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Member Since 31 Aug 2011
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11 April 2014 - 07:28 AM

For those that may be wondering, like maybe one or two of you, I changed my avatar. I will no longer have the "guy holding the sheep." While I don't have a long explanation like ace did when Duffman was retired I just figured it was time to grow up now that I am soon to become a 2 CAR (children above replacement) parent. It is not like a comment much anymore but I lurk a lot so there you go.

Wilmington, NC

08 November 2013 - 11:43 PM

Well  I am leaving Nashville for a job near Wilmington. I have lived in the Music City since I left the Army over seven years ago and this is going to be my first real move with the family. I am not going to lie I am a bit nervous. But what really sucks is no more AAA baseball (actually I am going to miss the music more but this is a baseball blog). I just googled and figured out I have the KC affiliate A ball! Anyway are there any other BNers out there?

The Shift, Late game vs. Early game

08 May 2013 - 06:35 AM

It has been a while since I started a tread here and have contributed little really but, none the less, I think I have an interesting topic. Let me preface this by saying I have only watched a couple games this year and have been forced to follow the majority on my phone with mlb gameday so I really dont have an opinion here. So the topic is, Dale's shift, Early vs Late Game success.

My first question, Has anyone noticed the Cubs getting burned by it?

I ask because pitchers need to hit their spots to exploit tendencies by the hitter, if a pitcher doesnt hit their spots is the ball more likely to get through? Since the bullpen has collectively been inconsistent on location has the shift actually hurt?

Next qestion, is their a noticeable difference in spray charts for hitters first 6 vs last 3 innings?

Do hitters actually "bear down" and have better at bats, does "going with the pitch" happen more early or late? These questions play into the old school idea that hitters are more "focused" late in the game and that the final 3 outs are the hardest outs. Is there a sabermetric correlation that corberates this?

I actually have a dozen or so other questions that could be asked here but I will start with those.

Note: sorry about the spelling and grammer i am stuck on my phone in a van in the woods.

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