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The Not So Tough “Tough Loss”

The Not So Tough “Tough Loss”

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2018


Filed under (B)Asel Ball

Terminology: WAR = Wins Above Replacement, single number to estimate the value of a player. MVP = Most Valuable Player award, awarded to one player from each league at the end of the season. ERA = Earned Run Average, how many earned runs a pitcher allows per nine innings. Game score = A metric tha...

The Rays’ Reliever Revolution

The Rays’ Reliever Revolution

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2018


Filed under (B)Asel Ball

Even before a pitch was thrown in spring training, it was already decided that the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees would make the playoffs. Both the Red Sox and Yankees had made the playoffs in 2017 and acquired MVP-caliber players (JD Martinez and Giancarlo Stanton, respectively) in the offseason....

The Problem With Baserunning

The Problem With Baserunning

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2018


Filed under (B)Asel Ball, Sports, Voices

Who is the best base runner is baseball? A speedster like Dee Gordon or Billy Hamilton? What about a baserunning mastermind like Paul Goldschmidt? The two most valuable base runners in baseball last year were actually Byron Buxton and Mookie Betts. While they did not have the same volume of steals as ...

Inherited Runners – The Next WAR Factor

Inherited Runners – The Next WAR Factor

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

September 26, 2018


Filed under (B)Asel Ball, Sports, Voices

CRACK! As Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis’s line drive landed down the left field line, it brought both Andrew Cashner’s season and the Texas Rangers’ playoff hopes to their final games. The hit gave the Astros an 8-2 lead and they went on to win the game. The runners Cashner had left on f...

Mason baseball beats Strasburg on the road for the first time in a decade

Mason baseball beats Strasburg on the road for the first time in a decade

West Hagler, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2018


Filed under Sports

As of Friday, May 18, the Mason Varsity baseball is 6-11. Obstacles like a lack of depth on the mound and batting inconsistencies have led them to lose a few more games than anticipated, but still, they look to the postseason in high hopes. One major accomplishment for the Mustangs is beating Strasbu...

Mason baseball players and their MLB counterparts

Mason baseball players and their MLB counterparts

Jay Nesson, Staff Reporter

April 25, 2018


Filed under Sports

The baseball season is underway, and that means that it is time to compare our own athletes to professional athletes again. With a close look at playing style, we give you Mason players and their Major League Baseball counterparts.   Thomas Dean: Nolan Arenado A good defensive third baseman who also absolutely rakes; classic three hitter.   &nbs...

Most exciting World Series ever?

Most exciting World Series ever?

Jay Nesson, Staff Reporter

November 3, 2017


Filed under Sports

One could argue that the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers is the most exciting final in years. Two severely dominant teams matching up quite nicely in this 2017 World Series, both the Astros and the Dodgers are both superb defensive and offensive ball clubs.  ...

Nats’ Rendon deserves NL MVP

Nats’ Rendon deserves NL MVP

David Miller

September 8, 2017


Filed under News

Yes, I know that Daniel Murphy has a higher batting average. I know that Giancarlo Stanton has way more home runs. I understand that Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Joey Votto, and others have put up insane stats this year, but hear me out. We’re living in the age of Statcast, and the fact that Batting...

The Atlantic League: an alternative to affiliated baseball

The Atlantic League: an alternative to affiliated baseball

David Miller

May 15, 2017


Filed under Sports

Anyone who played Little League Baseball in Falls Church growing up was likely umpired by local accountant Mike Wetmore. After being Chief Umpire in Falls Church for 10 years, Wetmore and a friend from college, Jack Lavoie, made the decision to buy a controlling share of an Atlantic League baseball ...

Nesson makes history with no-hitter

Nesson makes history with no-hitter

David Miller

April 20, 2017


Filed under Sports

On April 10, 2017, Sophomore Jay Nesson made Mason Baseball History by throwing a complete game no-hitter. Nesson threw for no runs, on no hits, with two walks, and eight strikeouts. His name will soon be added to the list of Mason no-hitters in the Mason Hall of Fame next to the Mary Ellen Henderso...

Players to Watch: Spring 2017 Edition

Players to Watch: Spring 2017 Edition

Laura Whitaker

February 26, 2017


Filed under Sports

With the spring season in full swing at Mason, teams are welcoming new players and making new goals.  While for many it is to qualify for the state tournament, others simply hope to maintain a winning record. With these objectives in mind, The Lasso has come up with the Player to Watch series to point...

No losing with Lang

No losing with Lang

Leana Sapp

February 26, 2017


Filed under Sports

Going into a season with the loss of a majority of the starting roster can be nerve wracking for some, but for senior Zach Lang, it is just a calling to work harder and lift his teammates up even more. “As a team, I am hoping to be able to fill all the spots that we have open from the seniors we...

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