6.10.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • For anyone waiting for Carlos Beltran to start stealing bases, here's this:
    Officially, Beltran didn't call it a setback, saying, "I still feel the same." But he and the Mets must be concerned that the injury could be one that hampers him for a long time.

    Beltran even admitted that an extended period of rest would do him good, but maintained he'd rather play injured than watch his teammates go at it without him.

    "If I'm 80%, I can be out there," said Beltran, who signed a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets in the offseason. "I don't want to be on the bench."
  • Cesar Izturis not only deserves to be in the All-Star Game, but he's worthy of a few first half MVP votes. Tommy Lasorda, in his mlblog, writes about why Izturis should be playing in 76th Midsummer Classic.

  • Chipper should only be out 4-6 weeks.

  • Brian Bruney's sixth save of the season last night was anything but routine. Lefty sidewinder Javier Lopez began the ninth by getting Jacque Jones and Justin Morneau to ground out easily to the right side of the infield. Then Bruney entered the game to get the final out, only he walked Michael Cuddyer and gave up a single to Lew Ford before striking out Matthew LeCroy to end the game. In his last five appearances, Bruney has pitched 3.1 innings, given up 13 hits, 9 runs (8 earned), 4 walks, and he's struck out 5. Brandon Lyon and/or Greg Aquino can't return to the bullpen fast enough for Arizona.

  • Each time this season when it looked like the Devil Rays have found a new low to explore, they've responded with a huge underdog victory. There was 04.19.05 when, after losing seven of eight, Hideo Nomo out-pitched Randy Johnson in a 6-2 victory in the Bronx. And then there was 05.03.05 when, after losing 8 straight, the Rays battered Kevin Brown for 13 hits and 8 runs in a 11-4 win that prompted the Rays to take three of four at home against the Yankees. And then there was 05.24.05, as TB returned home off of a 2-8 road trip to face the Oakland Athletics. Julio Lugo singled in the go-ahead run in the 7th, and the Rays went on to win four straight.

    So now, here we are on 06.10.05. Since winning those four games in a row, Tampa Bay has dropped 10 of their last 11. Their pitching in Cincinnati was a special kind of horrible and tonight they have to face Mark Redman in his home park (2-2, 2.11, 0.89). Hideo Nomo with his 1-4 road record and 8.74 road ERA will try play the role as stopper again. Hey, at least he's done it once already this season.

    It's hard to imagine things could be any worse right now. Outside the Lines just aired a 15 minute segment debating the legitmacy of Vince Namoli as an MLB franchise owner. Lou is speaking openly and plainly about the team's needs. Buster Olney is debating if Delmon Young should be brought up early. And both (1, 2) of the local Tampa papers used today the word 'bottom' in their headline about the Rays. TB has three more games to play before they return home. Pittsburgh is 14-16 at home and they just took two of three from the Orioles.

  • More on Ichiro:
    "I've been in situations where I struggled," he said. "The fact I have confidence in my game -- I have confidence in my abilities -- that's why I know I can get out of it. It's not the fact that I can look back on the numbers I've put up. It's the fact I have confidence in myself right now."

    Ichiro said he doesn't feel any more pressure to produce now because of the standard he set last season. And he said he doesn't sense the public has higher expectations for him.

    "I don't really know what magazines I'm on or what people are writing about. I just don't get that information. I don't hear about it. So it's hard to say what they're expecting, because I really don't know."
  • Who would have thought the two starters in tonight's Phillies/Brewers matchup would enter the game with a combined ERA of 4.95. Coming into this season, Brett Myers had a career 4.84 ERA and Victor Santos had a career ERA of 4.60.

  • Bronson Arroyo stat update:
    Since joining the Red Sox:
    HOME: 3-6, 119.1, 4.90, 1.45
    AWAY: 11-5, 146.0, 3.02, 0.97
    Arroyo has struggled a bit since returning from his 6 game suspension, but two of his three starts since then have come at Fenway. Also, on 06.01.05, Arroyo pitched 1.1 innings in relief of Tim Wakefield. This afternoon he's facing his childhood hero.

