Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 10, 2021 -- "Stability, and the Phillies"

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"There are two ways to fix this problem. One is to improve the defense, which as we’ve discussed, did not happen. The other is to get relievers who will strike batters out. This is why I’d put Velasquez (27% strikeout rate as a reliever) out there. This is why the Phillies signed Archie Bradley (27% strikeout rate 2019-20) and traded for Jose Alvarado (28%) and Sam Coonrod (throws both a two-seamer and a four-seamer at 98 mph)."