Light today, in honor of draft day.
Late Edition today, due to the extra stats. I'm determined not to fall after going 7 for 7 in picks yesterday.
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci collects such stories demonstrating Maddux's knowledge of hitters. Four times in one season, Maddux, while in the dugout, warned the man sitting next to him that the batter would line a foul into the dugout. Three times the batter did. Another time Maddux said on the bench: "Watch this. The first-base coach may be going to the hospital." The batter lined the next pitch off the coach's chest. Once with runners on second and third and two outs, Maddux's manager suggested an intentional walk. "Don't worry," said Maddux, explaining that on the third of his next pitches the batter would pop out foul to third. Maddux was wrong: The pop was a few feet fair.
Oliver Perez still has not found his control. He only lasted four innings tonight, throwing 92 pitches, forty four for balls. He's now walked 16 batters in 19 innings pitched. Perez was a huge strength for the Pirates last year; now he's turning into the weak link in the rotation. With 11 reaching base by a hit or a walk, he's lucky he only allowed three runs tonight.Also of note is that Perez's velocity is down to around 90 mph.
Zack Greinke threw some experimental knuckleballs on the sideline before the game. Greinke has done that before, although he again stressed he's not close to using the pitch in games.
“It's not very good,” he said. “For one thing, my fingernails are too long.”
Pitching coach Guy Hansen isn't so sure.
“That guy,” Hansen said, “can do anything he wants with a baseball.”
For example, both of Dontrelle Willis' complete games have come in blowouts. It probably wasn't necessary to have Dontrelle on the mound for all nine innings in both cases. Those innings instead could have been used to help sort out roles in the bullpen.And...
I hope Jack knows what he's doing here. From the outside though it sure seems like the plan is for the pitchers to prove that they're tough guys (and God help the reliever who comes in - relatively unused - from the pen and shows signs of rust, I can't imagine that's going to fly with Trader Jack) and for the lineup to be tweaked after every loss - not to be changed again until the "luck" from the change wears off (i.e. a loss).The argument is coming from this Palm Beach Post story where McKeon defends his decisions with this key statement:
"What's the big deal? If one guys throws 100 pitches in five innings, why can't the other guy throw 108 through nine?"Indeed.
"I've never seen anything like this in my career," said Al Leiter, who began playing in 1987.That doesn't mean it's bad.
Watching this great play made by Marco Scutaro over the weekend capped off a week of me noticing that there are many great Venezuelan born baseball players in the Major Leagues today.
So I decided to look more into it:
|Bobby Abreu, Philadelphia||Omar Infante, Detroit|
|Edgardo Alfonzo, San Francisco||Cesar Izturis, Los Angeles|
|Wilson Alvarez, Los Angeles||Maicer Izturis, LA Angels of Anaheim|
|Machado Anderson, Cincinnati||Jorge Julio, Baltimore|
|Tony Armas, Washington||Wilfredo Ledezma, Detroit|
|Rafael Betancourt, Cleveland||Victor Martinez, Cleveland|
|Henry Blanco, Chicago (NL)||Melvin Mora, Baltimore|
|Miguel Cabrera, Florida||Ray Olmedo, Cincinnati|
|Miguel Cairo, New York (NL)||Magglio Ordoñez, Detroit|
|Giovanni Carrara, Los Angeles||Eddie Perez, Atlanta|
|Marcos Carvajal, Colorado||Tomas Perez, Philadelphia|
|Jose Castillo, Pittsburgh||Juan Rincon, Minnesota|
|Roger Cedeño, St. Louis||Luis Rivas, Minnesota|
|Gustavo Chacin, Toronto||Juan Rivera, LA Angels of Anaheim|
|Raul Chavez, Houston||Francisco Rodriguez, LA Angels of Anaheim|
|Alex Escobar, Washington||Johan Santana, Minnesota|
|Kelvim Escobar, LA Angels of Anaheim||Marco Scutaro, Oakland|
|Freddy Garcia, Chicago (AL)||Carlos Silva, Minnesota|
|Alex Gonzalez, Florida||Yorvit Torrealba, San Francisco|
|Luis A. Gonzalez, Colorado||Ugueth Urbina, Detroit|
|Carlos Guillen, Detroit||Omar Vizquel, San Francisco|
|Ramon Hernandez, San Diego||Carlos Zambrano, Chicago (NL)|
|Richard Hidalgo, Texas||Victor Zambrano, New York (NL)|
He left Jacobs Field on Friday with his left middle finger still bothering him, but he indicated that he wasn't worried about it.
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