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Jamie Moyer Colorado Rockies

Jamie Moyer. Going strong, or at least going, until eight years ago.

He probably played long enough to start collecting his pension right away.

Alex Patton Alex
Charlie Morton Tampa Bay Rays

He'll need to transform himself to do so - Morton is still getting guys out with heat, his average FB the last couple years better than it was in his age 25-33 seasons.  

But there's a limit on how long that'll continue.  Moyer's late career studliness came as he developed unhittable junk.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope

Jamie Moyer had one season with a 105 ERA+ before age 30.  Most of the other seasons were in the low-mid 80s. Then, he came to Baltimore and became solid. 130 ERA+, 105, back to 92, and he left.  He didn't have another sub 100 ERA+ until age 37 and then again at age 41, 44, and 47-49.


Morton's first solid season was at age 29, but he fell back again.  He was good from 32-35.  Do you think he's got another 14 years left in the tank?

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Julio Urias Los Angeles Dodgers

That was some mighty fine pitching. Right through the ninth.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 19
Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves
Dustin May Los Angeles Dodgers

The choice tonight over Gonsolin. He'll throw as hard as he can for an inning or two.

The team pitching stats for the Dodgers in the postseason:

8 wins, 3 losses, 4 saves, 7 holds, 3.40 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

For the Braves:

8 wins, 3 losses, 2 saves, 6 holds, 3.44 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 18
Charlie Morton Tampa Bay Rays

Ron Darling: "I've never seen a pitcher who in his early years couldn't find his consistency but here in his later years has never been better."

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 18
Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays

He couldn't hit, obviously, and it didn't matter. 

Anyways, it wasn't like the Rays had some bopper riding the pine because of it.

Mike Landau ML-
Oct 18
Peter Fairbanks Tampa Bay Rays

Zero saves in the regular season ... BIG (so far) in this post-season!  That's a sweet K/9!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Oct 18
Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays
Carlos Correa Houston Astros

The Giants and Jets are so bad that baseball claims the back page of the New York Post.

CAN'T GET RID OF HOU

https://nypost.com/covers/

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 17
Che-Hsuan Lin Boston Red Sox

Probably not -- who knows? I left them in just in case.

He looks like a pretty good center fielder. If this series goes on, I imagine there will be an HBP added to his stats.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 17
Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

Snell flopped, Brosseau flopped, Castillo flopped... pressure's on.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 17
Diego Castillo Tampa Bay Rays

The clock struck midnight for this cinderella closer ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Oct 17
Che-Hsuan Lin Boston Red Sox

Still playing in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League

(probably those 2013 stats are not him?)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Oct 16
Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

The pressure is still on the Astros, right?

Sure, sure, but if perchance they lose today...

Here's J.P. Been at BP:

One Big Thing

Both Snell and Valdez threw the ball well in their most recent matchup. Snell tossed five one-run innings, while Valdez gave up two runs in six frames. There were small warts for each: Snell only struck out two, and Valdez walked four. Overall, though, these lefties should take the mound on Friday with plenty of confidence, given their successes in this series and throughout the postseason.

It’s impossible to ignore, however, that the Rays have been significantly better against lefties in 2020. That offensive gap is driven by lefty-mashers like Michael Brosseau. The utility man hit .333/.383/.738 against southpaws in the regular season and already has a home run in the playoffs. Brosseau went 0-for-3 with a HBP in his first go-round against Valdez (that hit-by-pitch was by Blake Taylor). Still, he’ll be one of the primary threats for Tampa on Friday.

https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/62582/rays-astros-snell-valdez-alcs-game-6-mlb-playoff-prospectus/

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 16
Jacob Webb Atlanta Braves

The only way the Dodgers live to play another day is they get to the Braves' bullpen tonight. 

Ben Spanier at BP thinks they can. (And points out that if they do, they still have to contend with Max Fried and Ian Anderson.)

One Big Thing

On the surface, the Braves’ bullpen was solid enough in the regular season, pieced together with journeymen of varying fame; Jacob Webb (0.00), A.J. Minter(0.83), Chris Martin (1.00), Grant Dayton (2.30), Shane Greene (2.60), Darren O’Day (2.77), Tyler Matzek (2.79), and closer Mark Melancon (2.78), all boast ERAs under three. That’s pretty incredible, actually, and goes a ways toward explaining how Atlanta managed to hold it together and field an average pitching staff in spite of all the rotation tumult. However, our main underlying metric doesn’t like this collection of arms nearly as much as the top-line numbers do. Of all the pitchers just named, only Matzek (2.88) has a DRA even remotely close to his ERA. Martin and Minter still look pretty good, if not elite, at 3.70 and 3.79. Melancon, Webb, and O’Day edge toward mediocrity (4.03, 4.17, 4.30) while Greene and Dayton (4.54, 5.00) are beginning to tread in dangerous territory.

https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/62579/braves-dodgers-dustin-may-josh-tomlin-game-5-nlcs-playoff-prospectus/

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 16
Nolan Jones Cleveland Indians

Baseball America on Oct. 5:

The Indians are bringing 49 players to their instructional league, highlighted by the team's top four prospects: Nolan Jones, Tyler Freeman, Bo Naylor and George Valera. All six of Cleveland's 2020 draft choices—led by shortstop Carson Tucker—are in the group as well.

The most notable omission is shortstop Brayan Rocchio, who was also prevented by travel issues from getting back stateside from Venezuela for development at the team's alternate training site.

Beyond Rocchio, the other two prospects who are eligible but not included among the instructional league roster are Ernie Clement—who was at the ATS—and outfielder Oscar Gonzalez, who was not at the team's ATS this summer.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 16

I wonder if Baseball America is sending writers, or even one writer, to the various instructional camps that are in progress now?

Joe Lemire on the gatherings this summer:

“I think it’s just a whole different environment now,” said Logan White, a Padres senior adviser and their director of player personnel. “At the alternate site, they’re competing against more polished guys who played Triple A and major leagues, so you’re seeing them in an even more competitive environment in some ways.”

That made scouting easier. No longer did a front office have to project a prospect’s performance against a higher level of play. The Rays’ McClanahan, who has only four starts at the Class AA level, cited the better competition at the club’s alternate site in Port Charlotte, Fla., as a major benefit.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 16

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