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  1. Fun fact: if you take away the three disastrous outings Yonny had in Toronto last year (a total of 9 IP and 17 ER), he would’ve finished the season with a 2.90 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP 👀
  2. Like most who’ve been considering drafting Merrifield this season, my biggest drawback has been the questions surrounding his sudden drop-off in SBs. Is it entirely age-related? Was there some injury that was kept quiet in order to keep pitchers worried about him on the base paths? Well, after doing some digging, I think I may have found the answer. According to this article from late last season, it appears Merrifield’s reduction in steals was actually a conscious decision: The explanation, Merrifield said, is that he is just being smart about his situation now. “I was a lot more aggressive early in the year,” Merrifield said. “And then as we sort of fell out of contention, I made the conscious decision to sort of take it easy on my body, and just pick and choose when to take chances. “It would be different if we were in the playoff hunt right now. I’d be a lot more aggressive to take advantage of stealing. But I’m using this time to sort of keep my legs under me, and also to keep the keys I have on pitchers a secret, and the tips I’ve gotten a secret, to save them when they’re more beneficial.” Merrifield said stealing bases takes a much higher toll on a player’s body than people think. “I don’t want to say it was a business decision, but it was just a conscious decision to take it easy on my legs,” he said. “Stolen bases are one of the most dangerous things you can do to your body on the baseball field, slamming into the bag, hamstrings. It’s why I wear the [oven] glove. There’s a lot that can go wrong. So take from that what you will. Maybe he bounces back a bit in the SB department. Maybe he gets traded to a contender and none of this matters. But considering what we know now, coupled with the fact that Mike Matheny is now his manager (🤢), I’m having a harder time seeing him returning to that 30 range as some (including myself) have been hopeful of.
  3. Good sign. I believe he was sitting 89-90 for most of last season
  4. Yeah “chasing” probably wasn’t the best word. What I mean is he needs to be more selective (especially within the strike zone) and stop swinging at “pitcher’s pitches.” And yes I know he’s a “patient” hitter but he’s not putting his patience to good use, as he continues to swing at pitches he can’t do anything with. Here’s an example from an article of what I’m talking about: Pitchers tend to attack Hoskins with a steady diet of fastballs and sliders, which account for upwards of 60% of the pitches he sees, regardless of the count of the at-bat. This strategy shifted slightly in August, where Hoskins was thrown less breaking pitches in exchange for fastballs up in the zone. Hoskins, who thrives when attack pitches low in the zone, failed to adjust. In August, a season-high 62.27% of all pitches Hoskins was thrown were fastballs. Knowing that those aren’t pitches he excels with, Hoskins swung less on heaters. When he decided to swing, he hit groundballs far too often – not a wise strategy for a hitter who faced the shift in 45% of his at-bats in August. An uptick in fastballs wasn’t the true issue at the core of this slump, however. In laying off of high heat, Hoskins showed his hand – he was waiting on low breaking balls. Pitchers knew this, and in turn, began throwing less of them for strikes. In August and September, Hoskins saw significantly more breaking balls out of the zone than he did earlier in the season. He couldn’t help but swing, evidenced by a climbing whiff rate than peaked at a massive 19.77% in September. https://calltothepen.com/2019/11/21/philadelphia-phillies-what-to-do-with-rhys-hoskins/amp/2/ This is an approach issue more than anything else. Maybe a swing change can help, but he needs to be a smarter hitter first and foremost.
  5. This guy doesn’t need a new swing, he needs to stop chasing bad pitches.
  6. Always an entertaining thread. Here are a few of the better ones I’ve come across so far: Pinot Biggio 30-50 Feral Puigs Houston Cheetahs Codebreakers The Dark Arts Slapdick Prospectors
  7. It depends if your league is set to “Daily - Today” or “Daily - Tomorrow” In your example, A = “Daily - Tomorrow” B = “Daily - Today”
  8. Came here to suggest the same... Here’s the cliffs notes version for those interested:
  9. Huh, I must have been in some very strange leagues the few times I tried it. Had no idea that wasn’t the norm. Lol, good to know 👍
  10. I personally hate Only leagues of any size. One (or more) of your better players gets dealt mid-season to the other league and you’re f——d. Much worse than someone getting lucky with a pickup imo, as this type of league has the ability to straight up take someone out of the race, no matter how skilled a manager they are.