It’s not me, it’s Yu

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Postby UK » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:35 pm

Caratini reminds me of the default face when you create a player in the '11 MLB The Show.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:08 am

UK wrote:Caratini reminds me of the default face when you create an orc in Skyrim.


Fixed that.
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Postby The Logan » Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:55 am

Sammy Sofa wrote:
UK wrote:Caratini reminds me of the default face when you create an orc in Skyrim.


Fixed that.


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Postby WrigleyField 22 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:59 am

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:Yu and Vic is my new favorite bromance.

Better than Bryzzo.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:27 am

What a treasure

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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:44 am

The Astros owe Yu say $40 million
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Postby CubinNY » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:35 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:The Astros owe Yu say $40 million

Turns out he wasn't actually tipping his pitches.
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Postby champaignchris » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:42 pm

CubinNY wrote:
TomtheBombadil wrote:The Astros owe Yu say $40 million

Turns out he wasn't actually tipping his pitches.


He was tipping his pitches in that he was nodding when he agreed with the catcher’s signal.
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Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:01 am

I wandered onto his Bbref page including the NPB years and....is Darvish a guy on a HoF track? These next 4 years would have to go amazing probably but between the NPB and MLB he's already got over 2300 innings with a sub-3 ERA and RA9. It helps that my last/only memory of 2019 Darvish is him blacking 97 on foes, but the guy's an animal
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Postby Cubswin11 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:10 am

TomtheBombadil wrote:I wandered onto his Bbref page including the NPB years and....is Darvish a guy on a HoF track? These next 4 years would have to go amazing probably but between the NPB and MLB he's already got over 2300 innings with a sub-3 ERA and RA9. Guy's an animal. It helps that my last/only memory of 2019 Darvish is him blacking 97 on foes

Did Nomo have any traction for the HOF? He’s probably the best proxy for Yu’s chances.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:12 am

Cubswin11 wrote:Did Nomo have any traction for the HOF? He’s probably the best proxy for Yu’s chances.


Darvish already has more career WAR in the MLB. I'm too lazy to compare eras but Darvish also seems to have been way better in the NPB. Like Nomo, I wouldn't be stunned if he is pitching at 39+ maybe into his 40s either
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Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

Postby Bertz » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:53 pm

From an Eno Sarris article in The Athletic about pitchers who changed in September:

It doesn’t look as compelling as maybe the change in release point graph for Yu Darvish, but the pitch mix graph contains a few subtle changes that were just as important for Darvish’s awesome late-season run as his mechanical change was. By throwing his curve and cutter more, and his fastballs less often, he concentrated on three of his four best pitches more often, pushing his stuff number from really good to one that would sit fifth right behind Tyler Glasnow, Gerrit Cole, Garret Richards, and Walker Buehler.

He still doesn’t have good command, but, hey, this change also improved his Command+ number because, look at this, the pitches he commands least are his fastballs and his changeup. So using the cutter for strikes and the four-seam, slider, and curve for whiffs… that’s a thing that can stick with Darvish even if his release point slips back to where it was before. This is one of the benefits of having so many pitch types.
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Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

Postby Bertz » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:46 pm

Fell down a Yu Darvish rabbit hole this morning. Looking at the 2nd half league wide, here are Yu's ranks among starters with at least 50 IP (109 pitchers):

K% - 3rd (37.8%)
BB% - 1st (2.2%)
ERA - 10th (2.76)
FIP - 7th (2.83)
xFIP - 2nd (2.37)
GB% - 51st (43.1%)
HR/FB% - 104th (19.7%)
% of Balls in the Zone - 26th (50.2%)
Opponent chase rate - 3rd (40.4%)
Contact % - 11th (70.2%)

Those are legit, true ace numbers. Basically Cole and Verlander are the only guys who were consistently above him.

I'm a bit torn. Historically 1st Half/2nd Half splits are meaningless. For every guy who makes a permanent change that carries forward there's three for whom it was just a hot streak. However, Yu made a number of significant changes over the course of the season, so I want to believe they're real and permanent. It's also possible he was just knocking the rust off for the first month after missing so much time in 2018.

On the other hand, it's somewhat rare for extreme HR/FB numbers in either direction to be more than dumb luck. And Yu's full season numbers still have him as the 15th best starter in the league by xFIP. So as much as regression might take away K and BB wise from him it's likely to give back dong-wise.
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Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

Postby Cubswin11 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:09 pm

He was basically god mode Jake in the second half if the HR rates were normalized. I expect a very solid year out of him, assuming health.
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Postby Bertz » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:45 pm

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Postby Deeg » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:43 am

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Postby Bertz » Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:22 pm

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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:20 pm

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/statuses/1237752984773091329

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Postby Bertz » Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:56 pm

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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:57 am

Score! The "Eat fried chicken until death" t shirt I got last Christmas remains topical. Yu is the best.
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Postby minnesotacubsfan » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:39 pm

Yu takes a stand in the great “Popeyes vs Chik-fil-A” debate!
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Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

Postby Regular Show » Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:09 am


It looks like a power sinker to me. The article claims Darvish has 11 pitches(!) now which is truly insane...

The eephus/slow curveball is probably my favorite Darvish pitch.
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