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Monday, June 05, 2017

Luis Severino’s Breakout Season | FanGraphs Baseball

Before the season, the Yankees appeared to be a club in need of pitching. Their starting rotation ranked just 13th in our preseason Positional Power Rankings, and even the most enthusiastic Severino supporter would have had to admit, given how his 2016 season went, that his was one of the spots that the team would likely have to upgrade. More than two months into the season, New York’s rotation has mostly played to type. They rank 11th in starting pitching WAR, but Severino has gone from weak ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 03:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Brewers promote Phillips for MLB debut | MiLB.com News

Brett Phillips before Lewis Brinson?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brett phillips, brewers


OT: Summer Soccer Thread 2017

‘Tis summer, and the silly season did blather and bamboozle the internets.

With the Champion’s League all wrapped up in a Ronaldo shaped box, it’s time to move on to more important things. Like whether Antoine Griezmann leave Athleti, whither Alaxandre Lacazette, and why doesn’t Liverpool just hire Southampton’s recruitment staff and cut out the middle man. Also of interest: Sanchez, Ozil, Mahrez, Hazard, and anyone else with a z in his name apparently. Plus oh so much more! Get it all here in ...

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The Marksist Posted: June 05, 2017 at 01:44 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Full Count » The Tyler Thornburg trade just got more expensive for Red Sox

The Red Sox announced that they were sending 18 year old middle infielder Yeison Coca to the Brewers as the player to be named later in the deal that already sent Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington to Milwaukee.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 12:04 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox, trades, tyler thornburg

2017 Draft prospects with the best tools | MLB.com

Potentially the next “fastest to get the big leagues” flameout?

Best slider: J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
When it’s on, Bukauskas’ slider may be the most unhittable pitch in the Draft, peaking in the upper 80s with nasty bite. Hitters can’t even try to sit on it because they also have to contend with his mid-90s fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 12:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Carlos Peguero and the Coverage of Asian Baseball – Daniel Brim – Medium

Oh boy.

Simply put, it’s incredibly rude that people stick their heads in and judge a league based on a few highlights on the internet and a few stat lines on Baseball Reference. When a foreign player does post a good stat line, it’s often held against the league instead of credited to the player getting better, or adjusting well to the Japanese style of pitching. Not every foreign player can do that. Many can’t.

Simply put, there’s not a lot of reason for anybody other than scouts to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball

The Phillie Phanatic’s best running gags, ranked – Phillies Nation

Finger extensions are not on the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 11:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, phillies, philly phanatic

Olney: Is the obsession with launch angle helping or hurting hitters? - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Is anyone actually suggesting every hitter should hit exactly the same way?

“Changing every hitter’s swing to produce a better launch angle is a mistake,” said one AL staffer. “It may work with hitters who have enough power to drive the ball out of the park to all fields, but most hitters will find themselves flying out to the track. And there is no question that strikeouts will go up because hitters will be swinging under the ball.”

One AL evaluator observed, “I have been around a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 11:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting philosophies

Top 10 Prospects: June 5 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

5. Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
2017 stats: 43 G,.255/.364/.433, 25 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 25 BB, 34 K at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Torres might be a little too patient right now. Yes, that’s a real thing. It’s great that he’s drawing walks, but he is putting himself in a lot of two-strike counts, as seen in his 13 strikeouts in 11 games with Scranton. This is definitely an adjustment period, and Torres is too smart and too good for it to last ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Regression with Changing Talent Levels: The Effects of Variance – The Hardball Times

Estimating talent level is not for the squeamish. Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, talent level

Amed Rosario might get called up sooner rather than later | Newsday

Super 2 cutoff is on the horizon. Barring injury, he’ll be up this month.

Amed Rosario might be on the way. When Sandy Alderson was asked about the heralded shortstop during a forum for season ticket-holders before Sunday’s game, the general manager said, “Yes, it could be this year.”

Alderson said he will see Rosario play this week when Triple-A Las Vegas visits Salt Lake City. He told the group, gathered in the stands down the leftfield line, that Rosario indeed had compiled enough ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-5-2017

Pittsburgh Press, June 5, 1917:

Rumor says today that the address of the Washington ball club is to be changed. Ban Johnson says there is nothing to the rumor.

Poor patronage at Washington, it is said, makes the transfer of the Senators to some other city imperative, and Baltimore, Brooklyn and Toronto have been mentioned.

Ban Johnson says: “The sentiment of the American league is to stick by Washington. I can say that the league would rather operate in Washington at a loss than elsewhere at a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 05, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, relocation

Hits on the Diamond | Tufts Now

Tufts’ impact on statistical analysts in MLB.

For the Cubs, the moment marked the end of a century of futility. For Tufts, the World Series represented another step forward in baseball’s statistical revolution. Gone are the days when teams acquired players based solely on the instincts of grizzled scouts. An influx of analysts, coders and game theorists, utilizing numbers you won’t find on the back of a baseball card, has changed the game. Everything these days is worth quantifying—from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, front office, sabermetrics


Mets’ Seth Lugo, Steven Matz near returns | MLB.com

On Saturday with Triple-A Las Vegas, Matz gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings on eight hits and no walks with five strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches. Matz has been recovering from elbow soreness that he believes stemmed from a flexor strain in his left forearm—a diagnosis that the Mets dispute.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, seth lugo, steven matz

Top 200 Draft Prospects list unveiled | MLB.com

While there’s been a quite a bit of movement up and down the list, the very top of it remains relatively unchanged. Notre Dame High’s (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) Hunter Greene and his electric right arm remain in the top spot, where Greene has been since the initial Draft Top 50 was released in December. Louisville’s two-way star Brendan McKay, who could still be taken in the top five as either a first baseman or left-handed pitcher, is still at No. 2.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Still-too-early All-Star rosters: Which NL first baseman gets snubbed?

