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Postby big ball chunky time » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:02 pm

Imagine how good he would be if he had more than 20-HR power
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Postby abmillis » Tue May 01, 2018 1:41 pm

KB was hurt, so this thread somehow fell to the second page on active topics. He came back and did awesome stuff so I felt like it needed to be bumped.
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Postby rocket » Tue May 01, 2018 4:28 pm

TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:Imagine how good he would be if he had more than 20-HR power


he's still on the hall of fame path, i just didn't expect him to follow the kirby puckett path
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TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:I miss the old kanye

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Reverse-Duked him
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Wed May 02, 2018 8:32 pm

TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:
Reverse-Duked him

Putting the poop back in?
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Postby Cubswin11 » Fri May 04, 2018 5:56 pm

Nothing we haven’t noticed or talked about here really. But still interesting. KB going all contacty in preparation for his dear friend Bryce to join the lineup next year as the true Dongsmith. Very unselfish of him to balance out the lineup profile.

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Postby ConstableRabbit » Fri May 04, 2018 6:08 pm

From right-handed Votto to right-handed Daniel Murphy in just 6 weeks!
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Fri May 04, 2018 6:40 pm

Cubswin11 wrote:Nothing we haven’t noticed or talked about here really. But still interesting. KB going all contacty in preparation for his dear friend Bryce to join the lineup next year as the true Dongsmith. Very unselfish of him to balance out the lineup profile.



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Postby CyHawk_Cub » Fri May 04, 2018 6:42 pm

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Postby Duke Silver » Fri May 04, 2018 8:05 pm

This is unquestionably a good thing. Even in the article, it points out that his wRC+ is higher than it's ever been. If this version of Kris Bryant continues this exact performance and hits 18 homers this year, he'll still be a better hitter than he's ever been.

But he won't. He'll hit around 30 at least.

We're still talking about a small sample size. He's going to hit more homers. He's been a little unlucky in that regard so far. He's hit three doubles that went 365, 366, and 389 feet. He hit a triple that went 400 feet. Some of those balls will start leaving the park.

And I agree that he powered down some last year. His FB% went down. His avg. exit velocity went down big time from 89.3 mph to 87.1 mph. But it's back up this year to 88.7 mph. He's hitting the ball hard again. But he's not getting enough launch angle, for sure, to put out huge amounts of power.

It'd be silly to think his avg. launch angle is definitely going to stay this low, though. Again, it's a small sample size. And, even still, guess who he is tied with in avg. launch angle right now? Joey Votto. He's still in the upper half of the league. Back in 2016, he had the 3rd highest avg. launch angle in the league. Being that high really isn't very conducive to maintaining a high BABIP. You'll see guys like Brian McCann and Todd Frazier up there, who are selling out for power and getting under a lot of stuff. A lot of lazy fly balls.

In 2016, Bryant had 25 infield fly balls. This year, he has 1. He's hitting a ton of line drives. His batted-ball profile aligns with that of a BABIP god. He also hits more infield singles than just about anyone. And he still has the power to drive the ball out of the park. Plus, more balls in play = more chances for them to leave the park.

The power will come around. And KB will be better than he's ever been.
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Postby UMFan83 » Fri May 04, 2018 8:06 pm

Duke Silver wrote:This is unquestionably a good thing. Even in the article, it points out that his wRC+ is higher than it's ever been. If this version of Kris Bryant continues this exact performance and hits 18 homers this year, he'll still be a better hitter than he's ever been.

But he won't. He'll hit around 30 at least.

We're still talking about a small sample size. He's going to hit more homers. He's been a little unlucky in that regard so far. He's hit three doubles that went 365, 366, and 389 feet. He hit a triple that went 400 feet. Some of those balls will start leaving the park.

And I agree that he powered down some last year. His FB% went down. His avg. exit velocity went down big time from 89.3 mph to 87.1 mph. But it's back up this year to 88.7 mph. He's hitting the ball hard again. But he's not getting enough launch angle, for sure, to put out huge amounts of power.

