Tool fans have been waiting patiently as their favorite band works on the highly-anticipated follow up album to 10,000 Days (2006). Tool has toured very infrequently over the last few years, though they did play a handful of performance in 2016. It seems that they’ll continue that trend with more scattered performances in 2017, according to a report from the reputable source, Consequence of Sound.CoS is reporting that Tool will be among the headliners for this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival, which is set to take place in New York, NY from June 2nd through the 4th. This would be Tool’s first New York performance in 11 years! Consequence of Sound also has a great track record for reporting information before it is released, as they correctly predicted LCD Soundsystem’s reunion and many major festival headliners over the last few years.Despite all of that, Governors Ball is keeping their lips sealed on the subject. Their only response to these reports: “The full Governors Ball lineup will be announced early next year, at which point tickets will also go on sale.”If Tool does headline at Governors Ball, this of course raises questions about the band’s future plans. Will they be releasing the new album next year? Will there be more tour dates? While this remains to be seen, we’re very optimistic about this exciting news!
Games decided by 7+ runs… 13.2% 14.8% Or maybe not.Through Monday, 88 games ended in their final plate appearance, including 32 that ended with a home run. That’s a slower pace than 2018, when 214 games ended in their final plate appearance – 102 with a home run. Even though the home run rate has risen overall, and bullpens are allowing more runs, the rate of walk-off home runs is down. Hmm.Maybe the walk-off opportunities are there in the ninth inning, but closers are winning most of those battles and pushing more games into the 10th. Wrong again. Through Monday, 8.45 percent of all games required extra innings, down from 8.89 percent last season.That suggests, in all likelihood, teams are getting fewer chances to play extra-inning games because more games are ending in blowouts. Regardless of how you define a blowout, you’ve got a case: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Matt Beaty, Alex Verdugo and Will Smith will always have last weekend.Any retelling of their careers will include the time the Dodgers swept the Rockies in a three-game series, each game ending with a home run by a different rookie. That had never happened in major league history, and it might never happen again.The only question is how the story of last weekend will be told. Will we be obligated to mention the feat occurred in a record year for home runs? Must we note that relief pitchers have a higher earned-run average (4.50) than starters (4.44) for the first time since 1969? Are the conditions of the modern game so extreme that last weekend could have been predicted?The short answer is no. In one sense, that’s a shame. Baseball is in a state of civil war between its analytics and aesthetics. MLB executives are struggling to save front offices from the ruthless pursuit of efficiency at the expense of entertainment value. To that end, the Dodgers’ dramatic weekend sweep hinted at progress. Maybe a rising home run rate makes back-to-back-to-back walk-offs more possible. Maybe the dilution of bullpen talent has allowed for more late-game lead changes and less predictable endings. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco 20182019 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire OK, but with bullpen ERAs rising every season since 2014, surely we’re seeing more come-from-behind wins in the late innings, right? Not so fast. Through Monday, 43.8 percent of all wins were comebacks, an increase of less than 1 percent compared to 2018. In fact, when we compare the winning percentages of teams holding the lead after the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, we see that the games have paradoxically grown more predictable in 2019: Leading after 5… 78.4% 80.8% Leading after 6… 82.7% 85.0% Games decided by 6+ runs… 19.4% 21.3% Games decided by 5+ runs… 28.0% 29.2% What the heck is going on?Comebacks aren’t occurring late in games but early, when the starting pitcher is still around. Bullpens are doing a better job at holding leads than they were a year ago. If they’re doing a worse job at preventing runs, their mistakes are usually masked by an equally ineffective bullpen on the other side, or an outsized early advantage.Related Articles Games decided by 1 run… 27.5% 26.8% Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Leading after 7… 87.5% 87.8% Leading after 8… 91.6% 92.1% Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season 20182019 Two other factors worth mentioning: the Orioles and the Nationals. The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network co-tenants are double-handedly sinking bullpen statistics into the depths of the Anacostia River. The chosen relievers for Baltimore (6.34) and Washington (6.29) combined to post a 6.32 ERA through Monday. Subtract the two outlier teams, and major league relievers (4.38) would have a lower ERA than starters (4.44). The pitching universe would be spinning on its proper axis, or at least it would appear so at a glance.It’s hard to label baseball’s bullpen problem a “crisis” when it’s being driven so heavily by two teams. The Nationals and Orioles are on pace for the highest ERAs by any bullpen since the 1953 Detroit Tigers. They ought to regress to the mean by October.For the other 28 clubs, regardless of the cause of their bullpen woes, the effect remains something of a paradox. Relievers are on pace to throw a larger share of innings in 2019 than ever before – about 41 percent of them, a stat driven in part by the proliferation of “openers.” On the whole, relievers are allowing more runs on average. Yet the outcome of each game is rarely in doubt after the fifth inning.As for the weekend walk-offs, the story of how Beaty, Verdugo and Smith ended consecutive games with home runs in their rookie seasons demands context. In 2019, it was a refreshing departure from what’s become a mostly predictable game. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start