October 2016

A 3-2 Home Team Win Started By A Left-Hander Born In Tacoma, WA
Posted by DaddyO on 10/30/16
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Any one else getting niggled by World Series announcers hyping ridiculously qualified Series factoids? These (admittedly exaggerated) fictional examples illustrate what I mean: "This is only the fourth time in World Series history a right-handed pitcher has thrown more than two scoreless innings of relief on a Thursday when the gametime temperature started above 50 degrees but dipped below it during the game." "This has NEVER happened before! A left-hander named Chapman facing a switch-hitter registers a pitch over 100 mph in a Wrigely Field Series game between 9 pm and 9:30 pm CST." Just... Read More
Dr. D comes out of the quick-look pleasantly surprised
Posted by jemanji on 10/29/16
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. Luke Arkins at Prospect Insider does some heavy lifting for us on the Boomstick subject.  Hmmmm... have got it on my iPad but it doesn't show up on the desktop.  Ah, well... hit prospectinsider.com and there's an Oct. 28th article titled "Can the M's get younger and still contend?" .... Coupla first thoughts:  the idea in the Seattle blog-o-sphere, about 5-10 years ago, was to dig up a Hardball Times or Baseball Prospectus piece on aging curves, and refer to that as the "correct" projection for any given player next year.  Famously, the best saber site in the world did this to rip the... Read More
muchas gracias a Mr. Arkins for a well-thought-out launching point
Posted by jemanji on 10/29/16
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Adding up in simple terms, Luke came up with +5 -8 =2, for the guys who had the best age-35 years, in their following age-36 seasons.  A few reactions: (1) There's some tendency for the infielders-with-power, the guys with small frames who hit the ball hard, to cluster in the disappointing area. (2) Age 36 is very, very old for a baseball player.  No doubts there. (3)  John Benson Rule:  A player is who he was when we last saw him, meaning, late last year.  Nelson Cruz again finished very strongly, slugging .571 over the second half - despite injuries.   Bet you there'd be some tendency for... Read More
The M's got their share
Posted by jemanji on 10/29/16
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. Musta been twenty years ago, more maybe, when Bob Costas stopped me short with a great line.  "Michael Jordan is what you get when --- > you combine (1) a supreme talent with (2) an overachiever." A strict dictionary definition of that is simply "one who has much more success than normal, especially at a young age."  I like dictionaries, but that's one of the worst definitions I've ever heard.  Overachievers are like Russell Wilson or Kyle Seager or Pete Carroll:  people who exceeded their potential and ceilings, primarily because of attitude. It's a little hard to understand why Russell... Read More
M's in great position to supplement Diaz
Posted by jemanji on 10/28/16
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. Three or four diff'rnt MLBTR staffers had their own chats up this week.  In no particular order, here is what THEY have to say: . (1) Chris Sale, Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander the most likely Opening Day starters to be dealt.  But Sale will take 3x Top 100 type prospects, say they . (2) Jeff Todd likes Jackie Bradley Jr. for a young ace :: ahem :: Paxton or Taijuan and ? . (3) The Grand Free Agent Tour centers around Orlando Cespedes, says Todd . (4) Zack Cozart will bring lots of offers because of industry need at the position . (5) Odorizzi would be easier to trade for than Archer,... Read More
but can he follow Pat Venditte out of the pen
Posted by jemanji on 10/28/16
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. Q.  More "more," or more "less" in Dr. D's book? A.  Probably more "less." Last he pitched in the bigs was 2013, which would be fine by us.  George Sherrill was an Indy League pitcher and one of yer all-time Grabs.  What the mainframe could live without, however, is the 75-80% "cut fastballs" and the 87 MPH top end.  This is what constituted Owings' repertoire at last sighting. Dr. D moans and whimpers and whines even when cut fastballs are the best in the business, as Nick Vincent's in fact is.  Dr. D is sick to the gut with Danny Farquhar and Arquimedes Caminero and 18 other kinds of... Read More
