Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
His W-L (13-9) and ERA (3.11) are good, but not spectacular (although he is 8-1 with a 2.47 ERA since late June). It is some of the other numbers, plus the degree to which he turned them around from last year that are so amazing.
He has had a stunning turnaround in several key numbers since last year, especially in HR allowed:
2008: 7-7, 5.15 ERA, 22 HR, .97 G/F, 2.1 BB/9
2009: 13-9, 3.11, 6 HR, 1.70 G/F, 1.0 BB/9
He is only allowing 1 BB per 9 IP, which is best in the league. He is also 5th in K/BB at 4.39, and he does not strike out many hitters (84 SO, 170.1 IP)
As of today: 1.0 BB/9, 160+ IP: Since 2000
2003 David Wells (Yankees)
2004 David Wells (Padres)
2004 Jon Lieber (Yankees)
2005 Carlos Silva (Twins)
2009 Joel Pineiro (Cardinals)
2008: 1.44 - 87th
2009: 1.10 - 5th (Haren, Carpenter, Lincecum, Vasquez, Pineiro)
Ground Balls/Fly Balls
In 2008, he was 37th in ML (min. 100 IP) in Ground Ball/Fly Ball Ratio.
In 2009, he is #1 in the ML, by a long shot. By itself, allowing more ground balls doesn't mean anything, except that he was allowing a lot of home runs last year.
Joel Pineiro: 1.70
Derek Lowe 1.35
Aaron Cook 1.34
Rick Porcello 1.31
2008: 22 HR, 148.2 IP (1.3 HR/9 - 90th out of 108 pitchers w/ 140+ IP)
2009: 6 HR, 170.1 IP (.3 HR/9 - fewest HR of any starter in baseball)
If his season ended today, he would be the first pitcher since Greg Maddux in 1994 to allow only 6 HR in 160+ IP.
As of today, he is the 18th pitcher with 160 IP, 1.0 BB/9, .3 HR/9, but the 1st since Babe Adams in 1920. Other pitchers on the list include Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson and Cy Young.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
10.15 H/9, 1500+ IP, since 1933
Jack Knott (1933-1946) 10.33
Sidney Ponson (1998-present) - 10.25
Jose Lima (1994-2006) - 10.24
Elden Auker (1933-1942) - 10.22
Bob Tewksbury (1986-1998) - 10.18
Lary Sorenson (1977-1988) - 10.16
He has been very tough on one great hitter:
Alex Rodriguez Lowest BA (50+ AB - 14 pitchers)
.176 - John Lackey
.188 - Sidney Ponson (.219 OBP, 69 AB, 6 HR, 3 BB, 19 SO)
.212 - Barry Zito
.259 - Mike Mussina
This was not typical for Sidney either:
Sidney vs. (50+ AB)
.358 Derek Jeter
.237 Bernie Williams
.345 Johnny Damon
.304 Jorge Posada
.420 Manny Ramirez
.346 Shannon Stewart
Some other one-sided matchups:
Craig Biggio v. Brandon Webb: 1/24 - .042
Chipper Jones v. Hideo Nomo: 2/35 -.057
Sammy Sosa v. John Smoltz: 4/41 - .105
Mike Schmidt v. Orel Hersheiser: 4/29 - .138
Wade Boggs v. Bob Welch: 5/36 - .139
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Prior Adams presents A True Fan Does Not Leave a Game Early posted at Prior Adams.
Chaz Shamoian presents Why the NY Yankees are the best pro team posted at Cats Love Plastic Bags.
Joe Tichio presents The Greatest Inspirational Baseball Quotes posted at Inspirational Quotes Blog.
Sam presents New !! Famous Baseball Players and Their Teams posted at Surfer Sam and Friends.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Regular Cycle (1B, 2B, 3B, HR) + Stolen Base:
2009 Ian Kinsler (Rangers)
2006 Carlos Guillen (Tigers)
1995 Rondell White (Expos)
1991 Ray Lankford (Cardinals)
1985 Oddibe McDowell (Rangers)
1980 Charlie Moore (Brewers) (2 SB)
1975 Lou Brock (Cardinals)
1970 Rod Carew (Twins)
1957 Mickey Mantle (Yankees)
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This is the list of players with 60 or more doubles in a season, followed by the few that had 59:
1931 Earl Webb (Red Sox) - 67
1926 George Burns (Indians) - 64
1936 Joe Medwick (Cardinals) - 64
1934 Hank Greenberg (Tigers) - 63
1932 Paul Waner (Pirates) - 62
1936 Charlie Gehringer (Tigers) - 60
1923 Tris Speaker (Indians) - 59
1930 Chuck Klein (Phillies) - 59
2000 Todd Helton (Rockies) - 59
Brian Roberts 2009
April - 8
May - 8
June - 9
July - 11
August - 10 (through 17 games)
Todd Helton 2000
April - 7
May - 7
June - 11
July - 10
August - 18
September - 6 (0 in his final 7 games)
He had a really good streak from August 11-16: 5 straight games with a double, 7 over 5 games including a 3 double game.
