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Old 03-14-2013, 09:09 AM
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Default So - how are we looking - on the field...

anyone have a sense of that? Things have been awfully quiet.
Any surprises for roster spots?
Any changes in the approaches of, say Viciedo or Beckham?
Any surprise pitchers?
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:30 AM
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On the pitching side of things, our team seems like its almost filled out. Axelrod has probably been our best pitcher this spring.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:05 AM
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There is less anticipation for this year than last.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:10 PM
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anyone have a sense of that? Things have been awfully quiet.
Any surprises for roster spots?
Any changes in the approaches of, say Viciedo or Beckham?
Any surprise pitchers?
I've heard they added a leg kick to Viciedo's swing to try to help his timing.

Aside from that, I don't have anything to offer.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:29 PM
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I've heard they added a leg kick to Viciedo's swing to try to help his timing.

Aside from that, I don't have anything to offer.
Hi yes agreed; I was hoping to hear how Chris Sale is working on developing "knucklecurve" or other filthy off speedo junque but I guess will be forced to rely on 97mph to extent that works. Am eager for season to start and have another reason to drink beer.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:35 PM
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Hi yes agreed; I was hoping to hear how Chris Sale is working on developing "knucklecurve" or other filthy off speedo junque but I guess will be forced to rely on 97mph to extent that works. Am eager for season to start and have another reason to drink beer.
The only time Chris Sale will ever throw a knuckle curve is on your playstation in edit mode. Side Arm pitchers do not throw the pitch with consistency since you have to spike it down to get that knee buckling bite. For Sale to get that to be an effective pitch, he is going to destroy his arm. His motion is most conducive to the vanishing slider he already has. He doesn't need to use another breaking pitch. Once he harnishes that change up, which is already a plus pitch, he is going to be sick.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:47 PM
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The only time Chris Sale will ever throw a knuckle curve is on your playstation in edit mode. Side Arm pitchers do not throw the pitch with consistency since you have to spike it down to get that knee buckling bite. For Sale to get that to be an effective pitch, he is going to destroy his arm. His motion is most conducive to the vanishing slider he already has. He doesn't need to use another breaking pitch. Once he harnishes that change up, which is already a plus pitch, he is going to be sick.
Agreed. Sale doesn't need any other pitches. He just needs to refine the offspeed pitches already in his arsenal.

If we're going to worry about a pitcher, we should probably worry about Danks. Obviously, he's coming off the injury and isn't where he needs to be. He got hit around by the Angels this afternoon. He's got another three weeks to find his stuff.
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Hi yes agreed; I was hoping to hear how Chris Sale is working on developing "knucklecurve" or other filthy off speedo junque but I guess will be forced to rely on 97mph to extent that works. Am eager for season to start and have another reason to drink beer.
I have seen this "Sale knuckle-curve" a couple times over the winter. I don't know if it was you before but this is ridiculous. Stuff was never this kid's problem. You probably aren't a pitcher but from my knowledge I don't think it's possible to throw a knuckle-curve from the angle Sale pitches.
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I have seen this "Sale knuckle-curve" a couple times over the winter. I don't know if it was you before but this is ridiculous. Stuff was never this kid's problem. You probably aren't a pitcher but from my knowledge I don't think it's possible to throw a knuckle-curve from the angle Sale pitches.
It isn't. You have to get on top of a Knuckle Curve in order to get the Snap to it. You really have to break it off. It is a very hard pitch to throw, and next to impossible physically from the arm slot Sale pitches from. If Sale tried to throw it, it would do 1 of 3 things, not break at all, bounce in, or most likely, just hang.
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Sorry for piling on, but arm slot aide, the knuckle-curve isn't exactly easy to master -- or others would be throwing it. Off the top of my head, I can only think of two pitchers who have mastered it: Burt Hooton and Mike Mussina. I'm sure I'm overlooking others, but it's not like every team has a pitcher with one in his pitch selection.

I'm hoping both Danks and Crain are healthy enough to open the season with the team. I'm also concerned about Keppinger's shoulder. He's really not in Beckham's league defensively at 2B. If his shoulder isn't healthy enough to allow him to play third, it's a problem.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:36 PM
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Any surprises for roster spots?
Not really a surprise after the trade but I really like what I've seen from Conor Gillaspie this Spring. He is pretty much a lock to make the roster as the backup corner infielder. Every game I've seen him in he has done something positive at the plate. The swing is very short and quick and he seems to be a gap hitter. This *could* be one of those "under the radar" moves we will talk about a few months from now. Gillaspie is a quality young player who had his path to the big leagues blocked by a Giants organization that had a lot of depth at the corners. Perhaps the Sox will be his chance to show he can play at this level.

On a more fun note, Conor's first MLB HR was an inside the park variety last season. Not too many players get their first HR by hauling their butt around the basepaths at top speed. Here is a link to see Conor's inside the park dinger:
http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/n...f&vkey=news_sf
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:50 PM
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So was Brian Downing's...in fact it was his first hit.

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