I quit a while ago. Best thing I ever did. Thanks for your concern though.
I'm not sure if it was called the Verducci effect, but there was pretty prominent study done ~15 years ago, which suggested that large innings spikes can lead to injury. And then basically every team in baseball began developing their pitchers in a pretty uniform way in regards to innings counts. I concede there was nothing concrete then. I'd be curious to know how it was "debunked."
How many times with your own eyes have you seen some pitcher- in a postseason, in a regular season, as a prospect- pitch a lot more innings than normal and have residual effects?
I think it's common sense wisdom. Just as not smoking is.
As far as your evaluation of Means, I agree with that whole-heartedly. "Low stress innings." "Low pitch counts." "Few baserunners."
Sounds exactly like a guy who is about to pitch a whole lot of innings. Like over six per start. Which if you run him out there every fifth day adds up to about...... 210 innings.
I'm not sure I've seen him hit a ground ball. He lifts everything. Before he K'd in one AB tonight, he hit a foul ball that didn't miss being an opposite field HR by very much. I'd like to see him some more against some lefties....Bowie has faced very little LHP so far.
If your starting catcher is hitting 250 with I hr and 3 rbi he should be a very good defensive catcher, Pedro is not. First inning he tried to trick Judge at two strikes with a curveball, Kremer hadn't thrown one in the inning, hung it, gone.
Easily? 220 leads the league as often as not these days. I don't see him being that guy.
What association is there? You thinking about the debunked Verducci effect?
Means' inning are pretty much all low stress innings. He doesn't run up high pitch counts or allow a bunch of base runners
For the record I think they have found actual evidence about smoking and cancer, so you might want to quit if you smoke.
Last year the O’s signed 8 undrafted free agents, and 6 of them made the Shorebirds’ OD roster. That’s fairly amazing. Here’s how they’re doing:
J.D. Mundy, 1B: .345/.457/.621, 2 HR, 7 RBI in 35 PA
Dylan Harris, OF: .217/.394/.217, 0 HR, 5 RBI in 29 PA
Thomas Girard, P: 3 G, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K’s
Shane Davis, P: 2 G, 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K’s
Brandon Young, P: 2 G, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB,10 K’s
Ryan Watson, P: was listed on break camp roster but appears to be inactive
I said it in the game thread on the 110 mph DP he started tonight, when he good, he's really really good! Then sometimes he drops his shoulder and slings it sidearm to 1B and misses by a mile.
He hits really good... sometimes...
He is what he is, for THIS team. And he's pretty cheap. And better than Rio.