It could end up being one of the better storylines to follow in late September, but he still has a lot of work to do just to get to that point.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
1911 Ty Cobb (Tigers) 1.088
1911 Joe Jackson (Naps) 1.058
1919 Babe Ruth (Red Sox) 1.113
1920 Babe Ruth (Yankees) 1.382
1921 Babe Ruth (Yankees) 1.358
1923 Babe Ruth (Yankees) 1.309
1930 Babe Ruth (Yankees) 1.225
1931 Babe Ruth (Yankees) 1.195
1932 Jimmie Foxx (A’s) 1.218
1941 Ted Williams (Red Sox) 1.288
1946 Ted Williams (Red Sox) 1.164
1948 Stan Musial (Cardinals) 1.152
1956 Mickey Mantle (Yankees) 1.169
1957 Ted Williams (Red Sox) 1.257
1957 Mickey Mantle (Yankees) 1.177
1961 Norm Cash (Tigers) 1.149
1961 Mickey Mantle (Yankees) 1.135
1969 Willie McCovey (Giants) 1.109
1970 Willie McCovey (Giants) 1.056
1971 Hank Aaron (Braves) 1.079
1979 Fred Lynn (Red Sox) 1.060
1980 George Brett (Royals) 1.118
1987 Jack Clark (Cardinals) 1.056
1987 Wade Boggs (Red Sox) 1.049
1994 Frank Thomas (White Sox) 1.216
1996 Mark McGwire (A's) 1.197
1998 Mark McGwire (Cardinals) 1.222
2001 Barry Bonds (Giants) 1.379
2002 Barry Bonds (Giants) 1.381
2004 Barry Bonds (Giants) 1.421
Still, there are reasons to be (cautiously) optimistic about their starting rotation (more about the bullpen to follow). If they make the playoffs, they will need the front end of the rotation to be much better than it has been because they can't count on the offense to keep scoring over 7 runs/game forever.
It's been bad, no doubt about it, and their incredible offense has carried them, but there are glimmers of hope.
Post Break 4-1, 1.79 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 45.1 IP
He has been arguably the best starting pitcher in the AL since the Break, going 4-1 with the 2nd lowest ERA - Cliff Lee)
Post Break: 5-1, 4.84 ERA, .241 BAA
vs. Twins: 0-1, 10.24 ERA
vs. Rest of League: 5-0, 3.34 ERA, 29 H, 29 IP, 24 SO
Pre Break: 1-5, 7.81 ERA, .349 BAA
August 14 vs. Baltimore: 3.1 IP, 8 ER, 9 H, 3 SO, 4 BB
Previous 2 outings: 2-0, 3.85 ERA, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 22 SO, 3 BB
Pre Break: 10-3, 3.22 ERA, .222 BAA
Post Break: 2-1, 7.44 ERA, .303
Overall: 12-4, 4.12 ERA
Lackey is dominating everyone right now. Santana appears to be pitching pretty well, aside from his problems against the Twins. Unless he's hurt, Weaver is too good of a pitcher to keep pitching this badly, and his 22 SO/3 BB in his 2 starts before his Orioles' start is encouraging. The back of the rotation is highly questionable (Sean O'Sullivan, Trevor Bell, Joe Saunders is on the DL), but they're scoring so much it doesn't much matter right now.
If they do make it to the playoffs:
John Lackey: 2-3, 3.39 ERA, 58.1 IP, 9 GS (WP - Game 7, 2002 WS)
Ervin Santana: 1-1, 6.88 ERA, 17 IP, 2 GS
Jared Weaver: 1-1, 2.57 ERA, 7 IP, 1 GS
Monday, August 17, 2009
In 2009, he is 12-3, with a .800 W-L%, 10.71 K/9, 2.19 ERA, 172 IP (on pace for about 240).
