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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WSJ:  There Is a Hit-by-Pitch Epidemic in Baseball (Reg Req’d)

But all this talk about pitchers hitting batters on purpose has distracted from a more puzzling question: Why are pitchers hitting so many batters by accident?

One out of every 96 plate appearances across the major leagues in 2018 ended with a batter being drilled. That was most often since 1900, a time when the National League consisted of teams called the Chicago Orphans, the Boston Beaneaters and the Brooklyn Superbas. This year is on track to leave even more bruises, with a batter being hit every 94 plate appearances.

With pitchers throwing harder than at any other point in history, it’s fair to say there has never been a more painful time to be a hitter.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 12:46 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, pitching

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The entire 2019 Kentucky Derby could have been run between these two MLB pitches

Since taking office on Jan. 25, 2015, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s top priority has been improving MLB’s pace of play.

Since then, we’ve seen numerous changes made that were geared toward speeding up the game. We’ve even heard talks of MLB adding a pitch clock to keep things moving.

If you’re wondering why Manfred might think a pitch clock is necessary, look no further than this incredible sequence during Friday’s Braves-Diamondbacks game in Arizona.

Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke took his sweet time between pitches to the Braves’ Ozzie Albies during the seventh inning.

Even more alarming: it would have taken only a half-inning or so to replace the entire dispute over the Derby results….

 

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 03:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, pitching

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mickey Callaway on Mets’ pitching issues: ‘It’s not concerning’

The Mets’ 5.57 team ERA is the third-worst in the majors, better than only the Orioles and Red Sox. But manager Mickey Callaway isn’t ready to sound the alarm.

“It’s not concerning,” Callaway said at Citi Field before Monday night’s game against the Phillies, noting that the sample size is far too small for the team to be worried.

Is Callaway right to not be alarmed? Maybe…

Famous last words….

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mickey callaway, pitching

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Now that Jacob deGrom’s historic streak is over, where does it rank among MLB’s best?

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is human after all.

After allowing six runs over four innings in Tuesday’s 14-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins, his historic streak of quality starts came to an abrupt and unceremonious end.

A quality start requires a pitcher to throw at least six innings, while allowing no more than three runs. There’s no wiggle room there either. Four runs, regardless of the innings pitched, or less than six innings, regardless of the run total allowed, does not qualify as a quality start.

With that in mind, deGrom’s streak was a run of consistent brilliance matched by few in MLB history. DeGrom’s streak ends at 26, which equaled the all-time record set by St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson between the 1967 and 1968 seasons.

A consideration of various streaks in MLB pitching.

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, pitching, quality starts, streaks

Monday, April 08, 2019

BtBS: The Cardinals’ homegrown pitching system

According to the Sports Daily, of all the Cardinals first round draft picks from 2012-2018, 23 of them are in the starting rotation for an MLB team in 2019.

bobm Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, pitching

Sunday, April 07, 2019

3 reasons the Red Sox have started worse than any World Series champion since 1998

The Boston Red Sox are looking for the reset button.

After dominating Major League Baseball throughout the entire 2018 season, leading to a franchise-record 108 regular season wins and a World Series victory, the Red Sox are off to a dreadful start in 2019.

Friday’s 15-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their record to 2-7, which is the worst nine-game start by a reigning World Series champion since the 1998 Florida Marlins.

It seems that panic hits earlier and earlier each year….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 07, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, defense, pitching, red sox

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Ranking all 30 of MLB’s opening day starters for 2019

Brace yourself, baseball fans. Opening day is almost here.

We got a small taste of meaningful baseball last week when the Seattle Mariners swept a two-game series against the Oakland Athletics in Japan. Now, though, we’re primed and ready for the season’s first full slate on March 28.

That’s right, all 30 teams will be in action on this year’s traditional opening day. And as always, one of the more interesting aspects leading into the big day is which pitchers will get the honor of throwing their team’s first pitch.

A listing of everyone scheduled to be (or, in two cases, already have been) opening day starters- curious to know what criteria you’d use and how your lists would look.

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, pitching, rankings

Monday, March 11, 2019

Marlins searching for answers to Chen’s road woes

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The “homer” could follow the “opener” into baseball’s lexicon.

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly says he’d consider rearranging some of pitcher Wei-Yin Chen’s starting dates during the regular season should last year’s atrocious home/road splits continue.

“If we’re seeing the same type trend then I think if you have a chance to schedule it — if you have an off-day and you can skip a guy and it lines him up for two home starts instead of one and back in Philly, or wherever it would be — I think you look at it,” Mattingly said.

It beats having to face the team’s real problems….

 

QLE Posted: March 11, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, pitching, wei-yin chen

Friday, March 01, 2019

Three Braves starters are dealing with elbow, shoulder problems

The Braves could do something about this- but they’d rather spend on real estate instead….

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, elbow, pitching

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Watch Giants’ Pablo Sandoval pitch from mound in spring training practice

Giants fans, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for all winter long.

No, it is not Bryce Harper in an orange and black uniform.

But it is something just as good: Pablo Sandoval on the mound (ok maybe not quite as good, but still).

 

 

QLE Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, pitching

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Even in bullpen age, several teams still built on starters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations.

In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over baseball.

Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is a 31-year-old free agent still looking for a job. Same for fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star one season removed from going 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 201 innings.

Well, it isn’t really that much a surprise- roster limits being what they are, you’d have to be willing to use individual relievers far more heavily than anyone has been willing to do in many years to be able to completely ignore starters.

QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, pitching, starter usage

Thursday, February 14, 2019

MLB notebook: Phillies extend Nola, announce Arrieta surgery

Philadelphia Phillies pitchers made news on Wednesday, with the announcements that Aaron Nola agreed to a four-year contract extension and Jake Arrieta underwent pre-spring training surgery on his left knee.

Terms of Nola’s contract were not released, but ESPN and The Athletic placed the value at $45 million. Nola, 25, had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing this week.

Meanwhile, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Arrieta’s surgery, performed a few weeks ago, repaired a meniscus injury the pitcher sustained while weight training. He is not expected to miss time in the regular season.

Given how heavily the Phillies rely on their pitching, they better hope this prognosis is accurate….

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, jake arrieta, phillies, pitching

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

No matter what Cubs do this Hot Stove season, last year’s failures hang over like a dark cloud

If the Cubs truly aren’t able to afford the top free agents on the open market this offseason, the main reason for that is because they’ve had to spend so much money in free agency on pitching the last few years. It’s also because they swung and missed in a major way last winter and are still feeling the effects.

The Cubs entered last winter feeling pretty good about the state of their offense but wanted to augment the pitching staff in a big way. So they went out and handed $198 million to Tyler Chatwood ($38 million), Brandon Morrow ($21 million), Steve Cishek ($13 million) and Yu Darvish ($126 million). They also paid Drew Smyly $3 million in 2018 to rehab from Tommy John surgery before he and the $7 million remaining on his deal were shipped off to the Texas Rangers last month.

The four free agent pitchers (not including Smyly, who didn’t throw a single pitch) combined for 1.1 WAR (FanGraphs) across 244.2 innings in 2018.

Alternatively, cleaning out the vents will get rid of much of that dark cloud in a hurry, especially if they open up a window.

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bad deals, cubs, hot stove, pitching

 

 

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