Chris O'Leary

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  1. Tommy Pham 2018 Outlook

    Buster Posey bat wraps like a mofo... Pham's problem is Swing Length, but Bat Wrap isn't the problem. It's a Phony Flaw... http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Hitting/Webbooks/Hitting-Mechanics-101/First-Do-No-Harm/Phony-Flaws#Bat_Wrap Pham's problem is his Hands... http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Hitting/Lessons/Tommy-Pham/2018 The guys Eno talked to for his piece haven't produced any major league hitters. For a reason.
  2. Tommy Pham 2018 Outlook

    "Wanted to know what (bat wrap) was and how bad or good it was since Tommy Pham told me he was trying to tone it down" Found what I was looking for. And what I was afraid of. I don't see Pham improving any time soon.
  3. Tommy Pham 2018 Outlook

    Curious if anyone's seen the Sarris piece in The Athletic that discusses Tommy Pham and bat wrap. What's the gist?
  4. Forrest Whitley - RHP HOU

    Well, that question is only the basis of my work... - http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Pitching/The-Epidemic
  5. Forrest Whitley - RHP HOU

    Nope. That difference is how I evaluate injury risk, in part. But they are increasingly common because they are increasingly taught.
  6. Pitching Mechanics/Injuries

    Which is why I'm back. P.S. Seems like Ohtani just broke, which just sucks...
  7. Pitching Mechanics/Injuries

    Unsubstantiated? How about 4 years of consistent predictions, including uniformly negative assessments on the day of Reyes' first start back? Gleaned by following around on his rehab? Analysis http://www.chrisoleary.com/pitching/PIP/Overviews/Reyes_Alex_PitchingMechanics.html Tweets http://www.chrisoleary.com/pitching/PIP/Overviews/Reyes_Alex_ChrisOLearyTweets.html
  8. Alex Reyes 2018 Outlook

    Meant rotator cuffs are stronger (than in the past) due to all the conditioning work pitchers do. No amount of conditioning will allow pitchers to handle the overload their arms are now experiencing.
  9. Pitching Mechanics/Injuries

    The old "tweeting from multiple accounts to make it look like an emerging consensus" thing.
  10. Alex Reyes 2018 Outlook

    Lat injuries are what I call a Greased Pig injury. Rotator Cuffs are stronger, so the failure point has shifted to a different point in the kinetic chain. Most often that's the Lat either up in the shoulder or in the lower/mid back (ala Kershaw). When Lats start getting stronger, the failure point will shift somewhere else, likely the Biceps and its tendons.
  11. Pitching Mechanics/Injuries

    You don't need to attend medical school to notice a pattern and make a prediction. In fact, I'd argue it probably helps. P.S. Here's the pattern I noticed, which Jeff Passan pooh-poohed in his book The Arm. http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Pitching/The-Epidemic/Premature-Pronation The thing about predictions is they render irrelevant questions like yours. If you can predict what's going to happen to players, that suggests you understand what's going on. Regardless of who/what you are.
  12. Pitching Mechanics/Injuries

    What happened to Alex Reyes? Analysis http://www.chrisoleary.com/pitching/PIP/Overviews/Reyes_Alex_PitchingMechanics.html Tweets http://www.chrisoleary.com/pitching/PIP/Overviews/Reyes_Alex_ChrisOLearyTweets.html A lot of people are blaming it on the Inverted W... clients.chrisoleary.com/Pitching/New-Updated/Truth-About-the-Inverted-W But, if I had to classify his problem, I'd go with Scap Loading... http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Pitching/The-Epidemic/The-Big-Five/Scap-Loading ...or Flying Open... http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Pitching/The-Epidemic/The-Big-Five/Flying-Open-with-the-Glove-Side There's also the issue of his Tommy John Twist. http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Pitching/The-Epidemic/The-Big-Five/Tommy-John-Surgery-Twist
  13. Pitching Mechanics/Injuries

    All I'm doing is extrapolating. The incidence of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is hockey-sticking in baseball pitchers. TOS > Clots > Strokes > Disability or Death Look up J.R. Richard, who had TOS. The more cases of TOS, the greater the risk of serious problems. And multiple pitchers have already had Pulmonary Embolisms (PEs) which are scary as s---. P.S. I'm seeing more and more TOS in hockey players.
  14. Pitching Mechanics/Injuries

    I've been talking about the hockey-sticking incidence of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) and related problems for years. My umbrella term for this meta-syndrome is Pitching-Induced Coagulation Syndrome (PICS). http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Pitching/The-Epidemic/The-Big-Five/Hyperabduction/Pitching-Induced-Coagulation-Syndrome I'm considering expanding that term to Pitching-Induced Coagulation And Neuropathy Syndrome (PICANS). In sum, the effort to squeeze more and more velocity out of younger and younger pitchers is going to lead to a tragedy like the one that struck J.R. Richard. That will be the tragic end game of the epidemic. http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Pitching/The-Epidemic
  15. Steven Matz 2017 Outlook

    Matz not throwing the slider could indicate (more) elbow problems, the root cause of which are... - Flying Open with the Glove