Noise, 2.23.18
although video image shortly to be offered also



Everything from March is "noise," distracting at best and misleading at worst.  Well, at times it can be helpful; if a player's component skill set is completely different, maybe.  Or a pitcher adds a pitch.  Or an injured guy is jumping up and down like a jumping bean.  Or, specifically, if Marc-O Gonzales' changeup is clocking 79 MPH instead of 85 MPH.

Henceforth Dr. D offers his tongue-in-cheek reaction to the noise we've gotten the last coupla days.



Matty sez,

...well, I want to join you and have hope, so I'll just call attention to the comments from Felix after his last bullpen session in which he raved about his mechanics being free and easy for the first time in a while and the coaches all liked what they saw.

Refreshed Felix giving us an ERA in the threes would really REALLY help.


Dr. D sees Felix as very well-rested the last two-three years, in context, and a candidate for a bouncy comeback to start with.  The more he's feeling his oats in March the happier we'll be.  A 92 fastball, and a reach of the glove to the catcher in a hurry to throw the next pitch .... off we go. 

Or notl



Shannon Drayer axed Servais was he was hoping for over the next few weeks on Moore and Miranda:

"With Andrew Moore it was the first time in his career he ever struggled,” Servais pointed out. “You find out a lot about people when they do struggle, when they face adversity, and can they bounce back. What adjustments do they make? He has looked very good this spring so far and there are a couple of adjustments our pitching group, Mel (Stottlemyre Jr.) and Jim Brower an Brian DeLunas have brought to his attention and he has addressed it and hopefully it continues and shows well on the field once the games start.”


So Skip allos a mild "attaboy" on the attitude he's seeing right now, which must be 'Frame-adjusted up to "good" considering how hard is is to go out on a limb much for Andrew Moore before he shows the QS's to justify same.

With Moore, that struggling was born in the fact that his slider is not good enough to be thrown except as a nibble pitch, a slider starting in the zone and breaking out.  The curve, even more so.

His cutting, rising, well-located fastball is ML bread and butter, and his changeup has the makings of a putaway pitch.  

So for Andrew Moore and the 'Frame it's all real simple.  The more he pitches like Hisashi Iwakuma -- ladder pitch, 0-1 count, nibble slider, change for shuuto, the better off we are.


Miranda has to cut down on homers, we're told, which is a little like saying a .132 hitter has to get his average up.  The key?  Being willing to throw secondary pitches when behind in the count - any ML hitter can sit dead red on 2-1, and if the pitch misses a little, they're changing the scoreboard.

Watching Miranda is tougher.  He has to throw the 80 MPH "splitter" in hitter's counts -- anywhere in the zone is fine, now -- and then it's better yet if he can mix the 84 "changeup" to steal a strike one.

Failing that he'd better be able to jam hitters effectively, or else have the luck go his way.



Good read on Edwin Diaz' progress as a year-3 player.  It makes sense that young pitchers should gradually improve their release points, and Dipoto advises us that such is the case early in camp.  Fine by Dr. D.






Can fit right in to all of this.  He will be calling many of the pitches and working on sequencing with each of them.  I read somewhere that even with his month in AAA he caught the second most innings in the AL last year. 

All the way from D.C. I read this (though the quotes were also printed locally)

original link was, a record for me, 190 characters

“You see it right away. I was anticipating we’d see a little different guy in spring training, and there’s no question,” Servais said. “Just from a confidence standpoint, his ability get up and lead meetings and talk to the pitchers. It’s about signs, it’s about sequence, things you want to do different than last year."

If that's the case.  The pitching could actually get a boost from the catchers learning.  That could be huge by simply helping a bit here and there.

So, not trading Zunino also fits into Dipoto's best decisions. 



Quite a while back I wrote that the more Moore thows like Colon the better off he is, but I like the Kuma comparison even more.  Spot the fastball, then tie them up with the change at the shins.  His curve was terrible last season, and his slider didn't slide much.  I was disappointed that the "problems" weren't addressed last season, in that the coaches didn't insist that Zunino just put a whole lot of 1's and wiggley fingers down last season.   However, I was never worried that the kid wouldn't just eventually figure that out on his own.  Looks like a meeting of the minds has occured.  I wonder which 3rd pitch they have "adjusted?"  The problem, of course, is that having a new "toy" means you want to play with it;  I wouldn't be bothered in the least by a two-pitch Moore all ST. 

If Felix says his arm is loose and free, then he will be just fine (until it isn't).  His pitchablity factor is so dang high that just feeling jangly and aggressive makes him potent, even if he has 300,000 miles on an arm that doesn't quite generate the horsepower it once did. Felix's ability to still get people out isn't a concern, his ability to get beyond 25 starts is.  But even 25 starts of a fair-to-middling Felix would be a bonus, altough it looks like we need 30 of a rejuvinated Felix to be a Wild Card hopeful. 

Miranda?  I was once WAY in on him.  Now?  I sense a fundamental homer-prone nature to his game, or perhaps it is his mentality.  But guys like that have the occassional fine season, when flyball luck goes their way.  And you can say this for Miranda, he takes the hill every five days.  That counts for something.    


Moore pitched to 8 batters today, in 2 innings.  He beaned one, walked one, allowed one single, K'ed 3..  He threw a total of 19 pitches, which means he threw no more than 15 pitches to the 7 hitters he didn't bean, yet he K'ed three of them.  He was rather efficient.  3 called strikes and 6 swinging strikes.  There's his 3 K's.  He had three "ball in play" strikes.  One of those was a single, one was an out and the other was a double play.   Atta kid.  Altavilla K'ed the side in 9 pitches in the 9th.  3 called strikes and 6 swinging.  Bergmann threw 12 pitches (2 innings, o hits) and 11 of them were strikes.  Romine and Andreoli were 3 for 3 between them. 


Gameday pitch counts aren't reliable in early spring games...I swear I saw balls in the counts from Altavilla, for example. We do this every year, where half of us get fooled by the pitch counts...that may not be the case this time, but I'd like to be certain.


Yesterday Game day showed 0 balls.  I was surprised by all the 3 pitch Ks until I turned on the radio and realized it was in error. 

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