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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/17/2008 5:27:00 PM
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Ryan Howard is currently on pace to strike out an MLB-record 218 times this season. Despite a .224 batting average, heís also on pace to drive in 140 runs. Howard is hitting .337 with RISP and .170 with the bases empty. He currently has more RBI (62) than hits (60)!

Ryan Doumit is quietly having a fantastic season and is fast becoming one of the gameís best hitting catchers. Finally healthy, he has nine homers with a 1.005 OPS over 136 at-bats this year. Doumit had a 1.210 OPS when he played at Triple-A last year, so this isnít a complete fluke.

Over his last four starts in the minors, Francisco Liriano has a 2.86 ERA with a 26:6 K:BB ratio. Most importantly, heís walked more than one batter during just one of his past seven outings, including none in his most recent start. Heís not going to come back and dominate like he did pre-injury, but it looks like Liriano will definitely be an asset soon enough, and his 2009 outlook is looking much brighter.

If youíre a fly on my wall, youíre sick of the new My Morning Jacket album by now.

Ian Kinsler has simply been one of fantasy baseballís best players in 2008. Heís on pace to finish with a .305 BA, 23 homers, 39 steals, 96 RBI and 135 runs, all while playing second base. And while heís still hitting much better at home, eight of his 10 homers have come on the road, which is an encouraging sign.

If I own Rich Harden, Iím shopping him aggressively. Maybe turning into a primarily fastball/changeup pitcher will lead to continued health, but he was already complaining of a sore arm after his start last week. While the numbers will be great when heís on the mound, itís best to realize just how serious of an injury risk Harden is. And with the Aís well aware of this, heís also unlikely to go very deep in games.

Chase Headley is a no-brainer pickup, but those who play in deep leagues should also consider Charlie Morton and to a lesser extent, Brandon Jones. And for those with patience, stashing Jaime Garcia might prove to be prudent down the road, especially with the Cardinalsí pitching staff dropping like flies.

Comcastís TV gun clocked Brian Wilsonís fastball at 103 mph Monday. Heís got a good heater, but Iím guessing that was inaccurate.

Despite flashing his best strikeout rate in four years, Roy Oswaltís run as a front-line starter appears to be ending. His 3:1 K:BB rate is very good, so his current 5.04 ERA is bound to decrease, but his 1.62 HR/9 IP mark is a big problem. Heís also pitched drastically worse from the stretch, as his career .767 strand rate is down to .700.

Could the Mets have botched the Willie Randolph firing any worse? They waited until he flew across the country because it was Fatherís Day on Sunday? Announcing it at 3:12 a.m. EST? Itís clear a change was needed, but why draw it out like this? Pretty questionable handling by Minaya and the Wilpons.

This Javon Walker story has to be one of the most bizarre ever. I mean, where to begin? The thought of Floyd Mayweather (or an entourage member) knocking him unconscious with a potentially life-changing injury after getting into a battle over who can buy more champagne is just insane. Welcome to the world of sports in the 21st Century! Yes, that aspect of it is just a rumor that will probably turn false, but either way, itís a crazy situation.


DDD, I always like your posts and blogs, especially during fball season. I read it, thinking what kind of flaws I might find in your analysis. I couldn't find any today. I think I am going to shop Harden in one of my leagues. As always, excellent. Thanks... As a Mets fan, I am highly disappointed on Omar's speech today. He said over seven times it was my decision to fire Willie. What comes to mind is that he is lying. If it was decision, he would not have to say it at least seven times. Instead, he has become the Wilpon's parrot. Sometimes it is painful being a loyal fan. Well, anyway, good stuff.
Posted by jhermann at 6/17/2008 6:22:00 PM
I caught Minaya's press conference on WFAN today and what I found funny was his comment that both the manager and the general manager COULD be partially responsible for the failures recently and that some would suggest that he (Omar) COULD be at fault because things hadn't gone well for the Mets but Omar then hinted that he wasn't really at fault because he has brought in some high quality players who have not performed up to their abilities.

If that notion lets Minaya off the hook - shouldn't that let Randolph off the hook as well? That being said - I think the mets shoulda canned RAndolph a while ago - I just think they could not have done it in a worse way. Serious chunk job by the mets organization.

Side note... Anyone see Hank Steinbrenner's comments about the DH and how the NL needs to "enter the 21st century"? He's an absolute freak.... I would CRY if the NL adopted the DH rule...

Posted by billgoofnow at 6/17/2008 6:33:00 PM
Jerry Manuel's first inning as Mets manager:

(1) Jose Reyes leads off with a single, tweaks his hammy - and Manuel takes him out of the game to be safe. Reyes resists and argues OPENLY on the field, and then throws his helmet in disgust as he leaves the field.