  • In his second stint with the Cubs, Greg Maddux is 20-14 with a 4.05 ERA. At home over that same time, Maddux is 9-7 with a 3.53 ERA. The 39 year old right hander has finished a season with an ERA over 3.60 just twice since 1988. Two years ago he had a 3.96 ERA and last season he finished at 4.02. And since 1988, he's never had less than 15 wins in a season. Has there ever been a more consistent pitcher?

  • Tomo Ohka seems to be enjoying his new home park. This season:
    HOME: 2-1, 27.0, 1.67, 1.22, .215
    AWAY: 2-2, 27.0, 5.00, 1.41, .233

  • Aaron Harang will try to rebound from his rough outing at Coors tonight at home against the Orioles. This season, Harang is:
    HOME: 2-1, 34.2, 1.82, 0.84, .162
    AWAY: 2-2, 37.2, 5.02, 1.43, .291

  • Night game stats later. Hopefully.

  • UPDATE:
  • Carlos Beltran is 12/35 (.343) with 4 HR lifetime off Bartolo Colon. Mike Cameron is just 2/23. Doug Mientkiewcz has gone 11/33 with a HR against Colon.

  • Since 2004, Colon has had an interesting trend of being vulnerable around the 46-60 pitch count number. That's usually the second time through the opposing teams' batting order. In 2004, Colon had a 4.76/1.53/.294 line during that pitch count area. This year, he's at 9.31/1.97/.341.

  • Don't get too excited by Kaz Ishii's splits this year:
    HOME: 0-1, 19.2, 2.75, 1.12, .221
    AWAY: 1-3, 22.1, 7.25, 1.61, .244
    Two of those home starts were against the Reds and the Astros; a couple of the worst road teams in the NL. In his last start at home, Ishii gave up 6 runs, 5 earned, against the Giants.

  • Chan Ho Park, seemingly healthy this season for the first time in many years, has been good at home, but not so good on the road- even in pitcher's parks like in Oakland, Seattle, and Chicago:
    HOME: 4-1, 36.2, 3.93, 1.36, .255
    AWAY: 2-0, 27.0, 6.67, 1.81, .296

  • A.J. Burnett career versus AL teams:
    7-2, 107.1, 3.27, 1.04
    But he's had seven starts against Tampa Bay, so....

  • Danny Haren in his last three starts:
    2-1, 23.0, 1.96, 0.56

  • Jon Garland this season:
    HOME: 5-0, 37.2, 2.39, 0.93, .212
    AWAY: 4-2, 41.2, 4.32, 1.30, .294
    He's lost his last two road starts, at Anaheim and at Texas.

  • Last night it was Noah Lowry, tonight it's Brett Tomko. Both seem to be benefited from pitching at home this season.
    Tomko's numbers:
    HOME: 3-1, 29.1, 2.45, 1.16, .239
    AWAY: 2-6, 50.0, 4.68, 1.38, .264

6.09.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • Baseball Musings writes about Johan Santana's performance last night:
    Last night's performance by Johan Santana is what we've come to expect from the Cy Young award winner. Nine inning, nine strikeouts, no walks, no runs. It's not that Santana is pitching badly this year; it just seems like he's giving up more runs than he should. His DIPS ERA confirms this. He should be dominant rather than very good.

    The difference between this year and last is that Santana is allowing hits with men in scoring position. In 2004, opponents hit just .165 with men in scoring position, slugging a mere .264. This year they're hitting .276 and slugging .483.
  • The Rangers made an interesting move yesterday, designating their opening day starter Ryan Drese for assignment.
    "We felt like we had to attempt to get him back where he was," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "Obviously, you run the risk of losing him, but it's going to work out for Ryan either way. After 12 starts, we just reached the point where we had to make an adjustment. Putting him in the bullpen wasn't going to get him where he needed to go."
    The Rangers' pitching has been surprisingly solid this year, and at the very least, Drese has proven he can pitch in Arlington. I wonder if anyone else wants to take a chance on him.

  • Blue Jays rookies 3B Aaron Hill has started his major league career well. Hill has been impressive in the field and he's also hitting .338/.392/.485 through his first 18 games.

  • Reason number 847 why the Devil Rays need new ownership. This one from John Romano of the St. Pete Times:
    Go back to 2001. The Rays knew Mark Teixeira was the best player available when it was their turn to pick at No.3, but they were scared off by his contract demands. So, instead, they took Dewon Brazelton.

