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  1. Bryce Harper was also rocking an unfortunate haircut. Reference the video of the double.

    Comment by Nick44 — April 29, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

  2. I watched most of the game, including Harper’s first hit. I realize Dodger Stadium is a spacious facility but was surprised at Harper’s double. It was a pitch up but Harper looked to get all of it and the ball hit off the center field wall. I would have thought it would have been a homer in most cases. The bases were empty and Kemp was playing in…maybe he always plays in? Beats me. Odd scenario overall.

    Comment by acr — April 29, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

  3. As a Dodger fan who’s been following Billingsley’s career with some consternation up to this point, this is great to see. He’s made visible mechanical adjustments and his command seems to have improved as a result. After walking around 10% of batters over his career, he’s walking under 6% this season so far. There’s always something frustrating about pitchers who are held back primarily by their walk rates, but if Billingsley keeps this up, he may validate everything Dodger fans have been saying for so long about the type of pitcher Billingsley could (read: should) be.

    Comment by Bip — April 29, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

  4. I watched the game as well, but it didn’t think Harper got all of that double to center. Looked (and sounded) like he just missed it. Just my .02

    Comment by Nick — April 29, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

  5. Harper hit the ball off the bottom base of the wall, that wasn’t going out unless it was right down the line in left or right with the height it had.

    Comment by Ivdown — April 29, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

  6. That has to be hazing, right?

    Comment by DavidCEisen — April 29, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  7. I used to think Harper was a terrible person. Then I saw his haircut, now that is a guy who knows how to have a good time!

    Comment by adohaj — April 29, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  8. It may not have left the park but it was still crushed from what I saw. It looked more like a line drive than a true fly ball.

    Comment by Robert Odden — April 29, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  9. Well, of course strikeouts by Nationals hitters should only count so much towards a pitcher’s totals. This team whiffs a LOT. And Espinosa has earned his nickname of “Danny Kaye.” Sliders/breaking balls on the inside corner, under the hands. Can’t hit them, can’t lay off of them. The final pitch in this at bat is a classic example. As is typical, he missed it by about a foot and a half.

    Comment by John C — April 29, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  10. “National League batters are hitting .159/.188/.233 (21 OPS+) this season after reaching an 0-2 count. Meanwhile, those same batters have a 92 OPS+ after a 1-1 count and a 161 OPS+ after 2-0.”

    Nuh-uh. It’s not “the same batters” at all. There’s selection bias in these numbers, and it’s not just the pitchers, to which you allude. The group who went to an 0-2 count includes lesser hitters as a whole. And the batters who went to a 1-1 count were already better hitters before the PA began.

    Comment by Josh Wexler — April 29, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

  11. I understand your point, but your comment seems like you’re saying good hitters never face 0-2 counts all year long. I know Matt Kemp faced an 0-2 count in the very game CC mentions above.

    Comment by SaberTJ — April 29, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

  12. Too bad you didn’t note that the Rays were playing the Rangers, because you missed one of the best series of the year.

    Comment by Sandy Kazmir — April 30, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  13. Chad Bilingsley is the greatest pitcher of the last 150 years

    Comment by TD — April 30, 2012 @ 2:29 am

  14. If Espinosa grounds out the first pitch to the left side of the infield (as suggested) wouldn’t that be pure luck and not at all due to how well Billingsley placed the pitch?

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — April 30, 2012 @ 4:22 am

  15. you should probably spend more time learning to fully understand BaBip

    Comment by gryfyn1 — April 30, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  16. He made sure the helmet didn’t ruin his photo opp, even adjusted his curls before touching the bag.

    Here we go.

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of commenters — April 30, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  17. Albert Pujols Career split
    after 2-0: .351/.617/.663
    after 0-2: .251 /.288 /.446

    Comment by JDanger — April 30, 2012 @ 9:37 am

  18. He did “get all of it”, but hit it center-cut. Didn’t get backspin.

    Baseball, baseball.

    Comment by John — April 30, 2012 @ 10:01 am

  19. That ball was absolutely p*ssed on.

    Comment by John — April 30, 2012 @ 10:02 am

  20. Business on the sides, party on top.

    Comment by Ned Colletti — April 30, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  21. His haircut douchebaggery is at least countered by the fans behind homeplate.

    Observe his first hit, and observe the fans’ lack of pants at the top of the frame.

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of commenters — April 30, 2012 @ 11:45 am

  22. assuming this is a comment about fWAR and FIP. True, currently pitchers don’t get fWAR credit for grounders, but the writers talk a lot about GB rate and xFIP gives credit for it.

    Comment by brendan — April 30, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  23. He got up to the pitch, and hit the ball square, but the trajectory of his swing kept it in the park. Remove the fence from the equation, and the ball might have rolled far enough for him to circle the bases twice… a bit of an exaggeration, but he completely labeled it.

    Comment by baty — April 30, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

  24. He is 19. Perhaps, he is not that skilled at shaving?

    Comment by kick me in the GO NATS — April 30, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

  25. Yeah, but did you see this pitch>

    http://deadspin.com/5906055/bryce-harper-has-his-first-major-league-hit-possibly-because-dodgers-fans-were-mooning-their-own-pitcher

    Comment by JDanger — April 30, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

  26. Why? Isn’t that exactly what we’ve been sold for a decade now? Pitchers have no control over balls in play?

    Also…it’s amusing to think someone feels they have achieved a breakthrough by observing that a pitch on the low outside corner is something new and difficult for the hitter.

    Comment by objectiveobserver — April 30, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

  27. He’s mormon…so his definition of good time and your definition of good time might be different…

    Comment by Matthias — May 1, 2012 @ 2:05 am

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