The 2017 draft class is different than those we’ve seen the past few years. It lacks the depth of some recent classes, but features an above-average group of first-rounders, with an especially strong crop of college pitchers and some high-upside high school outfielders.
Southern California is as good as it Shaq Thompson Authentic Jersey has been in years, and it’s a banner year in Kentucky, of all places. We’ve even got a few smaller colleges represented in addition to the usual passel of SEC prospects. It’s a good year to pick at the very top, and the back half of the first round is better than normal, but the difference between picking third and seventh — which was determined on the season’s final day — is significant.
That said, while the game is constantly evolving, that evolution turns slowly. I don’t think you’ll see significant changes in bullpen strategy, either in the postseason or the regular season. It’s important to realize that Francona was in a unique situation. Injuries to Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar had depleted his rotation, and then Bauer cut his finger in the middle of the postseason, so in going with a three-man rotation (except for one Ryan Merritt start in the ALCS), Francona had to have quick hooks and rely more on Miller and closer Cody Allen.
Plus, Miller is really good. It’s a little easier to trust a guy to throw two-plus innings when he has fanned 326 batters in 198 1/3 innings the past three seasons. There are few pitchers of Miller’s ability out there — for one inning, let alone two. The way the postseason played out for the Indians also worked out perfectly for Francona. Miller had to pitch back-to-back days just twice and had at least three days of rest in five of his 10 appearances.
It’s worth noting that Jansen and Chapman Star Lotulelei Authentic Jersey are also elite relievers — we’re talking about three of the four most dominant relievers in the game (Baltimore’s Zach Britton being the fourth).
Aroldis Chapman struggled in Game 7 of the World Series throwing 35 pitches one night after going an 1 1/3 innings.
Even then, however, Miller and Chapman — perhaps as a result of all their previous work in the postseason — faltered in Game 7 of the World Series. Miller gave up four hits and two runs, including a home run to David Ross, in his 2 1/3 innings. Chapman gave up the game-tying, two-run home run to Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. That was his third blown save of the postseason, as he allowed five of his 11 inherited runners to score.