The Texas Rangers aren’t a great ballclub: They are average offensively, being 7th in the AL in runs scored. They have really quite awful pitching, being the third worst in the league. That translates to a losing record at 56-70; I was even considering much earlier this year when they had an even worse record writing about how they are the new “worst team” in the American League. So it came as a mild surprise to me when I saw they gave up only three runs to the Orioles.
It also was a surprise that they scored thirty runs.
That’s right: five in the fourth, nine in the sixth, ten in the eighth, and six in the ninth. So all thirty runs came in only 4 out of the nine innings they played. What’s worse, it was a doubleheader. What’s even worse, it wasn’t a day-night doubleheader, it was the ol’ fashioned play a game… then immediately play another game sort of a doubleheader. What’s even worse, is that the Rangers won the second game too. I wonder if the O’s front office is having second thoughts about extending Dave Trembley’s contract… Continue reading
Johan Santana (Mr. Cy, right) is ridiculously good. This time of the year is his annual Cy Young push.
8.0 IP, 17 K’s, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB
Only 8.0 IP? Why not a complete game? The bum!
By the way, those 17 K’s make for a nice, sweet Twins record.
The guy has a ridiculous changeup, and if the Twins want to be good a few years from now, they are going to need to pony up the cash for this man. Francisco Liriano is good, but he’s a huge injury risk, and even if he can be as good as Johan, the team really needs the guy. They also need some offense.
The Twins, to me, are something of a joke compared to typical playoff teams. They have that dominant ace, the dominant bullpen arm, and there are a few good bats in their lineup (Cuddyer, Morneau, Mauer)… On the other hand, Torii Hunter is going to walk this season, and it’s a foregone conclusion that the Twins can’t afford him if they want to get some of their other guys. Not only that, but they can’t even surround their legit talent with any medium talent players at all. Sorry, but Nick Punto and the “piranhas” just aren’t going to cut it. They rare a small budget team without much in the way of a farm system, and that’s a formula that’s just set up for failure. They need to get a bigger budget or improve their farm sometime soon. People think of the Twins as legit contenders, but I only see a team with rotation holes once you get past the ace and a few strong players surrounded by a weak lineup. Sorry.
Sammy Sosa is a killjoy, by the way. In Mark Buerhle’s no-no, he got a walk to prevent a perfect game. In Johan’s game, he got the two hits and probably prevented Johan from getting a perfecto. Not only that…
Sammy Sosa v J. Santana this year: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 K
Other Rangers v J. Santana this year: 3-47, 0 HR, 0 BB, 29 K
I mean, wow. Jeez.
In other news, Ryan Braun hit another homer. The Hebrew Hammer strikes again.
Also, my parents threatened to disown me again (Okay, not really. Go figure).
I realized today that the pitching on my fantasy baseball team is ridiculously good: Roy Halladay, Erik Bedard, Chris Young, Phil Hughes, Noah Lowry (he’s actually really good), and Aaron Harang. I’ve discovered that I’m a really good judge of talent in baseball. Most people said Chris Young’s ’06 was a fluke, but I saw that he had Tall Pitcher Syndrome before ’06 (though Petco can’t hurt), and knew he was for realsies. Bedard? His changeup is almost Santana-esque from what I’ve heard. Phil Hughes? Hey, he’s a Yankee. Lowry? Pitched hurt most of last year. Harang? On any other team, he would be really really famous. He’s not even the most famous pitcher on his team, which is kind of ridiculous since he’s better than Bronson Arroyo. By quite a bit.
And, my relievers and hitters aren’t all that bad either. I guess I’m just good at this stuff.
Yeah, so good stuff.
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.
… is a switch pitcher – he can pitch as a lefty and as a righty. That warrants its own post.
The official rule on ambidextrous pitchers is that before every at-bat, they have to decide which side to throw from. This is to prevent the inevitable switch pitcher vs. switch hitter from becoming a stupidly funny confrontation.
Just because that’s so cool, I’ll just post the info on him right now.
