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Any information on when the positional breakdown by tiers will be published?
Not a pariah...just kinda boring.
Sure, he shows aplomb (self-confidence) in big spots...but he also blew Game 3 of the 2009 ALDS (4 hits, 3 runs with 2 outs, season over) and blew the save against the Orioles this year that would have clinched a playoff spot. So 2 of the past 3 years he has choked away the last game of the season...I'd say that big game reputation is neutral at best.
I agree with your last sentence...with all the attrition its to a point where my two favorite contributors to BP are well-rounded "scout-side" perspectives
cool story, bro!
The AL scout who notes "there is nobody with that package" after providing some speculative summary stats actually described Ellsbury's projected season totals pretty precisely.
I've subscribed to BP a long time and have no idea who Joe Hamrahi is..."we at BP"? What does that even mean?
Its not exactly "burying the lead"...but you always have to skip past the "newspaper article" to get to the good stuff Perrotto. Rumors and scouts' takes should be the draw!
There were three men down
And the season lost
And the tarpaulin was rolled
Upon the winter frost
Scott Rolen has average foot speed? Who knew?
Seems to me like PECOTA looks a lot of guys up and down and pictures Votto and/or A-Gonz...maybe Jeff Clement or Ike Davis are primed for a surprising breakout too.
The Red Sox have had a lot of injuries this year? Who knew? Such hard-hitting 'insider' stuff here!
Kudos for taking such a bold stance...it's not every author who would be willing to put themselves out there with a "they could but I don't think they will" prediction on a possible but unlikely outcome.
It adds so much to a silly 'playoff odds report' to list all the injuries and mention how much they have hurt this team!
Buchholz may not sustain that ERA, but its not because of any downward trend. Comparing Clay Buchholz 2010 with his '07 and '08 and spotting negative indicators misses the point...he's not trying to regain something lost -- he's clearly pitching better than at any other stage of his career.
Thoughts on Kyle Blanks?
Spring Training is mostly for the pitchers, who can't roll out of bed and start throwing.
"Any headline on this trade that does not mention Arodys Vizcaino is totaly missing the point"
Beckett has had a lower EqERA each of the past three years.
Even if you think Lester and Buchholz will leap ahead of him, I can't see how Beckett "...might be their fourth-best come a year from now."
Beckett is younger and has been better consistently better than Lackey over their careers...I take the point that the gap between them may not be large, but that doesn't make Lackey better
Baseball is played to entertain fans over the course of a summer. Should fans of every team with a sober assessment that "the chances of making the 2010 playoffs are minimal" decide the games are not worth watching? At least one in five was last year in Toronto, playoffs or not.
I have always wondered if the strength of home field advantage is correlated with attendance...does a packed stadium give more of an edge to the home team than an empty one does in a measurable way?
Sounds like that may be coming in future installations, which I really look forward to!
Is it commonly accepted wisdom that command pitchers have an advantage on 'getaway day'?
It would seem like an easy theory to (dis)prove, although I've never come across such research...in any case, just glad to be slighly less cynical and jaded that I don't immediately look for ways to minimize every accomplishment.
Why couldn't we have this in a csv?
I think Lowrie was sent to Lowell for now?
Varitek catching Wakefield is not inconceivable at all...in fact, the top of the 13th inning of Game 5 in the 2004 ALCS is one of most excruciating half-inning memories of my lifetime. Far more than the three passed balls that the record shows, virtually every pitch was an adventure...
Of course it is irrational to make roster decisions based on a half-inning from 5 years ago or to let a 42 year old innings-eater sabotage your ability to construct an optimal team....but it's not only Rays and Yankees fans who are glad to be spared Varitek vs. Wake.
Don't worry Joe, I hear they did a smart job rebuilding their bullpen.
I understand the time value of money...but we\'re only talking about portions being deferred for a max three years--hardly \"without benefit\"
\"he\'s guaranteed just $5 million more\" yet \"he\'ll be no better off financially\"? Isn\'t $5M better off?
So what exactly is the \"cost\" to Ramirez? He prefers to play in LA, he pockets \"just\" an extra $5M, and he got to skip a bunch of spring workouts.
If you think Manny is going to fret about a damaged reputation you simply haven\'t been paying attention.
The Red Sox have depth issues in their rotation? Compared to who? I would think Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka, Wakefield, Penny, Smoltz, and Buchholz is pretty darn deep.
\"What should be clear, is that with three comparables in and two outstanding, the chance for Ramirez to break the bank is gone.\"
Perhaps he won\'t break the bank. But you\'ve stretched the point a bit far if you insist on calling Abreu, Burrell, and Ibanez \"comparables\"---a .050 EQA advantage is pretty massive IMO.
I can\'t decide which I like less...the tired and way overdone suggestion that a pitcher \"misses bats\" or the irredeemable \"seamhead\"