AROUND THE SWEETSPOT NETWORK Walkoff Woodward Porcello got his ground balls, but the defense failed him early and he couldn’t recover. I watched the first inning twice, and I think a lethal combination of an extremely hot Ranger offense met with an uncommonly flat Porcello fastball. PitchFX didn’t even pick up his sinker as a “sinker”; they got picked up as a flat two-seam fastball. For the rest of this blog post, click here. Disciples of Uecker The Brewers’ last four games have all been decided by one run, and they’ve won exactly half of them, which is exactly what you would expect. Most research that has been done on the subject has suggested that baseball teams generally have no particular skill at winning one-run games. This seems logical, but it does NOT reflect how we experience sports. For the rest of this blog post, click here. Mop-Up Duty It wasn’t long ago we had the eagerly anticipated debut of another young stud, Kyle Drabek, but this year it’s highly touted prospect Drew Hutchison. Hutchison’s rise through the Jays’ minor league system has been meteoric: He advanced two levels in his first year and two more last season to make it to Double-A New Hampshire. For the rest of this blog post, click here.