A Realistic View at 2013: Part II

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    Who should be closing for us now?  And Boom, who is McCann?

     
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    I was just thinking of bringing up Aceves in case we needed a long reliever. At this point we probably need to look at someone like Tazawa as the closer. I think Webster would just be another fresh arm to use since the pen has been worked pretty hard lately and why not use him for a relief stint just to give some guys a day off? Hanrahan is probably back on the DL. Unfortunately it looks like Bailey is out for a while. I'd just bring up Webster for few days to give Alex Wilson a little rest. Then bring Wilson back up. De La rosa is also an option. Aceves is the guy though for sure I would think. I would consider bringing up someone else though also. I think we need some more depth right now. We could have used a guy like Aceves yesterday. Those extra innings games can be devastating on a pen.

    McCann the Atlanta catcher Crit. They have 3 catchers right now. One is very possibly trade bait ( maybe Evan Gattis who is an absolute animal with 7 HR so far this year and Gerald Laird). McCann is a 6 time all star at catcher. 

     
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    I vote for bringing up Aceves tomorrow and Webster too if they can arrange it. Hanrahan is a possible DL right and they should be able to find someone to demote. Maybe an Alex Wilson. They need fresh arms. They can always bring wilson back up later.

    Iglesias was benched during a recent game and not played today. Disciplinary action or is it a possible trade? No rumor at all of a trade though and it shouldn't take 2 days to coordinate usually. He has always been a very solid young man from all indications. Possibly he tried to steal a base on his own and got caught. It could be disciplinary.

    A deal for McCann would be rather cool, especially if Salty was part of it but Andrelton Simmons isn't sitting for Iglesias any time soon. A complete Pipe dream with the longbottom leaf and the best smoke rings Gandalf has to offer. Highly doubtful.

     

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    why would you want to mess with the chemistry between Salty and the pitchers right now for a guy that doesnt know them and is known more as an offensive catcher. Also fresh off the DL because of a shoulder injury and will need time to get his timing back. Shoulder injuries with catchers arent a good combo. Sorry, but Salty is a much better option.

     
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    I was just going to suggest we bring up Aceves to be our closer--to get the blood running Boys!--but then I see Boom has already suggested he come up.  I don't really see him as a closer, but maybe after his slap on the wrist he'll want to prove something.  If he can get his head right, I still think he's best in long relief.  I'm all for Webster coming up.

    Moon, I know you don't always go with tradition.  Remember the "co-pitcher" idea you've floated before?  What would you say, just for fun, about the two above?

    As co-starters? I'd rather just go with Webster and have Aceves as the longman, once he gets straightened out. I'm not sure how he has looked in AAA so far.

    I'd put Tazawa at closer until Bailey gets back. Uehara can close every now and then as well.

    Mortensen may end up with a bigger role in the next cming weeks. Breslow is a wild card right now.

     
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    I vote for bringing up Aceves tomorrow and Webster too if they can arrange it. Hanrahan is a possible DL right and they should be able to find someone to demote. Maybe an Alex Wilson. They need fresh arms. They can always bring wilson back up later.

    Iglesias was benched during a recent game and not played today. Disciplinary action or is it a possible trade? No rumor at all of a trade though and it shouldn't take 2 days to coordinate usually. He has always been a very solid young man from all indications. Possibly he tried to steal a base on his own and got caught. It could be disciplinary.

    A deal for McCann would be rather cool, especially if Salty was part of it but Andrelton Simmons isn't sitting for Iglesias any time soon. A complete Pipe dream with the longbottom leaf and the best smoke rings Gandalf has to offer. Highly doubtful.

     

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    why would you want to mess with the chemistry between Salty and the pitchers right now for a guy that doesnt know them and is known more as an offensive catcher. Also fresh off the DL because of a shoulder injury and will need time to get his timing back. Shoulder injuries with catchers arent a good combo. Sorry, but Salty is a much better option.

     



    I said the same about VTek. I didn't care about the reason why pitchers did better with him, even if it was just comfort zones.

     
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    It's amazing--some years if we lost two closers at the same time, it would be a panic.  Right now things seem to move forward calmly with Taz.  I think he'll be fine.   

     
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    I wanted Taz to be a starter, but here he is with a new vital role. One big issue is who will now take Taz's set-up role and do well?

