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 [Baseball, Ray] Welcome to the 2019 Season!

moondog548

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Let's say that there is something to the conspiracy theory that the balls are juiced and that they are also less likely to break. While it screws up all pitching, doesn't it screw the smaller markets harder, as they (and their relievers in particular, ) are no longer able to get by with marginal pitching that relies upon breaking pitches and cleverness?
Pretty sure it's not a theory. They've been analysed. They're harder and the stitches are less prominent. Last word from MLB was "we didn't tell them to do that"
 

Guvmint Helper

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Well, the current dominant teams in the NL are the Traditional Powers (if you squint at the Cubs' history), so that leans toward something favoring the richer teams, but in the AL, the Twins and Northern Ohioan Natives are neither large market nor traditional powers, and the Astros have a nominally large market but a very fickle fanbase.
Even in the NL, a few games here or there could turn the standings upside down in the Central or East as everyone fights over the Dodgers' scraps.

I don't think that favoring hitting is tilting things away from poorer clubs.
 

Liberator

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Giloloto has given up 4 home runs tonight. Three of them to Nelson Cruz. One to Max Kepler. Sano hit another one off of a reliever. It’s only the bottom of the seventh.
 

Terhali

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Stephen Strasburg has more RBI than earned runs for the month of July. He's thriving under the Nat's current motivational strategy of inspiring pitchers to excellence by threatening to bring in pitchers from the bullpen if for some reason they have to leave the game. It's a shame the rest of the starting rotation hasn't responded so well.
 

Guvmint Helper

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Are there enough games left for Detroit to get 50 wins on the season? Gotta love the drama of August and September.
 

Liberator

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What are the Mets doing? Is there even a plan there?

Apparently when the Twins inquired about Syndergaard they were like...sure we'll take Byron Buxton please and some other guys and the Twins were like LOL no.
 

moondog548

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What are the Mets doing? Is there even a plan there?

Apparently when the Twins inquired about Syndergaard they were like...sure we'll take Byron Buxton please and some other guys and the Twins were like LOL no.
Mets are currently straight-up ineffable.
 
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