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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Speier:How the Red Sox beat baseball’s best pitching staff

Boston Globe articles appear to be behind a paywall, but the site allows a few free articles. This is a pretty interesting look at what Boston’s scouting turned up, with help from ex-Astros (Cora and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson:

The Red Sox had a feel for how the Astros would attack – helped not just by ample video and heatmap data but also by input from Cora (last year’s Astros bench coach) and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, who had worked in the same role with Houston in 2017 and thus had a feel for what Houston’s pitchers would try to do in their own advance planning.

...Rafael Devers sat against Justin Verlander in Game 1 (“It’s funny, because I thought it was going to be a bad matchup,” Cora could laugh after Game 5), but given a chance on Thursday, he remained mindful of the report on Verlander: He won’t shy from his fastball in key moments, typically at the top of the zone, where his high spin rate creates ridiculous ride on the pitch that often takes it over bats for either a pop-up or swing-and-miss.

Devers got a first-pitch, 98-m.p.h. fastball at the top of the strike zone and ambushed it. He set his sight at the top of the ball and, rather than trying to pull it, drove it out to the opposite field for the decisive three-run homer in Game 5.

puck Posted: October 20, 2018 at 04:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, houston astros, red sox, scouting

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

‘How do you lose a game on that?’ The Astros had one of weirdest walk-off wins ever

A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy grabbed the ball and tried to tag Bregman, who backed up. Lucroy bobbled and then dropped the ball. Bregman took off for first, but Lucroy calmly picked up the ball and ... threw it past first base, allowing the winning run to score.

Zach Posted: July 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: freak plays, houston astros, oakland a's, walkoff wins

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Trevor Bauer insinuates there’s something fishy going on with Astros pitchers and MLB rules

Trevor Bauer hardly feels like the most trustworthy whistleblower, but…

As noted, though Bauer doesn’t straight up say, “the Astros are cheating,” the totality of the message is just that. He’s saying Astros pitchers are using sticky, foreign substances to increase their spin rate, which helps with breaking stuff and velocity, among other things. Let’s take a look.

With fastballs, Justin Verlander is first in spin rate among starting pitchers. On curveballs, Charlie Morton is second among qualified starters after Garrett Richards while Verlander is in the top 10.

Baldrick Posted: May 01, 2018 at 02:30 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating, houston astros, spin rate, trevor bauer

 

 

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