7.02.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • Brandon Backe's struggles are probably due to this:
    "My elbow's not feeling too good," he said. "I don't know the seriousness of it because I've never felt this before in my arm."

    Backe hasn't had his elbow checked out by doctors and plans to throw his normal bullpen session today.
  • Since Jim Thome is now on the DL, DRays Bay notes that a Free Ryan Howard campaign is beginning to unfold.

  • Jon Lieber on Jon Lieber.

  • Kenny Rogers will start on Sunday.

  • Kris Benson this season:
    HOME: 3-1, 38.1, 2.58, 0.94, .196
    AWAY: 3-1, 30.0, 5.10, 1.47, .279
    And in five starts last month:
    3-0, 32.0, 3.09, 1.06, .217
    The Mets are 7-3 in the last 10 games Benson has started, and they host Florida this afternoon.

  • Brett Myers this past June:
    1-1, 27.2, 6.18, 1.77, .339
    Those numbers are largely due to his performances in his last two starts:
    7.1, 18H, 13ER
    Both of those games were played at Citizen's Bank Park, where the Phillies host the Braves today.

  • Horacio Ramirez career:
    DAY: 4-4, 59.1, 6.67, 1.60, .301
    NIGHT: 17-8, 272.1, 3.30, 1.34, .252

  • The Braves are 20-6 in game two's this season, 8-3 after winning game one. But they're hitting just .250 in day games this year, while the Phillies are tied for fourth, at .282.

  • Tony Armas this season:
    HOME: 3-0, 28.2, 2.83, 1.33, .213
    AWAY: 0-4, 22.2, 8.74, 1.68, .284
    Career at Wrigley:
    1-3, 25.1, 5.68, 1.30, .245
    Derrek Lee is 7/23 with 3HR against Armas.

  • Jerome Williams makes his home debut for the Cubs this afternoon.
    Prior to today, he's never pitched at Wrigley Field.

  • Derek Lowe this season:
    HOME: 5-3, 55.1, 3.58, 1.14, .263
    AWAY: 0-5, 55.1, 3.74, 1.46, .265
    The Dodgers are also 5-3 at home when Lowe pitches, just 2-7 on the road.

  • Aaron Harang at home this season:
    2-3, 48.0, 2.81, 0.98, .189

  • Jamey Wright career at Busch Stadium:
    1-4, 27.1, 8.23, 2.09, .330

  • Kevin Millwood on the road this season:
    2-1, 36.1, 1.73, 1.16, .239
    Career at Camden:
    2-0, 14.1, 4.40, 1.19, .232
    But last year vs BAL:
    0-0, 6.1, 7.11, 1.42, .320

  • Cleveland continues their series in Baltimore this afternoon against Daniel Cabrera.
    On the season, the Indians have the worst daytime batting average in the majors (.234).
    The Orioles are third, hitting .292.
    Still, Cleveland is 9-2 in their last 11 on the road and the Orioles have won just two of their last 11 overall.

  • Gustavo Chacin this season on the road:
    4-2, 59.2, 2.87, 1.32, .250

  • Carl Pavano this season:
    HOME: 1-3, 47.0, 6.89, 1.79, .354
    AWAY: 3-3, 53.0, 2.89, 1.19, .276
    Pavano has never faced the Tigers before.

  • UPDATE: Although Pavano is listed as the starter, Mike Mussina will go for the Yankees tonight. New York is 8-8 in games that Mussina starts and lifetime against the Tigers, Mussina is:
    16-5, 193.2, 2.51, 1.05, .223
    This looks to be his first career appearance at Comerica Park. /UPDATE

  • The Yankees will face 6'6, 217lb right hander Sean Douglas.
    The former 2nd round pick started two games against the Yankees last season:
    0-1, 7.1, 13.50, 2.59, .364

  • Seth McClung was sharp in his first start of the season on 06.26.05.
    Tonight he faces the Twins in the Metrodome.

  • Kyle Lohse career against the Devil Rays:
    4-2, 45.0, 2.80, 1.20, .234

  • Bartolo Colon career at Kaufman Stadium:
    4-3, 57.2, 5.15, 1.23, .213
    This year against KC:
    1-1, 13.2, 6.59, 1.83, .377

  • The Angels are 20-7 this season in series openers, but just 9-10 in games following a game one victory.

  • Garret Anderson is 8 for 14 lifetime against Jose Lima.

