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I figured yesterday's rainout was a perfect excuse for me to play hooky. And then I looked at yesterday's results, and duty kicked in.

Those of us in the Toronto area tend to pay more attention to the local team than the other twenty-nine combined. That's how the local media covers baseball, and it requires some real effort to put what's happening to the Blue Jays into any meaningful context. Now we do indeed have Bauxites from distant climes, and dispatches from locales as exotic as Texas and the Pacific northwest.

But on the other hand, I myself am about as Toronto-centric as it gets. Bloor and Yonge has long been the Centre of my Universe. My idea of the Mysterious East is the Danforth. In my heart of hearts, I suspect a passport is required to go to Scarborough.

So I always feel the need for perspective, and I am always trying to get me some.

So today's perspective is inspired by a brief dispatch from North Texas. You think the Blue Jays have bullpen problems? As Mick pointed out yesterday, the Yankees are the only team in the majors that doesn't have a save in 2007. The greatest closer in history has blown both his save opportunities and has a 7.11 ERA

The man with more saves than any other pitcher who has ever lived took the mound in relief of Jake Peavy last night. Peavy struck out 16 D'Backs in an utterly dominating performace, but Stephen Drew hit a two-run walkoff homer off Trevor Hoffmann to win the game.

The best pitcher in baseball this season has not been Johan Santana or Felix Hernandez - it's been Tim Hudson of the Braves. He worked eight shutout innings against the Marlins last night and took a 3-0 lead into the ninth. Then he ran out of gas, and the Marlins scored the winning run off Bob Wickman on a passed ball.

Other teams, other fans, also endure the Agonies of the Damned. There is wailing and gnashing of teeth all over.

The Yankees are skipping Andy Pettitte tonight. He'll make his next start against Boston - you know, a team that they see as a competitor in the AL East. Not that train wreck just ahead of them in the standings. The Jays get celebrated prospect Phil Hughes making his major league debut against A.J. Burnett.

FanfromTheIsland was wondering when the postponed game would be replayed. MLB hasn't made an announcement, but I'm betting on Thursday September 20. The Jays make two more trips into the Bronx this year. They have a four game set the Monday after the All-Star Break (right after a four game set at Fenway Park.) Neither the Jays nor the Yankees has an off-day nearby, so a double-header would be required. Nobody likes double-headers anymore.

However, the three game set in late September is preceded by an off-day for both teams - Thursday the 20th. So I'd bet on that. I believe a team can't play more than 20 days in a row without giving consent - I forget the exact rule. However, the Yankees are also off on the 10th and 24th, while the Jays are off on the 6th and 24th, so that provision shouldn't matter.

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scotty - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 10:37 AM EDT (#166615) #
Not to nitpick Magpie and I do worry whenever Josh takes the mound, but the weekend series is at home in Toronto versus Texas.  I am making the trek from Waterloo to Toronto on Saturday.  The trek to Texas would have put a damper on my plans for Saturday night.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 10:43 AM EDT (#166616) #
For the record, Josh Towers' record against Texas at the Rogers Center is nothing out of the ordinary- 13.1 IP, 6 earned runs, 4 homers, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts.  Blalock and Young have owned him. All in all, I'd rather see him facing the Rangers in the Rogers Centre than the Yankees in any park, including Banff.
Magpie - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#166617) #
In case you're wondering about the previous two comments - immediately after posting this little piece, I remembered something I'd forgotten. So I went into Edit Mode and scrapped the ending, about Josh Towers' utterly hideous record at Ameriquest, to write some notes on the likely re-scheduling of last night's cancelled game.

But clearly  I should be smacking myself on the forehead with an ice cream cone and yelling D'OH. Not only is the Texas series being played in Toronto, I'm working the games. And I knew STATS wasn't going to fly me down to Arlington...

Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 10:56 AM EDT (#166618) #
It was obviously wish-casting for a visit with Mick to commiserate over bullpen failures...
Magpie - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:08 AM EDT (#166619) #
commiserate over bullpen failures...

Speaking of the Yankees pen. I remember noticing a couple of weeks ago that while they were pitching great (bullpen ERA of 1.16 early on), the Yankees relievers had actually worked more innings than the starters. Which wasn't a good sign.