    Four years later, Teixeira is a star. Brazelton is an eclipse. The difference in signing bonus between them turned out to be around $300,000.

    That's not the only example of the Rays skimping on player development. They shut down their academy in the Dominican Republic and are one of only two major-league teams without a summer league in the Dominican.
  • UPDATE: I just caught Wednesday night's Outside the Lines that was all about the DRays and Namoli. Marc Topkin, a writer for the St. Pete Times, was the guest and he previewed the story in a article last week. As is to be expected from OTL, the story tried to ask questions from all angles- for example, 'what chance of success does baseball ever have in Tampa?' It was intereting to hear the quote they got from Aubrey Huff and Carl Crawford. Both players indicated that, while all they can do is play everyday, something needs to be done about the team's leadership. And they didn't mean Lou...

  • Larry Stone of the Seattle Times notes:
    But after beginning the year amid speculation on his chances for hitting .400, Ichiro finds himself on the verge of slipping below .300.

    Yesterday was another in a growing line of frustrating nights for Ichiro, who went 1 for 5 in the Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Florida Marlins at Dolphins Stadium.

    The lone hit was the 996th of his major-league career, but progress toward his latest milestone has been slow. Ichiro is now 4 for 23 in June (.174) after hitting .288 in May, and his average has dipped to .306.
    There was an article in either the Sporting News or SI a couple of weeks ago about Ichrio and his art of hitting. I don't have it nearby, so I can't be sure where it appeared, but a good portion of the story featured an adjustment Ichiro made last season in his batting stance. He's opened up a little more and changed the angle of his bat. I may check out a few of the Mariners' next few games to see where he is now with his stance. My guess is that pitchers have found a weakness in his swing (probably inside) and Ichiro hasn't yet adjusted. I'm sure he will.

  • Andy Pettitte makes his 142nd career start in the city of New York tonight against the Mets. Pettitte is 81-30 in the Bronx and 2-1 in 8 starts in Queens. Over his last two games, Pettitte has thrown 13.0 innings and has only given up 8 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, while striking out 13. Yet the Astros won only their 6th game on the road last night, while the Mets are 21-12 at home.

  • Tom Glavine has also turned around his poor start.
    Since 05.12.05 Glavine is:
    3-1, 33.1, 2.16, 1.26

  • From what I've seen of Jake Westbrook this year, he seems to be the same pitcher he was in 2004. But he's 2-8 with an ERA over 5 right now. His opposing BA is the same as last season (.255), his WHIP is similar (1.28), and he's giving up an average of 1 hit per inning. Westbrook relies on balls in play to get outs, and it doesn't seem like he's getting good results through the first third of this season. And when he's been bad, he's been real bad. Three times this year he's given up six or more runs in less than four innings. Today he gets to face the Padres, who are trying to avoid being swept at home.

  • Adam Eaton at home this season:
    5-0, 31.1, 2.87, 1.28, .246

  • Jose Lima in three career starts at Pac Bell:
    1-1, 14.1, 6.91, 1.95, .368

  • Noah Lowry goes today for the Giants, another team looking to avoid being swept at home.
    Lowry career's splits:
    HOME: 6-4, 103.2, 3.13, 1.13, .230
    AWAY: 2-2, 57.2, 6.55, 1.79, .311
    But Lowry's day/night numbers make this less than a sure thing:
    DAY: 0-2, 43.0, 5.65, 1.40, .273
    NIGHT: 8-4, 118.1, 3.88, 1.35, .257

  • Josh Beckett at home this season:
    5-0, 43.0, 1.47, 0.93, .183

  • I'm pretty sure Livan Hernandez is actually pitching for the Nationals tonight. There seemed to be some confusion about who was starting last night's game. Nonetheless, Hernandez is going on six days rest, presumably because he threw 150 pitches his last time out.

  • The Devil Rays blew a 6-1 lead on Tuesday against the Reds and then they blew a 7-3 lead last night in Cincinnati. The Rays are now 4-25 on the road and they have four games remaining on their current 12 game road trip.

