Could this explain the decreased velocity, as he just is not able to have as much power/momentum as usual? (The Dude from Office)I wrote about Verlander about a month ago:
articleid=23949 The off-season surgery could be negatively impacting his torque, and therefore velocity, but the velo concerns about Verlander have been largely overblown. (Matthew Kory)In an ESPN Standard 10-team 12 Keeper league, I have Springer and Taveras in a loaded outfield (B.
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This is why I eschew the term, "True Talent," because a player's talent level is continuously dynamic due to health (both physical and mental), coaching/training/conditioning, and more. Remember, what a player gets is as much about how good he is as who is doing the bidding. Also, in such a league, how hesitant should I be to trade the younger prospects over the established guys?
On the jukebox: Pink Floyd, "Sheep" (Doug Thorburn)He'd probably still get a ton. (pmitchell60 from NOLA)I'm so not a fantasy guy, but this one is interesting for a few reasons.
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Android, i Phone, i Pad, laptop or desktop, whatever type of device you have can be used with our site. Click here for a free card so you can see what's missing. I don't think Syndergaard, Appel or Gray will quite get there, but all these guys will be good. I covered Rodon above, and as much as I loved Hoffman I don't think he'll ever clean up the command enough to be a real Ace. (Matt Sussman)Hamilton will go stat-chasing in the final few games and take it. Once I had this idea for an article that was going to look at the most promising potential "events" of the year, like... Anyway, that's sort of how I feel about Hamilton this year.Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web. Click here for a free card so you can see what's missing. I've had a couple conversations about this, but I tend to wonder if the obvious ones are less likely to make that last jump from 2 starter to true Ace. But boy, hasn't that been the most anticlimactic part of this season? okay, like when he seemed likely to throw a no-hitter every game, and he was going up against the league-worst offense (the Padres or something), so what are the odds he'd throw a no-hitter, what actually happened, etc. But I didn't write it because the outcomes were so boring. I wish he has 11 stolen bases and 65 , or 110 stolen bases and 4 CSs, but instead he's just a normal fast guy with normal fast-guy baserunning numbers. (Al Skorupa)Verlander doesn't really fall into the neat little box of comps. Add in the fact that he had core muscle surgery before 2014, some problems finding his release point in 2013, and you've got a lot of moving parts. Verlander's ball never did that-- it's a true pitch. (Jordan Gorosh)The company line we're all supposed to be saying is, "he was hurt last offseason and now this year he'll have his full recovery time." Bottom line, a lot could happen between now and then, but if you want a prediction I think he competes for and wins the fifth starter job out of training camp. Performances that were neither interesting because of how extremely good or because of extremely, counterintuitively, bad--just banal, unexceptional, games like any other game. Another page to the "big guys figure it out a little late" book, too. When you watch Chapman or Ventura throw that hard, it's got huge life, and seems to really explode that last ten feet. Wouldn't bet on it, of course, but I'm a believer in Meyer. His fastball always looked 'light' to me--even at 100.