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."
"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."
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.
"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.
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.
But after beginning the year amid speculation on his chances for hitting .400, Ichiro finds himself on the verge of slipping below .300.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.
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.
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.
Kaz Sasaki broke two ribs after he fell down his stairs at home.Thanks to everyone for their input.
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.
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.
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.Keep an eye on Matt Herges too.
"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."
"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.
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.
"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."
...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.
"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."
"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."
|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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