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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mets must get out of .500-area limbo to be true contenders

This headline deserves to be mocked.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 09:28 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Edwin Encarnacion hits AL-leading 21st HR | Seattle Mariners

Where the best fit? What can the Mariners get in exchange?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners

Alex Cora, Andrew Benintendi ejected: ‘I’ve got to go out and defend my player,’ Cora says - masslive.com

Of course, Benintendi isn’t wrong.

Andrew Benintendi’s simple message for home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez led to Benintendi getting ejected for the first time in his career.

“I grounded out and was frustrated and all I said was, ‘You suck,’” Benintendi said.

Benintendi, who disagreed with a called strike earlier in his fifth-inning at-bat against Rangers starter Ariel Jurado, yelled as he walked toward the dugout. First-base umpire Vic Carapazza immediately threw him out.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, andrew benintendi, angel hernandez sucks, red sox

2019 Cape Cod Baseball League: Bourne Braves 2019 Preview — Prospects Live

The Cape league is a great showcase. Nice to find some prospect write-ups about the league.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cape cod league

Dodgers’ Corey Seager suffers hamstring injury, likely out for weeks – Orange County Register

Is it too early to call him injury prone?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Yordan Alvarez homers in first two MLB games | MLB.com

Another player development win in Houston!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yordan alvarez

Luzardo, Puk strong in returns for Ports | MiLB.com News

A.J. Puk, MLB.com’s No. 35 overall prospect, struck out four over two innings, allowing one run in his first appearance since 2017. He was followed by 13th-ranked Jesus Luzardo, who threw three scoreless frames before Class A Advanced Stockton rallied for a 4-3 victory over San Jose at Banner Island Ballpark.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 05:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. puk, athletics, jesus luzardo


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Gary Sánchez’s Offensive Surge Can’t Mask a New Woe Behind the Plate

Article summary: The Yankees catcher is on pace to break the position’s long-standing home run record, but his drop-off in pitch framing is costing New York almost as much as his bat can make up

Master of the Horse Posted: June 11, 2019 at 05:08 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, new york yankees, pitch framing


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-11-2019

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, June 11, 1919:

The strangest double play seen around here came off in the third. Luderus was on first. Cravath lifted a foul that [Cubs catcher Bill] Killefer nabbed. With the catch Luderus put on full steam for second. Killefer pegged to first. Ludy dashed back. Killefer’s throw was bad and Merkle dropped the ball, but Luderus overslid and Merkle got the ball in time to tag him.

Cue Yakity Sax. Why did Luderus try to tag on a foulout to catcher? Why did Killfer throw to first? Why did Luderus turn around and go back to first?

There are things in this world that we will never fully understand.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 11, 2019 at 10:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How Does Mike Soroka Do It? | FanGraphs Baseball

How does command fit into projecting pitcher performance? It has to fit in there somewhere. The existing metrics, however, just don’t fit.

When you’re forced to look at a pitcher’s sequencing to figure out why he’s effective, it’s a good bet that the obvious culprits (whiffs and strikeouts) don’t explain the production, and that’s definitely the case with Soroka. Watching one of his starts isn’t like seeing Chris Sale, a whirling mass of limbs that produces impossibly-angled sliders and swinging strikes galore. It’s more like watching Kyle Hendricks, sinkers and changeups just eluding the fat part of the bat as groundballs end at-bat after at-bat. Still, though, whoever he resembles, Mike Soroka has been one of the best ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 09:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mike soroka


Joey Votto’s incredible journey to the Reds | MLB.com

Votto and the Reds, a love story.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds


New outfield jump burst route metrics at Baseball Savant | MLB.com

Robbie Grossman?

2019 Jump leaders (leaderboard)

+3.0 feet above average—Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
+2.9 feet above average—Guillermo Heredia, Rays
+2.0 feet above average—Leury Garcia, White Sox
+1.9 feet above average—Robbie Grossman, A’s
+1.7 feet above average—Harrison Bader, Cardinals
+1.7 feet above average—Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
+1.5 feet above average—Ender Inciarte, Braves
+1.4 feet above average—Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 08:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense

Monday, June 10, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-10-2019

New York Sun, June 10, 1919:

Frank Talcott, Yale’s great pitcher of 1918, says he is through with professional baseball. Talcott some time ago broke into the big leagues with Detroit. He remained with the Tigers just long enough to decide that he had no chance of making an early start in an American League game, so he asked Hughey Jennings for his release and led himself to the Philadelphia Nationals…But there too he was delegated to pitching divers no hit, no run games in the bull pen in addition to grooving the ball for the batters in practice.
...
Talcott could get a job with any minor league club, but he cannot see himself pitching in the lesser company, because playing ball in the minors is not profitable work.

Tough to blame him. A ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 10, 2019 at 10:25 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Developing More With Less: Does Efficiency in Player Development Lead to Success? - Driveline Baseball

Another interesting article from Driveline.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: player development

Max Muncy trades verbal barbs with Madison Bumgarner in Dodgers’ win - Los Angeles Times

By the time Muncy rounded first the two were in a full-blown argument, screaming and gesturing at each other. Plate umpire Will Little intervened, but the two were still jawing at each other as Muncy pulled into the plate.

“He took exception to me watching the ball, I guess,” Muncy said of Bumgarner. “He said, ‘You don’t watch the ball. You run.’ ”

And Muncy’s response?

