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  1. Axe Bat 2017 Outlook

    Popular Science: Why is an axe-handle bat better than a good ol’ round-handle bat? Chili Davis: Visualize some guy chopping a tree. The last thing he wants is to lose his grip on that handle. This thing allows you to lock grip and never lose it. With a rounded-knob bat, there are times, through the swing, where you make contact and the bat is vibrating and the knob is spinning. You can miss-hit balls because of that. You don’t get the full force of contact as you do with an axe handle. PS: So the upshot is players get more consistent hits? CD: Yes. Look at our right fielder, Mookie Betts. He’s having a tremendous year using it. He’s surpassed his career high in home runs, and he’s hitting over .300. Our second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, was a good hitter, but with this bat, he has more pop. He has been driving the ball to the opposite field nicely. link to the article . . . from the sporting news . . . Pedroia's 2016 batting average was 46 points higher (.335) through 422 plate appearances with the Axe Bat as opposed to 276 trips with the traditional round-handled bat (.289) ..... over the final weeks of the regular season, the list of Axe-bat experimenters expanded to include the likes of Tulowitzki, Harper, Profar, Gomes, Chisenhall, Weiters, Travis, and Kim. they joined regular users Correa, Springer, Lamb, Suzuki, Owings, Souza, Carlos Gomez, Avisail Garcia. (and Betts and Pedroia) ........ Springer says he first tried the bat in uAugust when Betts left one of his bats for Springer in Baltimore. Springer banged out nine hits in the four game series, including two homers, and became an instant convert ...... . . . teammate Correa "I like the feel. It has a good grip. I go back and forth. If I'm getting hits with them, I keep using them. If I have no more hits, I switch back to the regular knob."
  2. Pitching Mechanics/Injuries

    thanks for bringing the science Chris O'Leary! James Paxton has been discussed a ton on these boards. I know from reading your work that SP increased velocity is a red flag for you, but then from what I've read above about the decreased arm slot maybe being a positive for timing, wondering what your take is on Paxtons health outlook with his new form? 2016 2015
  3. projected lineup and rotation (rotochamp) 1. Blackmon 1. Gray 2. LeMahieu 2. Bettis 3. Arenado 3. Chatwood 4. Gonzalez 4. Anderson 5. Desmond 5. Hoffman 6. Story 7. Dahl 8. Wolters Desmond is the only addition to this group, on a team that hasn't had a winning record in 7 years. Is there any hope that this could be their year? I say yes. The bats are formidable. And Gray and Bettis may be the best 1-2 the Rox have had. Last season the bullpen set high standards for futility, blowing 28 saves with a league worst 5.13 era. But the FiP, and xFiP brought them up to 22nd and 23rd league wise. Here's something I found on the webs (props to chickenfoof) . .. Estevez had 7 BS he was not ready to be put in that situation but injuries force it. Ottovino had 5 BS coming back from TJ McGee had 4 BS injuries caused a loss in velocity Lyles had 3 BS Yeah whatever Logan had 3 BS couldn’t get the RH batters out and left the game with runners on base often with Mike Dunn coming over from the Marlins, Estevez maturing, Ottovino and McGee healthy, I'm seeing improvement. More of it may come from an unlikely source - new manager Bud Black. Always a pitcher never a hurler in his playing days, Black was instrumental as pitching coach for the 2002 Angels in guiding the rotation of Appier, Ortiz, Lackey, and Washburn thru to the title. They say he's a players manager, a communicator. Here's a shot of him from back in the day. and here's a quote i dug up, attributed to an old chum . .. "“Buddy is just one of those big-hearted people. The stoners, the jocks, the nerds, the kids taking special education, they all loved Buddy Black.” sound familiar? . . .. . . .. .. . .. Well, he's very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads — They all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. in summation: LA and SF are the faves of course but Kershaw showed he's human last year and the Giants offense looks beatable. The Pads giving away wins shouldn't hurt either. As I type this a friend and my two hunnids are floating somewhere above the bible belt towards Vegas where the oddsmakers are giving 50-1 or more. I like those odds and will be following this team thru at least June . .. budb