Friday, April 6, 2012
Links: Issues with Lincecum, King Felix?
By David Schoenfield
- Paul Lukas has his annual new uniform review. We all know about the Marlins' makeover, but there many others changes, patches and throwbacks to check out.
- How often do Opening Day lineups turn over? Diane Firstman, with help from Baseball-Reference.com, has a couple fascinating charts that show how rapidly teams do go through players.
- Here's the daily roundup from You Can't Predict Baseball. They do this every day, and it's full of interesting tidbits.
- Jerry Crasnick reports on a positive start to 2012 for Stephen Strasburg.
- It was a big win for the Tigers, even if Justin Verlander didn't get the win. And Miguel Cabrera actually caught a foul pop fly!
- Stephanie Lisco is already losing faith in the Indians after the 16-inning debacle.
- Bill Baer breaks down Roy Halladay's Opening Day gem. Halladay's Game Score of 83 was the best of his 10 career Opening Day starts.
- Kerry Wood might have been squeezed by the umpire, but it was still a tough loss for the Cubs.
- Tommy Hanson slightly altered his mechanics this spring, and Ben Duronio examines how Hanson's release point in Thursday's opener compared to 2011.
- The Dodgers won despite Clayton Kershaw leaving early with a case of the flu.
- Tim Lincecum starts tonight. Last year, he threw more sliders than ever, but ditched the pitch in spring training and has said he won't use it early in the season. Chris Quick with a look at what to expect from Lincecum and the Giants on Opening Day.
- So Michael Pineda wasn't throwing hard? Jon Shields writes about another pitcher with diminished velocity so far: Felix Hernandez. With much less hype, King Felix has been hovering at 90 mph with his fastball -- including during the season opener in Japan. Hernandez starts again on Saturday.
- Will Albert Pujols begin his season with a Royal conquest?
- What is the perfect Josh Hamilton contract? Prashanth Francis examines a question that will hover over the Rangers all season.
- Ryan Topp with five ways the Brewers can squeeze a few wins out of their roster.
- Which team can be this year's Arizona Diamondbacks? ESPN Insider Ben Lindbergh points to the Royals, Mariners and Pirates as the best possibilities.
- Dan Szymborski has his list of the five worst roster decisions, including the Nationals going with Ross Detwiler in the rotation.
- It was Opening Day in the minors as well. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has a roundup. (Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut, with a double and stolen base.)