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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

How do you describe Johnny Cueto’s relationship with Kansas City? It’s complicated | The Kansas City Star

There is a lot of money riding on this start. Johnny Cueto’s next contract, I mean.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, royals

Siegrest, platoon splits, and Joe Maddon | MGL on Baseball

MGL on platoon splits. He followed up with this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Scouts buzz about Cespedes demonstration of power and speed -

Shouldn’t a guy with this much speed be better in centerfield?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Kim Ng is best choice for Phillies GM

“I know she’s as knowledgeable as a lot of people who are in GM jobs right now,” Bowa said. “Being a woman is not going to be a problem for her. She is well respected in the game of baseball because of how smart she is and how well she listens.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, kim ng

Jays’ Marcus Stroman on Game 5: ‘I’m extremely confident’

“It’s got the makings of a really, really good story here if it plays out the way we want it to,” Gibbons said on Tuesday prior to the team’s off-day workout. “I don’t think it really surprises anybody that knows him, that’s been around him. He’s got a great arm, he’s got great stuff — whatever you want to call it.

“But there’s something different about him, too. He’s smart, he’s intelligent. He’s one of those guys that everybody gravitates to because he makes you ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

Every eye in the Mets universe turns to Jacob deGrom | New York Post

Matt who?

“We’ve got our horse going,” Lucas Duda said of deGrom.

Travis d’Arnaud, who will catch deGrom Thursday, sounded extremely confident in the right-hander.

“It’s because of what he’s done since the day he’s been here,” d’Arnaud said of the 2014 Rookie of the Year. “He’s got the perfect personality for this moment. He’s a simple man who likes to keep things simple and just go out there and pitch. He’s been stellar for us all year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jacob degrom, mets, playoffs, zach greinke

TBS, Please Fix Your Strike Zone Graphic | FanGraphs Baseball

David Cameron doesn’t like the TBS strike zone. He’s right.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone, television, umpires

Sherrington: The only ace left in play belongs to the Rangers, and it could be enough | Dallas Morning News

If you’re fortunate enough to own an ace, you must first hope he’s available for the biggest game of the year. One way to ensure such a result is to refrain from using your ace as a long reliever a couple of days beforehand, especially with a six-run lead and a knuckleballer who could pitch until Thursday, if necessary.

John Gibbons, Toronto’s manager, can say what he wants, but it’s clear he didn’t believe in R.A. Dickey or his ace, David Price.

Jeff Banister, on the other hand, is all in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rangers

Advancing in the postseason? Suddenly, that’s so Cub - Chicago Tribune

It’s a happy day in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:07 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs




4 PM: Rangers (Hamels) at Blue Jays (Stroman), FS1

8 PM: Astros (McHugh) at Royals (Cueto), FS1


Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 724 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lindbergh: The Good, the Bad, and the Bullpens: Joe Girardi, Mike Matheny, and the Manager’s Most Dangerous Game

There’s no well-known statistic we can use to quantify bad bullpenning. But as the Grinder would say, “What if there was?” After the 2009 season, former Baseball Prospectus author and quantitative consultant Tim Kniker developed a managerial reliever-use rating system, which he dubbed Bullpen Management Above Random. BMAR’s purpose is simple: It’s a way of assessing how closely each manager lined up his best relievers with his team’s highest-leverage relief opportunities. ...

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: October 13, 2015 at 10:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usage, managers, sabermetrics

Winter Leagues | Arizona Fall League |

As if playoff baseball isn’t great enough. The Arizona Fall League started play today.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 08:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

OT-NFL October 2015 thread

someone nuked the last one, so here’s a video that would be funny, except, as DSPN puts it:

If Bradley’s correct, and Pierce got lost on the field because he was so concussed that he just didn’t know where he was, then what was funny yesterday is now actually pretty terrifying.

being STEAGLES isn't the same as having a STEAGLES Posted: October 13, 2015 at 06:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl thread, ot, ot-nfl

Steven Matz prepared for NLDS Game 4 start |

I hope this doesn’t put too much stress on his grandfather’s heart.

Steven Matz might have been too young to fully appreciate what transpired when New York’s two Major League teams met in the 2000 World Series. But the Long Island native certainly has some fond memories of the 2006 postseason, when his beloved Mets fell one win shy of returning to the Fall Classic.

“I don’t really remember what I was thinking back then, but I do remember watching it and thought it was pretty awesome,” Matz ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, playoffs, steven matz

Hard works pays off for Mike Hazen | Boston Herald

Peter Gammons’ GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 03:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mike hazen, red sox

ESPN The Mag’s Ultimate Standings 2015

The result: rankings that combine fan opinions with an objective measure of how well teams turn your dollars into wins. Ultimately, it all counts.

