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Friday, August 07, 2015

DEADSPIN- Ley: Mets Pitcher falls of Curb, Re-Breaks Arm

Hot off the press, here is a piece of news about Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins, who has been on the DL since April 19 after getting his forearm fractured by a line drive:

“Jerry Blevins on Monday night re-fractured a left forearm bone and is done for the season.  Blevins suffered the injury when he fell off a curb, according to the team. He is expected to undergo surgery in Boston next week on the distal radius bone.”

Just in case any fans forgot who they were.

Lassus Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

Schwarber Homers in 2nd Straight Game, Cubs Beat Giants 5-4 - The New York Times

The Cubs are good.

“They’re a talented club,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “They’ve got a lot of young talent, got a lot of good arms. You saw the arms they’ve got out of the ‘pen — good velocity, good stuff, good lineup. They’re not going anywhere. That’s a good club.”
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Maddon when asked if fans should temper their expectations with the Cubs in the playoff race for the first time in years: “I’m not into temperance, I guess.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, kyle schwarber

8-7-2015 OMNICHATTER

Do not OMNICHATTER into that good night, OMNICHATTER, OMNICHATTER to the dying of the light!

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2015 at 12:32 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Full Count » Red Sox Minor League Notebook: Pitching prospect Teddy Stankiewicz thriving despite rare birth defect

This is freaky.

Just looking at Teddy Stankiewicz and watching the right-hander pitch, you would never know he’s different than 99.9 percent of people to ever throw a baseball, but he is.

Stankiewicz was born without a right pectoral muscle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: freak, red sox, teddy stankiewicz

Tazawa Recalls Debut in Yankee Stadium Which Didn’t End Well

And that brings us to the 15th. Tazawa returned for a second inning and allowed a leadoff single to Derek Jeter. Johnny Damon popped up a bunt and Mark Teixeira struck out, bringing A-Rod to the plate. He did not miss a 2-1 offering, launching it into the seats in left-center, and leaving Tazawa to trudge off the mound a loser in his first game.

“What I remember about that moment is that I lost the game,” Tazawa said. “Everyone else had done their job and I hadn’t and I felt bad about ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 06, 2015 at 04:33 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, walk-off, yankees

The Limitations Of The 2015 StatCast Data | FanGraphs Baseball

Don’t get me wrong…..StatCast is a great thing, and we are only scratching the surface of what it can eventually become. The sample generated for this article yielded some benchmarks which will serve as the foundation for some analysis you will see here in the coming weeks. Still, when one is faced with a data set, one must put it into some sort of context, while acknowledging its limitations.

In many of my previous articles here, I have warned readers to never take pure average velocity ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Speculation or not, Cubs’ Starlin Castro has no plans to seek ADD diagnosis

Gordon Wittenmeyer is not a doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

It’s called attention deficit disorder, or ADD.

“I know what it is,” Starlin Castro said.

That doesn’t mean the Cubs’ shortstop wants to know anything more than that about the subject.

Throughout Castro’s career, mental lapses, moments of lost focus and inexplicable errors on routine plays have raised speculation among fans, scouts and even some in his organization – including the clubhouse — ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: add, adhd, cubs, starlin castro, stupid questions from reporters

Recalling Babe Ruth’s Stint as a Pro Wrestling Referee | Bleacher Report

The Babe and wrestling.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, August 6, 1915:

The reopening of a raid by the Federals on clubs in organized baseball gives room for wonder if there will be any more cases like that of Armando Marsans, the Cuban outfielder, who jumped from the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Federals last season.

Marsans has not played a lick of baseball since last June, when he made the leap. He was enjoined from playing with St. Louis and his case was continued in court. But Marsans’ salary goes on just the same. ...

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What To Expect: Luis Severino - BaseballAmerica.com

The kid was impressive in his debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

With success on field, Mets enjoy a spike in ticket sales | Newsday

Maybe Wilpon can pay off those debts faster!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mike Trout having his best season of career | MLB.com

NEWSFLASH: Mike Trout is a great player!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, sabermetrics

Keri: Seven Days in Flushing: Reliving One of the Craziest Weeks in New York Mets History

Jerry Seinfeld: “A Cespedes for the rest of us.”

Epilogue

After a pair of wins against the Marlins, the Mets now lead the Nationals by one game in the NL East.

The good news is that the Mets will get a bunch more games against lesser teams like the Marlins, as no club in baseball owns a weaker schedule the rest of the way.6

In addition to keeping pace with a talented Washington team that figures to get better as it gets healthier, New York will face an internal challenge as the season wears ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

8-6-15 OMNICHATTER

The “Wow, Things Could Be Going Better For The Nationals” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 05, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Andrew Stoeten: Let’s Maybe Not Yet Start Pining For Anthopoulos To Stick Around

The fact that he traded for Tulowitzki and Price and Donaldson should no more be points in his favour right now than the Miami and Dickey deals should have in off-season prior to 2013. The fact that few other G.M.’s have pulled off deals with such panache maybe speaks to special skills that Anthopoulos possesses, but maybe speaks to the fact that other G.M.’s better see the risks inherent in such deals. Or, perhaps, that they don’t need to operate the way that Anthopoulos does.
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Boileryard Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays

Blockbuster Anatomy: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos on the Tulowitzki and Price Deals

“Everyone was so focused on the rotation and bullpen,” Anthopoulos said. “But we felt we could still get better defensively and offensively. You can make a case that certain position players are worth more than starters, and Tulo is one of those players.”

