The Indians’ floundering offense; Gleyber Torres and the Orioles; baseball player decline phases
FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: The Indians are struggling offensively, and the signing of Carlos Gonzalez, and his subsequent release, capture the essence of that self-imposed struggle. After passing on the likes of Adam Jones and letting Yandy Diaz, Yan Gomes, and Edwin Encarnacion go on their way, they have the most-declined offense of any team this year.
Baseball Prospectus | Craig Goldstein: Gleyber Torres has 12 home runs on the year and ten of them have been against the Orioles, and when that’s in such a small number of games it can literally break the mind of someone watching. That someone was Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne, who couldn’t contain his shock as he watched the feat.
Bill James Online | Bill James: James has a theory of generational change in the sport, and basically that it’s not as dramatic as we really think. Backing that up is the claim that players like David Ortiz could perform near 40 even though the game has changed in that time, and it kind of makes intuitive sense. He breaks that down into buckets of prime-aged players (age 26-28) and examines their decline phase a decade later, to find that it also makes sense that they are declined but also still serviceable players.