Affordability (11.3%): Price of tickets, parking and concessions 

Coaching (3.2%): Strength of on-field leadership

Fan relations (25%): Courtesy by players, coaches and front office toward fans, plus how well a team uses technology to reach fans

Ownership (13.1%): Honesty; loyalty to core players and the local community

Players (14.6%): ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2015 at 02:54 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: espn the magazine, fans, franchise rankings

Grant: Rangers turn to Cole Hamels for ALDS Game 5, who’s in a position he’s never been | Dallas Morning News

His team won all four games. You’ll have to read the article to get the specifics.

When Cole Hamels starts Game 5 of the AL Division Series on Wednesday in Toronto, it will be the fifth start of his career in which his team has a chance to close out a postseason series. It will, however, be his first win-or-go-home start. A look at Hamels’ previous performances in series-clinching opportunities:

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, rangers

Spitball Bearings: Baseball and the Unruly World - Edge Effects

Don’t have time to read this at the moment but it looks interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: science

The stories of the six men who caught the Cubs’ historic home run balls

These guys have some real special balls.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs named Asst Director of Baseball Operations - Talking Chop

This is good news for Braves fans but bad news for Fangraphs and prospect junkies like me. Good luck, Kiley!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:44 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: site news

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-13-2015

Rock Island Argus, October 13, 1915:

The Boston Americans are the world’s champions of 1915. The Red Sox defeated Philadelphia Nationals by a score of 5 to 4 today in a game which was nip and tuck until the finish. Philadelphia took the lead only to be tied and Hooper finally clinched it for the American league champions by smashing a home run into the right center stands.

It was the second World Series title for the Sox in four years, and they had a couple more left up their sleeve before Harry ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, red sox

OMNICHATTER for LDS Day 6, 2015

4:30 PM: NLDS Game 4 (Cubs lead 2-1, advance to NLCS with win), Cardinals (Lackey) at Cubs (Hammel), TBS

8 PM: NLDS Game 4 (Mets lead 2-1, advance to NLCS with win), Dodgers (Kershaw) at Mets (Matz), TBS


Gamingboy Posted: October 13, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 874 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter, playoffs

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cubs hit six home runs, win Game 3 of NLDS |

It was beautiful.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:49 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, playoffs

Royals’ five-run inning beats Astros in Game 4 |

One crazy inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, royals

Dodgers Pick Kershaw to Start on 3 Days’ Rest in Game 4 - The New York Times

“Do you have to explain that one? He’s pretty good,” manager Don Mattingly said about Kershaw. “No matter if we’re down 2-1 or up 2-1, we feel like he’s the right guy.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:44 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, playoffs

Replay Is Turning Baseball Into Football And I Hate It

To be fair, Terrance Gore never made a “football move.”

Astros manager A.J. Hinch challenged the play, sending the umpiring crew to a replay review. They determined that after sliding in safely, Gore’s foot popped off the bag for a brief moment, and that he was therefore out because the third baseman’s wrist (which I guess is part of the glove?) was still pressed against Gore’s body. If you watch the GIF above enough times, you can see why the umpires reversed the call, and you can even ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:58 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, astros, instant replay, royals, terrance gore

AA: Harold Reynolds doesn’t think Canadians can catch foul balls

It’s evident Harold has never seen Greg K man the hot corner in Central Park.

I’m not sure what happened in Harold Reynolds’ mind when he went from “Laser beam foul ball into the stands” to “Canadians can’t catch baseballs because it’s cold, or something.”

JE (Jason) Posted: October 12, 2015 at 02:04 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, blue jays, canada, dumbass, harold reynolds, hockey

Leonys Martin jilts Texas Rangers, skips workouts in Arizona | Dallas Morning News

I guess he’s not a team player.

Outfielder Leonys Martin has weakened his always shaky status with the club by failing to report to the Arizona Instructional League as planned.

The Rangers included Martin in a group of players sent to Surprise, Ariz., on Wednesday to continue workouts during the post-season and be ready if needed. Team can change rosters at all times during the post-season.

General manager Jon Daniels said Martin apparently was upset at being left off the roster for the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, rangers

Baseball Is Not a Contact Sport | FanGraphs Baseball

If only ONE player gets hurt, the rules need to be changed!

Oh, brother.

What matters is that players get hurt, and while you can’t make rules to eliminate all injuries, you can certainly work to eliminate injuries caused by other players when they deliberately behave in certain ways. It doesn’t really make sense that baseball, as a sport, would leave the door open to vicious takeout slides at second base. It doesn’t go with everything else, especially now that we’ve mostly gotten rid ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, ruben tejada, rules

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