7.01.2005
 
Coin Flip Challenge - July

DISCLAIMER: I don't do basketball
History of the CFC: Here and here.
ARCHIVE: January - February - March - April - May - June


All games, $10.00. Ties and pushes removed from record.
BEACH $10 WIN LOSE MONEY    COIN
BASEBALL 237 180 +193.61    199-198
BASKETBALL 128 121 -46.36    125-124
HOCKEY 1 1 -1.67    1-1
FUTBOL 0 1 -10.00    0-1
CFL FOOTBALL 5 4 -7.80    7-2


DATE LEAGUE MATCH LINE PAY BEACH W/L CFC Pick CFC W/L
07.01.05 MLB PIT at MIL o/u 8 -115 Over W Under L
- MLB CLE at BAL ML -105 BAL L BAL L
- MLB TOR at BOS ML +180 TOR W BOS L
- MLB COL at STL -1.5 -150 STL W COL L
- MLB CWS at OAK ML -160 OAK W CWS L
- CFL TOR at CAL ML -150 TOR W TOR W
- CFL TOR at CAL -3 -105 TOR W CAL L
07.02.05 MLB FLA at NYM ML -130 NYM L NYM L
- MLB ATL at PHI o/u 9.5 -115 Over L Over L
- MLB WAS at CHC ML -145 CHC L CHC L
- MLB COL at STL -1.5 --125 STL L STL L
- MLB CLE at BAL ML -105 BAL W CLE L
- MLB NYY at DET ML -180 NYY W NYY W
- MLB NYY at DET -1.5 -120 NYY W DET W
- CFL SAS at HAM -2 -110 SAS push SAS push
- MLB ARZ at LA o/u 8.5 -115 LA W Over W
- MLB PIT at MIL ML -145 MIL W MIL W
07.03.05 MLB COL at STL -1.5 -140 STL L STL L
07.04.05 MLB BAL at NYY ML +145 BAL L NYY L
- MLB NYM at WAS ML -160 WAS L NYM W
- MLB SD at HOU ML -160 HOU W HOU W
- MLB STL at ARZ ML +115 ARZ L STL W
- MLB DET CLE(2) ML -130 CLE W CLE W
07.05.05 MLB NYM at WAS ML +140 WAS W NYM L
- MLB PHI at PIT o/u 9 -110 Under W Over L
- MLB SD at HOU ML +115 SD L SD L
- MLB LA at COL ML -120 COL W COL W
- MLB LA at COL -1.5 +155 COL W COL W
- MLB DET at CLE ML +145 DET W CLE L
- MLB SEA at KC ML -115 SEA L KC W
- MLB CIN at SF ML -150 SF L CIN W
07.06.05 MLB NYM at WAS o/u 7.5 -105 Over W Under L
- MLB PHI at PIT ML -115 PIT L PIT L
- MLB LA at COL ML +105 COL L COL L
- MLB DET at CLE ML -150 CLE L DET W
- MLB MIL at FLA ML -230 FLA W MIL L
- MLB OAK at TOR ML -105 TOR W OAK L
07.07.05 MLB CHC at ATL (1) ML -105 CHC L CHC L
- MLB MIL at FLA o/u 8.5 +105 Over W Under L
- MLB NYM at WAS ML +105 NYM W WAS L
- MLB DET at TB ML +120 TB L DET W
- CFL CAL at WPG ML -200 CAL W CAL W
07.08.05 MLB WAS at PHI ML -150 PHI L PHI L
- MLB LA at HOU -1.5 -125 HOU L HOU L
- MLB STL at SF o/u 8.5 -110 Over L Under W
- MLB DET at TB ML +110 TB L DET W
- MLB OAK at CWS o/u 8.5 -110 Under W Under W
- MLB TOR at TEX ML +145 TEX W TEX W
- MLB SEA at ANA o/u 8 -110 Over W Over W
- CFL EDM at MON ML -160 MON W MON W
- CFL OTW at BC -12 -120 BC L OTW W
07.09.05 MLB WAS at PHI ML -130 PHI W PHI W
- MLB WAS at PHI o/u 9 -120 Over L Under W
- MLB LA at HOU ML -200 HOU W HOU W
- MLB DET at TB ML +130 TB W TB W
- MLB MIL at ATL ML -110 ATL L MIL W
- MLB SD at COL ML -115 SD L SD L
- MLB OAK at CWS ML +145 OAK W CWS L
- MLB SEA at ANA ML -180 ANA L ANA L
07.10.05 MLB SD at COL ML -135 COL L COL L
- MLB OAK at CWS ML -155 CWS L OAK W
07.14.05 MLB ANA at MIN ML -125 ANA W MIN L
07.15.05 MLB TB at TOR o/u 9.5 +100 Over W Under L
- MLB CWS at CLE ML +105 CWS W CLE L
- CFL TOR at BC +7.5 -120 TOR L BC W
07.18.05 MLB HOU at PIT ML -120 PIT L HOU W
- MLB KC at CLE ML -190 CLE W KC L
- MLB OAK at ANA ML -130 ANA W OAK L
07.19.05 MLB COL at WAS ML -200 WAS W WAS W
- MLB SEA at TOR ML -135 TOR W SEA L
07.20.05 MLB HOU at PIT o/u 8 -120 Under push Over push
- MLB BAL at MIN ML -115 MIN W MIN W
- MLB COL at WAS +1.5 -115 COL W COL W
07.21.05 CFL EDM at OTT ML -210 EDM W EDM W
- MLB COL at PIT ML -175 PIT W PIT W
07.22.05 MLB FLA at SF ML +125 SF W SF W
- MLB BOS at CWS ML +110 BOS L CWS W
07.24.05 MLB SD at PHI ML +135 SD L SD L
- MLB NYY at ANA ML -120 NYY W ANA L
07.26.05 MLB WAS at ATL ML -190 ATL W ATL W
- MLB WAS at ATL -1.5 +110 ATL L ATL L
- MLB NYM at COL ML +100 COL W COL W
07.27.05 MLB SF at CHC ML -240 CHC W CHC W
- MLB SF at CHC -1.5 -105 CHC L SF W
- MLB WAS at ATL ML -190 ATL W WAS L
07.28.05 MLB WAS at ATL o/u 8.5 -115 Over W Under L
- MLB CLE at SEA ML +100 CLE W SEA L
- MLB ANA at TOR ML -135 ANA L TOR W
- MLB TEX at BAL ML -120 BAL L TEX W
- MLB PHI at COL o/u 11 -120 Under L Under L
07.29.05 MLB KC at TB -1.5 +135 TB W TB W
- CFL CAL at BC +15/58.5 -110 CAL/Under L BC/Over W
- CFL OTT at SAS o/u 56 -110 Over L Over L
- MLB CWS at BAL ML +140 CWS W BAL L
07.30.05 MLB TEX at TOR ML -125 TEX W TOR L
- MLB STL at LA o/u 8.5 -110 Under L Over W
- MLB CIN at SD o/u 9 -120 Under L Over W
- MLB NYM at HOU ML +155 NYM L NYM L
- MLB SF at MIL ML -135 MIL W MIL W
07.31.05 MLB PHI at COL ML +115 COL W PHI L


