Million Dollar Musings: Monday, May 20th

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Monday, May 20th

Happy Monday on this bittersweet week for me. You’ll be joined by STLCardinals Covering the Bases the next couple days as I’m celebrating our son’s high school graduation. It was a long weekend with a graduation party with family and friends and all kinds of emotions. Rather than getting too sentimental here, I’ll give you some parenting wisdom in the form of Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey:

“Children need encouragement. So if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling.”

“The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.”

OK, let’s look at some Monday night baseball. We’ve got an eight-game slate that looks to be leaning in favor of the pitching. I’ve got a list of nine pitchers to start whittling down from, so let’s dive in.

Monday Night Pitching

We’ve got a pitching heavy slate that features several favorable matchups for good pitchers. We’ve got nine pitchers that I see who deserve a look tonight. I’m going to narrow this list down by a couple based on matchup, but everyone here can be on the multi-entry tournament list.

Patrick Corbin at Mets
Chris Paddack vs Diamondbacks

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  • Dave Potts (CheeseIsGood)

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  • kevin3883

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    If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is “God is crying.” And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is “Probably because of something you did.”

    -Jack Handey

  • tin8shusd

    On the Morning Grind podcast, @stevietpfl mentioned Cashner having abandoned his sinker to lefties this season in favor of more changeups and curveballs. Does that at all temper your expectations for the value bats of Hicks and Morales in cash games?

  • jsams4

    Hey Cheese quick question: This whole new Bullpen situation that the Rays are known for & like we have here tonight with the Mets or Angels for example, i know it would be small sample size but is there any research or studies showing that these strategies are successful or limiting the damage? It seems at times they are throwing hitters off balance in these tactics or am i reaching and bad pitching will be bad pitching no matter how you bluff it?

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    @tin8shusd said...

    On the Morning Grind podcast, @stevietpfl mentioned Cashner having abandoned his sinker to lefties this season in favor of more changeups and curveballs. Does that at all temper your expectations for the value bats of Hicks and Morales in cash games?

    It’s very similar to the Texas vs Leake situation. Both guys have changed their pitch mix and are much better pitchers than their reputation. But still, on this slate, these are the two best hitting environments, two good offenses and two terrible bullpens. So, i still see Yankees and Rangers are the priority plays, and the reason I like Hicks, Morales and Asdrubal Cabrera specifically is they all switch hit, so will have the platoon edge all game.

    I absolutely think Cashner is a better pitcher than he used to be against lefties, but it’s still not as if he’s great, and it has as much to do with the bullpen.

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    @jsams4 said...

    Hey Cheese quick question: This whole new Bullpen situation that the Rays are known for & like we have here tonight with the Mets or Angels for example, i know it would be small sample size but is there any research or studies showing that these strategies are successful or limiting the damage? It seems at times they are throwing hitters off balance in these tactics or am i reaching and bad pitching will be bad pitching no matter how you bluff it?

    So, whatever research has been done is not really meaningful yet, because this is only a few teams doing this occasionally for one year. I think it is entirely dependent on the specific bullpen in question. Plus, it’s totally different if we’re talking about a true bullpen game (a bunch of pitchers pitching 1-2 innings each) vs an opener followed by a primary pitcher. It’s been successful for Tampa because they have a lot of great pitching.

    I have heard the argument that it throws hitters off, but that would be every game ever once the bullpen comes in. So while I think there is something to it as far as hitters not being able to get comfortable against a starter, that’s the case in every game once we get to the bullpen.

    So for me, I am looking at the bullpen in question along with who we know is going to pitch that day, if it’s not a good bullpen, I want to attack it.

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