Let's be really generous and see how many other individual pitching seasons can match the following stats (which he looks like he'll almost certainly reach this year):
2.50 ERA, 10.00 K/9, .700 W-L%, 200 IP
1965 Sandy Koufax: Dodgers (Cy Young -ML)
1995 Randy Johnson: Mariners (Cy Young - AL)
1997 Randy Johnson: Mariners (2nd Cy Young - Roger Clemens)
1999 Pedro Martinez: Red Sox (Cy Young - AL)
2000 Pedro Martinez: Red Sox (Cy Young - AL)
2001 Randy Johnson: D-Backs (Cy Young - NL)
2002 Randy Johnson: D-Backs (Cy Young -NL)
2003 Mark Prior: Cubs (3rd Cy Young NL - Eric Gagne, Jason Schmidt)
If you lower the threshold to 170 IP (which he's already at), the list adds only 1 season besides Lincecum of this year:
2002 Pedro Martinez: Red Sox (2nd Cy Young AL - Barry Zito)
It's a very short list, but it is full of pitchers with durability issues. Certainly the fact that Mark Prior is on it is a bit troubling, but Linecum seems much more like Pedro than Prior. With his lanky frame, he might be a prime candidate to have durability issues too, although ending up with Pedro's career numbers would not be a bad thing at all. If he can stay healthy, Lincecum seems well on his way to a record-breaking, Hall of Fame career. More stats to follow.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
He could become only the 2nd pitcher to finish with 20+ Saves and an ERA higher than 7.00. The other?
2004 Shawn Chacon (Rockies)
In 2008, he had one of the most dominant seasons any reliever has had -
41 SV, 0 Blown Saves, 1.95 ERA, 11.94 K/9 are stats only matched once in ML history:
2003 Eric Gagne (Dodgers)
The Phillies are trying to repeat as World Series Champs and just made a great move to get Cliff Lee, but can they win with a closer this bad? He's had a lot of success in his career, which is what makes it such a tough decision. Other closers probably would have been replaced by now. His numbers have been bad every month:
Month by Month
April 7.27, 4 SV, 1 BlSV
May 7.98, 8 SV, 3 BlSV
June 6.75, 3 SV, 2 BlSV
July 5.91, 6 SV, 0 BlSV
August 7.20, 2 SV, 2 Bl SV
He was on the DL in June and Ryan Madson replaced him, blowing 4 saves in 7 chances.
You don't want to install a rookie closer now, but you also can't have a completely unreliable closer.
One possible solution
I'd give Chan Ho Park a chance to close. I'm sure a lot of people would think it's crazy, considering his track record over the years and lack of closing experience. His numbers once he became a full-time reliever in Philadelphia are really good. Last year, he had 2 saves and 3 saves with the Dodgers, but that's not a big enough sample size to mean anything.
Apparently Scott Boras tried to sell Red Sox on him as a closer a few years ago. He has really settled in as a reliever and is pitching great right now. He started out the year as a starter, which skewed his overall numbers (75.1 IP, 4.66 ERA):
Post All-Star Break:
11 G, 1.65 ERA (3rd best in NL, 15+ P), .220 BAA, 18 K, 2 BB
Since his last start (on May 17th):
22 G, 41 IP, 2.63 ERA
Is converting a 36 year old former starter with a very mixed track record into a closer in the middle of a playoff race a good idea? Not when I put it like that, but there don't seem to be a lot of great options. If people bring up his mental toughness, well, he's dealt with a lot of failure since 2001 and worked through it to become successful again.
The safer play might be Ryan Madson or trading for someone. Sticking with Lidge does not seem like the best move and I don't think they can wait too much longer to make a change. If Chan Ho keeps pitching like this, they may have to think about it.
Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): 4.88 H/9, 51.2 IP
Carlos Marmol (Cubs): 4.94, 54.2
2003 Eric Gagne (Dodgers): 4.04 (82.1 IP)
2008 Carlos Marmol (Cubs): 4.12 (87.1 IP)
2001 Jeff Nelson (Mariners): 4.13
1999 Billy Wagner (Astros): 4.22
1995 Troy Percival (Angels): 4.50
1996 Troy Percival (Angels): 4.62
2000 Armando Benitez (Mets): 4.62
1999 Armando Benitez (Mets): 4.62
2007 J.J. Putz (Mariners): 4.65
2004 Armando Benitez (Marlins): 4.65
1998 Ugueth Urbina (Expos): 4.80
1968 Vincente Romo (Indians), 4.70 (84.1 IP)
1972 Jim Brewer (Dodgers), 4.71
1958 Ryne Duren (Yankees), 4.76
1968 Andy Messersmith (Angels) 4.87 (81.1 IP)
1+ IP (All-Time)
2009 Mike Adams (Padres) 3.91, 25.1 IP
1991 Doug Henry (Brewers) 4.00, 36 IP
1972 Nolan Ryan (Angels) 5.26, 284 IP
Thursday, August 13, 2009
It's the type of article that could look very dated in a week, if he goes into a deep slump and other candidates get hot. It appears to be somewhat of a free-for-all for the AL MVP Award (not so much the NL MVP). Still, based mainly on the strength of his post All-Star Break numbers, he is very much in the discussion.
I bet it will go to a player on a playoff team, just as it has 16 of the last 17 years in the AL (Alex Rodriguez in 2003 being the lone exception). Fair or not, great hitting near the end of the season seems to count for more in voting that great hitting early in the season. It makes some sense, in that great hitting in September during a playoff race might show that you were clutch when it counted. Any number of players could win it, we'll just have to watch and find out.
Ranking by Strikeout/Home Run:
Top 10 - 2009
Albert Pujols (Cardinals): 1.20 (1.54 Career)
Joe Mauer (Twins): 2.19 (4.36)
Justin Morneau (Twins): 2.50 (3.21)
Ian Kinsler (Rangers): 2.65 (3.67)
Aaron Hill (Blue Jays): 2.67 (5.67)
Mark Teixeira (Yankees): 2.79 (3.33)
Raul Ibanez (Phillies): 2.81 (4.12)
Adrian Gonzalez (Padres): 2.82 (4.12)
Kendry Morales (Angels): 2.96 (3.51)
Alex Rodriguez (Yankees): 3.04 (2.97)
Bottom 10 - 2009
Jason Bay (Red Sox): 4.38 (4.83 Career)
Carlos Pena (Rays): 4.54 (4.90)
Russell Branyan (Mariners): 4.59 (5.77)
Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox): 4.60 (5.68)
Jayson Werth (Phillies): 4.61 (6.62)
Jim Thome (White Sox): 4.86 (4.07)
Dan Uggla (Marlins): 4.90 (5.08)
Justin Upton (D-Backs): 5.10 (7.02)
Ryan Howard (Phillies): 5.14 (4.08)
Brandon Inge (Tigers) 5.32 (7.81)
Historical Sample: Career (200 HR)
Joe DiMaggio: 1.02
Ted Williams: 1.36
Albert Pujols: 1.54
Babe Ruth: 1.86
Barry Bonds: 2.01
Willie Mays: 2.31
Mark McGwire: 2.73
Alex Rodriguez: 2.97
Cal Ripken: 3.02
Mark Teixeira: 3.33
Mike Schmidt: 3.43
Jim Thome: 4.07
Ryan Howard: 4.08
Raul Ibanez: 4.12
Reggie Jackson: 4.61
Paul Molitor: 5.31
Craig Biggio: 6.02
Mike Cameron: 6.83
Devon White: 7.33
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
2002: 4.32 2nd ML
2003: 4.31 2nd
2004: 4.32 T-1st (Brad Wilkerson)
2005: 4.40 1st
2006: 4.46 1st
2007: 4.38 3rd
2008: 4.29 6th
2009: 4.15 14th
Regardless, his strategy at the plate is working, as he is hitting .316 with a .411 on-base percentage, which would be his best batting average since 2000.
Justin Morneau: .300, 27 HR, 91 RBI, .557 SLG, .954 OPS
Mark Teixeira: .286, 29 HR, 84 RBI, .569 SLG, .942
Kendry Morales: .298, 25 HR, 75 RBI, .580 SLG, .925 OPS
Joe Mauer: .369, 20 HR, 66 RBI, .613 SLG, .1045
Mauer is the front-runner, but there is still 6 weeks to go and it could be a free-for-all. Morales has been the best all-around hitter in the AL since the Break:
Post All Star Break - American League, Kendry Morales
Slugging: 1st, .771
OPS – 1st, .1145
HR – 1st, 10
RBI – 1st, 26
The Angels' offense has been great but a lot of key players either were injured or struggled:
Torii Hunter - out since July 8th
Vladimir Guerrero - missed most of July
Gary Matthews Jr. - 2 HR in 250 AB in 2009
Juan Rivera: 2 HR since All-Star Break, 18 overall
Morales has been their biggest run producer and hit the most home runs. I'll write more about this later.
