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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Injured duo Lindor, Kipnis to miss opening day for Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and double-play partner Jason Kipnis have been ruled out for opening day by the Cleveland Indians.

The team said Friday night that neither player will be ready for Thursday’s opener at Minnesota. Lindor will start the year on the 10-day injured list. He has been recovering from a right calf strain that’s limited him during spring training. He has yet to appear in a Cactus League game but has participated in intrasquad minor league games. Potentially frigid weather in Minneapolis is an extra concern for Cleveland.

Kipnis had an MRI on Thursday which confirmed a mild right calf strain. He won’t do any baseball activities for 7 to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians, injuries, jason kipnis, opening day

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jason Kipnis And The Dark Side Of An Increased Launch Angle

His average launch angle was in the 11.0 degree area from 2014-16. In 2017-18, it rose to 17.1 and 17.0 degrees, respectively. He raised that launch angle, all right - his liner rate percentile ranks dropped to 41 and 55 in 2017-18. Why is that a huge deal? Well, hitters batted .653 AVG-.861 SLG on liners last season. Oh, and his pop up percentile ranks have leapt to 83 and 63 in 2017-18. And as you might have guessed, hitters don’t fare so well on those, hitting .013 AVG-.018 SLG. Not a very good trade-in.

And if you’re hitting more pop ups and fewer line drives, it stands to reason that you might be hitting more “high” 35-50 degree and fewer “low” 20-35 degree flies. MLB hitters batted .095 AVG-.240 SLG on the former, and .439 AVG-1.185 SLG on the latter.

There’s another problem, too. In pursuit of extra power, starting in 2016 he became more of a pull hitter, especially on the ground. Here came the overshifts; he batted only .173 AVG-.195 SLG on the ground in 2018. As the hole got bigger, he began to uppercut more, and his grounder authority plunged; it has been over one full standard deviation below league average in each of the last two seasons.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2019 at 05:45 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jason kipnis

Saturday, February 16, 2019


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Jason Kipnis And The Dark Side Of An Increased Launch Angle

Tony Blengino thinks increasing launch angle hurt Jason Kipnis.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jason kipnis

 

 

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