No, not Jackie Bradley Jr, who unfortunately had his hitting streak snapped at 29 games last night.
I don’t really mean Xander Bogaerts, who increased his streak to 19 games last night.
Clay Buchholz’s streak of lousy performances however, is alive and well.
Also alive and well is the ability of sports radio hosts to make ridiculous statements which have no basis in reality or fact.
I present to you Tweedledum and Tweedledee:
It's pretty simple really: change the lineup, kill the streak.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) May 27, 2016
Of course, last night was the SIXTH different spot Bradley had hit in the lineup during his streak.
In fact, to blame the end of Bradley’s 29-game hitting streak on misplaced managerial meddling or the interruption of well-worn, superstitious habits is to ignore both a series of facts and the gravity of the accomplishment in the first place. Bradley’s hits were not the result of his spot in the order, and his lack of them on Thursday wasn’t either.
First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.
As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley’s major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.
Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?
Common sense and facts though, aren’t going to sway the tidal wave of #hotsportztakes.
I’ll expose my ignorance here and say I had no idea who Jim Breuer was prior to this week.
The comedian made big news this week by revealing he had an encounter with John Jastremski of Deflategate fame down in Mexico.
There are enough holes in his story to make it dubious, and his appearance on Toucher and Rich yesterday – the day before his album was released today, make the whole thing just a bit too convenient for me.
The by-the-book Ravens were punished by the NFL yesterday for breaking offseason training rules.
The punishment was a fine and loss of a week of OTA activity. Some wondered why the punishment wasn’t more severe.
FYI: For offseason workout violations, first offense NEVER results in the forfeiture of a draft pick.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 26, 2016
Yet, this was the second violation for the Ravens since 2010:
Ravens take responsibility for OTA violations http://is.gd/cGdRK #NFL
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 7, 2010
It was then explained that this was their first violation during THIS CBA period.
Huh. The Patriots are still being punished for things that happened in 2007, isn’t that before this CBA?
Media should pipe down about Matt Harvey’s silence – Chad Finn looks at the media outrage over the Mets pitcher choosing not to talk to them.
Chris Berman to leave longtime ESPN gigs at end of 2016 NFL season – The longtime ESPN broadcaster refutes reports that he is retiring, however.