Here’s what I said almost two years ago, “Dylan Bundy’s A-Ball numbers were insane.  He was too good for A-Ball.  A-Ball called a press conference and said, “You’re embarrassing us.  Please leave”  In 30 innings, he had 40 Ks and 2 walks.  Only giving up 5 hits and zero earned runs.  High-A wasn’t quite as bonkers, but wasn’t far off — 57 IP, 66 Ks and 18 walks with a 2.84 ERA.  The Orioles also told him to stop using his cutter.  They said go with your 99 MPH fastball, i.e., I Can’t Believe It’s Not A Cutter.  So he’s adjusting.  Even without the cutter, he’s going to be an ace.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Unfortunately, while rookie pitchers are making plans, God laughs, saying, “I’m gonna draft some rookie hitters.”  Not too long after I posted that, Bundy was sidelined by the doctor with the infamous hook.  No, not Dr. Richard Kimble, but Dr. James Andrews, as Bundy needed Tommy John surgery.  Fun fact!  A cheap, yet effective surgery is being performed on high school pitchers, where coaches smack their players’ arms with luggage.  It’s called Tumi John surgery.  I saw it on Dateline.  After about 14 months, Bundy was back on the mound in High-A last year, making hitters look foolish.  They were looking dumb because they were swinging a few seconds early since Bundy’s 99 MPH fastball had suddenly become a 93 MPH.  After about a hitter or two, they stopped looking foolish and started pounding the ball.  Bundy had a 5.1 K/9 and a 4.78 ERA in High-A last year, and looks like he’s on the path to return, assuming said path is a ten-year journey where he gets to throw one ceremonial pitch in the major leagues and gets an article written about him in Sports Illustrated about what could’ve been.  Anyway, what can we expect of Dylan Bundy for 2015 fantasy baseball?

I was playing down Bundy’s prospects in the opening paragraph by being down on him in the non-sexual way.  You have to throw out 2014’s stats.  Not for everyone, you still got your batting title, Morneau.  You just have to throw out Bundy’s.  What a pitcher does when he first returns from Tommy John surgery doesn’t really mean anything.  He did look like hot garbage under Carnie Wilson’s bucket seat, but he was prolly just getting a feel for his pitches again.  He was only throwing in the low-to-mid 90’s last year after topping out at 100 MPH pre-surgery, but maybe the Orioles asked him to dial it back, maybe he wasn’t comfortable yet throwing that hard, maybe you’re gonna be the one to save me.  Unfortch, we have no idea where Bundy is in his progress for next year until he goes out and dominates minor league hitters again or gets pounded.  At this point, I’d put his chances of helping in 2015 fantasy leagues at about 10%.  Seems likely that the O’s will give him the better part of the year in the minors to work his way back, since he’s still only turning 22 years old in November.  Could he work on his stuff this offseason and blow the world away in Spring Training and make the Opening Day rotation?  Sure, and I could pass as Matthew McConaughey with my shirt off.  All right, all right.  You see it now, right?  Slightly more likely, but improbable is we see Bundy by June.  Most likely, he gets the call in September, sees two or three starts and mostly works out of the bullpen.  Then in 2016 he’s in the rotation.  For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 1-1/4.21/1.30/14 in 20 IP.  Is a draft flyer on him as bad as letting Carrie Mathison babysit your newborn?  Prolly not, but not a chance I’d take in mixed leagues for next year.

 
  1. goodfold2 says:
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    now we’re getting into the lesser guys, with franco/bundy. maybe BAL could let him go back to his cutter, and he could turn into arrieta, without waiting 5-6 years being shitty like arrieta did (mostly while with, yep you guessed it… BAL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully not

  2. ElBoss says:
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    What are you saying here??? No good pitching from rookies this year?? I think you should change this to an Andrew Heaney post. What about Lucas giolito, Archie Bradley, Jon Gray – granted playing in coors with 100 mile an hour fastball doesn’t sound that great… Anyways great stuff!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I never said these were all in order…

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Funny that you should mention it, I also resemble Matthew McConaughey with his shirt off but only in the dark AND after midnight AND after my coug has had one too many hot totties! Actually I don’t resemble him at all with the shirt on or off.

    1. On Bundy, I guess he’s got a lot of potential.

    2. Someone left a real bomb right next to one of the cars parked at one of the several agencies that work in Lebanon to assist the Government of Lebanon. Several theories have abounded from the lay (aka the ones who get information on a need-to-know basis) security community. You must understand that in the community where I live there are 0% Muslims and 100% Christian. We are a bastion of Christianity neighbored by multiple predominantly Muslim communities. Give me the % possibility for each option below.

    a. It was left by a disgruntled ex-employee who was unhappy about getting sacked for screwing the pooch;
    b. A random Muslim extremist unhappy that a last bastion of Christianity exists;
    c. Someone left a bomb by mistake next to the car of a random agency helping out predominantly Sunni Syrian refugees.

    Doesn’t really much to the imagination does it?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @Ante GALIC: As Batman said “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb”.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How about D? D. I don’t care who left a bomb next to a car but I don’t want to be there when it goes off.

