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Postby Cooner » Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:20 pm

Houston Astros outfielder Lance Berkman faced live pitching for the first time this spring when he stepped in against Roger Clemens on Wednesday in a simulated game. Berkman, recovering from offseason knee surgery, said his timing was off but basically felt good at the plate, the Houston Chronicle reported. Berkman is not expected back in the lineup until late April, at the earliest.


First of all, imagine the joy of this one... the first time you've seen a real ball thrown at you by a real pitcher in quite a while, and it's Roger Clemens tossing a brick your way... 8-o :-o :-o

But my real question is this- can someone describe what exactly is a simulated game or simulated start? You hear about recovering pitchers doing this all the time- usually 3ish innings- but I don't really know what they mean. Is there always a live batter like this? Is the batter trying to swing away and get some hits? If the batter makes contact, does the pitcher have to throw another "at bat" before taking the inning break? What's going on? Muchas gracias ;-D
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Postby Cooner » Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:37 pm

where is Tavish when you need him? :-?
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Postby Amazinz » Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:54 pm

I think simulated games are like the games you played as a kid. There are no runners but they keep track of them and advance them as if there were. There may or may not be OFers and the coach will just call outs/hits.
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Postby AtlDynasty25 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:55 pm

I was wondering this same thing today.
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Postby pokerplaya » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:49 pm

Amazinz wrote:I think simulated games are like the games you played as a kid. There are no runners but they keep track of them and advance them as if there were. There may or may not be OFers and the coach will just call outs/hits.


This is generally my understanding of it as well. Sometimes a batter is up for a certain amount of pitches, and then they rotate someone else in. The principal behind it is to get a pitcher some work against live batters, to get them acclimated to in game situations. I suppose there is only so much bullpen work you can do, so this is just another tool at the pitchers/ball clubs disposal.
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Postby mrider » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:50 pm

clemens is sooo overated 18 million is a jokehes a piece of overated garbage. cant stand him.
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Postby go_jays_go » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:51 pm

mrider wrote:clemens is sooo overated 18 million is a jokehes a piece of overated garbage. cant stand him.


...? :-°
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Postby bd3521 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:52 pm

mrider wrote:clemens is sooo overated 18 million is a jokehes a piece of overated garbage. cant stand him.


please :-°
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Postby so0perspam » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:53 pm

mrider wrote:clemens is sooo overated 18 million is a jokehes a piece of overated garbage. cant stand him.


Overrated? He won the frickin Cy Young award last season .... not good enough? ;-7 :-°
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Postby bd3521 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:03 pm

read uphttp://www.baseball-reference.com/c/clemero02.shtml

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