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MLB/NFL Notes
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 8/7/2008 5:40:00 PM
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Roy Halladay is more machine than man. In today’s game, the fact he’s averaged 7.2 innings per start this season is truly remarkable. His strikeout rate is far from special, but his 5.14:1 K:BB ratio and 1.87 G/F marks are. Without a doubt, he’s one of baseball’s elite pitchers.

Emilio Bonifacio is likely long gone in deep leagues, but he could prove useful in even mid-sized formats. He could learn how to take a walk, but the stolen base ability is legit. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s virtually guaranteed regular playing time from here on out, and out of the leadoff spot to boot.

Matt Lindstrom currently has a 1.51 WHIP. However, a closer inspection reveals he hasn’t allowed a run since June, a span of 13.1 innings. He also sports a 13:3 K:BB ratio over that time. Lindstrom, who can reach triple digits on the radar gun, looks like the Marlins’ closer for 2009.

Ubaldo Jimenez is having an interesting season. After a rough start, he gave up three runs or fewer over his last seven starts, including just one run allowed over the last three outings before getting blown up Thursday. But it gets real weird digging deeper, as he entered Thursday with a 2.58 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 5.29 K/9 IP mark while pitching at home. On the road, his numbers were: 4.72 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 9.37 K/9 IP. Forget the fact he was posting much better numbers at Coors Field, the discrepancy in K rates versus production was the biggest anomaly of all.

Ian Kennedy has a 2.14 ERA and 0.91 WHIP over 46.1 Triple-A innings this season. As dreadful as he’s been up in New York, he’s worth monitoring. He could prove to be a difference maker.

Since the All-Star break, the Giants have hit six home runs. Six! Fernando Tatis has hit five. Aaron Rowand became the first San Francisco player to reach double-digits (and last team to do so) when he clubbed his 10th HR on Wednesday. They are on pace to finish the season with 90 home runs. No team has hit fewer than 100 in a season since 1992, and the Phillies currently have 159 HRs. In unrelated news, Barry Bonds remains unemployed, despite the fact he’s stated he’d donate this season’s salary to charity.

Is there anyone more insufferable than Rick Reilly?

Chris Johnson, Kenny Watson, Tim Hightower and Ray Rice are all terrific later round fliers. I’d be willing to bet one – if not two or three – finish with better production than the currently listed starters above them on their respective depth charts.

The Texans might very well have four of the top-25 properties in the NFL on their current roster. DeMeco Ryans and Amobi Okoye might very well be top-50 properties as well. Football is way too much of a team sport for that to mean instant success, and there are gaping holes elsewhere, but this squad is dangerous. Speaking of Mario Williams, I definitely got that one wrong, as I stupidly chided them for not taking Reggie Bush at the time. That has turned out to be one of the biggest mismatches of value in the league. Although I did get the Dwight Howard over Emeka Okafor pick right, I also went crazy when the Twins took Joe Mauer over Mark Prior.

Never, under any circumstances, not draft a player because they have the same bye week as someone you already selected. Don’t even think about it.

Top-5 Meals

1. New York Steak
2. Rack of Lamb
3. Chicken Parmigan
4. Prime Rib
5. Dungeness Crab


Comments....

Dalton

Nice blog - welcome back :) comPLETely agree on Lindstrom - just snagged him in my NL only league 3 days ago.

Mets blew another Johan Santana outing today - that's six (I have Santana and Lincecum in my NL-only home league and together they have had 12 wins blown in the 8th or 9th inning this year - incredible)

For those who have been disappointed by Santana this year in his debut NL season - one stat for you to chew on that I think will get better in his 2nd NL year next year.

Coming into today there have been 12 innings in which he's been forced to run the bases (something he rarely did while in the AL) and I looked at the inning immediately following each time on base and his collective stats for those innings (small sample) 12 IP 7 ER 1.42 WHIP 5.25 ERA. His stats for the other 142 innings (2.58 ERA 1.09 WHIP). Dude just gets tired when he stands on the basepaths.

Anyone ready to believe in the Rays as the winners of the AL EAST?


Posted by billgoofnow at 8/7/2008 7:53:00 PM
 
Interesting stats regarding Johan. I'm surprised his K rate is at a career-low, but he has still been plenty good. His record is a fluke...I'm not ready to believe in TB as AL East winners. But it'd be nice to see.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 8/7/2008 8:32:00 PM
 
Every time I watch Lindstrom pitch, it seems pretty obvious he has no idea where every pitch is going. The Marlins may not mind that, and maybe they can iron him out mechanically, but I'd like better command from my closer.

