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A plan for Tomlin? “First, here’s a glance at how hitters fared against Tomlin when facing him at various points throughout his outings during the 2011 season: First plate appearance: .204 average/.591 OPS Second plate appearance: .256 average/.733 OPS Third plate appearance: .292 average/.823 OPS
Now, here’s a look at how hitters fared against Tomlin based on his pitch count: Pitches 1-25: .157 average/.428 OPS Pitches 26-50: .254 average/.756 OPS Pitches 51-75: .285 average/.790 OPS Pitches 76-100: .306 average/.911 OPS
There’s a clear pattern there and the Indians, and Tomlin, are more than aware of the issue. The pitcher has already brainstormed some with sinkerballer Justin Masterson, pitching coach Scott Radinsky and former pitching coach Tim Belcher to try to figure out a plan of attack for finding a way to keep hitters guessing later into an outing.” [Bastian/MLB.com]
“Indians president Mark Shapiro is a busy man. Spring training is in full swing, and there is work to be done to prepare for the coming season. Thinking back to when he started in baseball, never in his right mind did he think he would be speaking at a pair of analytics conferences this time of year. “What analytics means now, how it’s applied, could never have been in the realm of my consideration,” he said.
While ballplayers hit the fields all over Florida and Arizona and college basketball heads to its feverish conclusion, some of sports’ brightest minds will gather in Boston this weekend for the sixth edition of the MIT Sloan Sports Conference. The brainchild of Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey and New England Patriots executive Jessica Gelman has been sold out for weeks. The twist comes two weeks later, when the Society for American Baseball Research holds its first analytics conference in Phoenix. Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and general managers Chris Antonetti of the Indians, Jerry Dipoto of the Los Angeles Angels and Doug Melvin of the Milwaukee Brewers are among the scheduled speakers.” [Cohen/AP]
“The good news is Tristan Thompson is playing his best basketball of the season right now. In the last six games, Tristan’s averaging 10.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per night. He’s only needed 24 minutes per game to post those numbers too, and he only needed 16 minutes to register a double / double against the Hornets just prior to All Star Weekend. That dunk he had in the first half on Wednesday came off a nice post move also, and here’s hoping he continues trending upward as the season moves on.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
Ok, so this guy isn’t a fan- “The 2011 Indians won 30 of their first 45 games – then the real Indians showed up and they managed to finish below .500. The front office has responded by signing a bunch of guys to minor league contracts and hoping that Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner stay healthy and regain their prime form this year. Relatedly, I’m hoping that I win the lottery, but neither are exceedingly likely (and Sizemore’s already DL bound, so I guess we’re off to a fine start here). Offensively, the marquee addition to an offense that fell stagnant from June onward last year is Casey Kotchman. Feeling that they had an opening, they sold the farm to acquire Ubaldo Jimenez, who managed to pitch worse in Cleveland than he was doing in Colorado. The rest of the rotation is filled out by studs such as Derek Lowe, Kevin “I’m Not Pitching Out Of The Bullpen But Girls Still Love Me” Slowey, and Captain Regression Josh Tomlin.” [Fire Gerald Laird]