Anthopoulos checked in with Bridich in May. At that point, the Rockies GM said he’d be open to taking Jose Reyes back in the deal if Colorado could nab a few of Toronto’s many quality pitching prospects. Talks continued for a few ...

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Seattle on a roll, wins 3rd in row | The News Tribune

The Mariners may be hot and may be *only* six games back. They also have *seven* teams between them and the spot.

Wild card standings

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, wild card

baseballthing, Have We Been Underestimating Chris Bassitt?

I haven’t watched him pitch. How is Bassitt getting out lefties?

On the other hand, Nathaniel Stoltz was touting Bassitt as a sleeper prospect at FanGraphs toward the end of 2013. Stoltz noted Bassitt’s deception and velocity as strengths. Deception and velocity seem like good things for a pitcher to possess. Movement? Yup. He had that, too.

So far, so good. What about potential trouble spots? Here’s Stoltz again:

Sinker-slider pitchers tend to struggle with opposite-handed batters, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, chris bassitt

How door opened for Syndergaard to match deGrom’s honor | New York Post

Syndergaard has looked great and may give the Mets back-to-back Rookies of the Year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, rookie of the year

SB Nation: Braves outfielder celebrates making a catch while the ball rolls 30 feet away

Eury Perez looks like he’ll fit right in with the participants at this weekend’s softball game.

He thought he had it. He knew he had it. Except he didn’t have it.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playing the game the right way

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2015

Tacoma Times, August 5, 1915:

One thing needed to put new interest in baseball is a new discovery, something like the spitball which gave fans new heroes to worshipp [sic] and something new to talk about.
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The one hurler with something new, a fooler that may get into the same class with the spitball and put a new “kick” on the game, is Gene Dale of the Cincinnati Reds. He broke in this season with a slow curve, the likes of which had never been seen on a big league diamond.
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Dale’s curve ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: curveball, dugout, gene dale, history, pitches

Rogers: Jake Arrieta has a message after Cubs win again

No one who saw Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta last year is surprised at what’s he has become. Maybe the bigger surprise is how his teammates have come along with him. The Cubs won their sixth straight game, 5-0, over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as Arrieta was magnificent on the mound again.

McCoy Posted: August 05, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates, wild card

MLB Inks $600 Million Pact with NHL to Handle TV, Streaming Distribution

Under the terms of the pact, MLBAM will pay the NHL about $100 million per year for the rights to distribute the league’s out-of-market telecasts, including the NHL GameCenter Live and NHL Center Ice subscriptions services, in the U.S. and certain international markets. The NHL will receive an equity stake in MLBAM of between 7% and 10%.

Swedish Chef Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, hockey, mlbam

David Wright’s return in sight — and Collins knows where he’ll hit | New York Post

Why does Collins want Wright batting second?

“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

The Process Report » To Pull Or Not To Pull

A look at the results.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

Mending the Sox: Scouting has let team down time and again - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

It’s premature to write off Porcello, Kelly, Sandoval, and Ramirez. Having said that, when combined with the team’s top picks in the last few free agent drafts, it’s clear the U.S. scouting decision-making process has some serious problems.

How to assign credit and responsibility for each of Boston’s missteps in recent years generally is an exercise in futility. Cherington bears significant responsibility, naturally, and both John Henry and Larry Lucchino have signed off at least on the most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rays clobber Chris Sale, hand White Sox fifth loss in last six

A human Chris Sale won’t get the White Sox into the Wild Card game.

So what’s wrong with Sale, the AL strikeout leader who was 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA over 12 starts before this recent run of three losses in four starts?

“I don’t know,’’ Flowers said. “For a couple innings there he was locked in — command, executing pitches, then the next inning a couple mistakes where they took advantage, walking guys, pretty uncharacteristic of him. I’m not entirely sure, I didn’t see anything ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Source: Al Avila received five-year contract to be Detroit Tigers general manager | MLive.com

It’s not a short-term gig.

Al Avila did not go into specifics regarding his new contract Tuesday afternoon after taking over as the general manager of the Detroit Tigers.

But a source told MLive.com on Tuesday evening that the deal is for five seasons beyond the current one.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, tigers

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA and that probably declined by 34.2% during August, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: Game of Thrones and DOTA 2 The International

RollingWave Posted: August 05, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 167 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-5-15

Step right up and OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:58 PM | 232 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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