45th round out of Creighton, the only ambidextrous pitcher in Division I baseball, was a Junior.
In his first year as a freshman, he went 0-0, 14.73 ERA, 3.2 IP. So pretty much a meaningless sample size.
Sophomore year, 4-3 w/ 3.02 ERA, 62.2 IP, 2 saves, 61 hits, 5 HR, 18 BB, 54 SO, 1.26 WHIP.
The following passages are quoted from Wikipedia, take it with a grain of salt. I only quote Wikipedia because the lack of regularly updated college stats is disgraceful.
In his junior year, Vendette appeared in 36 of 58 of Creighton’s games before going into the 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. His opponents batting average of .185 was the fourth best in the nation, and he achieved an 1.85 ERA (Pivovar 2007a). In the 2007 season, Venditte earned first-team all-conference honors for the Missouri Valley Conference and led Creighton to their first ever conference championship in which he was named the tournament MVP (Creighton University Athletics 2007). On May 28, 2007, Collegiate Baseball named Venditte the national player of the week (Pivovar 2007a). He was named to the All-American third team for the 2007 season (Pivovar 2007b). Venditte was also voted Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year by online pitching magazine InsidePitching.com
The following is also from Wikipedia and is likely even less meaningful. I quote this because I’ve never seen the guy pitch.
When using his right arm, Venditte delivers over the top and can throw a curveball as well as a fastball reaching up to 91 mph. His left-handed delivery is side-armed in which he throws a slider and a relatively slower fastball. Venditte uses a custom made glove with a thumb-hole on each side allowing him to easily switch back and forth (Schwarz 2007). He generally pitches with his right arm against right-handed batters and left-handed against left-handed batters which minimizes his opponent’s advantage when strategically ordering batters in the line-up based on which side of the plate they hit from (Nicholl 2007). Furthermore, by splitting his pitches between his arms, he is able to pitch longer than traditional pitchers before becoming fatigued
From what I understand, his stuff is no great shakes and he probably doesn’t have what it takes to be a successful major league pitcher. It’s worth a look at just to see if he has any potential, but in the meantime, you have to admit that it is kind of funny.
Full draft review will be coming next week, again. I promise. I might have to do separate posts for each draftee, but it will be there.
Yankees minor league pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras… is a genius! Whatever he does is making Kei Igawa pitch much much better for AAA Scranton… Last two starts:
14 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 17 K, 1.93 ERA
Whatever Nardi is doing to our pitchers, he’s doing it right. He pretty much turned Dellin Betances from an unpolished high school arm with good potential into a pretty polished arm that was already a top-100 prospect. In less than a year. He made Phil Hughes the monster he is. And in only his latest success, he’s fixed Kei Igawa.
Hey guys, it’s TwentySeven here. I’m a California high schooler and a huge Yankees fan. Nice to meet you all.
I’d just like to let you guys know before we get started that for the next few weeks I will be posting very sporadically due to the fun occurrence known as Finals Week. I will be done next Thursday.
Anyways, lets get this party started!
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Cardinals signed relief pitcher Troy Percival… Don’t the Cardinals have bigger fish to fry? Like their rotation? Or, lack of it? Or what about their lineup? It’s hardly scaring anybody
Rounds 6-50 of the draft occurred today… In terms of Yankee picks, the second day was much better than the first day. Eventful picks included Greg Peavey and Chris Carpenter. A detailed draft follow-up will come sometime next week, after my finals end. I promise!
Yankees AAA 1B Eric Duncan was placed on the minor league DL with what is being called a sprained finger. This is what is annoying about Duncan – he’ll look good one day and the next go 0-for-4. He’s been having a decent season, taking a lot of pitches, but still isn’t hitting for average. Hopefully he can turn it around and become a decent major leaguer, but there has to be a point where you say “It’s just not happening anymore”.
Xavier Nady just homered off of Dandy Andy Pettitte… Nady has never had any trouble hitting lefties, has he?
Magglio Ordonez is having a just crazy season… Magglio, my fantasy squad thanks you.
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