The Arizona Diamondbacks are installing a humidor at Chase Field. MLB recommends that baseballs be stored at 70 degrees – 50% humidity. The only other team to use a humidor are the Colorado Rockies who installed one in 2002. I don’t know if it’s because of changes to their roster or the humidor but since 2002 homers in Coors Field have gone down 22%. Some physics professor conducted a study of the impact it might have in Arizona and projected that it would reduce home runs by 25 – 50 percent. It seems that a moister ball greatly improves the pitchers grip. Consideration is being given to installing a snow bank in Target Field.
There’s an article over at twinkietown (https://www.twinkietown.com/2018/2/14/16999652/minnesota-twins-mlb-speculation-lance-lynn-is-a-better-signing-than-yu-darvish-anyway) that makes me feel better about the Twins not landing Who Darvish. It suggests that still available Lance Lynn could be had for a shorter and cheaper contract than Darvish while being nearly as good. The article didn’t get into the fancy schmancy stats that would be a wintry gust over my head anyways, but the ones cited seem pretty persuasive to me at least.
Darvish 2017: 186.2 IP, 3.86 ERA, 10.1 K/9, 1.3 HR/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.8 bWAR
Lynn 2017: 186.1 IP, 3.43 ERA, 7.4 K/9, 1.3 HR/9, 3.8 BB/9, 3.1 bWAR
Given that they both pitched in the no like see ball go far league and, at least as far as I know, neither Dodger or Busch stadium are known to be particularly pitcher friendly or unfriendly, It should be a reasonably apples to apples comparison. Lynn will be two years from Tommy John surgery which is a concern, but also a hopeful consideration as pitchers coming off of Tommy John tend to be better the second year following it than the first. And they’re almost exactly the same age.
Stat heads feel free to educafy. What the hell is bWAR and why shouldn’t we throw you off the island?
Last but not least
Pitcher and catchers have reported. Position players are required to report no later than February 19.
Any one else got something? Remember we have no shame here.