From: JustTom on 8 Oct 2009 15:41
On Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:57:49 -0700 (PDT), HTP <tmbowman25(a)yahoo.com>
>This article says that Baileys success (at Louisville) could be
>attributed to minor mechanical changes. But theres 3 points about this
>1. its from May
>2. It does not mention the Skip Johnson story
>3. Bailey was horrendous for a number of starts after being recalled
>I'd like more details
Bailey himself seems to credit 2 significant events that have helped
him get better this year.
The articles I saw said that he visited Johnson over the winter, and
that's where he fixed the flaw that was robbing his velocity.
This coincides with Bob/Danny observations from spring training that
he had the best stuff there. However, it doesn't mean he was
The second came in late May, which was Lehr teaching him a splitter
grip that he could instantly handle, and then his insisting that he
was going to use it. This doesn't make him instantly better either.
But each of those things adds confidence. Also factor in the
changeup. With his discovery of the split, he got to also stop
throwing the change, which he has admitted that he was uncomfortable
with, and only threw because the org insisted. Change ups are hard
to have confidence in, and you'll get killed if you can't sell it.
So, add 6-8 mph on your fastball, gain a new devastating out pitch
you're comfortable with, and drop one you're not, and you've got a
whole lot more confidence.
Before, his downfall seemed to be mostly due to his nibbling because
he didn't believe in his stuff anymore. He doesn't have good enough
control to be a nibbler, so that results in a washout. Having a 96
mph heater instead of 90 removes the urge, as does not having to throw
the change, and I think by the end of the season we're seeing some of
that with the reduction in walks. The thing that raised my eyebrows
was that he's now throwing just as hard or harder in the 8th. Not
many can do that.
Think about Volquez. He never had a problem with velocity, but he
struggled big time until 25, when the light appears to have came on,
for whatever reason. I'm thinking Soto had a bit to do with it, but
you just never can tell.
Hopefully, Homer has now had his epiphany.
And maybe Arroyo as well, which is that pitchers with carpal tunnel
should be playing the friggin' guitar all the time! He seems to
have noticed that not playing it during the season helped his second
half, so maybe he'll consider not playing it in the offseason so that
he can start off just as well. I'm just about absolutely convinced
that his struggles are usually due to carpal tunnel issues affecting
I'm thinking that Cueto may have also had his, which is that winter
ball is too damn much for his arm . We'll see, because I know ties at
home are tough to fight.
If we go to spring next year simply with these guys truly enlightened,
then next year's rotation got a whole lot better without spending a
From: JustTom on 8 Oct 2009 15:43
On Thu, 8 Oct 2009 14:12:51 -0400, "Bob Braun" <oxinfla(a)hotmail.com>
>Because you are totally discounting the mental aspect of it. I told you,
>this guy was far and away the best pitcher in spring training. Great stuff,
>great movement, great command.
>That wasn't good enough to make the team. Then he's brought up in spot
>situations, knowing full well he had to be brilliant, and even that may not
>be enough. Even in those early 'failed attempts' he showed the same traits
>as spring training, but his major downfall was nibbling.
I wish I'd read this before I wrote mine. Would've saved a whole lot
From: Bob Braun on 8 Oct 2009 16:37
"john smith" <eddygdvd(a)msn.com> wrote in message
> In regard to the 5th outfielder either being Taveras or Dickerson. It
> has to be Dickerson hands down if you disregard salary. I don't think
> Taveras is a guy who can sit for long periods of time and then be
> productive. Dickerson has shown he can handle that pinch hitting role
> and late defensive replacement role very well. I would go with Dickerson
> and cut Taveras. I don't think Taveras could steal a base late for you
> as a weapon. He looked very bad in the SB department, he rarely ever
> took off until the count was deep. I think he has lost a step and this
> guy without top speed couldn't buy a ticket to single A...
> Getting back to Dickerson, he is a Ryan Freel type in the manner that if
> you play him in spurts, he can be very productive. Make him a regular
> and his production drops off significantly....
I left that unsaid, preferring Dickerson over Taveras. I don't know of
anybody who wouldn't want that. But it is not likely. It's easy for you
and I to sit at a keyboard and fling $4MIL of Uncle Bob's money out the car
window. I don't see it happening. You can't eat two roster spots with
those guys, if you are going to have a bat like Janish in the lineup.
From: Bob Braun on 8 Oct 2009 16:44
"David Short" <David.no.Short(a)Spam.Wright.Please.edu> wrote in message
> Bob Braun wrote:
>> I know Jay Bruce plays good defense and hit with power. But he still has
>> a huge question mark over his head. If you are serious about winning,
>> you can't have both Taveras and Dickerson on the 2010 opening day roster.
> I can simplify that sentence. If you are serious about winning you can't
> have Taveras on your roster.
> That's easy.
That's the obvious and easy way. It's the best way. But this is the
Cincinnati Reds we are talking about. This regime has seemed a little more
amenable to parting with mistakes. But they were the mistakes of 'others'.
In this instance, Walt must admit his own multi-million dollar mistake.
They laid a little ground work with the Taveras getting 'Pipped' comment.
From: JustTom on 8 Oct 2009 16:34
On Thu, 08 Oct 2009 19:41:12 GMT, tom(a)nomail.please (JustTom) wrote:
>And maybe Arroyo as well, which is that pitchers with carpal tunnel
>should be playing the friggin' guitar all the time! He seems to
>have noticed that not playing it during the season helped his second
>half, so maybe he'll consider not playing it in the offseason so that
>he can start off just as well. I'm just about absolutely convinced
>that his struggles are usually due to carpal tunnel issues affecting
pitchers with carpal tunnel should <<< NOT >>> be playing the friggin'
guitar all the time!