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We like to think that we weren’t bad, and we weren’t, but we just posted very inconsistently. But that’s all changed.
(A week passed since these two sentences.)
So yes, that’s changed. Some of us at least are back and we’re going to going to try to give you different perspectives of anything we feel like in the baseball world. Seriously. I’m serious. I am.
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I’ve decided to start a sort of weekly “department” – the best of that week, whatever it had to offer. The best quotes, pictures, videos, articles, whatever. Basically a more thorough expansion on those little “sidebar modules.” Then I’m going to put them all in a post every week. (Occasionally it might be more in the offseason, but not by much, and not in the regular season.) I’m also going to take off the sidebar modules and create an archive for them.
It’s coming soon, so hope you enjoy! If you have any ideas for it, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Filed under: Miscellany
8 ) Bill James II, Electric Boogaloo. For sheer chick magnet power, nothing beats 2,000 words discussing value over replacement player. Now available in football and basketball, too!
6 ) Homer The Range. Sing to the choir of your home team. It’s especially good if your home team is good and/or hated, but if you can somehow blog in the voice of a terrible team, you do get special points for masochism.
3 ) Link Whore. Did you know that the sports blogosphere is one big happy family of cross-linked social peace and love? Link Whore does!
Probably a bit of those. Good stuff.
…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.
Filed under: Miscellany
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