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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. Interestingly, (or not) there may appear to be some loose association between OBP and P/PA in 2019, with most teams (27) being within 1.5 StdDevs of the average. Two additional teams clock in within +/- 1.8 stdDevs. Houston being the special case of 2.5 stdDevs, with a league leading .352 OBP while finishing 7th from the bottom in P/PA with 3.87....go figure. Note: I have absolutely not looked at historical trends for what is/isn't normal.
  2. Totally back of the napkin math, but based on 2019 numbers: Raising team OBP by .005 points would raise the opposing pitch count in the same manner as increasing team Pitches Per Plate Appearance by .0148. All thing being equal you could make the average opposing pitchers throw 5 more pitches a game by raising your team OBP from .323 (lgAvg) to .363 or by increasing you team PperPA from 3.93 (lgAvg) to 4.05.
  3. I think you could make an argument that Bundy's career in Baltimore was disappointing even if he wasn't an outright disappointment. He went from a 19 year old phenom to a useful part (depending on his salary), and that's disappointing. He definitely has value but we'll always remember what could have been. I'm happy that most people (I feel correctly) pin his reduced performance on injury, rather than attitude or work ethic. I feel like he's got a reasonable shot at being productive for a while longer in the league. Gausman on the other hand was a solid pick and had a good career here given his pedigree and his draft position. Stoman is the only pitcher ahead of him in career WAR in the 1st round of his class. He was durable, effective, and pretty much ready MLB ready when he was drafted. The Orioles got a good pitcher at #4 and Gausman performed as expected for a upper round, filled out, college pick. I enjoyed watching him pitch and hope he can rebound a bit from his last season.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. I feel like Chad Bradford managed a few FBs that crossed the plate higher than he released it.......Okay, pedantic comment is over now.
  10. He'll likely be the highest Orioles ROY vote share finisher since Rodrigo Lopez.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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