Breaking Down Alek Manoah’s Debut

What a debut that was. Six innings, no runs, two hits, seven strikeouts.

That’s an impressive debut against any team let alone the New York Yankees in the Bronx. Yes, the Yankees weren’t full strength but still, this was an incredible debut, as Brennan Delaney wrote. So let’s break it down. This won’t be a full pitch-by-pitch breakdown if you want that, check out Nick Pollack’s gif breakdown over at Pitcher List.
The game didn’t quite start as planned, as Manoah walked Yankees lead-off hitter DJ LeMahieu on four pitches. Manoah settled in after that striking out the next hitter then getting Aaron Judge to strikeout with a 97 mile an hour heater right down the middle, which I am sure you have all seen but is too good to not show again.

That was the hardest pitch Manoah threw on the day. He averaged 94.9 mph with his fastball which is right in line with his minor league velocity. He threw 30 fastballs generating 14 swings and six whiffs. The fastball can be tough on hitters because of the spin rate …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

A referendum on the Randal Grichuck contract

With 29 home runs, Randal Grichuk is inching towards his first 30 home run season of his year. If he reaches that treshold and maintains his current on base percentage, Grichuk will find himself among exclusive company.
He could become the sixth player in MLB history to hit 30 or more home runs in a single season, all while posting an OBP if .285 or less. The list of infamous hitters includes Dave Kingman, Tony Batista, Rougned Odor, Cory Snyder and Tony Armas.

With his 29th home run tonight, Randal Grichuk inches closer towards the 30 home run/sub .285 OBP club. Only five players in MLB history have ever done that in a single season. (Rougned Odor is one of them).
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) September 18, 2019

When the Blue Jays acquired Grichuk in January 2018, it seemed like he had 30-plus home run potential in his bat. With his batted ball statistics and switching to a hitter-friendly ballpark, it seemed like he could easily reach that 30 home run plateau.
Even though he’ll likely reach that milestone this season, is it really that special when his OBP is the third-worst in MLB this year? (Sandwiched in between Odor and Kevin Pillar).
With the 2019 season coming to a …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation