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Monday, May 06, 2019

Miguel Cabrera blames loss of power on lack of lineup protection

Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera has an otherwise decent triple-slash line: .298/.363/.372. However, the lack of power is noticeable for the future Hall of Famer, who has hit just one of his 466 career home runs this season.

By many measures the Tigers have the worst offense in the American League. For example, the Tigers’ average of 3.47 runs per game is worst in the league, significantly behind the second-worst Indians at 3.81. Cabrera in fact, attributes his lack of power to his lack of lineup protection, Chris Nelsen reports for the Detroit Free Press. Cabrera said, “You know Prince Fielder? You know who’s hitting behind me right now? That’s a big difference, too.”

Cabrera added, “How am I going to hit 40 home runs. In the past, I got Prince Fielder, Víctor Martínez, Jhonny Peralta. I got a big bat behind me. You see the way guys pitch me? That explains everything.”

Dubious, yes, but, if you were him, would you admit to the obvious real answer?

QLE Posted: May 06, 2019 at 04:26 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, lineups, miguel cabrera, tigers

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bruce Bochy’s early Giants rest days lead to surprising lineup vs. Padres

SAN FRANCISCO—Giants backup catcher Erik Kratz has plenty of experience as a Position Player Pitching, but Bruce Bochy said Friday that Pablo Sandoval is still his first choice for the role.

So some things haven’t changed. But the lineup certainly did Friday, and it came as a bit of a shock. Here’s the group for the second game of the season:

Michael Reed RF (picked up a week ago)
Buster Posey 1B (not catching after just one day)
Yangervis Solarte 2B (no Panik after just one day)
Evan Longoria 3B (this is normal)
Brandon Crawford SS (ditto)
Connor Joe LF (picked up eight days ago)
Duggar CF (nothing strange here)
Kratz C (picked up last weekend)
Holland LHP (nothing strange, except some of the t-shirts)

Pending retirement’s just another word for nothing left to lose….

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants, lineups

Thursday, March 14, 2019

This year, Gabe Kapler using his gut to set Phillies’ lineup — here’s what that means

TAMPA, Fla. — With the Phillies’ lineup as deep and as talented as it’s been in a decade, fans can’t get enough of lineup chatter.

Who should lead off?

Is the two-hole still reserved for the Phils’ best hitter, as Gabe Kapler laid it out in 2018?

Usually, when my gut does the thinking for me, it means that I either already am violently ill or that I’m going to be…

 

QLE Posted: March 14, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, guts, lineups, phillies

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Lineups will go to commissioner’s office first before being made public

Peter Gammons reports that, per MLB’s gambling deal with MGM Resorts International, each team’s lineup will first have to go to the commissioner’s office rather than the team’s own public relations office or to the media. MLB and MGM announced a partnership back in November. This development is presumably so MGM can set lines before everyone else gets access to the lineups. In the past, lineups have typically been posted a few hours before game time and sent out on social media by beat writers and/or the team.

According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, lineups must be submitted to MLB for review at least 15 minutes before being released to the press and public. The league is citing integrity as the reasoning for that. In a statement, the league said, “We are updating a number of our procedures to reduce integrity risks associated with the expansion of sports betting in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling last May. One new procedure is that we now ask clubs to submit starting lineups in a uniform fashion in order to reduce the risk of confidential information being ‘tipped.’”

This reeks of a disaster in the making, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 03:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner's office, gambling, lineups

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

MLB Dream Team: Constructing the perfect lineup from the past 30 years

A photo found on Baseball Reddit has been making its way around Twitter where it’s instructing people to make a dream team from the past 30 years, with $33 of “fake money.”

There are some pretty legendary options.

NBC Sports California’s own Dallas Braden constructed his version of this dream team, so I decided to create my own that had a really good chance of beating his. Or one that could just beat his team altogether.

The full post includes a link to the available players and the rules- ladies and gentlemen, build your teams!

 

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:26 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dream team, lineups

 

 

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