  • Kyle Lohse is his last four starts:
    3-1, 26.1, 2.73, 1.33

  • Even though Javier Vazquez hasn't walked anyone in his last 7 starts (50.0 innings), he's given up 10 hits in each of his last two games (11.0 innings). The DBacks are the third team today looking to avoid being swept at home.

  • Bill Hall may have taken over the Brewers' SS job since both he and 2B Junior Spivey are swinging the bat well. Since starting the season poorly, Hall has gone 36/115 (.313) with 6 HR and 5 SB over May and June.

6.08.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • From the draft recap by Aaron Gleeman via the Hardball Times, the Dodgers apparently got a top talent with a late pick:
    Tennessee right-hander Luke Hochevar—ranked sixth by BA and considered a top-10 player by just about everyone else—fell to the Dodgers with the 40th pick in the draft, because he is represented by Boras. Now, that's fine for the Dodgers, who will get a top-10 talent they have no business getting as long as they are willing to pay the price, but it's not so great for everyone else.
    Another note from Gleeman makes is understated and obvious, but still widely misunderstood. In response to college players being taken frequently in the early rounds, Gleeman writes about the A's finding value in high school talents:
    People often mistake the theme of Moneyball as Beane and the A's being obsessed with walks and on-base percentages, when that is simply not the case. They are obsessed with whatever they feel is undervalued at the time, and for a long while that was walks and on-base percentages.
    UPDATE: Top 30 picks reviewed here by Baseball America.

  • Aubrey Huff is finally breaking out. He's pulling the ball with more authority and has raised his average to .255. Huff is 9 for his last 22 (.409) and he's also stolen 7 bases this year. Over the last three seasons, Huff has hit .313, .311, and .297.

  • Congrats to anyone who stuck with Michael Barrett through his horrible April. On 04.30.05, Barrett was 16 for 71 (.225) with 2HR. Since then, he's gone 31 for 90 (.344) with 5HR. After a 3/4, 2HR performance last night, Barrett's batting average for the season is now .292.

  • Spawned by Clint Barmes' misfortune, it's time to list some of the strangest injuries in sports over the last few years. This was definitely a topic for the Swamp, and here's some of their additions to the list:
    Kaz Sasaki broke two ribs after he fell down his stairs at home.
    Adam Eaton stabbed himself in the stomach trying to open a DVD.
    Vince Coleman was run over by a field tarp before a game four of the '85 WS.
    Terry Mullholland received a scratch under his eye from a loose pillow feather.
    Sammy Sosa injured his back while sneezing last year.
    Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder trying to tear a phone book in half after attending a motivational seminar.
    Wade Boggs threw out his back putting on cowboy boots.
    Brian Griese tripped over his dog.
    Brian Griese fell in Terrell Davis' driveway.
    And Glenallen Hill fell out of bed, crashed into a glass coffee table, and cut himself as a result from a nightmare he was having about spiders.
    Thanks to everyone for their input.
    If there are any other good ones, feel free to email me and I'll post them.
    beachthe at gmail dot com.
    UPDATE: In my research, I see that Athletics' Nation has a similar thread going and there is also this 2002 espn article about freak baseball injuries.

  • The toughest National League LHP that baserunners have faced this season is easily Chris Capuano.
    Not only does he lead the NL and the majors in pickoff throws (105), but baserunners are 0/6 in SB attempts this season against him. Capuano isn't on the leaderboard for GIDPs, but his opponents' BA with men on base is fourth best in the NL (.172). To make things more difficult on opposing baserunners, the Brewers primary catcher, Damion Miller, is third in the NL in CS % (36%). Miller's 36% does not include 'pickoff caught stealing', which Capuano has 6 of. I guess that means that all six of Capuano's CS have been as a result of a pickoff attempt, and not a play by his catcher.

    Capuano goes tonight against Mike Mussina, as the Brewers try to sweep NY.

