up their payroll and enhance their roster as they put together for his or her scheduled transfer to Las Vegas in 2028. Miller may play an necessary position in that course of, giving the franchise credibility and id through the three seasons it plans to spend in Sacramento.

His worth, in the intervening time, is extraordinarily excessive. Miller has helped gas the A’s shocking 18-21 begin, going an ideal 8-for-8 in save alternatives. He offers the staff not solely its greatest likelihood of remaining aggressive but in addition its most compelling determine since 2021, when the Oakland roster included Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Sean Murphy, together with Frankie Montas, Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt.

In 16 1/3 innings, Miller has struck out 33 whereas permitting solely seven hits and 4 walks. His 55 % strikeout charge is by far the best amongst major-league relievers. His ERA is 1.10. His opponents’ batting common is .125. And his anticipated numbers in each classes — 0.76 ERA, .087 batting common — are even higher.

Ohtani-Mizuhara saga in TV present kind

Who requested for this?

Maybe I’m hypocritical. After all, I’m three episodes deep on HBO’s “Love & Death,” which relies on a real story. But that miniseries is ready in 1980. Do we already want a TV present for a playing scandal that got here to mild lower than two months in the past?

Need it or not, it seems like we’re getting it. Lionsgate Television is creating a scripted television series about Shohei Ohtani’s former interpreter. From our story:

“The show will follow Ohtani’s rise, including his record-setting 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers in December and the news months later that Ohtani’s then-interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, allegedly stole $17 million from the baseball icon to pay off gambling debts.”

I had so many questions once I first heard about this. After a bit digging, I used to be capable of finding solutions to a few them — they’re in parentheses.

• Does Lionsgate want a life rights agreement from Mizuhara or Ohtani to make this present? (Technically, no! Though in the event that they need to painting Ohtani in an Angels or Dodgers uniform, they’ll should safe these rights from MLB.)

• Speaking of which, how a lot of this might be targeted on Ohtani’s baseball profession? (Some! That half is roofed in our story.)

• Why are they doing this now? (I don’t have any additional information right here, past a guess that it makes enterprise sense to strike whereas the iron is scorching.)

• Does Lionsgate plan to recast Ohtani, or will they stick with the guy who played him last time? (Jokes apart, the forged has not been introduced but.)

If you haven’t gathered by now, I’m skeptical (or maybe cynical) about this. But if I would supply one casting suggestion: Get this guy on board to play Mike Trout.

Baseball Card(s) of the Week

Notice something about these 1969-1971 playing cards of Mr. Fryman?

I observed it for the primary time right now whereas I used to be flipping via a field of outdated playing cards. On the 1969 model, his first title is spelled “Woody” however by 1971, it was “Woodie” (which is the way it remained for the remainder of his 18-year profession).

I by no means did discover an official rationalization (the unofficial one: Topps just didn’t know), however I did learn that Fryman as soon as struck out 32 batters in a 13-inning excellent sport at 19 years outdated, and was identified with an arthritic elbow … within the late Nineteen Sixties (his profession lasted via 1983).

Handshakes and High Fives

We had lots on Paul Skenes in yesterday’s publication, however we have now much more right now! Stephen Nesbitt offers you a full run-down/intro to the Pirates mega-prospect, and Rustin Dodd tells us a bit extra about Skenes’ time at Air Force earlier than he transferred to LSU.

Tyler Kepner’s “Sliders” column focuses on William Contreras, who has been hitting like a maniac for the Brewers.

Trade carousel time: The Angels acquired infielder Luis Guillorme from the Braves (and positioned Anthony Rendon on the 60-day IL). The Braves then circled and nabbed Zack Short from the Red Sox.

Mike Trout spoke to the media for the primary time since his surgical procedure, revealing that he had the choice to play via the ache at DH, however selected to get absolutely wholesome by opting for surgery.

Huh. So Chadwick Tromp didn’t pick that number on goal, in spite of everything. Sam Blum investigates.

Grant Brisbee informs us that that is the deepest the Giants have gotten right into a season with out a minimum of one three-game winning streak since 1977.

Zack Meisel and Jason Lloyd travel on the sustainability of this Guardians team — they’re 24-14 regardless of a number of issues going incorrect.

Chris Kirschner digs in (pun intentional) on Clarke Schmidt’s success and the way the length of his fingernails is an element. No, actually!

Aaron Gleeman has an important profile on the Twins’ Willi Castro right now. Not included: This bonkers tip-drill catch from yesterday:

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(Top photograph of Giancarlo Stanton: Brad Penner / USA Today)