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Something wrong with HUSTON STREET?

Postby kemper5 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:40 am

He sure has not got off to a good start, infact, it's a horrible start for him giving up hits and runs and blowing saves. Something wrong?
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Re: Something wrong with HUSTON STREET?

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:03 pm

maybe he doesn't want to get traded.
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Re: Something wrong with HUSTON STREET?

Postby Kuji » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:28 pm

I got him benched until further notice
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Re: Something wrong with HUSTON STREET?

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:32 pm

anyone think the As are trying to get foulke back at closing? i think embree is needed as a situational lefty and although he was decent closing last year, i just have a hunch it's foulke that will take over if street is gone or hurt.
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Re: Something wrong with HUSTON STREET?

Postby Southpawo5 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:36 pm

I've watched Street since he's came up, and I was at the game on wed and saw it on TV last night. Heres the thing, and this is a bit of a carry-over from last year. Street struggles against leftys. All 3 of the HRs were against lefty's.

He added a changeup in 06, which was very effective at first(even striking Bonds out with it to end a game), but lefty's are laying off of it now, and he doesn't really throw many sliders(by far his best pitch) to leftys, for obvious reasons.

The central issue though is the velocity on his fastball. When Huston first came up, his 2 seam fastball had good sink and its velocity was in the low-mid 90s(topping out at 96 from time to time). This surprised many, because he was not throwing this hard at Texas and was the main reason he was not drafted earlier in the first round.

Huston missed a good amount of games last year with "ulnar irritation" in his throwing arm. He came back towards the end of last year, but was not throwing quite as hard(typically being more around 90), which he was still effective with, but not as dominate.

Last night he hit 89 on nearly every fastball I saw him throw, never breaking 90. He can live and be decent(but not an elite closer) with that velocity. But what is happening now is that leftys are sitting on that pitch, and laying off his changeup. To be more effective against leftys Street is going to have to find a bit more velocity or perhaps some other effective offering against them besides just his fastball/change combo.
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Re: Something wrong with HUSTON STREET?

Postby Southpawo5 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:11 am

Update on Street, he looked much better tonight against Toronto. More importantly, he showed better velocity. He was consistently hitting 91 today, and topping out at 93. I think this is definitely a good sign.
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Re: Something wrong with HUSTON STREET?

Postby Kuji » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:39 am

I think it is best to see one or two more starts from Street before being comfortable enough to start him again as a RP.
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Re: Something wrong with HUSTON STREET?

Postby tmlfan4ever » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:02 am

Kuji wrote:I think it is best to see one or two more starts from Street before being comfortable enough to start him again as a RP.


or you could just put him in your lineup. What are you waiting for? You're just going to waste valuable saves.
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