2017 Opening Day Live Blog Extravaganza
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Rick
9:06
Is Longenhagen here yet?
Paul Sporer
9:06
Think he's 9 CT.
Stuck with me for another hour
illegalblues
9:06
Velocity doesn't seem to be Kluber's problem tonight. That's 40 command
Paul Sporer
9:07
Ya it's rarely ever his issue. Eno tabbed him as a bad fastball guy a couple years ago and the toll will eventually come due on that when his secondary stuff backs up. For now, I'm not worried. If anyone wants to give me a shred of a discount after today, I'm in.
Eric A Longenhagen
9:07
I'm lurking but working on loading and formatting the Angels list.
Paul Sporer
9:08
How long can a six player list take?!
Idealist
9:08
Keuchel threw 6 pitches on that Haniger K, and only 1 was in the zone.
Eric A Longenhagen
9:08
It's not THAT bad.
Da Bum
9:09
Kershaw is the no question best pitcher in baseball. Has been for awhile and will be for a awhile still most likely. Assume he keeps the mantle this season and next but then begins to fade, who are you picking to take that title? Martinez, Thor ... any others?
Paul Sporer
9:09
That's how he succeeds, by getting batters to chase. They did less of it last year, but make no mistake that the jump in ERA was heavily injury related, too. I think he's more of a mid-3.00s guy when the league is adjusted to him, not mid-4.00s. If the shoulder is right, he'll be solid again this year
Craig Edwards
9:11
i think syndergaard is the best bet, but martinez has that opportunity. i don't see too much of a reason for kershaw to fade, but obviously anything can happen. Bumgarner, one of the Toronto pitchers. I don't see MLB running low on pitchers who can be great.
Sam
9:12
Man the Indians are a fun team. Speaking of, how did that mid-late 90s team not win any championships? They were terrifying?
Craig Edwards
9:12
Winning it all is hard. They didn't have great pitching, lost a year to the strike and lost two WS. they did just about everything.
Logan Davis
9:13
I don't think Keuchel has thrown a single pitch in the upper two-thirds of the zone. Someone's not buying into the Fly Ball Revolution.
Craig Edwards
9:14
keuchel's heat maps always look nuts--so much low and a huge portion out of the zone.
Paul Sporer
9:14
Is he working down and out? (blacked out here). If he's staying below the zone and getting chases, he's not going to get clobbered. It's when guys try to work low and miss just above their target that they get crushed by the upper cut swingers.
Klabeck
9:14
Who do you think finishes with the highest '17 WAR? Drury, Duvall, Pederson, Calhoun.
Da Bum
9:14
If Buxton is hitting terribly, how long of a leash does he get? Keep playing nearly everyday until June, give him until July?
Paul Sporer
9:14
Pederson for me. Also big on Drury's bat.
kevinthecomic
9:15
Keuchel lives in the lower part of the zone -- one of the pitchers that stands to lose the most if MLB raises it
Craig Edwards
9:15
how terribly? if he's at like 75 or 80 wRC+ above, you just let him keep playing. Not sure how more triple-a time is going to help him.
Paul Sporer
9:15
Ya there would bea TON of guys who could see some issues by a raised zone. So many guys succeed low in the zone. The guys who can take big steps are those who can be effective with the high fastball a la Verlander last year
Ghost of Greg Maddux Past
9:16
If you were Dallas Keuchel, would you have considered changing the pronunciation of your last name at some point in your life? Koo-chel, maybe?
Paul Sporer
9:16
lololololol, I'd probably just want it pronounced how it's supposed to be. Koo-chel... lol
Kosch
9:19
Klubot is done, just cancel the CLE season.....
Craig Edwards
9:19
he settled down after the third. might want to wait one more game before giving up.
Minty
9:20
Eric what do you think are the odds that Gallo figures out how to make contact?
Eric A Longenhagen
9:20
I'm still in on Gallo. I buy the athleticism and hitters like him have blossomed late in the past, Chris Davis the obvious one, Ryan Howard wasn't really up until 26, etc.
And he doesn't have to be a great hitter, just hit enough to get to the 80 raw. But it's probably going to take an adjustment yet.
Southpaw the fuzzy alligator
9:21
Do groundball pitchers usually have a higher LOB%? Given they would give up more base hits, more runners possibly, but they'd also be more likely to get double plays and give up less extra base hits with runners on
Craig Edwards
9:21
I don't think so, but don't know for sure. LOB% is mostly luck and defense.
Eric A Longenhagen
9:22
Carlos Correa's homer shouldn't count until he returns his hair to the Darko Milicic Follicle Emporium
Professor Donaldson
9:22
Is there a better feeling in the world than when your pitcher gets brought back out in the 7th and proceeds to lose his QS.
Krombopulos Michael
9:23
Paul Sporer looks like Car Seat Headrest
Craig Edwards
9:23
yes. lots of better feelings.
Paul Sporer
9:23
Is this an insult? I have no idea what that is.
I know this is the 44th time I'm bitching about it in the last hour, but I'm so mad I can't watch Houston games in Austin freakin Texas.
Craig
9:24
How long will Correa continue playing SS over Bregman?
Craig Edwards
9:25
a while probably. I would think the difference would need to be pretty drastic to justify a change.
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