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« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2009, 01:14:40 PM »
He started to turn the corner until pitchers realized that hey, they don't need to throw him strikes anymore!  I'm sure outs are a delightful quirk to have from your power hitting right fielder.  And last year, he WAS the worst player in MLB.  He might have inched his way up a couple spots.  It is hardly asinine to call a right fielder with a sub .300 OBP one of the worst players.

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« Reply #51 on: May 12, 2009, 01:16:07 PM »
I want nothing more than for Francouer to be awesome, but as he is now he's pretty awful. Last year he tied for fifth all time worst OPS+ by a right fielder, and that took some last season improvement to get. He was on pace for 2nd for awhile.

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« Reply #52 on: May 12, 2009, 01:17:22 PM »
Pitchers have known that since he first came into the league, he's always been known as a guy who doesn't walk.

And oh, the Braves bullpen. Some things never change. Why is Peter Moylan still employed?

I didn't like Frenchy having a conniption over being sent to the minors last year. I mean, I wouldn't want to be sent to the minors either, but if he didn't suck, they wouldn't have thought to send him. Last season was kind of a blur though, I stopped caring after Georgia Tex got traded

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« Reply #53 on: May 12, 2009, 01:32:27 PM »
Kelly Johnson has been one of the more productive second basemen in the game over the last couple of years, easily top 10 at the position.  He's off to a slow start this year but I think the last couple years earn him the benefit of the doubt, and as of today his OPS this season is STILL better than that of the supposedly improved Francoeur.

Francoeur can have value despite the low OBP and high number of strike outs, but he's walking a very fine line.  His SLG% has declined every year since his rookie season, and probably at best he's slugging .450 or so, and his value is entirely dependent on his ability to drive in runs via extra base hits

The Braves are a team that's attempting to use Garrett Anderson as an every day outfielder in 2009, when the Angels gave up on that years ago, so yeah, I can see how Francoeur would be acceptable to Braves fans...

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« Reply #54 on: May 12, 2009, 01:50:39 PM »
Keep an eye on highlights for that Jayson Werth steal, btw.  He waited for Russell Martin to lob the ball back to the pitcher and he took off.  That's one thing I love about this Phillies club.  They are outstanding at exploiting any pitcher weakness they can find on the basepaths.

Chase Utley is the best hitter on the club.  Second is Jayson Werth.  Whereas Howard goes up swinging and it's boom or bust, Werth has an approach.  He's disciplined, and hits for moderate power.  He isn't going to get cheated out of an at bat, and he's good at almost every aspect of the game.

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« Reply #55 on: May 12, 2009, 02:03:30 PM »
Werth stole 4 bases, Rollins stole one, and freaking Howard stole a base!

Does Russell Martin have that bad of an arm?

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« Reply #56 on: May 12, 2009, 02:07:47 PM »
Well, Howard's steal was the back end of a double steal (Werth stole 3rd and Howard took 2nd).

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« Reply #57 on: May 12, 2009, 02:09:27 PM »
The Braves are obviously trying to win with pitching this year, the outfield is just embarassing. It's sad that Chipper is still the most feared hitter in the lineup, though I'm happy to have McCann back

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« Reply #58 on: May 12, 2009, 02:10:14 PM »
The Phillies really just have this uncanny knack for base stealing.  Last year they stole 136 and were caught 25 times, as a TEAM.

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« Reply #59 on: May 12, 2009, 02:43:50 PM »
So, how about that hitting streak (or are we trying not to jinx it)?

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« Reply #60 on: May 12, 2009, 03:12:26 PM »
I think it more has to do with that no one cares about the Nats. And really it's tough to get all that excited about the streak at the moment. Hell Willy Taveras had a 30 game hitting streak just a few years ago.

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« Reply #61 on: May 12, 2009, 03:41:54 PM »
Someone break up the NL Central.  Oh, and Willy Taveras has a 13 game hit streak.
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« Reply #62 on: May 12, 2009, 03:45:56 PM »
I don't know why people hate on Taveras so much. He's a decent player, especially defensively and as a baserunner. I was sad to see him leave the Rox.

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« Reply #63 on: May 12, 2009, 04:39:01 PM »
So, how about that hitting streak (or are we trying not to jinx it)?
Zimmerman's not making it exciting enough.  He keeps getting hits in his first AB, so there's no questions about whether the streak will end.  He needs to learn how to draw attention to himself.  What's he trying to prove anyway?  He already signed his big contract before the season started.