 
Baseball Daily
  • Peter Gammons writes in his 06.26.05 column that Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, and Carlos Lee have hit with the most men on base and in scoring position so far this season.

  • A note of concern from Ken Rosenthal about Phillies prospect Gavin Floyd:
    ...one of the team's top prospects, isn't the same pitcher he was last season. "He does not have the power curveball that he had, and he doesn't have great command of his fastball," one scout says. "Triple-A hitters are laying off the fastball, and he can't get them to chase his curve. It's more of a slurve this year. He used to have a snap-dragon type breaking ball."
  • A's Nation just conducted part one of their midseason interview with GM Billy Beane.

  • A quick list of players to look at for the rest of the season:

     Rafael Furcal Only a career .258 hitter in July, but I don't think he'll be at a cheaper price from here on out. Stole 19 of his 29 bases last year in August and September and Furcal has been tearing it up lately.
     Adrian Beltre Sure he's banged up and out of a playoff race, but if you can get someone desperate to deal him, Beltre is still a .287 career hitter after the all-star break.
     Aaron Rowand Was on fire in August last year, hitting .352 with 9 HR for the month. Lifetime, he's hitting .31 points better after the break and the White Sox are playing for the division.
     Ben Broussard Hit just .213 in June, but he's still playing everyday. Last year, Ben batted exactly .300 after the break and he hit 13 of his 17 homeruns during that stretch. He also finished last month going 9 for 22.
     Barry Zito Might be tough to get now, but he held opposing batters to a .218 average in May, and .212 in June. Over his career, the end of the season has always been good to Zito. His lifetime ERA after the break is 2.90.
     Wade Miller Still struggling to find his form after being injured for much of the last two seasons, Miller has a 30-15 lifetime record after the break. His post all-star game ERA is 3.35.
     Mark Loretta Should be back in mid-July and with the Padres in the lead for the NL West, he's worth a gamble. Loretta hit .362 last July, .387 last August, and .352 overall after the break last season.

  • Livan Hernandez career at Wrigley:
    3-2, 49.2, 2.90, 1.31, .258
    Career vs Derrek Lee:
    6/29 (.207)

  • Vicente Padilla still has not pitched more then 6.0 innings in one game this season. The Phillies host the Braves tonight.

  • Mark Redman career vs MIL:
    5-1, 47.0, 1.53, 0.85, .198
    And at Miller Park:
    3-0, 22.0, 1.23, 0.95, .215
    In two games against the Brewers this season:
    2-0, 1CG, 15.0, 9H, 2ER, oBB, 10K
    But, Redman in June has struggled:
    1-2, 33.2, 4.01, 1.34, .302

  • Tomo Ohka in two starts at Miller Park, his new home, this season:
    0-1, 11.2, 6.94, 1.46, .308
    Career vs PIT:
    3-1, 24.0, 1.88, 1.54, .293

  • Chris Carpenter this season:
    HOME: 5-4, 63.0, 3.57, 1.27, .264
    AWAY: 6-0, 50.2, 1.78, 0.93, .194

  • Brett Tomko this season:
    HOME: 3-3, 43.1, 3.95, 1.18, .252
    AWAY: 2-7, 57.1, 6.12, 1.59, .299
    And career at PETCO:
    0-2, 17.2, 7.13, 1.42, .286

  • But Mark Loretta and his .448 career average against Tomko won't be there tonight.
  • Jake Peavy career at PETCO:
    11-4, 143.0, 2.71, 1.13, .223
    Over the last two years against SF:
    3-1, 40.1, 1.79, 1.17

  • Brad Penny is six career starts vs ARZ:
    3-0, 41.2, 1.51, 0.89, .199

  • Matt Clement at home this season:
    5-0, 55.2, 2.75, 1.04, .233

  • Oddly enough, Comerica Park is one of the few places that Randy Johnson has not appeared at.

