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CLE 8, MIN 1: Where Did the Runs Go?

After an 8-1 loss at Cleveland, the Twins have failed to score more than two runs for the fourth-consecutive game. They’ve now tallied a total of six runs over their past four games. Cleveland had its stars shining in full light in what ended up being a convincing victory.
Image courtesy of © Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Starting Pitcher: 39 Game Score, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 K, 3 BB, 58.3% strikes (60 of 103 pitches)
Home Runs: Cave (7)
Multi-Hit Games: Mauer (2-for-4, 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: None
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Rosario -.101, Gibson -.126
Attached Image: WinChart828.png
Kyle Gibson didn’t give up much loud contact, as all eight hits he surrendered were singles, but he also walked three batters and was consistently getting into trouble. But, as has been the case frequently of late, it didn’t matter much what the pitching staff does when you can’t get much offense going.

Carlos Carrasco gets overshadowed by Corey Kluber, but he’s a pretty incredible pitcher in his own right. He’s been among the best handful of starters in the American League over the past five seasons, and tonight he had his A game working. Carrasco held Minnesota scoreless over 7 2/3 innings and racked up 11 strikeouts.

When Cleveland’s first four hitters are rolling (Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion), this is a very difficult team to beat. That quartet combined to go 11-for-17.

Joe Mauer had a nice game, going 2-for-4 with a double, and Jake Cave delivered the Twins’ only run with a home run with one out in the ninth inning. Tyler Austin was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Bullpen Usage
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Attached Image: Bullpen828.png
Next Three Games
Wed at CLE, 6:10 pm CT: Kohl Stewart vs. Adam Plutko
Thu at CLE, 12:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Mike Clevinger
Fri at TEX, 7:05 pm CT: TBD

Last Three Games
OAK 6, MIN 2: Austin Goes Deep Twice in Loss
OAK 6, MIN 2: Gonsalves Gets Burned on Mistake Pitch
OAK 7, MIN 1: Puckett 2,304, Mauer 2,086, Carew 2,085


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There may be no visible line the ball touches, but the technology is very well within our grasp to call correct balls and strikes with MUCH greater accuracy than the human eye. The tennis technology claims accuracy within 2.6mm, or 1/10th of an inch.I see no reason to think baseball would be less accurate - one could claim even more accurate.The strike zone is a well defined 3 dimensional solid that cameras can track.Yes, it's slightly different per batter, but it's not like that can't be adjusted for.
 
You're right, all sports to involve an adjustment to officials, but this particular issue can be cured.

Remember in tennis the lines NEVER move. The strike zone has 4 sides. Two of which change every time another hitter walks up to the plate. Some one, likely a human, will have to set the up and down due to his vision/version of where a point somewhere below the knees and midpoint on the chest is. That still will leave discretion to a human. I would imagine that it will be more consistent, as would replaying every foul and penalty in football.

 

Gibson had a rough month of August. 5 starts, 29 IP, 5.28 ERA, 21/15 K/BB.

 

On a positive note, that used to be his typical month.

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Remember in tennis the lines NEVER move. The strike zone has 4 sides. Two of which change every time another hitter walks up to the plate. Some one, likely a human, will have to set the up and down due to his vision/version of where a point somewhere below the knees and midpoint on the chest is. That still will leave discretion to a human. I would imagine that it will be more consistent, as would replaying every foul and penalty in football.

 

Yes, fair enough.. I probably overstate when I say baseball could be more accurate. I think it's even a little more complex - the strike zone in 3 dimensions is made up of 7 planes - 5 being the outline of the plate projected up and down, and then the 2 heights.

 

The point I get at is that tracking a pitch as it comes in, along with lining up on either the inside or outside corner which forces an ump to basically "guess" at the other corner, and paying attention to everything else in the at-bat, and filtering OUT framing.. I just don't think it's worth placing that trust in a human anymore when much more conclusively objective and correct options exist. 

 

Trying to think how this would work in practice.. once the heights of the strike zone are set, could a tone simply sound in an earpiece if the ball crosses any part of the zone?Then the ump can use that to signal ball and strike.

 

Ok, I'll stop hijacking now.

Remember in tennis the lines NEVER move. The strike zone has 4 sides. Two of which change every time another hitter walks up to the plate. Some one, likely a human, will have to set the up and down due to his vision/version of where a point somewhere below the knees and midpoint on the chest is. That still will leave discretion to a human. I would imagine that it will be more consistent, as would replaying every foul and penalty in football.


Couldn't they just sew a sensor into each player's jerseys? Then the computer can track each player automatically, no manual adjustment needed.
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yarnivek1972
Aug 30 2018 02:34 PM

Couldn't they just sew a sensor into each player's jerseys? Then the computer can track each player automatically, no manual adjustment needed.


Just a hunch that each player has upwards of 10 jerseys, if not more.

Just a hunch that each player has upwards of 10 jerseys, if not more.


I know, that's why I pluralized jersey.
The sensor would already be sewn into the uniforms when the player receives them, after each player has been properly measured while in their batting stance. I can't imagine they'd cost more than a few bucks each.

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