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  1. This isn't hard, dude. "His stats get way better when you factor in a little bit of respect from the umpires on how good his batting eye is." OK, that's an argument for why he will improve, and it's even a decent argument in that regard. What you said combined with what I said and, at the very least, Moncada is an above average MLB second baseman. But some people are going to be antsy about it until that actually comes to fruition. That's understandable. And yes, some results matter in 2018. But they need context. Giolito's overall stats are awful, but if you look at the last month or so, it's been much better. That's an important caveat for how we look at him going into the off season. Moncada's overall stats are below average, but if you look at certain aspects it gets better. It's stupid to throw out these results entirely, but they need context. So yeah, results matter, and if you're not looking at results at all, you're doing it wrong.
    3 points
  2. Frankly, because “woulda, coulda, shoulda” isn’t going to win us a ring. It makes us feel better about things, but it doesn’t help achieve the goal. Is it a decent argument as to why he can and should feasibly improve along my predicted lines? Sure. But until it turns into end results, it’s not going to mean a ton to many people. Do I share their complete despair? No, but I understand it. Results matter.
    3 points
  3. Looking at Batting Average alone really doesn't do justice to the type of hitter he is. He's not a one dimensional high average hitter. Much of his value comes from bases on balls, xbh, and speed.
    3 points
  4. Loved Fisk for that. I am old school and don't mind pitching inside at all. In fact, I believe you have to to be effective. I understand moving a guy off the plate and yea even intentionally hitting a guy. However, you should hit him where Kopech did (ass by accounts) but I don't believe in 99mph. 90 mph , (for Kopech might be a change up LOL) is plenty and you actually have to throw it hard enough to control it. Forever it has been part of the game up until the last 25 years or so. If you homered, you expected/prepared to get buzzed the next time. Some guys would buzz you twice so you knew the first wasn't a mistake. Look at this quote in a story from Callum Hughson of Dusty Baker being warned about Bob Gibson by Hank Aaron “(Hank Aaron told me) ‘Don’t dig in against Bob Gibson, he’ll knock you down. He’d knock down his own grandmother if she dared to challenge him. Don’t stare at him, don’t smile at him, don’t talk to him. He doesn’t like it. If you happen to hit a home run, don’t run too slow, don’t run too fast. If you happen to want to celebrate, get in the tunnel first. And if he hits you, don’t charge the mound, because he’s a Gold Glove boxer.’ I’m like, ‘Damn, what about my 17-game hitting streak?’ That was the night it ended.” —Dusty Baker
    2 points
  5. https://mobile.twitter.com/KnightsBaseball/status/1029752223646011393 Kopech starts April 4th and 9th in Charlotte. They fly to Indy, the Sox announce he and Eloy are coming up on the 11th. Eloy makes his debut on the 12th, and Kopech on the 14th.
    2 points
  6. I disagree with this statement wholeheartedly and pivot it more to a conversation about people who played the game for an extended period of time vs. those who didn't. You are taught to take the game out of the umps hands with two strikes. What that means is, as a hitter, you are typically taught to slightly expand your zone with 2 strikes so that you don't give up an at bat. Period. Moncada looks at too many close pitches and quite frankly too many pitches in general (that are in the hitting zone). This is an approach thing and while he absolutely has a good eye, he also is not near aggressive enough and is going to have to look at film and come up with an adjusted strategy. The entire Sox offensive coaching staff is essentially blasting Moncada for not being aggressive and it goes back to this basic concept that is essentially grounded in baseball players heads from a young age. And even as strike out numbers amount, the reason people are striking out a lot more isn't because they don't swing with 2 strikes and let strikes go looking...its cause they swing as hard as they can every damn time (vs. shifting an approach with 2 strikes to be more contact specific...look for the base hit vs. the HR).
    2 points
  7. Posts like these make it clear to me as to who watches games and who doesn't. If he were getting rung up on pitches that were an inch off the zone I wouldn't care as much. But when he routinely gets called out on pitches quite literally 5-6 inches off the zone, pitches that are called a strike in their respective locations 0-5% of the time, I really can't fault him for it, and neither should you
    2 points
  8. Fantastic post (and a first post too). Welcome to the board and completely agree with everything you said, as well as what Sir has articulated.
    2 points
  9. There's a lot to like about going through this thread again. Some of what was posted here was predictive, and some posts were way off. [Both by myself and others.] "He has nothing left to learn in AAA. He's bored in AAA. He'll play up to his competition in the Bigs. And so on...
