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Monday, September 07, 2015
Kahrl suggests a way out of this mess.
Does that put him in danger? Yes and no. Pitching always puts a pitcher at risk. But an arm is not a gas tank, so let’s remember he isn’t gassed or running on empty. For that, you should credit the Mets for the care they have exercised in managing his workload this season. The Mets haven’t had him pitch on four days’ rest in consecutive turns since May. While he’s slightly better than the MLB average in pitches per batter faced (3.73 vs. 3.79), ...
Matt Harvey, Scott Boras, and Dr. James Andrews were unavailable for comment.
But some advanced defensive metrics rate Trout as average, in part because he doesn’t always get the best jumps or run the most efficient routes, an assertion that baffles and bothers Angels Manager Mike Scioscia.
“We have overhead [cameras] that read jumps, and he’s off incredibly quick,” Scioscia said. “From a scouting perspective, there’s no question this guy is one of the best center fielders in our game. The ...
Clearly someone isn’t a Boras client ...
Manager Craig Counsell said ... that Garza was being removed from the rotation so that the team could look at some of its younger pitchers the rest of the season.
Garza was livid when asked about the move.
“It’s (expletive),” he said. “It’s not my decision. I didn’t get much say. It’s completely taken out of my hands. That’s it. I didn’t have any say at all.
“They do things differently here, I don’t know. But I’ll be here for the next ...
Sunday, September 06, 2015
Throwing baseballs 100 mph is not a natural activity, and every single pitch Harvey or anyone else throws comes with risk of arm injury. But one thing Harvey did say pretty definitively on Saturday is that he feels great. And the numbers back that up: Over his last six starts, Harvey has a 1.32 ERA in 41 innings with 42 strikeouts against only three walks. If he’s feeling any lingering effects of the surgery that cost him all of 2014, he’s not showing any signs of it whatsoever.
And again, ...
Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 24 comment(s)
In May 1947, he had four at-bats five days after diagnosis.
Of course, he still had his appendix.
Musial had just gone 1-for-4 on May 7 in Brooklyn when he then let the team know about the stabbing pain near his stomach. The Cardinals’ first baseman was sedated and flown back to St. Louis to meet with the team doctor, Dr. Robert Hyland. According to reports from the time and later recounts in books and Bob Broeg columns, Hyland diagnosed Musial with appendicitis and tonsillitis. Hyland, ...
There is almost a whole month left. A lot can happen in a month.
*Boras said he did a study of pitchers who had never thrown 200 innings in a season and then had Tommy John surgery and then ramped up to approximately the 200-inning level in their second full season after returning.
The four pitchers that Boras cited were Shaun Marcum, Josh Johnson, Jarrod Parker and Kris Medlen. All experienced complications, Boras said. All but Marcum had a second Tommy John.
In contrast, Boras said, the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann built their ...
Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 65 comment(s)
The Mets should go through on this because they have stockpiled enough starting pitching to envision perennial competition without Harvey. Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Jon Niese and Noah Syndergaard fronting a rotation to kick off 2016, with Zack Wheeler working to return midseason? Yup, that’d work … assuming the Mets score runs more like August and September and less like April through July.
And the best way to beef up that offense, what with rentals Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Juan ...
Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
Saturday, September 05, 2015
“I’m not looking at it as me,” he said. “I’m looking at it as getting back to healthy, as healthy as I can. I came back [to the Pirates] to help us win. I can’t do that on the DL, obviously. The fact that this is my last year, and I want to go out and pitch again before I’m done, I’m trying to throw that aside and not worry about that.”
Burnett will throw a bullpen session Sunday, after which the Pirates will discuss his next step.
“I’m not getting paid to get our guys out, I know ...
Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
More info, including quotes from Adam Wainwright and Dr. Andrews.
As a mentioned in a comment, that Boras is creating this issue now, after the Mets have the discussed the plan since the start of the year, is what is so irritating. He’s making himself the story.
Boras’ timing in going public — first to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, then other media outlets — is a bit odd, considering that the Mets have been rather open with their plan for Harvey since the start of spring training.
Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
Friday, September 04, 2015
Of course, at this point, with a big lead, and 20 of 29 games remaining against the likes of the Phillies, Marlins, Braves and Reds, it’s hard to imagine even the historically snake-bit Mets blowing this one.
Actually, for Mets Fans, it is not hard to imagine at all—in fact, it’s their specialty.
Posted: September 04, 2015 at 05:33 PM | 12 comment(s)
Will Bryce ever see another pitch in the strike zone??
Bryce Harper made headlines on Thursday night with a spectacular score line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks.
He saw 20 pitches in Washington’s 15-1 drubbing of Atlanta and didn’t swing once, as his walk total climbed to 104 for the year – second to only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (116).
Boras wants to Strasburg Harvey.
Heyman’s latest article details the dispute that has arisen between Alderson and Boras over the health of Matt Harvey, who is anchoring a near-immortal Mets rotation and also happens to be one of Boras’s biggest clients. The two are at loggerheads over the number of innings Harvey has pitched. Boras believes his client, who is in the midst of his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, needs to be shut down once he pitches 180 innings, for ...
“They all come up here thinking they own the place,” said fan Rachel Evanow.
“They come here in droves,” said another.
Brewers fans can’t stomach the idea of Cubs fans walking away with prizes intended for them.
“I hate the Cubs. The Cubs suck,” said Evanow.
And the Brewers agree—they’re breaking tradition and fan appreciation night is being moved two weeks earlier, to September 19th, against the last place Cincinnati Reds.
Posted: September 04, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
wrigley field north
Mostly posting because: “The only player to see more pitches and not swing in the last 10 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info, was Juan Uribe in 2010. His total was 21, one more than Harper’s.”
Juan Uribe would not have been my first, or 100th, guess.
Posted: September 04, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
Luckily for the Nationals, their back-end relievers are well rested because Matt Williams doesn’t like to use them much. They will be better off even more in October, when they are home watching the Mets in the playoffs.
Posted: September 04, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 35 comment(s)
I like Kiermaier. I’m not sold on his value being this high based on on his defensive WAR. Among other issues, defensive WAR has the same problem as stats like RF/9 and RBI. It’s still far too dependent on opportunity.The current WAR systems are still too much of a mix of context-neutral and context-laden statistics to tell me whether a player is most valuable or the best player, two entirely different questions. In assessing value in a particular season, like in the MVP discussion, context is ...Read More...
Posted: September 04, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 19 comment(s)
How long have hip issues been a thing in MLB?
However, Lincecum’s two-year, $35 million contract expires after this season and the Giants clearly need a rotation makeover for 2016 and beyond.
Team trainer Dave Groeschner said Lincecum‘s surgery involved shaving down bone to take care of impingement and repair his labrum. Lincecum, who Groeschner expects to be ready to pitch in spring training. The pitcher will start rehabilitation Friday, staying in Colorado through weekend, then resuming ...
Posted: September 04, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 4, 1915:
PEORIA YOUNGSTER PITCHES 34 INNINGS IN DUAL BILL
Walter Breymeier, aged 18, pitcher for the Proctor Recreation Centers, a semi-professional team, [yesterday] pitcher 34 innings in a double-header against Keifer’s Colts, another semi-professional team. The first game was called at the end of the eleventh inning, with the score 0 to 0, while he won the afternoon game for his team, 5 to 4, with a single in the twenty-third inning. It took three hours ...
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