Archive for June 2009

Pittsburgh not finished

June 30, 2009

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The Pirates also dealt Nyjer Morgan to the Nationals for Lastings Milledge in a four player deal.  Milledge has been troubled by injuries through out his career. The deal means the Pirates have traded I guess all of their good players away. If you are a starter on the Pirates and you have not been traded yet don’t you have to kind of think to yourself, “well I am just bad enough to stay on this team.”  Sorry Michael Keaton (Pirates season ticket holder and biggest celebrity fan) your team will never been good under the current ownership.

By Michael Genovese

Yanks Acquire Hinkse

June 30, 2009

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The Yankees have added a bench player in Eric Hinkse with a decent bat from the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The move requires the Yankees to send someone down to make room on the roster. It’s rumored that the brain trust over there came up with shipping Ramiro Pena out?????!!?!?  I don’t understand it myself. I thought Cody Ransom would have been sent down but then again what do I know.  Read about the move here.

By Michael Genovese

Acquired Perez joins beleaguered Indians ‘pen

June 29, 2009

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This is what happened to the other end of the Mark Derosa Trade. Very sad day for Chris Perez who went from going to the world series to watching it in his moms basement.

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Rivera, Dye Co-AL Player of the Week

June 29, 2009

Rivera, Dye Co-AL Player of the Week

This release from MLB:

Right fielder Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox and closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending June 28th.

In six games last week, Dye led the Majors with a .500 (12-24) batting average, 25 total bases and four doubles while also notching three home runs and six RBI. The 35-year-old posted a Major League-best 1.042 slugging percentage in addition to his .520 on-base percentage. Last week, the two-time A.L. All-Star right fielder compiled six consecutive multi-hit games and increased his home run total to a club-best 18. On Sunday, Dye hit a solo home run in the eighth inning en route to a 6-0 win over the rival Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. The home run marked his 155th with the Chicago White Sox, passing Bill Melton and giving Dye sole possession of seventh on the club’s all-time list. The 17th-round selection in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft is currently hitting .287 with 18 home runs and 45 RBI entering play today. This marks Jermaine’s sixth career weekly award.

In three appearances last week, Rivera collected three saves while posting a 0.00 ERA with six strikeouts. On Sunday, the 39-year-old recorded his 500th career save against the rival New York Mets at Citi Field. He became the second player in Major League history to accumulate 500 career saves and currently ranks second all time behind only Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman, who has 571. The nine-time A.L. All-Star closer has the most saves in A.L. history. Rivera also earned his first career RBI on a ninth inning walk shortly before completing his milestone on the mound. Rivera currently owns a 2.93 ERA and has compiled 18 saves in 19 opportunities this season. This marks Mariano’s second career weekly award (previous: 6/9/2008).

Other noteworthy performances for the week included Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill, who hit a Major League-best four home runs, and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who posted an A.L.-leading .571 on-base percentage. Also considered was Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who led the Majors with 14 hits and eight runs scored.

Tourneau, the world’s largest watch store, will supply Jermaine Dye and Mariano Rivera each with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of their achievement as the A.L. Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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Its Pretty amazing that in three  appearances Rivera put up all zeros  with six K’s. He is as good now as he ever was. People say he isn’t what he used to be. To that I say ” Tell me who’s better?””show me how has an ERA of 2.89 that comes out in the same pressure spots as Mo does time and time again. Hat tip to Dye as well .500 average with a .520 OBP is nothing to sneeze at.

Maybe aging veterans are the way to go, sometimes 🙂

Keep ’em coming big guy and I’ll come clean while we’re at it.

June 29, 2009

I probably choked the chicken on every Wang analogy so far this season. Could I have possibly run out? Perhaps it was because we were hearing just the same old story, of a loss for Chien-Ming Wang. But last night I think the tides may have turned for Wang, who got his first win this season to cap a series sweep against the Mets.wang

Wang, I may have been too hard on you in the past. Perhaps all you needed was the gentle easing in the rotation. We mixed it up for you a little when you first came off the DL, and we probably should have been more conservative. We should have inserted you slowly and steadily, letting you find your groove, get your rhythm back and secure your placement. My rants about your dysfunction were premature and short. I want to apologize for being rough on you.

