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McLovin

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  1. Only if the tip is 'fastball, upper middle of the plate, right in the middle of the sweet spot'.
  2. I'm not worried. He's our fifth starter and he's on a one year deal. If he can't get the job done, we cut bait. I can't imagine Penn would do any worse. I'd rather Chen show his true colors now than after we give him a 3/24 deal...
  3. Also seems like we are really riding Ramon Hernandez too hard. Why not flip him and Javy for the day game today? Cleveland is a team that doesn't run - seems like a good day to get some rest before the Yankees series...
  4. Seriously, when Loewen wins his 200th game, we'll get to say we 'talked' to his high school coach! Pretty cool if you ask me...
  5. Nope, it wasn't a joke. I am happy that Loewen in not a bust, unlike every other first round pitcher since Mussina. I am thrilled as a matter of fact. Edit: putting the bait back.
  6. No, it doesn't matter. Results matter, and I'm happy with what I've seen the past 10 months. If there are mechanical issues, someone smarter than us will fix them.
  7. Again, hopefully he'll get to work some with Leo this year, and this will get taken care of.
  8. You're right. I should ignore the steady progression through the minors, the fact that he's healthy, the dominant efforts, and decent numbers. Fact is he's been the most successful first round pitcher we've had since Mussina, and I'm pretty stoked about that. That fact that we're even talking about him this much (after Chris Smith, Beau Hale, Scott Rice, Jash Cenate, Mike Paradis, Wade Townsend, Alvie Shephard, and Jay Powell) is reason enough for my optimism.
  9. What did you think of his motion in the WBC? Was it over the top, or across the body?
  10. Yes, they also send their best hitting prospects there too. Everyone would agree that it's a hitter's league. The fact that he did well says a ton. I don't think he could have done much better. And there were a few nice comments from the hitters (Jeter in particular) that said more about his effort than the numbers. Red flags? I think the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. If it weren't for the scrutiny of being a #1 pick who held out, everyone would be more than thrilled with what Loewen has done.
  11. It happened late 2004 and was still a question mark going into last year. He's only a year or so removed from the throwing program. I don't think it's held him back much though. With regard to his mechanics, I can't imagine us not taking a look at him in the majors this year, so hopefully he'll spend some time with Leo and it will all be a moot point.
  12. 66 - I would definitely support your statement that there are plenty of 'Loewen = Cy Young' type threads when he does well. Probably quite a few from the same people who want to trade him today (not singling anyone out). I definitely disagree that he is a failure. We're talking about a high school pick here. All he's done every year is progress. What more can you ask for? He's been dominant at times, and ineffective at others. He's going to be inconsistent for a few more years, and I'm ok with that. As for last year being a succes, it was by a large measure. He pitched his most innings ever, overcame a labrum injury, and had one of the most dominant GB/FB ratios (a very important measure) in the minors. So long as he gets in about 150 innings this year, with a decent ERA and good ratios, I'll be happy. And even if he doesn't, I'll still want to see things through with him.
  13. And my life is probably half over - might as well just give up now I guess.
  14. God I hate these threads. You can almost set your watch to it. As soon as Loewen has a bad start, NO MATTER HOW MANY GOOD ONES PRECEEDED IT - someone will post almost word for word what vab did. So what if he had his first really good season last year (career high for innings too), then was the most dominant pitcher in the AZ fall league, then shut down the ML dream team in the WBC, and then almost threw a no-hitter in his FIRST EVER AA START?! Yeah, trade him now. He's regressed so much from this time last year. Clearly he doesn't get it.
  15. McLovin

    Promote Liz

    See: Finch, Brian.
  16. Didn't see any Loyola (MD) grads, so wanted to represent. Hound from the class of 96, MIS major. Not much of a sports school (although we did make the NCAA hoops tourney while I was a soph), but there is definitely no '2x + 1' rule, and they helped me get a killer job...
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