Doc vs. C.C. Comment away.
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Saturday, June 12th, 2010
Friday, June 11th, 2010
I suppose Phillies@Boston has a smidgen of significance considering
geography and history due to the longevity of the franchises. But Astros@Yankees? Gah. Yeah, Pettitte is pitching against his "other" team, so that's something. Nah, never mind. I hate dem dere interleagues, dagnabbit.
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
In case anyone else is paying attention, these are just a few of the things that have happened this season:
- Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 and didn't walk a batter in his major league debut. His night ended at 94 pitches with 2 more innings to go. He struck out the last seven batters he faced. If he's allowed to pitch the next two innings, I say he ties the Clemens record.
- Jason Heyward is 20 years old and has mastered major league pitching. He's ridiculous.
- Three perfect games were pitched in a 4-week period.
- Cliff Lee has struck out 57 batters and walked 4 for a 14.25 k/bb ratio. I saw that one on Fangraphs.
- An umpire made a ridiculously awful call and America fell in love with him.
- Brett Gardner stole home against the Boston Red Sox in the first game of the season. The first game!!!
Not all seasons are created equal. This one has the makings of a great one.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
The consensus seems to be this is a WTF? moment, although some people are withholding judgment since teams like the Twins and Braves have been successful in the past with similar type picks, and everyone is in agreement that there is a crapshoot quality to the the whole affair that is the baseball draft. Baseball America, Prospectus and other experts projected Culver to go two to four rounds later. In fact, it was hard to find information from these sources about Cito since he was so far off their radar they hadn't prepared snappy summaries as they had for other expected first rounders.
In any case, it's clear the Yanks are in love with the Rochester native Culver who is an athletic switch-hitting high school shortstop. I'm not sure what to make of all the talk about how the Yanks should have held off on taking him until later since he was projected for later rounds. The Yanks seemed to think it was much too big of a gamble to wait any longer than the first round to snatch him up. Additionally, the first round has been full of surprises, at least according to the experts. If that's the case, consensus projections are probably not useful tools to use to guage when players will be drafted this year. All it takes is one other team to like Culver a lot as a second round pick for the Yanks to lose out on the guy they wanted the most at that point. Whether they should have wanted him the most, of course, is the issue. And that's an issue with the mysterious art of scouting. How can we, who do not watch these players, judge who will be a good player and who will be bad? The most respected and important scouts in the Yanks system surely talked this guy up.
So, I leave you with what I think after every draft pick selection: It could be a good pick or it could be a bad one or it could be a meh one.
Friday, June 4th, 2010
Anyone else sick of people talking about Joyce/Galarraga? The Mets announcing team, normally very good, won’t shut up about it, talking about how if Selig reverses the call then we’ll have to replay the 1985 World Series and other mistakes. Right.
What is it about this play that has made everyone lose their minds?
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
When history is in your grasp, the The courageous call is the
easy thing to do is embrace it. With two outs in the ninth inning in Detroit on
Wednesday, the first-base umpire, Jim Joyce, could have called the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Donald out on a
close play at first base. Make a fist, raise a forearm, and Armando Galarraga
becomes the 21st pitcher — and third in the last four weeks — to throw a
one Joyce made.
When history is in your grasp, the
The courageous call is the
other things that Tyler Kepner thinks are "courageous"
- Optioning to "keep
drilling" instead of "shutting down the rig since it might
explode and sink into the ocean"
- Playing in traffic
- Blindfolded log-tossing
- Quelling hunger with a big plate of Pasta con Atropa Belladonna
- Bringing a knife to a gunfight
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010