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Monday, October 10, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Why does playoff pressure get to some pitchers but not others?

Someday Bogaerts will end up at third base. That day is years away.

I wonder if Xander Bogaerts will wind up a third baseman after all. He didn’t have a good year at shortstop according to defensive metrics, with a minus-0.1 WAR and minus-10 runs saved. It didn’t look that bad, but if you go by the numbers it wasn’t great. The one thing about defensive metrics is they tend to change from year to year. We’ve seen plenty of examples, including Dustin Pedroia. His defensive metrics ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confident no more can-throwing in Toronto

OK, so one (probably drunk) guy throws a can on the field. They identify and arrest him. Why do need to do anything else?

Toronto has been “extremely cooperative and I think is as committed as we are to make sure that we don’t have another incident like that,” Manfred said. The Blue Jays have said they are planning tougher security measures and alcohol policies at their stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

OTP 2016 Oct 10: Sox fan Obama ‘pleased to see the Chicago Cubs play so well’

I asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about Obama and the Cubs at the Wednesday briefing. Obama is a die-hard Sox fan. Less known: He has a mixed marriage. Michelle grew up on the Cubs.

“Well, the president is a loyal Chicago White Sox fan,” replied Earnest, taking a sip from his Kansas City Royals cup.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 1758 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, cubs, politics, white sox

Fixing Rockies’ terrible bullpen is top priority for GM Jeff Bridich

Bullpens are notoriously inconsistent. Bridich could do nothing and then see his relievers *rebound* into quality relievers again.

What will general manager Jeff Bridich do with disappointing right-handers Jason Motte and Chad Qualls? The two were signed as free agents last winter, Motte for two years/$10 million and Qualls for two years/$6 million. Both were injured and ineffective when healthy this past season. Will the Rockies simply eat the contracts and move on? It’s not in the Rockies’ ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies


4 PM Eastern: Nationals (Gonzalez) at Dodgers (Maeda), MLB Network. Tied 1-1.
6 PM: Indians (Tomlin) at Red Sox (Buchholz), TBS. CLE leads 2-0.
9:30 PM: Cubs (Arrieta) at Giants (BUMGARNER, KING OF OCTOBER AND SLAYER OF ROYALS), FS1. Cubs lead 2-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2016 at 02:07 AM | 1006 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Must C: Pitchers spark offense |

It’s tough to avoid thinking the Cubs are a “team of destiny” when you see them win like this. Yet…

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Buster Posey’s Giants remain realistic: ‘We’ve got our work cut out for us’

It’s the same story all over the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants

Sunday Notes: Eaton, Liriano, Cueto, Cubs, Postseason Pressure, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Price’s outing on Friday begs a question that comes up in most Octobers: Are good players with poor postseason results the victims of small sample size, or are they wired in such a way that they’re less likely to perform well under the bright lights? I asked Bruce Bochy that question on Friday.

“It’s a little of both,” said the San Francisco skipper.“Some guys feel the pressure a bit more than others. You have to have the talent, but you also have to have that emotional ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Could Dodgers’ depth strategy turn off the veterans it needs to succeed? - LA Times

Somehow the Dodgers will make due without the Chris Heisey’s of the baseball world.

Heisey batted a career-low .182 last season. He said the frequent shuttle between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City “absolutely” affected his performance.

“It messes with your head a little when you’re up and down like that,” said Heisey, who hit .216 this season. “I understood. They explained to me early on it was probably going to be like that, the way their roster shaped up. There just wasn’t a spot ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Heyman: Dodgers Believe New Direction From Front Office Will Pay Off

A Heyman double post.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Heyman - Anthopoulos Turns Down D-backs

In his case, it looks like prudent judgement.

But while the ownership involvement and the obvious volatility (they’re about to hire their seventh GM in 13 years) are potential issues, the Arizona GM job is still seen as desirable by many. To reports about candidates being turned off by the seeming instability, one interested party who hasn’t been mentioned yet opined, “That’s BS. There are only 30 of these jobs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, diamondbacks, general managers

Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood provide offensive spark in 5-2 victory - Chicago Tribune

Cubs inch a little closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

What can a manager do to spark a baseball team? | Boston Herald

Panicking is not the answer. Overthinking is not the answer. The Red Sox played poorly for two straight games. They did the same thing during the regular, more than once. Although the stakes are higher, their approach and attitude need to be the same. Today is a new day; they need to go out and play their best and let the chips fall where they may.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, red sox


1 PM Eastern: Dodgers (Hill) at Nats (Roark), Game 2 (LA leads 1-0), FS1
4 PM: Cleveland (Tomlin) at Boston (Buccholz), Game 3 (CLE leads 2-0), TBS
7:30 PM: Texas (Lewis) at Toronto (Sanchez), Game 3 (TOR leads 2-0), TBS

Gamingboy Posted: October 09, 2016 at 12:50 AM | 201 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Mike Schur: Why Is Mike Trout Less Famous Than Jimmy Garoppolo?