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Still, you have to love the White Sox (more specifically, Ken Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf), for taking some chances. It's easy for me to say, since I'm not a White Sox fan, but I like it.
2007: .297, 114 R, 191 H, 24 HR, 85 RBI, .852 (All-Star)
2008: .291, 91 R, 185 H, 15 HR, 79 RBI, .798
2009: .264, 52 R, 115 H, 14 HR, 62 RBI, .744
Considering he is 28, if he can revert back to his 2007 form, it might be a good deal for the White Sox. They did, after all, give up nothing to get him.
Surefire, first-ballot Hall of Famer if they retired today:
Ken Griffey Jr.
Recently retired (or seemingly retired), surefire first-ballot:
Surefire first-ballot, have not reached requisite 10 years service time in Majors (but are close):
Could retire today, but likely not first-ballot, will make it eventually:
Chipper Jones (will become First Ballot with a few more good years; signed with Braves through 2012)
Future first-ballot, only injuries will derail them:
Could retire today, prompt debates (need a few more good years), could be a struggle:
Recently retired, will prompt debates, not first ballot, but will eventually make it:
On track for eventual induction:
Roy Oswalt (hinted at early retirement)
On track to be in the discussion:
Once looked like a lock, still young enough to end up in discussion, but likely out:
Might have support, but probably not enough:
Need a few more years to have a shot:
Will likely retire with monster numbers and not make it:
Great numbers, but overlooked during playing career, might not bode well for induction:
Better chance than you might think, need to reach milestones, how badly do they want it?
Lance Berkman (33 years old, 1016 RBI, 16th all-time in OPS)
Johnny Damon (hinted at retirement before, but has 2382 hits and is only 35)
Mark Buehrle (high ERA, but only 30 with 133 wins, perfect game, no hitter, also hinted at early retirement)
Michael Young (late bloomer, 33, hitting machine: 1628 hits, 5 straight 200 hit seasons 2003-2007)
Joe Nathan (utter dominance could overcome late start, 34, 228 SV, 1.81 ERA as a closer; needs to maintain dominance and get 350 SV; tall order, but not impossible)
Hall of Fame talent, but inconsistencies and/or injuries are a major issue:
Hall of Fame talent, good track record, still very early:
Seems to have Hall of Fame talent, still really young:
Great talent, intriguing player, still an enigma:
Had the talent, didn't find it until it was too late:
Too late, will not make it, despite impressive numbers:
Starting pitchers are very difficult to predict or evaluate for the Hall of Fame: no starting pitcher that started his career after 1967 has made it yet (Tom Seaver's rookie year). Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine all have 300 wins and will likely gain entry in the mid-2010's. Attitudes may have to change for pitchers that will not (or probably not) reach the 300 win mark (Pedro, Mussina, Oswalt, Santana, Halladay).
There are undoubtedly names I forgot to mention, please let me know if I did.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
In their last 2 games, they have gone 8-76 as a team (.105 BA) and over their last 5 games, they're 30-191 (.157 BA).
All of these games have been on the road, where they have a .253 average, which is much lower than the .275 average they have at home. They average 5.7 runs per game at home and 4.7 on the road.
Their offense can't get much worse than that, so it should turn around soon. Still, they have:
- 4 games at Detroit
- 6 game roadtrip to Texas and Toronto
- 10 game homestand with the Yankees, White Sox and Blue Jays
It is a bad time of the year to be struggling and they have lot of tough series in the next few weeks.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Bill Henry: 1964 (Reds) - 52.0 IP, 0.87 ERA
Rob Murphy: 1986 (Reds) - 50.1, 0.72
Dennis Eckersley: 1990 (A's) - 73.1, 0.61
Chris Hammond: 2002 (Braves) - 76.0, 0.95
Dennys Reyes: 2006 (Twins) - 50.2, 0.89
Jonathan Papelbon: 2006 (Red Sox) - 68.1, 0.92
4 left-handed middle relievers & 2 dominant, right-handed closers
Chris Hammond is the only pitcher in baseball since 1920 with 75+ IP, sub-1.00 in a season? His career numbers: 66-62, 4.14 ERA, 1123 IP, 136 starts, 8 teams, 14 seasons. He was a 36 year old journeyman, who hadn't pitched in the Majors since 1998 when the Braves picked him up in 2002 and he had his career year.Dennis Eckersley's 1990 season might have been obscured by him winning the Cy Young and MVP in 1992 (he was 5th in Cy Young voting in 1990), along with a 6.75 ERA in the 1990 World Series.
