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    MLB Players' needed improvements

    What players need to improve on....

    **Josh Hamilton - become a better 2 strike hitter
    batted .163 in 2 strike counts with a 50.7 strikeout %

    **Andrew McCutchen - avoid 2nd half slide
    In 2011, McCutchen hit .216 after the first half. Last season he hit .286 the second half after hitting .368 the first half

    **Yadier Molina - Recognize curveballs faster
    Molina's a good hitter, but batted just .186 against curveballs

    **Justin Verlander - First inning beatings
    Verlander had a 4.09 ERA from the first inning

    **David Price - Be more effective when working behind in the count
    Batter hit .358 in a 1-0 count against Price, and .296 with a 2-0 count.

    **Robinson Cano - get better against left handed pitchers
    Hit .239 against lefties in 2012

    **RA Dickey - Avoid over use of fastball
    When Dickey got behind in the count, he used his fastball 40% of the time. Players hit .306 against Dick when he threw the heater

    **Adrian Beltre - Improve against left handed curveballs
    Against left handed curves, he hit just .174

    **Miguel Cabrera - Better defense
    He was last in 2012 among all 3rd basemen in UZR with a -10.00 rating.

    If you guys have any others, or care to share opinions, please do so.

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    Be better than you were the previous year

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    Bet it gets said....'Ethier vs lefties'

    Same with Matt Joyce

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    Brett Lawrie, don't try to steal home with Jose Bautista at bat.

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    **The New York Mets - Sucking
    When playing a nine-inning game of baseball, the Mets usually got outscored by the opposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetsFanatic19 View Post
    **The New York Mets - Sucking
    When playing a nine-inning game of baseball, the Mets usually got outscored by the opposition.
    I think that's a goal for 2015

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    Not that these aren't valid, but I'm curious as to why you basically just summarized a Bleacher Report article (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...rn-to-overcome)

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    Quote Originally Posted by con_artist View Post
    Not that these aren't valid, but I'm curious as to why you basically just summarized a Bleacher Report article (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...rn-to-overcome)

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    haha. do you write for bleacherreport? Actually IDC nobody should be reading bleacherreport.


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    When I read some of these, I think that maybe it isn't so much the players fault.

    Take the Verlander piece. The 1-3 hitters are usually the best hitters on a team, so pitchers ERA should be higher in the first inning.

    The David Price piece; Hitters are always going to hit better when ahead in the count. That should always be the focus of any hitter.

    On Robinson Cano; Cano is a lefty. Lefties hit worst against left handed pitchers as a rule. Im sure its the case with David Ortiz as well.

    These are just examples of where even these players are at the disadvantage. You could come up with situations where 100% of players are at a disadvantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by con_artist View Post
    Not that these aren't valid, but I'm curious as to why you basically just summarized a Bleacher Report article (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...rn-to-overcome)

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    **RA Dickey - Avoid over use of fastball
    When Dickey got behind in the count, he used his fastball 40% of the time. Players hit .306 against Dick when he threw the heater
    hence why he became a knuckleballer...

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    Owners: Maximize profits by paying players less

    Players: Need to stop being greedy and take less money

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenorGato View Post
    Owners: Maximize profits by paying players less

    Players: Need to stop being greedy and take less money
    I'm not trying to be rude, I just don't understand why you would say that. Was that supposed to be a joke?

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    No Mike Trout...because he's already so perfect.

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