    I'm not sure Breslow is ready to step right into the fire.

     

     
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    Dempster with 7 solid innings was a big help last night. Let's hope Breslow settles down and fills in Tazawa's role nicely.

    Dempster's ERA is now 2.93 after 7 starts.

    He's averaged 6.1 IP per start.

    WHIP a very respectable 1.09.

    55 K's in 43 IP surprises me.

     
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    Tough night for the offense.

    It was nice to see Jacoby get on base 2 times, but other than Salty's late and near meaningless HR, the rest of the O looked pretty bad. 

    Let's turn it around tonight.

     
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    55 K's in 43 IP surprises me.



    Not sure if they should. His SO/9 is the highest it's ever been since moving to the AL.

    CHC: 7.2

    TEX: 9.1

    (BOS: 11.5)

     

     
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    55 K's in 43 IP surprises me.

     



    Not sure if they should. His SO/9 is the highest it's ever been since moving to the AL.

     

    CHC: 7.2

    TEX: 9.1

    (BOS: 11.5)

     




    Hes become a much smarter pitcher with age. Now he's a "crafty veteran" if you will.

     
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    I was just going to suggest we bring up Aceves to be our closer--to get the blood running Boys!--but then I see Boom has already suggested he come up.  I don't really see him as a closer, but maybe after his slap on the wrist he'll want to prove something.  If he can get his head right, I still think he's best in long relief.  I'm all for Webster coming up.

    Moon, I know you don't always go with tradition.  Remember the "co-pitcher" idea you've floated before?  What would you say, just for fun, about the two above?

    I'm pretty excited, the RS are on ESPN today so I can watch them after school here on the West Coast.

    Anyone have a view on C. Schilling's pitching commentery?  He seems pretty knowledgable to me though a little arrogant which may just have been part of his winning formula.  Anyway, I think he would make a good pitching coach if he ever wanted to go in that direction.  Comments?

     

     




    I had enough of Aceves closing last year, thank you.

     
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    4B's, so did I.  I was joking, thus the "to get the blood running."  Interesting that they brought up Webster but not Aceves; maybe he's really deep in the dog house.  We do need another pen guy.  If they're completely done with him which is ok, then I hope we can trade him for a prospect.

    Not to be a boo bird, but I don't think Pedro is a 3rd baseman.  I said this last fall and got pooh poohed here a bit.  I watched him play a lot of third last summer and saw him play live once.  He looked awkward on every opportunity: charging when he should have stayed back, staying back when he should have charged, errors, really awkward throws, and generally just acting like a fish out of water over there.  Awkward on bunts.  I just don't think he can help there unless it's for a day or two.  Anything long term, I'd say bring someone up or go in a different direction.

     
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    Trumbo hit another homer last night, (3) run shot? 

     
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    I'm hoping Webster ends the whole discussion on Doubront by doing exceptionally well.

     
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    I'm hoping Webster ends the whole discussion on Doubront by doing exceptionally well.




    Even if he pitches a no hitter he is going back down to Pawtucket.

     
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    I'm hoping Webster ends the whole discussion on Doubront by doing exceptionally well.

     




    Even if he pitches a no hitter he is going back down to Pawtucket.

     




    Your comment sounds adamant.  What makes you so certain?  Especially with the troubles Doubront is having.

     
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    With Bailey and Hanrahan in question, Breslow just returning, and Tazawa moving to the closer, there's an opening in the pen. Doubront could be the man for that job, and I do not think Webster would be put in a relief role anytime soon.

    I'm not saying it will happen, but I really like Webster and would love to see him do great and become our 5 starter. I'm tired of waiting for Doubront to get his act together, but that does not in any way mean I am hoping he does poorly so Webster wins his job. I will root equally as strongly for Doubront to do very well.

     
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    Attendance on Monday between the Blue Jays and Rays: 9,952 (29.2% full)

    Attendance yesterday between the two teams: 10,273 (30.1% full)

    A few years ago, I went to Tropicana Field to see the Red Sox play the Rays.  The stadium employees let us sit closer to the field because it was so empty.    LOL

     

     
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    Attendance on Monday between the Blue Jays and Rays: 9,952 (29.2% full)

    Attendance yesterday between the two teams: 10,273 (30.1% full)

    A few years ago, I went to Tropicana Field to see the Red Sox play the Rays.  The stadium employees let us sit closer to the field because it was so empty.    LOL

     



    I saw our opening day game in Tropicana the closer by committee season. I actually did not think the place was as bad as many make it out to be.

