7.22.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • I'm really going to get into the NFL stuff, but with the roll I've been on since the all-star break, my focus is still on baseball.

  • All stats today:

    Astros at Nats
  • Roger Clemens on the road this year:
    3-1, 53.0, 0.34, 0.87, .159
    In April and May, the Astros lost all but three of Clemens' 11 starts. Since June 1, Houston has won six of Clemens' eight starts, with both losses coming on the road.
  • Jose Guillen is expected to miss tonight's game.
    But he's only hitting .263 with just 1 HR at home.
  • Ryan Drese has still only made that one start in his new home, RFK.
    Last year vs HOU:
    0-1, 15.0, 3.60, 1.13, .241

  • Rockies at Pirates
  • Jamey Wright on the road this year:
    2-5, 54.1, 4.14, 1.44, .250
    Career at PNC:
    1-5, 44.2, 4.03, 1.48, .252
  • Kip Wells at home this year:
    4-3, 61.0, 2.95, 1.28, .234
    The Pirates have lost 6 of the last 7 of Wells' starts.

  • Dodgers at Mets
  • Jeff Weaver since June 1:
    2-4, 60.1, 2.69, 0.96

  • Mariners at Indians
  • Jamie Moyer on the road this year:
    3-3, 45.2, 7.09, 1.82, .335
    Career at Jacobs:
    4-2, 62.1, 3.50, 1.18, .239
    The Indians are hitting just .241 against LHP.
  • Scott Elarton at home this year:
    4-1, 56.0, 3.86, 1.32, .277
    Since June 1:
    4-2, 54.0, 3.83, 1.04
    Adrian Beltre is 7/19 with 2HR off Elarton.

  • Twins at Tigers
  • Joe Mays career vs DET:
    10-4, 116.0, 2.64, 1.05, .216
    But this year:
    0-1, 9.0, 8.00, 2.11, .343
  • Mike Maroth at home this year:
    2-7, 67.0, 5.51, 1.51, .311
    But last year:
    6-3, 97.1, 3.14, 1.24, .262
    Career vs MIN:
    2-7, 82.1, 4.37, 1.34, .289
    The Tigers are 12-5 in game two's when following a loss.
    The Twins are 10-5 in game two's when following a win.

  • Orioles at Rays
  • Bruce Chen on the road this year:
    2-4, 54.2, 5.27, 1.48, .303
    Lefties are hitting .388 of him.
    Career indoors:
    6-3, 88.2, 3.45, 1.14, .226
  • Seth McClung in his last four starts:
    0-3, 26.0, 4.15, 1.23

  • Red Sox at White Sox
  • CWS vs Wakefield:
    Crede- 2/8
    Dye- 6/34, HR
    Everett- 6/10
    Konerko- 2/14
    Pierzynski- 4/14
    Rowand- 6/8, 2HR
  • Jon Garland at home this year:
    7-2, 64.1, 2.94, 0.98, .216

7.21.2005
 
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  • Tons of press still floating around Zach Duke.
    ``He's off to a wonderful start, and I've said time and time again I think he's going to be a wonderful pitcher for a long time,'' manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday. ``But he will have times when he struggles and he has to keep an even keel.''

    So far, that seems to be the 22-year-old Duke's best quality: The poise and uncommon polish he possesses for a pitcher with only 79 games of pro experience, just 25 above Class A. That's what Maddux saw as Duke repeatedly worked out of trouble Saturday, getting the Cubs to hit into four double-play grounders.
  • Any time the DRays face a lefty starter, pick up Jonny Gomes and get him in your lineup. After three more hits yesterday, Gomes is now batting 18/45 (.400) of LHP.

  • Josh Beckett will start on Saturday.

  • Ned Yost has said that he'll be starting Lyle Overbay more against LHP down the stretch.

