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#1 Posted : Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:48:44 AM(UTC)

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er Jayson Werth said Wednesday that "super nerds" are killing baseball.Werth http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , who hinted toward retirement in June,believes the game's analytics revolution is having a negative impact on the sport, as he explained on theHoward Eskin Podcast(viaESPN.com):"They've got all these super nerds in the front office that know nothing about baseball but they like to project numbers and project players. ... I think it's killing the game. It's to the point where just put computers out there. Just put laptops and what have you, just put them out there and let them play. We don't even need to go out there anymore. It's a joke."Werth lamented the lack of previously considered fundamental aspects of the game, including the strategic use of the bunt to take advantage of defensive alignment and the widespread use of the shift."When they come down, these kids from MIT, Stanford, Harvard, wherever they're from, they've never played baseball in their life," he told Eskin. "When they come down to talk about stuff like [shifts], should I just bunt it over there? They're like, 'No, don't do that. We don't want you to do that. We want you to hit a homer.'"It's just not baseball to me. We're creating something that's not fun to watch. It's boring. You're turning players into robots. You've taken the human element out of the game."In October,Brian Costa and Jared Diamondof theWall Street Journalreported MLB games last season "saw an average gap of 3 minutes Jose Altuve Jersey , 48 seconds between balls in play, an all-time high." In addition, the league set records for pitching changes, time between pitches and longest games.TheWSJcited teams' use of data to seek pitchers who generate more strikeouts and hitters who generate fly balls to avoid shifts and create more home runs as key reasons for the lack of activity. It noted the "all-or-nothing approach means that between each home run there is a lot of standing around and waiting."Werth, who was one of the National League's toughest outs in his prime with the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals, struggled to adapt to the changing game over his final three seasons. He posted a .226/.322/.393 triple-slash line across 70 games for the Nats last year.His .360 career on-base percentage would rank inside the top 30 of active players if he was on a current roster. He toldJon Heymanof Fancred Sports he was "done" in June after a brief stint in the Seattle Mariners organization, though. Tampa Bay Rays (35-22, second in the AL East) vs. Detroit Tigers (22-34, fourth in the AL Central)Detroit; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Blake Snell (3-4, 3.07 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 83 strikeouts) Tigers: Ryan Carpenter (0-2, 7.58 ERA, 1.53 WHIP http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , 15 strikeouts)Article continues below ...LINE: Tigers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay enters the game as losers of their last three games.The Tigers are 9-17 in home games. The Detroit pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.70, Spencer Turnbull leads the staff with a mark of 2.84.The Rays are 18-8 in road games. The Tampa Bay offense has compiled a .259 batting average as a team this season, good for sixth in the American League. Austin Meadows leads the team with a mark of .357. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.TOP PERFORMERS: Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 57 hits and is batting .260. Niko Goodrum is 15-for-46 with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Detroit.Meadows leads the Rays with 37 RBIs and is batting .357. Christian Arroyo is 4-for-15 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.LAST 10 GAMES: Tigers: 4-6, .265 batting average, 3.24 ERA, outscored by three runsRays: 6-4, .279 batting average, 3.66 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runsTigers Injuries: Jordan Zimmermann: 10-day IL (elbow), Tyson Ross: 10-day IL (nerve), Matt Moore: 60-day IL (knee), Michael Fulmer: 60-day IL (elbow) George Springer Jersey , Jordy Mercer: 10-day IL (quad), Josh Harrison: 10-day IL (hamstring), Miguel Cabrera: day-to-day (knee).Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Tommy Pham: day-to-day (leg), Avisail Garcia: day-to-day (hamstring), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (wrist), Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Michael Perez: 10-day IL (oblique), Anthony Bemboom: 10-day IL (knee).
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