Kyle Seager – Injury
Seattle’s Kyle Seager has an injured tendon in his left hand Greg Johns of MLB.com reports and will be having surgery to repair it. Greg says that the Mariners will miss their third basemen for all of April. While Seager has been an above average batter all of his career, he had his first season struggling a bit in 2018.
Mike Foltynewicz – Elbow Not Ready
All Star starter Mike Foltynewicz will not be ready to start the season. While breaking on the scene in 2018 in his first all star appearance, he experienced elbow soreness in February, pushing back his spring training starts. Braves GM said today that they will start building out a throwing program to get him back on track.
ESPN had this to say: “Atlanta Braves ace Mike Foltynewicz will not be on the team’s Opening Day roster as he continues to recover from soreness in his pitching elbow. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters Monday that Foltynewicz is “getting close to throwing off a mound” but emphasized that the team wants to remain cautious with the hard-throwing right-hander.”
Drew Smith – Injury
After leaving his fourth appearance of the spring with elbow discomfort, manager Rickey Calloway reports that Smith will undergo Tommy John Surgery. Mike Puma of NY Post talks about the current situation of the bullpen now: [All indications are the Mets will open the season with seven relievers and not eight due to the number of built-in off days in April. Lefties Luis Avilan and Hector Santiago have emerged as strong candidates for those last two bullpen jobs behind Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Justin Wilson.]
Stat of the Day – tERA
True Earned Run Average, like FIP, attempts to quantify a pitcher’s performance based on what he can control. But unlike FIP — which factors only home runs, strikeouts, walks and HBPs — tERA also accounts for batted-ball tendencies. That means pitchers who record mostly ground balls and popups, as opposed to line drives and fly balls, are rewarded for inducing weaker contact.
For example, if a pitcher has a high FIP but has also gotten a lot of weak contact on balls put in play, his tERA will be lower than his FIP.
Why it’s useful: ERA places a value on a pitcher’s performance, but it doesn’t factor misfortune into the equation (the timing of hits, poor defensive positioning, etc.). FIP, while focusing on strikeouts, walks, hit by pitches and home runs, ignores the fact that a pitcher does indeed have some influence on balls in play. tERA accounts for that element.
TLDR: tERA attempts to give a more accurate picture of a pitchers true talent level. tERA gives more credit to pitchers who have the ability to induce weak contact.
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