... after 50 starts, that is
Posted by jemanji on 10/28/16
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. Luke Arkins at Prospect Insider with a great set of tables comparing Paxton's first 50 starts to every other lefty's.  Plot spoiler:  Paxton's were better. ... By "every other lefty" we mean, like, 2 Kershaw 3 Price 4 Hamels 5 Lester 6 CC 7 Cliff Lee, with Paxton coming first.  That's the ERA chart.  The next chart in, we hit Fielding-Independent Pitching (FIP) for 2016, and find Paxton first in the American League. But the chart after that strews out the HOF'ers by age at 50 starts, and Paxton was the only 27-year-old among them.  Kershaw and C.C., for example, were 21. ... (1) Which... Read More
Capt. Canada has a bullseye on his back
Posted by jemanji on 10/27/16
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If you missed the memo earlier this year, Howard Lincoln and Nintendo appeared to pass off the baton to John Stanton and Chris Larson, who are 'fed up with mediocrity'. . SUPER TWO 2017 Tim Dierkes relays the Super Two cut off as 1 year, 131 days.  This puts both Paxton and Taijuan well into 22% of "second year players" who get treatment as having contributed for a full year, which is only fair, since they threw 120 and 134 innings respectively.  The guess is that this will leave them making about $2.7M+ apiece next season.  In some ways, an M's fan might almost hope that would be good for... Read More
and Dr. D is cc'ed on the Zack Cozart deal, at long last
Posted by jemanji on 10/24/16
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. FOOTBALL VERSION OF ROCKY II (if Rocky had needed one more count, causing a draw) Dr. D's stream of consciousness (non-)thoughts on the Seahawk game, which you amigos (and jschario - see his report in the football area) can improve with little or no effort: 1)  Have never been more proud of a single defensive effort.  Pete Carroll also at halftime was seen jumping around high-fiving his attack dogs.  Remember Buddy Ryan leaving the Bears and telling his men through tears "You guys are my heroes!" ?   How many plays did they defend, like 90?  I never really believed in a Seahawk defense the... Read More
Baseball is about the strike zone ... and a 908 OPS is okay too
Posted by jemanji on 10/21/16
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. From Jeff Sullivan's Friday chat: . 9:31 Jeff: Al Avila is hinting at winter trades for Detroit and says no extension plans exist for JD Martinez. If he’s a trade candidate, what could he return? 9:32 Jeff Sullivan: So you’d be talking about one year of a prime-aged corner outfielder 9:32 Jeff Sullivan: Martinez is 29 and over the past three years he has something like a 145 wRC+ 9:33 Jeff Sullivan: He doesn’t run so well, and he doesn’t defend so well, but he’s kind of like what people think Carlos Gonzalez is. On a one-year deal, Martinez might get $25 – 30 million... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 10/21/16
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. Intriguing.  Billy is confident that Dipoto (thanks Diderot!) will be on the phone with the Pirates about Mc Clutch, and confident that the Pirates are open to talks.  In my own addled mind, this moves a Mc C follow to the front of the stove, as Zoom puts it.  Summarizing his suggestions: 1) The Pirates need a SS and possibly a 1B (and obviously a small-market team loves cheap ML-ready talent) 2) Hyper-logical would be a KKKKarns-Marte-'Bach deal (and the Pirates have always liked 'Bach) 3) If that ain't quite enough to win the auction, you could reluctantly swap in Taijuan for KKKKarns 4)... Read More
weeee are fam a leee, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 10/21/16
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. The Millenials here probably have no idea that -in baseball- "We Are Family" is hip.  Not magoo.  There's a reason for that; you could look it up. . Notice that the J.D. Martinez post is nested within the SSI "blog" Hot Stove, which means you can click on its Hot Stove button (top right) and quickly jump to all the similar articles.   (This little post has the "Dr's R/X" button top right.) Other blogs within the over-arcing Seattle Sports Insider:  Baseball area include --- > Sabermetrics, Aiki Mechanics, Player of the Day (POTD), Dr's Prognosis, Mariners Minor Talk, and so forth.  Also... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 10/21/16
