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Saturday, October 25, 2014
The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day.
But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be.
“He is as tough as you can possibly be,” Dombrowski said. “They ...
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 67 comment(s)
Ned Yost doesn’t care what you think. Got that?
He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series because he’s the second coming of John McGraw. He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series in spite of his never-ending bumbleheadedness.
He. Doesn’t. Care. Are we clear on that?
“I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m stupid,” the perpetually embattled manager of those Kansas City Royals said this week. “And I don’t really pay attention to ...
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
Ratto cracks me up.
In the two Giants losses, the San Francisco is 1-for-24 with nine strikeouts against Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and late entry Brandon Finnegan. In fact, Kansas City manager Ned Yost ran afoul of the Mezzanine Constabulary again by:
(a) Letting starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had been brilliant for five innings, start the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, a single to Brandon Crawford and an RBI double by Michael Morse.
(b) Bringing Herrera on to stanch the bleeding, ...
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
In defense of Yost.
We’re welcome to disagree with Yost, as I rather enjoy doing. But he deserves our respect — and admiration. He knows things about his players that we don’t. He also knows how to lead underdogs to a 10-1 record in the postseason, two wins from a champagne-soaked legacy.
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
Micro analysis in real time.
Wainwright had a surgical procedure done Friday on the backside of his pitching elbow, multiple sources have confirmed. Wainwright was said to have had the “ligament trimmed” in his right elbow, a Cardinals official said. The exact description was cartilage trimmed to avoid irritation in that area, subsequent reporting on the surgery by The Post-Dispatch confirmed.
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
Guthrie became the first starter in World Series history to win without at least one strikeout or walk. Only four pitchers had previously earned a World Series victory without the aid of at least one strikeout. It last happened in 1960 with Bob Turley of the Yankees.
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
Will the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong ensure this series goes at least six, or will the Royals and Jason Vargas move themselves to just one win away from eternal glory?
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 874 comment(s)
Friday, October 24, 2014
None of us are invincible.
Which World Series participants were the most highly regarded? Glad you asked. Here’s a ranking of the top 15 players in the World Series based on how they were perceived as prospects when they made their MLB debut.
Posted: October 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 23 comment(s)
This is interesting. I’ve been looking at this stuff lately to decipher some of the season-to-season changes in DRS for players. To properly compare the defensive skillsets of players, opportunity differences need to addressed, just prorating DRS to innings is not enough.
So I don’t know. Coco caught fewer balls this year. That part is indubitable because we register one entirely objective statistic: putouts. He caught balls. He didn’t catch balls. (That, incidentally, forms a large basis of ...
Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, October 24, 1914:
It has been learned that there were two sad faced young ballplayers who attended the banquet given by Mayor Curley at the Copley Plaza in honor of the Boston Braves last Thursday night. One is little Billy Martin, the Washington lad who joined the world’s champions on Aug. 1.
The other player to be disappointed is Cottrell, a pitcher, who became a member of the Braves’ outfit in July. Neither one of these players received anywhere near the full amount of ...
Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was passed over for Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr., Chicago’s Adam Eaton and Baltimore’s Adam Jones. In the four-game sweep of Baltimore, Cain won the AL Championship Series MVP award.
He’s correct that Cain led all outfielders with 2.7 dWAR.
He does seem to be an oversight by the voters. I’m not sure how much his time spent in RF impacted his being left off the ballot.
“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come”. – Victor Hugo
Sabermetrics won! Sabermetrics won!
In other words, for the blogger class, Andrew Friedman is the everyman, not the “working class” player on the field. The goal, dare I say it, was for the “nerd class” to take over the decision making aspect of the sport. They could obviously never compete on the field with world class athletes, but when it comes to determining which players are best and how to put ...
Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
It’s Jeremy Guthrie’s day.
Adam Dunn didn’t invent this approach. It wasn’t a good approach. I followed Dunn throughout his career. Dunn could have been a better hitter if he was more aggressive within the strikezone. I witnessed countless at bats where Dunn passed up a perfectly good pitch and ended up either taking a called strike or whiffed on a worse pitch later in the at bat. Dunn’s method sucked.
Adam Dunn didn’t do a lot of things well, but he controlled the strike zone. He didn’t expand the zone and when ...
The Series turns to San Francisco in Game 3. The Royals send Jeremy Guthrie, the Giants send Tim Hudson. 8 PM. FOX.
Posted: October 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 521 comment(s)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
To fully appreciate Posey’s talent, his pitchers say, you need to look into his eyes.
The Freak is feeling better.
Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games in favor of Jarrod Dyson while shifting Lorenzo Cain from center field to right field.
So instead of doing that again Yost may just decide to start Dyson and use Aoki off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Aoki is a better hitter than Dyson, but he’s hardly an impact bat and an extra five or six innings of better defense and baserunning could be worth the change.
Knowing Hunter Pence is loving Hunter Pence.
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