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Monday, September 21, 2015

Postseason Rotations and Matching Up Aces

In a five-game Division Series, most managers start their ace in Game 1, assuming that he is available to pitch on regular rest. That will optimize a club’s chances of winning Game 1. However, I’ve wondered if that does not necessarily optimize that same club’s chances of winning the series. Would a team be able to, under some circumstances, optimize its chances of winning the series by using their #2 starter in Game 1, and starting the ace in Game 2?

Regardless of what strategy you choose, you always want your ace to start twice in the LDS. Thanks to the schedule format, it is possible to start your ace in Game 2, and have him come back on normal four-day rest to pitch a potential Game 5. In that sense, by starting your ace in Game 2 instead of Game 1, you are in no worse position for the remaining games. My thinking was that Clayton Kershaw was so good in 2014, that even if you start your own ace against him in Game 1, you are still likely to lose that particular game. Therefore, it may make more sense to save your ace for Game 2, in order to maximize your odds of winning Game 2, and the series overall.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2015 at 04:37 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, game theory, post-season

Monday, August 24, 2015

Dallas Keuchel, Astros discuss contract extension - Ultimate Astros

Except he doesn’t get hurt all the time and allows a lot less hits.

“I’ve watched him throw a lot,” Kershaw said. “He reminds me a little bit of Brett (Anderson). … His sinker’s great. Gets so many ground balls. I feel like with anybody, it’s his ability to command. He just doesn’t miss it (on) the) outside corner. Changeup’s really good. People don’t really notice it but his slider, breaking ball, whatever he calls it, he gets a lot of swings and misses. Strikes out a lot of guys for a sinker baller. He’s having a great year. He kind of started to last year and progressed this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 12:36 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, clayton kershaw, dallas keuchel

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Clayton Kershaw Slams Ball on Field, Throws It into Dugout in Frustration | Bleacher Report

I assume time was already called. I am surprised the umpire didn’t even come out to talk to him.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Video: Kershaw strikes out 14 |

He was nasty last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Zack Greinke highlights a crop of MLB aces who rely on baseball’s advanced stats | For The Win

Chris Sale is not like the others.

In addition to his pitching, Greinke is known for his exhaustive understanding of and interest in the sport, up to and including preparing pre-draft scouting reports on potential picks. And in a New York Times feature during his 2009 campaign, Greinke explained that he pitched to keep his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) as low as possible. By that number, which estimates a pitcher’s value based on his walk, strikeout and home-run rates, Greinke was indeed better in 2009 than he had been in 2015: A 2.33 FIP then vs. a 2.65 mark now.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw does not belong in the All-Star game

This take is so hot it might melt your computer.

Oh, please, stop your whining. Clayton Kershaw was not selected to be a National League All-Star. The sporting world still spins.

Here’s a real news break for you — he shouldn’t be.

It’s supposed to be a game featuring the players having the best first halves of the season, not having really good seasons. There shouldn’t be any free pass based on past excellence. It’s an All-Star game, not a lifetime achievement award.

This is about 2015. And in 2015, Kershaw has been really good, which is not good enough to be invited to Cincinnati.

His earned-run average is good, but not special. His WHIP — walks plus hits per innings pitched — is very good, though not approaching the numbers he put up the last two seasons.

Then, of course, there is his win-loss record, 6-6 after Wednesday’s game, which we’re just supposed to discard because sometimes pitchers pick up cheap wins or underserved losses. And because, you know, the sabermetric people told us we should do so.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Video: Must C: Bryant rips two homers |

Kershaw doesn’t get the call on strike three then Bryant crushes his first homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, cubs, kris bryant

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vintage Clayton Kershaw lifts Dodgers over Braves - LA Times

The reports of the death of Clayton Kershaw’s stuff have been greatly exaggerated.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers



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