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  1. QUOTE (NorthSideSox72 @ Jun 3, 2011 -> 02:11 PM)
    I assume your YAY is sarcastic? Dunn needs to hit his way out of this slump, sitting on the bench after an off day isn't going to help anything.

    And how will looking completely lost vs a lefty help?

     

    It's gotten past the point of letting him play through the slump, plain and simple. We need to win ball games now, and until he fixes his approach and starts hitting the ball, he can't be playing everyday, and especially not vs lefties. I'm not saying outright bench, but no more blind faith that he will snap out of it eventually.


  2. It was a bang bang play, and it obviously wasn't malicious at all. Should Scott have probably been going feet first to open part? Probably. But Posey was in an awkward position, and when he turned, he did seem to block most of the plate.

     

    It is unfortunate what happened, but you cant fault Cousins at all. He did what he thought he had to to score the go ahead run on a bang bang play. If anything, I give cousins credit for playing hard and doing whatever he thought he had to do to score.


  3. It would be so much more encouraging if those slumps took place at different parts of the season. Right now those stats seem to back up the assumption of him being out of shape and having no passion for the game, IMO.

     

    Dunn will almost undoubtedly improve, you gotta really try to keep up his level of suckage.

     

    However, the one thing those stats don't account for is bat speed. His bat is so freaking slow and he is having trouble catching up to fastballs in the low 90s. I don't know who has less bat speed, him or Beckham.


  4. A hacking group claims to have hacked psn again and taken info from around a million users. And if the details from the hackers is correct, it sounds like Sony half-assed it.

     

    It just seems to keep getting worse for Sony.


  5. I still think college baseball, at least at the scholarship level, should use the laminated wooden bats. However, these new bats seem to be a step in the right direction.

     

    Hopefully we will gradually see more players coming up with better approaches at bat and using all fields, instead of the majority that swing from the heels and try and pull everything.


  6. QUOTE (Chisoxfn @ Jun 2, 2011 -> 05:47 PM)
    I'd be down for Purke if he somehow slides to 47. Sox would obviously have to dish out some cash though (4 to 5M). Which they won't.

     

    There is a shot Goodwin could be there too (drafted by Sox before, repped by Boras, kicked out of UNC and now playing for Miami Dade CC).

    From everything I've read, it sounds like we shouldn't touch Purke with a 100 foot pole. I read a recent scouting report saying his fastball has dropped 4-5 mph since HS and he tires real fast. There are some serious injury concerns with him too. Couple that with his asking price, I have a feeling he will fall a lot and wind up returning to TCU.


  7. QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jun 2, 2011 -> 03:12 PM)
    It doesn't matter for a second where they are ranked. The Sox in 2000 had the top ranked farm team in the country... How'd that work out? The Royals have had tons of prospects in recent years, very few of them have come close to their hype.

    It still doesn't change the fact that the Royals currently have the best farm system in baseball. Will the prospects pan out or not? No one knows. For all we know the Rays current farm system will wind up busting, and the White Sox system is gonna shock everyone. Unlikely, yes. But no one can predict the success of prospects.

     

    But what we do know is that the Royals current system is f***ing stacked.


  8. QUOTE (The Baconator @ Jun 2, 2011 -> 08:50 AM)
    With so many people clamoring that moving Beckham around would hurt his bat (not to say that you are one of them, I don't know), how can it be a good idea to move Lillibridge to three positions each week? I don't see the logic behind some arguing that moving Beckham away from 2B would destroy him at the plate, yet having Lillibridge playing as a full-time player with no full-time position is a good idea.

    Any player who consistently let's his fielding affect his hitting, or vica versa, is too weak mentally to be in the Majors.


  9. QUOTE (chw42 @ Jun 1, 2011 -> 04:17 PM)
    Masterson's a good pitcher who will keep getting better. You gotta wonder about his health though, his mechanics are sketchy on the elbow.

     

    With the win today, the Sox are 18-12 against teams above .500. 9-19 against teams under. It makes no sense.

    I can't believe anyone would group Masterson with Declarmen. Both were highly thought of back then, but I gotta assume Masterson was on a higher level. Injury concerns or not, masterson for Dye would have been awesome!

     

    Does Declarmen still throw in the mid to high 90s? If so, he'd be worth the risk.


  10. QUOTE (Balta1701 @ Jun 1, 2011 -> 02:53 PM)
    How are you quantifying "Little movement"? You're correct on his average velocity, however, I'm not sure how I can quantify movement.

     

    For example, I just picked Roy Halladay as a guy who I think has a lot of movement on his standard pitches, and checked the standard fastball movement (not his 2 seamer).

     

    For the standard fastball, Halladay's pitch breaks 4.4 inches left and 5.8 inches down. Humber's fastball breaks 6 inches left and 8.8 inches down, so if nothing else, relative to his release point, Humber's fastball actually moves more than Doc's.

     

    I'm happy to concede that I'm not reading these numbers right and there's something else to relative release points that I'm not understanding, but please, quantify your little movement part for me.

    I'm going strictly based off what I have seen of him this season. His fastball moves, all do. But his just doesn't have the life on it that's gonna make it tough for hitters to hit.

     

    Maybe below average was too critical, especially with his curve and he has a change up to. I guess average to a tick below would be more fair.


  11. QUOTE (Balta1701 @ Jun 1, 2011 -> 02:33 PM)
    The problem is...he had a decent may....by putting up a .704 OPS and still not being very good on defense.

     

    If he could still run, that'd be one thing, but he can't. He put up a .704 OPS and can't steal any more.

    Ops can't be looked at for Pierre though because he is a slap hitter, his slugging % is always going to be terrible. I don't know the numbers, but I bet his average and OBP were decent this month.

     

    But yeah, his d is terrible and the lack of power he provides is scary bad for even the worst slap hitters.


  12. QUOTE (fathom @ Jun 1, 2011 -> 01:43 PM)
    That he's hit the wall with regards to bat speed, and his numbers the last few months last year were a telling sign?

    Don't forget that a MLB gm and countless other people talked about how lazy he is and has no passion for the game. It really is a perfect storm of a player slowing down and not having the work ethic to compensate for what he has lost.


  13. QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jun 1, 2011 -> 07:31 AM)
    For the record, 91-93 is not "below average fastball".

    For the record, he sits mostly around 90-91 without much movement. You can only get away with that with good location and keeping batters off balance. And for the most part, Humber's done that.


  14. QUOTE (SoxAce @ Jun 1, 2011 -> 08:00 AM)
    So was I. And no he isn't the same stud he was at Rice forming the big 3, but neither was Floyd when he was so highly touted pitching at Lakewood. (one lost velocity on his fastball, but gained movement - Floyd, the other had TJ and gained more velocity on his fastball, but lost movement - Humber) Only seen one of his starts, but just my opinion on following him (and the other big 2).

    Humber gained? From everything I've read, he was a 93-95 guy at rice. Now, he sits around 90. If he gained velocity, I would have hated to see his fastball before TJS.


  15. QUOTE (kapzk @ May 31, 2011 -> 10:32 PM)
    Wat do u mean, Dunn was pretty good today, sure he didn't crank a HR or any ribbies but he got on base 4 out of 5 times. I agree that Rios flat out sucks.

    Lol, ok. I'm gonna wait until he puts a good swing on a ball to say he looked good. He had what, at least one walk on 4 pitches (that's bad pitching, not him working the count), a pop out on a pitch he should have clobbered, a HBP, and a weak ass grounder that got through because of the shift. I hate to be so critical, but he showed nothing today, except for the fact he didnt K. It's so discouraging to see him so late on low 90's fastballs.

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