  • Twins at Tigers
  • Johan Santana career at Comerica:
    Career vs DET:
    5-1, 59.0, 2.44, 1.02, .182
    But some of the more recent Tigers have had success against him:
    Inge- 4/12 HR
    Ordonez- 7/16 2HR
    Rodriguez- 3/8 HR
    Last year, Santana against DET:
    1-1, 19.0, 3.79, 1.05, .206
    And on the road this season:
    6-2, 61.1, 3.82, 1.08, .230
    Detroit is hitting .298 on they year against LHP. .384 in their last 10.
  • Jason Johnson at home this year:
    4-1, 69.1, 1.95, 1.13, .233
    But in three starts vs MIN this season:
    0-2, 12.2, 9.24, 2.21, .362
    Two of those starts were on the road.

  • Yanks at Angels
  • Randy Johnson on the road this year:
    3-4, 52.0, 5.19, 1.38, .296
    Guerrero, Anderson, Finley, and Erstad are a combined 13 for 63 (.206) off Johnson. Career at Angel/Edison:
    6-2, 78.0, 3.35, 1.26, .242
  • Bartolo Colon career vs NYY:
    3-4, 58.2, 4.30, 1.38, .235
    ARod is 17/40 with 6HR off Colon.
    And Sheffield is 6/14.
    The Angels are 11-1 in series openers when coming off a loss.
    New York is 12-3 in series openers when coming off a win.
    Since coming off the break, this is the Angels BA/OPS:
    .226/.552
    .129/.367
    .267/.603
    .156/.479
    .200/.457
    .161/.382
    .265/.728

7.20.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • Here's a quick chart of each team's production this season when playing in the sunshine of the afternoon:
    TEAM
    GAMES
    RUNS
    OPS
    ERA
    Diff
    W-L
    TEX
    29
    6.83
    .881
    4.86
    1.97
    18-11
    CWS
    33
    4.61
    .737
    3.23
    1.38
    22-11
    PHI
    35
    5.06
    .788
    3.76
    1.30
    20-15
    FLA
    26
    4.96
    .717
    3.73
    1.23
    14-12
    MIL
    36
    5.31
    .812
    4.15
    1.16
    19-17
    OAK
    30
    5.27
    .783
    4.11
    1.16
    18-12
    MIN
    27
    4.30
    .682
    3.16
    1.14
    16-11
    SEA
    30
    5.03
    .744
    4.08
    0.95
    15-15
    BAL
    30
    5.23
    .818
    4.33
    0.90
    17-13
    BOS
    29
    6.00
    .844
    5.14
    0.86
    17-12
    NYM
    31
    5.03
    .773
    4.20
    0.83
    16-15
    STL
    34
    4.88
    .753
    4.23
    0.65
    18-16
    NYY
    31
    5.42
    .796
    4.81
    0.61
    17-14
    CHC
    49
    4.57
    .775
    4.01
    0.56
    25-24
    CIN
    29
    5.66
    .825
    5.11
    0.55
    15-14
    DET
    33
    4.39
    .724
    4.02
    0.37
    15-18
    WAS
    34
    4.29
    .698
    4.07
    0.22
    18-16
    ARZ
    23
    4.91
    .793
    5.07
    -0.16
    14-9
    LA
    25
    4.44
    .749
    4.64
    -0.20
    12-13
    TOR
    32
    4.81
    .753
    5.03
    -0.22
    12-20
    ATL
    27
    4.44
    .727
    4.66
    -0.22
    12-15
    SD
    31
    4.71
    .751
    5.08
    -0.37
    15-16
    SF
    28
    5.07
    .767
    5.52
    -0.45
    11-17
    CLE
    34
    3.79
    .687
    4.24
    -0.45
    13-21
    KC
    33
    4.88
    .758
    5.35
    -0.47
    13-20
    HOU
    28
    3.71
    .687
    4.35
    -0.64
    13-15
    ANA
    27
    4.19
    .707
    4.88
    -0.69
    14-13
    COL
    32
    4.75
    .779
    5.63
    -0.88
    13-19
    PIT
    31
    3.62
    .682
    5.12
    -1.5
    12-19
    TB
    25
    4.12
    .698
    5.65
    -1.53
    7-18
  • Troy Percival is done for the year.

  • And so is Erubiel Durazo.

  • Armando Benitez is looking at September 1 for his return.

  • Geoff Jenkins is 20 for 49 (.408) so far in July.

