Thursday, July 14, 2016
I wonder what metrics the Cardinals are using.
But it’s the defense that’s been consistently suspect.
“The one thing that, through all of this, I don’t think any of us anticipated was us struggling as much as we did early on defensively,” Mozeliak said Wednesday. “I do think that had a ripple effect on our rotation, thus putting more stress on (starters).”
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The Pirates are always looking to improve.
Let’s run through a few possible explanations for why the Pirates may have mandated this shift. The first explanation is the easiest, and it might be all we really need: maybe the Pirates just thought McCutchen and the rest of the outfield was playing way too deep, regardless of particular circumstance. McCutchen was one of the most extremely positioned outfielders in the league, and any time a player is doing something that could be perceived as an outlier, it’s worth considering the motive for that behavior. Hurdle did mention that McCutchen is more comfortable coming in than going back, but evidently not so much to prevent a change.
But the more convincing explanations are those which consider the individuals at play. Like, for example, McCutchen’s never had the reputation of a strong-armed outfielder. Quite the opposite, in fact. Could be that putting McCutchen closer to the infield is a way to help mask his deficiencies with the arm. In 2014, according to data provided by Baseball Info Solutions, McCutchen had one of the worst throwing years by a center fielder on record. In 97 instances where a base-runner was deemed to have an opportunity to take an extra base on a ball hit to McCutchen, the runner did so 70 times. That 72% advancement rate was the second-worst on record by a center fielder, dating back to 2006. Only Denard Span‘s 75% advancement rate in 2009 was worse.
Friday, April 22, 2016
An early look at two top pitch framers.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
While the Blue Jays watch Tulowitzki’s work ethic so that he gets rid of throws strongly, quickly and accurately however he reaches them, so too, on the other side the Red Sox have come to marvel at the throwing of Travis Shaw.
Now, for a guy who was moved to first base for awhile, Shaw’s athleticism has surprised the coaches and the front office. “I know I am very impressive with his defense,” says Dave Dombrowski. “Travis gets rid of the ball very quickly,” says Brian Butterfield, “and he does so with arm strength and exceptional accuracy. He impressed all of us when he came up last year, but he’s better than we imagined. And his throwing is special.”
Posted: April 17, 2016 at 12:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
Friday, April 08, 2016
This is ridicules.
he warning tracks, however, that currently adorn every major league baseball field are essentially useless. (Did you see what happened to Matt Kemp on Tuesday night in Colorado? More on that in a moment.)
At Coors Field on Tuesday night, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp slammed into the wall, hurting his right knee and jaw.
We want to believe the warning track is this awesome alarm system that tells a speeding outfielder that the wall is coming up soon. But funny enough, there is no regulation size for a warning track—guess the 10-foot thing went out the window. In one stadium, you have enough room to rescue a beached whale on the track, but then you go to the next town on that same road trip and it may be too small for a guppie. So if you rely on standardization of safety features (which would make sense), you will be disappointed. Of course, if you get used to a larger track at home but find smaller ones on the road, you better get ready to call your dentist to get all green padding out of your teeth, because that one-foot shorter track is going to cost you your smile.
Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 15 comment(s)
Sunday, April 03, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
The latest Robothal.
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 02:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
For infielders, Jose Oquendo’s reach extends their grasp.
The Cardinals’ choreographer relies on his feel for the game, his read on the pitcher and increasingly detailed spray charts to direct each infielder where there is a high probability of a play. It’s his sense of positioning that the groundball-greedy Cardinals have come to rely on, and one of the reasons they feel confident converting infielders, even at a premium position like shortstop.
Our Brock Hanke has been touting Oquendo for years.
Friday, March 04, 2016
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