  • After winning three starts in a row, Jeremy Bonderman looks to rebound from his worst start of the season tonight against the Yankees.
    Career against NYY:
    1-2, 26.1, 5.81, 1.44, .272

  • Rodrigo Lopez this season at home:
    3-1, 47.0, 2.68, 1.17, .227
    Career vs CLE:
    1-0, 16.2, 1.08, 1.38, .267

  • How unlikely is it that the Devil Rays can beat the Twins tonight?
    Casey Fossum, this season, as a starter:
    1-5, 44.1, 4.26, 1.31, .231
    They will face Johan Santana, who, at home this season:
    1-3, 57.0, 4.26, 0.96, .210
    The Rays will most likely fill their lineup on Friday with 7 or 8 players who are batting over .280 against LHP this season. That list will be led by Jonny Gomes, who's 11/28 with 4HR against LHP.
    Also, Tampa Bay is 8-29 on the road this season, but they've won 4 out of their last 5 away from home.
    And as an underdog of +200 or greater this year, the Rays have won 4 and lost 5.
    Finally, Aaron Gleeman wrote yesterday about how Santana is adjusting to word that he's tipping his pitches.

  • Chan Ho Park career at SAFECO:
    3-1, 39.2, 1.36, 1.29, .181


6.30.2005
 
NFL Offseason Roundup

The preseason begins officially on Saturday 8 August 2005 with the American Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.

Therefore, with the start of training camp less than a month away, here's a ten minute version of what the last four months of the NFL offseason has looked like:

  • Jarrett Payton capped a very impressive NFL Europe season by helping the Amsterdam Admirals to the World Bowl Championship. Payton gained 54 rushing yards in his team's 27-21 victory in the championship game. He's a property of the Titans and with Chris Brown still dealing with injuries, Payton will problably get a lot of opportunities during the preseason.

  • The Titans do think Tyrone Calico will be healthy and ready to start the season on time.

  • David Boston is back with the Dolphins, and he's playing for just $540,000- which is the league minimum for a player with his experience. Chances are, he'll be on a mission to prove his worth this season.

  • With Julius Jones, Anthony Thomas, and Marion Barber, the Cowboys' backfield is as good as it's been in a very long time. Also, Jones says (subsc) he's stonger now after fully recovering from his shoulder injury.

  • When you hear people talking about Randy Moss saying Collins is better than Culpepper, make sure you know the entirety of the point that Moss was actually saying (subsc):
    "When it comes to athleticism, Daunte has Kerry beat by a large margin," the controversial wide receiver said. "But Kerry has pocket presence and knows how to read defenses. So Kerry has a slight step over Daunte."
  • Duece McAllister, coming off a disappointing 2004 season, has looked good in early camps.

  • Rookie WR Chris Henry fell to the third round of this year's draft, but he's got first round talent. So far, his attitude in Cincinnati has been good but the Bengals are very deep at wide receiver. Nonetheless, Henry is a playmaker to watch out for.

  • Carson Palmer has taken charge of the Bengals offense.

  • Mike Martz had some interesting words to say about the 2005 roles of Marshall Faulk and Steven Jackson.
    I think it's important for Marshall more than for Steven to have Steven take over. Marshall's role will be very significant. It's not limited. It's what he wants it to be. But it's important for Marshall to get Steven in this role so that he can mentor him and they can kind of feed off each other.
  • Entering his third year in the NFL, Eagles' TE L.J. Smith believes he's ready to break out.

  • The Bears' new offensive coordinator feels that he'll be able to keep Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson involved in the offense.

  • David Carr and Andre Johnson are showing good chemistry this offseason. Johnson is entering his third year in the NFL- the magic year for WRs (*edit: or so it's said...). The Texans have added "an array of quick throws, timing routes and new pass-blocking schemes" to their offense and they intend to max protect more when throwing downfield.

  • After being arrested on DUI charges Koren Robinson was released by the Seahawks. There is still only speculation on where he will end up.

  • Bobby Engram has a lead on a starting WR job until someone beats him to it. He should keep his eye on Jerome Pathon.

  • Priest Holmes is said to be fully recovered and ready for 2005.

  • Bill Parcells still has high hopes for Quincy Morgan, but the former Brown is still struggling to stay healthy.

  • Miami's offensive line is coming into the season with a lot to prove and a good teacher to lead them to a successful season.

  • Ike Hilliard is getting a chance to succeed in Tampa Bay.

  • Denver's three starting linebackers are as good as any trio in the NFL.

