2016 Opening Night Live Blog
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Dave Cameron
10:35
Barely safe.
10:36
"Hosmer knows that (diving is slower), but he's doing it because that's exactly the player he is." A stupid one?
Bip
10:36
The fact that you can bunt against the shift is not a reason the shift is bad, it's just the counter-strategy to it. A strategy that has a counter-strategy is called a strategy.
Dave Cameron
10:37
And after all that praise about the Royals way, having a double play machine for a DH wipes out Hosmer's bunt.
Mike Oxlong
10:38
He should have bunted too!
Shirtless George Brett
10:38
Should just have the pitcher hit!
Roger
10:39
Parity talk from Boone has me wondering: which division race do you expect to be closest?
Dave Cameron
10:39
Probably the NL East. Mets/Nats look very even to me.
PRJ
10:39
Every single "within inches" play tonight has gone the Royals way.
Dave Cameron
10:40
You misspelled "the last two years"
Trainman
10:41
This may be it for Harvey
Hawk
10:41
is there anything more frustrating than the Royals winning as the opposing team? every bleeder and dribbler and blooper finds green for them it seems
Dave Cameron
10:41
It's death by a thousand paper cuts.
Nickle Toucher
10:42
If the Chinese Water Torture was a baseball team, it would be the Royals
Dave Cameron
10:43
This "welcome to my house" song is awful.
And I generally have no strong opinions about music.
Greg
10:44
Colon threw 100??
Dave Cameron
10:45
Yep. He was basically the Noah Syndergaard of his time.
Bad Hermit
10:45
Most legit hit of the night?
PRJ
10:46
I'm not sure my deja vu sense has ever been this strong. Just need to see Duda throw the ball home.
Milby
10:47
According to FG, the Royals had the 8th best team defense in 2015. Is this a case of cognitive dissonance, where they are perceived as being elite because of a few amazing defenders, or is the DEF metric missing part of the story?
Dave Cameron
So, no, our defensive metrics loved them.
Milby
10:49
Thanks Dave. Then what is the DEF metric measuring (where they rank 8th)? It's the first defensive stat that is visible on the FG dashboards.
Dave Cameron
10:50
That includes a positional adjustment, which includes a big negative for DHs. Better to just use UZR or DRS when looking at team defense.
The Dude of NY
10:50
Wouldn't a pitcher who *doesn't* strike out a lot of batters benefit more from a team like the Royals?
Dave Cameron
10:51
Yep. And the announcers "everyone pitches better here because of the park and defense" is a reason to not pay $70 million to a guy, not an excuse for doing so.
10:52
Aaron Boone is ripping off Batting Stance Guy now?
Bip
10:54
Well, technically, Batting Stance Guy is ripping off everyone else
Dave Cameron
10:55
Cain with a Cespedes impression.
Boink
10:55
Wow. I'm genuinely surprised when the Royals OF does not make a great play.
bill
10:55
Got to be weird running toward a wall without looking at it. It's amazing these guys catch any of those.
Boink
10:57
A dribbler from Drubal.
Dave Cameron
10:57
Asdribbler Cabrera is going to be headline on some article at some point when he ages.
Shirtless George Brett
10:58
I just found out a couple days ago that JABO is not a thing anymore. Sad face.
Dave Cameron
10:58
Well if you just found out a few months after it got killed, you weren't really reading it anyway, right?
Marka
10:58
Alex Gordon's defense is well-established, but does he have anything left as a hitter?
Dave Cameron
10:58
Um, yes?
BK
10:58
Dave, do you ever think teams will shift to 4 man rotations where the starter only ever goes twice through the order and then they carry an additional reliever?
Dave Cameron
10:59
The game is moving that direction. It will take a reinvention of how pitchers get paid, though.
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