The Yankees relievers are now 4-6, 3.67 (with no saves!) in 76 IP; the starters are 4-5, 5.65 in 94 IP. And Phil Hughes will be the ninth starter used by the Bombers in their first 20 games.
paulf - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#166621) #
Peavy came within an Eric Byrnes check swing of tying Tom Seaver's record of ten consecutive Ks. Byrnes ended up walking on the 8th pitch.
Ryan Day - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:20 AM EDT (#166622) #

Great quote from Ricciardi in The Star today:

"I like our trainers," Ricciardi said. "But I'm sick of talking to them."

Now, I suppose we'll see if Ricciardi can continue his streak of getting great performances out of veteran backup catchers. Greg Myers... Greg Zaun... Fasano & Phillips? Perhaps it would help if they changed their names to Greg, too. Or Greggg and Gregggg, just in case spelling is key.

Magpie - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#166624) #
Well, in some ways this is back to the starting point. As a player, Fasano is roughly comparable to Rod Barajas. He doesn't hit for much average, he doesn't get on base, but he knows what he's doing behind the plate and he can crank a home run.

And what an epic career he's had! Drafted out of the University of Evansville by the Royals in 1993 (37th round, 1029th overall). He's played for Eugene, Rockford, Wilmington, Wichita, Omaha, Kansas City, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oakland, Indianapolis, Durham, Salt Lake City, Anaheim, Columbus, Ottawa, Baltimore, Clearwater, Reading, NY Yankees, Philadelphia, Syracuse, and now Toronto.

This guy is Crash Davis. The stop in Durham confirms it!

Magpie - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#166625) #
I am also looking forward to seeing Fasano run the bases. You have to figure that a 35 year old catcher is probably not going to be too quick. And Fasano has hit one - count 'em, one - triple since 1995. It happened three years ago, in the International League. He's stolen one base since 1999 (five years ago, in the PCL.).

This could be... well, I don't even know what it could be. Memories of Bengie!

Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 12:17 PM EDT (#166627) #

I am also looking forward to seeing Fasano run the bases.

I'd like to see Fasano in a foot race with Frank Thomas. A healthy young Thomas was slow to begin with, but this injury ravaged version is potentially slower even than Benji Molina.

Looking at the traditional speed indicators, triples and stolen bases, Thomas last had entries in those columns five years ago. Doubles are not often lumped in with the speed indicators, but Thomas hit all of 11 last season, and you know the outfielders were playing him plenty deep. If he's not leaving the yard, he's not getting much past first base. 

On a somewhat tangential note, here's a little something I noticed scanning the team stats. Richie Sexon has 8 hits in 16 games this season, none of them singles. Twice in his career he has hit more extra-base hits than singles. He's clearly on pace for a third such season. This all or nothing approach is not serving him especially well, as attested to by his OPS+ of 81.

Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#166628) #

On the random note front, anyone remember this guy? Some of you may recall that he used to pitch for the Jays.

Lilly, Ted    2.18, 5 GS, 33 IP, 21 H, 5 BB, 33 K


actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#166629) #
Nobody has less speed than Bengie. Period. But, yeah it should be entertaining. If you make contact in a double play situation Salvatore, please keep it in the air. Thankyou.
actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 12:44 PM EDT (#166630) #
Chuck, now we know the real reason he signed with the Cubs, to get the hell out of the current "Senior Circuit".

As for the "baserunning abilities" of Fasano, Molina, and Thomas. According to Bill James 2006 Baserunning Ratings in his 2007 Handbook: Fasano only reached base 55 times and had a -10 rating. Bengie reached base 144 times and had a surprisingly good -15 rating, while Mr. Thomas reached base 185 times, with a -23 rating. Maybe somebody more familiar with these ratings could tell us if they should be pro-rated to say 200 times on base. If that's the case it's: Bengie -21, Thomas -25, and Fasano -36. I stand by my original contention that nobody is slower than Bengie. Maybe he's a smarter baserunner than the other 2. Or maybe I'm wrong, it wouldn't be the first time.  ;)

Mick Doherty - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#166632) #

Lilly, Ted    2.18, 5 GS, 33 IP, 21 H, 5 BB, 33 K

Regarding Lilly, I know it's sacrosanct to point out when players tend to "pitch well enough to lose," and Lilly IS at least +1 in his career at 61-60, but for all those shiny NL numbers he has, he's 2-2.

actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#166634) #
Aaron Hill coming up at 1:00pm ET on BaseballChannel.TV at Sorry for the duplication, posted in another thread.
Joanna - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:01 PM EDT (#166635) #

Regarding Lilly, I know it's sacrosanct to point out when players tend to "pitch well enough to lose," and Lilly IS at least +1 in his career at 61-60, but for all those shiny NL numbers he has, he's 2-2.

