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Monday, September 07, 2015

Digiovanna: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia disagrees that Mike Trout is average defender

Matt Harvey, Scott Boras, and Dr. James Andrews were unavailable for comment.

But some advanced defensive metrics rate Trout as average, in part because he doesn’t always get the best jumps or run the most efficient routes, an assertion that baffles and bothers Angels Manager Mike Scioscia.

“We have overhead [cameras] that read jumps, and he’s off incredibly quick,” Scioscia said. “From a scouting perspective, there’s no question this guy is one of the best center fielders in our game. The ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: advanced metrics, defense, mike scioscia, mike trout, sabermetrics

Brewers shut down Matt Garza, and he’s not happy

Clearly someone isn’t a Boras client ...

Manager Craig Counsell said ... that Garza was being removed from the rotation so that the team could look at some of its younger pitchers the rest of the season.

Garza was livid when asked about the move.

“It’s (expletive),” he said. “It’s not my decision. I didn’t get much say. It’s completely taken out of my hands. That’s it. I didn’t have any say at all.


“They do things differently here, I don’t know. But I’ll be here for the next ...


Sunday, September 06, 2015

I Will Pitch in the Playoffs

Matt Harvey speaks (actually he writes).

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 08:55 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Matt Harvey looks terrible in sudden drama over innings limits | For The Win

Throwing baseballs 100 mph is not a natural activity, and every single pitch Harvey or anyone else throws comes with risk of arm injury. But one thing Harvey did say pretty definitively on Saturday is that he feels great. And the numbers back that up: Over his last six starts, Harvey has a 1.32 ERA in 41 innings with 42 strikeouts against only three walks. If he’s feeling any lingering effects of the surgery that cost him all of 2014, he’s not showing any signs of it whatsoever.

And again, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Musial and his frozen appendix : Sports

In May 1947, he had four at-bats five days after diagnosis.

Of course, he still had his appendix.

Musial had just gone 1-for-4 on May 7 in Brooklyn when he then let the team know about the stabbing pain near his stomach. The Cardinals’ first baseman was sedated and flown back to St. Louis to meet with the team doctor, Dr. Robert Hyland. According to reports from the time and later recounts in books and Bob Broeg columns, Hyland diagnosed Musial with appendicitis and tonsillitis. Hyland, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 02:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt holliday, stan musial

Why Zack Greinke deserves the NL Cy Young Award over Clayton Kershaw - Jayson Stark Blog - ESPN

There is almost a whole month left. A lot can happen in a month.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, clayton, cy young award, jake arrieta, zack greinke

Conforto, Philly Kid Pitchers, Keepsakes, Surprise Pitches, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Ken Rosenthal - Just got off the phone with Scott Boras, who had…

*Boras said he did a study of pitchers who had never thrown 200 innings in a season and then had Tommy John surgery and then ramped up to approximately the 200-inning level in their second full season after returning.
The four pitchers that Boras cited were Shaun Marcum, Josh Johnson, Jarrod Parker and Kris Medlen. All experienced complications, Boras said. All but Marcum had a second Tommy John.

In contrast, Boras said, the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann built their ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, scott boras

NY Post: Davidoff: The Mets have the perfect opening to trade Matt Harvey

The Mets should go through on this because they have stockpiled enough starting pitching to envision perennial competition without Harvey. Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Jon Niese and Noah Syndergaard fronting a rotation to kick off 2016, with Zack Wheeler working to return midseason? Yup, that’d work … assuming the Mets score runs more like August and September and less like April through July.

And the best way to beef up that offense, what with rentals Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Juan ...

bobm Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets


The 180 Inning Omnichatter

Gamingboy Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Likely Scenarios for Current Front-Office Vacancies | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel does a very nice job running down the upcoming general manager game of musical chairs.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Inside Baseball: Managerial heat in NL East, especially in Washington -

Jon Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

A.J. Burnett’s simulated game goes better than expected | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I’m not looking at it as me,” he said. “I’m looking at it as getting back to healthy, as healthy as I can. I came back [to the Pirates] to help us win. I can’t do that on the DL, obviously. The fact that this is my last year, and I want to go out and pitch again before I’m done, I’m trying to throw that aside and not worry about that.”

Burnett will throw a bullpen session Sunday, after which the Pirates will discuss his next step.

“I’m not getting paid to get our guys out, I know ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. burnett, pirates

A Brief History of the Last Player Alphabetically | Value Over Replacement Grit

Tony Zych is going to be tough to beat.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Rich Hill may get slot in starting rotation - The Boston Globe

Red Sox notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Mets’ Conundrum: Matt Harvey’s Health Versus a Playoff Run - The New York Times

More info, including quotes from Adam Wainwright and Dr. Andrews.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, matt harvey, mets, scott boras



Gamingboy Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Rosenthal: There’s no proof shutting down New York Mets ace Matt Harvey now will prevent injury later | FOX Sports

As a mentioned in a comment, that Boras is creating this issue now, after the Mets have the discussed the plan since the start of the year, is what is so irritating. He’s making himself the story.