  • Roy Halladay career versus NL teams:
    17-11, 125.1, 2.94, 1.13

  • Tim Hudson has been a good pitcher at Turner Field this season:
    HOME: 4-1, 42.1, 2.34, 1.18, .239
    But on the road, he's been average.
    AWAY: 2-3, 36.2, 3.93, 1.66, .303
    Career versus ANA:
    13-6, 156.0, 3.35, 1.24, .247

  • Chris Young continues his impressive 2005 season tonight against the Phillies.
    Back in April, Young's home/away splits revealed he was a much better pitcher on the road than he was at home.
    But since 04.27.05 Young's numbers overall are:
    3-1, 46.2, 1.93, 1.05
    And that includes four starts at home.
    Over his career, Young's splits are now:
    HOME: 4-4, 62.2, 4.45, 1.24, .256
    AWAY: 4-0, 39.0, 2.31, 1.23, .245
    The Rangers are at Philadelphia tonight.

  • I've documented Brandon Backe's home/away splits since pitching for the Astros. But two of his last three starts on the road have been good.

  • Another guy I write about every time he pitches is Jeff Francis.
    He's at home (good) tonight (bad).

  • Estaben Loaiza at RFK:
    0-1, 35.0, 2.31, 1.06, .220
    The Nats go for their sixth victory in a row tonight against the A's.
    UPDATE: Yahoo incorrectly lists Loaiza as the starter for tonight. Livan Hernandez will go for Washington.

6.07.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • Chipper Jones' injury has opened the door for 3B prospect Andy Marte:
    But it seems likely that since they've promoted their top prospect, the Braves will go ahead and give Marte a chance to prove himself on an everyday level in the Majors. He was hitting .279 with nine homers and 35 RBIs when he was promoted Monday.

    Cox said Betemit could see some time at shortstop, where Rafael Furcal continues to disappoint with his bat. Entering Monday, Furcal was hitting .221 and had a .275 on-base percentage that is deemed unacceptable for leadoff hitters.
  • Brian Burney got knocked around last night and someone else named Javier Lopez came in and closed out the game for the DBacks. With Brandon Lyon still on the DL, there is another option looming:
    Melvin said Greg Aquino pitched one inning for Triple-A Tucson on Sunday and threw 22 pitches. The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 5 with a right ulna nerve irritation. It was an encouraging 1-2-3 inning. Aquino also threw in the 94-96 mph range and Melvin added that Aquino could join the club on Wednesday and could be available by the end of the homestand.

    "I may start [Aquino] out in a small role once or twice, but closing is a possibility," said Melvin, who's been without his closer Brandon Lyon since May 13 with a right elbow strain. "Lyon will also start playing catch during the homestand."
    Keep an eye on Matt Herges too.

  • Brian Roberts will likely return tonight or tomorrow.

  • Thanks to DRays Bay for the nice words and the note on Rocco Baldelli, who could be back with the Rays "in a few weeks," according to the local Tampa sports radio station, WDAE.

  • Last week, Brian Moehler finally pitched in a game this season where he gave up more than 2 runs.
    On 06.01.05 the Pirates got to Moehler for 5 earned in 5.1. It'll be interesting to see if he can rebound from that outing at home tonight against the Mariners.

  • Ryan Drese this season:
    HOME: 3-2, 34.1, 3.41, 1.46, .283
    AWAY: 1-3, 32.2, 8.82, 1.87, .366
    And in 7 career games against NL teams:
    3-3, 45.1, 3.38, 1.19
    In those seven starts, four have come on the road:
    1-2, 23.2, 4.94, 1.52
    Also of note, Drese has made one career start in Coors, and oddly enough, his line was solid:
    1-0, 6.0, 6H, 2ER, 1HR, 3BB, 3K
    These are strange numbers. There are few pitchers who seem to be more effective in parks like Coors and Arlington, but Drese appears to be one of them. He goes tonight in Philadelphia, a place that has registered the most HRs of any park so far this season.

  • Jon Lieber in his last 5 starts:
    2-3, 26.1, 8.20, 1.71, 2.73 HR per 9

  • Barry Zito career versus NL teams:
    6-4, 89.1, 3.53, 1.22
    The 'new Barry Zito' (since 2004) versus NL teams:
    1-3, 29.1, 4.29, 1.67
    He's also had 7 unearned runs scored in those 29.1 innings.
    Zito, when pitching on the road this season:
    0-4, 42.0, 5.57, 1.48, .263

  • The A's face the Nats in Washington tonight, a place where Tony Armas has pitched well this season, be it in only two starts:
    1-0, 13.0, 2.77, 1.31, .224

  • Ramon Ortiz a career AL pitcher before this season, has faced the Devil Rays eight times over his career:
    5-1, 51.0, 3.18, 1.14, .201
    But his last meeting with TB was in 2003.

