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:

And these days, so is the M's offense
Posted on: 12/31/16
10 Comments
pictured below: the alternative to O'Neill, Lewis, Gohara and Edgar
Posted on: 12/26/16
7 Comments
winter baseball chat: the epitome of self-aware hobby horsing
Posted on: 12/24/16
3 Comments
one more piece in Dipoto's bimonthly subscrip to "Tweener OF" chess set
Posted on: 12/24/16
1 Comments
Posted on: 12/09/16
Posted on: 12/07/16
2 Comments
now THAT's what I call flexibility of mind ... ummm
Posted on: 12/06/16
13 Comments
Diaz, the QO, Andrew McCutchen, various & sundry
Posted on: 12/02/16
7 Comments
Thursday morning Tazoberry, Dept.
Posted on: 12/01/16
19 Comments
handy for stadium placards, neck tattoos, or baseball flame wars
Posted on: 11/18/16
9 Comments
Dr. D may be exasperating, but at least he's self-aware
Posted on: 11/18/16
8 Comments
pictured below: typical intersection of Valencia x LHP
Posted on: 11/12/16
18 Comments
we'd like him to work a bit harder on getting his face sandblasted, though
Posted on: 11/11/16
3 Comments
Zeus has a few hidden bolts for the AL in 2017
Posted on: 11/02/16
4 Comments
and Dr. D is cc'ed on the Zack Cozart deal, at long last
Posted on: 10/24/16
14 Comments
weeee are fam a leee, Dept.
Posted on: 10/21/16
Gamel and Heredia deepen the roster, but fall short of a Fountain metaphor
Posted on: 10/20/16
6 Comments
Of peace, joy and red stitching
Posted on: 10/15/16
18 Comments
And not just ANY links. SSI links. Booyeah.
Posted on: 10/14/16
SSI, your one-stop shop for true multicultural baseball
Posted on: 10/07/16
2 Comments
but I'm not seeing a lot of runs on these white boards yet, gentlemen
Posted on: 10/03/16
14 Comments
wow! M's playoff chances double in one day, to 15%
Posted on: 09/14/16
20 Comments
and a report card for Dae-Ho Lee
Posted on: 09/10/16
17 Comments
watch out, lady, there are cowboys and indians in the woods the next 10 days
Posted on: 06/04/16
1 Comments
choke way up. They'll never see you comin'
Posted on: 04/07/16
5 Comments
What's beyond linkage? Readage, of course ...
Posted on: 03/26/16
3 Comments
magic 8 ball, Dept.
Posted on: 03/23/16
9 Comments
All night? you say that like it's a bad thing
Posted on: 03/21/16
3 Comments
hellooooooooooo in there ..... [the 'pen of course]
Posted on: 03/17/16
8 Comments
Long ways to truck yet
Posted on: 03/02/16
2 Comments

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