“I told him, ‘If you don’t want me to watch the ball, you can go in the ocean and get it,’ ” he said. “I don’t even know if he heard it. As I was rounding the bases, I yelled it at him. He was yelling at me. We were kind of going back and forth and that was it. Just a couple guys competing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, madison bumgarner, max muncy

Sunday, June 09, 2019

David Ortiz Wounded in Shooting

Ortiz, 44, was “shot in the back at an incident that took place at Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo,” Felix Durán Mejia, spokesperson for the Dominican National Police, told CNN Espanol.

Latest I’ve seen is the Chief of Police has reported he is in surgery but in stable condition.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 09, 2019 at 11:34 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, dominican republic, red sox, shooting

Kumar Rocker pitched the greatest game in college baseball history

A pitcher with a name like Kumar Rocker is bound to get noticed. With his performance on the mound Saturday night, Rocker left no doubt. That he pitched a no-hitter for Vanderbilt is a story in itself. But it gets better.

Rocker pitched that no-hitter to deliver a 3-0 win over Duke in a game Vanderbilt had to win or else they would have been eliminated from the NCAA baseball tournament super regional of which they were the host. That adds intrigue, and ups the stakes, providing much needed context for Rocker’s dominance.

Vanderbilt, the No. 2 team in the country, still needs a win on Sunday to advance to the College World Series. But that they even have a chance is thanks to the amazing Rocker.

That Rocker STRUCK OUT NINETEEN BATTERS ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2019 at 11:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Lucas Giolito masterful again in White Sox’ 2-0 win over Royals - Chicago Sun-Times

Somebody’s Baseball Reference’s Play Index account should be taken away.

Giolito is the first Sox starter with 7 2⁄3 plus scoreless innings, three hits or less and 11-plus strikeouts since Carlos Rodon in 2016. His streak of seven straight starts with a victory is the longest in baseball since the Rays’ Blake Snell won nine straight last season.

His eight-game winning streak is the longest by a Sox since Chris Sale won his 2015 finale and his first nine starts of 2016.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2019 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas giolito, white sox

Steven Matz guts through six innings as Mets edge Rockies | Newsday

In years past — in months past, even — Steven Matz never would have been granted the chance to put together the kind of game he had Saturday night.

Working around a bunch of baserunners and never particularly efficient, he got through a gutsy six innings with three runs (two earned) allowed to lead the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Rockies at Citi Field.

Matz struck out a season-high 10 batters, and the final pitch of his career high-tying 120 was a huge one: a curveball up in the zone that induced a swing-and-miss from Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, who was seeing Matz for a fourth time, to strand a pair of runners.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: steven matz

Source: Astros calling up No. 3 prospect Alvarez

Plus.

Hinch said Friday that Altuve, Springer and Diaz could be sent on Minor League rehab assignments by the end of the homestand. Altuve has been out since May 10 with a strained left hamstring/right leg fatigue. Springer has been out since May 24, and Diaz has been out since May 26, both with strained left hamstrings.

Correa sustained a broken rib getting a massage at his home on May 28 and was expected to miss four to six weeks.

The injuries have forced the Astros to call up outfielders Myles Straw and Derek Fisher and infielder Jack Mayfield from Triple-A Round Rock and each has seen significant playing time. The club also called up catching prospect Garrett Stubbs late last month when Max Stassi went on the IL with knee soreness.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yordan alvarez

Saturday, June 08, 2019


Friday, June 07, 2019

How the Houston Astros Disrupted Player Development to Become the Model MLB Franchise

No more than fifteen minutes after he finished unpacking in the clubhouse, Pressly was summoned into a meeting. In attendance were Astros pitching coach Brent Strom, bullpen coach Doug White, and multiple analysts from the front office. The Astros, Pressly learned, had a plan for him to be better, and the analysts launched into the details. “They sat me down and they put up all these x, y charts and all this other stuff,” Pressly says. “It almost sounded like they were speaking in a different language. I just raised my hand and said, ‘Guys, just tell me what to throw and not to throw.’” They told him his two-seam fastball to lefties was ineffective but that they loved his curve and hoped he’d throw it more. They also ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2019 at 10:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros


OT Soccer Thread - Baldrick Reports Live

Sum-sum-summertime thread.

June 7 (that’s today!) - Women’s World Cup.  BTF correspondent Baldrick is on the scene (link takes you to his preview of the tournament)
June 14 - Copa America begins (no Neymar)
June 15 - Gold Cup begins
June 18 - US first Gold Cup game
June 21 - Africa Cup of Nations begins
July 7 - Women’s World Cup Final/Copa America Final/Gold Cup Final - Can we get some discussion about the ridiculousness of the WWC being just one of a series of finals on the same day? Of note is that the Copa America final is the exact same time as the WWC final. 
July 19 - Africa Cup of Nations final

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 07, 2019 at 12:22 PM | 361 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-7-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 7, 1919:

Hundreds of followers of the Pirates who regretted when Bob Harmon left the team in midseason of last year wondered why Bob took the sudden step. The secret, or at least part of it is out now.

Hickory Bob, in the parlance of the speculator, “cleaned up” about $25,000 in Louisiana Oil since he shook the dust of the National League from his 10-second feet.

I don’t know how Harmon did during the rest of his time in the oil business, but I know he retired at age 30 while he was still pretty good, and I know he never threw another professional pitch. So it must have gone okay for him.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 07, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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