Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, Arizona Diamondbacks, Awards, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners | Tags: A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Bob Melvin, Coors Field, Dustin Pedroia, Eric Wedge, Jake Peavy, Jim Leyland, Josh Beckett, Matt Holliday, Mike Hargrove, Mike Sciosia, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki
That time of year has come – the playoffs, so it makes perfect sense to try to predict who wins the various awards of baseball. Keep in mind that I am not saying who I think should win, rather I am saying who I think will win. Also, keep in mind that the awards given in the offseason are voted upon before the postseason begins.
Alex Rodriguez. Come on. I don’t have to explain this one, do I?
Matt Holliday probably clinched it by getting that huge hit on the one-game playoff versus the Padres.
AL Cy Young
Josh Beckett had the most wins. Surprise?
NL Cy Young
Jake Peavy. We’re all smart people here.
AL Rookie of the Year
Dustin Pedroia may not deserve it, but he gets the Boston spotlight and the flashy numbers.
NL Rookie of the Year
Ryan Braun. Sorry, Troy. But he edged you out. To be honest, Troy wouldn’t deserve it anyways because he was only an average hitter when you factor in the Coors Effect. But the difference in defense still doesn’t quite make up for it. Smart stats aside, it’s hard for the sportswriters to ignore 30 homers.
AL Manager of the Year
Jim Leyland? Mike Hargrove? I’m kind of out of options here. There was nobody who stood out at all. I guess Eric Wedge makes the most sense, or maybe Mike Sciosia.
NL Manager of the Year
Bob Melvin virtually willed the D-Backs into the playoffs, and though I thought that Ned Yost was the frontrunner, the Brewers missing of the playoffs means that Melvin will likely take the metal home.
Filed under: Baseball Scouting, Baseball Strategy, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Mike Pagliarulo, Mindless Twits | Tags: John Lackey, Mike Pagliarulo
Today, I’ll be taking a page out of the Fire Joe Morgan playbook and I’ll be talking a bit about the general idiocy going on over at Mike Pagliarulo’s ‘scouting’ blog the BaseLine Report. FJM has done some analysis already, so I’ll be leaving that stuff to the big guns…
This is from a scouting report on John Lackey:
Lackey is a tall, durable right hander that has become the most dependable starter on the Angels
staff – and one of the dependable starters in major league baseball. He’s an intense competitor that
pitches with a plan and executes his pitches. He works at a good quick tempo and establishes his
fastball while getting ahead in the count to most hitters.
They start off well by playing the ‘intense competitor’ card. I love it. Because John Lackey really wants to win. Unlike all sorts of other players who are really trying to lose when they play baseball. Alex Rodriguez, you know it. J.D. Drew, I’m looking at you.
For the sake of brevity, I’ll skip some of the less idiotic portions of this article… Moving right along…
• Above aveage command of fastball, slider, curve and change-up.
Now maybe this is just me, but it seems that the easiest way to appear unprofessional is to have spelling errors littered throughout your text. Please, please, please get a proofreader/copy editor.
I’ll skip over some of the more contextually correct content and get to some more interesting stuff.
- BEST MATCHUP
- John Lackey is capable of overpower hitters by using his fastball to each side of the plate as well
as up in the zone to finish a hitter off. Because of the fact that JD Drew and David Ortiz have
holes in the strike zone highlighting areas above their belt, Lackey matches up well vs. both hitters. Look for a high hard fastballs when he’s got two strikes on these players.
- WORST MATCHUP
Pesky contact type hitters such as Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury that are capable of using
the entire field and do a good job of battling with two strikes, these hitters will give John Lackey the
most problems. Pedroia and Ellsbury both do a good job of putting the ball in play and can handle the high strike very well. They will be difficult outs for the Angels #1 starter.
So you’re telling me that John Lackey will have more trouble with Pedroia and Ellsbury than with David Ortiz? Maybe this is just me, but I don’t believe that.
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
John Lackey must establish his fastball early and get ahead in the count. He needs to hammer
the strike zone but mind the danger areas of each potential HR threat, namely Ortiz, Ramirez, and
Lowell. When he is ahead in the count Lackey maintains more weapons to put hitters away with
than most. His concentration shouldn’t be distracted by the basestealing threats of Ellsbury and Crisp, as
Mathis is quite capable of handling the running game. An umpire with a forgiving strike zone will favor Lackey, as the Red Sox hitters are more patient than the Angels offense.
So you’re telling me that he needs to get ahead in the counts? And he needs to keep fat fastballs away from the power zones of power hitters? No way, you’re kidding me, right? I mean, most pitchers try to get behind in the count and then throw fastballs right down the spots where the batter hits well? Right?
I really like how they are targeting this blog for baseball fans, and yet they seem to be explaining things to your typical tennis fan who doesn’t know much about baseball.
For John Lackey to be effective he must get ahead of hitters early in the count by getting strike one
with his first pitch. This will enable him to utilize his variety of outpitches. He must throw strikes
allowing his very consistent defense to work at a good pace behind him. Jeff Mathis is very capable
of handling Boston’s running game which is one less worry for Lackey.
So basically the exact same thing as the ‘Keys to Success’? Not only are they being idiots, but they are repeating their idiocy to us over and over again.
I hope to have many more features of this idiocy… It’s just too good.