  • Daunte Culpepper likes the new Vikings' defense. The additions of Pat Williams, Fred Smoot, and Darren Sharper are just a few reasons for all Vikings' fans to be excited.

  • The Titans defense, on the other hand, looks like a mess.

  • Dennis Green really likes J.J. Arrington. I do to, and I think he'll be the Cardinals starting RB for most of 2005.

  • Michael Bennett has looked good in non-contact drills. He's in his contract year and, reportedly, he has been working on his receiving skills. There's also this report (subsc) on how Bennett was clocked at 9.91 and 10.0 in the 100 meters.

  • Stephen Davis' comeback is going slowly.

  • Steve McNair will be allowed to give more input into the offense this season.

  • J.P. Losman has impressed his teammates this offseason.

  • Chris Perry is hoping to be 100% by camp, but he isn't sure if that's going to happen. Good thing the Bengals finally signed Rudi Johnson to a long term deal.

  • Chad Pennington will be ready and 100% for training camp.

  • The changes to Washington's offense are detailed here. The Redskins plan to use plays designed more around the strengths of Clinton Portis and Patrick Ramsey. Portis has also added 10 pounds.

  • Since Carnell Williams figures to get a good share of the carries in Tampa Bay, the Bucs have been working in Michael Pittman more as a receiver.

  • The Saints' offense this season will feature a smaller playbook and new ways to get to the line of scrimmage earlier, in order to help out QB Aaron Brooks.

  • Sammy Parker may end up the #2 WR in KC. After Az Hakim left the Chiefs looking silly when he decided to sign with New Orleans.

  • Kyle Boller has gotten a ton of press this offseason. This Fox Sports story has a lot to say about Boller and the Ravens' outlook on the 2005 season.

  • It was nice to see this note from Len Pasquarelli about undrafted TE Adam Bergen. Len writes that Bergen, who was a tightend at Div I-AA Lehigh, has been getting snaps with the Cardinals' first-team offense. I first saw Bergen at the Scouting Combine, were he was my favorite TE of the group that worked out. I hope he does well with the Cardinals.

  • Tatum Bell added 10 pounds during the off-season and he committed himself to learning the playbook. Also, in that same link is news that the Bears view WR Mark Bradley as a long-term project.

  • Jeff Garcia says the Lions' QB job is Harrington's to lose.

  • Two interesting articles from Fox Sports about assistant coaches under pressure to succeed.
    NFC - AFC.

  • Complete list of the free agent signings: AFC - NFC.

  • Rookie CB Carlos Rogers has a serious foot injury that is probably going to put an even bigger question mark on the Redskins secondary this season.

  • Finally, Todd McShay, of ESPN's Scouts, Inc., has a look ahead to next year's NFL draft.

 
Baseball Daily
  • Kelly Johnson has had 51 ABs in the #2 spot in the lineup. He's hitting .314 with 2 of his 3 homeruns coming from there. With Chipper Jones on th DL, the Braves have been successful having the top of their order start with Furcal, Johnson, and then Marcus Giles setting up Andruw Jones. Giles is hitting .028 points less in the three spot versus #2, but he's got the same number of RBI in 66 AB when batting third (12) than he does in 190 AB batting second. Furcal is finally starting to hit too.

  • Brad Lidge has a "mild strain in the lower bicep area of his right arm" but the Astros feel he'll be ready to pitch tonight. Keep an eye on it.

  • Brandon Lyon may get a bullpen session this weekend.

  • Jose Vidro will start a rehab assignment tonight in Class A.

  • Dave Studeman of the Hardball Times has an excellent write up about the mythos behind one run games.

  • As for Kenny Rogers, David Pinto thinks that Rogers "just threw away his career for no good reason." I wonder if it'll go that far, but it's pretty certain that this ordeal will keep him out longer than his banged up non-pitching hand. Everyone has been waiting for Rogers to blow up, but I think it was figured it would be his ERA that went, and not his mind.

  • Esteban Loiaza this season at home:
    2-1, 48.0, 2.06, 1.06, .219
    The Nats look for the home sweep of the Pirates this afternoon.

  • Jon Lieber career at day:
    55-32, 799.1, 3.39, 1.17, .257
    And career at shea:
    0-2, 23.0, 4.30, 1.52, .309
    Carlos Beltran, who by the way has just been horrible this year, is 4/8 lifetime off Lieber.
    Cliff Floyd is 15/45, 1HR and Mike Piazza is 11/29.
    Lieber has given up 22 HR in 100.1 innings this season.

  • Pedro Martinez is 3-1 at home this season, raising his career numbers at Shea Stadium to:
    8-2, 5CG, 104.0, 1.99, 0.81, .169
    Pedro's career numbers versus active Phillies:
    Abreu- 2/16
    Bell- 3/23
    Burrell- 0/10
    Lieberthal- 1/12
    Lofton- 13/41
    Rollins- 1/12
    Thome- 6/32
    Utley- 2/6

  • Chris Capuano career at Wrigley:
    1-1, 12.2, 7.82, 1.74, .300
    Derrek Lee is 6/13 with 2 HR lifetime off him.

