Examining the Night & Day Performances of Blue Jays’ Francisco Liriano

JAYS FROM THE COUCH COMPARES THE LAST TWO STARTS BY FRANCISCO LIRIANO WHO HAS BEEN UP AND DOWN THUS FAR FOR THE BLUE JAYS.

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Obtaining the services of Francisco Liriano at this year’s MLB Trade Deadline, took us all by surprise. Not only was he a guy who was not in the rumor mill, but he wasn’t necessarily a guy who fans dreamed of. In fact, after the trade broke, we sat down with Jason Rollison of Pirates Breakdown to hear what we could expect from Liriano. During Episode 85 of the Jays Nest Podcast, Jason didn’t really have a lot of positive things to get us excited about the 32 yr old Dominican lefty.

 

Basically, the scoop was that Liriano will be hot and cold. One night, he’ll show flashes of brilliance, the next he’ll have seemingly forgotten where the strike zone is. I bring this up because his tenure in Toronto has been exactly as advertised. Most recently, he was great against the Cleveland Indians, which came as a surprise after he was not so great in his start before that against the Houston Astros. I wanted to look into the difference(s) between the two starts to see if there was a rhyme or reason.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks 8/21/16

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Daily Matchups for 8/21/2016

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Corey Kluber

Noah Syndergaard

Julio Urias

Justin Verlander

Gio Gonzalez

Chad Green

Jose Quintana


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These 6 Under-The-Radar Free Agent Signings Have Worked out Great in 2016

When baseball season is over and we have nothing to look forward to except a long, cold winter, who doesn’t love watching a team get the Hot Stove going with a huge splash via trade or free agency?

Nobody, that’s who. Even if it negatively impacts your favorite team, it’s at least entertaining to hop on social media and watch everyone freak out for a short period of time. But as we’ve seen over the past couple winters with the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, the offseason winners don’t always end up being the actual winters in October.

Actually, it seems like that almost never happens.

There’s nothing wrong with going after top-tier free agents once winter rolls around – especially if a team has a glaring need at that particular position. Sometimes it seems like a no-brainer, but it’s not that easy. The smaller deals that don’t grab as many headlines for one reason or another can end up having just as much – or even more – of an impact on a team’s ultimate success or failure in the following season.

Here are six free agents from last winter who mostly flew under-the-radar compared to other higher-priced ballplayers, but have worked out very well in 2016. 

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Milwaukee Brewers Editorial – August 2016

Most of my Milwaukee Brewers content here has been either historical, such as the Hank Aaron’s final home run story.  Or you’ll catch me trying to do my best in posting Brewers Week in Review.  Once in a great while I’ll even do an old school player profile or have a story about meeting a player as a kid (Lary Sorenson) or an adult (Robin Yount).

What I haven’t really done is give you my thoughts and feelings about the team or its players, past or present.

Until now

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Foul Reporting on MLB Fan Safety and Foul Balls: Real Problems and Inaccuracies in HBO Real Sports Foul Ball Episode, PART I

20160702_183656It took a while for me to finally see episode 229 of Bryant Gumbel’s Real Sports on HBO. I finally had to buy HBONow in order to see what all the hype was. What I discovered is a report filled with misunderstandings, misinformation and incorrect assumptions. It was and is one of the most misleading pieces I’ve seen about foul balls.

This rebuttal and correction of the blatant errors in the Real Sports episode will end up in two parts because of the sheep enormity of the misinformation and misrepresentation.

Gumbel starts his report by quoting an article FoulBallz.com was a part of. I had the honor of discussing foul ball injuries with David Glovin, the author of “Baseball Caught Looking as Fouls Injure 1,750 Fans a Year.” Something Gumbel misrepresents and fails to clarify at about 3:20 into the report is that those injuries are mostly, about 98%, due to the spectators themselves. Fans jump over each other, over seats, dive, get in scrums with others. All of these count toward Glovin’s figure. Gumbel’s report failed to mention that little fact. Instead, he reported fans are hurt by them….

 

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Fayetteville a step closer t0 MiLB ballpark

The city council of the city of Fayetteville has unanimously agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Astros, continuing the city’s and the MLB team’s discussion about a new ballpark to support an Advanced A Carolina League team and outlining a basic framework as they move towards a more permanent agreement.

In the agreement is written that the stadium will be ready by 2019 and that the lease term will be 30 years. The Astros will pay the City of Fayetteville yearly rent for the stadium beginning in the amount of $250,000 which will increase after every fifth year for a total sum of more than $9 million.

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Swanson’s promotion an omen for Albies?

The Atlanta Braves have traded shortstop Eric Aybar to the Detroit Tigers and promoted their top prospect Dansby Swanson to the Bigs. With this move Swanson leapfrogs AAA.

At AA Swanson wasn’t hitting very well as he hit a modest .261. His defense was decent with a fielding percentage of .980 (eight errors in eighty-three games). But since Eric Aybar was only hitting .242 with the Braves, they can take some risk. Even though the club is playing better lately, the team is going nowhere since they are dead last in the NL East, trailing the division leading Washington Nationals by 26.5 games.

With the Mississippi Braves, Swanson was the team mate and formed a double play tandem with Ozzie Albies. Earlier this season, Albies was promoted to AAA Gwinnett and did pretty well there. But the Braves wanted the two to get accustomed to each other as they see them as their future middle infield combo, so the Braves demoted Albies to AA again. But it is clear that Swanson is a patient hitter as he reached base 16 out of his 17 last at bats at AA.

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Daily Matchups for 8/17/2016

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Chris Archer

Jon Lester

Yu Darvish

Carlos Carrasco

J.A. Happ


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Michael Brantley Undergoes Biceps Tenodesis, But What Is That?

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Brantley Undergoes Biceps Tenodesis, Recovery Will Take 4 Months

Michael Brantley was scheduled to have season-ending shoulder surgery yesterday on August 15 in Dallas, Texas in the hopes of relieving his chronic right biceps tenditinis. today, on August 16, some information about the surgery was announced. according to the Indians Press Release, Michael underwent a 45-minute procedure called biceps tenodesis to address the biceps tendinitis in his right shoulder. Dr. Keith Meister and Dr. Mark Shickendantz both performed the operation. while doing so, they confirmed that Michael’s labrum repair was intact and the remainder of the shoulder joint looked good. he is expected to make a full recovery in four months.

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What Is Biceps Tenodesis?

what exactly is the biceps tenodesis procedure that Michael had done to his right shoulder on August 15 in Dallas, Texas by Dr. Keith Meister and Dr. Mark Shickendantz? i’m sure most of his fans want to know, none more than i. while Indians’ head athletic trainer James Quinlan shared in Jordan Bastian‘s article on indians.com that it consisted of cutting the biceps tendon and anchoring it to a different part of the shoulder, i wanted more details.

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Baltimore Orioles Have Been Treading Water, but Look More Equipped for a Playoff Run

For a team that entered the 2016 MLB All-Star break with a 51-36 record, it can be viewed as disappointing to go 15-15 since returning to action like the Baltimore Orioles have. However, manager Buck Showalter and his coaching staff should actually be viewing it as progress based on how they got there.

One of baseball’s best and one of baseball’s worst

Throughout the 2016 season, Baltimore has proved a lot of people wrong (including myself). Sure, they started the year on a nine-game winning streak, but we all know fast starts don’t always produce playoff-caliber teams once the calendar flips to August and September.

For standing the test of time during the first three-and-a-half months, the organization can thank its offense and bullpen, while shaking its head at the rotation.

Many loved watching the Orioles hit, but very few enjoyed watching them pitch – at the beginning of games, at least. Starters combined to post a 29-28 record in the first half with a 5.15 ERA, which was third worst in the majors. They also didn’t last very long, with their 470 innings pitched ranking last out of 30 teams.

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