Hot seat, in which Dr. D gives his scattergun reaction to news of the day. No thinking allowed.
It's like Lonnie of MC had a Skype podcast rollin' on us. Time to skip to the good stuff! No stats. No facts. No supporting evidence, especially none of that egghead F/X baloney. No wit and most importantly no wisdom. In fact: no baseball knowledge. Just the sound bytes.
This is the American Idol generation. It's got to pop Pop POP!
HOT SEAT: Blake Beavan throws two solid, and nobody squares up a thing. New angle, says Beavan. Watch me do what Fister did.
DR. D, KNEE JERK: We got this big round filing cabinet with the word "Noise" scrawled on the side of it in Sharpie. We crumple this type of newspaper clipping loosely, and flip it over there no-look. If it rims out, it stays on the carpet.
Beavan already had an average angle and average movement. Maybe this will change his angle to "slightly above average;" more likely it will just foul up his shoulder.
Yeah, that's P90X city baby: take your one good point and just work THAT. Forget about the weaknesses. Go with what brung ya.
Beavan's problem has never been his fastball. His problem is everything else.
Fister gets minimal, minimal, say it with me MIN..ani-MAL, benefit from the angle on his fastball as such. He's good because he's good -- changeup, yakker and all the trimmings -- and also because his release point is about two feet closer than batters think. He gets an invisible four feet on his heater.
Jeremy Bonderman gets insane movement on his fastball. A moving fastball doesn't make you a hard-case, dude.
The angle doesn't HURT none. But you're looking for love in all the wrong places. It's like saying hey, I'm gonna throw my changeup like Carter Capps throws his changeup. I'm a baaaad man.
Yer kinda missin' the point on your idol there.
HOT SEAT: Danny Hultzen blows away the mini-Padres with eight (reportedly) precision-located pitches.
Dr. D: We told you that you might hear this ANY morning. As it turned out, you heard it on the FIRST morning. Comparatively speaking, hearing it on the FIRST morning is preferable, as compared to if we'd heard it on the SEVENTH morning.
He's not a guarantee. He's now, ooohhhhhhhhhhhh .... say a 70% chance. Of being Deuce Blinkin' Hultzen.
HOT SEAT: Taijuan "hits upper 90's."
Dr. D: After one morning, we are feeling tremendous remorse over the Joe Saunders signing. At least we don't have to get all invested in Garland and Bonderman...
... Can you pull a wry face on a Skype audio?
Given another four sharp outings by Hultzen ... How 'bout you take Saunders, Garland, and Bonderman, Eric. I'll take Erasmo, Taijuan, and Hultzen. Play you a series for your paycheck?
Seriously. Baseball is so encumbered by tradition -- "tradition" in the worst sense of the word, doing things the wrong way, even though we KNOW it's the wrong way, for the reason that we've always done it that way.
HOT SEAT: Kameron Loe, according to Baker, "will make the team" if he throws like he did his first time out.
Dr. D: How many of these guys are Blake Beavan plus a million or six dollars in wages? Never has one man been passed up so fast by so many people for so little reason.
Well, the Seahawks are revolutionizing the NFL by creating competition at every position. I read it on the net.