  • Paul Byrd pitched 19 games for the Braves last year, and he appeared in 55.0 more innings for Atlanta between 1997-1998.
    Career at Turner Field:
    7-7, 99.0, 4.45, 1.25, .240

  • Despite spending eight seasons in the NL, Carl Pavano has only made two career starts at Miller Park:
    1-1. 12.0, 6.00, 1.00, .222
    On the road, this season:
    3-2, 35.0, 2.57, 1.11, .259

  • Ben Sheets' splits say that he's pitching better at home this year:
    HOME: 0-2, 12.1, 2.19, 0.81, .159
    AWAY: 1-3, 25.0, 5.40, 1.40, .292
    But I'm wary of the 4 unearned runs he's given up in those 12.1 innings at home. He's also given up 2 unearned on the road, giving him a total of 6 in just 37.1 innings this season.
    During last season's amazing run, Sheets had slightly better stats at home, but his road numbers were still impressive.
    He gave up 14 unearned runs in 237.0 innings last year.
    In 10 career starts against AL teams:
    2-5, 65.2, 4.25, 1.17

  • Matt Clement career at Busch:
    1-3, 42.1, 3.83, 1.35, .276
    His BvsP shows some interesting notes:
    Edmonds- 3/19, HR
    Grudzielanek- 5/17
    Nunez- 4/21
    Pujols- 4/20, HR
    Sanders- 2/14, HR
    Walker- 5/14
    That's a combined .219 average over 105 ABs.
    Two Cardinals with some success against Clement won't be facing him:
    McGwire- 4/10, 2HR
    Rolen- 14/43, 5HR

  • Jeff Suppan since joining the Cardinals:
    HOME: 9-10, 131.2, 4.58, 1.55
    ROAD: 11-4, 119.2, 3.84, 1.25

  • Jose Contreras has never pitched at Coors, but in Arlington, he's struggled:
    2G, 0-1, 7.2, 8H, 9R, 2HR, 7BB, 9K
    Contreras has had great stuff this season- it may surprise you to read that he leads the AL in opponents' batting average- but Jose's mental makeup has been his downfall ever since he made his MLB debut in 2003.
    Given his record at Arlington, I wonder how pitching at Coors will affect him.
    This is an important game in for Contreras.


6.06.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • MLB's amateur draft begins Tuesday at 12:30pm EST.

  • Rich Harden threw off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list.
    "He threw 20 pitches from the slope and looked good," A's head trainer Larry Davis said. "We'll work him up toward the top of the mound and then work his pitch count up."
    There is still no timetable for Harden's return.

  • Raul Ibanez is on a nice little roll:
    Seattle's designated hitter has hit .474 since May 24 to raise his batting average from .264 to .305. Ibanez's hottest stretch has come in the last six games where he's knocked out 13 hits in 23 at bats, a staggering .565 clip.
  • Alfonso Soriano left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. Even though Soriano tore this same muscle last September, his manager isn't too concerned.
    "It's nothing like last time," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "We'll re-evaluate tomorrow, but we don't think it's at a level like the last one."
  • Troy Percival made his return to the Tigers' bullpen on Sunday:
    ...retiring the side in order in the ninth inning of a 6-2 loss. His fastball ranged from 92 to 94 miles per hour, the same velocity he showed before he suffered partial tears of the flexor and pronator muscles in his right arm a month ago.
    Percival will pitch in non-save situations for the time being, leaving Urbina as the closer for now. But it still sounds like Troy has the job once he proves he's ready for it.

  • With Justin Morneau out with a bad elbow, the Twins are considering using Jacque Jones at first base when they play in National League parks this week.