(2) Johan comes out and gets smoked to start the bottom of the 1st. (Side note... the first hit off Santana woulda been an out if Reyes were out there) Down 2 - 1 now 2 outs, ground ball to Delgado to end the inning -- THROUGH THE WICKETS - Delgado boots it letting the 3rd run score

(3) next pitch, Johan has the runner on first picked off except Easley not paying attention doesn't cover the bag letting the runner get to 2nd base

I imagine Manuel is thrilled to be in charge right now. M-E-T-S METS METS METS
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/17/2008 7:16:00 PM
Not to discuss baseball entirely with myself ... but... Johan is just so mortal now that he's on the mets...

has Kotchman 1 - 2 and kotchman fouls off 6 pitches and then smokes a base hit up the middle to score the run.

Santana just can't finish people off as effectively as he did when he was on the twins
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/17/2008 7:47:00 PM
jhermann - thanks for the kind words.

billgoofnow - Steinbrenner is a lunatic...Interesting about the Reyes thing, I didn't see that play. Too busy watching the Lakers get ran out of the gym.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/17/2008 8:25:00 PM
I'd like to sign off for the night by thanking Bob Melvin for making my already pathetic pitching night into an absolute frickin' nightmare... I have NEVER understood the notion that you need to bring a closer in to "get some work" in a blowout situation.

Brandon Lyon just got TORCHED by the A's in an 8 run game... smart move there Bob... now he got wRECKED and he'll be unavailable tomorrow should you be in a close game.

Absolutely brilliant
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/17/2008 9:02:00 PM
I'm not a Melvin fan, but I'll cut him some slack on Lyon pitching tonight. Lyon hadn't worked since Wednesday. You can't let him sit there idly forever. *Every closer* works in these spots at times - and yeah, a lot of them get hit.
Posted by spianow at 6/17/2008 9:27:00 PM
when / where did harden complain about a sore arm?
Posted by mmahan at 6/17/2008 10:04:00 PM
I think reyes is an awful baseball player. Yeah, he is talented, and at times is a great spark plug, but he's got no clue how to play the right way. Also, I watched him miss a grounder during Maine's last start that should've been a double play. Instead, it went under his glove and they scored it a HIT!!! Next, Delgado showed absolutely no range, and a should be routine grounder went into right field, and was again scored a hit. Santana may not be finishing people off as good, but he's got an awful defense behind him compared to years past. Besides Wright and Beltran, I think the Mets are seriously overrated. Reyes? If not for fantasy purposes, no one would recognize him as a star.
Posted by joey'scookies at 6/17/2008 10:56:00 PM
Anyone see Webb pitch today? What the heck happened to him? Is his injury from last week affecting him this much?
Posted by obzen at 6/17/2008 11:48:00 PM
mmahan -
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/17/2008 11:55:00 PM
joey'scookies - I agree there's a disconnect between great fantasy players and real-life value at times, and Reyes is a good example of that...Also, my biggest hatred of MLB right now is their horrible reluctance to call an error an error. It's an absolute joke.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/17/2008 11:58:00 PM
obzen - I didn't watch that game, and the injury needs to be considered. Webb's velocity has been down recently even beforehand, but he entered this last start with a 42:4 K:BB ratio over his last seven starts, so I wouldn't overly panic.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/18/2008 12:09:00 AM
Webb got torched, Hudson got abused, Santana got beat up, Olsen got smoked, Wolf got wrecked, Snell got EMBARRASSED...

All the Starters except Webb have one thing in common - playing in an AL park. Every year when the season begins, I sit back and dread the 2 - 3 week stretch that includes interleague play in my NL only league because it's a pre-determined 3 week pitching ratios correction

I wouldn't worry tooooo much about Webb just yet. I think most of this abuse is really just the annual NL starter interleague implosion. Happens every year to about 2/3 of the starters
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/18/2008 4:43:00 AM
I'll tell you what happened to Webb....he got traded in one of my leagues last week for Magglio Ordonez. Karma's a Biatch. Thoughts on DeWayne Wise-he was on pace for 20-30 at AAA. The Mets totally screwed up the Willie firing, I haven't found the link but there's a great article in the NY Post which makes you think. I always praise you, but 3D your blogs are getting shorter and shorter.....
Posted by kevinccp at 6/18/2008 6:23:00 AM
Oh and do you and Mark still think the Lakers are going to come back, down 4-1? J/K
Posted by kevinccp at 6/18/2008 6:25:00 AM
Have to have more posts than Bill...the apple of your eye got lit up the other night (well at least in his world). NO INJURY I HOPE......
Posted by kevinccp at 6/18/2008 6:46:00 AM
Who Lincecum? If four runs over seven innings constitutes lit up, then that's a pretty good year. First time he's allowed more than three runs all season...I wouldn't expect too much from Wise, but he might help out in steals.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/18/2008 7:38:00 AM
That's what the (well at least in his world) was implying, he's been incredible this year.
Posted by kevinccp at 6/18/2008 9:33:00 AM

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