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9 hours ago, El Tiburon said:

Hate the Yankees, but I like that damn Aaron Judge. Who doesn't?

 

Fuck that guy.

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I know I've said it before but where I live in Connecticut is far from a sports hotbed and Matt Barnes of the Red Sox is the only local professional athlete around at the moment.  He went to high school right up the street from me, and his dad was the CFO at my former company.  I don't like the Red Sox but I'd like to see the local guy do well.  Well in the span of a week I've seen him:

-give up a rocket to Cespedes on Wednesday that might be his final career home run
-throw like 35 pitches and load the bases in a terrible 8th inning on Thursday, he only avoided blowing the game due to the Mets' complete ineptness
-blow the game against the Yankees including that Judge moonshot

Not a good week for Bethel, CT.

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He had a pretty solid year last year from the looks of things, 100+ strikeouts out of the pen is cool, even if the league is strikeout happy.

I like how every time Matt Barnes faces off against Derek Fisher (formerly of the Astros, now with the Jays) it sets up a fun little side story because the brawl between the NBA players with the same name.

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29 minutes ago, Mr. Meacon Moneybags said:

In his defense, that’s the story of the Red Sox whole pitching staff.

 

Seems like everyone not named Eovaldi has fallen into the black hole of suck.

 

Not that I've really paid any attention, why do I want to watch Pawtucket get shelled night in night out?

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3 minutes ago, Lowerdeck said:

 

Seems like everyone not named Eovaldi has fallen into the black hole of suck.

 

Not that I've really paid any attention, why do I want to watch Pawtucket get shelled night in night out?

Aren't they the WooSox now or is that next year?

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1 hour ago, damsher hatfield said:

Aren't they the WooSox now or is that next year?

This was supposed to be the last year in Pawtucket. 

 

McCoy is now an outdoor dining venue.

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The injuries are getting out of control too. Guys just aren't in shape and I'd bet the teams that come back from these Covid-induced layoffs are going to see a rash of pulled muscles and such right from the get-go.

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Yeah Mike Soroka tore his Achilles last night and it was really bad.  Just planted to throw a pitch and went down.  Mets had McNeil taken out of the lineup during BP and Cano and Rosario exiting to injuries in-game, none of them sounded serious, just the kind of stuff that could pop up with muscle soreness, and the Mets have played every day this season.

I think some of the teams with prolonged layoffs are trying to lobby to the league to at least allow their healthy players that test negative multiple times after the outbreak to continue working out at the team facilities.  Problem is with both the Marlins and Cardinals outbreaks, some guys don't test positive until three, four, five tests in.  It's too risky to allow anyone from the team out.

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I saw Boras basically suggested converting the hotels these guys are quarantined in into fitness centers of sorts. Not the worst idea. Certainly not as good an idea as CANCELING THE FUCKING SEASON but better than anything Manfred has thrown out there.

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It's been said that one of the most important elements to a great pitcher is having a consistent release point so as to not tip off the batter as to what pitch is being thrown.

Well damn.

 

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Most leaguewide charts would show you the average release point of each pitcher but doesn't differentiate between their pitches.  So here's a relatively average pitcher in Kenta Maeda.  You can glean that he clearly releases his curveball from a higher point than his slider, etc.

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Whereas here is Jake Arrieta and Chris Sale who are obviously better pitchers and have less variance in their zones, everything is being released from a relatively consistent point.  This is around what you'd expect from some of the best pitchers in the league.  I just find this stuff interesting, and it's why deGrom's chart showing he's literally throwing every pitch at the same exact spot is impressive.
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Rosters were set to be trimmed from 30 to 28 today and then from 28 to 26 in two weeks.  Speculation was that they'd cancel these given that players can become unavailable at a moment's notice.

The league and union ended up meeting in the middle.  Rosters drop down to 28 today and then stay that way for the remainder of the season.  A 29th player can be added on double header days, and the taxi squad allowed to join the team to provide quick reinforcement on road trips has expanded from three to five.

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https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29611479/a-bench-coach-sorry-unintentionally-making-apparent-nazi-salute

No I don't think he was intentionally doing it, the first time. He just thought he was being cute with a "social distancing celebration" by having his arm extended as far away as he could. Then his player was like "woah man" and then he quickly raised it again because he's just an idiot who was trying to be funny and laugh it off.

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