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SurhoffRules last won the day on April 21 2010

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    Hardy/Markakis/Reynolds....in that order
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  1. SurhoffRules

    Was last night Britton's turning point?

    I think his stuff seems to be good enough that as long its down he can get away without pinpoint control. That said, since moving to relief he's put up a 2.8 BB/9 rate and 3.14 SO/BB rate, so it's not like he can't throw strikes. He's walked 7 in 9 innings since returning but hopefully he'll continue to find the zone more often.
  2. Morton is an interesting case; his big velocity bump started in Philly in 2016. It had been as high as 94mph in PIT so it's not like he never threw hard but its certainly bizarre to see the late career increase in velocity. Year 4Seam Team 2008 92.47 ATL 2009 93.47 PIT 2010 94.17 PIT 2011 93.02 PIT 2012 91.97 PIT 2013 94.26 PIT 2014 92.67 PIT 2015 92.78 PIT 2016 95.22 PHI 2017 96.10 HOU 2018 96.97 HOU
  3. SurhoffRules

    More strikeouts than hits

    Since 1980, SO per game have risen from 5 to almost 9. XBH are up about 0.5 a game and there really hasn't been a notable increase in the number of BB a game (certainly the trendline is inconsistent if it exists at all). Offense doesn't exist in a vaccum and this is probably in no small part due to the changes in pitching over the last 40 years, but it is interesting to see that K's have effectively doubled and most of the other power categories have increased somewhere in the neighboorhood of 10% to 20% (SLG, XBH). FWIF, R/G are up about 12% over the same time (down from it's peak during the late 90s and beginning of 00s).
  4. SurhoffRules

    2018 Kevin Gausman

    The general trend has been positive. From pitchf/x he's carried the following average fastballs. For reference his average FB since coming up has been 96.83, 95.91, 96.47, 95.91, and 95.37. Nice that he's picking up steam, but still interesting considering he's never had a velocity dip to start a season. MIN@BAL (4/1/18) 92.71 BAL@NYA (4/6/18) 93.38 TOR@BAL (4/11/18) 92.28 BAL@DET (4/18/18) 93.39 CLE@BAL (4/23/18) 94.48
  5. SurhoffRules

    Dylan Bundy and the Campaign to Win the 2018 AL Cy Young Award

    I agree hard but not impossible. In the AL Lee, Grienke, and Hernandez won the AL in 08, 09, and 10 playing for .500 or markedly worse teams(SEA lost 101 games the year Felix won).
  6. SurhoffRules

    Orioles Free Agent Signings vs Free Agent WAR Value

    I certainly don't mind the conversation. This was all just me trying to wrap some loose analysis around a question I'd been chewing on. I'd agree I don't think signing free agents is "strength" and I'd venture a guess that there's so much noise out there (injuries, etc) that being good at signing free agents is probably not a skill that many FO have demonstrative control over. I was mostly curious how they'd done recently against the average, be it due to skill/luck/whatever. I'd agree the Davis contract has the potential to nuke any net positive value they were carrying, and perhaps that's just the noise bringing the team back in line with averages. I was mostly surprised at how high the cost of a win on the free agent market has risen. When I started following WAR it was estimated to be around 4-6 million and that range tends to stick in my brain even though I know its higher. The reality is it's close to double that now.
  7. SurhoffRules

    Orioles Free Agent Signings vs Free Agent WAR Value

    Thanks for pointing that out. The math was there, the year label for wrong, I've updated that. I thought about including him but his 2016 contract was to avoid arbitration so he's only a year into his 17-19 contract. In retrospect, I probably should've excluded all the recent ones or included all of them, instead of just doing O'Day and Davis.
  8. So I got to wondering a little bit about how well the Orioles have done with their free agent dollars lately. This is very back of the napkin work, but I used The Recent History of Free-Agent Pricing article from Fangraphs (2017) for the work on the cost of a free agent WAR over the course of their contracts, salary and WAR data from Baseball Reference (probably should've used Fangraph's WAR though) and Cots. I put asterisks on the contracts that are still active and there is the caveat that I believe Jones contract bought out his last year of arbitration eligibility. There's been a mix of wins and stinkers, but ignoring the Davis contract, it would seem the Orioles have done fairly well with their FA signing of the last few years and O'Day has a pretty good shot to exceed his contract value (only needs to accumulate another win over the next 3 years to break even against your average free agent WAR cost). There's certainly an argument that we could've replaced the stinker contracts with any random AAA and paid them accordingly, but if you assume the Os would have just signed a different free agent (at market cost) to fill that slot, they've only really busted super hard on Gallardo, Hardy (15-17), and Jimenez. I'm sure I forgot some smaller contract and the math isn't bulletproof, but I thought I'd share. Contract Years Contract WAR Rough Free Difference Agent WAR Cost ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jones * 13-18 $85.50 16.6 $152.44 $66.94 Chen 12-15 $16.10 9.8 $75.46 $59.36 Hardy 12-14 $22.25 10.3 $75.88 $53.63 O’day 13-15 $9.65 7.0 $55.77 $46.12 Cruz 14 $8.00 4.6 $35.42 $27.42 Castillo 17 $6.00 2.1 $22.05 $16.05 Alvarez 16 $5.75 0.8 $7.68 $1.93 Smith 17 $7.00 0.3 $3.15 -$3.85 Kim 16-17 $7.00 0.3 $3.02 -$3.99 Gallardo 16 $9.00 0.1 $0.96 -$8.04 O’day * 16-19 $31.00 1.9 $20.38 -$10.62 Hardy 15-17 $40.00 1.7 $16.32 -$23.68 Jimenez 14-17 $50.00 0.5 $4.56 -$45.44 Davis * 16-22 $161.00 3.0 $35.31 -$125.69
  9. SurhoffRules

