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Colome Shines in Big League Debut for Tampa Bay

Alex ColomeDue to a finger injury to Alex Cobb the Rays were forced to call up 24-year-old righty Alex Colome from Durham. The Rays pushed back Matt Moore’s start from Thursday against the Marlins to Friday against the Indians and Colome did not disappoint in his Major League debut as the Rays beat the Marlins 5-2.

Alex Colome is the nephew of former Devil Rays reliever Jesus Colome and the Dominican-born right-hander struggled slightly in the first inning after allowing two walks and a single but limited the damage to only one unearned run.

Colome fanned both Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano in the first inning.

By the third inning Colome had settled down and was pumping in strikes with his plus-fastball and wicked changeup. He also mixed in a slider/cutter that was used effectively as well. He struggled at times with his fastball command but was able to use his changeup in any situation and made a few Marlins hitters look silly with that change of speed. After the end of the fourth inning Colome had recorded seven strikeouts and only gave up two hits. Continue reading

The Future of Pitching

BaseballOnce I completed my study on predictive stats for hitters, I executed the same research for Starting Pitchers.

2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011
R-Squared K W L ERA WHIP ?
K 1 0.78 0.53 0.01 0
W 1 0.44 0.01 0
L 1 0.01 0.04
ERA 1 0.69
WHIP 1

The stats we want to predict: future Strikeouts, Wins, Losses, ERA and WHIP. The goal of this exercise is to complete this table.

Again, the goal of this study is to determine what stat, or set of stats, is/are the best suited to fill in the blank above. R-Squared tells you how related each stat is, where 1.00 is perfectly related, and 0.00 is totally unrelated. Also, I used five years of performance data, not just 2011-12. Continue reading

Only Cliff Lee Can Save the Giants Now

Cliff LeeThis is how the other half lives. Through the first two months of 2013, the Giants have the third-worst rotation ERA in the National League at 4.76. From 2009 through 2012, the Giants allowed the fewest runs in all of Major League Baseball en route to four straight winning seasons, two National League West division titles, and two World Championships.

They drafted Matt Cain from a Tennessee high school in the first round in 2002.

He debuted in 2005 and established himself as a perennial All-Star in 2009 at the age of 24.

They used the 10th pick of the 2006 draft on Tim Lincecum out of the University of Washington. Lincecum debuted in 2007 and promptly won back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009. He was the ace of the staff in 2010 as the Giants won their first World Series title since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Continue reading