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. The Hot Stove post yesterday, on McCutcheon, drew the most interest.   That weirds me out, since November through January is supposed to be about Dr. D and not about the Hot Stove.  But:  have it your own way.  I've got nothing against publicity stunts, so here is a bit of MLB Trade Rumors chat.  Edited for your convenience. . Prich 2:07 Pirates pick of Walker *or* Paxton for Bell... Who says no? Jeffrey Todd 2:08 Given that he kinda doesn't have a position, I don't think Bell has shown quite enough as a hitter in the minors to warrant that kind of return. Walker/Paxton are both established... Read More
Dr. D gloms on to every possible signal out of M's HQ
Posted by jemanji on 10/21/16
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. Last thing from Jeffrey Todd's chat, for us as M's fans, was . Jerry D 3:13 Any other good SS trade options aside from Cozart? Jeffrey Todd 3:14 I'd say Villar is probably the best potentially available player, though MIL isn't going to just take good value in a deal. They'll ask for the moon. Otherwise, you're maybe looking at guys like Jose Iglesias, Danny Espinosa -- poor hitters with good gloves. . At My Northwest, Scott Servais commented on Ketel Marte's situation.  He said a lot of very polite things, and then gave us his thoughts: . “Young player, he’s growing, he’s... Read More
Tank catching serious air in the AFL
Posted by jemanji on 10/20/16
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. Moe sez, . Just for fun, I went to the Southern League batting leaders pages at B-R.  Wanted to see how 21 year olds who hit "like" O'Neill (north of .800) fared when they made it to the bigs, seeing significant playing time, at age 22.  I only looked at 21 year olds...ignired some 20 year olds and one 19 year old. I initially looked at 2005, picking it randomly because it wasn't too far back and might give us some decent data.  Thien I went to 2006.  Then I jumped to '12 and '13 just to make it more recent. 2005 had bunch of hitting 21'ers who played a decent amount in the bigs at 22.  ... Read More
Gamel and Heredia deepen the roster, but fall short of a Fountain metaphor
Posted by jemanji on 10/20/16
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. If you are reading this, or perhaps, an off-blog Mariners fan has begged you to read it to him, then you are aware that Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz are good are pretty much the perfect #3 and #4 hitters.  They are perfect hitters except for the fact that at least one of them is likely to not be a perfect hitter in the medium term. Hence Jerry DiPoto's recent comments that his vision is for a much younger roster.  Soonest. .... [Birdwalk ensues]  Remind your friend that there are big problems with a "Lawyer-Committee GM," and, in fact, with any committee.  Committees are not agile; they... Read More
Let's try this Zuumball thing again - this time in an ML organization
Posted by jemanji on 10/19/16
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EDITOR'S CHOICE:  TACOMA RAIN ON STEVE CLEVENGER . I think if Dipoto was already thinking about cutting / non-tendering Clevenger before the comments, then he should have cut the ties then. Dipoto has a very good idea what the M's roster is going to look like for the Rule 5 draft right now. There may be one or two decisions to be made, but Clevenger is not one of them... and he never was. Either the decision has been made to keep him on the 40 man, and store him in Tacoma because at $800K he is somewhat of an asset... or he is going to be non-tendered. There is no way this incident should... Read More
hey, don't everybody jump for my 0.7 WAR at one time
Posted by jemanji on 10/19/16
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. Dr. D cheerfully admits that he's infatuated with Billy Zoom's comments.  His latest sat in the pool filter for a day and a half, so we'll make it up to him by mangling his intentions: . My first choice is Andrew McCutcheon rumored to be on his way out of Pittsburgh after a dismal (or abysmal?) year. Not so long ago he was an All Star, his contract is affordable (and after this year, he could be coming and get an extension in the process). You numbers nit pickers might not like what you are finding is his aging hair but his recent quotes don't sound like this guy is ready to quit to me. ... Read More
... are those the servants' quarters?
