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3/5 @1:05 New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

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1 hour ago, IdahoBert said:

I just watched Miggy’s HR’s. Wow! I like the confident swagger too. Haven’t seen that in a long time. 

I just did too.  I didn't recognise him from a distance.  And I know that the wind was blowing out, but still...seeing him drill those rockets to center, instead of hitting little dink shots to right, that was quite a thrill.

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9 minutes ago, Charles Liston said:

I just did too.  I didn't recognise him from a distance.  And I know that the wind was blowing out, but still...seeing him drill those rockets to center, instead of hitting little dink shots to right, that was quite a thrill.

Yep and the fact that they came on upper 90s fastballs from the pitcher with the best fb in the game made it that much more satisfying. 

Even if he was sitting on them it's still nice to see him turnaround a great fastball like that, shows that the bat speed is there. 

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The Tigers hit 8hrs today, over under how many games it takes them to reach that mark in the regular season, I'll set the line at 6.5.  

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6 minutes ago, RandyMarsh said:

The Tigers hit 8hrs today, over under how many games it takes them to reach that mark in the regular season, I'll set the line at 6.5.  

it will be cold out. How do you expect guys to hit the long ball when it's cold out?

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Is Lynn Henning actually employed by the Detroit News again? He wrote the game recap today and there wasn’t the usual “Henning is freelance writer” thing at the end of the article. 

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14 minutes ago, Shelton said:

Is Lynn Henning actually employed by the Detroit News again? He wrote the game recap today and there wasn’t the usual “Henning is freelance writer” thing at the end of the article. 

There was one yesterday too. Maybe he’s staying down there this winter and they can save money. 

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5 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

It's still a long way from AA to the big leagues - unless your name is Mize.

Or Skubal.

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5 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

It's still a long way from AA to the big leagues - unless your name is Mize.

At least they didn't cost 324 million.

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10 minutes ago, Topliner03 said:

Or Skubal.

Yeah - if Skubal is 1st up that would be quite the plot twist to a 3 yr story.

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Just now, Longgone said:

At least they didn't cost 324 million.

Is that what the Yankees paid for Cole? The used to say FA pitchers were the worst investment but the Yanks didn't do too badly with CC.

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The Nats did amazingly well with Scherzer as well.  Of course on the other end of the spectrum the Red Sox got burned by David Price.  

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11 minutes ago, RandyMarsh said:

The Nats did amazingly well with Scherzer as well.  Of course on the other end of the spectrum the Red Sox got burned by David Price.  

Looks like they are in the process of being burned by Sale as well.

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It's funny because I remember one of the scouting reports on Scherzer as a prospect was that he had a high effort delivery that could lead to arm problems down the road.  Now, even if he fell apart in 2020, you could say he held up amazingly well over a 10 year period.  The Nationals got a bit lucky with him in his age 30-34 seasons and I think it helps he went to the National League at just the right time.  

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Yeah when we traded for him I seem to remember a more than one write up about the trade saying that he was destined for the bullpen.  Same for the aforementioned Sale as well when the White Sox drafted him.

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1 hour ago, RandyMarsh said:

Yeah when we traded for him I seem to remember a more than one write up about the trade saying that he was destined for the bullpen.  Same for the aforementioned Sale as well when the White Sox drafted him.

As low as his delivery is, and as thin as he has stayed, it always amazed me he could throw as hard as he does for a whole season without just running out of gas. OTOH, maybe the low delivery and low body weight  have helped hs arm health.

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17 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

As low as his delivery is, and as thin as he has stayed, it always amazed me he could throw as hard as he does for a whole season without just running out of gas. OTOH, maybe the low delivery and low body weight  have helped hs arm health.

Sale most typically did not hold up well for an entire season. 

Hopefully I have calculated & copied my researched stats here to illustrate that Sale's regular season 1st half stats were typically better than his regular season 2nd half stats.

Career 1st Half =

2.82 ERA | 0.975 WHIP | 962.0 IP | 6.8 H/9 | 0.83 HR/9 | .207 BAa | .260 OBPa | .330 SLGa | .591 OPSa | 89 tOPS+a

Career 2nd Half =

3.33 ERA | 1.120 WHIP | 667.2 IP | 7.9 H/9 | 1.12 HR/9 | .233 BAa | .292 OBPa | .381 SLGa | .672 OPSa | 116 tOPS+a

OK .. Sale was still better than most in the 2nd half, but nowhere near as dominate as his first half.  Moreover, Innings Pitched took a significant drop of nearly 30% which suggests ''tired'' pitcher!

 

Let's take a closer look:

Sale's career regular season monthly splits show that his Mar/April-May-June months combined were almost always better than any of his individual career July, August, or September/Oct months ..and that his September/Oct months combined historically had been much worse than any of his other worse!

Career combined Mar/April-May-June = 

2.80 ERA | 0.967 WHIP | 861.1 IP | 6.6 H/9 | 0.79 HR/9 | .203 BAa | .263 OBPa | .322 SLGa | .585 OPSa | ~86 tOPS+a

September/Oct =

3.78 ERA | 1.231 WHIP | 238.0 IP | 8.9 H/9 | 1.47 HR/9 | .258 BAa | .313 OBPa | .433 SLGa | .747 OPSa | 138 tOPS+a

 

Clearly those stats suggest that Chris Sale usually tired into July/August ..and was basically 'spent' (worn out) in September/Oct.

 

 

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