  • Greg Maddux has made three starts against MIL this season.
    He's 1-0 in 17.0 innings against them, with a 5.29 ERA, a 1,82 WHIP, and a .358 OppBA.
    Last season, Maddux was 3-0 in four starts against MIL. His averages were 1.80, 0.77, .196

  • Brandon Backe is still struggling on the road, but in one career start at Great American:
    1-0, 7.1, 7H, 3ER, 3BB, 4K

  • Eric Milton has given up 27 HR in 87.2 innings this season.
    At home, his ERA is 5.71 but on the road it's 10.60.

  • Jeff Francis career:
    HOME: 7-1, 3.29
    DAY: 6-1, 3.25

    AWAY: 2-6, 6.88
    NIGHT: 3-6, 7.46

    The Rockies open a four game series in St. Louis tonight.

  • Jeff Suppan this season:
    HOME: 5-2, 49.1, 3.47, 1.42, .284
    AWAY: 2-4, 42.0, 4.93, 1.43, .286

  • Freddy Garcia this season:
    AWAY: 5-1, 57.1, 2.83, 0.92, .212
    DAY: 3-1, 48.0, 2.81, 1.08, .225
    Career at Comerica:
    2-2, 40.1, 4.02, 1.41, .240
    Last year vs Detroit:
    4-1, 41.0, 3.51, 1.24, .233

  • Mike Maroth this season:
    HOME: 2-5, 53.2, 5.53, 1.55, .318
    AWAY: 3-3, 45.1, 2.38, 1.10, .232
    But his career numbers at Comerica don't reflect that difference:
    16-24, 330.0, 4.15, 1.30, .275
    The Tigers are trying to avoid being swept at home this afternoon against the White Sox.

  • Chris Young at home this season:
    4-2, 45.0, 2.60, 0.98, .215
    But against the Angels this year:
    0-2, 12.1, 8.76, 2.43, .400

  • Because of Wednesday's rain out, the Orioles will move Bruce Chen back to Monday and start Hayden Penn tonight against Cleveland.

  • One final note, of the eleven games today, there's a decent possibility that every home team will win.

6.29.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • Hideo Nomo pitched seven strong innings Monday night to lead the Devil Rays to a 4-3 victory over Toronto. After the game, tbo.com reporter Carter Gaddis wrote the following about Nomo's impressive home statistics this year:
    Even if he won't admit it, Hideo Nomo is a different pitcher at Tropicana Field.

    The Devil Rays' 36-year-old right-hander went seven good innings Monday in Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory against the Blue Jays, improving his record at home to 4-1.

    Couple that with a respectable 3.56 ERA in his seven starts at the Trop, and his road numbers - 1-5, 8.87 ERA in nine starts - are even more puzzling.

    "He pitches much better here, doesn't he?,'' said Rays manager Lou Piniella, who collected the 1,479th victory of his managerial career, pulling within one of No. 19 overall Earl Weaver. "I don't know if it's the air-conditioned dome, less humidity ... I don't know. But we've noticed at home he's had more success.''
    Is there something to this? On 06.14.05 as I wrote that Tomo Ohka was making his Brewers' debut at Tropicana Field, I also commented that:
    I think a lot of Japanese pitchers perform better in parks like Tropicana Field because of the similarities they share with the domes in Japan.
    I've never been to the island nation of Japan, yet in the past I have just assumed that most if not all of their professional baseball venues were domed stadiums. And while I still don't have an exact figure on how many of the 12 Japanese teams play indoors, here are a couple of links to back up the idea that domes there are in the majority.
    Bob Bavasi's JapanBall.com- features a write up of every team and where they play
    Baseballguru.com- dimensions, surface, and capacity for each park
    About.com
    All that being said, of the 29 MLB players who were born in Japan, I count three active MLB starters. Below is a table of their career MLB stats, split for indoors and outdoors:
    Kaz Ishii
    INDOORS 5-0 32.2 1.38 1.04 .209
    OUTDOORS 33-31 500.1 4.60 1.55 .245
    Hideo Nomo
    INDOORS 15-8 194.2 3.56 1.35 .226
    OUTDOORS 108-99 1765.1 4.22 1.34 .239
    Tomo Ohka
    INDOORS 18-12 300.1 3.30 1.26 .276
    OUTDOORS 20-36 440.0 4.28 1.45 .285
    Of that above list of 29, I count three current MLB relief pitchers: Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Shingo Takatsu, and Akinori Otsuka. Both Takatsu and Otsuka have less than 10 career MLB innings indoors, so their numbers are too incomplete to compare. Hasegawa has 72.1 career innings indoors and his ERA, WHIP, and OppBA there are all higher than they are outdoors.

    Still, the numbers on Ishii, Nomo, and Ohka are pretty convincing.

