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Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

I was coming in late with a "Thick As A Brick" joke.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Oct 30
Anthony Rendon Washington Nationals

A Don Larsenesque game.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 30
Trea Turner Washington Nationals

Does Joe Torre have to support the ump? Is that his job?

What a terrible job if so. What a disappointing stream of gibberish if not.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 30
Juan Soto Washington Nationals

Simply amazing. The 4 pitchers Soto has HRed against in the postseason were a combined 71-21 2.60 ERA in the regular season. 

van wilhoite LVW
Oct 30
Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

Info about cortisone shots @ mayoclinic.org ... pro's & con's ... risk's & reward's ...

And ... how is this not a PED?  By definition, I s'pose ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Oct 29
Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

Hey, Aqualung!!

jeff merk jeffamerk
Oct 29
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

I've done very well betting on the Rockies as a home dog. 

van wilhoite LVW
Oct 29
Tucker Davidson Atlanta Braves

Always nice to call a player up from the depths.

And always discouraging when a minor leaguer's 2019 stats have eluded us.

Baseball America's tenth-best prospect on the Braves:

BA Grade: 50/Medium
Tool Grades: Fastball 60 Curveball 60 Changeup 50 Control 50
Born: March 25, 1996. B-T: L-L. HT: 6-2. WT: 215. Drafted: Midland (Texas) JC, 2016 (19th round). Signed by: Nate Dion.

Track Record: After taking a step back in 2018, Davidson had something of a breakout year in 2019. A 19th-round junior college selection, Davidson took significant steps forward with his pitching ability, posting a 2.03 ERA in the Southern League before getting his first taste of Triple-A in August.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/players/97523/tucker-davidson/

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

BA's No. 3 prospect on the Braves.

Scouting Report: Anderson's stuff wasn't quite as electric in 2019 as he's shown in the past. While he's previously thrown a fastball in the 92-97 range, the pitch didn't have that sort of top-end velocity this season, sitting mostly in the 92-94 range. It's still a plus offering thanks to the angle that Anderson creates out of an over-the-top arm slot, and he's been effective with it pitching both up and down in the zone. Similarly, Anderson's 12-to-6 curveball hasn't shown the bite he's had in the past. It's more of a 55-grade offering he has learned to spot more consistently, but he struggles at times to get hitters to chase it out of the zone. Anderson also has a firm, mid-to-upper 80s changeup that he's shown feel for and projects as an above-average offering. Outside of his five-game stint in Triple-A to end the season, Anderson showed improved feel for throwing his entire arsenal for strikes and projects for above-average control despite some stiffness in his operation.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Cristian Pache Atlanta Braves

It's great that  he hit so well in Double-A. But isn't Triple-A a little concerning?

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29

BA has started rolling out its top 10 prospects by org. Pache is No. 1 on the Braves.

Track Record: Remember when Cristian Pache didn't hit a single home run through his first 176 at-bats? Yeah, it's tough for us to remember that time as well. Over the last two years, Pache has completely shed his previous reputation as a glove-first, minimal power center fielder by getting bigger and stronger. After hitting a career-high nine home runs in 2018, Pache topped that in 2019 by hitting 12 between Double-A and Triple-A—and it wasn't a juiced ball affect either, as 11 of those home runs came in the Southern League.


Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Sean Doolittle Washington Nationals

I wouldn't be happy with an algorithm called Win Probability Added that put Doolittle ahead of Urquidy.

World Series Win Prob. Added (WPA) Leaders

Position Players

George Springer (HOU)0.27
Juan Soto (WSN)0.20
Yordan Alvarez (HOU)0.19
Kurt Suzuki (WSN)0.08
Yuli Gurriel (HOU)0.07

Pitchers

Sean Doolittle (WSN)0.34
Jose Urquidy (HOU)0.26
Will Harris (HOU)0.24
Stephen Strasburg (WSN)0.19
Joe Smith (HOU)0.14



Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Joe Smith Houston Astros

How much fun must it be to finally get in the the World Series and then see yourself on this list?

Play Index Spotlight: WS Relievers

Best postseason ERA among pitchers with at least 8 postseason appearances since 2017

PlayerGERAIPERTm
Andrew Miller120.8710.11CLE,STL
Corey Knebel90.9010.01MIL
Ryan Brasier91.048.21BOS
Matt Barnes101.048.21BOS
Will Harris171.2914.02HOU
Sean Doolittle111.4212.22WSN
Kenley Jansen241.5529.05LAD
Josh Hader81.6411.02MIL
Joe Smith141.6411.02CLE,HOU
Kenta Maeda211.6422.04LAD
Aroldis Chapman141.6516.13NYY

See the full list at Baseball-Reference.com's Pitching Game Finder

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Justin Verlander Houston Astros

Ken Davidoff, bemoaning what might have been in the Bronx:

https://nypost.com/2019/10/28/astros-justin-verlander-heist-leaves-yankees-left-to-wonder/

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Ryan Goins Kansas City Royals

Ryan Goins (3B) - Oct. 28

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=735458
Goins was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and will become a minor-league free agent following the conclusion of the World Series.
 

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Ryan Cordell Chicago White Sox

Ryan Cordell (OF) - Oct. 28

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=735456
Cordell was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and will be released to minor-league free agency at the end of the World Series.
 

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Justin Bour Los Angeles Angels

Justin Bour (1B) - Oct. 28

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=735448
Bour elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.
 

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 29
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

Go $10 against $17.60?

mike fenger mike
Oct 29

I only bet underdogs (or close to even) in baseball, so with the Astros -176, I actually think it's easy to bet against them.  The teams are not that disparate and Strasburg is an excellent pitcher. 

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 28

I hope you're right, if only to give us a game seven, but it's hard to bet against the Astros in game six.

mike fenger mike
Oct 28

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