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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
The major change for Moustakas has been his approach. He’s been going the other way a lot more this season. It’s tough to see in the the chart but if you look at the hit location for his line drives you should see the pattern. This is one of those things, however, that clearly stand out when you watch him hit.
FanGraphs Batted Ball Graphs
Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, May 5, 1915:
Players of other clubs say the [Red Sox] are a long way from harmonious and they intimate that Tris Speaker is the cause of friction. The Washington men even have gone so far as to say that unless “Spoke” is traded or sold, there is no danger of Boston’s winning the pennant.
It is hard to believe that Speaker would deliberately stir up strife…There is not a pleasanter fellow to meet in the world and the writer hesitates to accept as true the report that he is ...
Cut him if you got him.
The season is about to close on the Rockies’ newest closer. Adam Ottavino revealed Monday he probably will have season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair an injured right elbow.
Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
You can’t fire all the players.
I asked Melvin: Did Roenicke lose the players?
“I don’t think he lost them,” Melvin said. “But he and I sat down a few weeks ago. I said, ‘Ron, how do we stop these losing streaks, going 2-8, 1-9?’ I don’t know why that is. That’s what we’re going to find out, what Craig is going to find out. I know we don’t have a No. 1 starting pitcher like a Kershaw. But there is no reason we shouldn’t be better than 7-18.
Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
Day-to-day? It will take a minor miracle for Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez not to miss extended time after reinjuring his left shoulder, which he has already had surgically repaired twice since 2007. The most recent fix required open surgery in 2011, a considerably more invasive procedure than an arthroscopy.
Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, May 04, 2015
Its Koufax and Drysdale, not Adam and Steve!
Back in 2000, two women were kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing. The team and the world have changed since then. Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. (It’s at the 0:28 mark.)
It’s cool that this wasn’t the still-prevalent homophobic gag of forcing two platonic male friends to awkwardly recoil at the thought of kissing another dude. It’s also cool that the ...
#HanginEmUp Just would like to give a huge thank you to all my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for all the support you’ve giving me on and off the field over the years. I will forever cherish all of the special moments and memories. #ThankYou
Few men have done more with less of a fastball.
Enjoy your retirement, Jeff.
Yadier Molina is terrible and the Astros will play the Cardinals in the World Series.
Since 2008, Molina has been the fifth-best framer in the league. In that time frame, Molina has saved more than 114 runs by flipping pitches that would have been close calls to strikes (worth about 11 wins, in aggregate). Since pitch framing isn’t yet accounted for when sabermetricians project a team’s statistics, Molina’s secret skill helps to explain the Cardinals’ outdoing their projections for the ...
Only here we are, in May, four full weeks of the baseball season past, and Weaver – 20-game winner and Cy Young runner-up within the past half-decade – is averaging around 83 miles per hour with his fastball. Considering the biggest in-season leap from April to the end of the year last year was 1.2 mph, the prospect of the 32-year-old Weaver regaining his velocity grows unlikelier by the day.
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 24 comment(s)
Is it really shocking that being able to put the bat on the ball translates better in the major leagues?
Bat-to-ball ability is obviously a great tool for a hitter to have. We already knew that. But these data suggest that — for whatever reason — it might be even more important when facing major league pitching. If true, this could help explain the downfalls of recently highly-touted prospects like Mike Olt, Jon Singleton and Jackie Bradley Jr., who are already flirting with the “bust” ...
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
I didn’t know Ken Rosenthal was this funny.
He’s a new man!
Two years ago, Rodriguez would have been more likely to publicly stand toe-to-toe with the club. He said he has a “100%” different mindset now.
“I’ve learned my lesson,” he said. “The old (A-Rod) is gone.”
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 14 comment(s)
Burkett, an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif. He also competed in several regionals along the way, and most recently, he competed in PBA’s 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as part of the process to get ready for PBA50 competition.
On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players ...
[PIRATES] PLAY FOR RAIN AND GAME RESOLVES ITSELF INTO BIG FARCE
In the fourth with the Cubs at bat and two out, it appeared as though the water would come down any minute. Pierce was up and Cooper immediately started to walk him by pitching high balls, so high that Gibson could barely reach them. The trick of the Pirates was visible to everybody and Manager Bresnahan flashed a code wireless to Pierce to strike at everything Cooper served no matter if it were his glove or a grounder.
James Taylor’s new Red Sox song. My wife didn’t like it but it struck a cord with me.
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Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
And John Thorn comments with info about other games with extremely low attendance.
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
Why is he rated so high? Despite his hot start in AAA, he profiles as a defense-minded backup.
Hedges is ranked as the No. 23 prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, No. 50 by MLB.com, and No. 74 by ESPN’s Keith Law (Insider-only). Hedges’ defensive ability wins widespread acclaim from nearly all prospect analysts. MLB.com praises his receiving, arm, and potential game-calling ability, while Law notes that framing pitches should prove to be a strength as well. Hedges wins less praise ...
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
President and general manager Doug Melvin announced the move hours after the team’s 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers will name Craig Counsell as Roenicke’s replacement on Monday, according to a FoxSports report.
“This has been a difficult start to the season, something that we certainly didn’t anticipate,” Melvin said in a statement. “Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It’s all about wins and losses, and after the first month of ...
Dan The Mediocre
Posted: May 04, 2015 at 04:06 AM | 88 comment(s)
Sunday, May 03, 2015
The Mets are among five teams that have agreed to allow the use of their pitchers taken in the 2014 draft to be involved in a study that is being run in accordance with MLB and the players association, as well as the American Sports Medicine Institute. While the Mets are involved in the pilot year, those in charge of research hope to eventually expand to all minor league pitchers and each team. [...]
Jeff Dugas is also trying to answer that question as well. A surgeon at Andrews Sports ...
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 06:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
tommy john surgery
Dan Hirsch has updated the Baseball Gauge, which IHMO is right up there with baseball-reference and fangraphs as a baseball encyclopedia.
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
Where was the Statcast on Nelson Cruz’s second homer?
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In my area regular little leagues are dying as many hands-on parents are pulling their kids in favor of the travel teams.
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 101 comment(s)
Friday night, Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660, tying Willie Mays to become No. 4 on the all-time list. Now he has his sights set on the Babe, at No. 3 with 714.
Which is quite the coincidence, since it was 100 years ago this May 6, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, that Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run — against the Yankees.
Ruth, a burly young left-handed pitcher then playing for the Red Sox, was the first batter in the top of the third inning. He turned on the first pitch ...
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 49 comment(s)
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