    The combined indoors W-L record for those three is 38-20 (76%).
    The combined indoors ERA for those three is 3.27
    The combined indoors WHIP for those three is 1.17

    Tampa Bay, Minnesota, and even Toronto should take note.

  • Leo Mazzone was profiled in The State. Via Baseball musings, check it out.

  • Although it's not yet official, Josh Beckett is ready to start for the Marlins on Thursday.

  • A.J. Burnett to the Orioles is looking more and more likely.

  • Ryan Drese had a 15-5 groundball/flyball ratio in his RFK debut last night. He threw 71 strikes out of 117 pitches and I think he's really going to like pitching in that ballpark. RFK is giving up an average of 0.569 HR per game this season, which is by far the lowest in the majors. Also, Baseball Musings has news about how the Rangers' pitching has fallen since they released Drese.

  • Ben Sheets career at Wrigley:
    3-4, 52.0, 4.85, 1.33, .279
    Last year, at Wrigley:
    0-2, 13.0, 5.54, 1.38, .302
    But career at day:
    19-20, 341.1, 3.74, 1.20, .253
    Also, Derrek Lee is 10/31 with 5 HR against Sheets.
    Mark Prior makes his return today.

  • Roy Oswalt has thrown one career game at Coors:
    1-0, 7.0, 10H, 3ER, 2HR, 0BB, 6K
    Also, his career numbers at day are slightly worse than at night.
    The Astros face B.K. Kim today.

  • Jeff Weaver has pitched very well over the last month:
    1-3, 34.0, 2.91, 0.82, .180
    And three of those five starts have been on the road.
    One other interesting note, is that four of those five starts were against AL teams.
    Perhaps he just misses them.
    The Dodgers host San Diego later this afternoon.

  • Tim Wakefield has given up only 1 run in his last three outings.
    The Red Sox are looking to avoid being swept by Cleveland today against Scott Elarton.

  • Mike Mussina since joining the Yankees, at Camden Yards:
    5-1, 57.2, 3.59, 1.18

  • Jason Johnson this season at home:
    3-1, 54.1, 1.49, 1.16, .231

  • John Lackey career at Arlington:
    2-4, 37.1, 7.23, 1.85, .313

6.28.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • The Angels are dealing with injuries to Orlando Cabrera, Steve Finley, Dallas McPherson, Bengie Molina, and Kelvin Escobar. And as Mike Scarr from mlb.com points out, they will play 14 straight games without a break:
    "Every team in baseball is banged up," Scioscia said as his team heads toward the All-Star break. "This challenge is about depth in your roster. But we feel we have enough depth to do what we need to do."
  • Xavier Nady is getting praised for his production and versatility. Padres GM Kevin Towers thinks that Nady could find an everyday spot at third base. Xavier is hitting .301 away from PETCO Park this season.

  • In the latter of the two above links is mention that Mark Loretta is looking at July 19th for his return.

  • The Boston Herald is reporting that Bronson Arroyo may end up in the bullpen once Curt Schilling is activated.

  • The Nats are dealing with injuries to both Nick Johnson and Jose Guillen. At least they'll get their impressive left fielder Ryan Church back on Tuesday.

  • A note for future reference from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Ben Maller:
    Jeff Suppan is 12-1 since 2004 when pitching after a Cardinals' loss.

  • With 2765.1 innings of experience, Kenny Rogers knows enough to use his non-pitching hand when punching a water cooler.

  • Kerry Wood:
    "I feel great. My body feels good, my shoulder feels great, I've been throwing the ball the way I want to the last couple times," said Wood, who will make his comeback start Wednesday for the Chicago Cubs against Milwaukee.
  • The Brewers face Carlos Zambrano tonight.
    Lifetime versus MIL, Zambrano is:
    5-5, 63.2, 3.96, 1.24, .211
    This year:
    1-2, 16.0, 6.19, 1.38, .259
    I don't know if there's something wrong with Zambrano, but he's been bad in his last three starts:
    0-1, 13.0, 12.46, 2.38
    Also, "Milwaukee is 4-26 when scoring three runs or fewer" this season.

  • Doug Davis career at Wrigley:
    1-1, 20.2, 1.74, 1.02, .227

  • Mark Mulder faces the Reds again tonight, after pitching his worst game of the season on 06.21.05 in Cincinnati.

  • Roger Clemens career at Coors:
    1-0, 9.2, 5.59, 2.07, .341
    He enters tonight's game with a 32-inning road scoreless streak.

  • Speaking of scoreless streaks, Jason Schmidt hasn't given up a run in his last two starts (16.0 innings).
    He faces the DBacks again tonight, five days after he K'd 10 in eight innings of five-hit baseball.
    Career at Bank One:
    7-4, 86.1, 3.23, 1.33, .240

  • Chein-Ming Wang this season:
    HOME: 3-1, 39.1, 3.43, 1.12, .228
    AWAY: 1-2, 23.1, 5.79, 1.46, .280
    The Yanks are in Baltimore tonight.

