2016 World Series Game 2 Live Blog
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Craig Edwards
4:28
He started wearing it I believe after getting dental work done.
Zmccoy
4:28
How many pitches do you think he can go for?
Craig Edwards
4:28
If the second and third go like the first, he'll be out after 3.
Uncle Jimbo
4:29
Re Bryant's speed - Some scouts said they would have him in CF when he came up and it was not clear if he could handle 3B.
Craig Edwards
4:29
He played some center last year
Jeff Sullivan
4:30
Bryant is such a fantastic athlete. I think it can get overlooked because he's just a big dude but he's amazing all-around
4:31
To monitor: Arrieta's slider usage. It's trended up in the playoffs of late, which suggests it *might* be getting back to normal. Kipnis just whiffed on it
Steve
4:31
Missed the chat earlier, but what are your keys to getting to Arrieta tonight? He did get battered around a bit, (Arrieta standards of course) closer to the end of the season.
Jeff Sullivan
4:32
Arrieta has steadily declined against lefties. If his mechanics are fixed, then, well, he's Jake Arrieta, but as I was writing this, Lindor walked on four pitches
Craig Edwards
4:32
Get ahead in the count. Don't swing at balls out of the zone, which isn't easy.
Jeff Sullivan
4:32
The more recent version of Arrieta has had a huge platoon split. He'll always devastate righties, but the Indians have just two of those in the lineup
Z
4:33
do you think high pitch count at bats that result in outs have a meaningful effect on a teams probability to win a game?
Jeff Sullivan
4:33
Not individual ones, I don't think
The Hamburglar
4:33
I see a lot of complaints about Bauer, especially by Dave last night. Bauer isnt that bad. He put up a 2.7 WAR this year, the Indians could do far far worse, such as Josh Tomlin...
Jeff Sullivan
4:34
Bauer has definitely improved. His command just isn't great and I don't find him enjoyable to watch
Corey
4:34
The positional versatility might be my favorite thing about this Cubs team.
Craig Edwards
4:34
And the Cubs have a manager who is very good at utilizing it.
Yoshimitsu
4:34
How does Arrieta do against the run game?
Craig Edwards
4:35
He's a little slow to the plate.
Jeff Sullivan
4:35
Arrieta the last three years: -9 stolen-base runs. That's pretty bad as that stat goes
senpaisanto
4:35
were cubs/indians recent trade suitors? thought they might've matched up well recently, but don't recall whispers or pieces
Craig Edwards
4:36
there were rumors about a pitcher going to Chicago in the offseason. Not sure if there was anything to it.
Matt
4:36
In 5 years, are we going to look back and go "Damn, I really wish Kyle Schwarber was as good as Gary Sanchez"?
Jeff Sullivan
4:36
Schwarber will be the better hitter, I think, but I bet Sanchez will run the higher WARs
He is so good as a defender
4:37
And that's two walks for Arrieta, them coming back to back. He's not *wild* but he's not real precise
Matt
4:37
Smelt mentioned Arrieta has weird mechanics. What's weird about them? Is it mostly just that tap he does right before he throws?
Jeff Sullivan
4:37
Throws extremely across the body. Watch his front foot -- it doesn't point toward home plate, like you get caught
So he kind of throws over his hip
B
4:38
Pitchers have some seriously strong looking legs.
Tyler
4:38
Can Schwarber be serviceable in left field?
Jeff Sullivan
4:38
This is not a coincidence
Craig Edwards
4:38
I'm doubtful. about Schwarber, not pitchers' legs.
Jeff Sullivan
4:38
Schwarber can probably be a -5 left fielder. It's something
Jeff
4:38
What makes a pitcher enjoyable to watch? (to you)
Jeff Sullivan
4:38
Ability to locate, and pace
Zmccoy
4:39
You think cold weather is the culprit right now?
Jeff Sullivan
4:39
Another three-ball count for Arrieta...
Craig Edwards
4:39
It can't help. Lester was a bit off last night, too.
Jeff Sullivan
4:40
Oh, I thought Ramirez got that one. Maybe it was mis-hit but I choose to blame the wind
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