Thanks for the clips. I’ll comment later.
Below a link to an article concerning the changing nature of the game.
[quote]In the post-steroid era, the game is going through a remarkable transition. Power is out. Pitching, speed and defense are in. Home runs per game are at their lowest levels since 1992. Teams scored 4.07 runs per game during the 2014 regular season, according to stats site Baseball-Reference.com–the lowest total in 33 years. Runs-per-game are down 15% since 2007, and off 21% from their steroid-era high of 5.14 in 2000. Players are striking out 7.7 times per game, an all-time record, breaking the prior high of 7.55 set last season. In fact, in each of the past seven seasons, baseball set a new all-time high for strikeouts per game.
Let the big-market New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels overpay for aging sluggers who will inevitably depreciate at the back-end of their ludicrous contracts (Alex Rodriguez, Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols). Small-ball is cheap, and effective. This is where the game is heading. The Royals just do it best.[/quote]
“We shall see” as they say. For the record KC had 147 stolen bases, Baltimore a league worst 44, followed by guess who… San Francisco 56 and St.Louis 57. Going to be another match-up of contrasting styles in the World Series.
The big question mark for the Royals is the status of their young star and topic Ventura after leaving in game 2 with a sore shoulder.
Another warning sign was his diminished velocity, as Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs pointed out:
last time out, Yordano Ventura’s fastball averaged 98.2 miles per hour. this time, 95.0 miles per hour and removed by manager and trainer
6:50 PM - 11 Oct 2014
It doesn’t appear serious at this time but could be a tough call for Yost.
Switching to a brief look at the evolution of stride leg action I’ll pass on some old clips which I can’t redo right now for greater clarity. Download them yourselves for closer analysis.
There have been plenty of variations on extending the stride leg out and back through the years. A few examples among many….
Gibson did everything up tempo including hardly coming set from the stretch much of the time… no ump dare call him on it.
Then along came Gooden who added a high leg lift. For sheer athleticism and artistry it was a thing of beauty.
Of course there were problems holding runners at 1B forcing Gooden to alter his delivery once his Doctor K days were over and he couldn’t erase stealing runners with strikeouts.
This was followed by a whole series of experiments and injuries…symmetry lost…no longer so pretty in the end.
Interesting to note that both Gibson and Gooden led mostly with the bottom of the foot… Gibson coming more or less directly toward home plate.
Jump ahead to Lincecum and we see something a little different. Rather than sliding forward leading mostly with the heel and a bent leg Lincecum takes off in a giant step “up and over”. You may have to download this to really see the differences in step over.
Little doubt the giant step “up and over” is something that got the interest of young Trevor Bauer.
Trevor is stepping over a beer keg of Oktoberfest proportions!
Beauty in the eye of the beholder of course, but to my eye Bauer’s a little short on smoothness and fluidity when compared to the others… dare a say a bit herky jerky? Perhaps no surprise given a highly analytic approach?
Who cares what it looks like one could rightly claim? Afterall, it won the golden spikes award and the new and improved NEXUS 6 averaged 94 mph 14th best in the league in 2014.
Quite an accomplishment… and needless to say a huge improvement over the 2013 performance.
Nonetheless aesthetic sensibilities do play a vital role in our judgments whether conscious or not. Hard wired for the most part they obviously have survival value from choosing a mate to discarding a rotten apple.
Ventura and Bauer are mostly coming at it from different directions making their contrasting approaches two of the more interesting pitchers to follow. As we learn more about them, so ourselves.
Hopefully we will get to see a little more symmetry in motion from Ventura this year. Might I add Yordano is many many years away from being referred to as “the great”. Out of respect for the very few that have truly earned it over long careers. :bowdown: :bowdown: