2016 AL Wild Card Live Blog
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Yastrzemski8
6:40
I hope Showalter wasnt trying to let Tillman "get the win"
Jeff Sullivan
6:40
One-pitch double play. Givens is awesome
6:41
Givens in the second half: .282 slugging allowed
6:42
Givens against righties: .154/.262/.242
Guest
6:43
Tillman's curve really looks to jump upwards before diving straight down. Some pitcher's curves seem to look straight before falling off a table. Are there actually two archetypes of curves, or does that just have to do with the location they're typically thrown to?
Jeff Sullivan
6:43
I think it's mostly about this game having a lower camera angle than usual
TapeyBeercone
6:43
Is this an example of a manager keeping an SP in to give him a chance to get through 5 and have a shot at the W?
Jeff Sullivan
6:43
But also it's an extreme 12-6
6:44
I don't think Buck Showalter of all people would use a starter like that in a game like this. I think he was just counting on two trips through the lineup
Carson Cistulli
6:44
Probably not specifically an attempt to get the W, but a sort of vestige of that instinct, probably.
A Bloo Bloo Jays
6:44
How the heck does gibbons run stroman out for 3rd time through
Carson Cistulli
6:44
I think Stroman vs. Jones is okay.
6:45
Stroman vs. Kim, not so much.
Jeff Sullivan
6:45
Results be damned, at this point I would support removing Stroman and going to relief
Jones and Kim with easy groundouts...
Carson Cistulli
6:46
Well, maybe face Machado and Trumbo, then.
Eric A Longenhagen
6:46
Jones: 4.19 down the line
Park Chan ho's Beard
6:46
speaking of bat flips: you think Hyun su Kim was told he had to tone it down or risk getting plunked by an angry white dude?
http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/17668845/korean-bat-flip
Jeff Sullivan
6:46
For later I recommend reading this article for it is terrific
6:47
Little end-of-the-bat single for Machado. Hint of life here for the O's
jonny
6:47
If you had to assemble a front office from only Fangraphs staff (no outside employees at all - no pro scouts, software developers, unpaid MIT interns, etc.), how much better/worse would you do than the average front office?
Jeff Sullivan
6:47
Our people skills are not good.
Carson Cistulli
6:48
Either Brett Cecil or Aaron Loup to face Chris Davis, when that scenario presents itself.
Eric A Longenhagen
6:48
We also don't have enough people.
Jeff Sullivan
6:48
Trumbo's outta there and the O's are outta there. 2-2, bottom six, Stroman at 81 pitches
Ryan
6:49
How many people comprise an MLB front office?
Carson Cistulli
6:49
Eric?
Eric A Longenhagen
6:49
First pitch slider this time to Trumbo
Well, let's examine Toronto since that's topical...give me a sec
Carson Cistulli
6:49
That question from Ryan seems up your little alley.
Alex
6:50
Gross Carson
Carson Cistulli
6:50
Has anyone ever attempted to use a perennial wildflower seed mix? Any luck? No? Am thinking about replacing my grass.
Jeff Sullivan
6:51
In all, the Rangers had more than 130 people working in baseball operations to help put together a team that won the seventh division title in club history with an American League-best record of 95-67. That includes 27 in the front office, 10 professional scouts, three on the international side and 24 amateur scouts, plus 48 Minor League managers, instructors, coaches and trainers.
Phil
6:51
Now Givens can work through the right-heavy top of the order in the 6th, then its Brach/O'Day/Britton time. Being tied at this point has to tilt this slightly to the O's, right?
Jeff Sullivan
6:52
If it stays 2-2 through six, for sure, this tilts to Baltimore. That's their model
Easy 1-2-3 whiff of Donaldson right there
Eric A Longenhagen
6:52
Just scouting and field staff the Blue Jays have something like 70 employees.
Jeff Sullivan
6:53
Man I do not know how any righties *ever* touch Givens
Erik
6:53
Isn't the skill of being a good manager knowing when to reject the numbers (e.g. TTOP) and know when your guy is in the zone? Or is there no zone?
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