  • The Braves really like what they've seen from rookie pitcher Kyle Davies sa far:
    "He's way ahead of anybody we've ever had come up," Cox said. "He's a polished kid. I don't remember anybody being as polished as him."
  • One of the major reasons Eddie Murray was fired as the Indians' hitting coach was his lack of communication with the young Cleveland batters. No doubt, Eric Wedge had that in mind when naming the new hitting instructor. Here's Wedge, commenting on their choice for the position, Derek Shelton:
    "He's a quality hitting guy, and he has a good, working relationship with many of our guys," Wedge said. "He'll develop one with the rest of 'em."
  • The Padres' locker room is still filled with victims of an upper-respiratory infection that has made its way around. Jake Peavy didn't make his start on Sunday, but he should be ready to go on Wednesday.

  • After hitting just .157 for all of April and May, Aaron Boone is 5 for 14 so far in June.

  • Last year, Mike Sweeney hit .288 at home and .286 on the road. But this season, Sweeney is struggling to hit for average at Kaufman Stadium. He's at just .247 there this season, but .349 on the road. One other note is Sweeney's HR totals from this year and last. In 2004, he hit just 8 HR at home, and 14 on the road. This year, he's got only one at home and 8 on the road. The Royals begin a 6 game road trip through the NL West tonight.

  • Sidney Ponson last year versus NL teams:
    0-4, 26.2, 6.75, 1.76
    And earlier this year, on 05.22.05, Ponson gave up 4 runs in 7.0, walking 4 and striking out 5, as the Orioles lost 2-7 to Philadelphia.
    Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh to begin a three game series there tonight.

  • Josh Fogg career versus AL teams:
    4-3, 65.0, 4.86, 1.23
    A few of those 65 innings came as a relief pitcher early in his career, so here's his combined line from 2002-2004:
    4-3, 48.2, 5.92, 1.38

  • John Lackey career versus NL teams:
    4-2, 49.1, 3.28, 1.20
    The Angels are a team that should compete well against an NL team, within NL rules.
    But Lackey's home/road career splits are discouraging:
    HOME: 20-13, 276.0, 3.55, 1.30, .257
    ROAD: 18-22, 302.0, 5.16, 1.49, .292
    Turner field plays mostly neutral though, perhaps with a small favor towards pitching.

  • Gustavo Chacin this season:
    HOME: 2-2, 25.2, 3.86, 1.44, .302
    AWAY: 3-2, 41.1, 3.05, 1.35, .252

  • Doug Davis continues his solid run at home tonight against the Yankees. Davis has given up just one run in his last 25 innings.
    Against the AL last year:
    2-0, 13.1, 2.70, 1.28

  • A couple more pitching/game stats coming later and the coin flip challenge will make it's return...

  • UPDATE: Got busy at work, and the stats never made it. Search the archive (search window at top left) for Matt Morris and Freddy Garcia to see the stats I wrote on them before their May interleague games.


 
Coin Flip Challenge - June

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All games, $10.00. Ties and pushes removed from record.
BEACH $10 WIN LOSE MONEY    COIN
BASEBALL 186 142 +106.32    161-157
BASKETBALL 128 121 -46.36    125-124
HOCKEY 1 1 -1.67    1-1
FUTBOL 0 1 -10.00    0-1


