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MLB best of last week: Kyle Seager, Johnny Cueto get it done

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Every Monday, we will take a look at the best hitting and pitching performances of the week.

Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners

Mighty Casey struck out. Kyle Seager did not. In fact, he hit not one but two home runs this past Wednesday against the Houston Astros to end the Seattle Mariners’ losing streak.

Seager’s first home run came in the bottom of the seventh inning on a 3-2 count off Jarred Cosart and had a “true distance” of 367 feet, according to ESPN’s home run tracker, good enough to be a home run in only 11 of the 30 major league ballparks. His second of the game, however, was a first-pitch blast that sailed to deep right field.

Seager would end the game going 2 for 3 with a walk, two home runs, five RBI and two runs.

Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

Jose Fernandez had a “horrible, horrible” curveball that led to 14 strikeouts while Martin Perez gave up only three hits and two walks while striking out three for a shutout that extended his scoreless-innings streak to 26. There was also Cueto’s performance on Tuesday, when the Reds beat the Pirates, 4-1.

Pittsburgh couldn’t get many hits out of the infield and didn’t score until Andrew McCutchen homered with one out in the ninth.

Source: BaseballSavant

But by that point the Reds had a win expectancy of 99 percent. In fact, the Pirates didn’t have much chance to win after the seventh inning.

Source: FanGraphs

Cueto would complete the game with 117 pitches (73 for strikes), striking out four and giving up just one earned run.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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