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  1. Garrett Hampson 2018 Outlook

    Colorado never plays this guy. When Lemahieu returned from the DL, Hamson was was hitting 300 through the end of July. Since then he has received a total of only 2 AB's. During his call up from August 14 to the time he was sent back down on August 23, he didn't even get off the bench. Not a single AB. How is he supposed to develop sitting on the bench all the freaking time. Colorado's leading 13 to 2 in the 7th Sept 10th. Think they're forward thinking enough to put him in as a sub? I doubt it.
  2. Gio Gonzalez 2018 Outlook

    Brewers playing the Nationals tonight. Does Gio just walk on over to the Brewer's dugout during the game.... LOL
  3. David Bote 2018 Outlook

    Zobrist picked a bad time to get red hot. Bote may not get much playing time...
  4. July Closer Thread 2018

    In Pitt game, 95 regularly, couple at 96, couple of nice 86 sliders. Last 2 pitches against Diaz where 86 slider (made Diaz look silly with swinging K), and 96 perfectly placed fastball for strike 3 that Diaz could only watch, for the save. Announcer said, "seems to have flipped a switch in that outing against SD on Wednesday. It's what the Mets were expecting all year from Swarzak... Oblique suffered in first week of season.... May be just hitting his stride. This is the Swarzak the Mets thought they were getting when they signed him" In SD game 9th inning, announcer stated, "this is by any account the best Swarzak has looked all year long. Break on his slider, pop on his fastball..." Per NY TImes article, https://nypost.com/2018/07/29/mets-reliever-finding-himself-amidst-audition-for-closers-role/ In the midst of a miserable first season with the Mets, which began with Swarzak missing more than two months with an oblique injury, the right-hander has been re-energized by the closing chances. “I love it. I absolutely love it,” said Swarzak, who lowered his ERA from 7.56 to 6.30 in the past week. “I don’t know how to explain it. It’s like this ache inside of my body that just makes me want to put the ball by somebody. I don’t know, but I get goose bumps. … Situations have a lot to do with it. A one-run game, on the road, the ninth inning, being able to take the adrenaline out of the crowd, it’s a pretty powerful feeling. Swarzak and Callaway both are confident the recent results will continue, citing timing and arm position issues that have been corrected by pitching coach Dave Eiland. “When [Eiland] said it, I was already feeling it, but I didn’t know how to fix it. That’s the great thing about having a great pitching coach,” Swarzak said. “We made changes to get me back to what I was doing. I found my rhythm and that was it. I think getting healthier and getting stronger over the last month, getting the innings, I think that had a lot to do with it. And this is the end result.”
  5. 2018 MLB Trade Rumors and Deadline Thread

    He played 3 games at SS in 2017 and 2 games at SS 2018...
  6. June Closer Thread 2018

    Neris about to blow a 10 - 5 lead.... It's 10 to 9. Time to put Dominguez in. Oh oh, he's already been used in the 7th.
  7. June Closer Thread 2018

    Rondon got a little lucky tonight. He put two baserunners on and with one out, Beltre hit a grounder to third and trotted down to first base to enable the double play.
  8. June Closer Thread 2018

    Morgan grooved the ball right down the middle of the plate to Heyward who was 0-4 on the night until his grand slam. Why the hell was Morgan pitching in the ninth? In his last two outings he had given up 2 hits on 5/28 and 2 hits on 6/2 (without recording an out) and his breaking ball was garbage tonight. Was no one else available to pitch for Phily?
  9. Amir Garrett 2018 Outlook

    My notes from From Sleeper and Bust Podcast - He hurt his hip last year and wasn't completing pitches. ENO - I talked with him he said his hip was hurt, not doing any stretching, landing on hip hurt everytime he landed. Effected command and velocity. His Changeup and 4 seam have the same movement, not much movement but speed difference of 11 mph just like Tyler Clippards (no movement just speed 12 diff and its been very successful) Romano's is only 8 mph slower. ("11 mph diff makes me stand up and notice") great for GBs, 11% whiffs last year. 4 seam last year was 91mph and it's 94 this spring. Justin - Fantastic 1st 3 starts last season, then mechanics went on downward plane and not same pitcher, went great to blah, Justin- should have figured something was wrong, everything trending in right direction for Amir. Young in development as pitcher b/c part time BB player in college. Paul - thinks he may be 2-3 inning guy out bullpen not sure he has 5 -6 innings in him.
  10. Miles Mikolas 2018 Outlook

    a little off topic but how did Hicks get credited with the win? Mikolas had a 4-2 lead when he left after 4 2/3s innings so Mikolas doesn't get the win. But St Louis never trailed after Mikolas departed. Cecil finished the 5th with a strikeout, then Bowman pitched the 6th and gave up one run but didn't give up the lead (4-3 Cards winning after the 6th), Hicks pitched the 7th, Holland pitched 1/3 of the 8th inning and gave up 2 but not the lead (7-5 Cards winning), and Norris pitched the rest of 8th and 9th innings for the save. I would have thought Cecil would get the win. If it was awarded based on scorekeepers judgment, then is there no way to judge that Mikolas's 4 2/3s innings could be considered to have contributed more to the win then Hicks' one inning?
  11. Miles Mikolas 2018 Outlook

    Yep, Ozuna was calling for it and Dejong didn't move out the way. Rosario's ball should have been caught.
  12. Matt Carpenter 2018 Outlook

    Just got his 17th hit off Magill on a 1-2 count. Magill must be totally embarrassed to give up a hit to Carpenter LOL.... He slapped at an 89 changeup that was 6 inches off the plate (outside) to left field. Not really a line drive, a little blooper between 3b and LF. Minn had the shift on for Carpenter.
  13. Matt Carpenter 2018 Outlook

    Struck out today on a Lance Lynn weak a** cutter. Didn't know Lynn could throw anything but a fastball. Was also late on a 92 fast ball on outside corner Some glimmer of hope, Carpenter has flied out to left field twice (today and one of his 0-4 at-bats yesterday). Maybe he's going to learn to go opposite field to beat the shift. Or, maybe he should practice bunting down third base line. per the announcer today: 23 walks 16 hits so far on the season. 900th career game.
  14. Luis Castillo 2018 Outlook

    only 2 earned runs. Crappy throw by Peraza let Bellinger get to third, otherwise he would be have stayed at second and never scored. Did I mention Peraza has to be the worst shortstop in MLB?
  15. Luis Castillo 2018 Outlook

    I swear, every time he comes out the game with a runner(s) on the freakin relievers let them score. His strand rate must be god awful...