Posted by jemanji on 10/15/16
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. Moe Dawg had pushed the idea of Fowler to Seattle.  In Jeff Sullivan's chat yesterday, one of his crew axed him where he guessed Fowler would be; he tossed out the idea of Texas in CF or Seattle "in a corner." Here is a mid-August SB Nation article out of Chicago, wondering whether Cubbies fans would prefer an Aroldis Chapman vs Dexter Fowler re-sign.  Quite the splash paradigm even to start with, but more amazingly, Cubs fans chose Fowler. . We’ve all heard how good the Cubs are with Fowler in the lineup, and losing him in the offseason would be a big blow to the Cubs offense. Fowler is... Read More
M's strike zone control, and W's, headed North for next y'ar
Posted by jemanji on 10/15/16
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. In August 2012, James published a meaty research piece called "Strike Zone Control and Wins."  He used complex metrics to find that K/BB ratio predicts team wins very nicely, and especially it predicts success the next season. .... We could plug all the numbers into a spreadsheet to assess the 2016 Mariners.  Or, we could point out that: The offense was 9th in strikeouts (good) and 6th in walks (good), and The defense was 6th in strikeouts (good) and 3rd in walks (very good). But we take it one step farther, and we notice that the offense was 2nd in homers (excellent), this being in Safeco... Read More
If it doesn't, it should
Posted by jemanji on 10/15/16
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. NFL announcers are always talking about how Chip Kelly's* defenses get too tired to play effectively.  BJOL readers scoff at this; if the offensive linemen are on the field for 63 plays and the defensive linemen also out there for 63 plays, why would the defensive end be more tired than the tackle?  And, to boot, the DL is more likely to rotate ... To no one's surprise, or at least not mine, James was contrarian on this and he was also right.  In a recent Hey Bill he pointed out, simply, that the defense must be prepared for options A, B, C, and D, while the offense simply had to be... Read More
Of peace, joy and red stitching
Posted by jemanji on 10/15/16
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. There's an old story about an art competition, with the theme of "Peace."  One guy painted a meadow and small pond.  Another guy painted gentle clouds in the sky.  The guy who won painted a raging storm, and a cliff, and in a crag of the cliff a nest, in which a mother dove comforted her chicks. ... sudden thought.  You think we should warm the hot stove with an Impressionistic Art Club korner?  With the required punch line being a 2016 player stat connected to the doggerel commentary we put on it?  Dr. D will start.  Monet's "Soleil," let's go with point 5 below. Always admired the... Read More
Reminding us more and more of Justin Smoak every day
Posted by jemanji on 10/15/16
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. We're about a week or two behind the events here, but in the morning we like to offer the alert reader his choice of bacon and eggs, oatmeal, or calamari with mint sauce. As you might have noticed, Steve Clevenger tweeted provocatively on the anti-Black Lives Matter side of the rioting issue in North Carolina.  Now, most sportswriters tend to need little information past "did I like the tweet or did I dislike it," as was the case with this "Take Out the Trash" article. ..... Niners Nation has some good reads up, like 40-50 of them, asserting Colin Kaepernick's right to peaceful protest.  In... Read More
drumroll, please
Posted by jemanji on 10/14/16
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. Wrote the post and only then found the Oct. 12, 2016 vid outta the AFL.  I shoulda just posted this video and left it at that.  :- D The MLBFarm.com site has Thyago Vieira hitting 102 MPH in the AFL, and averaging a hundred.  Well, 99.4, on a good solid 14-count's worth of fastballs.  Bob links us up to this chart, and doesn't mention that Luiz Gohara (our CC Sabathia hopeful) is also averaging 97+.  I've heard good things about lefties who slam 97 with regularity. The same site had Vieira averaging 79 MPH (-20 MPH) on his slider.   According to them, he had the 14 fastballs at a hundred,... Read More
And not just ANY links. SSI links. Booyeah.