Still, it was one of the greatest pitching performances in the history of baseball:
1990: 4-2, 0.61 ERA, 48 SV, 73 SO, 4 BB, 18.25 SO/BB, 0.61 WHIP.160 BAA, .397 OPS
All pitchers of 70+ IP since 1900:
0.61 WHIP: 1st
18.25 SO/BB: 1st
4 BB: 1st
Ty Cobb 6 (1909, 1911-12, 1915-17)
Lou Brock: 2 (1970, 1971)
Craig Biggio: 1 (1998)
Kenny Lofton 1 (1996)
Tony Gwynn 1 (1987)
Willie Wilson 1 (1980)
Tim Raines: 0
Rickey Henderson: 0
Joe Morgan: 0
- Home Runs: 1st (36)
- Batting Average: 22th (.255)
- Runs: 18th (92) (11th - Pre-All Star Break - 430)
- Strikeouts: 2nd highest (171)
- Michael Young: .413 BA, .1253 OPS, 8 HR (leads AL in all 3 categories)
- Rest of Team: .235 BA
- % of Team Hits which are HR - 20% (Angels: 14%)
- ERA: 6th (3.72) - (20th: Pre-All Star Break - 4.34)
- Batting Average Against : 5th (.242)
- Starters: Vincente Padilla, Derek Holland, Scott Feldman (12 starts, 70 IP): 5-6, 5.14 ERA
- Rest of Staff: (9 starts, 119 IP): 8-2, 2.87 ERA
- Middle Relief: Darren O'Day, Eddie Guardado, Jason Grilli, Neftali Feliz -(26 Innings, 26 Games): 2.07 ERA
- Closer: C.J. Wilson (0-1, 7 Saves, 4.50 ERA) - Frank Francisco will resume closing duties
- Best Pitcher: Dustin Nippert - 3-0, 0.95 ERA, 2 starts, 6 games, 19 IP
They have played better baseball in the 2nd Half than the 1st Half (.619 W-L % vs. .551 W-L %) with less offense and better pitching. Their middle relief has pitched very well, but they need better starting pitching to compete with the Angels (4.5 games out).
Their more realistic goal might be the Wild Card (1 game out right now) with the Red Sox scuffling (8-12 since the Break and lost 4 in a row)
Friday, August 7, 2009
Home: 7 HR (38.8 AB/HR)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
.488 BA, .551 OBP, .878 SLG, .1429 OPS, 21 H, 6 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R through 11 games (Cardinals are 7-4)
At his new home, Busch Stadium, his numbers look like they came from a slow-pitch softball league:
.500 BA, .581 OBP, .923 SLG, .1504 OPS, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R through 7 games.
It is only through 11 games (7 at home) and they will come back to earth (he went 0-4 two nights ago!), but so far, the Cardinals look like they might have made the best trade of the season.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Brian Akin presents Tommy Lasorda Story posted at Dear (Tommy) John Letters.
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Monday, August 3, 2009
Image via WikipediaIt's not too often than a cast-aside 38 year old middle reliever can have a major impact on a playoff race, but it could be happening with Brendan Donnelly and the Marlins. He was signed in July by the Marlins and had an immediate impact. He has had a very fascinating (and controversial) career.
- Born: 1971
- Drafted: 27th round of the 1992 Draft (White Sox)
- Was on 18 different minor league teams 1992-2002 (445 minor league games in career).
- Debuted: April, 2002 (Angels)
- Not allowed in the Major League Baseball Players Association because he was a replacement player in 1995 during the Strike.
- Known for wearing goggles while he pitches.
- Winning Pitcher - 2003 All-Star Game (only career selection).
- Had Tommy John Surgery in 2007.
- Suspended for using Pine Tar in his glove in 2005 (nemesis and former teammate Jose Guillen alerted the umpires).