There. I’ve come clean and I feel much better. Just keep ’em coming big guy. Congrats on your first win this season. And congrats on your son Justin, who filled in for you during a short span of “analogy block” that I battled for about a week. I appreciate his willingness to help me.

I think you may have rediscovered your heart for the game again. Hold on to it.

Fondly,

 Megan Marshall

Devils advocate

June 26, 2009

Ok Here is my take on Red Sox pitching. I have to disagree with my esteemed colleagues analysis of it being “ one of the  most formidable starting rotations in baseball. “

Here is a comparison of Yankees and Red Sox starting pitching

RED SOX

Brad Penny  5.93 ERA (Bad) 92 hits in 72 innings (Bad)
Tim Wakefield  4.47 ERA (Bad)  90 hits in 88 innings (Bad)  35 walks (horrible)
Jon  Lester     4.68 ERA (Bad)  95 hits in 90 innings (not as bad as others but not good)  106 SO (great) 30 walks ( Bad)
Josh Beckett   3.54 ERA (good)  89 hits in 96 innings (good) 8 wins and only 4 no decisions (good) Ok Beckett is very good
John Smoltz ERA 9.00 Horrible  7 hits in 5 innings (bad) .318BAA (bad) granted sample for Smoltz is to small to judge but you don’t even want me to put up Dice K stats you will laugh.

YANKEES

CC Sabathia 3.59 era (good)  85 hits in 105 innings (incredible) .220 BAA (very Good)
AJ Burnett  4.24 era (bad but better than all the sox minus Beckett) 81 hits in 87 innings (good) 82 k’s in 85 innings (very good)
Joba Chamberlain ERA 3.81 (good) 70 hits in 75 innings (good) 37 walks (bad) 69K’s in 75 innings (good)
Andy Pettite ERA 4.38 (bad but still better than sox -Beckett) 103hits in 90 innings (bad) 7-3 record (good)
Chein Ming Wang  So bad I don’t want to post it but not much worse than Dice K
Phil Hughes ERA 4.42 ERA (bad) 42 hits in 45 innings 45 k in 45 innings (great)

Number of goods or better for Red Sox   4 number of bads 10
Number of goods or better for Yankees 10  number of bads 5

The Yankees have good starting pitching and its much better than the Red Sox. The Yankees Achilles heel has been hitting with RISP. But his has improved over the last few games.
I don’t thing Smoltz has what he needs to have to be an effective pitcher at 42. If the Red Sox are seriously going to win the east they need to get Dice-K back to the form that won 18 games last year. So Although Boston has a solid bull pen especially the back end of it Their starting pitching is far from formidable.

Smoltz’s comeback not perfect, not bad

June 26, 2009
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Smoltz’s line read 5IP, 7H, 5R, 1BB, 1HB, 5Ks  with 92 pitches thrown. That isn’t that bad for a 42 year old start who is coming off of surgery. He also struck out the final 3 batters he faced in the 5th inning. Overall he felt good though and said that once he gets a couple more starts under his belt and meshes into the 5man rotation he will be just fine.  Smoltz off speed stuff was getting hitters out. That is a good sign. His fast ball was hitting 92 on the gun.  His strikeout to walk ratio was better with his off speed stuff then his fast ball.  If he can lock in that fast ball he will be an asset to the Redsox.

With Smoltz back and Dice-K on the DL for what looks to be forever are the Redsox hurting? Absolutely not. With Beckett, Wakefield, Lester, Penny, and Smotlz this is one of the most formidable starting rotations in baseball.  The Sox’s bullpen is also extremely good. Boston has the 4th lowest ERA in the AL.  If Ortiz keeps heating up like he has been this team is heading for another AL East division Title.

By Michael Genovese