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Saturday, June 27, 2015
This list is not complete without John Lackey.
Hold your fire, please, until you consider the cases of two other Sox pitching imports who were knocked around with impunity in their first seasons in Boston uniforms, only to reveal their true talents in subsequent seasons.
I give you, first, Josh Beckett, who in 2006, his first season after being acquired from the Marlins for a top prospect named Hanley Ramirez, had six starts in which he gave up seven or more earned runs, he was taken deep a ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 31 comment(s)
The situation in Philadelphia sounds ###### up.
The result was a remarkable press conference that featured a stunned general manager, a silent president, and a gigantic elephant invited by the outgoing manager and ignored by the other two men. The Phillies might be the worst team in the major leagues, but man, do they make it interesting. How strange are these times? When asked one of the most basic questions regarding situations like these - who will be in charge of hiring Sandberg’s ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
FSN: As far as the decision to bring Buxton up from Double-A, plenty goes into that move. Was that a tough call to make?
TR: “Yeah, it is a tough call because you always want to make sure a guy can handle this situation and this level. I don’t think there’s any question just in the short amount of time he’s been up here that he’s shown he can field it, he can throw it and he can run. Now it’s just a matter of piecing the rest of his game together. The bat’s always going to usually be the ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
General manager Sandy Alderson insisted that he is willing to “overpay” to acquire a bat to aid the New York Mets, but there simply is nothing to bid on right now.
“I would characterize us as somewhat aggressive,” Alderson said Friday. “… Are we prepared to overpay? Me, personally, yeah, I’m prepared to overpay. But there has to be something to overpay for.
“You get to the point where you’re prepared, based on the short term, to maybe do a little more than you’d otherwise ...
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 44 comment(s)
The latest Robothal.
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
Brett Anderson has made 15 starts without exploding!
Brett Anderson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed only one fly ball in seven innings Friday night to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins, who lost their fifth straight game.
Giancarlo Stanton may be hurt, though.
Stanton winced as he swung and missed for strike three in the ninth. He said he hurt his hand earlier in the game, and the injury progressively became more painful.
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
Friday, June 26, 2015
Yeah, Ross noticed that. “Hitters are just a little more patient with me. The slider maybe isn’t as enticing for guys to chase, or maybe they’re just more aware of it, and they’re just trying to lay off it, and I find myself behind in counts more.”
The difference here is bigger. Ross has lost around 35 swings on pitches outside of the zone this year. And, given his out-of-zone contact rate, that means he’s lost 24 strikes. Turn 24 strikes into balls, and you’ll see ...
Pederson vs. Bryant, with a little history thrown in.
New York Sun, June 26, 1915:
Babe Ruth and Slim Caldwell, generally known to the baseball fans as the greatest of home run [hitting] pitchers, were responsible for the easy victory chalked up by the Red Sox against the Yankees [in New York yesterday]. The Boston pitcher contributed to the home team’s triumph by hard hitting and fair pitching, while Caldwell’s portion was poor pitching.
In each of the series played by the Red Sox at the Polo Grounds this year Ruth has blown himself to a home ...
This is a GREAT feature on Bobby Evans and his path to the GM job.
“In his sleep, he can do what’s needed as far as contracts and roster management,” Sabean said. “The next step is to become more immersed on the player personnel side. That’s acquired knowledge, and he didn’t come up through the field side. His biggest hurdle will be relationships — with Boch, with the major league staff, with players, because you are involved on a day to day basis. He has to be first and foremost ...
Bradley is a stud outfielder. If he can just provide average offense, he’ll be a very valuable player.
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Tim Dierkes assesses the potential free agents.
We’re about 45% of the way through the 2015 MLB season, and free agency looms for several of the game’s star players. It’s time for a new installment of the 2016 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings.
Posted: June 26, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 48 comment(s)
Wilmer Flores is not a shortstop.
Wilmer Flores’ next destination could be second base.
According to a club source, the Mets have begun discussing the possibility of installing Ruben Tejada as the shortstop and moving Flores to second once Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list. In that setup, Murphy would play third base.
“That would be the best defensive alignment,” the source said.
Posted: June 26, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
Thursday, June 25, 2015
How do we identify the lightest of the light hitters?
