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  1. Guys like Belt and Smoak seem like cartoony baseball names that should have been characters in “The Natural”. Now if only he could have hit well enough to make the bigs…

    Comment by Gilbert — May 6, 2010 @ 11:51 am

  2. Any rationale for why Holland was lifted after 5 IPs (8 K’s) and a reasonable pitch count? Just saving him usage wise? He has looked extremely polished thus far in AAA, would love to see him back in the show.

    Comment by Matt B. — May 6, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

  3. If the boys at Newberg Report can’t figure it out, then I have no chance. But I agree with their assessment, that given his previous start, there isn’t a lot of value gained by sending him back out.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — May 6, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  4. Belt isn’t being platooned, SJ has just not seen many lefties so far. The few he’s seen he’s mostly taken walks against them. He’s played and started in every game so far.

    Comment by Jon — May 6, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  5. Bad assumption on my part, but what a weird anomaly!

    Comment by Bryan Smith — May 6, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

  6. Agreed, I read that report and hoped somebody might have an answer/quote by now? Makes sense, they aren’t trying to make him the AAA MVP with gaudy stats, just prep him for the majors and instill confidence. Seems it is working.

    Comment by Matt B. — May 6, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  7. Jon Daniels was asked about this and said that since Holland threw so many pitches in his previous start (118 iirc) that they didn’t want him to exceed 90 pitches this time out.

    Comment by SurfinYouSay — May 6, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  8. Good lookin out, thanks.

    Comment by Matt B. — May 6, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

  9. Belt isn’t being platooned. The SJ Giants just haven’t faced many lefties. Those 8 ABs are in addition to 5 BBs vs. LHP, so he has 13 PA against them.

    Comment by Dave — May 6, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  10. The Rangers may indeed be locked in a dogfight division, but it’s four dogs trying to gum each other to death.

    Comment by joser — May 6, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  11. I’m not sure how fair it is saying Feldman is just bad. His 53% strand rate and .324 BABIP probably indicate he’s not this bad. In addition, his xFIP last year wasn’t totally out of whack with his real ERA or FIP so…

    Comment by Edwincnelson — May 6, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

  12. His xFIP last year was 4.49. His xFIP this year is 5.24. Neither is particularly good. Derek Holland is head and shoulders better than Feldman. That’s all I’m trying to say.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — May 6, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  13. Does Belt have a really strange batting stance?

    IIRC there was a College World Series game featuring Texas and Belt that I watched, and he seemed to have a really odd stance for a player with his size and power potential. Seemed like it was hampering his power potential. He showed a really good eye though. Just wondering if he is still using that odd approach, or if they changed his mechanics at all…

    Comment by EDogg1438 — May 8, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

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