1) Sabermetrics is a stat
Sooooooo...Root Sports had an interesting poll for today.
Clearly the one way to show you're inside baseball is to use sabermetrics as a blanket term as a stat on the level with the batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Good job Root Sports.
2) A full season of Carlos Correa
MLB.com's Brian McTaggart put together the stats for Carlos Correa's full season of baseball. Here is how it looks:
Carlos Correa made debut a year ago today in Chicago. One year in, he's hitting, .272/.348/.481 with 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, 22 SBs in 158 games.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) June 8, 2016
Expanding on that, Correa had a 10.1 BB%, 20.8 K%, .210 ISO, .308 BABIP, 126 wRC+, and a 4.5 WAR. After doing a bit of a jump, comparing those numbers to the 2015 shortstop. Giants' Brandon Crawford still leads over Correa in WAR with a 4.7 mark -- but Correa is second among all shortstops. Corre has the top wRC+ and ISO (126, .210) over Crawford's 117 and .205.
I'm not attempting to say the Correa is the best offensive shortstop in baseball ready, but I want to show where Correa stands after just one season.
3) Velasquez heading to the shelf
Former Houston Astros prospect Vince Velasquez was arguably the biggest chip the Astros have given away over the numerous trades they have made over the past two season. Velasquez was traded as part of the Ken Giles trade with te Phillies.
At the start of the season, the Astros looked like the team on the wrong end of the trade with Giles struggling and Velasquez rolling. Velasquez was 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in the month of April with 33 strikeouts. But things went south in May, he was 2-1 with a 5.12 ERA and 34 strikeouts.
Now Velasquez left his latest start early after his fastball showed dramatically lower velocity.
Vince Velasquez threw two pitches and is leaving the game with an apparent injury.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 8, 2016
Vince Velasquez's only two pitches registered 86 and 87 mph on the radar gun.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 8, 2016
Vince Velasquez left the game with "right biceps soreness."— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 8, 2016
Phillies had concerns about Velasquez's durability in December when they acquired him. It's why they reworked trade, adding Mark Appel.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 8, 2016
The last tweet brings new light to the Giles deal. The Phillies said, "I don't know about Velaquez?" And Jeff Luhnow walked up to the poker table and said: "If I can keep Derek Fisher, you can have No.1 overall pick, Mark Appel."