  • Lance Berkman is 24 for 61 (.393) so far in July.

  • Jim Thome took swings off a tee and could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

  • Baseball Musings has a write up on the Phillies concern about the way their new ballpark is playing:
    The worry is that teams in high run ballparks don't win. So the Phillies may remove seats and lose revenue to make the outfield fences deeper. Of course, that may lead to a Coors problem, where balls start dropping in front of the outfielders.
  • Ryan Freel Should be back by this weekend.

  • Astros at Pirates
  • Andy Pettitte in two starts at PNC:
    1-1, 12.0, 1.50, 1.00, .227
    During the day this year:
    1-2, 39.1, 2.29, 1.19, .263
    And since June 1: 3-2, 54.2, 2.14, 1.02
  • Josh Fogg career vs HOU:
    3-5, 67.0, 5.91, 1.43, .264
    At day: 13-15, 208.1, 5.27, 1.50, .293 And at home this year:
    1-2, 48.1, 3.91, 1.57, .301

  • O's at Twins
  • Rodrigo Lopez Career indoors:
    3-3, 37.0, 5.84, 1.65, .289
    Career at day: 15-18, 246.2, 5.22, 1.42, .289
    On the road this year:
    5-3, 60.0, 6.45, 1.57, .296
  • Brad Radke at home this year:
    5-5, 69.2, 2.97, 0.99, .241

  • Tigers at White Sox
  • Nate Robertson has a 2.50 ERA at home and 4.20 ERA on the road this year.
    Career at day:
    4-10, 99.2, 6.14, 1.63, .293
  • Freddy Garcia at home this year:
    2-2, 58.2, 4.76, 1.50, .279
    But during the day:
    4-1, 63.0, 2.71, 1.11, .230
    Last two seasons vs Det:
    5-1, 50.0, 2.88, 1.14

  • Night game stats later.
  • UPDATE:

    Rockies at Nats
  • Homeruns don't seem to be Jason Jennings', problem, but hits do.
    Last year he gave up 16 HR at Coors, 11 on the road.
    This year, those numbers are similar; 5 home, 6 away.
    But in 61.0 home innings this year, he's given up 76 hits.
    In 56.2 road innings this year, he's given up 49 hits.
    So obviously, it's the cavernous outfield at Coors that Jennings struggles with.
    On the road this year:
    2-5, 56.0, 4.98, 1.43, .231
  • The Nats are clearly sliding, and tonight's game is one they would have won easily a month ago. But I'm not so sure about them tonight.
    Todd Helton is 21 for 42 lifetime off Liven Hernandez.

  • Dodgers at Phils
  • Derek Lowe has given up 11 HR at home, vs just 6 on the road.
    Strange that Dodger Stadium ranks 6th lowest in average runs scored but is 16th in average HR per game.
    Lowe is 0-5 on the road this year, but his ERA (3.82) there is lower by almost a full run than it is at home (4.71).
    Also, Lowe has lost his last five decisions.
  • Corey Lidle at home this year:
    3-4, 50.2, 5.86, 1.58, .327

  • Cubs at Reds
  • Kerry Wood career vs CIN:
    12-3, 127.1, 2.97, 1.12, .194
    At Great American:
    4-0, 41.0, 3.95, 1.05, .195
  • Aaron Harang at home this year:
    3-4, 62.0, 2.90, 0.97, 1.96
    Derrek Lee is 6/11 with 1 HR off Harang.

7.19.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • Mike Hargrove on Willie Bloomquist, the impressive young Mariner sparkplug:
    "It takes about two weeks to get a label and about five years to get rid of it," Hargrove said. "He needs to continue what he's doing to convince people that he's an everyday player.

    "Has he done that yet? No. But he's certainly opened some eyes."
  • Scott Rolen has shoulder tendonitis and he will be 'limited' for the next three to six weeks.

  • A.J. Burnett, who's scheduled to pitch tonight against the DBacks, obviously has other things on his mind:
    Burnett shook his head in the negative when asked if he thought he would still be with the Marlins tonight, when he is scheduled to face the Diamondbacks.

