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3 hours ago, azeri98 said:

Got hammered again today, i hope he is just working on stuff, 3IP 5 hits 1 walk 4 earned runs and 4 k's

 

Dude just chill. For crying out loud go look at his stats the last 2 years. His skill isn’t the question it’s just staying healthy for enough innings.

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2 hours ago, UberRebel said:

 

Dude just chill. For crying out loud go look at his stats the last 2 years. His skill isn’t the question it’s just staying healthy for enough innings.

 

Agreed - which leads to the question: when he has a sh***y outing is he healthy. That is a coin-flip as has been established over time.

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4 hours ago, midlip said:

other than "poor spring" have there been any reports on his health? 

 

I've been paying extra attention since I drafted him, and I haven't seen anything. Read that he hit 97-98 in his last start after lagging earlier in spring. I take it as just taking March to round into form. Always seems like just a matter of time, but I haven't seen any bad health news yet.

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6 minutes ago, bradwatson said:

Not sharp today. I'm not going to freak out over his first start of the season, but I have a feeling this guy is going to be a bust this year.

Yeah I would have to see him go against a lesser team than CLE before passing judgement.  Same thing happened to Castillo today.

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3 hours ago, jdbob11 said:

Yeah I would have to see him go against a lesser team than CLE before passing judgement.  Same thing happened to Castillo today.

agreed. even carrasco wasnt great today

 

anyone actually watch paxton? was his velocity down? missing location?

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I saw some of the game and he was 95-96 on his fastballs. He was down and out of the zone quite a bit and Indians hitters weren't biting. Got behind in counts and hitters could just sit on the fastball. He looks healthy to me, just off. That's how he was all spring so fingers crossed for a quick turnaround.

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4 minutes ago, The 7th Beatles said:

 

Thankfully that eagle landed on James' non-throwing shoulder or else we'd be looking at a 4-6 week DL stint.

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9 minutes ago, The 7th Beatles said:

 

 

That is the most James Paxton thing I've ever seen.  The only thing more Paxon'y would be if he had twisted his ankle and had to miss 2 starts.

 

Also, isn't it like 38 degrees in Minnesota today?  Short sleeves is an aggressive move for James.  Maybe his next DL stint will be for pneumonia. 

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59 minutes ago, The 7th Beatles said:

 

Funny thing is always thought his pitching motion reminded me of an eagle with the unique way he spreads both his arms wide before delivering. Guess this was destiny :D 

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Just a bad decision by Servais to leave him after nearly 100 pitches in bitterly cold weather after having survived the Twins’ attempt to sic an eagle on him.  Excellent pitching today from him.

 

 

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2 hours ago, BMcP said:

Just a bad decision by Servais to leave him after nearly 100 pitches in bitterly cold weather after having survived the Twins’ attempt to sic an eagle on him.  Excellent pitching today from him.

 

 

David Phelps injury really hurt the Mariners.  He was suppose to be that guy who came in today.  Instead they may try to push starters a bit further so losers like Dan Altavilla who throw 0-2 hanging sliders to horrific backup catchers for homers don’t have to pitch.

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I believe he was at 88 pitches when he started the 6th, but more importantly he was cruising through the 4th and 5th. It’s a shame because he was out in front 0-2 to both Mauer and Sano in that 6th. Just couldn’t finish em off. Solid performance nonetheless. I’m encouraged. 

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