    It's not the field- it's the fact that many people who live in Florida were not bron and raised there. They move to Florida and remain fans of the teams they grew up loving. It's a little bit the same here in the Houston area- lots of transplants and fans of teams not from Houston... like me.

     
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    Attendance on Monday between the Blue Jays and Rays: 9,952 (29.2% full)

    Attendance yesterday between the two teams: 10,273 (30.1% full)

    A few years ago, I went to Tropicana Field to see the Red Sox play the Rays.  The stadium employees let us sit closer to the field because it was so empty.    LOL

     

     



    I saw our opening day game in Tropicana the closer by committee season. I actually did not think the place was as bad as many make it out to be.

     

    It's not the field- it's the fact that many people who live in Florida were not bron and raised there. They move to Florida and remain fans of the teams they grew up loving. It's a little bit the same here in the Houston area- lots of transplants and fans of teams not from Houston... like me.



    Hello moonslav59  Laughing

    I agree with you.  When I went to Tampa Bay, it seemed like the people were more into fishing than baseball.   LOL

    When I went to Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI, a few fans had their Green Bay Packer cheeseheads on.   LOL

     

     

     
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    Attendance on Monday between the Blue Jays and Rays: 9,952 (29.2% full)

    Attendance yesterday between the two teams: 10,273 (30.1% full)

    A few years ago, I went to Tropicana Field to see the Red Sox play the Rays.  The stadium employees let us sit closer to the field because it was so empty.    LOL

     

     



    I saw our opening day game in Tropicana the closer by committee season. I actually did not think the place was as bad as many make it out to be.

     

    It's not the field- it's the fact that many people who live in Florida were not bron and raised there. They move to Florida and remain fans of the teams they grew up loving. It's a little bit the same here in the Houston area- lots of transplants and fans of teams not from Houston... like me.

     



    Hello moonslav59  Laughing

     

    I agree with you.  When I went to Tampa Bay, it seemed like the people were more into fishing than baseball.   LOL

    When I went to Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI, a few fans had their Green Bay Packer cheeseheads on.   LOL

     

     



    I was a 10 year old living 2 blocks from County Stadium when the Brewers moved to Milwaukee. I fell in love with baseball then, and when my favorite player, Tommy Harper, was traded to the Sox at the same time we moved to Portland, ME, I became a Sox fan.

    Yes, Milwaukee is all about football, but they do support the Bucks and Brewers. BTW, I am still a Packer and Bucks fan.

     
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    Have faith guys.

    Things will get better...

     
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    The fact is that Webster still needs better control of his fastball. No surprise here. It's not easy and that was the book on him last year.

    That is not to say that he will not be an excellent pitcher someday. Look at what they did with Buchholz. It took years for him to pull it together and optimal fastball command is what made the difference. Buchholz had great stuff also but until he was able to spot his fastball consistently he was a very inconsistent solution.

    Let's not get discuraged, even though it is looking pretty ugly in the #5 slot for a while. I wish Middlebrooks was contributing more also. We all were expecting more from him this year. hopefully he starts connecting more often soon.

    That big 3 HR game appears to have made him pull happy to me. He should be focusing on hitting the ball where it is pitched more often. A very common mistake.

     
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    The line-up is much more balanced than recent years and the numbers show that... so far.

     

    Runs scored (by percent of games):

              2013  '12  '11

    0-1       15     16   14

    2-3       24     33   18

    4            6     10   19

    5            6       8   15

    6-7       32    16     9

    8+        18    17    25

     

    median  5      4     4

     

    0-3      39    49    32

    4-5      12    18    34

    6+        50   33    34

     

    Batting order OPS

         2013  '12    '11

    1)  .703  .673  .903

    2)  .713  .709  .827

    3)  .792  .814  .916

    4)  .972  .827  .861

    5)  .831  .733  .885

    6)  .810  .840  .695

    7)  .860  .651  .778

    8)  .778  .700  .629

    9)  .709  .612  .757

    We currently have no slots below .709. Last year we had 3 slots at .700 or below. In 2011, we had 2 slots below .696 and we clearly very top heavy.

     

     

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