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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #100 on: March 11, 2018, 02:37:51 pm »
The Astros just overshifted on Jay Bruce by moving all four infielders to his pull side, leaving on one on the other side. Bruce keeps trying to go the other way but has been unsuccessful in two ABs. Psychological warfare in spring training, probably courtesy of Sig and the gang in analytics.
That would be hilarious if they did it during the regular season. Were there two guys in short right field, or what?
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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #101 on: March 13, 2018, 03:46:02 pm »
In a 6-1 win over Mets today in which Cole started against Syndargaard, Astros prevail 6-1. Cole was sharp 4 H and 1 R given in 4 IP. Cole whiffed 7. In relief Martes whiffed 5 in 2.1 scoreless frames. Martes allowed 1 H and 2 BBs.  JD Davis is hitting .394 after his 2-3 today (singles).

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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #102 on: March 14, 2018, 01:27:01 pm »
Verlander getting hit hard today.
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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #103 on: March 14, 2018, 08:48:09 pm »
Verlander getting hit hard today.

He said he was working on some stuff and throwing pitches in counts that he wouldn't ordinarily throw.  He also said the pitch that Carpenter hit out was a [email protected] curveball.  I didn't watch, so I don't know.
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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #104 on: March 15, 2018, 01:09:19 pm »
FYI, my scout friend is sending me daily reports from his organization’s scouts on the games they see. Fascinating reading. The scout following Houston said JV was not sharp, and velocity was down, but both homers were windblown. He guessed “mid-spring training dead arm.” He does not like what he sees from Fisher so I am feeling a tad vindicated in my opinion.
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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #105 on: March 15, 2018, 01:33:37 pm »
FYI, my scout friend is sending me daily reports from his organization’s scouts on the games they see. Fascinating reading. The scout following Houston said JV was not sharp, and velocity was down, but both homers were windblown. He guessed “mid-spring training dead arm.” He does not like what he sees from Fisher so I am feeling a tad vindicated in my opinion.

any particular thing about Fisher? I try not to put much stock in Spring stats but his K rate is high.

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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #106 on: March 15, 2018, 01:44:45 pm »
Long swing, slow bat, FBs eating him up.

The same scout said about Davis: “He can hit.”
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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #107 on: March 15, 2018, 02:26:14 pm »
I wish they'd give Fisher more time in AAA to tighten up his game a little.

They've played Davis in LF a little bit this spring, right? Anyone seen him out there?
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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #108 on: March 15, 2018, 04:11:26 pm »
I wish they'd give Fisher more time in AAA to tighten up his game a little.

They've played Davis in LF a little bit this spring, right? Anyone seen him out there?

Long swing, slow bat. You are going to “tighten that up?” I want to watch and take notes.
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« Reply #109 on: March 15, 2018, 04:17:34 pm »
I wish they'd give Fisher more time in AAA to tighten up his game a little.

They've played Davis in LF a little bit this spring, right? Anyone seen him out there?

I think Davis would make this team if there was a spot for him. I don't LF would be that spot. 

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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #110 on: March 15, 2018, 08:03:09 pm »
Long swing, slow bat. You are going to “tighten that up?” I want to watch and take notes.
I'm not going to do anything except hope that the Astros decision-makers and coaches do what they think will help him. I'm sure if they thought he was hopeless they would have traded him by now. Plenty of teams wanted him.
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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #111 on: March 16, 2018, 10:50:14 am »
I'm not going to do anything except hope that the Astros decision-makers and coaches do what they think will help him. I'm sure if they thought he was hopeless they would have traded him by now. Plenty of teams wanted him.

Other teams certainly did have interest before he came up and became a K machine. Do they now? I do not know. He can run but is not a good outfielder. He has pop but has trouble making contact. I would love to be wrong because he seems to be the designated bridge to Tucker, but I do not think I am. Scouts with no ax to grind and whose sole purpose in ST is to look for potential acquisitions do not like his swing.
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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #112 on: March 16, 2018, 11:20:48 am »
Other teams certainly did have interest before he came up and became a K machine. Do they now? I do not know. He can run but is not a good outfielder. He has pop but has trouble making contact. I would love to be wrong because he seems to be the designated bridge to Tucker, but I do not think I am. Scouts with no ax to grind and whose sole purpose in ST is to look for potential acquisitions do not like his swing.

What do they say about Tucker?


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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #113 on: March 16, 2018, 12:05:47 pm »
IF they just want/need a bridge to Tucker they may consider Jon Kemmer.

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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #114 on: March 16, 2018, 02:46:04 pm »
IF they just want/need a bridge to Tucker they may consider Jon Kemmer.
Now 7 for his last 12 with a .583/.615/1.167 line over that period against mostly major league pitchers.  Second best OPS on the team this spring, behind only the wuderkind.

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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #115 on: March 16, 2018, 02:59:23 pm »
What do they say about Tucker?


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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #116 on: March 16, 2018, 08:12:18 pm »
Report today says Giles is on short leash, and Peacock may be the closer. Keep in mind these guys are just passing on rumors they have heard. May not be true.
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« Reply #117 on: March 16, 2018, 10:32:46 pm »
Report today says Giles is on short leash, and Peacock may be the closer. Keep in mind these guys are just passing on rumors they have heard. May not be true.

Giles has a 0.00 ERA this spring. I'm not buying the Peacock thing. Not sure he could pitch 2-3 days in a row.
We don't talk McCullers around here much. Anyone notice that after 4.1 IP of scoreless tonight his spring ERA is under 1?
Fisher with a piss-poor night again tonight and Tucker's 1-3 puts him at .405.  JD Davis HRd in win over Yanks.

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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #118 on: March 16, 2018, 10:49:46 pm »
Giles has a 0.00 ERA this spring. I'm not buying the Peacock thing. Not sure he could pitch 2-3 days in a row.
We don't talk McCullers around here much. Anyone notice that after 4.1 IP of scoreless tonight his spring ERA is under 1?
Fisher with a piss-poor night again tonight and Tucker's 1-3 puts him at .405.  JD Davis HRd in win over Yanks.

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Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« Reply #119 on: March 17, 2018, 09:07:36 am »
Not asking you to buy anything. If you’d rather, I won’t post these scouts’  comments.

Please do. I enjoy them. I just do not envision Peacock in the closer role. If you re- read your OP you may think that you seem to have some doubt about it also?
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