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Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Red Sox aren’t in the Tulo market. Bogaerts has made some real strides defensively this season. He’s still 22. Eventually he’ll be a really good hitter.
This is the one place where a one-shiny-thing offer actually could work, as the Red Sox would be displacing Xander Bogaerts if they acquired Tulo to take over at shortstop, so if the Rockies prefer one big asset over several smaller ones, this is probably their best fit. But if the Rockies want pitching, the Red Sox might not be the ...
Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
If Farrell could do it over again, he would have had Layne intentionally walk Cruz. And then the southpaw could have faced left-handed batter Kyle Seager.
Instead, Farrell called on Tazawa, daring Cruz to beat the Red Sox. And that he did.
“Yeah, we’ve got it set up, two outs, [can] easily take the bat out of his hand, walk him, then you get a left on left with Layne and Seager. As we sit here in this moment after the walk-off, that’s the move to make,” said Farrell. “Like I said, terrible ...
“A little sooner than we probably thought,” said Bochy, adding that the Giants decided to activate Pence “because of the way he feels, the way he’s been playing and swinging. He’s ready. The last couple of games have been really good for him. He said he never felt better, so he’s on his way.”
Posted: May 16, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
“What’s gone on the last few days, especially the last 72 hours, really has a been a media production, more than anything else,” Bridich said. “It started with a couple of articles coming out of the East Coast — MLB.com and another one on NewYorkPost.com. Since then, it’s really been mostly a media production.”
Bridich said the Rockies’ recent woes stoked the Tulo trade talk.
“In my opinion, it’s something that has come out of a tough two week stretch for the Rockies, and one, obviously, ...
Posted: May 16, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
Friday, May 15, 2015
Meet Chase Utley, the unluckiest man in baseball. The Phillies second baseman is cursed with a .115 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), meaning that about a tenth of the balls he puts on the field get him safely to base. An average BABIP mark is about .300, and while there is some variation between players, it’s usually on the order of a few dozen points, not 200.
Some have argued that Utley ought to be benched. Given his age (36) and the wear and tear second basemen face, Utley could ...Read More...
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More broadly, Hosmer is hitting the ball harder and killing worms less often than ever before: His ground ball rate sits at 46.8 percent, and he’s on pace to hit into fewer double plays than in any previous season. Meanwhile, he’s been a line-drive machine, whacking liners at a career-high rate of 26.1 percent.3 Not coincidentally, he’s hitting the ball harder than he has in three years,4 and he’s pulling the ball more than ever before (38.5 percent of the time). ...
What are the break-even points in the current run-scoring environment? I recall reading a good article on the topic fairly recently but a quick Google search turned up empty.
Well, Dee Gordon runs the bases like a teenager drives: aggressively, quickly, and with no regard for his or anyone else’s safety. He’s attempted 19 stolen bases in 32 games this season, which is awesome, even if his 12-for-19 success rate is well below the accepted break-even point.
Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 48 comment(s)
Maybe because the return for Bradley was NSFW?
As a 25-year-old former top prospect who has struggled in the majors what is Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s value at this point?
Well, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston the Red Sox offered Bradley to the Mariners for left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush during spring training and Seattle turned it down.
Since then Bradley has been playing at Triple-A, hitting .343 in 24 games, and now he’s back in Boston for another call-up. ...
I have watched about 80% of the Red Sox games this year. Dustin Pedroia has looked as good as ever. I was surprised, however, to see he’s only at 0 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) and has a 0 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). I look forward to a future when FIELDf/x numbers are available. (Crossing fingers.)
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Sorry, Flores is not the answer at shortstop for the Mets.
As for the young players to whom Collins referred, he was thinking mostly of Wilmer Flores, who forever seems to be in the glare of the spotlight because of his questions about whether he can play shortstop.
Flores made what turned out to be a critical error — his eighth of the season — in the fifth inning, a big part of the Cubs’ four-run rally that tied the game.
Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 55 comment(s)
I had tickets last year but had to pass when my stepson came to visit with his wife and new baby. I’m thinking about attending this year. Is anyone else going?
Tickets are now on sale for Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball 2015. They can be purchased through Ticketleap at: http://saberseminar.ticketleap.com/ss15/
This year’s conference will happen August 22nd-23rd in Boston, MA, at Boston University’s Jacob Sleeper Auditorium. Our keynote sponsors are FanGraphs and Baseball ...
Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
The coolest, most ingenious, realest reason to believe in the future of an irreplaceable and often endangered crown of Kansas City is a pressed suit, sharp tie and matching pocket square.
It is an idea that started a short time ago with a guy and his roommate, and already is an official Royals promotion with thousands of fans wearing suits and ties and even some red dresses for fun and to pay respect to the Negro Leagues and the baseball museum at 18th and Vine.
They call it ...
The solution to Samardzija’s problems may not be that simple. It’s easy to say that he should just go to pitches that worked for him in the past more often; but currently, those pitches—the sinker and the split—are getting hit and hit hard. He’s using his slider, but he’s missing with it badly and frequently. Those are pitches that helped lead him to his best season ever, and they don’t appear to be having the same effect as they once did.
There’s no easy fix here. Samardzija ...
“The main thing is I’ve got confidence in what I’m doing,” Colon says in Spanish, with bullpen coach Ricky Bones translating. “But, at my age, I even surprise myself that I’m pitching as well as I’m pitching right now.”
Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 44 comment(s)
Read the whole thing.
As a ferocious, 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end, William Penn High School junior Frank Burton III is being recruited by major colleges and likely will sign a football scholarship next year.
But baseball is his favorite sport.
“It’s my first love, but football is starting to become that,” Burton III said. “I’m starting to have a passion for that sport, but baseball was my first love. I started with that.”
Burton III hit a three-run homer and earned his fourth pitching ...
Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 104 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, May 15, 1915:
Herbert Pennock, the youthful twirler upon whom Connie Mack is relying heavily to bring the Athletics up in the race, is a Philadelphia boy, and once pitched for a high school there. While a prep school player he set a strikeout-record of 23 in a single game that stood until this spring, when it was broken by a youth named Kenneth Square, who raised the ante to 24.
So either there was a guy in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania named Kenneth Square, or this story is ...Read More...
Down two, two outs, Carlos Gonzalez puts the Rockies ahead in the 9th.
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Posted: May 15, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
Thursday, May 14, 2015
After the 93-loss season had ended, Mazzone says the Orioles assured him that he would be brought back for 2008. But on Oct. 12, 2007, Mazzone was fired with a year left on his contract.
“I thought we were going to have a little more time to get it done,” says Perlozzo. Connolly says it was less a lack of time than a lack of talent. Mazzone agreed with both of those assessments, but when he left he said all the right things in his statement to the press: “I understand and wish the team ...
The other day, the Baltimore Orioles got lots of positive press by announcing that stadium staffers would be compensated for wages lost while a state of emergency was declared in the city. Two home games were canceled, another was played at an empty Camden Yards, and three others were moved to Tampa Bay as anger over the killing of Freddie Gray reigned.
“Due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to several canceled or rescheduled games,” read Tuesday’s memo from management, “the ...
Baseball and hockey fans can seek to change the way professional games are aired, a judge said in allowing them to sue as a group over claims that Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League violate antitrust law in their control of television and Internet broadcast rights.
Fans sued the leagues, individual clubs and regional TV sports networks, along with Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC, claiming the practice of dividing live game broadcasts into exclusive territories, protected by ...
During Wednesday night’s Rockies-Angels game, Colorado’s Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast crew of Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson provided even more of those hot takes, dressing Hamilton down for not thanking the Angels for paying him tens of millions of dollars *and* for not apologizing to Angels fans for… not playing well? ...
Here’s a transcript of their comments.
“Howie Kendrick is gone. You can focus on that certainly. Also, the whole Josh Hamilton situation. A lot of guys ...
With the help of savvy scheduling, the Rays are hosting the Yankees mid-week, and normally that’s a strong draw, but it’s supposedly a doubly-strong draw with A-Rod in the house and the Yankees leading the division. The Tampa Bay community is saturated with Yankees fans of old, so the numbers were anticipated to be decent this week. Instead, the opposite has happened:
- Attendance was at it’s lowest ever in franchise history for a Yankees game on Tuesday night, at 10,619.
- Then last night, ...
But, wait a second, the Royals play in the American League! That’s hardly fair. The Dodgers, pitchers and all, have that 131 wRC+. The second-highest National League mark belongs to the Cardinals, at 104. Enormous gap, almost twice the size of the first. Here, the difference between first and second place is the same as the difference between second and 14th.
Yeah, I know it’s early, but this has been the most enjoyable lineup I’ve ever gotten to watch (or listen to on the radio as it often ...Read More...
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