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« Reply #64 on: May 12, 2009, 08:24:37 PM »
So, that Bobby Scales has been pretty fun.

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« Reply #66 on: May 13, 2009, 12:44:30 AM »
I don't know why people hate on Taveras so much. He's a decent player, especially defensively and as a baserunner. I was sad to see him leave the Rox.
When it comes to the leadoff hitter I don't think slugging percentage is terribly important, except to the extent that it keeps the defense honest.  If Taveras is putting up an OBP of .360 or better, he's a valuable player.  But when he gives the Rockies a .308 OBP in the highest run scoring environment in the majors, that cripples your offense.  He's had two good seasons (2007 and '09), but those are the seasons where he played fewer games.

(You know, it amazes me that few people ever pick up on this phenomenon.  In the last seventy years, eight players have hit better than .375 in a season.  Only three of them played more than 140 games.  The smaller the sample of at bats, the greater the potential variance in performance.  If not for the 1994 strike, it is highly unlikely that Tony Gwynn would have hit .400.)

I think Taveras can have value, but he's on a ledge.  If he puts up a line like last season, he's a liability.

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« Reply #68 on: May 13, 2009, 04:45:49 AM »
I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet.

https://www.peoplecmg.com/peopleallstars/

We get to see People Magazine honor "Everyday All-Stars" before this year's All-Star game.  What a load of pandering, sentimental crap.

Thanks for posting this, I saw a few of these pamphlets at the Jays last night. Walter Gretzky was there, which was awesome, but I was a little embarrassed for him to be there around so many fans yelling at Burnett. I had visions of that scene from The Naked Gun where the guy behind The Queen at the Angels game screams "Kick him in the balls!" during the fight.

I also think I don't need to even watch the Jays if Halladay's pitching.

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« Reply #69 on: May 13, 2009, 07:45:40 AM »
0-2 today for Frenchy. That's the last time I argue with al.

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« Reply #70 on: May 13, 2009, 08:00:05 AM »
Of all people Martin Prado got the go ahead run with a homer in the 12th, and Gonzalez held on, albeit barely. Back to .500!
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« Reply #71 on: May 13, 2009, 11:05:05 AM »
Yankees hit for the cycle in the 2nd inning - A single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a home run and score 5 runs.

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« Reply #72 on: May 13, 2009, 12:35:13 PM »
Ryan Zimmerman's hitting streak gets a little pub, and then it abruptly ends...figures.

Oh, and Dontrelle Willis is back. Kinda shaky so far, but it could be worse.

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« Reply #73 on: May 13, 2009, 01:45:38 PM »
The Brewers have apparently called up 3B prospect Mat Gamel. Seems like odd timing, though he's been killing the ball in AAA. Not sure what the point is in bringing him up to primarily pinch hit, unless something bigger is afoot.
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« Reply #74 on: May 13, 2009, 02:31:41 PM »
My guess is that something bigger is afoot. Bill Hall or Rickie Weeks (Hall-->2b) sent away for an ace? What's the corresponding move? My guess is Chris Duffy designated for assignment. Let's check!

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« Reply #75 on: May 13, 2009, 02:47:51 PM »
Rickie's finally earing the lead-off spot.  It would be dumb to trade him now.

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« Reply #76 on: May 13, 2009, 04:09:04 PM »
Wow, look at the NL Central, just dominating the rest of the league.

The Cubs, Reds, Brewers and Cardinals are now a combined 23 games over .500.
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« Reply #77 on: May 13, 2009, 04:43:22 PM »
Quote from: people a few weeks ago
Are the Marlins for real?
If they fail to smack Braden Looper around like an Italian housewife tomorrow the answer is NO

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« Reply #78 on: May 13, 2009, 04:46:12 PM »
They did smack Looper around, but it wasn't enough.

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« Reply #79 on: May 13, 2009, 04:51:21 PM »
While Jack Wilson was on the DL the last 2 weeks, his replacement Brian Bixler accomplished quite a feat.  He had 26 plate appearances and struck out 18 times.  He had 1 walk and 5 hits.  It's actually pretty hard to believe that he made contact 7 times and picked up 5 hits out of it.  In baseball history there has only been one player who struck out more times in 26 plate appearances or fewer in a season, pitcher Bob Lee who in 1964 struck out 19 times in 23 plate appearances.  The rest of the top 40 is made up entirely of pitchers.  For his major league career Bixler has struck out 54 out 146 plate appearances.  That ranks him second among position players with 150 ABs or fewer behind Jackie Warner in 1966 with 55 in 133.  He was actually tearing it up in the International League before the call up.