    "But I'll be ready if I am," Burnett said.
  • The Yankees are in first.

  • Hard throwing Detroit prospect Justin Verlander will make his second career start on Saturday.

  • Proof that paying low on proven veterans pays off:
    Since reaching his low point of .220 on May 22, [Jason] Kendall, a three-time National League All-Star during nine seasons with Pittsburgh, was batting .343 over his past 44 games to lift his overall average to .287 through Sunday.
    The Beach was on him on 05.27.05 when he was hitting .242.

  • The DBacks are rumored to be interested in Shingo Takatsu.

  • Rockies at Nats
  • Shawn Chacon has given up 6 homeruns in 38.0 innings at Coors this year. On the road, he's yet to surrender a HR in 20.2 innings.
  • John Patterson at home this season:
    10 starts, 3-0, 61.1, 2.20, 1.14, .207

  • Braves at Giants
  • Horacio Ramirez is rolling.
    Since 06.01.05:
    5-1, 3.68, 1.21
  • Jason Schmidt last season vs ATL:
    1-1, 8.2, 8.31, 2.54, .390
    Marcus Giles was 5/6 off Schmidt last year.

  • Rays at Sox
  • Tampa Bay has now won 4 out of 5 since the break, all on the road.
    They are playing excellent baseball right now and even Lou is fired up.
    Casey Fossum on the road this year:
    2-3, 48.1, 3.72, 1.24, .218
    The former Red Sox has pitched 41 games at Fenway, 19 as a starter:
    7-6, 135.1, 4.46, 1.32, .257
    He's thrown six scoreless innings against Boston this year.
  • Bronson Arroyo at home this year:
    1-3, 56.2, 4.61, 1.48, .287

  • Mariners at Jays
  • Aaron Sele on the road this year:
    4-4, 42.2, 5.48, 1.52, .318
    Career at Toronto:
    4-1, 46.1, 5.24, 1.71, .305
  • Ted Lilly at home this year:
    6-3, 56.2, 3.81, 1.24, .247
    And since 06.01.05:
    4-4, 50.0, 3.06, 1.18
    Lilly (7-9) has figured in all but two decisions of his 18 starts this season.

7.18.2005
 
Baseball Daily
  • Beanings like the one Travis Hafner received usually linger in the mind long after the short-term, physical ailments heal. Just ask some other lefties like Justin Morneau, Matt Lawton, or Craig Counsel.

  • JC Bradbury of the The HardBall Times has the midseason PrOPS All-Star Team out. PrOPS stands for Predicted OPs, and it really doesn't have a ton of statistical value to me. But a look at this year's bottom-25 list shows a high number of talented but young hitters like Jeremy Reed, Mark Teahan, Aliexis Rios, and J.J. hardy.

  • Marlins' LHP Jason Vargas will make his first career MLB start tonight in Arizona.

  • Astros at Pirates
  • Brandon Backe on the road this year:
    2-5, 56.0, 6.43, 1.73, .302
  • Dave Williams at home this year:
    2-4, 36.2, 6.87, 1.66, .323

  • Rockies at Nats
  • B.H. Kim on the road this season:
    0-3, 20.2, 9.15, 2.13, .326
    Two of those games were starts:
    at Camden: 0-1, 3.1, 9H, 6ER, 2HR, 1BB, 1K
    at Wrigley: 0-1, 5.0, 8H, 5ER, 3HR, 0BB, 2K<
  • Tony Armas at home this year:
    3-0, 35.2, 2.78, 1.21, .205
    The Rockies were just swept by the Reds in Cincinnati, falling to 7-36 on the road this year.
    Also, they have lost 12 road series and split two others.

  • Orioles at Twins
  • Erik Bedard will come off the DL and start for Baltimore.
    The lefty has a strange career line against MIN:
    2starts, 0-1, 9.0, 9H, 10R, 2ER, 1HR, 3BB, 7K
    Career indoors, Bedard's ERA is just 2.20 and he's 2-1.
    But he's given up 35 hits in 28.2 indoor innings.
  • Carlos Silva at home this season:
    4-2, 66.1, 4.21, 1.31, .316



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