You’re so used to playing catch and four-seaming the baseball that your hand wants to go to that natural position. You have to keep reminding yourself, thumb underneath, thumb underneath.
After that meeting I took a baseball and marked it with my finger and thumb placement for the cutter. If the pitch was ever off, I could go back to the baseball and hold it. I still have that ball.
Whatever Rivera told Halladay, it worked. There was an immediate change in Halladay’s repertoire when he got back to work after the All-Star break.
The good: OK, this is where we talk about Aaron Judge for the first time. The big man had an outstanding April, with 10 home runs and a .303 average, but he really started to capture the baseball-watching-nation’s attention in May. In his first 11 games of the month, he hit .341 with a 1.169 OPS and popped four more home runs, including a massive 457-foot blast to center field on Mother’s Day. That was his third of the season of at least 450 feet, and a taste of what was to come — that jaw-dropping 496-foot blast he hit on June 11.
The bad: As you can see, the Jays played better in this stretch (8-5 in their 13 games), but the injuries just kept coming in May. Donaldson was still on the DL, and both Troy Tulowitzki and J.A. Happ joined him before the end of April. In the first couple weeks of May, those three were joined by Russell Martin (placed on DL May 8), Francisco Liriano (on DL May 11) and Steve Pearce (on DL May 15). Hard to Cheap Jerseys Online China find consistency without healthy players.
The ugly: The Rays opened May with back-to-back wins at Miami to pull to .500 and only 3.5 out of first place entering a nine-game home stand against three teams (the Marlins, Blue Jays and Royals) that were all struggling on the season. Perfect chance for Tampa Bay — which was 9-4 at home up to that point — to make up some Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal serious ground in the standings, right? Wrong. The Rays went just 3-6, dropping them to a season-worst seven games out of first after games of May 11.