The happiest people don't need the best of every-thing; they make the best of everything they have.
'Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
but how to dance in the rain.'
Sweet. I'm chomping at the bit for us to get practicing and working toward the season.
Saarloos doesn't look like a big guy, fairly slight frame from the picture in the Post. Is he old enough to be wiley?
Isn't Hatteberg the player his fellow players voted most likely to be a manager? I like to see a sharp player who looks at the game broadly. I know some folks believe we need more production from his position, but I continue to think that for this year, he brings lots of value to us both on the field and in the clubhouse. I think he will be the back up next year if Votto is ready and he brings some smarts to our younger players.
so did Graves. and Ryan Wagner, too, come to think of it.
Major league hitters lay off of those pitches, because most true sinkers are out of the strike zone; they're balls. They wait for you to come at them with a strike, something they have to swing at.
He's got to have another pitch, or be able to throw it for a strike. You can't fool big league hitters every time.
Having said that, I hope Saarloos steps up big this year!
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
"After he got traded to the Reds, Saarloos picked up a bat and went into the batting cage - "but I never took a swing, I just bunted," he admitted."
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Something Reds pitchers have not been very good at for quite some time.
Hatteburg on Milton: "He's got incredible stink."
"Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn
"I thought I'd get your theories, mock them, then embrace my own. The usual." -- House
"You guys are still thinking like doctors when you should be thinking like plumbers. Come on, I wanna see some butt crack." -- House
Once upon a time though, Danny Graves had a very nice sinker. There were some times out there when Graves was virtually unhittable, and he made some good hitters look really bad. That's my point- Saarloos probably has a nice sink, but given his mediocre success to this point, it's probably not "incredible."
I'm giving Hatte points for loyalty, though!
A sinker is basically a two-seam fastball that drops because there are fewer seams exposed to the friction with each rotation. The key is location, especially if the pitcher doesn't miss many bats.
Like any pitcher, the key to being a sinkerballer is to avoid mistakes. Unlike the split-finger that drops out of the strike zone, the sinker that is located properly will be topped by the bat and pounded onto the ground.
Personally, I would want some pitchers with hard sinkers, but they tend to give up lots of hits and linedrives rather than lofty flyballs. Typical groundball pitchers also tend to give up their share of homeruns.
"I am your child from the future. I'm sorry I didn't tell you this earlier." - Dylan Easton
I'm starting to come around on Saarloos. I think he is going to be an asset to the 2007 Reds; I predicted around 160-170 innings of 4.25 ERA ball, which would be huge behind Harang and Arroyo and possibly Bailey.
I miss Adam Dunn.