Good steak, side of shrimp, caesar salad, cold beer, I'm happy. The end.
Posted by spianow at 8/7/2008 9:09:00 PM
 
Mitch Albom is more insufferable than Reilly.
Posted by spianow at 8/7/2008 9:11:00 PM
 
I haven't read enough of Albom's stuff to make a call on him, but I'm with Dalton on Reilly being the most insufferable. He's always got a cross to bear or an axe to grind.
Posted by uwmichael at 8/8/2008 8:20:00 AM
 
I met Albom in person - total arrogant prick... Chicken parm? Over grilled wild salmon, roasted duck, Maine lobster, a plate of fresh yellowtail sashimi? For appetizers, beef carpaccio, a half-dozen oysters, steamed mussels in garlic and beer and steamed clams are pretty good, too. You need to revise your cheat sheet - this is almost as bad as Peterson over LT! Also, we seriously need to add a food section to RW. We have soccer and NASCAR, FOOD could be next.
Posted by cliss at 8/8/2008 10:37:00 AM
 
ditto for Albom in person... jerk
Posted by jdo78 at 8/8/2008 12:11:00 PM
 
Bacon wrapped scallops. I hope that Kennedy/Yanks doesn't turn into Bailey/Cincy.
Posted by kevinccp at 8/8/2008 2:12:00 PM
 
Liss - Chicken parm may be simple, but man is it good if done right. Love duck, lobster, salmon, etc. as well. Bradley Ogden's burger is way up there too.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 8/8/2008 3:30:00 PM
 
If its the guy Im thinking of, Rick Reilly is the worst announcer in the history of sports- He ruined the home run derby by repeating over and over again the Josh Hamilton story- Hes monotone and awkward
Posted by djm1144 at 8/8/2008 8:53:00 PM
 
Reilly also made a weird comment about there weren't any Dominicans or Latin Americans in the contest. 3D you've pointed this out before-isn't Grant Balfour the most underrated pitcher out there?
Posted by kevinccp at 8/8/2008 9:19:00 PM
 
Chicken Parmegan in the 3 hole???? I suppose you got ramen noondles 6th? Try out some fresh venison tenderloin, fresh Alaskan king Crab, fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon.....probably need to go up there or maybe to Seattle to get the fish though.....most all of the stuff sent to the states is grade 2 or 3.....all of the good stuff goes to Japan because they pay the big bucks...I am high on the Texans this year...my sleeper pick and Ray Rice is moving up my draft board as well.....
Posted by Zenguerrilla at 8/8/2008 9:32:00 PM
 
And FWIW it's Parmesan.
Posted by cliss at 8/9/2008 1:12:00 PM
 
Grant Balfour is unreal...It wasn't ramen at #6 - it was Cup'O Noodles.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 8/9/2008 2:48:00 PM
 
Liss - Or chicken parmigiana.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 8/9/2008 2:49:00 PM
 
Liss quit playing with your speak and spell and get ready to make me some money on the NFL spreads... :-p 3D, Buffaloe Bills sleeper this year? I bet them and the Texans over for the season? Thoughts?
Posted by Zenguerrilla at 8/9/2008 6:46:00 PM
 
Texans are decent, but that division is brutal. Maybe we'll commission an over/under win totals article in the next couple weeks. I like the 49ers over - and I don't know what the line is yet.
Posted by cliss at 8/10/2008 1:43:00 AM
 
I see the niners at 6.5 with heavy juice on the under.....They were my best bet last year under 9...I agree with you though, I like them to bounce back this year but I still would like a 6 -120 instead of a 6.5 +110....You and your bro do an excellant job in your spread write ups...still would like to see a best bet and maybe second tier....or if you don't like that maybe you can just list them from top to bottom how strong you like the games if you want to be subtle....
Posted by Zenguerrilla at 8/10/2008 10:17:00 AM
 
tumanic - I actually really, really like the Texans this year. If their over/under is fewer than 9 wins, I'd load up there...I do not like the Bills, however. They are a team that played over their head last year record-wise. Don't get me wrong, they have some nice pieces and are moving in the right direction, but they better get Peters signed soon, and I fully expect QB struggles all year.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 8/10/2008 12:32:00 PM
 
Just bet on the Jets each and every week adn you cant go wrong.
Posted by djm1144 at 8/10/2008 1:00:00 PM
 
Thanks, tumanic - we do pick a best bet in the Staff Picks. Sometimes, I'll like three or four games and identify them, but betting is a sample size game, and I'd rather take my chances on 256 games than say my best 30 or 40.
Posted by cliss at 8/11/2008 10:15:00 PM
 
Off topic perhaps but is it me or does Joe Horn to Seattle make a lot of sense at this juncture?
Posted by PMain at 8/12/2008 5:13:00 PM
 
Makes sense in theory - and he def. wants out - but Horn is done.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 8/13/2008 4:58:00 PM
 

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