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Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 4:51 pm
by big ball chunky time
jason heyward: somehow jason heyward

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 4:59 am
by OleMissCub
Heyward currently has an UZR of 1.8

Schwarber is at 3.2

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:09 am
by Duke Silver
Um, Heyward moved back in the box again. This is the answer.

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:23 am
by UK
Duke Silver wrote:Um, Heyward moved back in the box again. This is the answer.



After this has been said by this author....

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Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:24 am
by Tim
UK wrote:
Duke Silver wrote:Um, Heyward moved back in the box again. This is the answer.



After this has been said by this author....

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See - that's when he's standing too close!

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:25 am
by UK
Good catch.

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:27 am
by Duke Silver
For anyone questioning the Power of Somehow, let's review.

May 20, 2016. Duke writes what could be considered my first article: "Kyle Hendricks: Somehow Good."
viewtopic.php?p=40554#p40554

Now a thread titled "Kyle Hendricks: Somehow Greg Maddux," I wrote glowingly of a guy with a 3.58 ERA, coming off of a season with a 3.95 ERA. From that date on, Hendricks had a 1.75 ERA and led the majors in ERA at the end of the year. He pitched perhaps the best game in franchise history, shutting out the Dodgers, besting Clayton Kershaw, and clinching the franchise's first World Series berth in 71 years. He then started Game 7 of the Cubs' first World Series win in 108 years.

Unbeknownst at the time, the Old Duke'ster was actually a plague on the Cubs, due to the baseball gods hating me for some reason. The Duke Curse soon became quite apparent. It should have been known when I wrote this sentence in 2016:

The Cubs could face a ninth-inning tie in Game 7. And they will feel more secure knowing that Aroldis Chapman is lingering in their bullpen and not their opponent's.


But it wasn't until I nearly killed off the whole Cubs roster last year that we all caught on. In Spring Training, I wrote an article about Spring Training stats and suggested that Javy Baez might strike out less. His K% went up from 24.0% to 28.9%. I also argued that Ben Zobrist's poor Spring stats meant nothing because his peripherals still looked good. He finished with a .82 wRC+. I also wondered if Addison Russell was going to have a breakout season. He had an 84 wRC+.

I then wrote an article stating that Kyle Schwarber was breaking out. He was playing in AAA two months later.

My next article was one advising that better days were ahead for the Cubs' rotation. They all got much worse, were injured, or died.

I then wrote an article about Kyle Hendricks and his 3.81 ERA and why I still loved him. From that date on, he had a 2.04 ERA. After I didn't kill Kyle, I wondered why he was immune from the Duke Curse.

Next, I wrote an ode to Jon Lester's cutter. Lester completely lost command of his cutter immediately after my article and was placed on the DL within a couple weeks.

Undeterred, I wrote an article about Jake Arrieta returning to ace form. Within hours, Arrieta was serving up dongs before leaving with a cursed hamstring strain. Here's where things get really weird. The title of my Arrieta article was "The Gang Gets a New Ace." This title is a reference to the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. At the time, I thought I was welcoming the Cubs' ace back. It turns out, I was temporarily killing him, making him untrustworthy in Theo's eyes, and handing over a new ace to the Phillies.

The Duke Curse is very real. But why does it only make Kyle Hendricks stronger? Somehow. After tweeting about Ian Happ, the unenlightened would be sure to think I jinxed him. He homered on his next AB.





Since discovering the Power of Somehow, the eerie incidents have abounded. I once responded to Bryant's Disco Ball that Kyle Hendricks wouldn't give up any more hard-hit balls in a game and that the Cubs would mount a late rally to win. BDB reminded me that I didn't include "somehow." The next batter he faced hit a flyout to the wall. A warning. I edited my post to include "somehow." Kyle finished off 7 2-hit innings and the Cubs scored 5 late to win easily. I also somehow saved Yu Darvish's life: viewtopic.php?p=265691#p265691

Last night, I said that Quintana would somehow spin a gem. I'm somehow going to somehow us into a bunch of dongs tonight.

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:40 am
by Duke Silver
Which brings me to Jason Heyward. Let's review here, too.

Heyward hits like Cesar Izturis, while standing like this in the box last year:
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Heyward starts standing in the box like this at the start of this year:
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I write an article about him moving back in the box and that it's led to him hitting .271/.360/.431.

Heyward then decides to move up closer to the plate like he was last year:
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After hitting .163/.236/.245 after my article jinxing him, I make note of him standing like this. I beg him to move back in the box, using the Power of Somehow. Three days later, he is standing in the box like this:
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And somehow he is hitting .476/.522/.619 since I blessed him with somehow.

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:51 pm
by big ball chunky time
if there was a real baseball twitter like there's an nba twitter, you would be the lil b of baseball twitter

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:34 pm
by Ding Dong Johnson
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Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:59 pm
by CyHawk_Cub
Duke Silver wrote:bunch of stuff


Hmmm, maybe....
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Oh HELL NO....
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Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:57 pm
by PackLandVA
My head hurts.

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:03 pm
by Thed Hoyerstein
PackLandVA wrote:My head hurts.


Somehow hurts.

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:07 am
by JudasIscariotTheBird
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Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:32 am
by CyHawk_Cub
I've been rough on Duke for his voodoo ways. After Heyward's walkoff GS, maybe I owe Duke an apology.





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Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:34 am
by Duke Silver
The hit off Hader was on the inside. He's slugging .533 with an 88.1 mph exit velocity on pitches on the inner third since I posted in here about him moving up closer to the plate and he somehow decided to move back off of it.

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:43 am
by David

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:49 am
by jersey cubs fan

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:59 am
by PackLandVA
Heyward is not fixed. Let’s not be silly.

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:08 pm
by gobigred
lets hope he continues and then opts out .win win right there

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:13 pm
by BigSlick
obviously one should not declare him fixed without like, several months of good play, but he's hitting the ball with authority for the first time since his week long nice stretches that he had both in 2016 and 2017

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:38 pm
by HawkeTrackler
Yes

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:20 pm
by sneakypower
HR/FB
'16: 4.8%
'17: 9.2%
'18: 6.2%
'19: 16.8%

i have a theory about why he's markedly improved..

Re: Is Jason Heyward Fixed?

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:48 pm
by Omar
I was really hoping he would end the season with 100 OPS+ or better. 98 - so close.