In a recent installment, I wrote about what WAR is and the way it works; essentially, by assigning run values to plays and crediting players for creating these runs.
Part of those struggles may have just been him adjusting to the new role, and he showed some signs he was getting over the learning curve toward the end of the season. Liriano made nine appearances from Sept. 4 to the end of the regular season last year, facing a total of 19 batters. Of those 19, Liriano struck out seven, walked two and surrendered one hit.
While a 19-batter stretch is way too small of a sample size to take too seriously, the peripherals are still there. According to Baseball Prospectus, only seven left-handed pitchers had a whiff-to-swing rate of at least 35 percent for both their slider and changeup. Liriano was one of them. He recorded a 53.7 percent ground ball rate as a reliever, which would be in the 20th percentile for major league bullpen arms. And he was bringing heat, with Brooks Baseball saying his fastball averaged 95.3 mph in September — the highest of any full month of his major league career (excluding October).
Liriano has already had to revive his career twice, once after Tommy John surgery and again when he was rebuilt in Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old may have a chance to do it yet again.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Honeywell threw a pitch and then swore loudly a couple of times before heading back to the clubhouse.
Rays manager Kevin Cash later said Honeywell suffered a “forearm strain.” However, it’s unclear how severe the strain is.
Honeywell was 13-9 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 172 strikeouts in 136 2/3 innings last season while splitting time in Double-A and Triple-A. It was expected for Honeywell to make his jump to the big leagues sometime this season.
After lead-off hitter Keon Broxton homered off Ohtani to begin the second inning, the pitcher retired Nick Franklin on a fly out before getting the hook.
Ohtani’s final line: 1 1/3 innings, two hits, one earned run, two strikeouts, one walk, a wild pitch, and that home run to Broxton.