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The Washington Nationals begin a three-game set against the Miami Marlins tonight at the site of the old Orange Bowl Stadium. The Fish run Nathan Eovaldi (the "o" is silent) out to the hill, and he opposes Stephen Strasburg. Eovaldi, 23, can throw hard. But is he a pitcher?

Pitch Silent (9.8 GB)


Eovaldi was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2008 draft. The Texan debuted later that year, pitching just over ten innings with two separate rookie league teams. Pitching for Low-A Great Lakes in 2009, the righty struck out 17% of batters he faced -- not bad -- but walked a fair amount (9.8%), too.

In 2010, Eovaldi pitched primarily at High-A Inland Empire, earning a 3.60 FIP. The consensus was at that time that there was some disappointment in his performance. For example, True Blue LA stated that

In his first exposure to big league hitters, the 6'2 hurler would pitch to a 3.63 ERA over 10 appearances -- 6 as a starter -- but his strikeout and walk rates predictably went the wrong directions. Baseball America ranked him as the third best prospect in the Dodgers' system after the season.

Eovaldi was hurt earlier this season, but has since returned to pitch just over 24 innings. His strikeout percentage (13.7%) is below average, while his walk rate (9.5%) is above average. Add it up, and you see an FIP (4.16) that is a run-and-a-half higher than his ERA (2.55).

Among qualified pitchers, Eovaldi's 16.25% whiff rate with the heater would rank 63rd of 145 if he'd thrown just 11 more of them. But, he's got the fastest four seam in game (a leisurely 96.9 MPH) among pitchers who've thrown 100 fastballs.

You'll see that Eovaldi prefers to lean more heavily on the curve and slider against righties when he's ahead or has two strikes, and he likes the slider against lefties in the same circumstances. Against righties, the curve has a 50% whiff rate, and lefties are swinging and missing 33% of the time against the slider. However, his slider isn't getting as many swings and misses against righties (17.6%), who are hitting .333 and slugging .667 on the pitch. So, it appears his choice of "out pitches" is fine. He may chose to move away from the slider, though, if right handed hitters continue to hit it well.

Ever wonder why Eovaldi's been able to sport a 2.55 ERA this year? No? That's probably good, actually. But if you did, you'll see two component stats below that help explain why he's seriously out-pitching his FIP.

What can the Nats use to their advantage, though? Eovaldi is throwing his fastball at least 10% more often this season when compared to previous years, and he works it primarily away and down and away to lefties and mostly down and away from righties. Considering the velocity on the pitch, Washington would do well to have a an opposite-field approach, in an effort to hit the ball where it's pitched. Also, he's throwing first pitch strikes just over half the time (about 52%), which is rather low. Still, it has been a pretty small sample so far.

I noticed something else while looking at Eovaldi that I thought was worth showing. On the whole, batters with a platoon split perform better than batters facing a same-handed pitcher. No shocker. So, how well are the Nats' hitters doing here? Unsurprisingly (and sadly), not well.

I guess at least they aren't the Yankees? But, there are even fewer teams worse than the Nats in this regard. Considering both that the majority of pitchers in the majors are right handed and that 34% of the Nats' at bats this season have come in the above case, this is really where the team needs to improve.

It's bad when you'd rather Davey run right handed hitters out there (.708 OPS against RHP) than lefties (.706 OPS against RHP), or at least have to consider such a move. Therefore, it seems the offense particularly needs to get rolling against opposite handed pitchers, where the majority of the rest of the league is playing far better.

The Nats should beat Eovaldi. He isn't a big strikeout pitcher, and he walks a fair number of guys; in essence, he is more of a thrower than a pitcher, at least for right now. Furthermore, once he gets into good counts, his out pitches are fairly predictable (if respectable at getting whiffs). Hopefully, the platoon should be an advantage this evening, and Washington can start a very winnable series off right.

The Acer Chromebook 315 (2020) is a 15-inch Chromebook available with power-efficient Intel Celeron CPUs, while the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020) is a 2-in-1 Windows laptop that comes in a variety of performant Intel and AMD processors. The Lenovo is particularly better for gaming and business tasks, with variants that have significantly more powerful CPUs, the option of a dedicated GPU, and a far superior SSD. Also, the speakers sound better, the keyboard feels nicer, and it supports x86 applications like Photoshop. On the other hand, the Acer has a larger screen, its battery lasts longer overall, and it stays completely silent and doesn't get too warm.

