How nice is it to have the bullpen we have now? It's only three games, but the bullpen has given up exactly four hits, two walks and six strikeouts over eight innings. More importantly, they have given up no runs. And we haven't even seen Juan Cruz yet.
Here is the breakdown:
Rincon - two innings, one hit, no walks
Calero - three innings, one hit, one walk, four strikeouts
Street - one inning, one hit, one walk, one strikeout
Dotel - one inning, no hits, one strikeout
Duchscherer - one inning, one hit
It's still too early to make any long-term judgments, but it feels like we're long past the days of Jim Mecir and Arthur Rhodes. They also did it against a great hitting lineup, so you can't completely write this off. It's nice to not reach for the Maalox every time Macha reaches for that bullpen phone.
Baseball has a cap as much as either of those two sports do. In baseball, there’s a hard number with severe and escalating penalties if a team exceeds it. Teams are free to exceed that number if they’re willing to eat the penalties… which is exactly as it is in the NBA and the NFL, though in each league the ways teams work it, and the penalties that they pay, differ.From what I know, there is a huge difference difference between the NFL's cap and MLB's system of taxes. Not only does the NFL penalize teams with more than just fines (via draft picks), but all contracts in the NFL have to be approved by the League and if there's a team that is spending over the cap with a certain contract, the NFL will probably decline it. I doubt such a thing would happen in Major League Baseball.
I don’t understand why baseball has this widespread perception. The Yankees are the only team that violates the cap, and they’re paying a huge price to do so that gets higher every year.
The brainiacs on the panel breezed through the first four offerings in the category (among them Busch Stadium and the Cardinals and Shea Stadium and the Mets), then reached the final offering for $1,000: "Tropicana Field." Blank stares and uncomfortable silence filled the air until the times-up buzzer sounded and Alex Trebek leaned forward to say, softly: "Who are the Devil Rays?"
The defending champs claim they are a different, ‘more business-like’ team this year.
Goalie Jordan Parise leads the way. He’s 8-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a 94.6 save percentage since taking over as the starter on February 26th.
Despite being a favorite to win it all, CC had to come back down 0-3 against Michigan to get to the Frozen Four.
‘Mr. March’ helped the Gophers reach their third Frozen Four in last four years.
The 2005 NCAA Frozen Four will feature four schools whose enrollment runs from 48,677 (Minnesota), to 13,034 (North Dakota), to 9,455 (Denver), to 1,950 (Colorado College). Two of the teams CC (Colorado Springs World Arena) and UM (Mariucci Arena) play their home games on a 200 x 100 surface while two teams - Denver (Magness Arena) and North Dakota (Ralph Engelstad Arena) play their home games on a 200 x 85 surface.The Frozen Four will be held at Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center. The rink size there is 200 x 85.
By class on their respective team rosters, Colorado College has three seniors, 10 juniors, nine sophomores and six freshmen; Denver has seven seniors, three juniors, 11 sophomores and seven freshmen; Minnesota has six seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and 10 freshmen; and North Dakota has nine seniors, three juniors, eight sophomores, and five freshmen. The team captains for all four teams are veteran defensemen in CC's Mark Stuart, Denver's Matt Laatsch, UM's Judd Stevens, and UND's Matt Greene.
Denver coach George Gwozdecky said he will stick with his two-man goaltending rotation at the Frozen Four. That means sophomore Glenn Fisher will start against Colorado College in Thursday's semifinal round. Fisher is 0-2 against the Tigers this season while freshman Peter Mannino is 3-0, including shutouts in his last two games against the Tigers. Neither goalie has started back-to-back games this season.
None of the three referees chosen to work the Frozen Four is from the WCHA, even though all four of the teams are. Two of the referees — Matt Shegos and Steve Piotrowski — are from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and the third is from the ECAC. Shegos worked both of UND's games in the East Regional. "We raised the question about having WCHA officials work the Frozen Four since it's all our teams, but they didn't give us an answer," WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod said Monday. "I have no idea what their (tournament committee's) reasoning is."WCHA refs have been rather lenient this season but, as the Regionals showed us, penalties in this year's Frozen Four are going to frequent. Surprisingly, special teams and goaltending will determine this year's winner. Again, I favor UND on both.
CC vs Denver - 2pm EST
UND vs Minn - 7pm EST
The scene for a surreal night may have been set when former Jays reliever Billy Koch showed up in the outfield stands wearing a Devil Rays cap and a jersey with right fielder Huff's name on it. Koch had taken a group of schoolchildren to the game and made good on a promise to cheer for Tampa Bay, made last week when he publicly ripped Toronto for cutting him at spring training.
...while it is true that nobody has won a championship in April, 57 of 72 (79.2 percent) playoff teams since 1995 had winning records in April.
Eleven (15.3 percent) had losing records.
Four teams (5.5 percent) had .500 records.
Twenty-two of those 57 teams with winning records got off to torrid starts, with winning percentages of .650 or better.
Starting a baseball season is like writing checks. You spend the first part putting the wrong month on the line, checking yourself as it goes.
"If it wasn't opening day, nobody would say a thing about it," McClendon said.
Mauer caught all eight innings in Monday's season opening loss to the Mariners and even stole a base, jokingly telling the St. Paul Pioneer Press afterward: "I wanted to pull the bag up." Mauer will catch tonight, but is scheduled to get Wednesday off from catching duties.
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