In 2015 I went to the AL Wild Card game with my brother. We were excited, maybe the Yankees could pull this off! Sure they had stumbled into the postseason like somebody doing a treadmill program who decides he’s ready to actually run outside (no of course that’s not autobiographical why would you think that?) but hey, they were still here! The last Yankee postseason game I went to, I got to witness Derek Jeter snap his ankle in half, so it had to go better than that, right?
The 2017 season so far seems to have amplified every storyline written about baseball for the past two years. Home Runs! Strikeouts! Pitchers breaking! I want to focus on the first bit because dingers own, but also because there’s several very interesting guys out there playing right now who are testing the limits of what a team will put up with in terms of “traditional” production. Let’s look at two of ’em.