MLB Thursday scores, highlights, updates, news — Kimbrel regaining elite closer status

Correa homers at Yankee Stadium (again)

Thursday night, the two best teams in baseball are meeting at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees, who came into the day with baseball’s best winning percentage at .677, are hosting cheap baseball tops mens the Astros for the first game of a four-game weekend series. Houston has the second-best winning percentage at .676.

Houston jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to Carlos Correa’s first-inning home run. He loves hitting at Yankee Stadium. It was his fourth dinger in six career games at the ballpark.

Correa also loves hitting against Michael Pineda. He’s crushed the big right-hander throughout his career.

Correa and the Astros were very much expected to be one of baseball’s top teams coming into this season. The Yankees are a bit more of a surprise. This weekend will be a good early season test for both clubs.
Kimbrel is back

As you see above, the Red Sox avoided the sweep by mlb jerseys China beating the Brewers on Thursday. Mookie Betts provided the most conspicuous blow …

Also playing a big role in the Sox’s much-needed win was closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel entered the game in the eighth and struck out five of the six batters he faced. Four of those five strikeouts came on swinging strikes. Some pretty pictures china grey mlb jerseys.

That’s in keeping with what Kimbrel has done so far in 2017 …

In 2016, Kimbrel showed significant signs of decline, in terms of both run prevention and underlying indicators. This year, though, he has come storming back. As you see above, yes, he has struck out 31 batters in 15 2/3 innings. Last season, he struck out a still impressive 37.7 percent of batters faced. This season? That figure is up to an unthinkable 55.4. Perhaps even more unthinkable is that Kimbrel coming into Thursday boasted a swinging-strike rate of 22.1 versus a league-average mark of 10.2. That’s utter dominance.

Yes, the Red Sox have disappointed thus far, thanks in part to china reebok mlb jerseys injuries in the rotation, but Kimbrel is looking like an elite shutdown closer once again. That’s a promising development.

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