First of all I’d like to salute Harvey, whose name will be invoked many times this weekend.
He’s hanging with Emmett Ashford there, the first African-American umpire in the major leagues (1966-1970).
It’s “Players’ Weekend”, or “Dreadful Little League Uniforms Weekend”. I’ll try to withstand the visual assault tonight but probably won’t be around Saturday or Sunday. Saturday is Eck’s bobblehead day, and at some point over the weekend they are naming one of the Coliseum gates after him.
Two of the top six pitchers in home runs per 9 innings (minimum 60 innings, a number cherry-picked so I could take a jab at A.J. “Boom Boom” Griffin) will work in this series. I was surprised that Jharel Cotton didn’t even make the top 30 on that list.
Friday at 7:05: Nick Martinez vs. Kendall Graveman
Martinez ranks 6th in HR/9 (2.24).
Saturday at 1:05: Cole Hamels vs. Sean Manaea
Sunday at 1:05: A.J. Griffin vs. Jharel Cotton
Griffin is tied for 4th in HR/9 (2.25).
Your 2017 MLB HR/9 leader is Bronson Arroyo, who served up 23 HR in 71 innings (2.92 HR/9) for the Reds before hurting his shoulder and presumably ending his career.