    2 points
  10. You are correct. So look at OPS instead. I don't care that Moncada is hitting .219; I do care that his OPS is .695. And looking at month-by-month, he did .877, .582, .592, .749, .606 so far. One excellent month, one average month, and three Engel months. The fact of the matter is that Ks must come down. Right now, he's striking out at a 35% rate. If he could get that down to 27% (190 Ks in 700 PAs), he could be at least above average. A .325 BABIP (assuming 25 HRs, and this is roughly his BABIP in MLB time with us) and 10% BB-rate with that K-rate would give him 160 hits in 630 ABs (.254 BA). OBP of .329. Assume 30 2Bs and 5 3Bs, and he accumulates 275 TBs for an SLG of .437. OPS is .766. Not bad, and he'd certainly be a starting two-bagger, maybe even top-10 in MLB. But not Robinson Cano, as many (I think) were hoping for. Now let's imagine if he can get down to current Kris Bryant levels (although I will add that Bryant started at where I have Moncada ending in the last scenario, but he was more polished, fine, OK). So give him a 20% K-rate, like Bryant attained last year. 140 Ks in 700 PAs. BABIP of .325 (and because he's not K'ing as much, we'll predict 30 HRs). Some of those looking Ks have now morphed into well-deserved walks, so he has a 15% BB-rate. That's 105 BBs (elite batting eye- this is totally possible). That BABIP and aforementioned assumptions gives us 168 hits in 595 ABs, for a .282 BA (OBP of .390). Assume 35 2Bs (again, less time striking out means more time to drill the ball into the gap) and 5 3Bs. That's 303 TBs for an SLG of .505 and an OPS of .899. That is what we traded Chris freakin' Sale for. But the Ks must come down. P.S. just for fun, if I took the 20% K-rate but kept everything else at his 2018 rates, here's what you'd get in 700 PAs: ABs- 627 BBs- 73 Hs- 178 2Bs- 30 3Bs- 7 HRs- 22 BA- .284 OBP- .359 SLG- .459 OPS- .818 That level is reached simply by cutting his Ks (albeit significantly). That's all based on his exact rates for BBs, XBHs of each type, and his current BABIP. No improvement except the K-rate. If he can start being aggressive earlier in counts and defensive later in them, he can be a perennial All Star. And like some have said, teaching Yoan to be more like Tim Anderson will be a lot easier than teaching Tim Anderson to be like Yoan.
    2 points
  11. I guess when it comes down to it, there is just a group of posters who can't handle the fact that the rebuild will take time, and that players might take some time to hit their potential. It happens. If you are so caught up in just looking at strikeouts and OPS to not see that Moncada has superstar talent in him, then you aren't watching baseball the right way. Moncada is still a pretty raw player. He also appears to be a super headstrong kid who, despite obviously having the entire White Sox coaching staff telling him to be more aggressive, hasn't been willing to listen to them, at least until this point. The thing that gives me more faith in him than in most are what his specific problems are. His strike outs are hugely exaggerated by refusing to swing at pitches which are even a spec of dust out of the strike zone. This is a problem that is much easier to fix than the problem of guys who chase out of the zone. Even just having the umpires give him the respect he deserves on the zone will make a huge difference. He will gain 50 OPS points just from that.
    2 points
  12. Here you go, right along with Kipnis...exactly in the middle of the pack for MLB 2B https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=2b&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2018&month=0&season1=2018&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0 Of course, the problem is that it has been all downhill since April 23 when he was already around 1.8! Are people really saying they’d STILL prefer Moncada at 1.1 compared to a 3-4 fWAR and picking 4th-6th instead???
    2 points
  13. No, my point is that Ozzie Albies hasn't been that good since May (I used the last month because it happened to be a little worse). Yet to the Longo's of the world, he's some sort of cult god even though Moncada has a much higher ceiling.
    2 points
  14. Just quit. This take is so hot, planets revolve around it.
    2 points
  15. I would like to hear the reason from Kopech before just assuming it was for no reason.
    1 point
  16. The Acuna situation is totally different. It was in the first inning of the game and had nothing to do with anything in the game. Kopech took exception to something this player did. It was a dumb reason but there was a reason.
    1 point
  17. I totally agree he's probably completely gassed. I've said a few times I expect the Sox to try and clean up his swing a bit this offseason.
    1 point
  18. When he hits a 15% k-rate. Ha- like that will happen.
    1 point
  19. Kopech's sister is tweeting about the game. I replied saying I really really hope they don't retaliate by hitting Eloy in the next AB, and she replied with.... "Are you a fan of this team or.... because seems like you’re just going off what the coach tried to say from the other team? watch the game & then tweet me." .....alllllllllllrighty then.
    1 point
  20. LMAO, Kopech then picks O'Grady off of 1st base on the hardest pick off throw I've ever seen. Kopech then started slapping his mitt in celebration. The guy holds a grudge.
    1 point
  21. Would be a good excuse for Hahn to shut him down for 2018 and not worry about the fans b****ing at him over service time manipulation.
    1 point
  22. Kopech’s season should be done
    1 point
  23. There is no real need to troll another Moncada thread.
    1 point
  24. There are flaws to the umpire excuse being used for Moncada. A previous post highlighted a tweet about Moncada's "good eye" because he is in the top percentage of hitters who do not swing at pitches outside the zone. Problem is he is also in the top percentage of hitters who do not swing at pitches inside the zone either. His lack of swinging at pitches outside the zone isn't due to his supposed good eye but due to the fact that he just doesn't swing the bat as often as most hitters whether the ball is in or out of the zone. This is also the reason why he has the most called 3rd strikeouts with balls outside of the zone. Most of these pitches are very close and people think umpires have something against Moncada because he get called out on so many of these close pitches. The reality is that Moncada has so many close pitches that miss the zone called as strike 3 because other hitters do not take these pitches with 2 strikes. They know they have to protect the plate and cannot take pitches like that. Moncada takes these pitches and not surprisingly get rung up on them many times. If other hitters were taking these close pitches with 2 strikes they would be getting called out as often as Moncada on bad strike 3 calls.
