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SurhoffRules last won the day on April 21 2010

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    B.J. Surhoff

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  1. I'm looking at his FF release point data because I don't know what else to try and grab. After start the season his vertical release point dropped about an inch around his sixth start and then continued to drop until settling about 2-3 inches lower for the last few months. Horizontally, the sixth games marks the start of a 2.5 inch drift outward over the course of a season. His first six starts look pretty similar, and then he drifts down and outside for the next month and a half before settling into a reasonable range around June. The spin rate results look much more immediate but maybe he tweaked something and then found his way into a new slot to maintain it.
  2. That is interesting. His velocity in the first 6 starts was the same as it was all year (he carried an amazingly consistent FB from start to start). Eyeballing it it looks like his first six he spun at 2250ish and then jumped up to about 2400ish for the rest of the season. I wonder if he tweaked something intentionally or just found his groove.
  3. My favorite effect of the reversed spin for Bradford was the fact that his slider (spinning perpendicular to the plate) had less downward force (due to spin) acting on it than his fastball. He's the only player I can think of off the top of my head with a vertical rise on his breaking pitch(+1-2 with out gravity). Even given the slower speed (more gravity bringing it down) his FB and SL dropped nearly the exact same amount. Bradford's Brooks Baseball Page
  4. Mean's average velocity was pretty constant month to month around 92 mph. So this means that he increased his spin rate from 2300 (24) to 2438 (25.5)? That's a pretty significant bump from what I recall reading.
  5. I recall reading a number of spin related articles on Fangraphs and Hardball times and the only firm takeaways I could recall is that the time from well a ball is not spinning (in the hand during the throwing motion) to the point were is has been spun is silly small (fractions of a second) so a pitchers spin tends to be very much tied to their specific body type/throwing style. Pitchers with higher release points tend to impart more spin. Spin rate tends to scale linearly with FB velocity. Pitchers avg spin rate is pretty consistent across seasons but it is possible to change your spin rate by altering your release or mechanics (that is to say there are examples of pitchers who have changed their spin rates going forward). High spin pitchers tend to be more effective than low spin pitchers on a number of metrics (K, pop-up, etc), but a similar correlation is found when you look at dSpin per velocity. That is to say, since spin rate scales linearly with fastball velocity the further a pitcher is away from the average spin on a FB with the same velocity, the more effective the pitch is (think Koji Uhera FB, his spin rate wasn't silly high if I recall, but it was very high for a pitch with such pedestrian velocity).
  6. I feel like Chad Bradford managed a few FBs that crossed the plate higher than he released it.......Okay, pedantic comment is over now.
  7. He'll likely be the highest Orioles ROY vote share finisher since Rodrigo Lopez.
  8. I'm always happy when numbers and eyes line up. I've enjoyed watching him play but a lot of time I'm left thinking...that would've been much less exciting if he hadn't taken a step and a half in the wrong direction to start his route. Hopefully it's something he can improve on since he's quick and has decent hands from what I can see.
  9. All of us with Surhoff related monikers should probably be proactive and reflect if there's anything about our posting habit we should change in light of the new organizational direction......but seriously I'm not overly bothered by any of this. I simultaneously empathize with Surhoff, am a bit surprised by the candor (and number) of his quotes, and am also not at all surprised that a roving minor league instructor's contract was not renewed as part of a massive change in organizational structure. If he wants to stay attached to the game I wish him all the best finding a new position. Maybe his path and Baltimore's will cross in the future, I loved watching him play.
  10. It wouldn't surprise me if Bundy turned in a few mid-3 ERA, 190+ inning season before he retired (barring injury). His stuff was electric at draft time but there were plenty of references to his make up and work ethic. I think hes got a decent shot at sticking around the bigs and putting up some seasons to be proud of.
