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Nothing really matters except for the players. If they want the rest of us to keep faith, they have to play well.
“Tough one to swallow,” Napoli said. “But we’ve got to keep going out there and getting after it. No one’s given up in here. We’re going to go out there and play the game the right way and get it done.”
Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 83 comment(s)
The bullpen was the Dodgers’ biggest problem last year? Why hasn’t anything been done about that?
Actually, quite a bit has been done. Including the playoffs, the 2014 Dodger bullpen threw 498 innings. Pitchers who threw 236 of those innings — 47 percent — are not with the team in 2015.
OK, but the bullpen is still a huge Achilles heel. Why isn’t it any better?
Actually, it is better. Even before Friday’s game (2 1/3 innings, two unearned runs, three hits, no walks, five ...
Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
What’s next? How about a good bloodletting and a trepanation? I understand the desire to protect pitchers from injury. Trying to find a one-size fits all solution for pitchers with unique physiologies just seems the wrong way to go. Unless Pineda was showing signs of fatigue, I don’t see the benefit of skipping a start now.
Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 31 comment(s)
Jorge Alfaro won’t be joining Joey Gallo in Texas any time soon.
A.J. Pollock is a very, very good player.
The National League has a lot of talented outfielders, and right now Pollock isn’t among their most popular. That’s OK. The Diamondbacks are still a long way from contention, and even with Paul Goldschmidt and Pollock, they certainly don’t have a high-powered attack, so if it’s deemed that Goldschmidt is their only All-Star, well there are worse fates. A.J. Pollock missed half of last season, and as such a lot of casual fans probably don’t know ...
Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
Friday, June 12, 2015
A pictorial essay on expounding on the assets of Aoki. He is technically 6th in fWAR among NL OFs.
Milwaukee Journal, June 12, 1915:
Long Larry McLean, second string catcher for the New York Giants, staged a knockdown and dragout fight Thursday night in the lobby of the Buckingham hotel, one of the most exclusive in St. Louis, with “Sinister Dick” Kinsella, scout, of the club, as his chief opponent, and Manager John J. McGraw as a sort of secondary enemy.
During the fracas McLean used a piece of gas pipe in his attempt to “get” Kinsella, but missed, and the Giant scout retaliated by ...
Some advice for recent draftees.
No one is saying you can’t enjoy the good days—you totally should. But you’re not an awesome person because you played well, or play at all, and you don’t suck at life because you stunk today. Simply put; you get paid to play a kid’s game, and somedays the ball will bounce in your favor and others it won’t. All you can do is train to give yourself more chances at success than the standard distribution calls for. What happens after that is just an ...
Posted: June 12, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
Pitchers have a better chance of staying in the game when they aren’t giving up rockets.
“He’s a competitor,” Farrell said. “You work four days for your start and he doesn’t want to come out of the ballgame. I fully respect that. I thought he had good stuff overall, but where we were on the scoreboard, I felt like we needed a change of contrast and a change of style and I made a move after four innings.”
Posted: June 12, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
There are more prospects coming!
It’s already growing hard to remember that this season started amid outrage that the Cubs were holding back Bryant with an eye toward 2021. In retrospect, this was the wrong season to make a stink about teams putting their finances (or their futures) before their present playoff odds. Up to this point in the season, we’ve been treated to a rare display of blue-chip debuts. And while there’s certainly a cyclical element to the ebb and flow of prospect ...
Posted: June 12, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
Jim Callis picks the best players by state. I’m not sure how he selected the state. Just looking over the list, I see Jerry Remy is listed in Rhode Island. He was born and raised in Massachusetts.
Edit: I just noticed the writer said, “Note: The states listed here refer to the school the player was drafted out of, not the state in which he was born.” That’s wonky. So, a person who lived his entire life in one state gets misclassified if he goes away to college. In Jerry Remy’s case, he signed ...Read More...
Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
Now that’s a funky stat.
Sale joined Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax as the only pitcher since 1900 to produce three consecutive starts of 12 or more strikeouts while yielding no more than one run. He also is the first pitcher in the modern era to record at least 10 strikeouts in four consecutive starts while increasing his total each time, striking out 14 in his last start Monday against the Houston Astros.
Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
Giovanny Urshela got his first major league hit in the third inning.
He added his first big league home run in the sixth.
Unfortunately, his family did not get to see either milestone.
“They left in the second inning,” he said.
The 23-year-old Colombian third baseman made his major league debut Tuesday, and his family stayed in town for three days. But his family had to start heading home and couldn’t stay at Progressive Field for the entirety of the Cleveland Indians’ 6-0 win over the ...
Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
Thursday, June 11, 2015
You can’t program grit.
Will things be the same way when reactionaries around the game oppose wearable technologies and the introduction of robotics into the game?
If baseball allows robotics and other technologies into the game, the parallels to the current view of analytics won’t end with the debate. For example, the Dodgers might have the best tech department in the game and perhaps some of the less wealthy, more traditional teams will skimp on such extravagances. (Looking at you, ...
Last night, CSN Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reported that the Mariners are “checking in” on speedy Phillies outfielder Ben Revere. This makes sense: Revere has been squeezed out of his natural left-field role, and despite a down year, is still miles better than what Seattle has been getting from its leftfielders this season.
This morning, the Tacoma News Tribune’s Bob Dutton reported that trade talks are going nowhere because the Phillies are asking for either Taijuan Walker or James ...
Kevin Millar jokin’ around, NOW ON YOUR PHONE!
Baseball fans will now be able to get MLB Network, not only on their television, but on their computer and mobile devices. The network owned by Major League Baseball and their clubs today began providing an authenticated stream of its 24/7, baseball programming via MLB.com At Bat for smartphones and tablets and online at MLBNetwork.com. It marks the first time that a league-owned television sports network has offered live, authenticated stream of ...
Milwaukee Journal, June 11, 1915:
[After the squeeze play] had been worked on [Portland pitcher Rube] Evans twice in one inning, [manager Walt] McCredie said:
“The next time they try that play, bean him (meaning, of course, the batsman), that will stop them.”
Imagine the surprise and excitement in the ground [the next time the opponents tried the squeeze play] when Evans whirled about and threw straight as an arrow at the base-runner. His aim was good and the ball struck the runner just ...
On Wednesday, Braves Double-A catcher Chris O’Dowd was disciplined under the minor-league drug program. Here’s MLB’s statement on the matter in full:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Atlanta Braves Minor League catcher Chris O’Dowd has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone metabolites of exogenous origin, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Posted: June 11, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 14 comment(s)
It will be interesting to see (if the data is made available) what the new metrics have to say about Jones’ defense.
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Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
This is amusing.
“Are the Yankees in Bryce Harper’s future?” asked the New York Post. “Fut-ure Yank-ee” and “20-19″ chanted fans in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium during New York’s 6-1 win. (Harper is under the Nationals’ control through the 2018 season.)
That toughness is certainly being tested.
The subject of mental and physical toughness has popped up multiple times in Matheny’s online blog.
“Every once in a while,” Matheny wrote in 2013, “you find a group that almost seems to stand up taller and straighter when things get tougher. You see them stick out their chin and say ‘Okay, bring it on.’ I love the fight in these guys and the fact that they can’t wait to prove people wrong. To me, that is toughness.”
Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
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