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Monday, June 15, 2015

Chris Sale dominant again with 12 K’s, but Rays win to complete sweep

At the least, some fine company.

Sale was the third pitcher since data is available to strike out 12 in four consecutive starts. Martinez did it in 2001 (he had a streak of five in ’99) to go with a four-game streak in 1997. Randy Johnson strung together five straight of 12 or more in 1998. This was Sale’s 24th game with 10 or more, in 97 starts.

“The maturity of Chris Sale from this year to last year is going through the roof, just on and off the field,” Parent said. “It seems like ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Economics take toll on talent pool in MLB | TribLIVE

“We like two-sport athletes, and we absolutely covet three-sport athletes,” General Manager Neal Huntington said. “We think they are a much better athlete. We believe in our developmental system. We feel there is a little bit more ceiling.”

Jacoby Jones, a third-round pick in 2013, played outfield and second base at LSU. But the former prep football player has played shortstop in the Pirates’ system.

“The mobility, agility stuff, quick short-yardage stuff,” Jones said of football ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, pirates

New York Mets promote Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris

Gee will be unavailable for a few days after starting Sunday’s game. Bobby Parnell will not be asked to work a third straight day on Monday as he returns from Tommy John surgery. And Sean Gilmartin’s availability for the series opener against the Jays also is questionable since he logged two innings on Sunday.

So Morris—a 10th-round pick in 2010—appears a very brief safety net and an appropriate choice because he already is on the 40-man roster and within relative proximity.

Vic Black, also ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 15, 2015 at 05:58 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Kenny: The end of FIP as we know it

Professor Jon Heyman comments: “We’re going to have to sit shiva.”

What McCracken found became the foundation for how we would understand pitching. There is a wild variance in the batted ball. Defense and luck are huge components in run prevention. What was known as the “peripherals,” the strikeouts and walks, would’ve been better known as the “essentials.” For the past 14 years, you could reliably find out how good an outing was by looking at a pitcher’s strikeouts and walks.

This ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 15, 2015 at 05:58 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: fip, sabermetrics, strikeouts, three true outcomes, walks

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cubs Den: The Starlin Castro Dilemma

This article sums up my feelings on Starlin Castro quite nicely.  To wit:

It would almost seem unfair. After five years of playing with trash and for nothing, to be jettisoned at the very first period of success. There is no room for sentimentality in sports, and especially with this era for the Cubs, of course. Sentimentality is partly why the Cubs ended up in the mess that they did.

...

I don’t want the Cubs to keep Starlin for the sake of it. I want Starlin to make himself kept.

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VoodooR Posted: June 14, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

How long will baseball let the All-Star Game be a joke?

Are you ready to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the All-Star Game next month? I hope so. That’s what we’re going to get.

Wahoo Sam Posted: June 14, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

Wilson leaves it all on field in draining day | angels.com

It didn’t impact his pitching.

All while still recovering from an intense morning of HBO binge-watching.

“I watched the last episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’ today and I was really drained,” Wilson said. “It was very up and down. I was very worried it wasn’t going to turn out well for Daenerys Targaryen. My wife and I are big fans of her. Part of my routine is to spend time with the wife and the dogs. Usually it relaxes me, but today it was like, ‘Oh man.’”

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson


Sunday Notes: Cleveland, Taijuan, Coke, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Lauria’s latest with a distinctly Cleveland theme.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, sunday notes

Video: Gallo’s monster home run | MLB.com

This kid sure hits the ball a long way.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Two blind Rockies fans still love a game they can’t see | Nine Innings - The Denver Post

Mark and Peggy LoRusso, married 30 years, sit in the front row and can’t see a thing. And there’s no other place they’d rather be.

“We have no idea what they think a baseball looks like, or a rainbow,” said the blind couple’s close friend, Dan Sauvageau. “It’s something we take for granted every day. It makes you realize how lucky you are, when we take them to a game. It puts everything in perspective.”

“We’re just like anybody else,” Peggy said. “We don’t see it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, rockies

For a Catcher Who Had a Pitcher’s Surgery, Recovery From a Different Angle - NYTimes.com

My theory is that it’s effort,” Wieters said. “Pitchers are now throwing with 100 percent effort almost every pitch they throw out there. I think back in the day, one, they didn’t have all the M.R.I.s and things to find it, but also those guys would save their 100 percent effort for when they needed it.”

Wieters said that Jim Palmer and Scott McGregor, who starred for the Orioles and retired in the 1980s, had told him that. But today’s pitchers, Wieters said, rarely last as long in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles, tommy john surgery

Expect Phillies to attempt to make moves with a good deal of teams

Let’s assume that, this year, they are able to trade every veteran that has at least some value on the open market. What are the best-case scenarios and most likely destinations?

