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View Poll Results: Pick the NL All-Star starting pitcher
Patrick Corbin, Dbacks (6-2, 2.87, 0.94 WHP, 2.1 WAR) 0 0%
Jacob DeGrom, Mets (4-1, 1.56, 1.01 WHIP, 3.9 WAR) 1 8.33%
Jon Lester, Cubs (7-2, 2.22, 1.09 WHIP, 1.9 WAR) 0 0%
Miles Mikolas, Cardinals (7-2, 2.27, 0.96 WHIP, 2.2 WAR) 1 8.33%
Aaron Nola, Phillies (7-2, 2.35, 0.96 WHIP, 3.9 WAR) 0 0%
Max Scherzer, Nationals (10-2, 2.00, 0.85 WHIP, 3.5 WAR) 10 83.33%
Michael Wacha, Cardinals (8-1, 2.47, 1.11 WHIP, 1.8 WAR) 0 0%
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Old 06-11-18, 10:28 AM   #1
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2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

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Old 06-11-18, 12:05 PM   #2
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

Possible TJ surgery for Ohtani. He will likely be out all 2018-2019. Damn, bad luck for the Halos. The Giants had bad luck with Free Agents recently e.g. Melancon but they lucked out in not winning the Ohtani sweepstakes I guess.
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Old 06-11-18, 12:16 PM   #3
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

Sucks, but I think the Ohtani deal is still a good one considering they're paying him dirt and control his rights for years. Even if he were perpetually hurt, it still wouldn't be a big financial hit. I'd take him if the Angels wanted to get rid of him.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

It was pretty much known in baseball circles when he came over that Ohtani had an arm injury that was likely going to need Tommy John at some point. Many think it's one reason why he didn't wait and sign after turning 25, when it would have meant a huge MLB free agent contract. He would have never passed the physical of most teams.

This cripples his hitting career if he doesn't keep playing DH while rehabbing. Will the Angels let him hit in 2019? Position players take much less time to come back from Tommy John because they don't need the same level of rehab on their arms.

Virtually no one, even an elite hitting talent, can take off basically two years in their developmental prime. Losing all those reps and at-bats seeing live hitting is brutal. I feel bad for the Angels.
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Old 06-11-18, 02:38 PM   #5
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

I had my first Wrigley experience this weekend. Great place - a ton of old school character, as is to be expected. We were up in the 200 level and you felt really close to the action but some of the sight lines were rough, I actually couldn't see home plate from my seat, thanks to the massive pillar in front of me. Which wasn't that big of a deal, we liked the place so much that we ended up standing around drinking the whole game anyway.

Wrigleyville before and after the game was a blast. Lots of fun places to hang out with the parties going after the game. I got to do a Cubbie Bomb but missed my chance at the batting cages at Sluggers. Next time...
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17



Orioles 'slugger' Chris Davis is having a mind-bogglingly bad season

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Davis is having a terrible season. I didn't realize exactly how mind-boggling awful until Wednesday morning when I noted that, despite playing in nearly all the Baltimore Orioles' games, he had scored just nine runs. I mentioned this on Twitter and one response I can print here came from robj1028, who wrote back, "I feel awkward liking a tweet that I don't really like the fact presented but there's no other reaction on Twitter."

Meanwhile, our old friend Diane Firstman pointed this out: Davis had entered his at-bats with 109 runners on base ... and driven in 11 of them. Things haven't turned around over the past two days. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday and 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays. He's still at nine runs scored in 55 games and is hitting .152/.232/.232. His OPS is barely better than Mike Trout's on-base percentage.

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So, to Dan's tweet about worst seasons ever.... I would guess Davis has a shot, if only because of the most important criteria (besides sucking): playing time. Davis is signed for four more seasons after this one, at a hefty price of $23 million per season. With such a heavy investment in Davis, and this season already lost, the Orioles may have little choice but to plow forward and hope Davis can figure things out.

And if he doesn't? As one reader responded to me, "I can't wait to tell my grandkids the Orioles couldn't sign Manny Machado because they instead signed Chris Davis."

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What has happened? Davis is striking out a lot, but he always has struck out a lot. His fly ball rate is just 24.6 percent -- it was 46.9 percent in 2013, when he hit 53 home runs. When he has hit a fly ball, it has left the park just 8 percent of the time -- just half of the 16.5 percent rate he averaged from 2013 to 2017.
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Old 06-11-18, 04:44 PM   #7
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

^ They discussed that on the Cubs broadcast over the weekend. That certainly will keep you up at night.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

Rizzo homers in the top of the 11th, then a two-out walk leads to four more runs. That two-out walk always comes back to bite you in the ass.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

I did not stay up to watch the end of the game, but Heyward is coming up big lately against some pretty good LH relief pitchers
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

I was reading that so far, for the first time in history, there are more strikeouts than hits in baseball.
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Old 06-12-18, 10:31 AM   #11
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

That's probably because of relief pitchers.