This is where it gets tougher. The AL is limited to just two free selections here because it also carries a backup DH. Teams also usually carry three catchers, so the two free picks were Xander Bogaerts and Gary Sanchez (in a very weak group of catchers). Alonso is the clear choice as the backup first baseman and the only A’s representative. Robinson Cano is having another strong season at a traditionally deep position that hasn’t been as deep this year because of slow starts by Brian Dozier, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2017 at 11:19 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star

Brad Ausmus fumed when Tigers got 30 seconds, but no more, to challenge play

The Detroit Tigers were given 30 seconds to decide whether to challenge a bang-bang play at first base in the first inning.

Manager Brad Ausmus wanted a few more.

That seems to be the root of the argument that led to Ausmus’ ejection on Saturday at Comerica Park: Is the 30-second clock a guideline or a timer?

“You have 30 seconds, as a rule,” said bench coach Gene Lamont, who took over the club after Ausmus was tossed by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth. “But usually they’ll give you more time ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2017 at 11:17 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, replay, tigers

Jimmy Piersall, Whose Mental Illness Was Portrayed in ‘Fear Strikes Out,’ Dies at 87

Jimmy Piersall, the often outrageous outfielder and broadcaster whose emotional breakdown while a rookie with the Boston Red Sox was portrayed in the 1957 movie “Fear Strikes Out,” a rare glimpse, for its time, at an athlete’s mental illness, died on Saturday in Wheaton, Ill. He was 87.

His death was announced by the Red Sox.

Piersall was an outstanding center fielder, a solid hitter and a two-time All-Star, playing in the major leagues for 17 seasons. But his career nearly ended just ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2017 at 11:15 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy piersall, obituaries

OTP 5 June 2017: Venezuelan big leaguers strike back

Back to baseball this week, as patriotic players highlight resistance to a disastrous President. 

Since March, massive anti-government rallies have erupted in Caracas and other big cities, with demonstrators protesting the country’s runaway inflation, deadly shortages of food and medicine, and the politician they blame for pushing Venezuela into crisis: current president Nicolas Maduro.

At least 60 protestors have died in clashes with government forces. As the conflict deepens, a series of ...

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BDC Posted: June 04, 2017 at 09:59 PM | 2151 comment(s)
  Beats: endy chavez, miguel cabrera, pablo sandoval, politics, venezuela

LoDo: A renaissance owed to Coors Field, urban pioneers and smart politics

The role played by Coors Field in the rebirth of Lower Downtown Denver.

Perry Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:21 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, coors field, rockies


Wrigleyville - SCHWARBER AND THE SHIFT

Does anyone who has been watching him everyday think he’s been selling out too much to go yard? It seems like he’s not staying on the ball as long as he used to stay on the ball. Thoughts?

There are lots of things Schwarber still does well. The power is still present, as demonstrated by his grand slam yesterday, and he has the discipline to take walks even when he’s struggling this badly. His luck won’t stay as bad as it did in May either, even if we might expect shifts to take more hits ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Rockies: Kid’s Stuff Paying Off – Inside the Seams

On rookie Rockies.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Reds’ Scott Schebler injures left shoulder | MLB.com

When will the Reds install softer grass?

Not only did the Reds have to absorb dropping a very winnable game in extra innings on Saturday, they had to play half of it minus two-thirds of their starting outfield. Both Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler were forced out with left shoulder injuries in the sixth inning.

Diving plays were at the root of both players’ injuries during the 6-5 loss to the Braves in 12 innings. Hamilton was lifted before the top of the sixth in the wake of two unsuccessful ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, reds, scott schebler

Angels’ Albert Pujols’ 600th HR is grand slam | MLB.com

Albert Pujols’ march to 600 is complete, and he got there in unprecedented, grand fashion.

The 37-year-old Angels slugger crushed the milestone home run—a two-out grand slam into left field—off Twins right-hander Ervin Santana in the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday in the Angels’ 7-2 win over the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels, milestones

Sunday Notes: Acta’s Analytics, Banister’s Fire, Phillips’ Folly, Porcello Up Down, Rowdy, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Brandon Phillips told reporters this week that it was “a slap in the face” to see Scooter Gennett wearing No. 4 on his jersey. Apparently, the erstwhile Cincinnati second baseman feels the Reds should be well into the process of retiring his old number.

Phillips might want to use that slap in the face as a wakeup call. Yes, he had a good career in the Queen City before being exiled to Atlanta. ‘Dat Dude’ has every right to be proud of what he accomplished as a Red. But to suggest that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Yankees hit 4 homers in 8th inning vs. Jays | MLB.com

Four.

The friendly competition between the Yankees’ odd couple of Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday (“The Bald Brothers?”) introduced a couple of guest stars on Saturday, with Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius joining the fun in an eighth inning that won’t be soon forgotten.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2017 at 10:13 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Marlins’ Edinson Volquez no-hits D-backs | MLB.com

hen Edinson Volquez tangled with Rey Fuentes on a play at first base to open the game on Saturday, it appeared the veteran right-hander was headed for a short outing. Instead, the 33-year-old was on a collision course with destiny.

Volquez collected himself and went on to make history by tossing a no-hitter in the Marlins’ 3-0 victory over the D-backs at Marlins Park. The 98-pitch, 10-strikeout gem was the first “Maddux” no-no since Henderson Alvarez needed 99 pitches to get through his on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2017 at 08:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, marlins, no hitters

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