Podcast: The future of pitching

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Guest: Harry Pavlidis, Baseball Prospectus

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training this week which gives us an opportunity to nerd out what is happening on the mound. Our good friend Harry Pavlidis of Baseball Prospectus joins the show to share the latest on pitch tunnels, why we will see more breaking pitches in 2018, breakdown PECOTA’s 2018 projection for the White Sox, and introduce three new pitching stats: Power, Command, and Stamina. Harry will also give a reason why the White Sox could be a .500 team, and why the White Sox could have a worse record than last year.

In the end, we answer your questions in P.O. Sox:

Bill Wiggins via Patreon:
Without the elite prospects we received in trades, we would have a very poor farm system despite high drafts picks. I think it’s because lack of money spent on scouting, what are your thoughts?
Hunter Rojas via Patreon:
Having seen Dee Gordon get moved to CF in the trade to the Mariners, do you think that Yolmer could get moved out to CF in 2019 if Tilson, Engel, Cordel, and crew are unable to show that they can become at least 1 WAR players? Having seen Alexi start his career there, it seems like a possibility.
Patreon edition bonus P.O. Sox question from Brett Bobysud:

Given the fact that BP’s PECOTA projections had only one team in the division with a +.500 record, is the AL Central the worst division in baseball at the moment?

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Jim Margalus

Esteban Loaiza’s post-career career choice needs some work.

Patrick Nolan

wut

Reindeer Games

say it ain’t so

katiesphil

It aint so.

But it is.

MrTopaz

Well, it ain’t snow, that’s for sure.

the_switchman

Yeesh…he was pretty nice and talkative at SoxFest. He signed everything people had for him and even asked for a few cards of his he had never seen before. Really strange.

Malkatraz

well, now we know why he was so talkative.

MrTopaz

As far as baseball conversation derailers go, “Esteban Loaiza is a drug mule/narco kingpin” definitely gets full marks for originality.

katiesphil

Well, the topic is pitching.

Patrick Nolan

44 pounds of cocaine….still less than the MLB minimum salary.

lil jimmy

Back of the postcard math tells me 44 lbs. of blow is worth more than $500,000.

Reindeer Games

you heard it from the mouth of the resident Cocaine expert – Lil Jimmy

Trooper Galactus

Interesting follow up to the “Future of Pitching” podcast.

ParisSox

You guys are burying the lead. Now Jim doesn’t work on Saturdays, Sundays, OR Mondays??

Jim Margalus

Look at French guy calling the kettle not industrious enough. /WU

lil jimmy

Jim, channeling Wu, with the French joke. Me, chuckling on the couch.