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2014 MLB Season Thread - Page 159

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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post

What about Albuquerque?

What happened with Rondon?

Rondon has been erratic. He has given up hits, runs, but has K'ed 7 or so guys.

Me saying they are looking for a closer was based on one article I read. I haven't heard anything else refuting or supporting it.

They must know something about Al Al. I think it's because he is a tad fragile. If he walks a guy it's all downhill. If he Ks a guy he's unstoppable.

They have options tho so I hope they don't do something stupid.
post #2372 of 4066
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

No because "the last chance" can happen at literally any point in the ball game. Vin Mazarro was the "last chance" in the fourth inning in 2011. Plenty of games are lost in the 7th inning, games are lost in the 12th inning. The batters coming up in the 9th aren't the best.

That's what you're missing. There are better places to use your "closer" than only in the final inning of the game if the team has a lead. There are far too many variables in baseball to say "well its the 9th so its more important."

In 02-04 when Gagne saved 84 consecutive games, he probably could have had a greater impact had he come in during hairy situations in the 7/8 inning but the quest for the save was an gross inefficiency in their rotation. And considering they made the playoffs once in that time frame it further suggest the unimportance of a save.

I think that, in part, there is a distorting psychological effect from the "finality" of whatever happens when the closer comes in. Retire the side with the bases loaded in the 9th to preserve a one-run lead, and the game is over. Do the same in the 7th or 8th, and the game could still be lost in the subsequent inning(s), leading to the perception that the effort was "wasted".

I vaguely recall that Bill James once argued that, at least from a sabermetrics perspective, an NL team would be well-served by having a staff made up entirely of relievers and pinch-hitting every time the pitcher's spot in the batting order came up.
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Originally Posted by bdeuce22 View Post

Rondon has been erratic. He has given up hits, runs, but has K'ed 7 or so guys.

Me saying they are looking for a closer was based on one article I read. I haven't heard anything else refuting or supporting it.

They must know something about Al Al. I think it's because he is a tad fragile. If he walks a guy it's all downhill. If he Ks a guy he's unstoppable.

They have options tho so I hope they don't do something stupid.

I just read a Yahoo article that maybe Marmol ends up in Det...
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Originally Posted by investigator View Post

Really!!! literally millions of asians, latins and caribeans care!!!

That's like 5 of our posters in E&C...
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Fucking Yankees are going down like flies! Now Tex is out 10 weeks.
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That's like 5 of our posters in E&C...

Lol.
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But by all means start a thread. We will all follow
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But by all means start a thread. We will all follow

If people donate I'd be happy to live blog the round 2 games...
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Please. No MLB talk until the WBC is over.
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I just reported you for spam
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Oy. I know all of these things but it is depressing to read them in a compendium.

Also, Mo retiring after this season.
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Thread Starter 
As I had to say repeatedly last year, I don't think you can write off a team based on early season performance but man... I don't know how they Yankees are going to do it. They're losing over half their HR production, they are old, they have some pretty big gaps to fill, it basically comes down to the rotation MUST be lights out and I just don't see that happening. Would be interesting to see the combined WAR they will miss through the first two months of the season.
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Yankees will not make the playoffs.
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Kuroda had some gems last year wasted due to shitty hitting. I don't think lights out pitching can save this team. It will be a long season for sure.
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