David Price Newsbeat
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Arrieta, Greinke, then Kershaw.
Friday, October 23, 2015
I didn’t agree with his use in that game either. Although it’s true that they needed to win that game, it’s also true they need to win all the other games as well. So, using your best starter in relief with a six run lead isn’t the best use of your ace. The best thing Price can do for Gibbons is a dominant performance today.
Instead, the continued misuse of Price stood front and center as the series shifted back to Kansas City. There was Price, again, in a repeat of the division series, when Blue Jays manager John Gibbons inexplicably used him in relief during a game Toronto led by six runs. Price never got into Game 5 on Wednesday, spared by Kansas City’s inability to create a scenario that would have goaded Gibbons into deploying him again. It got close enough that Price started getting loose in the bullpen, even as Toronto led 5-0, as setup man Aaron Sanchez and closer Roberto Osuna loomed with fresh arms, as using Price would’ve meant going to Marcus Stroman in Game 6 on short rest and using someone else – Price? R.A. Dickey? Cliff Pennington? – in Game 7 on even shorter rest.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
When is a good time to give up hits?
That was the pitcher’s version of events. “I just gave up hits at the wrong time,” Price said after the game. He said he still felt good, but that the Royals kept battling. Asked if it was frustrating to struggle in the seventh when he has sailed through six, Price gave one of his few pointed answers: “It’s frustrating, but I didn’t struggle.”
Posted: October 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 17 comment(s)
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
There is a long way to go in all this. Dombrowski may try to move some of the money owed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, which may not be simple propositions. Ownership may want to restrict pitching contracts. They may look at the fact that four of the top pitchers in WAR are Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel, John Lackey (the ask-out fallout from the Lester offer) and Chris Archer; the work put in the last two months in developing and finding pitchers has been tireless and creative.
Alpha dogs cannot be found at a breeder. Not that easy.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Great timing for Cespedes.
Six weeks ago, a nine-figure deal seemed optimistic, according to two GMs, two personnel men and two agents surveyed recently by Yahoo Sports. The six now believe discussions with the soon-to-be-30-year-old Cespedes will begin at $125 million and end up perhaps in the $160 million range, a staggering figure for someone who the last two seasons posted on-base percentages of .294 and .301. Baseball, like so many other avenues in life, cannot help but fall into the recency-bias trap.
Posted: September 14, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 66 comment(s)
Monday, August 24, 2015
Sure, numbers are fine for fantasy leagues, but if you want to truly define a player’s value, or recognize the importance significance of clubhouse culture, it’s time to wake up and embrace character, too.
“I think we’re losing part of our game because so many of these people in charge don’t have the scouting background or playing background,’’ Peavy said. “All they have is a great education and they’re really good at math. Some of these front offices crunch all of these numbers, and think they’ve got it all figured out.
“I don’t know the formula for winning, but I do know what it means when teams are inseparable, enjoy their time together, care for each other, and play for the higher cause. I’ve seen it. I’ve been part of it.
“You can have all of the education you want, and break down every number you want, but unless you get to know what’s inside a player, you really don’t know the player.’’...
“We had our Moneyball movie, and they didn’t even win,’’ Peavy said of the Oakland Athletics. “How about let’s make a movie about the good ol’ fashioned baseball people, and how they judge team chemistry, and put together guys that fit in.
“How about a movie about a team that actually wins in the end?’’
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
“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 weeks, and once the All-Star break ended, concrete trade proposals and counterproposals began to form. Finally, on July 28, the two sides agreed to the deal that shocked the baseball world. In addition to Reyes, the Rockies landed top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and two other talented young arms, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco. The Jays got Hawkins and their white whale.
“I looked at it like this: This is one of the best players in baseball,” Anthopoulos said. “Players like that don’t become available. They sign 10-year contracts and become the face of a franchise. It wasn’t an easy decision. It was weird, the process was long and stressful … but it was also a lot of fun.”
Monday, August 03, 2015
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The haul going back to the Tigers seems to be still up in the air. Most recent speculation is Daniel Norris and two other pitchers.
Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd.
Friday, July 24, 2015
MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a significant acquisition.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The question remains: How good can Puig be?
He has made an effort to be a better teammate since the All-Star break, sources say. But the far more relevant concern is his performance.
Puig’s OPS in July is only .623, and he remains vulnerable to high velocity. Scherzer struck him out three times Sunday, with fastballs registering 95 and 97 mph and a slider registering 87.
Puig, in 62 at-bats this season ending on fastballs between 89 and 94 mph, has batted .403 with a .613 slugging percentage — well above the league averages of .277 and .435, according to MLB Network research.
However, in 20 at-bats ending on fastballs between 95 and 99 mph, Puig has batted .200 with a .250 slugging mark — well below the league averages of .246 and .370.
Too small a sample? Perhaps. But last season, Puig fared even worse in a larger sample. In 50 at-bats that ended between 95 and 99 mph, he batted .120 with a .220 slugging mark, while the league averaged .239 and .344.
Puig has had individual success against certain hard throwers, but one measure of a good hitter is his ability to hit tough pitching, particularly in the postseason.
The overall numbers suggest that Puig is not quite there yet.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Tim Dierkes assesses the potential free agents.
We’re about 45% of the way through the 2015 MLB season, and free agency looms for several of the game’s star players. It’s time for a new installment of the 2016 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings.
Posted: June 26, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 48 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
if there’s a lesson through all this: Don’t ever make a draft pick predicated on saving a little money.
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