- Named in Mitchell Report in 2007.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
He has the most expensive contract of any pitcher in Major League history: 7 years, $161 million
Here is what got him the contract:
2006: 12-11, 3.21, 172 SO, 44 BB
2007: 19-7, 3.21, 209 SO, 37 BB(Indians) - Cy Young Award
2008: 11-2, 1.65, 128 SO, 25 BB (Brewers) - 5th in NL Cy Young Voting
.614 W-L % (10th among active pitchers)
240+ IP (2007, 2008)
28 Complete Games (11th Active)
11 Shutouts (7th Active)
2004: 11-10, 4.12
2005: 15-10, 4.03
2008: 6-8, 3.83 (Indians)
Postseason: 2-3, 7.92 ERA
He has impressive career numbers: 117-73 with a 3.65 ERA entering this season
Here is a breakdown of 2 pitchers. One is Sabathia, the other is a well-known pitcher.
Hits/9: 7.49 (35th all time)
SO/9: 9.12 (8th)
SO/BB: 3.65 (11th)
WHIP: 1.11 (11th)
Hits/9: 8.33 (243rd all-time)
SO/9: 7.48 (51st)
SO/BB: 2.65 (57th)
WHIP: 1.24 (228th)
Pitcher A is one of the most dominant pitchers ever. Pitcher B is very good, but the numbers much more pedestrian.
Pitcher A: Johan Santana
Pitcher B: C.C. Sabathia
How much does this matter? Hard to tell, especially since these are career statistics. Santana, for instance, has fallen slightly since his 2004-2006 peak. Sabathia put up incredible numbers in 2007 and 2008 after the trade, but not as much as the rest of his career.
More Sabathia numbers:
2007: 5.65 (1st in league)
2008 (Brewers): 5.12
2009: 2.53 (37th)
Interestingly, he is allowing fewer hits and a lower batting average than in 2007 (.259 vs. .242)
These are not bad numbers, they're just not elite or worthy of a pitcher making $160 million over 7 years. The trends are not good either. All of these numbers are worse than they were in 2007. It's still early and he'll win a lot of games as a Yankee, but I would be worried about his strikeout and walk totals compared his his 2007 and 2008 seasons (the seasons that got him the contract in the first place).
Saturday, August 1, 2009
OBP, OPS (min. 75 PA): Matt Holliday (A's/Red Sox) - .487, .1157 (Lowest: Ian Kinsler (Rangers) - .200; Josh Hamilton (Rangers) - .513)
Stolen Bases: Nyjer Morgan (Nationals/Pirates), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) - 14
Runs: Chone Figgins, Bobby Abreu (both Angels) - 26
Hits: Orlando Cabrera (A's)- 41
Home Runs, SLG: Garrett Jones (Pirates) - 10, .700
RBI: Bobby Abreu (Angels), Ryan Ludwick (Cardinals) - 28
Wins: John Lackey (Angels), Jorge De La Rosa (Rockies), Randy Wells (Cubs) - 5
ERA (min. 20 IP): Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) - 0.71 (Highest: Russ Ortiz (Astros) - 12.23; 2nd Highest: Vin Mazzaro (A's) - 8.51)
SO: Tim Lincecum (Giants) - 51
Saves: Mariano Rivera (Yankees) - 10
Team Runs: Angels - 185 (2nd - Phillies 153) (Lowest: Pirates - 83)
BA: Angels - .316 (2nd - A's .296) (Lowest: Pirates- .225)
HR: Rangers, Yankees 40 (Fewest: Mets - 13)
ERA: Phillies 3.22 (Worst: Brewers 5.67)
Wins: Phillies 20 (Fewest: Royals - 7)
Opponents' Batting Average: .219 Giants (Worst: Reds - .292)
Huge offensive improvement for the A's:
Batting Average: Rank, BA
April: 28th, .237
May: 26th, .243
June: 27th, .232
July: 2nd, .296
The Angels' offensive explosion was impressive:
Runs - Highest, 2nd Highest
April: Blue Jays 142, Cardinals - 133
May: Rays - 184, Twins - 168
June: Rockies - 154, Angels - 148, Rays - 148
July: Angels -185, Phillies, 153
Batting Average: Highest in League
April: Blue Jays - .292
May: Astros - .288
June: Rays - .284
July: Angels - .316