And Eeyore has to pitch for the Cubs.  I wonder if there are bets to when Pinella's head actually explodes.

And I kinda miss Bengie.  Even though he was slow.  Two starting catchers on one team was good times.

Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:02 PM EDT (#166637) #

Mick, I'm not sure if you're just baiting me, but here are Lilly's gamelogs. In his two losses, for which he received the princely sum of one run of offensive support, here are his numbers: 13 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 16 K. Not exactly enough material there for a noose.

AWeb - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:07 PM EDT (#166638) #
Does the baserunning score include not making to second on ball off the wall, because Bengie was excellent at that...

Since someone brought up Lilly up thread, how about a look at a few other ex-Jays from last year:

Molina: .286/.328/.460. I'll say this for him, he's damn consistent. And those numbers would look good in the Jays catcher position right now. Ah well...

Hillenbrand: .232/.246/.232. That's right, no extra base hits in 56 ABs, and that's a HBP bringing up his OBP, not a walk.

Catalanotto : .170/.250/.404 (47 ABs). I don't think anyone ever had anything bad to say about him, but it's safe to say Stairs has been better and Lind has been way better at this point. CAt will start hitting eventually though.

Speier : 13 IP, 15/5 K/BB, 4 hits, 2 runs (on a HR, I believe). He's been the reliever the Jays couldn't afford so far.

Rosario : 4.3 IP, 2 runs, 5 hits, 4K ,1 BB...little early to tell with him.

Chulk 7IP, 12 hits. ERA is fine, but I suspect those inherited runners are finding the way home an awful lot.

Other notable ex-Jays : Hudson tearing it up in Arizona, Delgado may have cliff-jumped this year (he's had bad months before, but this one has been awful), Dave Bush continues to post very good peripherals with average ERA. Josh Phelps, getting most of his ABs against lefties, is doing well.

Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:23 PM EDT (#166639) #

Dave Bush continues to post very good peripherals with average ERA

His peripherals are actually quite excellent and just do not jibe with his crappy ERA.

25 IP, 29 H, 2 HR, 3 BB,  22 SO, 5.04 ERA

His key metrics (0.7 HR/9, 1.1 BB/9, 7.9 K/9) are entirely inconsistent with his ERA, which suggests both an unreasonable BABIP and, beyond that even, some unfortunate hit clumping resulting in too many runs. His peripherals will almost certainly get worse, especially the HR rate, but that ERA should get better.

ChicagoJaysFan - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:27 PM EDT (#166640) #
One ex-Jay is having an interesting start so far:

Gabe Gross: .250/.407/.450 - he currently has more walks than hits.  I wonder if that's ever happened over a significant number of at-bats?

Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:35 PM EDT (#166641) #

I wonder if that's ever happened over a significant number of at-bats?

Dude by the name of Bonds has done it five times, working on six.

Lance Blankenship did it once, almost twice.

The original TTO guy, Rob Deer, did it once.

Toby Harrah did it once.

Ken Phelps only pulled it off in his final, abbreviated season. I would've counted on better from him.

I'm sure there are others. These were the first names that came to mind.

Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:46 PM EDT (#166643) #

I didn't even think to check Ted Williams, given his high batting averages and all. But he did it once as well.

More names:
Gene Tenace it 7 times, though three of these were in fewer than 150 AB.
Mickey Tettleton did it 3 times.
Jim Thome did it once and is doing it again this season.
Mickey Mantle did it twice.

Okay, I'll stop now.

Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:47 PM EDT (#166644) #

And Mark McGwire did it a bunch.

Now I'm really done.

Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#166647) #
Eddies Yost, Joost and Stanky all did it. Jimmy Wynn did it a bunch of times.

