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Old August 26 2014, 07:05 PM   #661
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Re: 2014 MLB Season: How Many Pitchers Will Die For Our Sins?

Jorge Soler will be joining the Cubs in Cincy tomorrow. The future really is now.
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Old August 27 2014, 04:45 AM   #662
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Jorge Soler will be joining the Cubs in Cincy tomorrow. The future really is now.
And is the same as the past and the present where the Cubs are concerned.

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Old August 27 2014, 11:58 AM   #663
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And is the same as the past and the present where the Cubs are concerned.

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We can hope that's not the case. It's been decades since they had this much (potential) talent at the same time.

I figure if Starlin Castro can walk more and strike out less, Baez can do it, so Baez should be OK sooner or later.
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Old August 28 2014, 03:37 AM   #664
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I figure if Starlin Castro can walk more and strike out less, Baez can do it, so Baez should be OK sooner or later.
Castro hasn't really figured out how to walk more (he's on pace to maybe hit 40, which would be a career high, but still terrible), and he's only 33 strikeouts away from matching last year's total (a career high), so I wouldn't say he's learned how to strike out less.

As for Baez, I'm just really concerned about him. Right now, the key to getting him out is to spam low or outside curveballs at him like you're playing a video game. I mean, Baez has an amazing power tool, but his hit tool is so terribly weak -- historically speaking, pitch recognition isn't something that sees vast improvement at the major-league level when there was no measurable improvement in the minors. (It very occasionally does, and that's the upside, but Baez's downside is absolutely ridiculous -- what's good is great, but the flaws are just devastating.)

The most worrying part is that Baez just doesn't have any cognizance of how he's being pitched to, and teams aren't even bothering to hide it. There's no reason to throw him anything other than low breaking balls, and that's no secret. Dude's averaging a strikeout every other AB. I get that he's young, but when he gets anything other than a fastball, he's clueless -- he averaged a K per every three AB at AAA, and that was in the PCL, in which most stadiums are launching pads and the pitching is mediocre at best.

If he ever figures out even mediocre MLB pitch recognition, he could be a 500-home-run candidate, but as it is, he’s Mike Hessman with more power.
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Old August 28 2014, 02:01 PM   #665
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Okay, here we go. 4 games between Oakland and Los Angeles. Angels have a one game lead, and 3 actual starting pitchers...



Oh, I made myself sad...



Let's get it on!

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Okay, here we go. 4 games between Oakland and Los Angeles. Angels have a one game lead, and 3 actual starting pitchers...



Oh, I made myself sad...



Let's get it on!

Considering how this season has gone, the A's will probably split and remain one game behind...

I would love a sweep, but will take 3 out of 4
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I would love a sweep, but will take 3 out of 4
Me too.

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I would love a sweep, but will take 3 out of 4
Me too.

It's a shame only one of our teams can go to the Series.
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Old August 29 2014, 01:50 PM   #669
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Well, that was...interesting!



The A's are protesting the obstruction call. I don't know what to make of that, since it's a judgment call, and the Angels didn't score that inning anyway...
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Old August 29 2014, 02:18 PM   #670
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Well, that was...interesting!



The A's are protesting the obstruction call. I don't know what to make of that, since it's a judgment call, and the Angels didn't score that inning anyway...
As far as I understand, you can't protest a judgment call, but they will anyway and it won't change anything. The A's loaded the bases in the 6th and then Vogt proceeded to strike out.
Doolittle getting hurt has killed our bullpen, there just aren't any stoppers in our pen. Well lets see how it goes tonight. Must-win situation. Got to take the next three.
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The A's loaded the bases in the 6th and then Vogt proceeded to strike out.
That was very stressful...especially since he swung at ball four.



Doolittle getting hurt has killed our bullpen, there just aren't any stoppers in our pen. Well lets see how it goes tonight. Must-win situation. Got to take the next three.
Sorry to see him injured, not sorry we won't face him this series.
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The A's loaded the bases in the 6th and then Vogt proceeded to strike out.
That was very stressful...especially since he swung at ball four.



Doolittle getting hurt has killed our bullpen, there just aren't any stoppers in our pen. Well lets see how it goes tonight. Must-win situation. Got to take the next three.
Sorry to see him injured, not sorry we won't face him this series.
Yeah, and the pitch Vogt swung at wasn't even close.


We have the Shark pitching for us tonight. Go A's!

ETA: Correction, it's Lester.... even better
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The A's are protesting the obstruction call. I don't know what to make of that, since it's a judgment call, and the Angels didn't score that inning anyway...
It was a terrible call. What are the fielders supposed to do, move out of the way? It's also awful in that Aybar was inside the baseline, which to my view was more than the 3 feet that the rule book says. It ended up not really changing the game much, but it's another example of the rules this year being messed up.
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ETA: Correction, it's Lester.... even better
Lester vs. Weaver

Should be a good one!

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Whatever else happens tonight (right now it's 2-0), that home run and Crisp's almost-amazing catch were awesome. That was some great camera work to catch the ball coming out of his glove.
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