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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Astros’ ability to get two-strike hits causing fits for Red Sox in ALDS - Houston Chronicle

Back to the future. Is a better two strike approach the big new thing?

Hinch would not share exactly how the Astros teach pitch-recognition: “Some stuff we do behind the scenes to be able to recognize the difference between a fastball and a breaking ball, breaking ball and a changeup. So that’s about as far as I’ll go with you.”
...
“All of it,” Betts said. “They don’t strike out much. They put it in play a lot. One to nine, they can just bang. The way their lineup is built, I’m sure it’s tough ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Dodgers have learned, ‘you don’t ever want to disappoint Chase’

“At this point, I get it,” Utley said. “I hear jokes pretty much on a daily basis. We’ll be watching an old game from the ‘80s and guys will say, ‘Hey Chase, are you playing in that game?’ I take it in stride, but I can dish it back for sure—especially to guys that I’m in better shape than.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers

Joe Girardi takes blame, ‘feels horrible’ for Yanks’ Game 2 loss

It really sucked when he gave up the grand slam.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees


Saturday, October 07, 2017


Friday, October 06, 2017

Astros at leading edge of analytics and their success is proof positive

A lot of good stuff in this one.

“You’ve always got to be questioning what you’re doing well and working on the things you do poorly,” said Hinch. “If you’re on the back end, following these massive trends, whether the use of technology or the use of analytics, imagine how far out in front the other teams are. I think that intellectual curiosity and fear is what drives you to get better faster.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 06:36 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox, sabermetrics


A bigger ball for shorter games

I’ve not heard this suggestion before. Part of me thinks this is a good idea to combat the current issues but I worry that changing the size of the ball could have unintended consequences.

isaacc7 Posted: October 06, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: length of games, rule changes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2017

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, October 6, 1917:

Chicago is ready to entertain the world’s series audience and actors today. The stage, while a trifle moist and muddy, is all set, and the big act will go on as per schedule.

It was Ferdie Schupp (Giants) vs. Eddie Cicotte (White Sox) in Game One of the 1917 World Series.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 06, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Three homers by Jose Altuve highlight Astros’ Game 1 win - Houston Chronicle

Astros beating Red Sox hitter up in the zone. Altuve just beating baseballs.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, red sox

Cleveland Indians have a night where everything goes right—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

The Indians look awfully tough to beat.

For the Cleveland Indians, it was a night for fans screaming until their throats were raw.

And for standing and stomping and waving red towels.

And for Trevor Bauer to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings ... and then leave the game to a standing ovation.

Tip your cap, Trevor!

And he did just that.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees

Nine Innings: The Red Sox looked bad, but that doesn’t mean it’s over - The Boston Globe

Sox down one. That Verlander guy is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, red sox

This wasn’t the Sonny Gray the Yankees expected | New York Post

Yankees down one.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yankees

Thursday, October 05, 2017


The Atlanta Braves are looking for a new general manager after John Coppolella resigned Monday. | The Telegraph

McGuirk is a little more than Shanks suggests.

Instead, Liberty has allowed Terry McGuirk, a longtime Braves executive who is not considered a baseball man, to have the final say. He, in turn, gave John Hart and Coppolella keys to the car, which has now resulted in an embarrassing conflict.

Coppolella is gone, and Hart should be, too. Hart worked side-by-side with Coppolella throughout the past three years, so to think he had no knowledge of the alleged violations is unrealistic. Plus, Hart ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

LAT: Reconstructing the Dodgers’ 2016 Game 5 NLDS Win Over Washington

An essay by Andy McCullough that many say is very good.

As Kershaw loosened up in the bullpen, a phone rang inside Friedman’s suite. It was a member of the training staff. “Kersh is going to see if he can get loose,” the trainer said. “And there was nothing we could do to stop him.”

 

Bote Man Posted: October 05, 2017 at 03:23 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kershaw, nationals, nlcs

Heyman | Braves front office of Schuerholz and Hart at odds

People with ties to the team say they believe Schuerholz would love to bring in Dayton Moore, and have Moore, a longtime Braves executive before he went to Kansas City, groom Schuerholz’s son Jonathan, who runs the farm system for the Braves.

