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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Madden: Hey, Rob Manfred! The analytic geeks are ruining starting pitching and it’s making a joke of the game - NY Daily News

It’s tough when you can’t keep up with trends.

Most relievers aren’t worth big paychecks because their performances are more unpredictable from year to year. At the same time relievers, in general, are worth more than in the past because they are pitching a bigger percentage of their teams’ innings.

It’s silly to suggest teams aren’t trying to develop starters.

The money will sort itself out. The MLBPA needs to work to update the factors considered in arbitration. (Like most things, they’ve been behind the curve on this topic.)

“(The Rays) are having success with it now, but you just don’t know what’s going to happen down the road,” said Melvin. “You can’t develop starting pitchers using 1-2 innings at a time. I remember it was only a few years ago our analytics people were telling us ‘don’t waste money on relief pitchers, they’re only good for a year’. Now they’re saying just the opposite.

“I sometimes wonder if a lot of this has to do with money. I have to think it’s going to hurt starting pitchers in arbitration. Some of their biggest arguing points were innings and wins. I looked it up the other day. In 2011 there were 40 pitchers with 200 or more innings. This year it looks like there will be only 11.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 11:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Friday, September 21, 2018

Angels’ Francisco Arcia makes history by catching, pitching, homering in same game

OAKLAND, Calif.—Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia began the day behind the plate, did a brief stint on the mound and ended up in the major league record books.

Arcia pitched two innings of relief and hit his sixth home run in the Angels’ 21-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

In doing so, Arcia became the first player to catch, pitch and homer in the same game in the modern era (since 1900), according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The things we wind up doing on a night when our team is being utterly hammered…..

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, catching, francisco arcia, pitching

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Revived offense could provide the best fix for Cubs’ bullpen

PHOENIX—Perhaps the Chicago Cubs found the secret to playing without a true closer: Dominate the opposition at the plate while taking save opportunities out of the equation. There was no need for any ninth-inning nail-biting on Tuesday, as a team in a hitting slump for much of the second half is beginning to wake up.

“We stacked them one on top of the other,” second baseman Daniel Murphy said of Cubs at-bats after a 9-1 win over Arizona. “Sustained pressure on the opposing pitcher. Traffic early in innings.”

The Cubs were up 5-1 after two—thanks in part to a single and a home run by Murphy—then added on runs later, taking some sting out of the pregame news that righty Brandon Morrow is finished for the year. The closer’s nagging bone bruise in his forearm, which has sidelined him since the All-Star break, hasn’t healed. Meanwhile, his backup, Pedro Strop, is also down, so the Cubs will be mixing and matching more than ever late in games.

I’m not exactly sure that “if you score more runs, it becomes harder for the bullpen to blow it” is exactly a major newsflash, but, given what we’ve seen concerning Maddon and handling pitchers…..

QLE Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pitching, scoring

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Death Of The Shutout - BtBS

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the passing of a once relevant statistic: the shutout. It’s been in hospice for many seasons, with hardly any pitchers coming to visit. Now, it has finally succumbed to death by singularity. For the first time in history, we may finish the season without a single pitcher accumulating more than one complete game shutout.

The kind reader is reminded that a SO (Shut Out) is only awarded to a pitcher when he pitches a complete game, therefore a CGSO is redundant.

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, rotation

Friday, September 07, 2018

Could a pitching staff built around guys who throw 88-mph balls succeed in today’s MLB?

This is a little old but it’s relevant to some recent events.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 09:10 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, tommy john

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Joe Maddon’s circle of trust shrinking as Cubs struggle

So, how long before he has twenty pitchers on his roster and only uses three of them?

MILWAUKEE—For contending teams, September often can be about finding out who you can trust in big moments—and who you can’t. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon might be able to use Tuesday’s ugly 11-1 blowout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers for the latter category as his circle of trust might be shrinking right now.

Let’s start on the mound, where he’s still searching for plus and minus relievers—those guy who can keep a game close in which the Cubs are trailing, and of course those who can hold a lead as well.

“We self-destructed, pitching-wise,” Maddon said of Tuesday’s game.

QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, pitching

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lindbergh - The Opener’s Opening Act

Before Kevin Cash and the Rays made headlines for their starting rotation experimentations, Tony La Russa and the 1993 A’s implemented a pioneering plan to limit their starters’ exposure. Their tinkering came too soon to set a trend, but with hindsight, it’s proving prophetic.

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: August 21, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, pitching, relief pitching, rotation

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The most influential role in baseball may cease to exist

The Tampa Bay Rays have dispensed with the traditional starting pitcher—and succeeded

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:13 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, rays, starter usage

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Kenny: Davey Johnson on the “opener”

The @RaysBaseball used #TheOpener again today. 17-yr manager Davey Johnson is, it seems, Not a fan. @Joelsherman1 & Dan O’Dowd do the heavy lifting. #MLBNow

That’s putting it… mildly.

Stormy JE Posted: June 03, 2018 at 11:33 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, davey johnson, old coot, opener, pitching

Monday, May 21, 2018

Posnanski: Modern Romonce

Is this the future of baseball?

Now, let’s say right off that I’m quite sure this Romo strategy is a winning one. Many of us have been talking about it for years; Joe Sheehan most prominently. Teams rarely use fewer than three pitchers in a game; they average about four pitchers per game. There have been 17 complete games all season. Seventeen. The concept of a starting pitcher as we knew it in the 1970s and 1980s and even 1990s has been blown to smithereens, so the question has been obvious for a while now: When will a team just finish the job and reinvent the whole pitching order of a game?

Baldrick Posted: May 21, 2018 at 09:39 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: game theory, pitching, posnanski, traditions

Friday, May 11, 2018

Diamondbacks’ Yoshihisa Hirano riding splitter to big-league success

Sometimes his splitter dives straight down. Other times it behaves almost like a slider, darting down and to his glove side.

He can bounce it, which he did multiple times to the Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer on Tuesday night, striking him out on a splitter in the dirt with the winning run on third in the 10th inning. He can also throw it for strikes, something he did to freeze the next batter, Chase Utley, to end the inning in a game the Diamondbacks went on to win.

 

shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball, pitching

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Behind-the-scenes role suiting Diamondbacks pitching strategist Dan Haren

IRVINE, Calif. – Dan Haren sits back in his office chair and opens a program on his computer. On the screen is an image of a hitter. Next to him are hot zones and cold zones accompanied by dropdown menus and situational stats. Haren toggles through them quickly. He is in his element.
He’s looking for an area of the strike zone where a Diamondbacks pitcher can throw a fastball to a particular hitter. He’s having no luck.
“This is ridiculous,” he said, asking that the names of the hitter and pitcher not be revealed. “Most hitters are not like this. He’s basically going to have to flood him with curveballs.”

Very neat article about @ithrow88

shoewizard Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dan haren, diamondbacks, pitching, strategy

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Flukiest Games Ever Pitched

They caught lightning in a bottle (and brought it with them on the mound)

gehrig97 Posted: March 27, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: lucky games, mets, phillies, pirates, pitching

 

 

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