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Diamond Notes
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/13/2007 10:47:00 AM
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Jose Reyes, where has all the power gone? Heís a fantasy stud, and all ESPN anchors have it written into their contracts that they must call him ďthe most exciting player in the game,Ē but he has just two jacks this season and none since April 21. Itís hard to find fault with the rest of his game, however.

Itís tough to take these radar guns seriously, but did you see Justin Verlander touch 102 mph in the ninth inning Tuesday? His curveball was unhittbale as well. Pretty dominant performance.

Donít look now, but the Yankees have won seven straight.

Before Mondayís 3-0 win over the White Sox, the Phillies were 0-18 this season when scoring three runs or fewer.

Speaking of the White Sox Ė the team ranks dead last in MLB in runs scored this year. Now thatís hard to do considering they have a DH to their advantage and play in one of the very best hitterís parks in the game. Chicago is batting .231 with a .303 on-base percentage.

Speaking of futility, itís time to check in on Jason Kendall: he picked up his third extra-base hit of the season Tuesday and first since May 16, upping his slugging percentage to a hideous .214 on the year. Heís easily baseballís worst hitter.

Of the bottom 10 starting pitchers with the worst control this season, there are some surprisingly bigger names down there: Doug Davis is the worst in the league with 4.64 walks per nine innings, which isnít shocking. And neither is Daniel Cabreraís third worst mark of 4.55 BB/9 IP. But Matt Cain ranks second worst, with a 4.59 BB/9 IP mark. Others coming in the bottom 10 include Scott Kazmir, Scott Olsen and Noah Lowry. Part of the theme here is that most are young hurlers still learning how to pitch.

David Eckstein has a ridiculous .96 contact rate this season. He struck out Tuesday for just the seventh time all season.

The NBA Finals are unwatchable. The Cavs almost certainly wouldnít have made the playoffs if they played in the Western Conference.


You know I love ya, Triple-D, but give Gammons his column name back. There are a zillion pieces of baseball jargon in need of a good home.

Posted by spianow at 6/14/2007 2:23:00 PM
All right, I'll try to come up with something different next time, but be warned, I'm not very clever.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/14/2007 4:45:00 PM
Cleverness not a necessary element - hell, a generic "MLB Notes" would be fine...
Posted by Erickson at 6/15/2007 11:42:00 PM
As a Dodger fan, the use of "Triple-D" conjures up some very horrific images of one former #2 overall draft pick who went by the moniker "Double-D". Ugh.
Posted by vtadave at 6/18/2007 11:34:00 AM

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