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  1. Anyone starting him against HOU?
  2. Dodgers resting most of their starters in tonight's game. Smith is batting fifth tonight ahead of Kyle Garlick, Matt Beaty, and Austin Barnes (2B). Excited for him to get some at bats.
  3. Called up again after Freese went to the IL. Dodgers' third catcher. Pinch-hit walk-off homer in his first AB back. Three homers in his first 24 plate appearances. Decent catcher stash? Or too many playing time concerns?
  4. Anybody watch his start? Looking at the box score and the play-by-play, it looks like he had a decent mount of swinging strikes. Also, a 12:1 GB:FB! Might have to temper expectations a little since it was against the Orioles, but encouraging nonetheless.
  5. If you click the link, the graph shows his zone % and f-strike % increasing as 2019 progresses. This suggests his control is getting better, which has been his one big problem.
  6. Wasn't interested based on his walk rate but then I saw his Zone% and F-strike% graphs... Framber Valdez F-strike % and Zone % by Game
  7. Figured I'd start a new thread for Heaney's 2019 season. Finished at 9-10, 4.15 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 3.68 xFIP. Strikeouts and walks were pretty good at 9.00 and 2.25 but he was hurt by a 1.35 HR/9. His 4.15 ERA is not that great but his xFIP ranked 20th out of 57 qualified starters. Ahead of Luis Castillo (21st), behind Miles Mikolas (19th). Al Melchior posted the following on Rotographs: Heaney is a former 1st round pick (9th overall in 2012). 2018 was his first full season at age 27. Expecting a decent ERA (3.6 - 3.8) with 10+ wins and a good amount of strikeouts this year. Thoughts on Heaney this season?
  8. In case anyone wants to see how he has looked outside of his two big TD runs: 2018 Chubb Highlights.
  9. The ranking includes both receiving and rushing yards/TDs
  10. Besides the injury concerns, how does everyone feel Breida's matchup this week at home against the Rams? Per ESPN, they've allowed the 13th fewest points to RBs.
  11. I am very excited for Breida this year. All Matt Breida Touches from Week 4 Looks very agile. As others have noted, I'm interested to see how he holds up. I think this was mentioned in the thread earlier, but he did gain ~10lbs in the offseason. Quote from preseason article below: ' Matt Breida cleared up any confusion on Wednesday when a reporter unknowingly misstated his weight. “I’m 200 (pounds) now,” Breida said when he interjected the reporter. “I gained some weight.” ' One development I am considered with (other than his injury) is the offensive line. They were a little banged up after last week's game. Richburg (center) and McGlinchey (RT) were both DNP, LP, FP on Wed, Thur, and Fri this week; both are questionable this week. Person (OL) was LP on Wed and Thur, FP on Fri; questionable this week. Staley (T) was DNP on Wed and Thur, FP on Fri; questionable this week. I'm still starting Breida (and Kittle) since he is their best play-maker through 4 weeks, but I thought it was worth mentioning the injury concerns to the O-line.
  12. Excited to see what he can do in the majors. Jansen has a compelling hitting profile
  13. This guy is only 23 years old. The hard hit rate is something to monitor but he still has a lot of time to develop. I am very encouraged by the first 40 or so innings of his career. His GB/FB rate is 1.50 (that would rank 20th out of qualified starters, he is only at 40 innings though) which will limit the damage caused by the hard hit balls. His hard hit rate and GB/FB will be something to keep track of as his career progresses. I looked at rookie seasons for 22 to 24 year olds since 2008. His swinging strike rate (11.4 %) ranks 22nd out of 217 starters. Link If you lower the innings requirement to 40 for this season, his SwStr % ranks 40th out of 158 starters. He is ahead of Greinke (11.1 %, 47th), Kluber (11.0 %, 51st), Kershaw (10.9 %, 52nd). He's behind Strasburg (11.6 %, 33rd), Nola (11.8 %, 31st), Berrios (11.5 %, 39th). Link