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« Reply #80 on: May 13, 2009, 05:24:53 PM »
Wow, I was just looking at the standings, and was pleasantly surprised by the current divisional leaders.  In the AL the Rangers and Jays lead their divisions and the Tigers and Royals are essentially tied in the third.  Of those teams only one won at least 80 games last year.
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« Reply #81 on: May 13, 2009, 09:30:29 PM »
I watched Jose Contreras last night.  He looked entirely awful in the first inning.  Eight of the first twelve batters he faced worked three ball counts.  Yet the Scranton offense is lately inept and scored no runs.  Contreras pitched six scoreless innings. 

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« Reply #82 on: May 13, 2009, 11:11:03 PM »
Brewers sent down bench player Brad Nelson to make room for Mat Gamel. Nelson was 0-21, which is a shame. Sounds like this callup is to prep Gamel for use as a DH in upcoming interleague games.
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« Reply #83 on: May 14, 2009, 06:22:50 AM »
How did the first two homers to be overturned using instant replay happen within about 2 hours last night?  Adam LaRoche's turned into an RBI double, but Ross Gload had his ruled foul and struck out.  That has to suck.

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« Reply #84 on: May 14, 2009, 09:08:56 AM »
At least they're getting the calls right, in the end. Yeah, I wonder how Gload felt, though.

Also, since it's fashionable around here...FIRST PLACE! We'll see how long that lasts since the Cards play in a few hours.
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« Reply #85 on: May 14, 2009, 11:07:18 AM »
How many more years are the BoSox stuck with the corpse of David Ortiz?

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« Reply #86 on: May 14, 2009, 11:25:50 AM »
Signed through 2010, club option for '11.

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« Reply #87 on: May 14, 2009, 11:29:17 AM »
So a year and a half then? Good to know.

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« Reply #88 on: May 14, 2009, 12:10:38 PM »
0/7 with 12 men left on base.  That is some Hall of Fame futility there.

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« Reply #89 on: May 14, 2009, 12:16:29 PM »
When the Indians play this well, I start thinking they're turning the corner.

Then I realize they're playing Tampa Bay.

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« Reply #90 on: May 14, 2009, 12:53:04 PM »
You do know the Rays got to this thing called the World Series just last year, right?

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« Reply #91 on: May 14, 2009, 12:55:06 PM »
And you do know they haven't been playing like a championship team this year, right?

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« Reply #92 on: May 14, 2009, 01:00:53 PM »
Still to early to declare them one of the worst teams right now. 

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« Reply #93 on: May 14, 2009, 01:08:08 PM »
That may be true.  I'm merely saying that, even as an Indians fan, I can't take scoring double digits on the Rays as a sure sign they're turning the corner with the way the Rays have played so far this year.

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« Reply #94 on: May 14, 2009, 01:22:32 PM »
Michael Bourn stole home tonight on a double steal.  Can anyone remember this happening so many times so early in the season?

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« Reply #95 on: May 14, 2009, 01:32:59 PM »
That's the third steal of home this season.  Breaking down the steals by date would be a lot of leg work, but baseball-reference.com now has them by season.  Last year there were 15 steals of home.  In 2007 there were eight.  Three in the span of three weeks might be noteworthy, but I'm sure it's not unusual.

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« Reply #96 on: May 14, 2009, 03:14:33 PM »
I honestly didn't know there were 15 steals of home last year. I've definitely noticed a big difference in how up to date on the league I am now thanks to the MLB network. It's like ESPNEWS without any other sports. Instead of 4 minutes total for all of the MLB highlights, it's an hour every morning that repeats. It's wonderful.

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« Reply #97 on: May 14, 2009, 03:51:30 PM »
John Maine's starts are always so interesting. It seems like every time out now he struggles through the first and then the next 4-5 innings are a breeze. I don't know what his numbers are on at bats the second and third time through the order, but I'm sure they're great.

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« Reply #98 on: May 14, 2009, 04:09:29 PM »
I don't think Jerry Manuel's going to survive the season if he keeps tinkering around with the bullpen and pulling guys at the wrong time.

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« Reply #99 on: May 14, 2009, 04:13:26 PM »
It's pretty irritating. How is Feliciano not up there to face Ishikawa?

And just now Beltran had another crucial steal of third where he should have been called out. It's a staple of their offense at this point!