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James Paxton 2018 Outlook


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Well, they did the 40-pitch bullpen for a reason. He stiffened up after that session - so he's not ready.

 

Compare this approach to what the Mets do and the M's are motherfarking geniuses.

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58 minutes ago, pjoner said:

any one worried about rolling him out tomorrow in his first game back vs HOU?

I’n starting with confidence. No Altuve or Correa. Combined 7 runs and 11 hits in their last 3 games. 

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14 minutes ago, CAT said:

 

Hes also coming off an injury and wasn’t pitching very good in the month or so before the injury.  If you say you are “starting with confidence”, you are either ignorant to those facts or just trying to fool yourself.  Starting any pitcher coming off injury is a risk.  Factor in his form just prior to the injury in addition to the opponent...you may get your 7 Ks, but you may well also get 5 ER in 5 IP.  “Starting with confidence” is a joke.

He skipped 2 starts with a lingering back injury. That’s why he was struggling. He is healthy now. He is an ace. 

 

I am starting with confidence. You should bench him. 

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He's got a darn good .290 career ERA against HOU, including 2 good starts this year. I'm always cautious against BOS/NYY/HOU types and coming off injury, so I can understand the concern some of you have, but at least he's been good against HOU over his career.  

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12 minutes ago, roscobangs said:

Kidding aside, what a game from the Big Maple. Dominant from start to finish. Touching 85 with the curve, 98 with the fastball. He's untouchable when he's on.

 

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And Paxton had a great first start back...even against a depleted Houston squad. Hopefully he finishes the season strong. 

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5 minutes ago, tommyGunZ said:

What happened? 

Hit in the arm with a line drive come backer,  taken out of the game.

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