  • Sidney Ponson this season:
    HOME: 4-2, 50.0, 3.78, 1.38, .286
    AWAY: 3-3, 43.0, 7.33, 1.95, .359
    ARod is hitting just .194 in 62 career AB against Ponson.
    But Jeter (.371, 70 AB) and Giambi (.432, 37 AB) both have had success against him.

  • Cliff Lee on the road this season:
    6-1, 53.1, 2.70, 1.16, .240

  • Wade Miller at home this season:
    2-0, 30.2, 3.23, 1.21, .212

  • Jarrod Washburn, who usually pitches well away from Edison Field, career at Arlington:
    2-3, 39.0, 7.85, 1.87, .323

  • Kansas City:
    The Royals are 0-7 on their nine-game road trip, during which they have scored just 23 runs.
  • Tonight will be the third time Jamie Moyer has faced the A's this season. He's 0-0 in his previous two starts, but with a 6.55 ERA, 1.91 WHIP, and a .367 OppBA.

  • Tonight will be the fourth time Barry Zito has faced the Mariners this season. He's 1-0 in his previous three starts, with a 3.10 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a .230 OppBA.

6.27.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • With a light schedule of games tonight, and since June is soon coming to a close, here are a few names that you may not have realized have performed well over the last month:
    Adam Kennedy- The Angels' second baseman is 31/70 (.443) so far in June and he's got seven steals on the year to go with his .340 overall BA. Kennedy started the season on the DL and after missing all of April, he was hitting just .250 on 05.31.05. Adam is a career .281 batter, so his average is probably going to come down a bit, but he's not yet hit a homerun this season and it's likely that now with two months of regular play behind him, the power will come back very soon.

    Emil Brown- This Royals outfielder leads his team in BA, R, and RBI. In June, Brown is hitting .358 with 3HR and he has 2SB. Perhaps even more shocking is that prior to this season, Brown hadn't played an inning at the MLB level since 2001. The comparisons to Raul Ibanez's resurrection seem merited.

    Danny Haren and Joel Blanton- With Rich Harden lost for over a month, these two youngsters have led Oakland to a 16-7 June record through 06.27.05. Blanton has gone 4-1, 2.02, 0.90, in June and Haren is 4-0, 3.11, 0.88 in his last five starts.

    Scott Elarton- The Indians have seemed to have suceeded in the reclamation of Elarton. The six foot eight inch righthander is 7-7 in 34 starts with Cleveland over the last season and a half. His overall ERA with the Indians is 4.62 and over this past month, Elarton has gone 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a .227 OppBA.
  • An interesting note in regards to Milton Bradley's comeback:
    Swinging left-handed causes the switch-hitting outfielder pain, and Dodger trainers say he could come back sooner by batting right-handed. Tracy said a minor league rehabilitation assignment for Bradley "more than likely will be discussed."
  • The Tigers are now looking at next weekend for the return of Magglio Ordonez.

  • Add another name to the Arizona closer watch list. Shawn McEvoy of Rotoworld writes:
    Triple-A Tucson closer Brandon Medders (2-1, 7 Saves, 1.80 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 37/11 K/BB in 30 IP) has joined the D’Backs. Brian Bruney is still holding on to the job with his fingernails, but for the next month this could be close to a committee situation with Greg Aquino and Medders getting a few chances.
  • Dewon Brazelton made his official return to baseball on Saturday night, and DRays Bay had plenty to say about it- including this:
    Anyone still clinging to Brazelton's draft position, hype, money invested in him, or scouting reports raving about his changeup and believing that he is suddenly going to do well is kidding themselves. They were kidding themselves before the season even started if they thought he'd stay in the rotation all year long.
    Check out the comments sections too. A couple of interesting notes are made there; one quick disclaimer note: poster 'from the beach' is not from this beach.

  • Two pitching rematches tonight in the National League.
    Ramirez vs Moehler in Miami (Ramirez and the Braves won 8-0 at home on 06.22.05 and Wandy vs Jamey in Colorado (Houston beat the Rockies 6-5 at home on 06.21.05.

  • After going 2 for 2 with 2 doubles off of Jamey Wright last week, Lance Berkman is now 12 for 21 lifetime off of the Rockies' starter.

  • Carl Pavano this year:
    HOME: 1-3, 47.0, 6.89, 1.79, .354
    AWAY: 3-3, 47.0, 2.49, 1.13, .260
    The Yankees are 7-3 in series openers following a win.
    They play in Baltimore tonight.

  • Daniel Cabrera at home this season:
    3-4, 43.1, 3.95, 1.22, .233
    The Orioles are 8-3 this season in series openers following a loss.

  • Kevin Millwood on the road this season:
    1-1, 30.1, 2.08, 1.22, .256
    Career at Fenway:
    2-1, 24.2, 4.38, 1.14, .247

  • Bartolo Colon career at Arlington:
    5-3, 68.1, 4.21, 1.07, .220

  • Hideo Nomo at home this season:
    3-1, 36.0, 3.75, 1.17, .220

6.26.2005
 
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