Wednesday, February 22, 2017
JoePos clearly underestimates the drive of Rick Porcello. Next 300-game winner right there.
No one in baseball now threatens that magic 300 number. The active leader in victories is Bartolo Colon with 233, and while we would be the last people to ever underestimate Colon, no, he won’t win 300. After him is CC Sabathia with 223 wins. He’s just 36, but he has been trending down for a while now. Sabathia has a combined 18 victories his past three seasons.
After that, you drop to John Lackey with 176. He doesn’t have nearly enough time left. Then there’s Justin Verlander with 173. We will get back to him.
Point is, once again people are saying that 300-game winner is a dodo bird. And this time, they could be right, but perhaps not for the reasons usually given. Yes, there are pitch counts and, yes, starters go fewer innings and, yes, fewer pitchers win 20-plus games in a season than they did in, say, the 1970s.
But pitchers still could win 300.
It comes down to desire. Ambition. Zeal. If you look at history, most of the pitchers who won 300 games had not done it by the time they turned 40. Some of them, like Niekro and Johnson, were not even close to 300 wins after their age 40 season. They were still effective and they would not stop.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Thursday, February 09, 2017
They must have a certain je ne sais quoi. Or not.
Although a few things made me scratch my head, overall it’s worth a read.
While those pitchers share certain statistical markers, they also share something intangible. Identifying an ace isn’t always scientific; it’s also about feel, the marriage of perception and reality brought on by sustained dominance. Certain accomplishments and thresholds help define the standing, but there are no absolute requisites. It’s as much about reputation and attitude as it is about fastball command and complete game tallies.
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 20 comment(s)
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Big Ed doesn’t like it when you don’t score runs for him. Please score runs for Big Ed.
Monday, November 28, 2016
The Boston Red Sox are seeking an Analyst for the team’s Pitching Development and Baseball Research & Development groups. The role will focus primarily on using an analytical approach to evaluate pitcher performance and provide support to development staff in the field. The analyst will work closely with VP, Pitching Development and the R&D team to develop methods to improve the effective understanding and application of pitch tracking data throughout Baseball Operations.
The position reports to VP, Pitching Development and VP, Baseball Research & Development, and candidates are expected to start in January, 2017.
Sounds great! Except…
Ability to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours is a must.
Also, pillow and blanket not included.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Laurila drawing insight from Buchholz on pitching.
I think the cutter is the best pitch in baseball, as far as the stats go. Actually, I know that for a fact. [Red Sox director of pitching analysis and development] Brian Bannister and I were talking about that awhile ago — the numbers on guys who throw cutters. It’s the best pitch in baseball, in front of the split. Hard-sinking changeups are the third-best pitch. A four-seam fastball is the worst pitch as far as hard contact and batting average on balls put into play.
The game has evolved. When I got called up, a lot of guys were high-ball hitters. They would take that pitch and hit it out. You were taught to throw the ball down, down, down. Now everybody is worried about their bat path and how they can get that ball going down and lift it. There are a lot more low-ball hitters in the game today than there were 10 years ago.
for his generous support.
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