Yost on letting moose swing 3-0 count bases loaded. "I wanted 4 not just 1. He got a sac fly so we got the 1 anyway. Same result"Jeremy Jagoda on twitter. #boomyosted
Finally realized who Alex Gordon is. Later, he was overheard telling Eric Hosmer, "Follow your dreams and don't eat carbs.You have to do both if you want to achieve greatness." For more Body Talk, see the last section of Lee J.'s most recent Judging the Royals: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/04/25/4202684/one-vs-one.html
From the Star's website.
For the New Year, a belated pictorial representation of my reaction to the Myers-Shields trade. This is just part of my slightly longer reflection comparing my reaction with Wade Davis' found here: http://www.fangraphs.com/not/index.php/comparing-reactions-to-the-big-trade-wade-n-me/. Happy New Year!
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Pretty tired of people talking about Hosmer having a bad year when he's been almost as good as Alex "Bust" Gordon. Heck, a few weeks back, The Next Joey Votto was even ahead of Gordon.
Denny Matthews said before Wednesday’s game that Jeff Francoeur had hits in 21 of his last 26 games and batted .330 over that span. So how come Frenchy is hitting the ball better? According to Jeff, it has to do with getting his hands in a better starting position. Before this hot streak, Jeff was taking his hands back, and that was causing him to be late on the fastball. Now Francoeur is starting with his hands farther back and is now on time. The worst place a hitter can be is in between: late on the fastball, early on the off-speed stuff. When a hitter is late on the hard stuff, he starts earlier in an effort to catch up. If the pitcher notices this, he will switch to off-speed pitches — now the hitter is early. Jeff says that since the adjustment, he is now right on time on fastballs but still has his hands back when he gets a different pitch.Lee Judge. Why does everyone keep picking on poor ol' Jeff Francoeur (.270/.309/.398 on the season, and while we're cherry picking, .239/.257/.254 in June. That adjustment is working wonders!)?
"I don't think I've been back since then," Greinke said. "It will be nice to see the city, and the fans were always really good to me. I don't know how they'll be when I go back, but while I was there, they were great to me. I could never say anything bad about them -- ever." What about the franchise itself? "It was all right," Greinke said.Zack Greinke is super pumped about the possibility of signing with the Royals as a free agent.
When did Trey Hillman start managing the Orioles? (via @Ry_Hudson)
Hey, maybe we didn't update all that often during the season, but here they are, Beyond the Box Score's 2011 catcher defense raings!
Nelson Cruz has five homers in the first five games of the ALCS, mostly because the Tigers have challenged him inside with fastballs -- including the 99.9 mph fastball that Justin Verlander threw the other day. Cruz turned on the pitch and mashed a home run, the fastest pitch hit for a homer this year; the previous high had been a 98.6 mph fastball that Alex Gordon hit off Neftali Feliz on May 27.Buster Olney
Until the Royals make the playoffs, schadenfreude will do. [origin story]
"Beast Mode," Monsters, Inc., Air Quotes, or just mocking his teammates? Actually, I don't care. I wish I could quit you, Zack Greinke, you crazy, awesome S.O.B. H/T: Dave Brown
A few weeks ago, kcdc1 and I made a "bet" (Ithere were no stakes, so I'm not sure it really qualifies, but I did commit myself to a side, so there). If I remember correctly, he took the position that Francoeur would finish at least 2 WAR (he wouldn't commit to more... heh). I took the under. Well, as you can see from the screeen shot above, from this morning, Jeff Francoeur is at 2 WAR now. Sure, he could play at below replacement level the rest of the season (he's still Jeff Francoeur), but the chances are against that... So I'm not sure whether I'm conceding or not (given that I assumed Francoeur would start hot), but I didn't think it would go on long enough to come to this. Plus, since this is the first time I've ever been wrong, I thought you'd all want to see evidence of this historic moment. Congratulations kcdc1, Jeff Francoeur, and, of course, Dayton Moore! 3/20 now! Legible size.
The first 2011 installment of Beyond the Box Score's catcher defense ratings is here! Wieters! Thole! TREANOR!
Just had long conversation with scout. Likes most KC prospects, but not sold on Moustakas. "Reminds me of Shea Hillenbrand with more power."Rany Jazayerli Wait for it... THE SHIP IS SINKING!
We will remember this day for the rest of our lives. Opening Day 2011... sit on it, Rays fans! Readable version.
Earned Run Average distorts the contribution of pitchers in multiple ways, yet it is still widely used. Until everyone gets on board with a Runs Allowed scale, here are the easy conversions.