Posted by jemanji on 10/14/16
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. PROSPECT INSIDER Has a sweet new look.  Not only is it clean, but it's patriotic and sports the all-important "carousel" feature.  No word on whether Jason is going to attempt a wacky avatar.  Probably best not to dig base camps at mountains that promise only tragedy and despair. Jason's right-hand man Luke Arkins does a little season-2016 flyover in this piece.  I hadn't been aware that Ketel Marte's mono cost him 22 pounds during the season, had you?  It's one thing if Dae-Ho Lee or Dr. D loses 16 lbs.  It's another thing if Jon Heder loses two stone.  Well, okay.  That would explain the... Read More
The best science is the simplest science, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 10/14/16
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. A couple of days ago, Dave Studeman published us the kindsa charts we likey.  This one plots the quality of your favorite team, which had better not be the Texas Rangers: . Runs Scored and Allowed, 2016, AL . You notice the dashed line that runs from top left to bottom right.  All .500 teams would be on this line, if all bases gained were equal.   The .500 teams that won abd lost their games 3-1 -- like Daddy-O's 1964 Dodgers (80-82) we presume -- would be very top left.   The .500 teams that won and lost their games 13-9 -- like the 2010 Colorado Rockies, keyed by Miguel Olivo but also... Read More
#2 on my hit list, with a rocket
Posted by moethedog on 10/13/16
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Matt and I are all over a Dexter Fowler addition, as you know. Of course, I'm sure the Cubbies would love to keep him, considering he costs them only $9M if they re-up him and $5M if they let him go. So the question is whether he exercises the Mutual Option and hits the road, Jack. I bet he will.  He was just worth 4.4 WAR and he will want to take advantage of that.  He'll get multi-years and it will be north of $14M per.  My bet, anyway. But let's just assume he stays in Chi-town.  Maybe the Cubs win it all and he likes the mojo they have going.  Or maybe he renegotiates with the home team... Read More
There's comps, and then there's SSI comps
Posted by jemanji on 10/13/16
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. Five years ago, the 26-year-old Matt Kemp hit .324/.399/.586 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and also swiped 40 bases.  So, you had a very fast 172 OPS+ outfielder who hit 39 homers, had 126 RBI, and 115 runs scored.  Nelson Cruz crossed with ... I dunno, Ichiro Suzuki? Something seemed fishy about Matt Kemp at that time, the something fishy perhaps being that he'd never previously had a 130 OPS+ season.  But the Dodgers signed him to an 8 X $20MM deal, these being $20M in five-years-ago terms.  Kemp was the #2 MVP that year, and got All-Star votes again at age 27. Bill James was asked to... Read More
Sposed to be the EZest Yahtzee slots to fill, ain't they?
