2016 Opening Day 2.0 Live Blog
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Jeff Sullivan
3:44
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Bip
3:44
Kershaw is incredibly intense but i haven't seen him fight with other players much
Jonesing for Pitching
3:44
Pedroia is pure intensity in all the good ways.
CamdenWarehouse
3:44
Stroman did throw at a guy's head a couple years ago
TF Fredrik
3:44
Havent bothered to look but what do stats say about how often hitters as a whole swing first pitch or in hitters counts? You a believer it should happen more often?
Jeff Sullivan
3:45
The league as a whole is trending slightly to being more aggressive. Which is good, because the league as a whole is also trending toward having better putaway stuff
So Wily Peralta gets to bat and nearly makes two outs out of it
mtsw
3:46
Which do you prefer: player seems like an asshole because he's too intense (Lawrie, Stroman) or player seems like he doesn't give a shit and treats playing like only a job (moreso than most of the guys treat it like a job)?
Jeff Sullivan
3:46
I like watching on-field intensity
Big Joe Montferrant
3:46
Stroman seems to be taking this "I'm and underdog, me against the world thing a little to much at heart". Yea, he's short, but have a little bit of humility and composure.
Jeff Sullivan
3:46
Who cares how a player motivates himself?
3:47
Gennett takes advantage of Span's arm to move up to second...
alex
3:47
What are the chances that tanaka can complete the entire season injury free? do you think he should have just gone for tommy john at first?
Jeff Sullivan
3:47
I think fans are way too hasty to determine that a player should undergo major surgery
Gennett shouldn't have tested that arm
3:54
Whoa that was a longer break than I intended
had to make me a gif
Walter
3:55
is this the worst opening day ever?
Jeff Sullivan
3:55
And Sonny Gray is down with food poisoning!
Comin's and Goins
3:56
Would you rather have Felix stay at (return to) an elite level for four more years, then suffer a Halladay/Webb? Or would you rather he slowly decline over the next eight?
Jeff Sullivan
3:56
I guess slow decline? Prepares you for the end, and keeps you from wondering "what if?" forever
The Man with the Plan
3:57
Stanton has played more games in Citizen Bank Park than Franco, over the course of 6 seasons, yet I've never seen do this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcUqxDUpexY
Jeff Sullivan
3:57
Stanton also quantifiably hits the ball harder than any other player in the major leagues
Brandon
3:57
Is Felix's velocity back up?
Jeff Sullivan
3:57
No
3:58
Matt Duffy leaves the yard to make it 7-3
3:59
It is the top of the fifth inning
Apparently Carlos Torres is pitching now
4:00
Madison Bumgarner has not looked good, with people wondering what's going on with him, and the Giants are still cruising to victory
Jake M
4:01
The Giants announcers have been saying that Bumgardener has been having a lot of control troubles all spring. I'm just going to assume this isn't a big deal at all but any concern?
Jeff Sullivan
4:01
Modest but I assume it's just a mechanical kink
Gary Guy Yeti
4:01
I get the impression Kershaw fights himself more than anybody else. I think it'd be great to watch an entire movie of his inner monologue between pitches. Who would be a great voice actor for this hypothetical
Jeff Sullivan
4:02
This could be a good commercial
Or therapy for perfectionists
Erik
4:02
Is first pitch hitting a known skill, or is it too prone to small sample size problems for us to really tell?
Jeff Sullivan
4:02
Some hitters definitely go up more ready to hit than others do
Bad Hermit
4:03
Jeff, do you think that the Plexiglass Principle has any predictive power? Or is it just a correlation (and therefore narrative) resulting from baseball being difficult?
Jeff Sullivan
4:03
I think of it as just a different way of saying regression to the mean
klof
4:03
Schwarber in LF tonight, Soler is DH. Wouldn't you have Schwarber DH every opportunity you could get?
Jeff Sullivan
4:04
They haven't been thrilled with Soler's defense this spring
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