A few years ago in Hey Bill:
That point is fairly straightforward? Kobe Bryant could theoretically score 80 points; Jusuf Nurkic could not, in any universe. So sometimes a sample of 1 is enough. A delightfully controversial idea.
Marco Gonzales pitches tonight. I wonder if last season's 145:32 control ratio sidles up sideways to the idea of an accomplishment that a POOR starting pitcher could never accomplish. (And he's at it again: he's 11.6 / 2.6 / 0.0 in Arizona so far.)
And guess what else? The only velo we heard quoted on the change was 82 MPH. Dr. D (okay, Bat571) have been waiting with bated breath for the cambio to drop from the SERVICEABLE 86 mph to the DEADLY 82 mph that he used to have.
Mallex Smith swiped 40 bases last year; BaseballHQ projects him for 48 this year. Perhaps Dee Gordon will get his health and legs right, and we'll see what a ballclub looks like when it's got twin track stars at the 9-1 slots in its order.
Mitch Haniger walked 70 times last year, #12 in the American League; I wonder if that establishes some kind of floor for him or other.
Edwin Encarnacion has 7 years' worth of 30 jacks and counting; I wonder if that means he's any good.
j/k ;- ) ;- )
Unrelatedly, I like where Felix' head is at. In a TV interview, he said he wants a GOOD season, not a GREAT one. Why? Because this is the last season of his contract and he wants to pitch four more years. Whereupon we realize that the Mariners, in a far different position with him now, have directed him to go out and live off his curveball, Aaron Sele-style.
I wish it were Tom Gordon-style, or Trevor Hoffman-style, using a single wipeout offspeed pitch for one inning, but I'll take what I can get...