Posted by jemanji on 10/12/16
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Sez Moe Dawg: 15 things to think about if you're as ready for '17 as I am. Aoki is incredibly consistent. In 5 MLB seasons, he's never hit more than .288, never less that .283 (,288-.286-.285-.287-.283).  His OBP has never been less than .349 or more than .356 (.355-.356-.349-.353-.349). And minus his Ruthian (for him) rookie season he's slugged between .360 and .388) .370-.360-.380-.388).   Clockwork! If you bring him back next year, you certainly know what you're going to get.  Bad glove and all. . Sez the Mainframe: Which raises the question ... siggggghhhhhh.  the 'Frame didn't care for... Read More
Worth about 2 cents
Posted by moethedog on 10/09/16
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15 things to think about if you're as ready for '17 as I am. 1. Aoki is incredibly consistent. In 5 MLB seasons, he's never hit more than .288, never less that .283 (,288-.286-.285-.287-.283).  His OBP has never been less than .349 or more than .356 (.355-.356-.349-.353-.349). And minus his Ruthian (for him) rookie season he's slugged between .360 and .388) .370-.360-.380-.388).   Clockwork! If you bring him back next year, you certainly know what you're going to get.  Bad glove and all. 2. B-R says that the M's are "leaning" towards keeping Smith around for his $7M option.  One statistic may... Read More
Dr. D can always find a way to synch politics with catchers' mitts
Posted by jemanji on 10/07/16
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. This will probably be the last I excerpt James for a while, but it also is (1) awesome, (2) directly related to what Grizzly and Diderot were talking about, and (3) draws parallels to baseball.  How could we not.  :- ) The first except is from a Nov. 25, 2012 article, not Hey Bill, but an article ... $3 per month to sign up here ... remember now this is in reference to the Obama-Romney election, not this year's election. The second is from last June's Hey Bills.  Okay, the second and third. . JAMES SEZ 64 million votes to 60 million.  People will tell you that the man who designed the... Read More
Pictured below: 0.5 WAR in 2016
Posted by jemanji on 10/07/16
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. STARRY, STARRY SKY Dept. What are the odds of these three things happening (again) in 2017? (1) Robinson Cano hitting .300, with 30-35-plus homers -- HIT and PWR galore -- while playing 161 games? (2) Nelson Cruz hitting 43 homers!, with everything else he does at the plate (147 OPS+) -- that is, remaining baseball's #1 home run hitter?  155 games? (3) Kyle Seager slugging .499 with a 133 OPS+?  For 158 games? (4) Only a handful of the Mariners' 25-odd position players being liabilities in the least? It was a starry night out last year, especially down the stretch.  The forecast for... Read More
Brexits, Walls, and Faith in Joe Mainstreet
Posted by jemanji on 10/07/16
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From Hey Bill, back in June.  Underlines are my own.  See first comment for my own little followon. ... Hey, Bill, you wrote about the decision in Britain to leave the UK "but you might note that this decision was not made by bureaucrats, but by the people."  I don't think anyone has suggested that bureaucrats did or should make such a decision, but to me the interesting question is whether elected representatives rather than the people should make such a decision.  To me, the idea of electing a representative is to find someone whose worldview I like and whose integrity I trust and say... Read More
can't somebody get this guy a raise
Posted by jemanji on 10/07/16
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. Just when you thought you'd seen everything from Dr. D.  The words Epic, Mariner, and 2015 Defense* together in one (fragmented) sentence.  And you thought you could stop me.  No, you can only hope to contain me. .... James was asked a great question last week.  Hey, with so much shifting, wouldn't the great shortstop be devalued?   Personally I thought the question was understated.  Might not the changing conditions of the game make the light hitting, great defensive shortstop obsolete? He floored me when he replied, "If that was theoretically true, I would think it would only be true at... Read More
POTD: Eric Thames
Posted by moethedog on 10/05/16
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Eric Thames, former Mariner/Blue Jay/Oriole must like Korean cooking; he has gone nuts with the bat since heading across the Pacific in 2014.  In three seasons his WORST BA/OBP/SLG and HR line looks like this:  .317/.422/.676 and 37.  Now that wasn't his worst season, but the worst individual numbers he had in any one season.  He's been pretty dang good!  The worst single season he had was in '16.  His OPS was only 1.101!  He's hit 37, 47 and 40 HR's. OK, so the KBO isn't the AL East.   But Jung Ho Kang, now of the Pirates and with a .838 MLB OPS in two seasons, didn't come close to hitting... Read More