I am as certain of this happening - Dayton Moore replaces John Hart, John Schuerholz Jr is promoted up from farm director to be “groomed” for the GM position - as I was that Fredi Gonzalez would replace Bobby Cox.

 

Rickey! the first of his name Posted: October 05, 2017 at 12:54 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bravesway, front office, kremlinology

ALDS OMNICHATTER for October 5, 2017

Boston (Sale) @ Houston (Verlander)
New York (Gray) @ Cleveland (Bauer)

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 05, 2017 at 12:36 PM | 313 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

MLB Playoffs: Key relievers to watch for each team - Beyond the Box Score

I still see Musgrove as a starter. The problem I saw was he was in the strike zone too much. The confidence gained in the bullpen might be the jump he needs to become an effective starter. Next year.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros

Musgrove underwhelmed as a starter early this season, posting a 6.12 ERA over 72 innings. But a move to the bullpen has invigorated Musgrove, as he’s posted a 1.44 ERA with a 21.7 percent strikeout-minus-walk rate in 31.1 relief innings.

Struggling starter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, relievers

Girardi won’t rule out a Severino bullpen appearance | New York Post

One bad game shouldn’t wipe out a great season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees


Kevin Millar Recalls Confronting Dan Shaughnessy During 2004 ALCS « CBS Boston

“I remember sitting in the room with David Ortiz and we were watching ESPN, and John Kruk said something about our defense or something, I forget what it was,” Millar said. “And I’m like, ‘Who in the hell does he think he is talking about our defense?‘ So the thing about it is this: When you’re working with a team — and I know sometimes we gotta say what we gotta say — but at the end of the day, is it worth it to bash your own team or say something? I’m not saying ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin millar, red sox

Lessons Learned From The Royals’ Run | BaseballAmerica.com

Sunday, the core of the Royals’ 2014 American League championships and 2015 World Series champs graduated to free agency.

One of the best farm systems of the Baseball America era grew up, went to two World Series, won one and then said goodbye Sunday with an emotional bon voyage that began with a standing ovation for Eric Hosmer, which he responded to by hitting one more home run. It ended with Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain being pulled from the game at the same time ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

KC studying $450m stadium for Royals, because old one was renovated eight whole years ago | Field of Schemes

I am so tired of these stories. When will taxpayers wake up?

The city of Kansas City is funding a study of at least four potential sites for a downtown baseball stadium for the Kansas City Royals, according to documents obtained by The Star…

[Kansas City Manager Troy] Schulte said the studies started after the Downtown Council approached City Hall about the feasibility of downtown baseball. Schulte added that he agreed to help fund a study to consider whether the four sites would work so that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium financing, stadium renovations, stadiums

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2017

A World Series preview from the Pittsburgh Press, October 5, 1917:

The batting [of the first basemen] is about even. Gandil strikes out right-handed, while Holke misses ‘em from the left-hand side of the plate…Both [second basemen] are firmly opposed to the Hohenzollerns…McMullin is the best man on the bases, when he gets on, but he never gets on…[Buck Weaver] can throw that old pill farther than any strong arm in the establishment. Weaver often bounces a dollar-and-a-quarter baseball off a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Shohei Ohtani impresses in latest outing | MLB.com

Ohtani Fever is coming!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 08:18 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani


Lilliquist out as Cards seek pitching coach with ‘modern’ focus | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The new coach “has to understand modern strategy, modern analytics, and how we can leverage that to optimize our staff,” Mozeliak said. “Clearly when you look back at the success of our pitching, it’s been good. But I felt like the process was not ideal for future growth. This is a unique spot. We have to get this right.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 01:37 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Heyman | Real Wild-Card Loser Is Pace Of Play

When they were just finishing the third inning around 10 PM, I knew there was no way I would make it to the end. I don’t need the games done in two hours. Somewhere between 2 1/2 to 3 hours would be fine. 4+ hour games with 8 PM start times means I’m missing the end. That bites. Tonight I have an extra incentive to stay late. I’ve been rooting for the D’Backs all year since I put $100 down on them at 100-1 odds back before Spring Training started. Unfortunately, I might have to find out if they ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 01:31 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, twins, wild card, yankees

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