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Old 02-11-2017, 10:58 PM   #41
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I hated the guy then, and I still hate him. He was such an attention slut. I'm pretty sure most teams will pass.
I dunno, If he showed well in a showcase I might give him a minor league deal. See if he has a good feel for the pitch. Given the description I doubt he does though. I really can't imagine that if he throws it the way they decribe that he's not over rotating the ball.
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I don't watch much National League Baseball, and the reason is solely because they don't have a DH. The Pitchers can't hit worth #### and don't even try to even if they could, and it seems to add about 20-30 minutes to every game with the endless pitching changes to get a hitter up at the plate, especially when the rosters expand.
Yay for hyperbole! I'll interrupt your rant with some facts and stats.

The lack of DH does not add 20-30 minutes per game. In fact, because the AL managers don't have to worry about their pitchers hitting, they can switch pitchers more often to get better matchups on the mound. Games in NL parks are 15 seconds longer than AL parks. By removing outliers, NL games are quicker by up to 3 seconds! Source: FiveThirtyEight https://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/...the-game-down/.

There are pitchers who are decent hitters. Bumgarner, Greinke, Wood, and Kershaw come to mind right away. There are also pitchers who are terrible hitters, such as Bartolo Colon. Amongst all MLB players with enough qualifying at bats in 2016, the lowest batting average was .209. There were 30 players in 2016, with enough qualifying at bats, that had a batting average less than .250. There were 27 pitchers that had a batting average of .250 or more. 8 of these pitchers did that with 10 or more at bats.

In 2016 AL teams used an average of 519 IP from their bullpen, while NL teams used an average of 540 IP. Over 162 games that means each NL team is using 21 innings of bullpen more than the AL teams, or 1 extra inning of bullpen every 7.7 games. That's basically the same amount, especially when you add in the NL teams averaged 5 more innings pitched than the AL teams for the year. What stat I wish I could find is to see number of pitching changes. I'm sure if I look harder, I could find it, but as of now it eludes me.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:01 AM   #43
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Yay for hyperbole! I'll interrupt your rant with some facts and stats.

The lack of DH does not add 20-30 minutes per game. In fact, because the AL managers don't have to worry about their pitchers hitting, they can switch pitchers more often to get better matchups on the mound. Games in NL parks are 15 seconds longer than AL parks. By removing outliers, NL games are quicker by up to 3 seconds! Source: FiveThirtyEight https://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/...the-game-down/.

There are pitchers who are decent hitters. Bumgarner, Greinke, Wood, and Kershaw come to mind right away. There are also pitchers who are terrible hitters, such as Bartolo Colon. Amongst all MLB players with enough qualifying at bats in 2016, the lowest batting average was .209. There were 30 players in 2016, with enough qualifying at bats, that had a batting average less than .250. There were 27 pitchers that had a batting average of .250 or more. 8 of these pitchers did that with 10 or more at bats.

In 2016 AL teams used an average of 519 IP from their bullpen, while NL teams used an average of 540 IP. Over 162 games that means each NL team is using 21 innings of bullpen more than the AL teams, or 1 extra inning of bullpen every 7.7 games. That's basically the same amount, especially when you add in the NL teams averaged 5 more innings pitched than the AL teams for the year. What stat I wish I could find is to see number of pitching changes. I'm sure if I look harder, I could find it, but as of now it eludes me.
What does inning pitched per bullpen have anything to do with it? Often times in the AL you will get a guy from the BP pitching multiple innings because he doesn't have to bat. That's not as frequent in the NL because they usually sub them out come time to bat, especially when the rosters expand. You'll never see a guy like Andrew Miller in the NL for that very reason.

Also, the time of the games could be similar given the DH (more at bats), but the pace of play isn't in my mind.

Keep in mind though, I don't watch NL games very often, and when I do it's usually at the end of the year when the roster expansion is in full effect so it is skewed.
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What does inning pitched per bullpen have anything to do with it? Often times in the AL you will get a guy from the BP pitching multiple innings because he doesn't have to bat. That's not as frequent in the NL because they usually sub them out come time to bat, especially when the rosters expand. You'll never see a guy like Andrew Miller in the NL for that very reason.