By using raw contact scores, that’s how. Strip away the Ks and BBs, and apply run values to all balls in play based on the norms for that era. Scale it to 100, and you have unadjusted contact scores for all regulars going back to 1901. Since we don’t have access to granular batted-ball data going that far backward, we’re not going to be able to adjust for context. That context includes the effects of ballparks, individual player’s ...
As the league’s press release notes, the U.S. team features 13 former first round draft picks, two second round picks and three players picked in the Compensation Round between first and second. The World team features one Compensation Round pick. Six of the first round picks are from the 2014 Draft, three in the 2013 Draft, two in the 2012 Draft and two in the 2011 Draft.
The World Team features players from seven different countries and territories, with The Dominican Republic being ...
The Red Sox shuffle players around.
The Red Sox made roster moves involving six players Thursday. They placed Pedroia on the DL; designated catcher Erik Kratz for assignment; and optioned pitcher Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has landed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
In addition, they brought up outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., infielder Deven Marrero and relief pitcher Jonathan Aro from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley was in ...
Posted: June 25, 2015 at 12:41 PM | 115 comment(s)
A source familiar with internal discussions confirmed to ESPN.com that there is a “good possibility” that Flores will be shifted to second base when Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.
Murphy would man third base, while Flores would play second base and Ruben Tejada—at least in the short term—would handle shortstop. Struggling rookie Dilson Herrera would be the odd man out as far as a starting infielder.
I’d assume Herrera would be demoted to AAA, since ...Read More...
Mark S. is bored
Posted: June 25, 2015 at 12:31 PM | 37 comment(s)
It’s finally happening…
According to Jon Heyman, the Phillies are expected to name former Twins, Cubs, and Orioles executive Andy MacPhail as the new leader of the club. While current President Pat Gillick will remain with Philadelphia in a consultation role, MacPhail will take over the lion’s share of responsibility when it comes to the Phillies’ future. He’s set to be installed soon, as it will give him ample time to “evaluate the team’s general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne ...
Pittsburgh Press, June 25, 1915:
WHY NOT STEAL FIRST BASE?
“If the strategic move will benefit his team, and the manager is willing to take the risk, why shouldn’t a player be allowed to steal first base when he so desires?” asks Bill Phelon, in the Cincinnati Times-Star. “Why can’t a man who has already reached second go back to first, if his presence on first is of more value than on second? [If a team has men on second and third with two out and a weak hitter at the plate] the club would ...
[bq]Turning Point: Pavin Smith’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth tied the game and gave Virginia momentum it would continue to build on for the rest of the night.Read More...
The Hero: Starting on three-days’ rest, Virginia lefty Brandon Waddell gave up two runs in the first but settled down quickly. Waddell ended up working seven innings and didn’t allow another run, holding the Commodores to just four hits.
You Might Have Missed: The CWS ended averaging 8.38 total runs per game, the highest ...
Some good stuff from Mike Petriello. Watch this.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Chris Perez, former All-Star closer for the Indians, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession back in 2013 when a package of marijuana turned up at his house in Ohio addressed to his dog.
Perez is a free agent now, having been released from the Brewers’ Triple-A team in late April. But the 29-year-old right-hander just got popped again for drugs.
Um, I think you’d better have a look for yourself. Bring some Kleenex. No, wait…
Asdrubal Cabrera blasted a home run into right field Tuesday night to put Tampa Bay up 4-2 against Toronto. Cabrera’s heroics fell short of the exploits of the little kid who snagged the solo shot. The young fan hauled in the homer, saving the little siblings sitting next to him.
It was a great, and necessary play. It also begs the question of where was the adult supervision while this was happening?
Oh, he was protecting himself and leaving the kids to figure it out on their own.
Posted: June 24, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
Early on in Tuesday’s game at Wrigley Field between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers, one fan– or hero, whichever– made a dazzling one-handed catch while not only holding, but feeding his son. It would’ve been perfect, had it not been called interference on Adrian Gonzalez. Who would’ve gotten the Dodgers their third out.
Posted: June 24, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 34 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 24, 1915:
Ban Johnson, in an interview in New York, admits he has done everything in his power to strengthen the Yankees, but that there is no improvement of Donovan’s team in sight at present. He realizes that with so much interest in the Yankees, the team should be made as strong as possible, but he adds that the club owners who have star players are unwilling to sell or give them up.
YR to decry baseball welfare in 3…2…1…
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