Daily Archives: February 3, 2016

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast -February 3, 2016

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Someone needs to sign Yovani Gallardo and eventually I learn how to spell Buehrle.

It is a spelling Bee episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Examining The 2016 Boston Red Sox’s Most Intriguing Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees

With a 40-man roster that’s already garnering wide praise for its projected ability to win games in 2016, the Boston Red Sox are sitting pretty heading into the upcoming spring training.

That being said, even though they roll deep there’s never a way to know how they might be impacted by injury or ineffectiveness.

Non-roster invitees typically generate little fanfare, but in some cases can end up becoming major contributors.

The Red Sox are no exception, and have some players worth watching on their own list this year.


You’ll Always Be One of Us Vic

Vic Black sent out a tweet yesterday letting all his followers know he was going to put up something important. What we would come to find out is he accepted the fact that he would no longer be a member of the New York Mets and wanted to let us know how much he loved playing for our city and the organization.

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Why The Houston Astros Have The Brightest Future In Major League Baseball

The Houston Astros had some very rough years from 2011 to 2013 (162-324 record).

While this was a tough time for the Major League Organization, their Minor League affiliates were thriving. Luckily for the Astros, a lot of their young talent has made their way through the minors and has finally landed in the big leagues.

This youth movement has helped the team drastically. Many baseball experts and fans didn’t predict the Astros to compete in 2015, but they proved them wrong.

In 2015, they made the playoffs for the first time since 2005. They accomplished this feat while having the 6th youngest roster in Major League Baseball (Average age of 26.7 years old).

If the Astros were this successful with a roster with so little Major League experience, then can you imagine what they will do once their talent matures throughout the next few seasons?


Can Gerrit Cole Rely On His Slider Again In 2016?

In what seems like another lifetime ago, I wrote that Gerrit Cole was now relying on his slider in 2015 as his go-to pitch.

At the time, Cole’s development of a killer secondary pitch to complement his fastball was something that was in its infancy.

After bursting onto the scene in 2013 with a fastball that could tap 100mph on radar, Cole showed a greater reliance on his fastball while still mixing in his sinker, slider, and curveball.

He even put an emphasis on his still-burgeoning changeup early in the season before that, too, which also took a backseat to the heat.

Despite that emphasis on secondary pitches, Cole was often forced to go back to the fastball in 2014.

The simple fact is that the changeup, curveball, and sinker were getting knocked around a bit, with line drive rates of 30.43 percent, 35 percent, and 28.07 percent respectively.

The sinking fastball and changeup both had batting averages against of .300 or more, with the changeup also displaying a crooked .643 SLG percentage.

It was clear that Cole was still figuring out which weapon in his arsenal would be that second “go-to” pitch.

Enter the slider.


Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series

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Howie Kendrick signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers this past week, and the club has learned that Yasiel Puig has dropped 15 LBS in the offseason.

While I still peg the Dodgers for about 90 – 91 wins as of right now, they have the best odds on the board this week.

There is no doubt the San Francisco Giants lineup 1 – 8 is way better and Pitching Staff is also more rounded, however the gap between the two clubs is not a difference of +600.

I would put the Giants about 93 – 94 wins.  Their roster moves while decent this winter with Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Denard Span, they all come with a little question mark here or there. (more…)

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