The franchise endured a rocky maiden season in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Chargers have two picks in the top 50, including the No. 17 overall selection, and just enough salary-cap space to make room for a long-term Beckham deal. And while the offense doesn’t lack weapons, the Chargers could be motivated to bring in a megastar like Beckham for non-football reasons.
The Chargers often felt like the road team in their miniature temporary home stadium, and their future landlords—the Rams—have a clear advantage over them in the fight for Los Angeles pro football supremacy.
Over the past two years, he’s only 18th in the majors in batting average. By a proprietary club metric we call Owkwardly Paired Statistics, or OPS, he’s 10th. That’s very good! But it’s way, way behind the truly elite hitters, Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Remember: As a pitcher, Ruth already is the truly elite.
Now, hitters tend to age more predictably than pitchers. We might expect Babe to get better as a hitter as he matures but not necessarily as a pitcher. But Babe’s such an odd hitter: He strikes out way more than his peers. His 17 percent strikeout rate would be the highest of all time if he were a non-pitcher, almost double the league average. He also walks less than the average American Leaguer. There’s no doubt he’s strong and hits the ball hard, but his plate discipline is terrible, and his strikeouts suggest he might really struggle when exposed to more good pitching.
Two Houston victories rank among the greatest in World Series history. In Game 2, the Astros and Dodgers combined to hit a record five extra-inning home runs. In Game 5, the Astros rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 against Kershaw to win 13-12 on a walk-off RBI single by Bregman.
Springer: I thought Game 2 was the craziest game I’ve ever played in. Then we played Game 5. That’s something you can’t prepare for, especially at a stage like that. You hardly see a game like that in the regular season, let alone the playoffs. Game 5 was the most mentally and physically drained I’ve ever been after a game.
Reddick: Game 5 was the biggest turning point of the World Series. As hectic as that game was, to go back and forth, you had a feeling whoever won that game was going to move on and take it all. It makes it even more impressive when you’re down three against Kershaw and you’re like, ‘Oh man, it’s not going so well.’ Then all of a sudden we turn things around. It was definitely eye-opening.