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  1. michelangelosmonkey

    Madrigal to the IL/Delmonico Optioned

    Babe Ruth's first few games in the majors have shown exactly what we should have expected from him: An interesting pitching prospect that really can't hit. As I write this Ruth has been involved in 17 chances and yielded only 3 safeties. His thunderous swing has created 7 dust storms and but a single free pass. He'll always have trouble with the old uncle charlie. Mr Ruth has shown proclivity to tossing the old horse hide and he needs to set aside the lumber to concentrate on throwing a hammer because he will never be able to hit it. Ridick Ulace Conclusion theoldtimeidiot.com (note...baseball reference is amazing...game logs from 1914??? It is the greatest sport).
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    Madrigal to the IL/Delmonico Optioned

    Fernando Tatis, JR first few games in the majors have shown exactly what we should have expected from him: A young, over matched hitter who's minor league swing and miss issues will get worse in the majors. As I write this Tatis Jr has a .200 batting average, .360 slugging percent, 9 strikeouts in 25 at bats and a single home run off of a AAAA Arizona pitcher. This is pretty much what he is. He'll hit for some power off of bad pitchers, play a decent shortstop but his low contract rate will doom him to being a mediocre player. Charley Rushtojudgment theidiot.com
  3. michelangelosmonkey

    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    I'll take it. Idiotic defending Lopez hours before he's going to face this Twins lineup. The Twins are going to make a lot of 5th starters look like...well...5th starters
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    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    I just did a search of AL pitchers that threw more than 20 starts last year and of all the AL pitchers Reylo was the 5th youngest (Gio is younger, Cease is younger but didn't qualify...man our future is so bright). Of all the 20 start pitchers, in his terrible year, Reylo had the 43 highest WAR. There are LOTS of terrible fourth and fifth starters....there were more than 80 starters in the AL with at least a dozen starts that had a negative WAR. Reylo is not one of them. At his worst he's one of the best bad pitchers out there...and young with a upside. OK I'm done...he's getting shelled today but there's reason for hope.
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    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    Ok now I'm down the rabbit hole. Last year...Reylo's terrible year...he was 34th in the AL for highest percent of quality starts at 45%. Blake Snell was less likely than Reylo to have a quality start. To suggest that a fifth starter can't be bad 1/3 of his starts? I think almost no 5th starters WEREN'T bad in 1/3 of their starts....and when Reylo was good he was very good.
  6. michelangelosmonkey

    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    Yeah...I think it's fair to be worried about today. This Twins offense is really good...and Lopez gives up lots of fly balls and homers...except when he's dominant which he CAN be. I don't think Maeda can be dominant...I think the Sox score 5 today and its up to Lopez to stop them from getting five. If Lopez can be good? The ceiling for this team is otherworldly.
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    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    Just checking...in 2018 he gave up 2 or fewer runs in 20 of his 32 starts. Difference between last year and 2018 is he had more terrible starts last year. Doesn't that seem like a thing that coaching can fix?
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    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    In his ten best starts last year Lopez was 8-0 with a 0.80 ERA, struck out 11 per 9 and 3 1/2 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. That's not a single fluky start...that's a third of the season. And Lopez the year before, at 24, was pretty good with sub 4 ERA in 32 starts. There is something there. To say he can't put it all together is just too pessimistic. Fulmer basically strung together nothing so to say he just needed to put it together was too optimistic.
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    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    A fifth starter that has very good stuff 2/3 of the time? I don't think any pitcher has his best stuff 100% of the time. 1/3 is too much...and as I stated earlier I was ready to give up on him...but he's only 26 and its not impossible for him to get better. I mean he HAS the stuff. He just needs to be more consistent. We were all ready to give up on Giolito last year in April.
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    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    So I was looking at it. Are we too hard on Lopez? He had 33 starts last year and 10 were terrible...as I mentioned earlier a 14 ERA in those starts. In his other 23 starts he had a 3.3 ERA and 3 to 1 walks to strikeouts. So 2/3 of the time he was a very good pitcher and 1/3 of the time he was the worst pitcher in the history of baseball. If he is the good Lopez he is way better than Maeda ever was.
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    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    I love that. He's only 26 and often with young guys it is how they look when they are good. He had ten starts last year where he allowed one run or less. 7 starts where he had 8 strikeouts or more. He was really good when he was good. Problem is he had ten starts where he pitched 44 innings and gave up 70 runs (14 ERA). Can't give up on a guy who pitched a complete game one hitter with 11 strikeouts in September against a Cleveland team in the playoff hunt. Please Lopez. Please
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    7/26 GT - Twins at Sox - 1:10pm

    I'm not sure who saw Maeda "beasting" with the Twins. His career ERA outside of Dodger stadium is 4.50 (1.25 higher than at home). And his career OPS-against on the road was .715...and that includes the nearly 10% hitters that he faced were pitchers. He's 32 so he's not getting better. There's a reason Twins got him from the Dodgers for nothing with the Dodgers paying almost all his salary. That said...Lopez against this Twins team is scary. He has the stuff to shut them down but 8 runs seems more likely. I think I lost most of my belief in Lopez last year. Even my normal optimistic player evaluation has a hard time thinking Lopez isn't just a slightly better Carson Fulmer...great ability but can't control it.
  13. michelangelosmonkey

    WhiteSox @ Cubs | 7.19.20 | 7:05PM

    Absurd? Are you drunk? Abreu's career OPS is higher than EE, he is four years younger and he's not coming off a broken wrist. I mean it's fine to say that you like EE over Abreu but my position is "wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate" (Definition of absurd) ??????
  14. michelangelosmonkey

    WhiteSox @ Cubs | 7.19.20 | 7:05PM

    I think that's fair. It never hurts to have good players around. The roster expanded to 26 this year ( I mean before the world fell apart) and having a third catcher like Collins spend most of his time tutoring under Grandal, pinch hitting and starting once a week made ok sense. It just depends on what you thought this team was going in. I kind of liked the idea of having Robert, Madrigal, Collins, Jimenez, Cease, Kopech etal all having a learn-together kind of competitive year with 2021 be the break out year. But I think management sensed they could make noise this year...and really if EE has an .880 OPS and leads them to the playoffs? I'm cheering as loudly as you.
  15. michelangelosmonkey

    WhiteSox @ Cubs | 7.19.20 | 7:05PM

    Abreu is 4 years younger and not coming off a broken wrist. I'd bet on Abreu.
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