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  1. Heating up in the bullpen

    August MLB Game Thread

    Is anybody else getting a 2014-15 off-season vibe from the Padres? Remember that year, when Prellar was new to the job and went crazy bringing in new players? Kemp, Upton, Shields, etc… So much buzz in the media. But so much suck on the field. Prellar won the trade deadline this year, but I...
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    Jarren Duran: Sunshine In His Eyes Can Make Us Cry

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Like so many things in baseball, the skill of playing balls at the wall is, I think, part natural (instinct or having that kinesthetic awareness) and part practice. I recall hearing the radio guys saying that JBJ would shag a lot of flies on the road --...
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    8/7- A Royal Conquest

    Why is the infield in there? The game is over. Double play depth, just get a fucking out. FFS.
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    8/7- A Royal Conquest

    Time to pick a different team to pull for this year. Maybe the Mariners.
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    8/6 at KC

    Not Ellsbury… he couldn’t make plays at the wall.
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    8/6 at KC

    JBJ would have had it
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    Minor league thread 2022

    Is Stephen Scott becoming a prospect? Currently hitting .260/.403/.470 for Portland in 30 games, 129 PA. His walk:strikeout ratio is a fantastic 24:26 (18.6% BB, 20.2% K). He's got a two-year oddity of hitting better AFTER being advanced a level. Last year he had an .834 OPS over 61 games for...
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    8/5 at KC

    JBJ would have had that
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    8/5 at KC

    Has nobody ever told Rafi he doesn’t have to swing from his heels to hit one out?
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    8/5 at KC

    McGuire looks good behind the plate. Nice frame of that high curveball to get a K. Good run and catch for the pop up. Great recognition and hustle dive to keep that Perez dribbler fair and get the out.
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    8/5 at KC

    Crddanne Rafael for CF 2023
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    8/5 at KC

    JBJ catches that… easily
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    We Wish You Well Jackie Bradley Jr. (DFA 8.4.22)

    I've said it before, and I'll probably say it forever. I've never seen anybody play the outfield wall the way Jackie did. He always knew where he was, always was figuring out a way to make soft contact while moving at full speed. All those amazing plays, and he never hurt himself slamming into a...
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    Red Sox Trade Deadline 2022

    I just ran through the month of July box scores to respond to this idea of the starters not winning a game in the month (until the last day). Sox starters had four games in July that they left in position to pick up a W, but the Red Sox either lost the game, or the bullpen lost the lead but the...
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    J.D. Martinez: Hips Don't Lie

    From other posts I've read on the board, getting under the Luxury Tax has implications for compensation draft picks if a QO-offered free agent leaves. Being under the LT nets a comp pick after the 2nd round; being over gets a pick after the 4th round.
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    Three True Outcomes, The Bobby Dalbec Thread.

    Jay Jaffe's "Replacement Level Killers" series has begun on FanGraphs. First base is the first position covered. Red Sox are top of the killer list. That's not where you want to be. "After a tantalizing 23-game debut in 2020, Bobby Dalbec was subpar last year, hitting the ball very hard but...
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    Would you trade Devers+ for Soto?

    If the rest of the deal were reasonable, yes, I’d make that trade. As much as I love Rafi, I’d prefer Soto’s elite plate discipline. Which would maybe rub off on other hitters a little.