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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Paine: Mets Pitchers Have Found Their Kryptonite

Here comes the Paine…

During the regular season, the group of pitchers that the Mets have thus far used in the World Series struck out 23 percent of opposing batters,1 while the particular group of hitters the Royals have used struck out in 15.2 percent of their plate appearances. Doing a little cross-multiplication using the 2015 MLB-wide average strikeout rate of 20.4 percent, we would have expected New York’s pitchers to set down 17.2 percent of Kansas City batters on strikes in the World ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 29, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitching, royals, world series

Inside Baseball: Humble Moore takes unusual route to become top GM -

I’m in the middle of Moore’s book right now. As often happens analysts oversimplify the approaches of the people they write about. Moore is much more complex than the caricatures he’s drawn as.

While Moore may not be a sabermetric expert (though he is very proud of the Royals’ saber department, which includes an MIT man, a Columbia man and a Vanderbilt/Notre Dame man, and they’re taking them all out to fields to make them more well-rounded), he may well be the best leader in the game. The entire ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 07:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, general managers, notes, royals

Johnny Cueto 2-hits Mets as Royals win Game 2 |

Jacob deGrom started for the Mets and breezed through three no-hit innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but got hit around in Kansas City’s four-run fifth. The right-hander exited after five innings having given up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out two.

“They did exactly what people said, and they put the ball in play,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of the Royals, who finished with 10 hits. “I told Jake, ‘Not everything has to be a strike. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Revisiting the Volatile Season of ‘65

For the next six days, much of Los Angeles was set ablaze and looted in a paroxysm of protest against racism and police brutality. Liquor stores and pawnshops were ransacked, 200 buildings were burned to the ground, and snipers on rooftops took aim at the firefighters who came to help. One young Dodgers fan, then-10-year-old Ozzie Smith, later recounted the harrowing experience to The New York Times.

“We had to stay in the house for a week, maybe two weeks,” Smith said. “My dad would go down ...


The Sublime Simplicity of - Rolling Stone

Not long ago, a mild-mannered former mathematics professor named Sean Forman met Cal Ripken at a Baseball Hall of Fame gathering. This is the sort of thing that Forman could never have imagined he’d be doing 16 years ago, before he created a website,, that completely altered the way Internet-savvy fans consume the sport. In fact, this is the sort of thing that still blows Forman’s mind, especially when Ripken said to him, “I emailed you guys the other day.

...
Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: October 28, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball-reference, rolling stone, sean forman

NY Post: Royals catcher’s mystery shinguard substance raises questions

A mini-controversy appears to be brewing after Fox cameras caught Royals catcher Salvador Perez with some kind of brown substance on his shinguards.

Perez didn’t speak to reporters after the game and manager Ned Yost didn’t shine much light on the issue, either.

“It’s not illegal,” Yost said. “I don’t know what it was. It was brown. It’s not illegal for a catcher to have it on his shinguard. It’s illegal for a pitcher.”

I declare the Mets the winners of Game 1.

Adam Starblind Posted: October 28, 2015 at 12:43 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

A World Series Sabermetrics Spectacular | FiveThirtyEight

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Oct. 27, 2015), it’s a very stats-y World Series special. We discuss Daniel Murphy’s incredible postseason and which team is the “team of destiny,” and then feature a special intra-FiveThirtyEight showdown between our biggest Mets fan and biggest Royals fan. Plus, a Significant Digit on Abby Wambach’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, podcast, royals, sabermetrics, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 28, 1915:

Christy Mathewson, probably the most famous baseball player in the history of the national pastime, and mainstay of the Giants for the past 11 years, may never don a uniform again. In a story published under his own signature today, the great pitcher says there is not much chance of the doctors ever getting his arm in shape again and it is very likely that he will accept the position offered him to coach the baseball team at Harvard.

Mathewson pitched again in ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 28, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history

JTA via Ha’aretz: A Jewish Baseball Player Forges a New Path for Women in the Pro Leagues

Meet the latest member of your Oakland Ashkenazis.

This month, the 40-year-old Siegal, who lives in Southern California, got even closer to the action than those box seats: She worked as a coach for the Oakland Athletics’ Instructional League team in Arizona.

In doing so, Siegal became the first female to serve as a coach for a Major League Baseball club and joined the ever-growing list of women blazing new paths in the game.

“I was only able to stand in an A’s uniform because of the ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 28, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, oakland a's, women in baseball

Eric Hosmer’s late heroics in World Series Game 1 give Royals a shot of confidence | The Kansas City Star

They are good enough; they are smart enough; and, gosh darn it, Royals fans like them!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Mets ‘shocked’ as Jeurys Familia blows first save since July - SweetSpot - ESPN

Familia had not suffered a blown save since July 30.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets, royals, world series

Yoenis Cespedes and the Mike Trout Treatment | FanGraphs Baseball

Why does Fangraphs hate the Mets?

Few players looked less like themselves against the high heat than Yoenis Cespedes this season. It’s always been something of a problem for Cespedes, but this year, that problem was exacerbated. Cespedes’ weakness appears almost identical to Mike Trout’s, and we know how the league responded to that. The league, maybe surprisingly, hasn’t responded quite the same way to Cespedes, but then again no two players are the same. Cespedes has another problem ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, sabermetrics, scouting, world series, yoenis cespedes

Chase Utley is coming back — if he can find a team | New York Post

Who are his best options?

Now, Utley’s case could impact if he misses two games next regular season. The Dodgers will decline his $15 million 2016 option, making Utley a free agent. However, he turns 37 in December and is coming off his worst season in which he hit .212 for the Phillies and Dodgers with just a .629 OPS.