The question I have is could Trout walk through Times Square on a sunny Tuesday afternoon without sunglasses and go unrecognized?

djordan Posted: October 08, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: ken tremendous, mike trout

Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians pushing all of the right buttons as they attain 2-0 lead in ALDS |

“Sometimes good players make you look smarter than you probably are,” Francona said after the 6-0 win.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Red Sox young stars appear to have stage fright

Overreact much?

Is the stage too big for them?

This is a group that’s been used to the no-pressure view from the basement the past two years. Now suddenly they’re in this high-pressured environment, where they’re expected to win. After all, the Red Sox were the favorites in this series. There weren’t many people who picked the Indians. Not with the Indians suffering two major starting pitching losses to two of their best guys in Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco.

There’s just no way ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Drellich: When the Red Sox don’t hit, they don’t win | Boston Herald

Alternative headline: When Red Sox pitch poorly, they don’t win. Thank you for the astute observation Evan Drellich.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, red sox

Blue Jays hit 4 homers, beat Rangers in Game 2 |

“We have to win,” Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “There’s no tomorrow. Not only that, we’re trying to do what they did to us last year. Hopefully we can turn it around and do the same thing they did to us last year. We know we can do it. We just need to get it done in the field. There’s no doubt we believe in this team. We’ve got to find a way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

Giants-Cubs Game 1: What tracking NL’s best shortstops from press box taught us

I kept my eyes where shortstops roam.
Game 1 of the the NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field ( CHC 1, SF 0) provided one the opportunity to admire the craftsmanship of the best defensive shortstops in the National League—Brandon Crawford of the Giants and Addison Russell of the Cubs.
Defensive evaluations are uncertain things, but when the numbers, the eye test, and reputation coalesce, you have something. So it is with Crawford and Russell. Having them both ...

Meatwad Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, brandon crawford, cubs, defense, giants, short stops


4 PM Eastern: Dodgers (Hill) at Nationals (Roark), FS1

8 PM Eastern: Giants (Samardzija) at Cubs (Hendricks), MLB Network

Dodgers and Cubs lead 1-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 08, 2016 at 12:45 AM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 07, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2016

United Press via Pittsburgh Press, October 7, 1916:

Plunging into the busy whirl of another world’s series, Boston’s Redsox clashed this afternoon in their first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in defense of their their title as the world’s baseball champions.

A bright sun beaming from a cloudless sky barely took the chill off the autumn air. Packed in the gigantic stands of the country’s biggest ball park were upwared of 40,000 raving fans.
In the meantime a cabaret sextet made sour music. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 07, 2016 at 11:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Clayton Kershaw and the hope

Dodgers nation looks to Clayton Kershaw.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, playoffs

What Happened to Derek Norris in 2016 | The Process Report

Or it could be a decline in skills?

Well that certainly feels like what Lester Freamon would call a headshot. seeing both rates fall off this much leads me to believe that Norris wasn’t just bitten by bad luck affecting his balls in play. I cannot help, but feel that some sort of injury, your guess is as good as mine as to what, led to a guy gutting through discomfort in an effort to help his team on the field. While that is nice to see, you can see the profound effect this proposed malady had ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, padres, rays, sabermetrics

Four reasons Mets must sign Yoenis Cespedes to a big deal | New York Post

Cespedes has stepped up with his production, and the Mets must step up with their years and dollars. See if a four-year, $100 million agreement — sure, go ahead and frontload it and offer him an opt-out after 2017, replicating the details that increased the lure of their prior agreement — will get it done. If Cespedes has too many superior offers? Jack it up to five years and $125 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Hart: Braves’ rebuild is going faster than expected |

Which is why it was a big deal, in the first weeks after Wren’s ouster, to promote Brian Bridges to scouting director and bring back Roy Clark, who’d left for the Nationals. Coppolella’s vision includes “wave after wave of prospects” coming through the system: “I believe in waves,” he says, “not windows.” And Swanson, the tip of Wave 1, was as good as advertised.

Let’s be clear. The Braves aren’t yet where they need to be. But, as Hart said, “to where we are from where ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Blue Jays beat Rangers in Game 1 of ALDS |

The headline pretty much covers it.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

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