Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thoughts after 3 innings Tigers, White Sox Wednesday on Smyly, Avila, Abreu, Castellanos

- Strong evidence suggests Drew Smyly is much more effective as a reliever than a starter. He has allowed 14 home runs in 101 innings as a starter. He has allowed just four home runs in 86 1-3 innings as a reliever. He is 7-0 with a 2.50 ERA as a reliever. As starter, he entered today with an ERA above four. You can reduce the number of left-handers he faces from the bullpen. He has a great curveball, thrown from a very high arm slot. which is devastating against them. Lefties were hitting just .199 against him entering tonight. Right-handed hitters were hitting .256, but with impressive power numbers.
- The more I see of  White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Arbeu the more impressed I am. He is going to put up some huge numbers in the White Sox little home ball park.
- It was only a flyout, because he didn't quite pull the ball enough, but you can see where Nick Castellanos is going to drive more than his share of home runs. He has a very live bat and excellent hitting approach for a 22-year-old rookie.
- There are a lot of Alex Avila bashers out there, and hitting below .200, which he was until last night, isn't acceptable. But he usually has a pretty guy eye at the plate and is capable of putting up an OPS above .700. That would be acceptable given he is solid defensively. His OPS is getting close that more


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