You can see the tension between the two extremes in those two SI tweets, eight minutes apart. The message of the first one:
Add them up and virtually half of Bellinger’s turns at bat, 104 of 210, served as a proxy for how the game is played these days: All or nothing.
The message of the second one:
The first one makes me nod. The second one makes me click. This is the push and pull of baseball in 2017. We are ingesting high-fructose corn syrup, and we cannot stop.
Except, hold on. Allow me to posit a wild new theory: Things aren’t nearly as bad or different as they’re made out to be. Not yet. Even if baseball isn’t just in the middle of something temporary and cyclical probably the likeliest explanation, if history is any guide we are not drinking a six-pack of soda just yet. There is room for indulgence before we get to gluttony. A soda every other day is tasty, and it doesn’t have to kill you. More dingers are fine. We don’t have a problem yet. We’re fine.
The Cards finally busted through in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to a Colin Lyman blooper to right that plated two-way ace Brendan McKay. Josh Stowers then moved McKay over to third on a wicked single to left, and suddenly Singer was taking on water. That run ended a 24-inning streak of scoreless pitching from Florida’s staff, and Singer wasn’t done there.
Nick Horvath began the eighth for the Gators, but he lasted just two outs before getting spelled by Tyler Dyson, who inherited a runner at second. In any case, Dyson got himself out of that situation and Florida plated no runs in the ninth to hand the potato back over to Louisville.
Dyson forced a grounder to the shortstop, then struck out the next batter, and gassed the third to close up shop. Game, 5-1, Gators. Here are your current scores and schedule.