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Jake Arrieta makes Phillies debut | MLB.com

The 32-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and threw 31 pitches in the first. He found a rhythm after that, needing just 43 pitches the rest of the way and retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. He threw 49 sinkers, which averaged 91.7 mph. He got five swings-and-misses on the pitch and 15 called strikes overall.

“Was just maybe a little too giddy, pulling a lot of stuff out of the zone,” Arrieta said about his first-inning struggles.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: April 09, 2018 at 10:00 AM (#5650166)
Now that Arrieta is on board, the Phillies can get a better idea of how good they actually are.

Having said that, it looks like most of their bullpen is pretty crappy without Neshek and Hunter. So if I were G. Kapler, I'd take that into account when deciding when choosing when to pull pitchers.
   2. Hank White Posted: April 09, 2018 at 11:07 AM (#5650198)
Arrieta looked exactly like he has the last year or two for the Cubs. Stretches of dominance, but with just enough wildness to get his pitch count up so he can't get through more than five or six innings. Plus a few more hangers than one would like. One of my all-time favorite Cubs, but yesterday was exactly the guy I did not want the Cubs giving 5-years $120 million.
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 09, 2018 at 12:36 PM (#5650283)
Having said that, it looks like most of their bullpen is pretty crappy without Neshek and Hunter.


And without Mark Leiter Jr., possibly the best Mark Leiter ever to pitch in the Phillies bullpen.

   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 09, 2018 at 12:41 PM (#5650286)
Having said that, it looks like most of their bullpen is pretty crappy without Neshek and Hunter. So if I were G. Kapler, I'd take that into account when deciding when choosing when to pull pitchers.
Does that come before or after "Do I have a reliever throwing in the bullpen?" in the decision tree?
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 09, 2018 at 12:48 PM (#5650292)
No need to worry about whether a reliever is throwing in the bullpen when we also have the pitching acumen of Pedro Florimon.
   6. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: April 09, 2018 at 03:16 PM (#5650384)
So if I were G. Kapler, I'd take that into account when deciding when choosing when to pull pitchers.


Nope. The actual ability of the Phillies bullpen and the performance of the starter on a given day are not long-term trends with thousands of data points and so Kapler cannot compute.

His only ability to work on small sample sizes is with Hoby Milner.
   7. stevegamer Posted: April 09, 2018 at 04:11 PM (#5650402)
His only ability to work on small sample sizes is with Hoby Milner.


That's not actually an ability of Kapler's. He's the designated left-hander one out guy. Sometimes, like yesterday, he gets 0 outs. But no matter the number of batters he's faced this year, he's good for a max of 1 out.

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