2016 Opening Night Live Blog
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Trainman
9:10
Nice play.
Greg
9:10
didn't think he'd get that flat footed
Shirtless George Brett
9:10
Well didnt take long for someone to throw out Darnaud haha
The Dude of NY
9:12
Only two low strikes have been called as a ball. The K-Zone is lying to you!
Dave Cameron
9:12
Only 2? Through 2 innings, that's a lot.
Nick
9:13
Nasty change to Gordon
Shirtless George Brett
9:14
Thats just an awful tattoo, salvador.
RedRifle
9:15
Good defense, Matt Harvey could be a Royal!
Dave Cameron
9:15
Ooh, Arrieta/Richards. That's going to be the best match up of the day, stuff wise.
Trainman
9:16
Kluber/Price? I think that's the best
Dave Cameron
9:16
Price has great command, but he's not at Arrieta or Richards level of pure stuff.
Bad Hermit
9:16
Will Arrieta/Richards be live blogged? Pretty late game.
Dave Cameron
9:16
We're only doing the 1/4/7 pm games tomorrow.
George Harrison
9:17
Excited for Stros/Yankees, who is doing that game?
Dave Cameron
9:18
Sullivan and Dolinar are doing the early games, then Craig Edwards is jumping in, then Owen Watson, with Cistulli jumping in for Cistulliness.
Crazy Buck Martinez
9:18
Sale/Gray will be worth staying up for
Dave Cameron
9:18
Lots of great matchups.
George Harrison
9:19
Now Im not excited Cistulli needs to STAY AWAY
CamdenWarehouse
9:19
all in one chat or each game has one?
Dave Cameron
9:19
One big long live blog.
Blerick
9:19
NO NUMBERS!!!
Stu
9:20
Oh boy- The "Royals don't care about numbers" talk begins...
Schwarbomb
9:20
do you still get annoyed when announcers down play numbers in evaluating a team? It really bothers me...
Dave Cameron
9:20
It doesn't bother me much anymore.
Data and logic have made huge strides in helping people understand how baseball really works.
9:21
We can't expect every single person to buy in immediately.
But it's all going the right direction.
Guest
9:21
Also the Royals have one of the stronger analytics departments in the game
Dave Cameron
9:22
They have a big staff doing data research, for sure. How much that actually gets used in decision making remains an open question.
Schwarbomb
9:23
whats the point in spending resources on it if they dont use it?
Dave Cameron
9:23
Not saying they don't use it. It's about how much weight gets put on it.
Everyone is mixing a lot of different inputs. The mix isn't the same in each organization, though.
Shirtless George Brett
9:24
Just to clarify, are you implying that you dont think they do put much weight on it or just that you dont know how much they do?
Dave Cameron
9:25
The moves the team makes raise a question of how much the data is getting put into practice at the executive level. A team that put a lot of weight on analytics doesn't give Ian Kennedy $70 million.
The Dude of NY
9:26
Volquez is too cool for throwing near the strike zone.
Bad Hermit
9:27
Couldn't there be data not privy to the public upon which they are basing the analytics validating the Ian Kennedy deal? Not saying there is, but we don't know there isn't, do we?
Dave Cameron
9:28
Anything is possible, sure. But to believe that, you have to think that the Royals analytics staff is so advanced that they saw something that the staffs on the 29 other teams didn't see, which I find improbable.
9:30
Pretty nice play there.
bill
9:30
<3 the guy who punched the sky and didn't know he was on camera
Owen S
9:31
Hosmer was mean to Eno once. I don't like him
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