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Monday, May 04, 2015
Yadier Molina is terrible and the Astros will play the Cardinals in the World Series.
Since 2008, Molina has been the fifth-best framer in the league. In that time frame, Molina has saved more than 114 runs by flipping pitches that would have been close calls to strikes (worth about 11 wins, in aggregate). Since pitch framing isn’t yet accounted for when sabermetricians project a team’s statistics, Molina’s secret skill helps to explain the Cardinals’ outdoing their projections for the ...
Only here we are, in May, four full weeks of the baseball season past, and Weaver – 20-game winner and Cy Young runner-up within the past half-decade – is averaging around 83 miles per hour with his fastball. Considering the biggest in-season leap from April to the end of the year last year was 1.2 mph, the prospect of the 32-year-old Weaver regaining his velocity grows unlikelier by the day.
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 25 comment(s)
Is it really shocking that being able to put the bat on the ball translates better in the major leagues?
Bat-to-ball ability is obviously a great tool for a hitter to have. We already knew that. But these data suggest that — for whatever reason — it might be even more important when facing major league pitching. If true, this could help explain the downfalls of recently highly-touted prospects like Mike Olt, Jon Singleton and Jackie Bradley Jr., who are already flirting with the “bust” ...
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
I didn’t know Ken Rosenthal was this funny.
He’s a new man!
Two years ago, Rodriguez would have been more likely to publicly stand toe-to-toe with the club. He said he has a “100%” different mindset now.
“I’ve learned my lesson,” he said. “The old (A-Rod) is gone.”
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 14 comment(s)
Burkett, an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif. He also competed in several regionals along the way, and most recently, he competed in PBA’s 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as part of the process to get ready for PBA50 competition.
On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players ...
[PIRATES] PLAY FOR RAIN AND GAME RESOLVES ITSELF INTO BIG FARCE
In the fourth with the Cubs at bat and two out, it appeared as though the water would come down any minute. Pierce was up and Cooper immediately started to walk him by pitching high balls, so high that Gibson could barely reach them. The trick of the Pirates was visible to everybody and Manager Bresnahan flashed a code wireless to Pierce to strike at everything Cooper served no matter if it were his glove or a grounder.
James Taylor’s new Red Sox song. My wife didn’t like it but it struck a cord with me.
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Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
And John Thorn comments with info about other games with extremely low attendance.
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
Why is he rated so high? Despite his hot start in AAA, he profiles as a defense-minded backup.
Hedges is ranked as the No. 23 prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, No. 50 by MLB.com, and No. 74 by ESPN’s Keith Law (Insider-only). Hedges’ defensive ability wins widespread acclaim from nearly all prospect analysts. MLB.com praises his receiving, arm, and potential game-calling ability, while Law notes that framing pitches should prove to be a strength as well. Hedges wins less praise ...
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
President and general manager Doug Melvin announced the move hours after the team’s 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers will name Craig Counsell as Roenicke’s replacement on Monday, according to a FoxSports report.
“This has been a difficult start to the season, something that we certainly didn’t anticipate,” Melvin said in a statement. “Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It’s all about wins and losses, and after the first month of ...
Dan The Mediocre
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 04:06 AM | 92 comment(s)
Sunday, May 03, 2015
The Mets are among five teams that have agreed to allow the use of their pitchers taken in the 2014 draft to be involved in a study that is being run in accordance with MLB and the players association, as well as the American Sports Medicine Institute. While the Mets are involved in the pilot year, those in charge of research hope to eventually expand to all minor league pitchers and each team. [...]
Jeff Dugas is also trying to answer that question as well. A surgeon at Andrews Sports ...
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 06:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
tommy john surgery
Dan Hirsch has updated the Baseball Gauge, which IHMO is right up there with baseball-reference and fangraphs as a baseball encyclopedia.
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
Where was the Statcast on Nelson Cruz’s second homer?
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In my area regular little leagues are dying as many hands-on parents are pulling their kids in favor of the travel teams.
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 104 comment(s)
Friday night, Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660, tying Willie Mays to become No. 4 on the all-time list. Now he has his sights set on the Babe, at No. 3 with 714.
Which is quite the coincidence, since it was 100 years ago this May 6, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, that Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run — against the Yankees.
Ruth, a burly young left-handed pitcher then playing for the Red Sox, was the first batter in the top of the third inning. He turned on the first pitch ...
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 49 comment(s)
A very good look at the impact of the luxury tax.
The more realistic approach for the players, then, is likely to be focusing their efforts on raising the luxury tax threshold. While the players could obviously simply agree to a more substantial set of predetermined increases to the threshold, they may be better off attempting to have the payroll limit established each year based on a fixed percentage of MLB’s estimated overall league revenues. This would help the players avoid seeing their ...
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
I’m still surprised the Mets haven’t worked to obtain a glove-first shortstop. I’m a fan of Reynolds but he seems to fit better as a utility guy.
The Mets GM made this point Thursday after another game-changing error by Flores resulted in a third straight Met loss, when he announced the call-up of Herrera to play second, with Murphy moving over to third until David Wright comes back in another week. For now, Flores, with seven errors in 22 games, remains at short, but only because Alderson wants ...
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
A few tidbits, including more stuff from Pedro’s new book.
The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.
Earl Weaver believed the best place to start a young pitcher is long relief. I know long relievers are out of vogue but it seems to me having a young guy start his career there, especially when you want to limit innings, still is a good idea.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has said Rodon’s 2015 innings are scarce resource. The franchise has a tried and true program for keeping pitchers healthy and therefore isn’t going to run Rodon’s inning count up to 180. But Rodon could still move ...
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
Injuries suck. Luckily the Cubs didn’t have to add two more guys to their list.
“It’s a scary moment. They were both giving a lot of effort on that play,” Arrieta said. “It was a little out of their reach. One of those unfortunate things where two guys are going kind of (all) out to make a play. We’re thankful that they’re both OK.”
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