First off, baseball is fun. Secondly, baseball is pretty darn fun. But sometimes, baseball is extremely and inexplicably fun. Such is the case currently with Milwaukee Brewers first baseman, Eric Thames. Let’s just say my take from November doesn’t look great right now. (And I am very okay with that):
“At the very least he presents a defensive upgrade to Carter, but you’re foolish if you assume those offensive numbers will be in any way similar when he makes his MLB return (from Korea).”
Look, I’m sure Cincinnati Reds fans are already sick of him. (This is payback for all the years of having to deal with Brewer-killer Jay Bruce, by the way). And I’m certain that Cubs fans—if Monday night’s and Tuesday morning’s reactions are any indication—have already had their fill as well. (I’m sure Thames is just taking whatever it is that Jake Arrieta has been taking).*
Speaking of winking, what the heck are you doing, John Lackey? Stop enabling (or embodying, maybe?) the current state of your fanbase. Or, pretend that his hot start is literally the first-ever extremely hot start in any professional sport. Either way, the numbers stand.
Anyway, if you haven’t heard, Eric Thames is destroying baseballs at the moment. We detailed this on Monday, but that was one Thames dinger and three more hits ago. With his latest souvenir deposited, that brings his total to a league-leading 7 long balls. That number matches Toronto’s total (as a team), and is one more than Boston’s total. And, just to make it clear once more: he’s homered in five straight contests.
It boosts his batting line up to an absolutely laughable .405/.479/1.000/1.479. As of Monday, his ISO stood at .553. Today, it rests at .595. All of this is to say: these numbers will come down. It will happen at some point. Writers know it. Fans know it. Thames knows it, too. So enjoy the wave, Brewers fans. He certainly is.
Swanson’s Walk-off and Other Notes…
- The rebuilding Braves are 6-6 (4-0 at home), and rookie Dansby Swanson is the latest reason why:
<blockquote class=”twitter-video” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, tie ballgame.<br><br>Take it away <a href=”https://twitter.com/LieutenantDans7″>@LieutenantDans7</a>: <a href=”https://t.co/CqzywQCLVj”>pic.twitter.com/CqzywQCLVj</a></p>— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Braves/status/854163078992334848″>April 18, 2017</a></blockquote><script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
- His name is Judge, and he’s not playing around (This is No. 4 on the year for the Yankees slugger):
<blockquote class=”twitter-video” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”es” dir=”ltr”>If it pleases t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶r̶t̶ The Stadium. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllRise?src=hash”>#AllRise</a> <a href=”https://t.co/UbpgifnHQA”>https://t.co/UbpgifnHQA</a> <a href=”https://t.co/PPCPap5UZa”>pic.twitter.com/PPCPap5UZa</a></p>— New York Yankees (@Yankees) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Yankees/status/854137469993971712″>April 18, 2017</a></blockquote><script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
- The Brewers are 8-6, currently boasting the league’s best road record (6-1).
- It’s nice to see Cleveland’s Michael Brantley, who hit his second dinger of the season Monday night, back to being Michael Brantley. (.268/.348/.463 thus far).
- Jason Heyward (.283 average, .340 OBP) looks to be on his way back, which is good news for my fantasy team. (Sorry, couldn’t resist. Also, the power numbers should follow shortly).
- Toronto has only nine more runs scored (34) than the Brewers have home runs (25).
- Everybody gets a win streak: The Yankees, Astros, Braves, Royals and Mariners all have one of four or more games at the moment.
- The Padres (5-9) are as good as the Giants (5-9). It’s true. These are the kind of conclusions you can jump to on April 18.