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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/29/2008 8:54:00 PM
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After tearing the cover off the ball during spring training, itís safe to say Lastings Milledge hasnít lived up to the hype so far this season. However, thatís changed recently, as he has two homers and five steals over the past eight games. Heís also improved his contact rate (.81), so there are some signs of progress. Still, heís been a pretty big liability for the Nationals thus far.

Itís probably not a coincidence Aaron Harangís worst start of the year on Thursday came just four days after he pitched four innings of relief. His velocity was way down, but hopefully this was just a short-term thing.

Iím more Dr. Van Nostrand than I am James Andrews, but Ryan Churchís prognosis doesnít sound too good to me.

Despite his affinity of the long ball, Iím starting to like Kevin Slowey more and more. Heís still likely to remain homer-prone, but with excellent command, they are often solo shots, so he should have a strong WHIP regardless. His stuff isnít overpowering, but his minor league track record is impressive, and remember, he posted a ridiculous 28:2 K:BB ratio last September.

Nice to see Fernando Tatis back in the league. This is the guy who once hit two grand slams in one game. In the same inning! Off the same pitcher!

If health werenít such an issue, Iíd treat Scott Kazmir as a top-5 starter. Heís such an injury risk, I wonít go overboard recommending him, but health is the only thing standing in his way of becoming a monster fantasy pitcher. After the All-Star break last season, he posted a 2.39 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and a ridiculous 124 strikeouts over 94.1 innings. Even with subpar control (10 walks in 30 innings), Kazmir has a 0.97 WHIP so far in 2008. Heís pretty much unhittable.

There might be some awkward times ahead in Arizona if Doug Davis and Max Scherzer continue to pitch like they are supposed to.

For everyone using the absolutely ridiculous argument that Joba Chamberlain should stay in the bullpen because Kyle Farnsworth sucks, may I ask, whatís wrong with Edwar Ramirez in a setup role? His ERA was terrible during 21 major league innings last year, but that came with 31 strikeouts, and heís been dominant in 2008. In 190.2 minor league innings during his career, he has 237 strikeouts, a 2.83 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Sure, heís not a fireballer, but his changeup is filthy.

Speaking of Joba Chamberlain, where would you rank him as a starter right now? Iím personally pretty high on him, but itís not going to be easy developing a third pitch (a changeup) in the majors.

Itís almost as if Dana Eveland is baiting me into bringing back up the recent Staff League trade with his line Thursday night. Nah, Iíve already done enough damage.

With his previous lack of strikeouts, it appeared Jose Contrerasí bounce back year was largely due to luck and his low BABIP. However, after racking up 10 Ks during his last start, he now has a 14:0 K:BB ratio over the past two outings. Heís obviously going to regress from his current 3.06 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, but it looks like his career isnít finished after all. And to think, he might be 50 years old for all we know.

I only mention this because Iíve reached my apex. Thereís nowhere to go but down from here.


Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/29/2008 9:10:00 PM
hehe I was going to say that it looks like the nerves got to eveland after the expectations were heightened.

I was a smidge worried after the reds sent harang out for FOUR relief innings. Last night did not lessen that worry.

Chris perez looks very good so far and against tough hitters in tight situations... He whipped through tejada, berkman and lee on wed night in the 9th and took down matsui and tejada in the 8th of a two-run game last night. He will go through his rough patches I'm sure. But, he looks every bit the heir apparent to the closer position right now and it seems clear Larussa is getting him ready for that role.

Good to see smoltz toss two comfortable innings last night. Hopefully he will feel ok today and return next week
Posted by billgoofnow at 5/30/2008 5:31:00 AM
Is 10 walks in 30 innings "subpar"? I'm not saying it's outstanding, but that's not bad.
Posted by kennruby at 5/30/2008 6:26:00 AM
DDD: How about Jorge Campillo? He has not allowed more than a run in his last two starts. With Smoltz in the bullpen, he could be a solid starter. He has a beautiful change-up, keeps hitters completely fooled. I am talking a change-up as beautiful as Halle Berry. Yes, he has a blister, but he has been pitching through it.
Posted by jhermann at 5/30/2008 6:35:00 AM
billgoofnow - Chris Perez is the real deal.

kenn - Three walks per 9 IP is actually about average, so I guess I meant to say it's subpar for an "elite" type pitcher.

