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James Paxton 2018 Outlook


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42 minutes ago, Backdoor Slider said:

What kind of question is this? No one knows. You just want complete guesses? 184.3 IP.

It's pretty self explanatory, either you think he'll pitch past his tops of 136 innings last year barring another injury, or you don't.  There are some players who just don't remain healthy for a full season, doesn't mean they won't put up decent numbers however. Just a pulse check on what others think, a lot of people we're talking his past injury history and value because of it. He's not far off last years IP so far which is nice of course.

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There were some concerns earlier this season about his GB% and BB% but both have improved.

 

Mar/Apr: 31,6 GB%

May: 36,5 GB%

June: 45,5 GB%

 

Mar/Apr: 10,6 BB%

May: 5,8 BB%

June: 4,9 BB%

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6 minutes ago, Braves16 said:

I’d prefer he pitch at Coors and stay on schedule. 

His body doesn’t need an excuse to hurt itself.

Paxton last pitched on Saturday 7/7, if he pitches on Thursday, that’s still on normal rest. I would prefer he pitches on normal rest and avoided Coors, rather than getting that extra day and having to play in that launching pad. 

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Velo was down.  Looked lost when Pujols homered.  Guy heals like a 97 year old so hopefully it was just a mechanical funk, dead arm or something.  

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Hopefully it's what sonny_d is alluding to:

 

more just mental breakdown after tough start so they took him out and cited some random excuse to save a little face

 

"back stiffness" is way more PR friendly than "sucked and mentally checked out" 

 

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52 minutes ago, EmbargoLifted said:

Hopefully it's what sonny_d is alluding to:

 

more just mental breakdown after tough start so they took him out and cited some random excuse to save a little face

 

"back stiffness" is way more PR friendly than "sucked and mentally checked out" 

 

Did you see his face on mound?  Legit looked like he was about to cry.  I’ve said it at times in this thread.  This guy has unreal arm talent but I seriously question his fortitude at times. 

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7 hours ago, Cmilne23 said:

Did you see his face on mound?  Legit looked like he was about to cry.  I’ve said it at times in this thread.  This guy has unreal arm talent but I seriously question his fortitude at times. 

Anyone happen to have a clip of this?

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38 minutes ago, Sully said:

Anyone happen to have a clip of this?

Nahhh. But don't need one. Weepy face James is burned in my brain from the many times he's looked that way on the mound. You ever seen those SPCA commercials? Cause that's the face.

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