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Inside Baseball NL Notes | Dodgers Could Surprise For Quintana

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AL Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 16, 2017 at 12:19 PM (#5477536)
I just looked up his numbers and Quintana has been shockingly bad this year. Still with his history it'll be a hefty price tag. The Dodgers gave up a big prospect haul for an injured pitcher who'd been good for about 100 innings after years of being injured or ineffective, so kind of scary think about what they'd have to give up for Mr. Q.
   2. madvillain Posted: June 16, 2017 at 02:24 PM (#5477661)
His ERA is about a run higher than his xFIP so some of it is bad luck (HR/FB%, strand rate) but some of it is also that he's been unusually wild, walking too many guys and at other times missing his spots and giving up homeruns.

There's nothing wrong with his velocity and he's still one of the top 25 starters in baseball but at this point as a Sox fan it might just make more sense to hold onto him and see what happens in the offseason.
   3. Cargo Cultist Posted: June 17, 2017 at 02:50 PM (#5478091)
Here's a question for you guys: which team(s) has an approach to acquiring pitching staff that you wholeheartedly approve of? And why?
   4. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: June 17, 2017 at 03:04 PM (#5478096)
Quintana's a quality pitcher, but don't the Dodgers have enough left handers? Maybe they are trying to corner the market so no one has lefties to throw against them.
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 17, 2017 at 06:28 PM (#5478149)
[4] I understand the need to have both left and right handlers in the bullpen, but why would they care for a starting pitcher?
   6. McCoy Posted: June 17, 2017 at 07:32 PM (#5478159)
I believe the thinking is that it counteracts a lefty starter for the opposing team as well as forcing generally the opposing team's best players to sit or play at a diminished ability.
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 17, 2017 at 07:45 PM (#5478165)
But isn't that all accounted for in the SP's overall stats? I could see an argument that when you play a team in a series that using multiple left handed starters in a row allows them to get more comfortable against LHP and you want to switch it up, though I don't know of any data to support that.
   8. McCoy Posted: June 17, 2017 at 08:36 PM (#5478171)
Hey, I didn't say it was right. I seem to recall in the old days if a lefty was starting for the opposing team the manager was more likely to opt for a lefty starter as well.
   9. Franco American Posted: June 17, 2017 at 08:42 PM (#5478174)
Quintana's a quality pitcher, but don't the Dodgers have enough left handers? Maybe they are trying to corner the market so no one has lefties to throw against them.

Dodgers 2017 batting splits

vs RHP -- 251/334/417
vs LHP -- 248/331/427
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: June 17, 2017 at 08:44 PM (#5478175)
[4] I understand the need to have both left and right handlers in the bullpen, but why would they care for a starting pitcher?


It was just an off the cuff remark without any analysis. Just noting the already large number of starts by lefties. 47 of 68 starts.

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