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|9 weeks 5 days ago||The OP was so bad nobody||
The OP was so bad nobody commented on the misspelling of a former players name until the 29th post.
Pretty impressive really.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||During this 6-16 stretch, the||
During this 6-16 stretch, the offense has averaged 3.46 runs per game.
That is abysmal, they haven't scored enough for the Tigers to be an above .500 team, even if the starting rotation was pitching like they did last year.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, Hannibal defintely has||
Yeah, Hannibal defintely has that in its favor, in terms of not having some boring/horrible characters.
GoT obviously has to cover a lot of different plots/storylines so inevitably there are going to be some characters that just take away from the show.
In Hannibal, it seems like at least one of Will, Jack, or Hannibal is in every scene, and they're all good characters.
I'm just surprised a show like it is on NBC, can't remember the last time I would rate a show on one of the major networks as one of the best on air.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||How was the 4th season of||
How was the 4th season of Boardwalk Empire?
I saw the first two episodes and haven't finished yet.
I almost gave up on the show during the third season, which was painful to watch at times, before the final two or three episodes where it ended strong.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, Hannibal is great, I||
Yeah, Hannibal is great, I was pretty surprised by how good it was.
It's not better than GoT, but probably the 2nd best show currently airing.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Same. 40 minutes of non-stop||
40 minutes of non-stop action will never make for great viewing, it's simply not possible.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||The dude has a 169 wRC+ this||
The dude has a 169 wRC+ this year.
I'm fine with saying that he doesn't have any room to improve upon what he's done, because at this level, he is an elite, top 5 hitter, and there's not much room to improve at that level.
Brian Hunter (whichever one you're talking about) was a below league average hitter.
You are either severly overrating Brian Hunter (by assuming he was an all-star caliber hitter) or are severly underrating Stanton, who has been a top 10 hitter in all of baseball since 2011.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Stats like xFIP and SIERA are||
Stats like xFIP and SIERA are far more accurate for predicting future performance than past ERA.
This isn't some opinion, research has proven it to be true.
So when looking to project future performance, you should look at those stats, and not ERA, which is a very poor predictor of future ERA.
The fact is, sabermetrics are more valuable than the basic stats you learn growing up. There is a reason every single MLB team has sabermetric departments, because they provide a far more accurate way to evaluate not only past performance, but also to project future performance.
Here are some articles which demonstrate that these stats are more useful than ERA in predicting future performance:
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||Avila has hit 5th for a grand||
Avila has hit 5th for a grand total of 3 PAs this season.
He's primarily been the 7th (88 PAs), or 8th (50 PAs) hitter this season.
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||Getting rid of Doug Fister||
Getting rid of Doug Fister and not getting fair value in return was a mistake.
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||There is some hope that||
There is some hope that Jackson can bounce back.
He's actually got his K% to a reasonable 18.8%, and his got a good BB% at 9.4%.
His problem is mostly just BABIP related it seems.
His career slash line and BABIP on fly balls is .210/.204/.553 and .146.
For this year his line and BABIP on fly balls is .140/.125/.386 and .082.
And to make matters worse, he's got a GB/FB ratio of 0.72, while his career GB/FB ratio is 1.32. Jackson hitting more FBs should actually be a good thing, and it will be if he is able to do so and maintain his career slah line on fly balls going forward.
He's also well below his career norms of LD, where his slash line is .680/.677/.980 with a .673 BABIP.
This year on LDs he's only hitting .476/.476/.714 with a .476 BABIP.
If he's able to approach his career numbers in those two categories going forward, he should be able to provide a plus bat in CF going forward.
|12 weeks 19 hours ago||Correct. Using ERA to||
Using ERA to evaluate RPs in such a small sample size is silly.
And when projecting future performance, which is what we're doing here, it is entirely uselss and shouldn't be considered at all.
And a sample size of 1/3 season is small, far too small to really guage anything, even for position players.
Hell, even a full season isn't really a big enough sample size to evaluate true talent level.
As for Nathan, I never suggested he will turn around.
I said if he did, the Tigers would have a top 10 bullpen, without having to make any major changes or additions. If he doesn't, overall they are still an average bullpen. If he's unable to turn it around, he'll simply be removed from the closers role, and his negative impact will be lessened.
As for what xFIP is, it's actually a useful stat in terms of predicting future performance. ERA on the other hand is not. So when we're projecting what the Tigers bullpen will do going forward, it is a stat to consider, whereas their ERA to this point is not.
|12 weeks 19 hours ago||New Mexico only has a BB/9 of||
New Mexico only has a BB/9 of 3 so far this season. He's a quality RP, but for some reason people seem to discredit him. When he is healthy, he is an effective RP. The highest xFIP he's ever had in a season is 3.48.