Never before have teams carried so many of them and I have said it in the past(and Rob Manfred has agreed) that relief pitching is ruining MLB and they need too set up new guidelines where relief pitchers need to face so many batters.

All of these pitchers were starters in High School and College and all of a sudden they can't pitch more than one inning.

Another thing is most of them go on the DL just as much as starting pitchers and they pitch a lot less.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

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Orioles 'slugger' Chris Davis is having a mind-bogglingly bad season




Also, the O's scored 743 runs last year (and have had between 705 and 745 going back to 2012). They are on pace for 571 this year. That's staggering.
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Old 06-12-18, 11:14 AM   #13
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

Holy shit. That's beyond laughable.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

Chris Davis is probably the owners' #1 argument that last year's free-agent market wasn't collusion.

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That's probably because of relief pitchers.

Never before have teams carried so many of them and I have said it in the past(and Rob Manfred has agreed) that relief pitching is ruining MLB and they need too set up new guidelines where relief pitchers need to face so many batters.

All of these pitchers were starters in High School and College and all of a sudden they can't pitch more than one inning.

Another thing is most of them go on the DL just as much as starting pitchers and they pitch a lot less.
Well, they pitch fewer innings, but more frequently and probably more high stress percentage-wise. I don't think it's a coincidence that relievers have such a high rate of burnout/flash-in-the-pan syndrome.

But yes, I think there's no question that the high rate of strikeouts is related to every team having multiple guys in the bullpen throwing 98. Remember as recently as the 2016 Cubs, when the strategy was to work the count and get the starter out by the fourth inning? Now the managers are pulling their starters by themselves so they don't have to go through the lineup a third time. It's been a huge shift, and just in the last couple years.

I also think the launch-angle fad has played a part, as well as the fact that the stigma of striking out isn't what it used to be. I heard one theory recently that guys want to go for the homer because they figure they have a better chance of getting a run that way rather than stringing together a rally against today's pitchers.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

I've watched many at-bats from Chris Davis over the years. He looks like the classic case of a slugger that stopped using PEDs once he got a big contract. He's lost almost all the bat speed he once had just two years ago.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 11 Jun 11-17

Regarding the Orioles' Chris Davis, Buster Olney's suggestion of limiting teams to 4 pitchers per 9 innings probably wouldn't benefit him. The definition of a sunk cost.
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It was pretty much known in baseball circles when he came over that Ohtani had an arm injury that was likely going to need Tommy John at some point. Many think it's one reason why he didn't wait and sign after turning 25, when it would have meant a huge MLB free agent contract. He would have never passed the physical of most teams.

This cripples his hitting career if he doesn't keep playing DH while rehabbing. Will the Angels let him hit in 2019? Position players take much less time to come back from Tommy John because they don't need the same level of rehab on their arms.

Virtually no one, even an elite hitting talent, can take off basically two years in their developmental prime. Losing all those reps and at-bats seeing live hitting is brutal. I feel bad for the Angels.
I don’t think they’ll let him hit. Scioscia is a stickler.

Meanwhile The Mike Trout’s lost to the Mariners again. Four homers in two games. Why wouldn’t he want to extend his contract? The Angels have won dozens of games since he’s been here.
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I've watched many at-bats from Chris Davis over the years. He looks like the classic case of a slugger that stopped using PEDs once he got a big contract. He's lost almost all the bat speed he once had just two years ago.
Actually, one theory is that he's no longer the same after going off Adderall.
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Why are the Mets playing the Braves again in Atlanta?


They just played their a couple of weeks ago.


Even the minor leagues don't play the same teams that often.


Bottom line:Too many divisional games and attendance figures point that out.
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^^ I hate the divisional push in baseball. I would much rather see a balanced schedule; but I'm sure I'm biased because the AL Central sucks this year.
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I thought Rob V came in to post about Miggy.
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^^ I hate the divisional push in baseball. I would much rather see a balanced schedule; but I'm sure I'm biased because the AL Central sucks this year.
I would like too see the same for the NFL.

Every team play every other team in your conference once with the extra game against the other conference vs. the team that finished in the same spot in the overall standings(1 vs 1; 2vs 2 ; 3vs 3; etc.).
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The Baltimore Orioles may have broken a MLB record today by starting the worst possible outfield combination in MLB history. Petersen-Gentry-Rickard are starting against Chris Sale.
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The 2000 season was the last year MLB used a balanced schedule.
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Mariners sweep aside the California Angels and are now 20 games over .500.
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