Wide World of Blogs Keeps on Rolling…

This is the 5th installment in a series of many (this is going to outlast the Real World and maybe, just maybe, cockroaches). Without preamble, here goes:

  • Steve Goldman writes about Mike Mussina’s sparkling start of the season at the Pinstriped Blog. Should we be concerned that the Yanks have only won 2 of his 4 starts?
  • Soxaholic takes note of the date, and discusses the greatness that is Boston baseball right now (including Adam Stern’s dazzling glove work). Speaking of the basis of Cypress Hill’s career, I remember a lot of things seeming better than they were when I was under the spell of a certain…plant. Things like Richard Linklater’s Slacker seemed interesting (what crap!) and Dunkin Donut’s bagels tasted like a gourmet meal. With the lights turned on, the shades up, the truth of these things becomes clear. God, I hate Schilling (but the guy can pitch)!
  • At MLB Trade Rumors, Rumor Monger posts about who has the goods and need to get and want Barry Zito if he becomes available. RM believes the Yanks are the early favorite to procur the lefty’s services. Would you trade Hughes and Duncan for Zito? Any opinions?
  • And, finally, because the site is pretty great and very useful, I just wanted to mention that David Pinto is keeping us up-to-date on everything going down in baseball at Baseball Musings.
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  • Hughes AND Duncan for Zito? If that were to transpire (and there’s no way that’s transpiring), then who’s in charge? How would you YFs explain that one away?

    SF April 20, 2006, 3:14 pm
  • “Trade Rumors” suggests that a Sox’ package of Lester and Pedroia would pique Beane’s interest. Of course it would. It would probably make the deal happen. Which is why the Red Sox won’t do it. Why not just watch DiNardo, see what Lester does at AAA and if he does well slot him in to the #5 spot? Is Zito that necessary? Since his Cy Young season he hasn’t been that unhittable, and considering he’s played for a perennial contender one would think his numbers would be stronger. How would he adapt to Fenway, which isn’t as spacious as Oakland? Doesn’t seem like a good match, and if the Sox are willing to part with both Lester and Pedroia then why not add another couple of real chips to the pile, a wad of cash, and go after Dontrelle?
    Cross the Sox off the list.

    SF April 20, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • If that were to transpire, it would be a sign that the Yanks were in deep trouble…this year. And, it would seem to be a directive from everybody’s favorite impulsive millionaire. I get Zito’s value as a lefty who puts up above average numbers in a lot innings. He reminds me a lot of David Wells when he was younger, who has played an important role on many a contender. But, Phillip and Hughes is just so much.
    Dontrelle Willis is another story…

    NickYF April 20, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • Mr. Hughes should remain in pinstripes.

    YF April 20, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • I’d like to see Hughes remain in pinstripes, however I think I’d pull the trigger on that deal.
    Sure Hughes has looked great, but he’s still in A-ball and doesn’t have the best health history. Zito’s a reliable, establish major leaguer that will give you lots of innings.
    I like Hughes just as much as the next guy, but he’s got just as much of a chance of turning into Brien Taylor as he does Roger Clemens at this point.

    Mike A. April 20, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • One thing I forgot to mention about Schilling:
    When Schilling beats a team that had a .500 record last year and has a legit shot at one this year, come talk to me. Not when he wins 4 games against teams that were a combined 70 games under break-even last year.

    Mike A. April 20, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Brush it off if you like, but it’s not just that Schilling is beating these (admittedly sub-par) teams, he’s giving them a serious ass-whooping to the tune of 1.61 ERA and 0.75 WHIP.

    airk April 20, 2006, 4:52 pm
  • Mikey A: Let’s leave schedule-making out of it. It all evens out over the year. Besides, you know that if Moose won four straight games against anyone anytime this year that you’d be thrilled.
    Good pitchers always beat the teams they’re supposed to, so what’s your point? That Curt’s not having a great season thus far? He’s beaten everyone he’s faced and has done so in a dominating fashion. What more do you need to constitute a great start?