The only problem with the bullpen is Coke and Nathan.
Coke won't be around much longer, so he's not a problem.
If Nathan can turn it around to be just a solid RP, the Tigers would have a top 10 bullpen.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Well, that's not entirely||
Well, that's not entirely true.
None of the Tigers RPs has pitched more than 24 IP so far this season. In a sample size that small, their past ERA is more or less useless in terms of predicting their future ERA, and it's really not all that great of an indicator of their current performance.
The Tigers bullpen is 11th in K/BB, 13th in WHIP, 22nd in FIP, 14th in xFIP, and 12th in SIERA.
The Tigers bullpen is pretty much average, certainly not close to the worst, and that's even with Phil Cokes numbers dragging them down, and he won't be around much longer.
So just letting the sample size grow will fix the bullpen, that and replacing Phil Coke with anybody.
And if Nathan can just give us a roughly 3.50 ERA going forward, the Tigers bullpen could very well creep into the top 10.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Relivers are generally pretty||
Relivers are generally pretty cheap in trades. They don't have all that much trade value.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, catchers with an||
Actually, catchers with an OBP of .340 aren't on the waiver wire, pretty much ever, they're pretty valuable players, and are a good bargin at 4.4 million.
Suarez will be given the opportunity to lose the job, he's just out for a couple days after his Prince Fielder impersenation.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Shouldn't be hard to||
Shouldn't be hard to believe.
Davis is evidently a bad defender, he takes horrible routes, and he'd be Delmon esque out there if he wasn't fast as hell.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Dirks is a much better||
Dirks is a much better defender than Davis, and is a better hitter against RHP.
Davis is a lousy defender.
You're right though, Dirks is a mediocre player.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Haha, I think that's a||
Haha, I think that's a standard nickname for him.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||What risks are involved||
What risks are involved exactly?
He got ejected, nothing else will come off this.
The other players don't really care he used pine tar, it won't impact any future contract negotiations, he won't be fined, it won't have any significant impact on his image like a positive HGH test would. The biggest hit to his image that will result from this is that people will think he's an idiot for putting it on his neck, where it was easily visible to all, not that he was using pine tar.
|21 weeks 19 hours ago||Pete Rose isn't a top 25||
Pete Rose isn't a top 25 hitter of all time.
Cabrera will assuredely go down as a better htiter than Rose.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||There is no doubt whatsoever||
There is no doubt whatsoever that it is a good business decision.
It's a matter of whether it is a wise decision in terms of managing the baseball team.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Not quite the same, but back||
Not quite the same, but back in high school soccer, we did have some team celebrate and take team pictures on our field after they tied us.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Thoughts:||
Scoring points has a great correlation to winning than rebounding.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||How did you managed to type||
How did you managed to type this out and still not realized how dumb your point is?
Unlike the "chalk" rankings which rates the top 16 teams 1-4, thus ensuring that none the top 16 teams will face each other prior to the sweet 16, 6 of kenpoms top 16 teams (florida vs. pitt, tenn vs. duke, witchita vs. kent) would have met prior to the sweet 16.
At most, Kenpom could have had 13 of his top 16 teams in the sweet 16.
Getting 10/13 is actually good, though the sample is obviously too small to either credit or discredit his rankings.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||It's written by a Bama fan.||
It's written by a Bama fan.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||We're about 6 or 7 wins worse||
We're about 6 or 7 wins worse than were last year, need to add a good hitting 3B/LF at the least.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Improved it from where it was||
Improved it from where it was earlier today? Yeah.
Is it improved from the same bullpen that imploded during the postseason?
The issue was not closing, Benoit was terrific last year, and it is highly unlikely Nathan will outperform what Benoit provided.
We need more depth, so it is still necessary to add another arm or two to help solidify the middle relief.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||"If Dombrowski could have||
"If Dombrowski could have gotten more, he would have."
DD could have gotten more, that is a simple fact.
From a Keith Law article...
"I've spoken to numerous team executives who were shocked at the return for Fister and wish they had been given the opportunity to offer more or to try to assemble a multi-team deal that would give the Tigers the specific pieces they wanted. One contending team's GM, known to be looking for another starter, told me he hadn't talked to the Tigers about Fister in weeks. Another exec with a contender indicated something similar. "
So let's get the notion that maybe that's all the value that Fister could have gotten back in a trade out of here now, but it's simply not true. He had far more value than a loogy (who has little to no value), a crappy utility player (who literally has no value) and a decent prospect, who is outside of every publications top 100. It's evident that DD values Ray far more than everyone else, and that's where the disconnect lies.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||DD has made bad trades||
DD has made bad trades before.