It isn’t just your imagination, Asdrubal Cabrera has been swinging at the first pitch in big situations for a while. And he is actually getting worse at it. That’s according to some research by Fansided’s Brian Heise. (Math!) It is a bit soul crushing to see Cabrera coming up to bat in a tight spot and just know in your gut he’s going to swing at anything close.
The problem might be his early career success when swinging at the first pitch. Back in 2011, he actually hit .402 when swinging at the first pitch. Things have gone downhill since then however, and you have to think that pitchers are quite aware of his tendency to go after that first delivery. That’s what I believe they call making an adjustment. Time for Asdrubal to do the same. Please. I’m begging.
A couple of uniform related notes this week. First, The Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles released new uniforms. Aside from being just a straight uniform nerd, these two uniforms were made by Nike and well, I’ve been keeping my eye on trends we could be seeing for the new Browns digs next year.
Miami got a ‘smoke’ uniform. So the gray trend continues. Both uniforms got accents that are unique. Nike started this with the Seahawks. They designed a feather pattern in Seattle’s stripes to represent the 12th man. Miami got an Ibis shadow incorporated into sleeve designs and the new white helmet. Florida State got a tribal looking design to their stripes and of course the new trendy matte finish helmets.
Shutdown Corner did their draft prospect piece on Khalil Mack. Obviously I’m not an NFL talent scout or defensive coordinator. Mack to me looks like the real deal, and as crazy as it may sound I would like to see him at another position. I think Mack has what it takes to be an inside linebacker at the pro level.
I’d put the Browns’ chances at drafting Mack as slim. First, he could very likely be off the board when they pick at four. Second, I don’t think that the team is going to to for a pass rusher with the number four pick considering the roster we have already.
I do think Mack is one of the safest choices in the draft though. I think when the class of 2014 is analyzed in 10 years Mack may be the one standing at the top of the group.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer named Braxton Miller and Jeff Heuerman as two of the team captains for next season. File this under no-brainer. The real question for the Buckeyes is what happens on the defensive side of the ball. SO many questions remain.