zevon wrote:jdsun - We're looking at the Pen a different way - I'm talking relievers only(Baez, Jones) - like to add a stud closer, Baez not long for the fantasy world.
I see. Well hopefully you can get a Stud rookie coming up or get Bonser for the meantime. As for your relievers keep an eye on Guardado and Coffey.
Liriano going against Hernandez by the way this friday. I got both hopefully its a low scoring affair.
Nice matchup Friday, will have to watch it! I have Liriano in another league.
I had Eddie last year with decent success and have no issue with him if healthy - I lean more toward Coffey now though, as he's on a better team and should get more save opportunities - if in fact he gets the job!
dont let any doubt get the better of you. johjima has no real knowlege of his opponent batting strengths and weaknesses. a scouting report is fine and dandy, but he needs to play against these guys a couple times to actually call a good game. when he finally does, felix will be back to form. and hopefully kenjis bat will pick up too. keep the faith
First off, he pitched pretty well today...The Brandon Funstons of the world may be turning on him, but most of thet guys I've heard from who know the game (i.e. played it) still think he's gonna be a star. People seem to forget, every other 20 year old professional pitcher is in AA at most about now...
I'm not a pitching expert, but I can read a box score, and the key to me is the Ks... He's still getting them even in the games he gets roughed upped. That means it's not arm trouble, it's probably the occasional mechanics/location problems, things you expect from a 20 year old.
The Mariners problem is, he's still a little rough around the edges, but he's blown away the minor leagues, so they're having to develop him now in the show. In AAA, you can hang a few and get away with it most of the time, in the show, you're likely to get rocked, and that's all this is, he's missed his location a few times and payed the price.
He'll get better... today was an example. 7 innings, 8 Ks, gave up 3 runs... in most starts, that'll get you the win.
Yeah, me too. Benched him, but couldn't take a chance because of the slowly ballooning ERA and WHIP. If he does decently against Texas, he should be semi-permanently back in my roatation.
Interesting Felix analysis here. Has this already been corrected in the past 2 starts?
What information can we gather from these two tables? To me, watching these games in detail, it is clear that there is a scouting report on Felix Hernandez circulating MLB that reads something like this:
First inning, all fastballs, so go up hacking. After first inning, only swing if it's straight and hard. Struggles to throw fastball for strikes, so let him fall behind. In a good hitter's count, swing for the fences—if it’s a breaking ball, you can’t hit it anyway.
From the games I've been able to see, 95% of the time, he looks like an ace... (this is when he's racking up a prettty impressive K rate) than about 5% of his pitches, He leaves then DANGEROUSLY OVER THE PLATE, and sometimes he pays for it. Perhaps the expectaitons were a bit high for him, but he's only 20. Expecting a kid to go out and be a Pedro/Schilling kind of machine every game is asking a bit much. There'll will be bumps along the way, but the arm and the pitches are all there, he just has to sharpen his location a bit.
great article find number9. i was hoping that his problems were something that could be attributed to relatively poor luck. those first inning splits are horrendous though. maybe he'll stop trying to blow guys away in the first and just pitch like he is capable of.