DATE LEAGUE MATCH LINE PAY BEACH W/L CFC Pick CFC W/L
06.01.05 MLB CIN at HOU ML -170 HOU W HOU W
- MLB CHC at LA ML -175 LA L CHC W
- MLB TEX at DET ML -120 DET W DET W
- MLB ANA at CWS ML -130 CWS L ANA W
- MLB BAL at BOS ML -145 BOS L BOS L
- MLB ATL at WAS ML -150 ATL W WAS L
- MLB SF at PHI ML +155 SF L PHI W
06.03.05 MLB ARZ at PHI ML -105 ARZ ppd PHI ppd
- MLB CIN at COL ML -135 COL W CIN L
06.06.05 MLB NYY at MIL ML +150 MIL W MIL W
- MLB BOS at STL ML -150 STL W BOS L
- MLB BOS at STL -1.5 +135 STL W BOS L
- NBA DET at MIA -2 -110 MIA L MIA L
06.07.05 MLB TEX at PHI ML +135 TEX L PHI W
- MLB OAK at WAS ML +105 WAS W WAS W
- MLB NYY at MIL ML -120 NYY L MIL W
- MLB BOS at STL ML -110 BOS L BOS L
- MLB CWS at COL ML -145 CWS W COL L
06.08.05 MLB TEX at PHI ML -120 TEX L PHI W
- MLB ANA at ATL ML -125 ATL L ATL L
- MLB OAK at WAS ML -145 WAS W WAS W
- MLB TB at CIN ML +125 TB L TB L
- MLB CWS at COL ML +100 COL L CWS W
- MLB CLE at SD ML -230 SD L SD L
- MLB CLE at SD -1.5 -105 SD L CLE W
- MLB BOS at STL ML +140 BOS W BOS W
06.09.05 MLB CLE at SD ML -170 SD W SD W
- MLB KC at SF ML -170 SF W SF W
- MLB MIN at ARZ ML -130 ARZ W ARZ W
06.11.05 MLB ANA at NYM ML -105 NYM W NYM W
- MLB CLE at SF ML -135 SF L CLE W
06.12.05 MLB CLE at SF ML +115 SF L SF L
06.14.05 MLB SD at DET ML -135 SD L SD L
- MLB COL at CLE ML -170 CLE W COL L
- MLB MIL at TB ML -105 MIL W MIL W
- MLB PHI at SEA ML -125 PHI L PHI L
06.15.05 MLB SD at DET ML -120 SD L SD L
- MLB MIL at TB ML +120 TB W TB W
- MLB ARZ at CWS ML -170 CWS W CWS W
06.17.05 MLB PIT at BOS ML -200 BOS W BOS W
- MLB PIT at BOS -1.5 -105 BOS L BOS L
- MLB STL at TB ML +145 TB L STL W
- MLB WAS at TEX ML -170 TEX W TEX W
06.18.05 MLB FLA at ANA ML +115 ANA W ANA W
- MLB SD at MIN ML -145 MIN L MIN L
- MLB NYM at SEA ML -190 NYM L SEA W
- MLB KC at HOU ML +126 KC L KC L
- MLB OSU vs Tulane ML -190 TUL W OSU L
06.19.05 MLB ARZ at CLE ML +160 ARZ L ARZ L
- MLB ATL at CIN ML +100 CIN W ATL L
- MLB PIT at BOS ML -220 BOS W BOS W
- MLB PIT at BOS -1.5 -115 BOS W PIT L
- MLB STL at TB ML +145 TB L STL L
06.20.05 MLB LA at SD ML -180 SD W LA L
- MLB LA at SD -1.5 -115 SD L LA W
- MLB KC at CWS ML -210 CWS W CWS W
- MLB OAK at SEA ML -130 SEA L SEA L
06.21.05 MLB WAS at PIT ML +135 WAS L WAS L
- MLB DET at MIN ML -110 MIN L DET W
06.22.05 MLB COL at HOU ML -230 HOU W HOU W
- MLB KC at CWS ML -250 CWS W KC L
- MLB BOS at CLE ML -115 CLE L BOS W
06.23.05 MLB DET at MIN ML -115 MIN W MIN W
- MLB PIT at STL ML -220 STL L STL L
06.27.05 MLB CLE at BOS ML +165 CLE W BOS L
- MLB ANA at TEX ML +135 TEX L TEX L
06.28.05 MLB NYY at BAL ML +110 BAL W BAL W
- MLB ANA at TEX ML +120 TEX L ANA W
- MLB SF at ARZ ML -130 SF W SF W
06.29.05 MLB CLE at BOS ML -180 BOS W BOS W
- MLB KC at MIN ML -200 MIN L KC W
- MLB NYY at BAL ML -150 NYY ppd BAL ppd
- MLB SF at ARZ ML -220 ARZ L ARZ L
06.30.05 MLB PIT at WAS ML -155 WAS W PIT L
- MLB PHI at NYM -1.5 -110 NYM W NYM W
- MLB MIL at CHC ML -140 CHC L MIL W
- MLB ATL at FLA -1.5 +110 FLA W ATL L
- MLB COL at STL -1.5 -120 STL L COL W
- MLB SF at ARZ ML -155 ARZ L ARZ W
- MLB CWS at DET ML +115 DET W CWS W
- MLB ANA at TEX ML -120 TEX W ANA L


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