Dodgers pitchers Anderson, McCarthy use analytics differently

first_img“See what pitches are getting hit, what aren’t. FanGraphs, where my arm slot is on different pitches where you think it’s release the same but it’s not. Some of that stuff has come into play. When it boils down to it, you can’t really think about that during the game.”Broadcast detailsSportsNet LA announced that it will televise 31 of the Dodgers’ 35 spring training games.Vin Scully will call four spring training telecasts: all three Freeway Series games, April 2-4 against the Angels, and a game against the San Francisco Giants on March 27 in Glendale, Arizona. Charley Steiner will be joined by analysts Rick Monday, Kevin Kennedy and Orel Hershiser during the other SNLA broadcasts.Currently, four Dodgers split-squad games will not air live: March 20, 21 and 29 against the Texas Rangers, and March 6 against the Brewers. The games March 20 and 21 are to be played indoors at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The March 6 game is scheduled to air on MLB Network on a delay. This broadcast will not be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.MLB Network previously announced that it is broadcasting three Dodgers Cactus League games live — March 5 against the White Sox, March 11 against the Cubs and March 12 against the Padres. However, these games will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.AlsoPitchers Clayton Kershaw, Brandon League, McCarthy, Anderson, Joe Wieland, Chris Hatcher, Juan Nicasio, Daniel Coulombe, Carlos Frias, Adam Liberatore, Erik Bedard, David Huff, Josh Ravin and Ryan Buchter all threw their first official bullpens of the spring. … Pitcher Sergio Santos, a non-roster invitee, missed today’s workouts due to illness. GLENDALE, Ariz. — In some ways, new Dodgers pitchers Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy are cut from the same cloth.They both pitched for the Oakland A’s from 2011-12. There, they got to know current Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi. And Zaidi liked both pitchers enough to sign them this offseason to complete the Dodgers’ starting rotation: Anderson to a one-year, $10 million base contract and McCarthy for four years and $48 million.What’s more, they share a similar sense of humor. Anyone who follows the pair on Twitter knows this firsthand.One area where they differ is how they incorporate analytics into their game. McCarthy has been an outspoken proponent of new schools of thought, to the point of using Pitch f/x data to make adjustments from game to game. Anderson isn’t as outspoken about his use of analytics.“You can only, at least in my mind, read so many stats and look at so many things before you go out there and think, ‘OK, how am I going to get Matt Kemp out this time?’” Anderson said. “You can do all the planning going into it, but then gut instinct and feel kind of takes over a little bit. It’s a fine line between doing that, watching too much video and doing it in the game.”With Zaidi and Andrew Friedman in charge of the Dodgers, Anderson figures to have as much information as he can absorb at his disposal. He won’t turn down all of it.“I kind of do both sides — gut instinct and analytics,” Anderson said. “I think Farhan and some of those guys definitely had an impact on that.”So what data does he pay attention to?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Vancouver networking group Impactful People NW ends with a crash

first_imgImpactful People NW board meetings have often been a mixture of business and frivolity. The April 15 meeting, however, was all business.That’s because it was time to dismantle the fledgling Vancouver-based business networking organization.“It was somber,” said board member Angela Engstrom, a Vancouver lawyer.Board members had learned the nonprofit organization’s founder, executive director Erika Laws, was under criminal investigation. “There’s some suspicion of co-mingling of funds and some financial issues,” Engstrom said, declining to elaborate.Within a few hours, the board voted to remove Laws and begin the process of dissolving the 5-year-old group. Laws, who earlier this year sought appointment to the Vancouver City Council, was not at the meeting, having been told to not attend.In short order, the Impactful People NW website was scrubbed of content, save the board’s statement about the organization’s end. Its Facebook page featured the same statement — along with dozens of photos of smiling people, suggesting that at one time Impactful People NW meant more than the alleged malfeasance of its executive director and president.“It was a social networking group for up-and-coming small business entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses,” said Sunny Parsons, owner of Heathen Brewing, whose Feral Public House in downtown Vancouver and Heathen Estate near Brush Prairie served as donated meeting space. “Kind of a grassroots community thing. It was a good group of people.”Laws started a group called Impactful Women NW in February 2014. After assembling a board of directors, she launched Impactful People NW and Impactful Men NW. The three organizations did business under the umbrella of Impactful Women NW, which attained nonprofit status in April 2017 from the Internal Revenue Service.last_img read more