jhermann - Campillo strikes me as someone who will struggle when going through the league as a starter the second time through, but his K:BB ratio is fantastic, and he'd hardly be the first Braves pitcher to come out of nowhere and succeed.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/30/2008 7:27:00 AM
Reminder: Kimbo Slice fights Sat night in prime time on CBS. Sun night Pulver vs. Faber should be good also. I just traded a $19 Thome and got a $5 Cueto in my keeper league (each contract good for at least 3 years). Robbery right? My instinct is to turn around and trade Cueto for something much better if I decide to play for this year. The Yankees rotation is so bad they can't afford to put Chamberlain in, right now Rasner is their best pitcher (Ironically the pic you guys have for him on this site has him in a Red Sox hat).
Posted by kevinccp at 5/30/2008 10:34:00 AM
For only 18+
Posted by kevinccp at 5/30/2008 11:14:00 AM
kevin, I don't know what that link had to do with baseball, but I really don't care. That was fabulously funny.
Posted by MPStopa at 5/30/2008 11:29:00 AM
Ah yes, the Tatis v. Chan Ho inning. As a Dodgers fan, I remember that one well.

Beware mentioning you're in first place in an Experts league. I did that to some friends in Tout Wars a couple weeks ago and my entire lineup sans B.J. Upton stopped hitting.
Posted by vtadave at 5/30/2008 1:46:00 PM
Oh I mean the Yanks can't afford NOT to put Joba in. The clip has nothing to do with baseball, just thought it was funny after seeing 3Ds clip.
Posted by kevinccp at 5/30/2008 2:01:00 PM
Peter Schoenke and I were at the Tatis-Chan Ho Park game. Great stuff. And pretty much the last time we heard from Tatis. Or Chan Ho.
Posted by Erickson at 5/30/2008 3:00:00 PM
Kevin - That Cueto for Thome trade was robbery, no doubt...What did you think of the fights tonight? I'm very curious your opinion.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/31/2008 11:22:00 PM
Dave - I know, I know. I'm an idiot for mentioning that LABR thing. I deserve what's coming to me. Totally jinxed myself.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/31/2008 11:23:00 PM
Jeff - Wow. That's pretty cool being at that game. I mean, that feat is so crazy on multiple levels. The fact it was the same pitcher is really astounding.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/31/2008 11:25:00 PM
The fights were horrible, the best one may have been the cat fight between the 2 girls. It was like watching AAA (or even A), when you know what watching the majors is like. The owner was in the ring after each bout and you could hear him telling the fighers what questions were going to be asked in the post fight interviews. Kimbo Slice was exposed for what he is: a street fighter. The guy he fought was a hack who came in on a 2 fight losing streak. There was no way the ref should have stopped that fight but Elite would have been done if Kimbo lost. Kimbo was practically carried out of the ring after he was so tired. Any of the top 10 heavyweights in the UFC would destroy him. The sad thing was if the UFC put it on instead of EliteXC, I think it would be different headlines today. Sportscenter did a poll and oddly enough they asked what event people were looking forward to the most Sat. night and it was hockey won over kimbo, but only 53%-47%. I would be interested in seeing the UFC try the same thing, I'm not sure if there's enough money involved considering what they make on a PPV. Affliction has also started a new MMA deal-what makes them interesting is they are signing everyone who is 205 or bigger-Tim Sylvia, Fedor, Arlovski (rumored), Couture (rumored), Tito Ortiz (rumored), Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo. It's an interesting concept, people like to watch the big guys brawl and that seems to be their focus. WEC is tonight, Faber vs. Pulver should be good, although I think Faber wins more easily than people think.
Posted by kevinccp at 6/1/2008 6:18:00 AM
The girl fight was easily the best. Carano is legit. Kimbo is a fraud. He can definitely punch, but he's lucky they stopped the fight so abruptly. Looks like he'll get beat badly by real competition.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/1/2008 9:13:00 AM
Lincecum looked very good again today - once again he is put out to start the 8th and departs after putting the first two on. Once again his good buddy Tyler Walker comes in and lets the tying run score blowing his win. I gotta think Walker has a hard time lookin Timmy in the eyes :)

Chris Perez gave up his first run of his major league career tonight - will be interesting to see how he bounces back in his next outing.

Johan takes the mound tonight and for some reason I have a feeling he's going to finally put together a Santana-like gem. I'm gonna say 7 IP 1 er 4 hits 9 K 1 walk

Ian Snell - geez louise... time to send him to the minors

Posted by billgoofnow at 6/1/2008 4:49:00 PM
I was at the SF/Lincecum game today, and yes, it's becoming annoying watching Bochy/the bullpen blow games for him. But honestly, he was at like 92 pitches entering the inning, so I can't say I personally wouldn't have brought him back out today.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/1/2008 7:04:00 PM

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