It'd be silly to think his avg. launch angle is definitely going to stay this low, though. Again, it's a small sample size. And, even still, guess who he is tied with in avg. launch angle right now? Joey Votto. He's still in the upper half of the league. Back in 2016, he had the 3rd highest avg. launch angle in the league. Being that high really isn't very conducive to maintaining a high BABIP. You'll see guys like Brian McCann and Todd Frazier up there, who are selling out for power and getting under a lot of stuff. A lot of lazy fly balls.

In 2016, Bryant had 25 infield fly balls. This year, he has 1. He's hitting a ton of line drives. His batted-ball profile aligns with that of a BABIP god. He also hits more infield singles than just about anyone. And he still has the power to drive the ball out of the park. Plus, more balls in play = more chances for them to leave the park.

The power will come around. And KB will be better than he's ever been.


Looking forward to Bryant’s 5 HR season now
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Postby Cubswin11 » Fri May 04, 2018 8:09 pm

He had a thumb injury last year too that could’ve affected the exit velo. He’s going to be an absolute monster.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Fri May 04, 2018 8:10 pm

Duke Silver wrote:This is unquestionably a good thing. Even in the article, it points out that his wRC+ is higher than it's ever been. If this version of Kris Bryant continues this exact performance and hits 18 homers this year, he'll still be a better hitter than he's ever been.

But he won't. He'll hit around 30 at least.

We're still talking about a small sample size. He's going to hit more homers. He's been a little unlucky in that regard so far. He's hit three doubles that went 365, 366, and 389 feet. He hit a triple that went 400 feet. Some of those balls will start leaving the park.

And I agree that he powered down some last year. His FB% went down. His avg. exit velocity went down big time from 89.3 mph to 87.1 mph. But it's back up this year to 88.7 mph. He's hitting the ball hard again. But he's not getting enough launch angle, for sure, to put out huge amounts of power.

It'd be silly to think his avg. launch angle is definitely going to stay this low, though. Again, it's a small sample size. And, even still, guess who he is tied with in avg. launch angle right now? Joey Votto. He's still in the upper half of the league. Back in 2016, he had the 3rd highest avg. launch angle in the league. Being that high really isn't very conducive to maintaining a high BABIP. You'll see guys like Brian McCann and Todd Frazier up there, who are selling out for power and getting under a lot of stuff. A lot of lazy fly balls.

In 2016, Bryant had 25 infield fly balls. This year, he has 1. He's hitting a ton of line drives. His batted-ball profile aligns with that of a BABIP god. He also hits more infield singles than just about anyone. And he still has the power to drive the ball out of the park. Plus, more balls in play = more chances for them to leave the park.

The power will come around. And KB will be better than he's ever been.


Wow, this sounds really promising!

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Kris Bryant's plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan. It spun in...there were no survivors.
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Postby Duke Silver » Fri May 04, 2018 8:13 pm

I'll wait until after the Cardinals series to post an article and officially kill him.
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Sammy Sofa wrote:WRITE ABOUT THE BAD THINGS, FFS.


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Kris Bryant turning into 3b Mark Grace sucks even if it means the Cubs get an extra half-win a year or something over the 35 HR version.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri May 04, 2018 9:51 pm

I’d say Duke should write an article about the Cardinals for once but I’m sure their players don’t need his help to go drinking and driving after tonight’s game.
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Fri May 04, 2018 10:04 pm

Hairyducked Idiot wrote:Kris Bryant turning into 3b Mark Grace sucks even if it means the Cubs get an extra half-win a year or something over the 35 HR version.

But then Kris could reinvented a cleaner version of the term "slumpbuster."
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DiceMan4221 wrote:
Hairyducked Idiot wrote:Kris Bryant turning into 3b Mark Grace sucks even if it means the Cubs get an extra half-win a year or something over the 35 HR version.

But then Kris could reinvented a cleaner version of the term "slumpbuster."


Bryant's version is where you miss a game for pimp skitters.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Fri May 04, 2018 10:12 pm

"Boy, Kris must have had himself a real pantscleaner last night!"
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DiceMan4221 wrote:
Hairyducked Idiot wrote:Kris Bryant turning into 3b Mark Grace sucks even if it means the Cubs get an extra half-win a year or something over the 35 HR version.

But then Kris could reinvented a cleaner version of the term "slumpbuster."


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