    Joe Angel on the radio tomorrow

    I know I'm in the minority, but I think I prefer Angel to Miller. Miller's great, but I find him a bit dry whereas I can smile along with Angel most anytime. And, I know that neither of them have much control in this department, but I think I just prefer the tonal qualities of Angel's voice to Miller's. Each to their own, though. Baltimore has been very fortunate with their radio broadcast for a very long time.
  10. SurhoffRules

    Would Yankees have traded Mariano Rivera?

    So, Rivera was moved to the bullpen at 26 after an unsuccessful season starting. Britton toiled in the rotation for a bit longer before being moved to the rotation at 26. Here's a snapshot of their first four seasons in the bullpen (ages 26-29). Now Britton isn't finished his 4th year yet so his numbers will grow a bit this year. It's...a lot closer than I thought would be. Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W 1996-1999 NYY 21 10 .677 1.95 247 0 182 0 0 129 309.2 229 70 67 11 89 13 286 6 1 5 1240 242 2.68 1.027 6.7 0.3 2.6 8.3 3.21 2014-2017 BAL 9 4 .692 1.54 223 0 185 0 0 128 228.0 160 47 39 8 63 4 230 2 0 18 877 269 2.43 0.978 6.3 0.3 2.5 9.1 3.65
  11. SurhoffRules

    Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy -- Primed & Ready

    We gave Arrieta 3.5 seasons and 65 starts in the MLB. He got worse every single season. I wish he had turned it around for us, but I really don't think that a case of the Os being impatient. I'm happy the guy turned it around in CHC, but I have zero reason to think that an additional season and a half in Baltimore would've turn him into the same player. Hader looks good but hasn't thrown a big league pitch yet, and Davies was trade for Parra, which sure, didn't really work out but he was looking good for MIL that year and the general consensus was we need a move that season. In the past 20+ years the number of homegrown Os starters that were above average is....like what? 2? Bedard and Mussina. I'm really not sure their pitching woes are due to not giving their prospects a decent shot, or if drafting and development have just been sub par since the early 90s.
  12. SurhoffRules

    Dylan Bundy's future

    Honestly, if Guasman can toss about 20 to 30 more innings and do exactly what he did this year, I'd be very happy. If he can do any better, I'd be thrilled. He was a 4 win pitcher in 30 starts this year. Cutting down on his HR/9 and WHIP is nice on paper, but I've no idea how he'd actually go about implementing those improvements. Honestly, my "eye test" is that Guasman is a good pitcher as he sits. If he wants to take another step forward he'll need to either improve his command throughout the course of the game (which I think is doable for pitcher entering the back half of his twenties who's never really struggled with free passes), find some extra bite on his breaking pitch (which I'm not as sure is all that common), or some combination of the two. I'm plenty happy he's on the team. Pivoting back to Bundy, I think he just needs to stay health next year. Soundbites not withstanding he seemed to be fatigued as the season wore on and his command really went by the wayside. I'm hoping for 130-150 innings of about the same performance or slightly better.
  13. SurhoffRules

    Dylan Bundy's future

    For context the AL the league average Runs Allowed Per Game jumped from 4.18, to 4.29, to 4.47 from 2014 to 2016.
  14. SurhoffRules

    Dylan Bundy's future

    Agreed they are better predictors but the results were there. As an aside, are FIP and xFIP normalized between seasons? I know the run context was a bit higher this year.
  15. SurhoffRules

    Dylan Bundy's future

    I think so. YEAR IP ERA+ H9 BB9 SO92014 113.1 110 8.8 3.0 7.02015 112.1 97 8.7 1.4 8.32016 179.2 123 9.2 1.4 8.7 He threw almost 70 more innings, posted his highest ERA plus, and ticked up a notch in his K/9. I'm very pleased with Gausman's progress this season. He's turning 26 next year and it's completely reasonable to think this isn't his ceiling. When all was said and done this season, he led the staff in ERA plus, Innings Pitched, and Ks. He also had the second lowest BB/9 rate of the bunch (worth noting the leader here was Tyler Wilson so take that for what its worth). He might not have posted Tillman's wins, but he took a big step forward this season and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do next year.