Here's that Rainy Day They Told me About. . . .

judyb

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Maybe Darwinzon can be the reliever we need, one dominant inning before it got sloppy.
 

amRadio

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Mookie is really off his game this year. He might get a gold glove on reputation, but not on his play in 2019. He got a lollygagging start on breaking back.

Really? It's certainly tough to judge a guys defense on the eye test, but I've felt like Mookie has been up to par this season. That particular ball was maybe 2 feet away from the tip of his glove.
 

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Maybe Darwinzon can be the reliever we need, one dominant inning before it got sloppy.
The prospect watchers think he could be a plus in the bullpen now, but with our absence of SP prospects, they're giving him a chance to show he can pitch in that role. He has the three-pitch repertoire you want to see in starter, but the concern is the walks make it hard for him to go deep in games.
 

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Really? It's certainly tough to judge a guys defense on the eye test, but I've felt like Mookie has been up to par this season. That particular ball was maybe 2 feet away from the tip of his glove.
I think 2018 Mookie gets a quicker jump off the bat, and makes that catch with a foot to spare. He has made some mistakes (letting fly balls drop), and failed to make some difficult but makeable catches. Odd Year Mookie is mortal.
 

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The prospect watchers think he could be a plus in the bullpen now, but with our absence of SP prospects, they're giving him a chance to show he can pitch in that role. He has the three-pitch repertoire you want to see in starter, but the concern is the walks make it hard for him to go deep in games.
Don't lots of teams use the bullpen as a place to gently introduce young starters to the big leagues?
 

nvalvo

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Does X have 30HR potential this season?
I'd say so:

2016 21 in 719 PA (1 per 34 PA)
2017 10 in 635 PA (1 per 64 PA)
2018 23 in 580 PA (1 per 25 PA)
2019 13 in 287 PA (1 per 22 PA)

30 requires getting down towards 1 every 20 PA (not to mention staying healthy for 600 PA).
 

amRadio

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I think 2018 Mookie gets a quicker jump off the bat, and makes that catch with a foot to spare. He has made some mistakes (letting fly balls drop), and failed to make some difficult but makeable catches. Odd Year Mookie is mortal.
Fair enough, this is on my radar now. I definitely buy into the idea that there are defensive slumps, maybe we're just seeing a lull. That's kind of the theme of 2019 thus far.
 

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Don't lots of teams use the bullpen as a place to gently introduce young starters to the big leagues?
Sometimes, yes. That was the Earl Weaver way. TB brought Price up as a reliever; Chicago broke in Sale that way

But Boston hasn't tended to do that with their top SP prospects. Jon Lester has one career relief appearance. Buchholz had a few in his early seasons. E-Rod has 5 career relief appearances. Then again, the small number of examples suggests maybe Boston doesn't know everything there is to know about developing pitching.