Sunday, August 31, 2008
Well, he's at it again. With 5 starts likely remaining in the regular season, Sabathia has thrown 210.1 innings already. Rounding his innings-pitched average up from 7.9 to 8.0 since joining Milwaukee, that would put him at 250 innings by the end of the regular season. That's 9 more than last year.
So why is Ned Yost allowing Sabathia to pitch so much? So they get into the postseason? Well, not really. They have a 6 game lead over Philadelphia in the Wild Card.
Is it because their bullpen stinks? Well, not really. They rank 5th in the NL in ERA, at 3.86, and have thrown the fewest innings, at 372.2.
Maybe it's because Sabathia has been pitching in a lot of close games, and Yost doesn't trust his closing situation, which would be understandable, considering they have used Eric Gagne in that position this year. Well, that can't be it, either. Here are the final scores of his Milwaukee starts in which he pitched at least 7 innings, with innings pitched in parentheses:
Only 4 of those 9 games were decided by three or fewer runs. So why was CC in there that long?
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The answer is ugly.
In 2004, Nomar's last year in Boston, he averaged 2.93 P/PA. He didn't qualify due to a lack of at-bats, but the lowest qualifier was notorious free-swinger, Vlad Guerrero, with 3.17. That's a huge disparity.
In 2003 Nomar qualified for the title, and boy did he earn it. He finished dead last, with 3.12 P/PA. That's last in all of MLB.
In 2002 he finished with 3.06 P/PA, tied for second-to-last with Garret Anderson, behind Randall Simon.
He didn't qualify again in 2001, but he finished with a robust 3.18, which would have tied him for third-to-last.
And, predictably, he finished in dead last again in 2000, at 3.05, just ahead of Vlad this time.
That's as far back as ESPN.com's stat splits go, and I don't feel like going to search for more.
In a related story, Nomar's OBP this year is .285. Oh, and he's been injured all year. Again.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Plus, his OPS is .908. Manny's was .927 with Boston.
This guy's gonna be fine.
Then they cut back to the game as a White Sox player grounds into an inning-ending double play.
Orsillo: "Nothing funny about that."
Remy: "About what?" (alluding to the commercial)
Orsillo, stifling that trademark giggle: "The double play!"
Cut to commercial.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"It’s the beauty of the game. Mistakes are made.”But if you have a chance to reduce those errors, wouldn't you take it? What if someone told you that MLB was going to (legally) institute a new policy that gave pitchers an advantage over hitters? Wouldn't you accept that?
Replay will also speed the game up, because managers won't need to spend 10 minutes arguing with the umpires and being kicked out.
Instant replay is a good thing. It's been good for the NFL and will be good for MLB.
“It’s a slap in the face of umpires that have been here for a long time and they’ve done a very good job with difficult situations in all aspects,” Rogers said.It's a slap in the face that they make mistakes? If I were an ump, I'd be grateful to be given the chance to correct my mistakes without letting them affect the outcome of a game.
Friday, August 22, 2008
That being said, I want the Sox to catch them and beat them. According to Fox Sports, not only have the Rays played the toughest schedule in baseball to date, it only gets worse the rest of the way. It's pretty remarkable what they've done this year.
Here's what they say about the Sox:
Remaining Opponents' Avg. Win%: 0.532
Home Games Left/Road Games Left: 20/15
Biggest Series: 8/29-8/31 White Sox
Over at Baseball Prospectus, they give the Red Sox just a 27.3 percent chance of winning the AL East, but they give them a 63.2 percent chance of taking the Wild Card. That's why, from Boston's perspective, their most important games don't come against the division-leading Rays. The more realistic goal is taking the Wild Card. They don't play the Twins again this season, but they do tangle with the White Sox at the end of the month. The good news is that the Sox play most of their remaining games at home; the bad news is that their opponents are generally quite tough.
And if you think Bartolo Colon is going to be their savior, you have reason to be optimistic. Except he only threw 23 of 40 pitches for strikes. He's not ready yet.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I've never quite understood this logic. Wouldn't the away teams be just as affected by this as the home teams? I mean, they're conducive to someone winning; why not the home team? This seems like a lame excuse for your team sucking. Build a better team.
The folks who run the Reds know that the patience of their fans is running out, writes John Erardi.If the Reds are serious about reconstruction, here's the first thing they should do: Reconstruct the ballpark. Blow out the first 10 rows of seats in left and right field and make the place play bigger, for the benefit of pitching. As currently constructed, Cinergy Field is as conducive to winning as Coors Field was in the 1990s, before the humidor.
Am I wrong?
Monday, August 18, 2008
Player B: 132 at-bats, .318/.377/.492/.870, 30 RBI
Who is your shortstop for 2009? Player A (Julio Lugo), or Player B (Jed Lowrie)? I know that Lowrie will go through some slumps. He's not likely to finish with an .870 OPS. But there's no way he's as bad as Lugo. His minor league line was .287/.381/.447/.827.
Ollie from Big Brother 10 looks just like Barry Bonds. You can look up some pictures, but there aren't any good ones of Ollie. Just watch the show.
Curt Schilling is tired and contemplating retirement. Prediction: he'll sign with a contender in June or July of 2009, possibly even the Red Sox.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Ordway: "You know how good his record would be if he played for the Yankees?"
Someone else, who I think was Lou Merloni: "15-2!"
Ordway and everyone else: "Yeah, wow. What a record."
I think Lou Merloni is doing a damn fine job both on NESN and WEEI, but his math is off here. First off, they're making the assumption that Rivera wouldn't have blown any of Santana's wins, which is a safe assumption, considering Rivera just blew his first save of the season this week.
Secondly, Santana didn't take the loss in those 5 games; someone in the bullpen did (probably the craptacular Billy Wagner). Therefor, Santana's record would be 15-7, since he doesn't give back 5 other losses. Still an excellent record, but not a Pedro-Martinez-circa-1999 record.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
"I think it's very simple, we've been devastated by injuries. No team I've ever seen in baseball has been decimated like this. It would kill any team," Steinbrenner said. "Imagine the Red Sox without [Josh] Beckett and [Jon] Lester. Pitching is 70 percent of the game. Wang won 19 games two straight years. Chamberlain became the most dominating pitcher in baseball. You can't lose two guys like that."Wha--?
Let's take these one at a time. First, who are the Yankees' Beckett and Lester? No one matches Beckett's caliber. And one could argue that Mike Mussina is having one of his best seasons ever, with an ERA+ of 129 and a 15-7 record. Didn't see that one coming. So he replaced Wang's production.
As for Wang, he's really not that great. He was the beneficiary of some great run support. His ERA+ in those two years, while decent, was not great (124 and 121).
Pitching is 70% of the game? Way to bust out some scientifically-researched stats. How come your pitching only represents 39% of your payroll if they're 70% of the game?
Injuries killed your team because you signed old dudes. You've actually been pretty lucky with the old dudes and unlucky with the young dudes. Maybe you should fact-check your statements before you open your mouth. The Yankees have sent 18 guys to the DL this season, tied for 5th in MLB. They have 2 guys out for the season; the Braves lead with 4, with a couple of other teams at 3 and many other teams tied at 2. Shut up, Stein.
Joba Chamberlain is not the most dominating player in baseball. You, sir, are a dumbass. Joba is averaging 5.4 innings per start. Did he learn that from Roger Clemens last year? His WHIP is 1.30 as a starter. He's a disaster as a starter because he kills your bullpen. Papelbon would be the same way.
I'm back, baby!