Dr's R/X

Gotta get yer three W's --- > Wit, Wisdom, and Wayyyy too much caffeine. As y'know, we live to serve

Dr. Detecto's Mariner prescriptions.  The Mainframe circuit boards were originally designed to solve chess positions before they started fritzing out on baseball shtick.  Like Bobby Fischer said, "Chess is not that hard a game.  Whatever position you've got, it's been played before."

Well, yeah - if you can fit an Isolated Queen Pawn position into a block of similar patterns that you recognize, THEN you can ask "in what ways is this situation subtly different?"  Figure out what has been done before, and what has been said before, and you might be able to organize your thinking as to how you judge the situation in front of you to be different.

When Tim Lincecum came into pro baseball, one thing different about him was that he could throw 150 pitches on Friday and then enjoy an easy game of foul-line-to-foul-line long toss the next day.  Scott Bankhead he wasn't.  Nolan Ryan less a few inches was more like it.  Get you the right basic template, and then it's easy and pleasant to start asking where you see differences.

Ah, but what's the right basic template?  That's what makes a ball game ... :- )

Posts in this blog:

Perhaps the Astros signed a ball for posterity
Posted on: 07/19/17
11 Comments
a year or two late mayhaps, Dr. D jumps on Felix' bandwagon
Posted on: 07/16/17
and an un-pack of the deal that brought this happy scenario into play
Posted on: 07/14/17
23 Comments
Dr. D rejoices at the end of "expectation management"
Posted on: 07/14/17
2 Comments
a fresh-canvas second half stretches out before us
Posted on: 07/03/17
19 Comments
Posted on: 06/27/17
7 Comments
that is, should you wish to venture outside SSI for some reason
Posted on: 06/17/17
5 Comments
s been 2 starts without a 6-0 win. Less' go Big Maple
Posted on: 06/16/17
5 Comments
Gaviglio rox. And the Rookie Drew Smyly shoots for +1
Posted on: 06/10/17
2 Comments
Posted on: 06/01/17
Everybody loves a dirt dog. Well, if he doesn't shake off in the house.
Posted on: 05/29/17
3 Comments
Posted on: 05/26/17
22 Comments
and what could be sweeter than a Mariners postmortem
Posted on: 05/17/17
14 Comments
Servais' managing as subject to fair discussion as Valencia's hitting is
Posted on: 04/13/17
27 Comments
boooorrrrrrrrrrinnnggggggg
Posted on: 03/31/17
34 Comments
and a new SSI nickname for a unique shortstop
Posted on: 03/28/17
43 Comments
you gotta have a catcher. else there'd be a lot of balls to the backstop
Posted on: 03/03/17
8 Comments
Posted on: 02/25/17
the sun came out tooo daayyyyyy
Posted on: 02/14/17
5 Comments
with ever more gusto as spring training draws ever nearer
Posted on: 02/11/17
15 Comments
talk about yer SUPER late bloomers if this went down ...
Posted on: 02/11/17
2 Comments
for those about to rock, we salute you Dept.
Posted on: 02/11/17
5 Comments
doubt the duct tape cost $5 mill a year, though
Posted on: 02/09/17
4 Comments
and havin' fun at it, looks like
Posted on: 02/01/17
2 Comments
alternatively, you could focus on a stiff front side
Posted on: 01/31/17
6 Comments
No, not that Edgar
Posted on: 01/28/17
9 Comments
Thursday Morning Tazoberry, Dept.
Posted on: 01/19/17
1 Comments
you gotta giiive a little... taaaake a little ... and let your pore heart breaaaak a little
Posted on: 01/11/17
4 Comments
my money's on the sabr guy
Posted on: 01/11/17
so that's what a two-run 3B looks like out of the box
Posted on: 01/04/17
37 Comments

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