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Monday, October 06, 2014

Fangraphs (Sullivan): What Happened to Clayton Kershaw?

Another great Jeff Sullivan article breaking down, visually, how Clayton Kershaw suffered his historic meltdown versus the Cardinals:

In Game 1 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Cardinals, Kershaw was provided with a 6-1 lead. He left a 7-6 deficit, and shortly thereafter he was charged with run number eight. You already understand that the game was insane…ut Clayton Kershaw allowed eight runs. I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to try to figure out how something like that can happen. [...]

A popular theory caught immediate fire: the Cardinals had something on Kershaw, and his signs. Basically, there’s a thought that Kershaw was tipping his pitches, giving the Cardinals the advantage of knowing what would be on the way. It’s a common explanation whenever a good pitcher gets bad results, or at least, it’s a common proposed explanation, but seldom is it supported. In this case, some players and former players believe it, and others do not. I don’t know. I’m always skeptical, but I don’t know for sure. I don’t know what the Cardinals were seeing and relaying to one another, if anything. I think, though, there’s a simpler explanation. I think Kershaw didn’t execute, and I think the Cardinals did. It’s boring, but it’s usually what works, and it’s what my eyes are telling me. Let’s go through that seventh inning at-bat by at-bat, so I can try to explain where I’m coming from.


Thursday, May 08, 2014

EPA to test soil at baseball complex near Bridgeton landfill

Cold War-era nuclear waste is buried at West Lake Landfill, which is adjacent to the Bridgeton Landfill, where underground smoldering has created an odor problem. Many residents also worry about what could happen if the smoldering reaches the nuclear waste, though landfill operators say safeguards will prevent that from happening. Operators are spending millions of dollars build in blockades to keep the smoldering from the nuclear waste, and to address the smell.

The EPA testing comes after Bridgeton residents organized private tests that found high radiation levels in drainage areas near the ball fields. That caused a youth baseball tournament featuring nearly 100 teams to relocate elsewhere in St. Louis County last weekend.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 08, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 1 comment(s)
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