In team sports, there's a defensive strategy that's been in play for decades, colloquially known as “anybody but him.” In baseball, teams intentionally walking Barry Bonds, lest risking the San Francisco Giants slugger beat them with the long ball.
Clearwater Threshers pitcher Cole Irvin is a student of baseball, but maybe the word student simply stated and in its base meaning describes the young left-hander best. A graduate of the University of Oregon who completed his undergraduate degree in sociology in just 3 years, Irvin has applied a studious, methodical approach to his work on the mound, where he starred as a freshman and senior for the Ducks as a regular Friday night starter.
How long will Michael A. Taylor be able to keep hitting? The owner of a .315/.351/.543 slash line in 24 games since Adam Eaton was lost for the year, Michael Taylor has been a force for the Nationals at the bottom of the order. Including that game, the Nationals have played seven games with Glover handling the ninth inning and have allowed just two runs over that span.