Luke Heimlich – (Maybe) Mexican League
Oregon ace Luke Heimlich is looking outside the country to pitch. Jeff Passon of ESPN reports that Luke Heimlich has signed with the Dos Laredos Tecolotes of Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. While this was reported, more news have come out that the league may not approve this deal, New York Times’ James Wagner reported. While some have said that he could pitch in a Major League Rotation right now, teams have not drafted him because of a guilty plea he took as a 15 year old. He was accused of the molestation of his 6 year old niece. He still maintains his innocence and says “nothing ever happened.”
Dallas Keuchel – FA Update
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has tweeted today reporting that Keuchel has received multiple offers from the Astros: both a one and two year deal.
Trevor Oaks – Injury
Righty Trevor Oaks will have his a torn hip labrum repaired. The Royals have not announced a timetable for his return, whether that will be in the MLB or not, is still up for talks. Jeff Todd from MLBTR breaks it down:
Oaks was primed to compete in camp for a rotation spot — or, more likely, a place on the depth chart at Triple-A. Having debuted in the majors last season, his first with the Royals after an early-2018 trade, he was certainly a candidate to see substantial time in a K.C. rotation that will enter the season with loads of uncertainty.
Instead, Oaks will miss most or all of the coming season while working back from a procedure that turned out to be “a little more extensive” than originally anticipated. It is believed that he’ll be able to get back to baseball activities in four months’ time, though the timeline up to and past that point will depend upon his actual progression.
Stat of the Day – Run Support per 9
Run support per nine innings measures how many runs an offense scores for a certain pitcher while that pitcher is in the game. That number is then set over a nine-inning timeframe. So the stat essentially answers the question, “How many runs of support does a pitcher receive per nine innings?”
RS/9 is an important tool for evaluating pitchers in the context of their records. Often times, pitchers who haven’t pitched well have good records simply because they’ve received solid RS/9. A similar concept holds true for pitchers who have pitched well but have low RS/9; they sometimes have less impressive records despite their effectiveness.
In no way is RS/9 something a pitcher can control. (On the mound, at least. In National League parks, a pitcher can help his cause as a hitter.) Instead, RS/9 is a nice way of adding context to a pitcher’s win-loss record. Does a given pitcher’s winning percentage seem a bit too high or a bit too low given his other stats? RS/9 is often the culprit.
It’s important to note that for this metric, run support constitutes only the runs that are scored for a pitcher while he is in the game. A few other run-support metrics will take into account how many runs a team scores for its starting pitcher over the course of an entire game. In that vein, RS/9 also works for relief pitchers (although those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, because relievers have such small sample sizes in terms of innings pitched).
TLDR: This stat shows how good the offense performs while a certain pitcher pitches on a per 9 innings basis.
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