The Dodgers could conceivably want him back at decreased pay, but as opposed to what would have been in his prime, Utley will not have a robust market.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:10 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers, phillies

Fox has major technical difficulties during World Series - Oct. 27, 2015

In the future they should continue playing and put the radio broadcast on. To stop play isn’t fair to the players.

With the teams tied 1-1 in the fourth inning, an electronics failure cut the power to the primary and backup generators inside Fox Sports’ production compound, Fox Sports said.

The result: a four-minute outage in the game broadcast and a lot of confused baseball fans.

“The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, television, world series

Royals top Mets in 14-inning World Series Gm 1 |

A great finish, I guess. I had to tap out at 12:30 AM.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Edinson Volquez father dies before WS Game 1 |

“This is a family, and we respect each other’s families,” Moustakas said. “This is one huge family, this organization, and when someone loses a family member, that takes priority over everything that happens. Baseball’s baseball. But family, things that happen like that, that’s something that is more important than baseball.”

Before the game, Yost conferred with bench coach Don Wakamatsu and catching coach Pedro Grifol about how to handle the situation. They all agreed to honor the family’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:04 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, human interest story, royals, world series


Jacob deGrom will look to even up the series for the Mets while Johnny Cueto will try to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. And hopefully we can go to bed at a reasonable hour. Maybe.


Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2015 at 05:50 AM | 435 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mlb, omnichatter, royals, world series

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra says he spent $500,000 on private investigators to blackmail umpires for smaller strike zone

The former Mets and Phillies center fielder told Colin Cowherd on “The Herd” Tuesday that, for $500,000, he hired private investigators to follow umpires to gather dirt on them. Dykstra then used the information to make sure he received favorable calls at the plate.

“Their blood’s just as red as ours,” said Dykstra, who spent 12 years in the majors. “Some of them like women, some of them like men, some of them gamble, some of them do whatever.”

Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 27, 2015 at 04:33 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

‘Pull of the dugout’ lures Ruben Amaro Jr. to Boston Red Sox

dmittedly, going from being a major-league general manager to becoming a first-base coach is far from a typical career path.

But Ruben Amaro Jr., who served as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for eight seasons before being named first-base coach and outfield instructor by the Red Sox Monday, wasn’t interested in convention.

“I guess it is unusual,’’ allowed Amaro in a conference call with reporters. “But for me, I’ve always had kind of an itch to be back on the field. Clearly, I ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 03:29 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, red sox, ruben amaro jr.

Sabermetrics: Baseball Analytics and the Science of Winning [Infographic] - Blog

Just in time for the World Series, MBA@Syracuse is taking a closer look at baseball’s predictive analytics.  The article features three compelling graphics, including a brief history, sabermetrician’s tool kit, and side-by-side comparison of the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes and Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: education, sabermetrics

The worst commercials of the 2015 MLB postseason -

Merkle’s Boner would be a great tie in.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: advertising, television

Is It Time For Robot Managers? | VICE Sports

Great idea. Next up, sportswriters.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 02:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

MLB Scorecard / Program: New York Mets (1969) |

Very cool.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 02:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: memorabilia

The 15 Biggest Plays in Baseball History

Which plays caused the widest swings in a team’s numerical chances at winning the World Series?

Davo Posted: October 27, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: history, wpa

Royals or Mets? Flip a Coin. No, Really: Go Ahead and Flip a Coin.

So, my numbers say the Mets and Royals are really, really evenly matched. Of course, those same numbers shat the bed in the LCS, so take them with your preferred quantity of sodium chloride.

J-Doug Posted: October 27, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, playoffs, projections, royals, world series

Scout signed many future big-leaguers | The Sacramento Bee

Toni King said her father passed away peacefully at 87 in his Land Park area home. He was visited regularly by friends and former players whose careers he touched during a 41-year career as a regional scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.

“He was like a second father to me,” said Sax, a former Dodgers second baseman. “He was a tutor to a lot of players, an unbelieveable man. He would work all of us out tirelessly to make sure we did things ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, scouts

Cobb County to spend $1.2m a year on shuttle buses to Braves stadium, says this is mere coincidence

If you’re still wondering how the Atlanta Braves are going to get fans to their new stadium way out on the outskirts of town — no, not how to get fans from their cars to the ballpark across a forbidding highway, but how to get fans there who don’t use cars at all — a partial answer may come today, when the Cobb County Commission is set to vote on buying buses for a $1.2-million-a-year shuttle bus system that is totally not just for the Braves, how could you even think that?

Episode 75: You Lyin’ So Much | CESPEDES FAMILY BARBECUE

Good stuff here.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, podcasts, sabermetrics

Massive ratings boost in Canada for Blue Jays playoff games.

Though their unforgettable season came to a close on Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays remain ratings winners. Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals delivered Sportsnet’s largest audience in network history with an average audience of 5.12 million viewers tuning in on October 23 to cheer on Canada’s team in their last game of the 2015 postseason. Overall, more than 12 million people watched some part of Friday’s broadcast – more ...


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 27, 1915:

George Foster, Bogus, Dined by Cincy Fans

A man who the police charge represented himself as George Foster, Boston American pitcher, did not go to the Latonia races last week with a jolly party as planned. The police held him, claiming that he had obtained money under false pretense.
Several fans and other sports, believing he was the noted ball player, arranged a party in his honor at the races. The man has been in the city several days, stopping at ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 27, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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