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Posts posted by flavum

  1. 3 minutes ago, Chicago White Sox said:

    We’ve had this argument before, but going with a six man rotation when there are like six or seven off-days in the first 40 or so games of the season is crazy IMO.  Pitchers are a creature of habit and pitching on six days rest is likely going to mess with them, not to mention why give our worst two starters more starts than needed.

    The one thing we know about baseball in 2021 is that teams will deploy pitching is various ways this season. There will be 6-man rotations for some. There will be tandem starts, openers, etc. If the Sox started the season with a regular 5-man and planned on The Big 3 getting 33 starts and 215 innings, sign me up if they think they can do it and be ready for October. I tend to think they'll space out some things and get it down to 30-31 starts and 180-190 innings. 

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  2. They could use both if the wanted to. First 40 games, 7 starts for Giolito, Keuchel, Lynn, Cease; 6 starts for Rodon and Lopez. Game 41-43 would be Giolito, Keuchel, and Lynn in Minnesota, and then you make a decision to get it down to a 5-man. 

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  3. 3 minutes ago, Rounding_Third said:

    I'll leave those decisions in the hands of the coaches.  If they think its best to not let a guy exceed his pitch count or not bring in an unscheduled pitcher in a particular inning, so be it.  Pitchers are on strict regiments this early.  Geesh, its just the 1st week of ST; get over it!  If it bothers you so much, don't watch.

    Deal. I won’t watch. 

  4. 2 minutes ago, Rounding_Third said:

    That's just it, there isn't enough pitchers.  They're doing their best to deal with covid.  So many of these pitchers haven't pitched competitively in 2 years and since then have probably not really thrown that much compared to a normal season; majors or minors.  As guys get more innings and/or toss sessions, it'll smooth out. 

    Sorry, not buying it. They have at least 33 pitchers there. Playing 7-inning games is dealing with COVID, and that’s fine. I’m just against pulling a team off the field before three outs are recorded. If these guys are so fragile, then don’t play games, don’t have fans, and don’t broadcast them. 

  5. 12 minutes ago, South Side Hit Men said:



    Managers have slotted scheduled innings for select pitchers for the game. Teams don't have several pitchers in a bullpen available.

    I don't agree with the changes to the 2021 regular season in terms of 7 inning Doubleheader Games and runners on 2nd in extras. Made sense last year, doesn't this year. Was also a major reason I was vehemently opposed to the Owner's proposal to start the season in May with a bunch of bullshit scheduled 7 inning doubleheader games, not to mention unscheduled doubleheaders for rain outs and possible COVID cancellations, to reach 154 games.

    That said, they can and should do whatever is best to prepare the team for Spring Training, and not stretching pitchers beyond 25 pitches in an inning makes sense for the purpose of these games, which is to get pitchers stretched for the season, get hitters timing back and evaluate a few players. They are not for fans or wagering.

    I don’t care about the gambling aspect, but there should be enough pitchers there to play an uninterrupted 7-inning game the first week of games. I saw highlights of a game where the inning ended after 22 pitches and the same pitcher went out the next inning. The fans that are there deserve to see an honest effort even if it doesn’t matter.

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  6. 3 minutes ago, poppysox said:

    If I had paid to see six innings of baseball yesterday...I would be most unhappy.  There is way too much screwing around with the game these days IMO.

    Agreed. If they need to shorten the games to seven innings the first week of games, fine, but play real baseball for seven innings. 

  7. 44 minutes ago, HOFHurt35 said:

    Is Madrigal still rehabbing?   

    We know Abreu was late for COVID.

    Grandal out with the Knee issue. 


    Madrigal is ok, but they planned this late start for games. March 8-11 is the target for his first game.

  8. Just now, manbearpuig said:

    Anyone else see the NSC tweet stating that LaRussa said Robert has to hit his way out of the lower third of the order? I'm guessing that means Eaton in 2-hole *sigh*.


  9. How about 6 years of service time or free agency after your age 27 season, whichever comes first. That way you bring him up at a younger age, and the player gets to hit the market knowing good years are coming Age 28 to 32. Or something like this. They need to get creative to pay guys what they're worth while they're producing,

  10. This may be its own topic, but should Giolito, Keuchel, and Lynn prepare for 33 starts and 215 innings, and let everyone else fill in the gaps? We know Lynn wants the ball. I’ve heard Giolito say he wants to make all of starts and go 200 innings because he threw throughout the shutdown. Personally, I’d probably think 31 starts and around 190 innings is good, but if the Big 3 wants to sack up like it’s a regular season, I’d be all for it. 

  11. 2 minutes ago, fathom said:

    I want 99 for Vaughn

    Don Cooper changed from 99 back to 21 last year just in case, so that’s probably happening. I’m just not the flashy baseball number kinda dude. If Luis Robert went from 88 to 44 and said it was for Hank Aaron, I’d be very happy.