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Brian wrote:Jake did not have a nice no hitter anniversary.
August 30, 2015 - 9IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 12K
August 30, 2020 - 1 1/3 IP, 6H, 7ER, 3BB, 0K - fewest pitches thrown in a start in his career (46)
The 26-year-old continues to swing a hot stick after his dreadful July, and that homer -- his fourth of the season -- now has him slashing .299/.342/.523 in 107 at-bats. Don't forget that Candelario was once among the top infield prospects in baseball. He's shown why for most of this truncated season.
JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:Just read this blurb from Yahoo fantasy:The 26-year-old continues to swing a hot stick after his dreadful July, and that homer -- his fourth of the season -- now has him slashing .299/.342/.523 in 107 at-bats. Don't forget that Candelario was once among the top infield prospects in baseball. He's shown why for most of this truncated season.
...that's not quite how I remember it. Playing fast with words like "among" and "top."
Duke Silver wrote:You've never been right about anything. You bitch and moan at the slightest hint of things not going right ... Suck my ass, you whiny little bitch.
Yes, you already know where this is going for baseball. Robo-umps are coming to call balls and strikes. I don’t know when. But they’re coming soon.
Look: The ball-strike thing in baseball is a problem. It’s a problem because every ball and strike call is really important.
On a 2-1 count this year, batters hit .336 and slug .575.
On a 1-2 count this year, batters hit .157 and slug .257.
The difference between those two counts is a single pitch, maybe one around the corner, that an umpire now calls a ball or a strike.
On a 3-1 count this year, batters hit .358 and slug .726.
On a 2-2 count this year, batters hit .170 and slug .292.
Same thing, one pitch is the difference. This is true across the count landscape. Every pitch matters. We’ve known that for a long time. And ever since four balls equaled a walk and three strikes a strikeout, umpires have crouched behind home plate making those crucial calls. For most of those years, that was baseball’s best chance to get the calls right, just like there was a time when a horse was the fastest way to get from place to place.
2. I’ve written this before in passing: Pitch framing — which has become ubiquitous over the last few years — exposes the entire home-plate umpiring system. Let’s face it, catchers frame pitches for two purposes. One is that framing helps ensure umpires don’t miss close strike calls. The other is to try and trick umpires into calling a ball a strike. Both reasons mock the idea that home-plate umpires are up to the challenge of calling pitches in this modern time where everyone throws 98 mph with sliders that defy gravity.
Basically, either umpires need a catcher’s help to make the right call or they can be manipulated into making the wrong call. Neither one of those is good.
The Logan wrote:I get that Baseball-Reference is a high traffic website that needs ads in order to stay afloat since it's not a profit-generating entity, but the sheer volume of ads I've been getting on the site lately, even with an adblocker ON, is absurd. I've got 8 ads on the page right now, and my AdBlocker continually keeps blocking ads as the page remains on the screen. It has blocked 272 ads on Baseball-Reference. oh, 283 now, it goes up when you scroll through the page. 315 now. The ads that do squeak through make the user experience horrible. I go to click on something and it keeps moving around the page because ads keep loading and shifting it all over the place.
What the horsefeathers, BR? 350 ads now.
Brian wrote:The division winners pick their opponent idea was goofy, but actually looking at the playoff scenarios now and the current set-up is not exactly favorable to the 1 & 2 seeds. With the Current set-up the 3 Seed faces the 6 seed, which is the the lowest division winner against the lowest the lowest 2nd place finisher. As is the case in both leagues currently and I imagine it would be in most seasons (if played under this format) the 6th seed is going to be the worst team (record wise) in the tournament.
Should have seeded 4-8 by record, that still sets up the scenario where the 1 seed would probably face the team with the 2nd best record in the 2nd round but that isn't any different that what happened in the prior wild card scenarios.
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