Buying In from the Jump, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 10/04/16
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. JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS James did a study this week on Bryce Harper's majestic season.  He came up with a method to evaluate "flukiness" in a baseball career.  You remember Brady Anderson having that 50-homer season at age 32? Turns out that Jacoby Ellsbury had the flukiest season of any player who ever lived.  Remember 2011, when Ellsbury hit .321/.371/.556 with 39 steals, 119 runs scored, 32 homers, 105 RBI?  And he had 1.8 WAR on defense in center field!    That added up to 9.4 Wins Above Replacement, which is the same WAR as Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz got this year if you add them... Read More
Or if you do, get a wraparound band for your shades
Posted by jemanji on 10/04/16
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. SABRMatt (and Taro) sez, . The Rangers in the first half played extremely lucky.  Then they traded for ALL THE PLAYERS and got Yu Darvish back. . Definitely they made the big trades in the summer. Also interesting, though, that their batting splits were the same 1H and 2H, that is, a 755 OPS in both halves.  They added Darvish, of course, who pitched great, but their other pitchers' problems got almost worse.  Their pitching splits were 4.44 ERA first half, 4.31 ERA second half, with a 2.5 CTL ratio in the second half compared to 1.9 in the second. Can certainly buy the idea that they were... Read More
but I'm not seeing a lot of runs on these white boards yet, gentlemen
Posted by jemanji on 10/03/16
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. IN JAMES WE TRUST - ALL OTHERS MUST BRING DATA, Dept. First, a little table: . AL West Ballclub Run Differential OPS+ ERA+ Actual W Actual L Zen Agitation Factor (xZAF) Seattle +59 106 102 86 76 Houston +23 102 98 84 78 Tejas +8 (yep) 96 103 95 ?! 67 LA of Anaheim -10  101 93 74 88 Orcs -108 93 88 69 93 . MONEYBALL, Dept. Let us all take a moment and assume Zen position.  Body relaxed and seated.  Spine upright or forward is fine, but leaning back will cause sleep and/or vertigo.  Eyes open and gaze down.  You might find it helpful to assume a slight smile, which indeed promotes... Read More
Proprioception, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 10/03/16
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. Jerry DiPoto had said that he acquired Ariel Miranda due to his athleticism.  Dr. D asked for suggestions as to what that could possibly mean for a baseball pitcher!?  Baseball PLAYERS ain't athletes.  And that being the case, what do we say about tall, geeky, uncoordinated left handers who make a fielding error once a week and who throw 99 miles per hour, such as Randy Johnson and James Paxton? Didycel gave us this sparkling answer: . DIDYCEL SEZ To me, we are all "athletes", but I know that at the elite level of sports, a special confluence of factors must come together for an... Read More
chat thread
Posted by jemanji on 10/01/16
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. O's 3, NYY 7 The Orioles took a 3-0 lead early, but Wade Miley -- cruising to a 9-strikeout performane -- gave the Yankee$ a run in the 5th for 3-1.  Then, in the 6th inning, Miley gave up singles to Butler and Refsnyder ... coaching visit to mound ... Chase Headley doubles in another run.  3-2 Orioles. In the 7th, Miley coughed up a leadoff dinger and POOF the Orioles' celebrations were back on ice.  Another single and Miley was outta dere. In the bottom of the 8th inning, bullpen time, the Yankees went Walk - Double - Single - (5-3 NYY) - K - Walk - Double (7-3 NYY) - groundout.  Dellin... Read More
we'll re-timestamp it each day
Posted by jemanji on 10/01/16
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. In the Tacoma News Tribune, they are making noises like Dan Vogelbach is the Opening Day first baseman in 2017.  Lind appears to be gone, and if Dae-Ho Lee is here it looks to be a type of platoon again.  (DiPoto also made noises like Leonys Martin is the center fielder for next year, Ben Gamel / Guillemo Heredia platoons notwithstanding. DiPoto takes it as a foregone conclusion that Vogelbach will hit; at the moment is is simply "out of gas" and "tense" having his first cup of coffee.  But "he doesn't swing at bad pitches ever" and the Mariners are sold on his .417 OBP with 23 homers and... Read More