Harper finally admitted to Davey today his hip is "barking," so that prompted night off.
— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) September 4, 2013
This struck me as odd, as I don’t remember seeing Bryce Harper’s hips barking. Did I miss something? Let’s roll our little computer mice over the following images to find out!
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What does this camp look like? An artist’s rendering*:
(*Much like you can do with Dayn Perry’s loins, click to enlarge)
Short-arms his follow through. Blocks his rotation a bit by keeping his glove hand in his pocket. Too fat.
This is the title of an empty note I made last night. I’m not sure why I wrote it, or what prompted it. I’m guessing a combination of Scotch whiskey and jet lag contributed, but I can’t quite put my finger on why I actually took the time to write it down, and what I thought I’d get from it. However, as small of a gift as it may be, I will not look it’s presenting horse in the mouth. The following are differences and similarities between Astros first baseman/outfielder/DH Chris Carter, and fictional baseball player Pedro Cerano.
I, along with NotGraphs’ Mike Bates and SB Nation’s Bill Parker, am attending this year’s SABR convention in Philadelphia, PA. Before the official festivities kicked off, we spent a day in Baltimore, MD to catch an Astros/Orioles game. While walking around the fine city of Baltimore, we noticed that the town had a certain penchant for Subway restaurants. In short, downtown Baltimore has a shit-ton of them. We were unable to eat at any, so I can not give you a review. However, I can assume the meals would have been fresh, fit, or perhaps both.
Later that night, the Astros’ Brett Oberholtzer pitched a bit of a gem en route to a 11-0 routing of the Orioles — 7 IP, 3 H, 6 K, 0 R (1.22 FIP). This was particularly notable considering this was his first appearance in the major leagues as a starter.
This lead me to wonder — due mostly to a couple Natty
Ohs Bohs and a considerable lack of sleep — what Oberholtzer’s strike zone plot would look like superimposed over a map of Baltimore’s Subway restaurants. The following is the (embiggenable) product:
I take slight umbrage with the Google Map, as I saw way more Subway restaurants walking around downtown. Nevertheless, it does seem as if Oberholtzer’s strike zone plot does have some slight correlation to Subway locations, mainly the Lombardi St., Market Pl., Pratt St., and N Wolfe St. locations. I am unsure what the r2 of this would be, as I would have no idea how to calculate that, and this is a stupid premise to begin with.
The Barktown Barons were looking at yet another losing season.