  4. SteveNZ says:
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    Pretty limp effort from The Peav right there.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Bunch of pretty crappy hits to be fair…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lousy infield singles and balls bouncing over fielder’s heads…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: At least Butler had the decency to middle one to the outfield.

        Mad-Bum to go tomorrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bumgarner will be in there by the 3rd inning is my guess…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: I hate you for forcing me to know whats going on. Like a child with poison oak I just can’t help but scratch the comments.

      Oh and I saw you cheer for the Dodgers against the giants. Confusing kiwi. Middle earth produces some weird stuff.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @J-FOH: Like I alluded to the other day, I can’t hate the Giants just because I like the Dodgers. Even though it’s a baseball by-law…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @SteveNZ: It’s like me saying I like your All Blacks and rooting for the Springboks. (did I get that right?)

          Being a Yankee fan and rooting for the Red Sox. The Lakers and the Celtics. Manchester and Arsenal

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @J-FOH: That’s a pretty good parallel, though your choice of words is interesting. Theoretically you could ‘like’ the All Blacks, but still support the Springboks on a one-off basis if they were playing someone else you didn’t much like (or really care about). For example, if the Springboks play England, I’d prefer that the Springboks won (though I’m not going into a 3-day funk if they don’t), because I don’t like the England rugby team.

            So if I’d been born in LA and raised a Dodgers fan, I’m sure I’d feel differently about the Giants, as the dislike obviously goes with the Dodger fan territory, but when they’re playing another team with who I have absolutely no connection, I don’t have enough Dodgerness in me to hate them and not want want them to succeed.

            To be honest, I don’t really care who wins – both teams have legitimate reasons for deserving to win.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @SteveNZ: they both have a lot of reasons not to win and no reason to win…in my book

              I didn’t grow up a Dodger fan, to be totally honest I have never had a team in baseball. I liked the Cubs, Twins, and Royals and teams that had players I liked when I was a kid. I went to lots of Dodgers games and my dad and grandpa loved them so I have that side. I also went to a ton of Angels games too and that was mostly to watch the players on the other teams. I always hated the Yankees but loved Donny Baseball. my only 100% sure fire never say die team is UCLA for college sports. Even the Broncos who I have loved since a kid, I’m pretty meh on these days. If it’s not Elway, it just doesn’t feel right

  5. Carnac says:
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    Does anyone else have a hard time rooting for the Royals because they owned Alex Gordon in 2013?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or Mostsuckass, Alcides (and then dropped him in April), Hosmer and Salvador Perez last year during his abuelita’s death march…

      • Carnac says:
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        2015 will probably make 3 consecutive years of Carnac not being remotely interested in any batter on the Royals. An impressive streak…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not a foolish thing, Carnac, they didn’t hit 100 homers as a team as the Fox broadcast has told us over 100 times, ironically…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: thats why I separate the two things, I love fantasy and all that I can do for my team and hate real baseball for all the bulls**t it brings us. when we mix the two were left with a torn soul that could mind f**k the great philosophers of the ancient Greece.

      • Carnac says:
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        I agree and usually separate things, too. But once in a while a player like Alex Gordon comes along, disrupting the balance of the force.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Carnac: stupid Alex… fantasy has forced me to look at baseball for what it is. A place for me to play a silly little game using their numbers because predictability is better than any other sport. Try talking to someone who doesn’t play fantasy about baseball and you get hopes, dreams, and over priced games

  6. SteveNZ says:
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    To follow on from the rugby flavour in the exchange between JFOH and me above, how many of you are aware that the All Blacks are playing the USA at Soldier Field this weekend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The most surprising thing there to me is it’s still Soldier Field and not IKEA Field or Shop-Rite Stadium…

    • Jeff with 1 f says:
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      @SteveNZ: the NBA is playing USA?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: I might have to watch that if it was on TV.

      I answered you above.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @J-FOH: Yeah, saw that. Fantasy has probably caused me to like players more than teams – and I like Wade Davis and Mad-Bum so either outcome suits me on that basis…

        It’s bound to be on TV somewhere – check your local listings!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @SteveNZ: meh, wade has been relevant for one season and as someone who owned Mad Bum, he doesn’t go deep into games. I think he had two complete games and gets yanked after 6 or 7. It now makes more sense why Kershaw has a hard time in the playoffs, he had 5 CG’s and went 8 innings 10 times. Those extra innings wear him down. On the flip side all those extra innings of zeros are big for Kershaw.

  7. Jeff with 1 f says:
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    Maddon to the Cubs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense… Only surprised it didn’t drag on until December

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You got too many F’s, btw

      • Jeff with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: how the F did that happen

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Jeff with 1 f: no it’s better that way, much more rich with ironing!

  8. Jef with 1 f says:
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    .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you’re there now

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @Jef with 1 f: ah that’s better..I feel like myself again

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Welcome back!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Jef with 1 f: Damn autocorrect!