 


Bryce Harper a future Yankee? Dodgers may have something to say about that - LA Times

He won’t be a free agent for another 3.5 plus seasons. This speculation is more than a little premature.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers, nationals, yankees

Fay: Given injuries, firing Price would be foolish

A case for keeping Bryan Price.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryan price, reds

Twins, Indians promoting Buxton, Lindor

The wave of uber-prospect debuts continues.  Cool.


6-14-15 OMNICHATTER

The “I hate Deathclaws” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Boston Red Sox’s free fall continue with disastrous loss to Blue Jays - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Nothing really matters except for the players. If they want the rest of us to keep faith, they have to play well.

“Tough one to swallow,” Napoli said. “But we’ve got to keep going out there and getting after it. No one’s given up in here. We’re going to go out there and play the game the right way and get it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Myth and reality about the Dodger bullpen « Dodger Insider

The bullpen was the Dodgers’ biggest problem last year? Why hasn’t anything been done about that?

Actually, quite a bit has been done. Including the playoffs, the 2014 Dodger bullpen threw 498 innings. Pitchers who threw 236 of those innings — 47 percent — are not with the team in 2015.

OK, but the bullpen is still a huge Achilles heel. Why isn’t it any better?

Actually, it is better. Even before Friday’s game (2 1/3 innings, two unearned runs, three hits, no walks, five ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Pineda getting bombed is worth it if Yanks’ caution pays off | New York Post

What’s next? How about a good bloodletting and a trepanation? I understand the desire to protect pitchers from injury. Trying to find a one-size fits all solution for pitchers with unique physiologies just seems the wrong way to go. Unless Pineda was showing signs of fatigue, I don’t see the benefit of skipping a start now.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Top prospect Jorge Alfaro could be out for remainder of the season | | Dallas Morning News

Jorge Alfaro won’t be joining Joey Gallo in Texas any time soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jorge alfaro, prospects, rangers

Forgot About A.J. (Pollock) | FanGraphs Baseball

A.J. Pollock is a very, very good player.

The National League has a lot of talented outfielders, and right now Pollock isn’t among their most popular. That’s OK. The Diamondbacks are still a long way from contention, and even with Paul Goldschmidt and Pollock, they certainly don’t have a high-powered attack, so if it’s deemed that Goldschmidt is their only All-Star, well there are worse fates. A.J. Pollock missed half of last season, and as such a lot of casual fans probably don’t know ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

Nine just fine: Red-hot Jays storm back

What a great win for the Blue Jays and a horrific loss for the Red Sox. It’s tough for a Red Sox fan to be positive at this point.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, comebacks, red sox

Friday, June 12, 2015

OMNICHATTER 6-13-15

Bringing you the OMNICHATTER, no matter how badly it hurts.

Gamingboy Posted: June 12, 2015 at 11:52 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Why Norichika Aoki Should start the All-Star Game

A pictorial essay on expounding on the assets of Aoki.  He is technically 6th in fWAR among NL OFs.

zenbitz Posted: June 12, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, giants, grimace, royals

Video: Must C: Burns’ two great grabs | MLB.com

Not a bad pick up for Jerry Blevins.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy burns

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2015

Milwaukee Journal, June 12, 1915:

Long Larry McLean, second string catcher for the New York Giants, staged a knockdown and dragout fight Thursday night in the lobby of the Buckingham hotel, one of the most exclusive in St. Louis, with “Sinister Dick” Kinsella, scout, of the club, as his chief opponent, and Manager John J. McGraw as a sort of secondary enemy.

During the fracas McLean used a piece of gas pipe in his attempt to “get” Kinsella, but missed, and the Giant scout retaliated by ...

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DIRK HAYHURST » The Road Ahead

Some advice for recent draftees.

No one is saying you can’t enjoy the good days—you totally should. But you’re not an awesome person because you played well, or play at all, and you don’t suck at life because you stunk today. Simply put; you get paid to play a kid’s game, and somedays the ball will bounce in your favor and others it won’t. All you can do is train to give yourself more chances at success than the standard distribution calls for. What happens after that is just an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Farrell, Miley moving past heated exchange | redsox.com

Pitchers have a better chance of staying in the game when they aren’t giving up rockets.

“He’s a competitor,” Farrell said. “You work four days for your start and he doesn’t want to come out of the ballgame. I fully respect that. I thought he had good stuff overall, but where we were on the scoreboard, I felt like we needed a change of contrast and a change of style and I made a move after four innings.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wade miley

The Young and the Restless: What’s Behind Baseball’s Onslaught of Blue-Chip Prospect Debuts? «

There are more prospects coming!

It’s already growing hard to remember that this season started amid outrage that the Cubs were holding back Bryant with an eye toward 2021. In retrospect, this was the wrong season to make a stink about teams putting their finances (or their futures) before their present playoff odds. Up to this point in the season, we’ve been treated to a rare display of blue-chip debuts. And while there’s certainly a cyclical element to the ebb and flow of prospect ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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