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Orioles Futility
If you want to find an indication of the Orioles' struggles the last decade, here's a defining metric. On Thursday, Adam Loewen became the first Baltimore pitcher since Sidney Ponson in 1998 to beat the Yankees twice in a season. Yes folks, they're in the same division, and play 19 times a year. I hope they spend some of this money they'll be getting from their new TV deal that Peter Angelos extorted from the Nationals on some good free agents next season.

Posted by Bret Cohen at 8/17/2006 7:30:00 AM
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The MVP Candidate That Wasn't
Travis Hafner, CLE

BA .303 (19th) - Ortiz ranks 63rd
HR 35 (2nd) - Ortiz ranks 1st
RBI 110 (1st) - tied w/ Ortiz
Slugging% .640 (1st) - Ortiz ranks 4th
On-base% .428 (3rd) - Ortiz ranks 7th
OPS 1.068 (1st) - Ortiz ranks 5th
Walks 84 (1st) - Ortiz ranks 4th

... And unlike the (fair or unfair) positioning of Papi over A-Rod due to his clutch hitting, that argument doesn't stand up against Haf, who has tied the record for grand slams in a season - pretty clutch.

MVPs come from winning teams and have big names, as a rule, but Hafner is getting mighty short shrift. With season-long production that should easily put him in MVP running, not only has he been left out of the discussion entirely, he didn't even land a spot on the All-Star team.

Posted by lucas at 8/16/2006 8:44:00 AM
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Are There Roto Gods?
O, Roto God! What have I done to offend thee? I prayest to thou every day. Preparest for my leagues diligently. Checkest Rotowire hourly. And what do I get? Injuries! Injuries to all my players!

And when I losest Nomar and Chipper in the same weekend and try to makest up for it by trading Ryan Howard and underachieving Dave Bush and Aaron Heilman for Aramis Ramirez and Pedro Martinez, what dost thou give me?

And when Chipper comes back and I can't activate him in my lineup, he hittest three home runs? While I havest Steve Finley and Hector Luna still in my active lineup?

And why would thou puttest Jose Valverde and Elizardo Ramirez in my path if thou wanted me to avoidest them? And why would thou let me pickest up Jason Jennings, only to let me trade him before he did me any good?

O Roto God! What can I do to make you love me?

Posted by Kenn at 8/15/2006 5:47:00 AM

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