        • Jef with 1 f says:
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          @nick the dick: yea I got a new phone so it made me sign in when I came on here and must have auto corrected me into the wrong name

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Jef with 1 f: very presumptuous

  9. Jef with 1 f says:
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    Hey I just turned on FOX did anybody know that the world series is on

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @Jef with 1 f: Wade Davis is filthy right now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Been like that all year… He’s actually done so well in middle relief he’s pitched himself out of ever being considered for the rotation…

        • Jef with 1 f says:
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          @Grey: yea I had him on a few teams..he’s found a home in the bullpen

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, prolly for his best… Otherwise he would’ve drifted from team to team in the rotation and been out of baseball in six years…

            • Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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              @Grey: he was awful at least 2 separate times as a starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Been watching… Drinking game: every time Harold Reynolds compliments another announcer’s phrasing, take a drink…

      • Jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: That’s great..I just couldn’t get into it for some reason

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jef with 1 f: It’s not the most exciting series I’ve seen…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I haven’t seen a pitch of it and you all put me to sleep by just uttering Giants and Royals.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bumgarner’s putting on a show-slash-the Royals really aren’t that good…

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Agreed on both counts. It’s looking very unlikely that I’ll be a Bumgarner owner next season.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What? 270 IP scaring you?

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: I just hope that his arm doesn’t fall off until after the season starts and other owners have burned their 4th rounders on him.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Agreed!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Big Magoo: I got a new question about usage. i looked at Kershaw vs Bum today and found it interesting that Kershaw goes deeper into games on a regular basis where bum is 6-7 innings and then gets yanked. What kind of toll does pitching deeper on a regular basis effect an arm long term? Those crazies who want to draft Kershaw second next year better watch themselves.

                • Jef with 1 f says:
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                  @Big Magoo: same here …I’ll let some other fool draft him too early

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: If I wasn’t in here I would have no idea what is going on. It sounds if I was a baseball fan I would feel robbed by boredom. But Grey, “the Royals are the best team in the American League this year”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, the Royals would be a good team to short next year…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: short?

          • Jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: #yawnstipating

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yup

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Jef with 1 f: is it the two second place teams playing for the “world series” that makes you not care?

          • Jef with 1 f says:
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            @J-FOH: that does not even bother me..it has just been the least drama filled 7 game series I’ve ever seen

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, no drama whatsoever… Except manufactured drama by the announcers

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: so like all sports on TV. Trust me if you watched other sports you would know how bad football gets in there over hyping hot garbage

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Harold Reynolds shouldn’t have a job

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: nor Joe Buck

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: you got a plane ride coming ;)

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: the best show is Keith and Ron cause they don’t GAF

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes, without a doubt

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I know I’ve asked, but have you read Ron’s book yet?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not yet

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Jef with 1 f: I thought everything that has to do with Bochy is dramatic?

              • Jef with 1 f says:
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                @J-FOH: just trying to figure out what the hell he’s saying when he talks..he sounds half drunk all the time

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Jef with 1 f: if you understand him your head will grow. It’s best to not look in the eye of satan.

                  • Jef with 1 f says:
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                    @J-FOH: Ha Ha

  10. Jef with 1 f says:
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    What’s the chances Moobs is the hero

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @Jef with 1 f: so much for that

  11. Jef with 1 f says:
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    Blanco gagged on that one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It almost got exciting… Almost

  12. J-FOH says:
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    I got a baseball question in football today

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @J-FOH: Re: your Kershaw/Bumgarner question from above – I think it’s more important to monitor how hard a pitcher is working over how often he is working, meaning pitch counts and types of pitches thrown are more significant than innings pitched. 250 innings from Greg Maddux are less worrisome than 100 innings from a young power pitcher who leans on his slider a third of the time.

      With Bum, I’m less concerned about his total number of innings than I am about how many additional pitches he’s thrown much later into the season than he’s typically used to. Not to mention the additional risks that pitching on short rest can create.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: short rest is huge. when I said innings I’m referring to innings pitched in a game not a season. a stretch where a guys goes 8,9,8,72/3 is going to take its toll vs a guy that goes 6,7,6,6. I get that one side is more innings, but over the long term,having to cover a lack of bullpen has got to kick your ass.

        • Big Magoo

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          @J-FOH: Innings pitched per game is definitely a factor. I just think that # of pitches thrown per batter/inning and types of pitches thrown are more significant in terms of potential injury predictors. A pitcher who cruises through an 8 inning, 110 pitch outing is better off than one who goes 6/105, especially if the second pitcher features a higher percentage of “stressful” pitches like sliders or curveballs.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Big Magoo: agreed for sure on that. we could have a lot of nerdy fun over analyzing the crap out of usage, pitch type percentages on a historical level.

        • Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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          @J-FOH: first half of season waino was overused by matheny, dude would go out post 115 to start 8th innings, or even 9th, fairly often, and we see how turned out well right. STL had no choice but to continuously throw him out there injured throughout entire playoffs. and just this week Waino wanted 2nd opinion (from non-Cardinals team doktor) about his arm. Cardinals doktor still saying “rest” only.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, hope you answered it!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: it was, would you draft Tulo with the 4th pick.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @J-FOH: wonder how many others have swiggy still in top 4 in march.

  13. DBo says:
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    @Grey Pick 2 of 3 for a dynasty league: Syndergaard, Bundy, Appel. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noah, Bundy

      • DBo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

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