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Yeah, I meant on Opening Day. I don't really consider any of those players as starters. I guess Diaz was one but the others were injury replacement guys. Rios was a platooner. Maybe I should just do a little work :-)

Kent Ostby Seadogs

Was hearing a discussion the other day on MLB radio.  Can't remember the talking heads, but they were theorizing that the ball is making it harder to hit HRs ... and giving pitchers better control ... but that hitters have locked into that "3 true outcomes" mindset and keep trying to hit the ball over the fence each time they make contact - hitting into the shift a lot more often.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Daniel Lynch Kansas City Royals

A maybe yes, maybe no debut. 74 pitches, 46 for strikes. On only seven did batters take a hack and miss completely. As we see by the G/L/F, good contact was made. His four-seamer topped out at 96, got slower as he went along. Sliders ranged 85-87; looked less than lethal as I watched the condensed game. He showed a changeup and curve.

Pretty much the opposite of what I expected when, after thinking long and hard (I have no place to go but but down in the qualitatives but need innings), I activated him yesterday. The expectation being he'd be great or he'd be terrible.

Daniel Lynch's account of the game: “I felt like I could barely see, I was so juiced up. It was just a really amazing experience.”

I think I have to give him another chance, don't you?

Alex Patton Alex

Do you mean the five worst expected position players on Opening Day? After a month of baseball, here are the five worst in fact, measured by 5x5. 

Edwin Rios:  batting .085 in 47 AB, ($2)

Luis Campusano: .088 in 34 AB, ($2)

Daniel Robertson: .105 in 38 AB, ($2)

Alex Jackson: .043 in 23 AB ($1)

Elias Diaz: .136 in 44 AB ($1)

I read somewhere that the batting average in he majors in April was .232, the lowest it's been in the first month since 1968, when teams hit .230 and, of course, Bob Gibson set the ERA record that deGrom is threatening this year.

Maybe not just deGrom.

Alex Patton Alex
Josh Sborz Texas Rangers

Grabbed Joely Rodriguez instead of Sborz. But sure could have used the 3 wins. 

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()

Of course you would!

Alex Patton Alex
Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays

I'm still finding the baseball to be inscrutable. Sometimes it sails forever to the farthest reaches. Sometimes it does at the track. Batters are often fooled both ways, trotting to first discouraged when they shouldn't be, beginning their home run trot when they should be sprinting.

In any case...

Willy Adames (SS) TB - May. 03

Adames went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a double and two runs scored in Monday's 7-3 win over the Angels.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Adames knocked a double and came around to score as part of a four-run third inning. He then took Jose Quintana deep the next inning for his third homer of the season and first since April 12. The 25-year-old shortstop entered Monday in a 2-for-31 slump over his last 10 games.

Alex Patton Alex
Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Francisco Lindor is off to the worst start of any big money free agent since Bobby Rayburn.


On opening day, who/what were the five worst starting position players in the NL? Wondering if we can capture that and find out what they earned by EOY.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

He's already matched his total number of LD from last year. 

van wilhoite LVW
Josh Sborz Texas Rangers

3 wins is worth the minimum of FAAB I threw at him.  And it remains to be seen if Ian Kennedy lasts the season in the closer role.

If I were the Rangers, I'd deal Kennedy posthaste.

Mike Landau ML-
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Then again - what's more likely by the end of the season - 

Buxton .451 BABIP

DeGrom .261 BABIP against

It won't shock me at all to see DeGrom's BABIP within 10 points of the current at the end of the year.

It won't shock me to see Buxton with a BABIP 100 points lower than his current by the end of the year.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Mychal Givens Colorado Rockies

A 42% fly ball rate, and 31% line drive rate ... in Coors.

Be very afraid.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Nick Madrigal Chicago White Sox

And remarkably, only 1 GIDP despite a 66% ground ball rate.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles

Aside from seeing John Means pitch - there really isn't a lot of reason for anyone to want to watch the O's play these days.  And the C position has been particularly a black hole.

If he does to AA what he's probably capable of ... Rutschman might be a useful second half player.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Trevor Cahill Pittsburgh Pirates

His 5-pitch walk to Arenado right before his 3-run homer to DeJong:

7-pitch walk to Goldschmidt a couple innings later that turned into a run:

A pitcher like Cahill depends on getting his pitch called on the black - if it's not, and he's forced to throw his 85 mph stuff into the middle of the zone (like the cutter that DeJong put over the fence) he's doomed.

FWIW - Flaherty was dealing with a similar zone, which is why he gave up 3 runs to the Pittsburgh lineup in 6 innings.

Cahill did seem to figure the zone out and battled through to the 6th inning where he was lifted after the ump refused to give him the low inside pitch.  

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Daniel Lynch Kansas City Royals

In CBS analysts AL league - one team dropped 51 out of 100 FAAB units on him last night.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jacob Nottingham Milwaukee Brewers

Smart move by the Brewers says this Crew fan, simply because he knows the pitching staff and both Narvaez AND Pina are on the IL. But from waiver wire to starting catcher. And not a bad week for the M's. Pick a guy up, get handed cash, hand guy back.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

On April 22, the Brewers activated Nottingham and immediately DFA'd him. On April 28, the Mariners claimed him off of waivers. On May 1, the Mariners DFA'd Nottingham. Also on May 1, the Brewers placed Omar Narvaez on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain. On May 2, the Brewers acquired (yes, you guessed it) Jacob Nottingham from the Mariners for cash considerations. He starts yesterday and goes 2-for-4 with two homers. Such are the trials and tribulations of fringy-type MLB players. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Daniel Lynch Kansas City Royals
Getting the call and will be facing off at home against the Indians and ChiSox this week. It appears that the Royals are moving Jake Junis to the bullpen. 
Tim McLeod tlmcleod

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