    Sean April 20, 2006, 5:06 pm
  • I can’t believe I’m going to defend Schilling here, but there’s a first for everything…
    Schilling has far surpassed what anyone could have reasonably expected, at least during these 4 starts. Also, the offenses he’s faced have not all been sub-par. The Rangers in Texas? Baltimore has some bats.
    That felt icky.

    NickYF April 20, 2006, 5:27 pm
  • Schilling pitched well against two solid offensive teams, Baltimore and Texas. Seattle, though not the best team, still has a lineup with some very good hitters. Last night was the second time this season that he has gotten good run support, but his other two starts were squeakers — against Seattle he was given very little margin for error as the Sox’ offense went to sleep.
    Your contention that Schilling’s 4-0 record comes simply from playing patsies is an extremely weak one.

    SF April 20, 2006, 5:28 pm
  • I was just thinking today that I would be shocked if the Yankees didn’t go after Zito, if not this season, then next year when he goes into free agency. I wonder how he would fit in with the Yankees organization, personality wise.

    Hunter April 20, 2006, 6:45 pm
  • I’m all for giving Schilling credit, but come’on SF, the Seattle offense is not good at all, so don’t try and pass off any “they’ve got a few good bats” crap.

    Anonymous April 20, 2006, 6:52 pm
  • Really, they don’t have a “few good bats”? Sexson, Beltre (yeah, I know, a bust, but he’s still capable), Ichiro, Johijma, Ibanez. That’s 5 decent-good hitters. Like I said, not the best team. Where am I hyperbolizing or trying to pull a fast one? I didn’t call them the second coming of the 1927 Yankees. Yeesh. Thin-skinned Yankees fan much?

    SF April 20, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • In defense of the nameless Yanks fan, I think you could say that about just every baseball team save for the Royals and Pirates. The M’s offense is pretty weak, if we’re following last year and the beginning of this year as a guide, even with the presence of those names in the line-up. Still, Schilling has been great.

    NickYF April 20, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Yeah, Nick – I wasn’t trying to make it out that the Mariners are sultans, but they aren’t the Royals either. And that game the Sox only scored 2 runs, but Schilling still held the M’s to 1, which isn’t a slam-dunk against any team in the entire majors, I don’t care how bad a team they are. The bottom line is that you are right: Schilling has excelled this season, and I think those who would deny that are grasping (or hoping very badly he doesn’t keep it up).

    SF April 20, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Schilling has pitched so well I’m not sure it matters who he’s facing. I don’t know if this’ll last all season long, but its been impressive nonetheless.
    As for the Zito to the Yankees thing: If I were the Yankees I’d trade Hughes and Duncan for Zito in a heartbeat. If I’m the A’s I’d never do that trade.
    Hughes looks like the real deal, but he’s pretty far from the big leagues, and he’s pretty young. A lot of promising young pitchers not unlike Hughes have either hit the wall or more likely gotten hurt before reaching the big leagues. Theres still a lot of time before Hughes is a big league starter, let alone an all star. He’s clearly got potential, but theres a lot of risk there too (if you’re trading for him I mean).
    Duncan on the other hand, isn’t anyone I’d be willing to trade for. He’s a 22 year old who hit .235 with a .326 on-base percentage in AA last year. Bleah… I doubt Billy Beane has any interest in him.
    I don’t think there’s much of a match for Zito with the Yankees. The other thing is Zito will be so expensive in terms of propects that whoever trades for him will probably only do so if they can negotiate a long term deal. Based on that, I’m doubting he’ll ever be with the Yankees. Which is fine with me by the way. The Mets is a possibility, but not the Yankees.

    mattymatty April 21, 2006, 11:22 am
  • I don’t think Beane moves ZIto this season unless the A’s are completely out of it. Since they always put up a nice win streak in July/August they probably won’t be out of contention in the AL West (becuase it is an up-for-grabs division). If they are out I don’t think Beane moves Zito for anything less than a upper-level pitching prospect plus something else. But my guess is that he’ll be happy with the arbitration first rounder when their offer gets declined after he season.

    Nate April 21, 2006, 12:47 pm

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