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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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Drafting High School Pitchers Is a Major Problem for MLB, Health of Young Prospects

White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech threw 90 mph at age 14, 94 mph at 17, 99 mph at 21 and now not at all at age 22. The rookie right-hander blew out his elbow and will miss virtually all of next year while trying to come back from Tommy John surgery.

If you are even a little bit surprised, you haven’t paid attention to what’s happening with high school pitchers over the past decade. They keep throwing harder and harder—and in more competition. And major league teams keep wasting first round picks on 18-year-old kids who throw harder than major league pitchers, which is kind of like hitching a ride with a kid with a learner’s permit behind the wheel of a Formula One racecar and hoping nothing goes wrong. Their still-developing bodies just aren’t equipped to handle the forces of extreme velocity over and over again.

A consideration of aspects of the game as it currently stands, and the consequences thereof.

 

QLE Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, high school, pitching, tommy john surgery, velocity

Saturday, October 06, 2018

MLB playoffs: Chris Sale’s velocity rebounds as he gives Red Sox their longest playoff start in five years

The Boston Red Sox started their American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Friday night by sending ace Chris Sale to the mound. The question with Sale was where would his velocity. For at least a night, he seemed to put those concerns to rest.

Sale completed 5 1/3 innings, holding the Yankees to five hits and two runs in a 5-4 victory. He did strike out eight while averaging 94.6 mph on his fastball. He topped out at 97 mph and his final pitch, No. 93, clocked in around 96, per Statcast.

Chalk those up as positive signs considering Sale’s velocity had dipped from 96 mph in his first September start all the way down to 90 mph in his final regular-season appearance. This from a pitcher who averaged 95.3 mph on his heater overall.

If the Red Sox bullpen is on the level that they were in this game, it may be in the interest of the Red Sox to use their starters as if they’re Bob Gibson….

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, pitching, red sox

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 | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

 

 

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