And Babe Ruth shares his career pattern (in this regard) with Ken Phelps.

actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#166648) #
AWeb, as usual with Bill James, it's complicated and I'm not sure I understand it too well. There are points for 1) going from 1st to 3rd on a single to the outfield, 2) scoring from second on a single to the outfield, 3) scoring from first on a double, 4) bases taken on a) a wild pitch b) a passed ball c) a balk d) a sacrifice fly or e) defensive indifference, 5) baserunning outs and 6) runs scored as a percentage of times on base (excluding home runs). He finds the major league average for each of the first 4 categories and then credits the runner with however many bases above or below the average he is. For the fifth category: baserunning outs, he gives triple weight, so that one baserunning out takes away three bases gained. For the final category he takes the major league average percentage of runs scored per time on base and figures out how many runs above or below the average the player is based on his percentage and times on base and divides by 3 for some reason. He adds it all up and there you go + or - whatever. The best baserunner in the majors according to this system was Chone Figgins at +28, while the worst was Josh Willingham at -30. Another finding that he gleefully revels in is that Derek Jeter winds up a +3, while David Ortiz is a +0 (number is slightly above 0 and rounded back to 0)

If you understand all that gobble-dee-gook you're a smarter man than me. I do however applaud him for the attempt to quantify another aspect of the game that has remained unquantifiable for so long, and for chipping a bit more of the shine off Derek Jeter, who's always getting praised for everything that is difficult to quantify. Now his baserunning has been exposed as average and those who bother to look into it have known about his fielding for years. As James says in his essay on baserunning: "Derek Jeter has a halo effect that could crush concrete". Don't get me wrong he's a very good ball player, but nobody could possibly live up to the attributes that have been ascribed to him over the years. He'll probably go out and kill the Jays tonight or maybe he'll still be out after getting hit on the side of the knee by Kazmir. Who knows? It's just nice to see the truth coming out. Of course you'll never be able to disprove the intangible, leadership, messianic BS, so I guess we'll have to put up with the endless dribble from announcers (even sadly our own Jerry Howarth) about his greatness until he retires. Yawn! Sorry to turn this into a rant.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#166651) #
Brandon Wood was called up by the Angels today, despite having a major case of McPhersonitis at Salt Lake.  The Angels have apparently moved him to third. 
Magpie - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#166652) #
some unfortunate hit clumping resulting in too many runs.

Hit clumping! I love it! I will use it. The antonym of "scattered seven hits."

In the specific case of Dave Bush, there has been a bit of that going on. In his first start, he allowed six hits and a hit batsman before he was able to record two outs. Six runs scored. In his other loss, the Reds clumped four hits together to score twice in the first inning. And in his last start against Houston, he went 8 shutout innings then gave up two doubles and a walk to start the ninth. He came out at that point, and all three of his men scored.

That's 2 IP, 12 H, 11 ER. The rest of his line is 23 IP, 17 H, 3 ER.
Mick Doherty - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#166653) #

about his greatness until he retires

You don't really expect it to stop then, do you? By the time is first-ballot HOF enty has died down a little, if the Yanks haven't found The Next One to play short, the Yankee fan remembrances of Da Jeets will make the current adoration look positively spiteful.

And I'm a Jeter fan, incidentally. But I said long ago he should be replacing Williams in CF with A-Rod at SS and spending the Damon money on a 3B. That ship has sailed, of course.

Ron - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:19 PM EDT (#166654) #
Am I the only person that would flip Alex Rios for Brett Myers? Rios would be an upgrade over Victorino and Myers would be an upgrade over Okha in the rotation. Myers isn't well liked by the fans in Philly and has been moved to the pen. Myers is only 26 years old and he has 2 years left on his deal (8 mil for 08 an 12 mil for 09). If AJ performs well next season, he will most likely opt out. Which could make Chacin the Jays number 2 starter if nobody else is brought in.

Now of course I wouldn't flip Rios unless the Jays could land another OF'er. Once Soriano comes back, the Cubs will have him, Floyd, Murton, Jones, and Pie in the OF. They do have the option of sending Pie down. I'm suggesting something along the lines of Ricky Romero for Matt Murton.

Just some food for thought on a rainy day.

John Northey - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:20 PM EDT (#166655) #
More walks than hits? Bonds did it a few times.

Checking the Lahman database ( I can see that it has occurred (400+ PA) 57 times in baseball history.

Most plate appearances with it occurring?
Eddie Stanky in 1945 with 726 (148 BB, 143 H)

First time?
Yank Robinson in 1888 (did it 4 times in a row).

2006 with Bonds (493 PA) and Morgan Ensberg (495 PA)

Barry Bonds has 5
Max Bishop has 5
4 timers were Yank Robinson, Gene Tenace
3 timers were Jack Clark, Jimmy Wynn, