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We were just like, open that can of worms. What's the worst thing that could be inside there? You know? I think a lot of bad stuff. Worse than worms. So many moral quandaries in this episode. Cool. Yeah, worms are like, they do. Yeah, they do all kinds of great worms get a bad rep, I think, is actually what I'm really want people to take away from today. It's like being a sort of worms, you know? They do all kinds of great stuff. They're not slugs. You know what? Screws looks. Comfortable with that too. We're gonna get emails about that. It's almost gonna be like actually. It looks such an important ecological benefit. And then I'm gonna be excited. I'm gonna be excited to have learned that. Slugs and snails, I think, yes, they serve their purpose in the great Tapestry too anyway. Yeah, like eating my plants. Well, in an episode that started with a keel bado getting hit in the beans. We waited into some waters in this one, but we ranged far fields. We went all over the world in this episode, so we're not just a Major League Baseball podcast, we're a baseball podcast. Yeah, it's a rich Tapestry and some parts of it are very exciting and bright and sunny and other parts require I think rather urgent attention. Well, here's something else that requires urgent attention. Drew Rasmussen's flexor tendon typically raise number two starter placed on the IL with a flexor strain slash forearm strain, aren't you glad we just prepared you for that on our last episode by explaining flexor slash forearm strains or if you're a race fan, maybe you're not so glad because you know it's worrisome. Then again, if you're a race fan, you're probably already pretty familiar with the anatomy at the elbow, Shane baz had Tommy John surgery, Jeffrey springs, head Tommy John surgery, Andrew kittredge had Tommy John surgery. Those are just the guys who are currently recovering from it, given how unstoppable the rays have seen this season, it's almost shocking how hurt they are between buzz and springs and now Rasmussen and tower glass now they have almost an entire rotation on the IL and entered relievers too, and that's how you end up with Jake deakin and Zach will tell. Their depth chart on roster resource has three starting pitchers listed. And I know it's the raise and how do you define a starting pitcher on the raise anyway, but man, tough to think of other teams that have seemed so dominant and simultaneously so vulnerable. We talked last time about the causes of all of this and max effort, velocity, contributing to injuries, got a great email from Patreon supporter run who pointed me to the example of met starter Tyler McGill. We were talking last time about how players put pressure on themselves to throw harder teams put pressure on them to throw harder the media, scouts, everyone, fans. Everyone wants to see those velocity numbers go up and up and at the start of last season, Tyler McGill, who is suddenly throwing 99 miss Tim Healy newsday piece said, but no pitcher once he has thrown 99 wants to stay at 99. I'm throwing 100 this year, McGill said, always, you want to throw as hard as you can if you're at 99. Why not 100? And he had already experienced multiple velocity jumps, much like Jacob de Grom, after smoothing out his mechanics. He said he couldn't help but look at the stadium radar gun on the 99 mph pitch and he said he may have been throwing especially hard in that outing because it was opening day and he was amped up, but once he saw it, he wanted to go even higher, which reminds me very much of Noah syndergaard, who had the same sort of chasing the velocity monster, always wanted to throw harder, and then he got hurt, and so did Tyler McGill. He was pitching great, and then he had a shoulder injury. But unlike syndergaard, unlike de Grom, he decided this spring to take his foot off the gas a little bit to stay healthy. So he's taking it down from 97 98 more like 93 94. He said, I've been talking to Max Scherzer. He's had a very long, healthy career, the way he pitches, he saves some in the gas tank when he needs it and is able to stretch it out and go the distance. That's what I'm trying to do, save my bullets and stay fresh longer. I think he learned a lot last year that more is not always better buck showalter said. Sounds like a great little morality play, but the catch is that he has not actually pitched all that effectively. Is that because he's not throwing as hard? Is it because the injury has hampered him in some other way? I don't know. I wish the outcome of the story was that he took a little off the fastball and continued to excel not quite. But I do think Jacob degrom could given how hard he throws. Let me leave you with the pass blast which comes to us from 2006 and from David Lewis, who is an architectural historian and baseball researcher based in Boston. David writes, 2006, the rockies look for high-tech aids for improved performance. Yes, the rockies, not a misprint. In 2006, the Colorado Rockies experimented with new ways to improve their team performance. One such trial as reported by the AP in June 2006 was downloading game film to their players video iPods, allowing them to watch whenever and wherever, explained rockies assistant video coordinator Brian Jones, it wasn't like we invented the wheel, we're using apple's technology as best we can. We figured if you can watch music videos by rock and roll and buy country, why can't you watch it bats by San Francisco and pitches by Jason Schmidt? That's the same Brian Jones, by the way, who has since been promoted to be

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