  11. This means Bundy will finish up with 30 starts and about 160 inning. He stayed on the mound for a third straight year and was a more effective than last 2018 as his innings per start dipped once again from 6.03 (2017), to 5.52 (2018), to 5.33 (2019). He definitely kept us in more games than not. He went 6 or more in 10 of his 29 starts and was replaced somewhere in the 6th inning (start or end) 15 times though. So there were only 4 games where he didn't carry the team into 6th. We all hoped for better with Bundy (understatement, I know), but given how his velocity collapsed it's been somewhat satisfying to see him changing things up to stay productive and in the MLB. Hopefully, he can complete the transition as he enters his age 27 season and throw up another solid season or two. There's almost always a place for in the MLB for a pitcher that can take the mound 28-31 times a year and keep his team in the game.
  12. Bundy will get 1 or 2 more starts depending on how things shake out. I'd like to see him finish strong. He has an outside shot of getting his ERA+ to 100 if my back-of-the-napkin math holds up. He'd need 7 shutout innings or 10+ innings at 1.59. He's done neither of those things this year from what I can tell but he'll face the Jays one more time and he pitched moderately well in his one start vs. Boston this year. Stranger things have happened. Wishful thinking.
  13. Name K/9+'00 K/9+Car WAR Career Brian Meadows 55 66 2.7 Jimmy Anderson 68 55 3.4 Brian Rose 75 74 0 Jeff D'Amico 83 83 7.1 Tomo Ohka 83 74 11.1 Jim Parque 85 82 1.6 Scott Downs 87 102 8.1 Carl Pavano 88 80 21.1 Joe Mays 91 69 5.4 Scott Elarton 91 81 -0.5 Mike Johnson 92 94 -0.5 Chris Fussell 94 94 -0.7 Doug Davis 96 100 22.4 Paul Rigdon 98 89 0.2 Jaret Wright 100 99 7.1 Eric Gagne 104 149 13.4 Kelvim Escobar 113 124 23 Eric Milton 115 99 12.3 Tim Hudson 120 86 45.2 J.C. Romero 124 111 1.3 Kyle Farnsworth 128 138 6.8 Scott Williamson 162 157 5.6 Your class of 2000 (24 year old, min 50 innings). Lot of noise and lots of folks that ended up in the bullpen. Remove Hudson from the list and the above average and below average look pretty similar. I still agree with you and suspect one year isn't enough data to see a trend.
  14. Since 2013 (per Fangraphs) there have been 999 qualifying starters seasons. 243 were thrown by pitchers with an average fastball under 90 mph. Discounting the 10 of those that were thrown by Wakefield and Dickey you're left with these medians(couldn't get ERA+ in the FG custom report for some reason). Age ERA K/9 BB/9 H/9 >= 90 27 3.68 7.82 2.72 8.4 < 90 31 4.02 6.22 2.54 9.27 Digging a litter further these starters made up over 40% of those seasons under the 90mph mark were thrown by guys like this: Name Avg Age Seasons Mark Buehrle 32.0 9 Bronson Arroyo 33.0 7 Jered Weaver 28.4 7 Paul Maholm 27.5 6 Aaron Harang 34.0 5 Barry Zito 31.2 5 Derek Lowe 36.0 5 Jason Vargas 29.8 5 Livan Hernandez 34.0 5 Ted Lilly 33.0 5 Andy Pettitte 37.3 4 Bartolo Colon 41.5 4 Dallas Keuchel 27.8 4 Dan Haren 32.5 4 Doug Fister 29.3 4 Joe Blanton 27.5 4 Kyle Hendricks 27.0 4 Kyle Lohse 33.5 4 Mike Leake 27.0 4 Randy Wolf 32.5 4 Wandy Rodriguez 31.0 4 I suspect the ERA gap between the real soft tossers and the rest of the league is much less than it would be if the list wasn't heavily selected for productive veteran pitchers who were allowed to continue pitching as they lost velocity. Loving what Means is doing, but I think it's fair that folks would be rosier on his future if he had a few more mph on his fastball. I think he's certainly focused on the things in his toolbox that he needs to be to have a shot at a long and productive career.
  15. I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that my preference towards quoting BB over FG is mostly because I find the color scheme and left anchored grids of BB far easier for my eyes to parse than the green/grey/white/black with the grid placed in the center part of the page. I wish I could pretend it had anything to do with a deeply held opinion on the quality of their data.
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