Judge and Stanton had the two highest average exit velocities on home runs last season, according to Statcast (minimum 10 homers) — Judge at 110.0 mph and Stanton at 109.3. They combined for 47 batted balls with an exit velocity of 115-plus mph, while the rest of MLB combined had 39 such batted balls, according to Statcast. The two also combined for the eight hardest-hit batted balls in the majors last season (Judge with five) and nine of the top 10.
It will be interesting to see if the fight of their remaining healthy players can save Chuck Pagano’s job.
So much for the firing of Ben McAdoo and the re-starting of Eli Manning providing a spark for the offense and defense under Steve Spagnuolo. This team looks checked-out and overwhelmed until the new full-time GM and coach are in place.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson on losing quarterback Carson Wentz for the season with a torn ACL: “I hate it for Carson Wentz; I hate it for the career and the season he’s been having. But at the same time it’s been the next man up mentality and that’s how we approach it this week.”
With numbers like that it’s no wonder people are starting to talk about the Tigers QB’s draft prospects. So, it begs the question, how does the junior QB stack up?
The most notable thing right away is Lock’s size. He stands at 6-4, and looks every inch of it on tape, and weighs in at 225 pounds. Second, he has the arm strength to go downfield. He does a good job of putting touch on deep balls, even those that stretch the normal boundaries of college quarterbacks.
I know Mara to be a fine man and an excellent team owner who understands the business of NFL football and the need for patience — in the mold of his father Wellington Mara, who was a pillar among NFL team owners for decades. It surely was painful for John Mara to make these moves with four games left in the season.