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ARLINGTON http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , Texas (AP) — Felix Hernandez briefly looked like the ace he used to be for the Seattle Mariners, even playfully pointing former teammate Adrian Beltre back to the dugout after striking out baseball’s active career hits leader.After getting through the first two innings unscathed Tuesday night, including another entertaining on-field exchange with his friend, the struggles returned for the former AL Cy Young Award winner.Beltre grounded into a double play to end the third, but only after the Texas Rangers had scored four runs that inning to put them ahead to stay. And when Beltre homered to straightaway center in the sixth, it marked the most runs Hernandez has ever given up in his career.“Yeah, I’m frustrated. What can I say? What can I say?” Hernandez said after giving up all the runs in six innings of an 11-4 loss.Hernandez (8-10) is 0-4 in his last five starts for the playoff-contending Mariners. This was the only time in that span he pitched more than five innings.Robinson Chirinos, the No. 7 batter, led off the Texas third with a walk before Willie Calhoun’s single and a bunt hit by No. 9 batter Carlos Tocci loaded the bases. A groundout pushed home a run before Rouged Odor’s two-run double and a tiebreaking single by Elvis Andrus, whose 18-game hitting streak is the longest active in the majors and his career high.“Yeah, I lost my command after the first two innings. Just leaving it in the middle of the plate and making a lot of mistakes,” Hernandez said.“Yeah, got off to a decent start. The walks hurt him a little bit tonight again, two or three leadoff walks tonight. Those guys came around to score,” manager Scott Servais said. “I thought we got off to a good start in the game, just it turned on us.”Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager had back-to-back homers to start the second, then Dee Gordon had a leadoff triple an inning later before coming home on a three-bagger by Denard Span for a 3-0 Mariners lead against Bartolo Colon.Colon retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced after that and became the top-winning pitcher born in Latin America, punctuating his 246th career victory when he reached out and snagged a comeback liner by Gordon for the last out of the seventh.On his sixth try since earning his 245th win on June 30 to match the mark held by Nicaragua’s Dennis Martinez, the portly 45-year-old Rangers right-hander hurler from the Dominican Republic finally had the record to himself.“It was a long journey, but it finally came and it feels good,” Colon said.Beltre Austin Hedges Jersey , Jurickson Profar and Odor all homered off Hernandez, whose spot in the rotation doesn’t seem certain down the stretch.“Yeah, we’ll see. You have to take a look at where we’re at going forward here,” Servais said. “The next time that spot comes around, we’ll be over in Houston. They’ve also got a good club. We’ve got to give ourselves a chance every time out there to win the ballgame. It’s tough to win. I like the signs of our offense. Our offense is coming around.”Hernandez, whose 168 career wins are the most by a Venezuelan-born pitcher, struck out two and walked four. He was hurt by two errors by third baseman Kyle Seager that led to four unearned runs.“I was just bad tonight, didn’t catch them,” Seager said.Profar’s three-run homer made it 8-4 in the fifth right after Seager misplayed Beltre’s two-out grounder.“Errors happen. They are part of the game. You got to keep grinding through it,” Servais said. “Just wasn’t able to make pitches after that. Left the ball up to Profar, which kind of sealed our fate here tonight.”BIG BLASTCruz reached 30 homers for the fourth consecutive season since joining the Mariners. Only Ken Griffey Jr. has more 30-homer seasons in Seattle with six. Alex Rodriguez had four with the Mariners at the start of his big league career.UP NEXTYovani Gallardo, 6-1 since rejoining Texas in mid-June for the first time since 2015, starts the series finale. Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales (12-6) had won five starts in a row with a 1.57 ERA before losing Friday against Toronto. Brent Strom just won a Coach of the Year award. Is he a pitching wizard? A hurler whisperer? Let’s look."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsBrent Strom: The Wizard of Stros, Revisited. Baseball America’s Coach of the Year.New,55commentsBrent Strom just won a Coach of the Year award. Is he a pitching wizard? A hurler whisperer? Let’s look.ByWilliam Metzger (bilbos)Dec 30, 2018, 11:33pm CSTShareTweetShareShareBrent Strom: The Wizard of Stros, Revisited. Baseball America’s Coach of the Year.Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsC’mon, just because the Astros in 2018 had the lowest ERA in baseball, 3.11, the eighth lowest ERA+ since WWII Carlos Asuaje Jersey ,* gave up the fewest runs, and had the most strikeouts in the entire history of baseball while allowing the third fewest walks this year, there’s no reason to call Brent Strom a wizard. Didn’t Baseball America know when they named Strom Coach of the Year, that any team with talent like Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers et al is bound to make their coach look like a genius. Is he really?Yeah he is.Let’s take a look at some of the remarkable before and after transformations since Strom began waving his magic pitching wand.OK, back to business.This article is a re-visitation of a Fanpost I wrote last year called Gerrit Cole and the Wizard of Stros. In it, I examined the number of remarkable before and after transformations already accomplished by the Master before 2018, and then asked: “can we expect the Strom sorcery to resurrect Gerrit Cole?”In that article I did not discuss the improvement of Justin Verlander during the small sample under Strom in late 2017, but the answer is now clear: On top of all of the transformations of relatively unknown pitchers already under his belt, Brent Strom took both of these great but declining players and made them All Stars once again. His legend is now complete. Let’s look at some of his miracles.Before and After Strom Pitching ChartPITCHERERAFIPWHIPHits/9BB/9SO/9HR/9PITCHERERAFIPWHIPHits/9BB/9SO/9HR/9For every pitcher in this chart, ERA, FIP, WHIP and almost everything else are considerably lower post Strom compared to pre-Strom. For all of the pitchers on this chart the average drop was 2.36 in ERA. Even All Stars like Verlander and Cole both dropped well over a run from their more recent ERA’s. Ryan Pressly went from a career nearly four ERA pitcher to under one in his 23 innings with Strommie.How did Strom do it?In typical Astroball fashion, by a combination of the most advanced metrics and technology available, and by old school gut feeling applying that information to bring out the best in what that pitcher has within. As Justin Verlander said:“When I first got to the organization they kind of showed me some of the stuff that they can do, and try to do. When you get older, every competitive advantage is an advantage, and I wanted that. I joke with guys in the organization that I was probably the first pitcher to come over and ask for more information, because they can kind of give you a lot. I want more. Give me everything you’ve got.”With Collin McHugh it was about taking advantage of his high spin rate. For Will Harris it was about greater reliance on his best pitch http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , the cutter. With Dallas Keuchel it was about synchronizing the arms and legs during delivery. For Charlie Morton, a first time All Star under Strom at age 34, it was about “using the entire zone, elevating above the zone, expanding east and west.” For Ryan Pressly it was about throwing his curveball more. For Gerrit Cole it was about dumping the low sinkerball approach and relying more on his elevated four seamer and curve.In general, Strom’s magic is about using the mountain of data on each pitcher available at his disposal, and using it in the way most applicable to aid each pitcher.As I said in the first article:“I believe that what has made Brent Strom so successful is his flexibility in dealing with each individual player...He seems to have a knack for molding each pitcher, not into the preconceived mold of another pitcher according to some dogma, but into the best latent mold already lying within himself, waiting to be discovered.And isn’t that what the Wizard of Oz did? When he was outed and his wizardly powers disproved, still he fulfilled his promises. To the Straw Man he gave brains, not by wizardly conjuring, but by showing him the intelligence he had within. To the Tin Man he gave a heart, thus helping uncover his latent compassion. And to the Cowardly Lion he gave courage, by inspiring within him the true lion-heart he really was.Or as Jeff Luhnow put it, “He has such a passion for helping pitchers be their best...He derives so much joy out of helping these guys maximize their abilities...He’s also one of the most curious minds in baseball and completely open minded.”Not every pitcher at whom Strom has waved his magic wand has responded like the ones above.Some continued on their normal career trajectory, to be fair a few seemed to underperform while on the Astros, if only slightly; Mike Fiers, Ken Giles, Scott Kazmir come to mind. But as I concluded in the first article:“So no, Brent Strom does not have magical wizard powers. But chances are good he will help Gerrit Cole realize that top of the rotation pitcher that he already really is.”This he did Matt Szczur Jersey , as well as transform a group comprised of more than a few ne’er do wells into one of the greatest pitching staffs in all baseball history.Trevor Bauer, it’s not pine tar that made the Astros pitchers better. It’s just good, old-fashioned, great coaching.Brent Strom, Baseball Coach of the Year. At least. And at long last. Well deserved. I truly wonder if the Astros could have done it without him.*ERA+ measures how well a team pitches compared to league average, park adjusted, in a given season. One hundred is league average. A number above 100 indicates better than average.For example, 130 indicates 30% better than average for the season in question.The seven teams ahead of the Astros since WWII are: 2017 Cleveland Indians, 1382015 St. Louis Cardinals, 1342016 Chicago Cubs, 1332002 Atlanta Braves, 1331954 Cleveland Indians, 1331954 NY Giants, 1321997 Atlanta Braves, 1312018 Houston Astros, 130Notorious teams not on this list: the 1969 Orioles (Palmer and Cuellar, 126) the 1966 Dodgers (Koufax and Drysdale, 126) to name a few.The next best Astros team was the 1981 edition (124). When I gave the poll last year only 38% of respondents believed that Strom was a top 1% pitching coach.What do you think now?

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