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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/29/2008 4:38:00 PM
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Watching the New York/Florida game Monday, the Mets announcers were comparing Jose Reyes to Hanley Ramirez. Both concluded they’d “easily” take Reyes over Ramirez. There’s homerism, and then there’s downright delusional. Sure, Ramirez may eventually need to switch positions, but it’s not like Reyes is some gold glover at shortstop. Ramirez both gets on base more and hits for more power. His career OPS is 126 points higher. And this isn’t even factoring in Reyes’ attitude problems.

A.J. Burnett’s contract makes him difficult to trade for: if he pitches well over the rest of the season, he can opt out and become a free agent. If he suffers a major injury, then he won’t opt out, and the team would be on the hook for $12 million. However, he has the type of arm that can be a true difference maker for a contending team come October. His 4.50 ERA is obviously disappointing, but his FIP is 3.50, which is one of the bigger discrepancies among all pitchers in baseball. His groundball (1.44 G/F) and strikeout (9.18 K/9 IP) rates are fantastic, and his current BABIP (.338) is 52 points higher than his career mark.

If you haven’t watched “Mad Men,” I suggest you rent the season one DVDs. Season two started Sunday, and it’s not too late to catch up. Great show.

Hiroki Kuroda might be the most inconsistent pitcher in baseball. After going all of May allowing three runs or fewer in every start, he’s since allowed zero runs during three outings and five runs or more in five of his six other starts. Lately, the trend has been going the wrong way.

For someone batting .253 with just one homer and 21 RBI, Willy Taveras has been an awfully valuable fantasy outfielder. With Scott Podsednik shelved, he’ll now see even more playing time, and his 92 percent success rate on steals is nothing short of fantastic. He’s on pace to swipe 70 bases this season.

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s 11-2 record and 3.04 ERA sure do look nice, but this is one inefficient (and lucky) pitcher. He’s walked multiple batters in 16 of his 18 starts this year, leaving him with a horrendous 86:62 K:BB ratio. He’s not easy to hit, but his 3.40 ERA and 1.38 WHIP are mutually exclusive, so expect some regression moving forward.

I mean, “The Dark Knight” was made well and all, but I’m starting to be over all these superhero type films. Heath Ledger was terrific (did you hear he died?), but the movie dragged on a bit. Maybe I let all the hype get to me too much.

I liked the Mark Teixeira trade for both teams. The Angels are a legit contender, but their offense was missing a big bat, and they are one of the teams that can possibly sign Teixeira long-term after the season. Both are plus defenders at first base, and the Braves are now obviously in rebuild mode. Casey Kotchman hasn’t exactly lived up to his potential, but he’s a 25-year-old with developing power and amazing plate discipline, although more walks would certainly be nice. Speaking of the Braves, has there been a team more snake bit this season? They’ve had to endure serious injuries to John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, Rafael Soriano, Tom Glavine, while Jeff Francoeur is doing his best Andruw Jones impression.


Comments....

Man. There is absolutely NO WAY you take Jose Reyes over Hanley Ramirez right now. It's simply not even CLOSE.

That's a great trade for the Braves. I long for the day that the Pirates put together a management team that can do what the Braves do each year...

Since Dan Warthen took over as Mets pitching coach on Jun 20th and made a slight change to Oliver Perez's delivery, Perez has gone (including tonight's outing) 37 2/3 IP, given up a meager 23 hits walked 14 batters (sub 1 WHIP), struck out 41 batters and given up just 6 runs. Mike Pelfrey has a 1.75 ERA in July

I wonder what Rick Peterson is up to these days?
Posted by billgoofnow at 7/29/2008 5:25:00 PM
 
Bill, intelligent posts, but I'm tired of hearing about the swashbucklers. I thought I remember someone predicting Taveras 60 SBs, boy was he wrong, lol. Love the sales Dark Knight got, if you have 2 choices, do you want more DK movies OR more TIT A NIC movies?
Posted by kevinccp at 7/29/2008 6:52:00 PM
 
OK... tear me apart for this opinion if you'd like - I'll open myself up for it.

Mike Gonzalez came into tonight and in 13 1/3 IP was sporting a fairly ridiculous 17 - 0 K - BB ratio.

Tonight down 5-2 in the top of the 9th, 2 outs, runner on 2nd Pujols coming to the plate. Bobby Cox calls for the intentional walk of Albert Pujols.

I just flat out would not have intentionally walked Pujols there. Why put that first walk on his scorecard when a Pujols HR makes it 7 - 2 in stead of 5 - 2. Gonzalez then went on to walk two more batters after that and then got yanked.

Agree or Disagree that walking Pujols there was silly?
Posted by billgoofnow at 7/29/2008 7:09:00 PM
 
Billgoofnow - Excellent points about the Mets and pitching.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/29/2008 7:10:00 PM
 
I probably would have walked Pujols in that situation.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/29/2008 7:11:00 PM
 
Kevin,

What? I'm the only one who cares about the Pirates? That can't be right.. I SWEAR I met another dude once who roots for them. I think?
Posted by billgoofnow at 7/29/2008 7:12:00 PM
 
Kevin - Ya, I was too low on my Taveras 60 steals prediction. DK over Titanic.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/29/2008 7:12:00 PM
 
3D.

thanks. :)

I dunno, I guess I tend to put too much emphasis on the mental process involved with some pitchers and having watched Gonzalez for so many years - he's just one of those guys for whom mental momentum is such a huge deal.
Posted by billgoofnow at 7/29/2008 7:13:00 PM
 
Bill, like the Bills I love, no one else roots for Pitt (Oh wait Stopa where r u?). (For the record, I'm targeting Maholm next year in ALL my drafts).
Posted by kevinccp at 7/29/2008 8:06:00 PM
 
Saw DK three times in four days, twice in Imax. So I disagree just a bit with that assessment of it...
Posted by ESiegrist at 7/30/2008 2:28:00 AM
 
kevin,

I am rooting for lynch to hit and run with the elusiveness he showed this offseason as he is one of my keepers :)

Maholm has always had great potential but beware that every pirates pitcher who breaks out one year regresses to crap the next. (wells, duke, gorzelanny and snell as four recent examples)
Posted by billgoofnow at 7/30/2008 4:21:00 AM
 
Go Bills.
Posted by MPStopa at 7/30/2008 5:35:00 AM
 
Root Root for our home team, LET'S GO BUC'S!!!

Bill, I love all the "squash buckler" talk. Keep up the great analysis!
Posted by 25 ALIVE at 7/30/2008 6:08:00 AM
 
Batman dragged on a bit?
Classic example of the AD/HD world we live in.

Try watching some the the classic 1970's movies
like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or
Three Days of the Condor and you may go insane.

Posted by PMain at 7/30/2008 7:49:00 AM
 
Erik - I heard it's amazing in IMAX. That's the route I should have gone. Don't get me wrong, it might have been the best comic book flick ever, I'm just getting burnt out on the genre, and the hype was crazy.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/30/2008 3:20:00 PM
 
PMain - Considering my main point is that I'd like to see more storytelling and less superhero movies, the assertion my ADHD was acting up falls flat. Especially since I also recommend and highly like "Mad Men."
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 7/30/2008 3:22:00 PM
 

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