2016 Opening Day 2.0 Live Blog
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Adam
9:02
When do you start to worry about performance? Two weeks? A month?
Owen Watson
9:03
A month sounds good. It's why I think the whole Orioles/Kim situation is ridiculous -- the guy was terrible for the first couple weeks. Even a month is such a small sample, but teams have to look for options when things aren't working out for that long.
Woo baseball
9:03
It's not like Belt is having bad seasons. Two four-win seasons, career 127 wRC+.
Owen Watson
9:04
Absolutely. It's just that power. If he was in another stadium, he'd be a big time household name.
Bork
9:04
CHAVEZ IN THE GAME
Owen Watson
9:04
JESSE
He's my girlfriend's favorite player because of his tattoos and steely demeanor.
j6takish
9:05
Good players usually don't understand why they are good because so much is instinct/talent, bad players probably understand baseball better
Park Chan ho's Beard
9:05
ra dickey pitching gifs are mesmerizing
Justin
9:05
There are a lot more mediocre to poor baseball players than good to great ones, I would think that's the primary explanation.
Owen Watson
9:05
Good point.
Bip
9:05
I think, about bad coaches, that it's just the case that most players are bad or mediocre. If coaching ability was evenly distributed among players, most coaches will have been bad players, by MLB standards
Hater
9:05
Is there a more uninteresting team than the padres? Who do people tune in to watch besides Ross? Myers? Their starting lineup is a collection of bleh. Thank goodness the team they're playing is fun
Owen Watson
9:06
Their big-time splash before last season was just so strange -- spent so much money, but didn't raise their floor enough to really compete...
Bip
9:06
Since BABIP doesn't actually rely too much on speed, I wouldn't think lack of speed would lead to BABIP regression from Bryant. Batted ball profile matters much more, like IFFB
Owen Watson
9:07
I actually think he's pretty quick. You're one of the few people I've seen who thinks he might be slower than he actually is.
If I'm reading your opinion correctly
Brett Lawrie's Empty Redbull Can
9:07
Apparently Bryce Harper conducted an entire post-game interview wearing a "Make Baseball Fun Again" hat. Awesome or AWESOME?
Owen Watson
9:07
Owesome
mtsw
9:08
I put $10 on both the Orioles and the Rays to win the World Series at 50:1 odds. I figure either sabermetrics are bullshit and the Orioles will win, or sabermetrics are right and the Rays will hit the 90+ win projection BP gave them. Am I genius?
Owen Watson
9:08
The truth is in between, so you will be $20 poorer come November
Who_Is_Zorbist?
9:08
Kiermaier will be top 5 mvp this year
Owen Watson
9:08
Bold, and I like it
9:09
Even though I don't agree.
Bork
9:09
CHAVEZ DOING AWFUL
Owen Watson
9:09
HEAT
j6takish
9:09
They probably let Belt walk because Posey will need to go to 1b in a few years
Owen Watson
9:09
Or will the Angel Pagan in LF situation get tired?
Stevie
9:09
"My Girlfriend's Favorite Player" is a decent band name
Owen Watson
9:10
*jots down note*
mtsw
9:11
Is guys-holding-tags-in-case-the-guy-stops-touching-the-base-for-a-split-second the worst trend in baseball?
Owen Watson
9:11
I can think of a lot of trends I don't like in baseball, but yes, this is one of them
Donny B
9:11
Know anything about this Liam Hendricks dude on the A's? He strikes me as a late-season closer fill-in once Billy Beane goes into sell mode.
Owen Watson
9:12
I do. Great arm, and probably the most talented option if Doolittle should go down. I am slightly worried about Doolittle. That shoulder surgery is no joke, and he can't ramp it up into the high 90s like he used to be able to.
Rick
9:12
Are you watching baseball or basketball come 9:15?
Owen Watson
9:13
Baseball! Not sure I care too much about the NCAA right now. And Rich Hill on the bump for the A's soon!
Bip
9:13
I thought you meant BABIP regression because he's not fast. I have heard he's got decent speed, but I would think not enough to sustain his BABIP, *if* we thought speed was what predicts BABIP
@bip
9:13
It matters a lot for IFH%, which is in large part what's fueling Bryant's 2015 BABIP
mtsw
9:13
Jokes on you: I'm already out the $20
Bork
9:13
Kiermaier is playing like a top 5 mvp this year so far. SMALL SAMPLE SIZE BE DAMNED
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