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The Fallen Phoenix here, and it’s time for my first blog post–which is either going to be rather exciting or rather anticlimactic, depending on your point of view.
I’m opting for the latter. Continue reading
Name: Ryan Pope
Date of Birth: May 21, 1986
Drafted out of: College – Savannah College of Art and Design
Height/Weight: 6’3″ / 190 pounds
…which means that Homer Bailey might have a permanent spot in the Reds rotation. Good thing, because he has the most overall talent of any player in that organization save for Griffey.
An interesting stat now that Mariano Rivera (the guy on the right, he’s a pretty decent pitcher) got his 900th career inning:
1 Mariano Rivera 2.35
2 Hoyt Wilhelm 2.52
3 Trevor Hoffman 2.71
4 Whitey Ford 2.74
5 Bob Locker 2.76
6 Sandy Koufax 2.76
7 Dan Quisenberry 2.76
8 Ron Perranoski 2.79
9 Pedro Martinez 2.81
10 Bruce Sutter 2.83
What that means? Of pitchers 1920-now with 900+ innings, Mariano Rivera has the lowest career ERA.
Joba Chamberlain was finally promoted to Yankees Double-A Trenton. Only about three starts later than he should have been promoted. He was extremely dominant at high-A, and Ian Kennedy recently began dominating AA, which helped the move. It also means that an AA pitcher will be converted to the ‘pen (Brett Smith or Jason Jones) or promoted to AAA (Alan Horne).
The Yankees are (shhhhhh) surging, which is thanks to several things. For example, Bobby Abreu’s regression to the mean; perhaps because of several reasons. One of these reasons is not that they lost Jason Giambi. See Fire Joe Morgan for details.
There are only 5 scheduled games today… Mondays, ah how I hate them. I especially like how this off-day is in the middle of a Yankee hot streak, perfect time to throw the hitters off their rhythms.
Francisco Cordero blew his first two saves of the season over the weekend… Which ruined my fantasy teams week. He still has MLB-leading 22 saves and a 2.05 ERA, but coming into the weekend he had a ridiculous ERA, something like 0.79. No coincidence, of course, that the blown saves were against his former team the Rangers, who dropped him last year. I think that he could put together a terrific season, but perhaps the magic dust is wearing away and he’s regressing to the mean. He’s a great pitcher, but nowhere near the performance he was doing.
Edit: Courtesy The Hardball Times, who got it courtesy Buster Olney’s ESPN blog:
In Texas Other App 25 80 ERA 7.92 1.76 Saves 2 42 BS 9 4
Whoa. For future reference, Francisco Cordero: don’t mess with Texas (Sorry, I had to).
Now, back to finals, fun fun fun. Only three more days, though, but it’s really dragging and going slow for me.
It’s a bit over the third way mark in baseball now. TwentySeven just made his take on who would win if the season ended today – I’m going to give my take on who will end up winning the awards when it’s all over.
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez. Even if the Yanks finish a couple of games off the wildcard, if Magglio hits .330 with 40 homers and 120 RBIs… A-Rod will still win with somewhere around .300/60/140. Expect it to be close, like last year-close, but A-Rod should still edge out.
NL MVP: Carlos Beltran. With Pujols and Howard having “off-years” and with both teams not in contention either, Beltran is the only one left – though he’s not exactly the best hitter in the NL either. You could make a case that Reyes is the true MVP, especially if he keeps walking at the rate he is, though his power is way down from last year. There’s also a chance that Prince Fielder (pictured) is this year’s Ryan Howard, snagging the MVP from Beltran or Pujols with around 50 homers. Continue reading
Name: Austin Romine
Date of Birth: November 22, 1988
Drafted out of: High School – El Toro HS, Lake Forest, CA
Height/Weight: 6’1″ / 195 pounds Continue reading
…hopefully it won’t kill me to take a few minutes off from Bio?
Today’s game was good. Oh, and did I mention that the Yankees have a (shhh, keep it quiet now, no need to jinx it) 6 game win streak?
So of course we just happen to luck out and have an off day. Perfect time to mess up the team rhythm.
BBWAA Awards if the season ended today (keep in mind I am scoring this not as it should accurately be scored, but as they would actually award it, with all the East Coast bias, and that sort of thing):
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez (to the left) (NYY), Magglio Ordonez (DET) runner up, Vladimir Guerrero (LAA) third place.
NL MVP: Prince Fielder (MIL), Jose Reyes (NYM) runner up, Barry Lamar Bonds (SFG) third place.
AL Cy Young: Dan Haren (OAK), Josh Beckett (BOS) runner up, C. C. Sabathia third place (honorable mention to Johan Santana and James Shields)
NL Cy Young: Jake Peavy (SDP), Cole Hamels (PHI) runner up, Brad Penny (LAD) third place
AL RoY: Dustin Pedroia (BOS) (helloooooo, East Coast bias), Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) runner up, Travis Buck (OAK) third place
NL RoY: Hunter Pence (HOU), Josh Hamilton (CIN) runner up, Micah Owings (ARI) third place
AL Rolaids Relief: Francisco Rodriguez (LAA), J.J. Putz (SEA) runner up
NL Rolaids Relief: Francisco Cordero (MIL), Brian Fuentes (COL) runner up; Honorable mention to Takashi Saito.
Did I mention that… A-Rod is a beast? After his first homer today, he was A-God. After the second one, there was just no name that really fit.
In only his second start at Double-A Trenton…Yankees ’06 first rounder Ian Kennedy (to the right) had the following line in his start today:
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Now, back to studying! Fun fun fun!
IP H R ER BB SO6 5 3 3 2 7
There it is, the line for the Rocket. Not overly impressive, and by no means worth 28 mill, but enough for a win.
What’s annoying though, is how non-Yankee fans talk about how Yankee fans think Clemens is the messiah or something. By no stretch of the imagination is he, A) the best pitcher on the staff (that goes to Andy Pettitte), B) going to have an ERA south of 2, C) going to single-handedly save the team even if he does pitch with an ERA south of 2, and D) is the Messiah. Seriously, he’s not.
However, what was perhaps the most reassuring point in Clemens’ start was the last two innings. It’s almost like he had to get warmed up the first four, until the last two innings where he started locating his fastball and pitched some of his best splitters of the day. Result: he retires the last 7 batters, and gets the win in a 9-3 Yankee win vs the Pirates.