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Anyway...how about that Cedric Mullins? Another hit today, but what I'm really looking forward to is a chance for him to flash his defensive chops.

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13 minutes ago, PaulFolk said:

Anyway...how about that Cedric Mullins? Another hit today, but what I'm really looking forward to is a chance for him to flash his defensive chops.

I haven't seen the games lately but I am surprised he hasn't had any defensive opportunities given the number of runs scored by Boston. 😕 

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2 minutes ago, bird watcher said:

I haven't seen the games lately but I am surprised he hasn't had any defensive opportunities given the number of runs scored by Boston. 😕 

Was a very impressive effort on the JBjr Triple.

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2 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

Was a very impressive effort on the JBjr Triple.

I read that maybe Mancini was in his way a bit and perhaps the wall spooked Mullins a bit.  Both of those things can be remedied.  If Mancini was in the way it is likely because Mullins wasn't vocal enough to call him off.  I'll look to see if I can find a video.  

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I was unable to watch last night or this afternoon, looking forward to seeing him tonight.  And he's creeping up in the batting order.   9th last night, 8th this afternoon, and 7th tonight.   By my rough calculations he will be our leadoff man by next weekend.

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9 minutes ago, bird watcher said:

I read that maybe Mancini was in his way a bit and perhaps the wall spooked Mullins a bit.  Both of those things can be remedied.  If Mancini was in the way it is likely because Mullins wasn't vocal enough to call him off.  I'll look to see if I can find a video.  

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/red-sox-vs-orioles/2018/08/10/531143#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=531143

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2 minutes ago, SteveA said:

I was unable to watch last night or this afternoon, looking forward to seeing him tonight.  And he's creeping up in the batting order.   9th last night, 8th this afternoon, and 7th tonight.   By my rough calculations he will be our leadoff man by next weekend.

I don't get moving him up to eighth or to seventh. I would keep him at ninth as a second leadoff guy. 

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13 minutes ago, bird watcher said:

I read that maybe Mancini was in his way a bit and perhaps the wall spooked Mullins a bit.  Both of those things can be remedied.  If Mancini was in the way it is likely because Mullins wasn't vocal enough to call him off.  I'll look to see if I can find a video.  

While the CFer is the captain of the OF and, if he can get to a ball, should call off the other fielders unless they have a better line to set up and make a throw after the catch, sometimes a rookie or newly arrived CFer is reticent, or just not loud enough, in calling off the corner OFers or IFers. 

I don't know whether that happened on the Mullins/Mancini play, but it sure looked like nobody was calling to make a catch.

 

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3 minutes ago, spiritof66 said:

While the CFer is the captain of the OF and, if he can get to a ball, should call off the other fielders unless they have a better line to set up and make a throw after the catch, sometimes a rookie or newly arrived CFer is reticent, or just not loud enough, in calling off the corner OFers or IFers. 

I don't know whether that happened on the Mullins/Mancini play, but it sure looked like nobody was calling to make a catch.

 

Does the calling for apply so much when you are at a dead run trying to get to the ball?

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It’s been said already, but kudos to Jones for not just moving to RF for Mullins, but also seeming so cool about it. I would guess it hurt him a little tiny bit. He handled it with absolute class.

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57 minutes ago, bird watcher said:

I read that maybe Mancini was in his way a bit and perhaps the wall spooked Mullins a bit.  Both of those things can be remedied.  If Mancini was in the way it is likely because Mullins wasn't vocal enough to call him off.  I'll look to see if I can find a video.  

Mullins was also about 3/4 of the way to Mancini’s starting position.

That was the LF’s ball 100%.  The fact that Mullins was even in the vicinity highlights the difference in range between a plus defender and a marginal COF

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7 minutes ago, Hallas said:

Mullins was also about 3/4 of the way to Mancini’s starting position.

That was the LF’s ball 100%.  The fact that Mullins was even in the vicinity highlights the difference in range between a plus defender and a marginal COF

The ball was fully in Mullins' glove. It was impressive that he got there so quickly and at the right angle, but he failed to hold onto it. But it's a good sign that we can expect fewer XBHs to be bouncing around out there in the future.

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2 hours ago, spiritof66 said:

I don't get moving him up to eighth or to seventh. I would keep him at ninth as a second leadoff guy. 

The O's are desperate for hits and so they're gradually getting him more at-bats. Eventually they want him on base when homers happen.

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1 hour ago, Can_of_corn said:

Does the calling for apply so much when you are at a dead run trying to get to the ball?

Often it won't because only one OFer has a shot at the ball. Think of great catches by OFers, and most of them involve one guy chasing the ball with no one else too close. But when the ball is between two fielders and, as was the case here, the CFer is taking the catch away from a closer corner outfielder, you have to call the other guy off or you're likely to get what happened here. 

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