The Acer Aspire 5 15 (2020) is a Windows laptop that comes in a variety of well-performing Intel and AMD processors, whereas the Acer Chromebook 315 (2020) is a power-efficient Chrome OS laptop. The Aspire is better for gaming and workstation tasks, as it can install x86 applications like After Effects, it's available with various, significantly better-performing CPUs, and it can have a dedicated entry-level GPU. Also, it has better-sounding speakers and a better-quality touchpad. On the other hand, the Chromebook has a more flexible port selection, a far better battery, and it remains silent and doesn't get too hot.

The Acer Chromebook 315 has remarkable thermal and noise handling. It's fanless, so it's completely silent under load, which is great for noise-sensitive surroundings like classrooms. It remains very cool when idle and doesn't get too warm under load, with the warmest spot being between the "4" and "5" keys.

[1.8] Often the time brackets of two successive notes in the same part overlap externally, such as the first two notes of the tenor part. In the transcription above, when these notes are different, it is generally clear visually where the two brackets begin and end. However, the last two notes of the alto part overlap externally on the same pitch (D); in this case, I use a dotted line to indicate the extent of the overlap.

By averaging over a large number of realizations (which is achieved through a computer program running the determination of the parts repeatedly) we can access the probability distributions of each pitch-class set over time, thus turning the Number Pieces into stochastic processes. By doing so, we solve the problem posed by Haskins and Weisser of coping with all the possibilities offered by the Number Pieces. (Popoff 2013, 3)

[2.7] Example 3 displays all of the pitch-class sets (pc sets), including multisets, obtained in 1099 simulations of Four2, organized by set class (sc). The raw number of seconds during which each set class sounds, added together in all simulations, is displayed in the column to the right of the pc set. The rightmost column displays the prevalence of each set compared to the others (of any cardinality) as a percentage. The percentage is obtained by dividing the raw number of seconds by 461,580, the total number of data points amongst all simulations (1099 simulations multiplied by 420 data points per simulation). The total number of values and total percentage per set class is displayed at the bottom of each box. The boxes display the set classes in Forte order from left to right and top to bottom.

Instead, of simply offering 12x 10Gbase-T, MikroTik makes four of these ports SFP+ combo ports. You can choose to use either of the ports depending on your physical infrastructure needs. That can include an uplink to a silent and inexpensive 8 port SFP+ switch like the MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+IN, 1Gbase-T switches like the MikroTik CSS326-24G-2S+RM, or even higher-end 40GbE switches.

This is cooled by two fans but there are four fans total. In our testing, we hit 41.8dba for the idle noise and the fans are surely annoying. This is far from a low hum and is instead an annoying fan noise which makes it something you want in an equipment closet instead of being next to your desk. This is an absolute shame. If MikroTik figured out how to make a near-silent switch, this would be even more of a category killer. We saw the Netgear ProSAFE XS708T which was a quiet 10Gbase-T switch and it would have been great to see MikroTik beat that head-on in the market.

That will vary based on how long your 10Gbase-T runs are, how many you use, and services you are using. At the same time, this level of power consumption is reasonable. It is also possible to get a near-silent 60W 1U box. MikroTik could have made this silent but missed the opportunity.

Where MikroTik again missed is in the noise. Making this switch silent would have been a game-changer. For those with gear that utilizes 10Gbase-T such as small labs based on platforms like the Supermicro X11SDV-4C-TLN2F, this would have been the go-to switch. Instead, due to the noise, we can only recommend it if it is instead placed in an equipment cabinet.

I have some fluorescent lights in my basement that have proven to be reliable test subjects for my Canon cameras and figured that they would serve equally well for testing Sony cameras.Unfortunately, the image above shows the results with the anti-flicker feature enabled.Those results were from the a7R III, but the a7 III test results showed the same.I tried "HI" and single frame shooting with no difference.Apparently my (very typical) fluorescent tubes are not compatible or I haven't figured out some nuance to make this feature work (it shouldn't be that hard). The a7 III can detect (only) 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker.Sony notes that continuous shooting speed may decrease when anti-flicker is enabled and this makes sense as the camera pauses to miss the dim cycle of the lights (Canon makes the same claim with their technology).Anti-flicker cannot be enabled during silent shooting. 041b061a72


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