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#16 thomasam

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 11:54 AM

I'm not sure where to put this, but it's fairly random so this might work.  Great story about Lugo:

 

http://nypost.com/20...bee-loving-met/



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:05 PM

what's funny about Lugo's spin rate, is that I would expect that it would make him more effective as a starter than as a reliever...since, I would imagine that it's harder to throw a curve for a strike consistently & immediately; as a starter you have time to get settled in and as a reliever, you can't afford to come in and throw your first couple pitches without good control...

 

however, last year as a reliever, Lugo allowed a .495 OPS as a reliever (.185 batting average against, and only a .222 Slugging Percentage) with almost a 3:1 K:BB ratio...

 

http://www.baseball-...=2016&t=p#sprel



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 02:09 PM

Yes, truly astounding.  He seems to be such a natural that the "finding your curve" part might not apply as much as usual.  The other advantage of course is if you haven't seen a curve like that all game it can really be a disadvantage for a hitter.



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 11:25 PM

yeah, a ball that spins faster than it goes forward might take some adjustments after seeing 100 pitches of Thor throwing 100 mph fastballs and sliders/curves in the 90's...


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#20 thomasam

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 05:40 PM

What does everyone think of this first base situation?  It's getting a little crowded there before the season even starts.  Duda, Bruce, Wright, Flores.  At least Conforto is staying in the OF.  In general between 1B, the rotation and the OF this is the first time in a very long time that I feel the roster is very crowded with potential starters.



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 05:47 PM

I don't see anything wrong with giving as many players as possible some exposure there...1B is basically the NL DH (except for the Piazza years when the Mets/Yanks hid DH's behind the plate)...



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Posted 25 February 2017 - 10:18 AM

Corner IF and the three OF spots (That might be a decent name for a band...), that's five spots.

 

Cespedes, Lagares, Bruce, Granderson, Bruce, Wright, Flores, Conforto, Reyes.

 

That's nine guys. Five spots. Going to take creativity to work all that in, although with the ability of Reyes and Flores to play SS/2B, that does open up some options there, too, but even that then adds Cabrera and Walker to the mix, meaning now we are talking eleven guys and seven spots. Mix in the occasional AL DH day.

 

Interesting dilemma for Collins.



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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:02 AM

Corner IF and the three OF spots (That might be a decent name for a band...), that's five spots.

 

Cespedes, Lagares, Bruce, Granderson, Bruce, Wright, Flores, Conforto, Reyes.

 

That's nine guys. Five spots. Going to take creativity to work all that in, although with the ability of Reyes and Flores to play SS/2B, that does open up some options there, too, but even that then adds Cabrera and Walker to the mix, meaning now we are talking eleven guys and seven spots. Mix in the occasional AL DH day.

 

Interesting dilemma for Collins.

 

It's a pretty nice problem to have.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 09:58 AM

The good thing is that they are legit major leaguers.

 

Not an Eric Campbell in the bunch.







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