Boras’ timing in going public — first to Jon Heyman of, then other media outlets — is a bit odd, considering that the Mets have been rather open with their plan for Harvey since the start of spring training.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Friday, September 04, 2015

Heyman:  Inside Baseball: Managerial heat in NL East, especially in Washington

Of course, at this point, with a big lead, and 20 of 29 games remaining against the likes of the Phillies, Marlins, Braves and Reds, it’s hard to imagine even the historically snake-bit Mets blowing this one.

Actually, for Mets Fans, it is not hard to imagine at all—in fact, it’s their specialty.

Srul Itza Posted: September 04, 2015 at 05:33 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals

The Ankiel House of Horror

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 04, 2015 at 04:22 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: i mean seriously what is this, what

Harper’s Impressive Plate Discipline Put In Historical Context

Will Bryce ever see another pitch in the strike zone??

Bryce Harper made headlines on Thursday night with a spectacular score line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks.

He saw 20 pitches in Washington’s 15-1 drubbing of Atlanta and didn’t swing once, as his walk total climbed to 104 for the year – second to only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (116).

Bote Man Posted: September 04, 2015 at 04:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, great baseball players, hitting, mvp, nationals, plate discipline, strike zone

Deadspin: Boras wants Harvey shut down after 180 IP

Boras wants to Strasburg Harvey.

Heyman’s latest article details the dispute that has arisen between Alderson and Boras over the health of Matt Harvey, who is anchoring a near-immortal Mets rotation and also happens to be one of Boras’s biggest clients. The two are at loggerheads over the number of innings Harvey has pitched. Boras believes his client, who is in the midst of his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, needs to be shut down once he pitches 180 innings, for ...


]PTBNL[ Trea Turner Finally Gets 1st Hit

Player To Be Named Later makes a name for himself with first hit. Or was it an error?

Bote Man Posted: September 04, 2015 at 01:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, ptbnl, trea turner

Breaking tradition: Brewers reschedule fan appreciation night; Chicago Cubs may be to blame

“They all come up here thinking they own the place,” said fan Rachel Evanow.

“They come here in droves,” said another.

Brewers fans can’t stomach the idea of Cubs fans walking away with prizes intended for them.

“I hate the Cubs. The Cubs suck,” said Evanow.

And the Brewers agree—they’re breaking tradition and fan appreciation night is being moved two weeks earlier, to September 19th, against the last place Cincinnati Reds.

McCoy Posted: September 04, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, wrigley field north

Bryce Harper’s bizarre night: four runs, zero swings and a little bit of history

Mostly posting because: “The only player to see more pitches and not swing in the last 10 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info, was Juan Uribe in 2010. His total was 21, one more than Harper’s.”

Juan Uribe would not have been my first, or 100th, guess.

SoCalDemon Posted: September 04, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Managing challenge that could ruin Yankees, Mets playoff hopes | New York Post

Luckily for the Nationals, their back-end relievers are well rested because Matt Williams doesn’t like to use them much. They will be better off even more in October, when they are home watching the Mets in the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

As Kiermaier emerges, should Rays seek long-term deal? | Tampa Bay Times

I like Kiermaier. I’m not sold on his value being this high based on on his defensive WAR. Among other issues, defensive WAR has the same problem as stats like RF/9 and RBI. It’s still far too dependent on opportunity.The current WAR systems are still too much of a mix of context-neutral and context-laden statistics to tell me whether a player is most valuable or the best player, two entirely different questions. In assessing value in a particular season, like in the MVP discussion, context is ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin kiermaier, rays

Lincecum’s hip problem ends his Giants season, career up in the air - San Francisco Chronicle

How long have hip issues been a thing in MLB?

However, Lincecum’s two-year, $35 million contract expires after this season and the Giants clearly need a rotation makeover for 2016 and beyond.

Team trainer Dave Groeschner said Lincecum‘s surgery involved shaving down bone to take care of impingement and repair his labrum. Lincecum, who Groeschner expects to be ready to pitch in spring training. The pitcher will start rehabilitation Friday, staying in Colorado through weekend, then resuming ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim lincecum

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 4, 1915:


Walter Breymeier, aged 18, pitcher for the Proctor Recreation Centers, a semi-professional team, [yesterday] pitcher 34 innings in a double-header against Keifer’s Colts, another semi-professional team. The first game was called at the end of the eleventh inning, with the score 0 to 0, while he won the afternoon game for his team, 5 to 4, with a single in the twenty-third inning. It took three hours ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, pitch counts


The First-Friday-Of-September OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 04, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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