Also, the time of the games could be similar given the DH (more at bats), but the pace of play isn't in my mind.

Keep in mind though, I don't watch NL games very often, and when I do it's usually at the end of the year when the roster expansion is in full effect so it is skewed.
Your reasoning on bullpens doesn't match what actually happens. The AL will have more pitcher changes because they don't have to worry about the pitcher batting and the pitcher only stays in if he's effective. The AL wouldn't leave a short term reliever in for multiple innings if there is a better matchup, especially lefty/righty match ups. The NL will have pitchers stay in longer if they are coming up to bat in the next inning, so they don't have to burn to pitchers for one batter. An NL manager will use a double switch if he needs his pitcher to go longer.
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Looks like that's it for A-Rod. Just 4 HR short of 700.

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Appearing at camp in his capacity as a Yankees spring instructor, former star Alex Rodriguez told reports that he has no intentions of staging a comeback at 41 years of age. As Jack Curry of the YES Network was among those to report (links to Twitter), Rodriguez says he’s officially retire and won’t be looking to make a return to the majors.

We have heard strong suggestions of this before, of course, including a recent statement from Rodriguez’s spokesperson stating that Rodriguez did not intend to play in 2017. But this appears to be the first time that Rodriguez himself has spoken definitively on the matter, making clear that he has officially hung up his spikes and doesn’t intend to pull them back out of the locker.

Despite those prior indications, there have been persistent questions about whether Rodriguez might change his mind at some point — not least of which because he’s just four home runs shy of 700. He’d also have represented a low-cost signing, since the Yankees are still obligated for his $21MM salary this year. (That fact will remain unchanged.)
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Goose Gossage is still the more entertaining special instructor at the Yankees spring training. Maybe he'll fight A-Rod.
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Two things: This is a massive homer, and the Yankees spring training scoreboard is nicer than 97% of all sports teams actual home scoreboards.

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Would there be enough interest to do another fantasy league on here?
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2017 MLB season preview: SI's experts make their World Series picks

https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/03/29/se...ks-predictions

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http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/page...am-predictions
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2017 MLB season preview: SI's experts make their World Series picks

https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/03/29/se...ks-predictions

ESPN expert predictions:

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/page...am-predictions
I always laugh at so called expert opinions. The majority in almost every sport just go with a repeat of last year, maybe picking the team in the final who lost to win it this season. Any idiot can predict the way these guys do.
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I always laugh at so called expert opinions. The majority in almost every sport just go with a repeat of last year, maybe picking the team in the final who lost to win it this season. Any idiot can predict the way these guys do.
I don't think you're laughing. You are steamed no one is picking the Jays.
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:35 PM   #52
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I didn't look, but I assume many people are picking Cleveland and the Cubs?

Well, yeah. That's not surprising. Both teams are young and really good.
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Opening day and the stadium is half full in Tampa. Terrible market for baseball. Its worse than Arizona in hockey. Rays up 7-3 on the Yankees in the 9th on opening day.
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Opening day and the stadium is half full in Tampa. Terrible market for baseball. Its worse than Arizona in hockey. Rays up 7-3 on the Yankees in the 9th on opening day.
Now that Selig is gone, let's move them to Montréal
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Madbum having a special game so far.

No base runners after 4 innings, and a home run. He has 15 career home runs, and he is usually facing the other team's ace.

Strange to see roof open in Phoenix.
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another one!
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Holy smokes! D-backs get to Madbum in 6th to tie game 3-3.

Madbum stays in to hit in 7th - first pitcher ever to hit 2 HR on opening day.

"Wes Ferrell holds the all-time Major League Baseball record for home runs hit while playing the position of pitcher. He hit 37 as a pitcher. Baseball Hall of Famers Bob Lemon and Warren Spahn are tied for second with 35 career home runs apiece."
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Do the Giants use him as a DH when they play AL teams? Can they let him hit instead of having a DH? They should consider it. Depends on the rest and rotation I suppose.
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Do the Giants use him as a DH when they play AL teams? Can they let him hit instead of having a DH? They should consider it. Depends on the rest and rotation I suppose.
He does pinch hit quite often.
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And the Giants bullpen giving it away again.
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