    1 point
  25. It is worse to look at the stats in a vacuum and make assumptions based on feelings and angst. This isn't just strikeouts and OPS.
    1 point
  26. If you take out the K's on bad calls, he is there already. At last check he had been called out somewhere around 40 times on pitches that weren't strikes. I don't know why this keeps getting ignored.
    1 point
  27. Ya, that was one of the better plays I've ever seen when you include everything he did and the time/score situation.
    1 point
  28. Christ, we get it. You like hot dogs.
    1 point
  29. Nice. Good tune and band.
    1 point
  30. Who cares about Albies. I’m not sure why he continues to be brought up in this thread. He’s irrelevant to Moncada.
    1 point
  31. I really can't understand this. Small sample size is a constant defense of Moncada. But now, a small sample of an otherwise terrific season is an argument against Albies? AYFKM?
    1 point
  32. But if we all concede that he’s gotten hosed on probably 20, maybe even close to 30 called strikes that should have been balls, his k rate comes down significantly. Nobody can argue he hasn’t at least gotten “unlucky” with called third strikes, which is something that just doesn’t show up in the stat line. If even 10 at bats change from strikeouts to walks it has a 6 point effect on BA and a 20 point effect on OBP. now imagine a year he was “lucky” in that department
    1 point
  33. I have positive posts. They just aren't in the Moncada thread cause there hasn't been much to be positive about with him this year. More than one account? LMAO. More nonsense.
    1 point
  34. Lol...your obsession with flukey performances is very impressive!
    1 point
  35. Some of you need to get a serious grip on reality. 19 starts ago Moncada was at .234 BA with a .733 OPS and is going through a particularly brutal stretch during his rookie season. It’s almost as if some of you have never watched the game of baseball before. God forbid you should have to suffer through something like, I dunno, the 2003 season of Paul Konerko without jumping off of the freaking ship and screaming bloody murder every 15 friggin seconds. Get a damned grip. A 20 game BRUTAL stretch of yes bad play but also VARIANCE in a HIGH VARIANCE game is....normal? Especially for an extremely young major league player. Newsflash: rookies gonna play bad sometimes. Yeesh
    1 point
  36. Did you just call somebody a hater? I've never seen you post something positive. Not once. In fact, you have more than 1 account just to hate. That's just weird, dude.
    1 point
  37. Moncada is nothing more than a paper tiger at this point. I've been saying it for months, but the Sox got sold a Toyota Camry disguised as a Porsche. All the "tools" in the world don't matter if the kid can't hit and adjust his approach. He is going to shatter the all time record for strikeouts in a season. It will be really interesting to see what the Sox do with him a month from now. Will they shut him down in Mid-September in a developmental year or let him him shatter the strikeout record?
    1 point
  38. Lol, traded chris fucking sale for this kid and he was the top piece in the deal.
    1 point
  39. I don't think most 2B's even get to that ball.
    1 point
  40. One thing to keep in mind is that he's had something like 6 or 7 runs added on to his total this year because of horribly blown strike 3 calls not being made. The start in Texas is the perfect representation of that. If I didn't know any of the stats, I would say he's looked like a 3 to 3.25 ERA pitcher this year.
    1 point
  41. If the minor league season was longer, I'd say it's getting close to demotion time. It's so disappointing to see how much worse he is as a hitter now compared to when he came up last season.
    1 point
  42. Not if he continues the terrible trend from the last 4-6 weeks...it’s more likely to be 0.5 than 2.5 in that sense.
    1 point
  43. The math just doesn't work. There are 30 teams with 8.5 starting position players per game (since DH/no DH). That's 255 regulars. Even if you want to cut that number in half and say that only the top half teams should be counted, now you're at 128 regulars when only 52 of them met the threshold. It isn't a fair or accurate lower limit.
    1 point
  44. Lol. You can spin the numbers however you want to fit your narrative that Moncada is a bad baseball player. Clearly providing you stats that illustrate otherwise doesn't work. We're all disappointed with his season. We all think he should be better. We all hope he will improve. But he hasn't been totally awful or a trainwreck. But continue on.
    1 point
  45. But the bold is also just not true. I wouldn't call it good but I wouldn't say he's nowhere near it either. At worst he's a slightly below average player right now.
    1 point
  46. "strongly suggested". JR did not make a mandate.
    1 point
  47. Sale taken out after five with 12k’s. Maybe we should have demanded more in that trade? Lol
    1 point
  48. Just hang a sign around Shields' neck that says " free to a good home".
    1 point
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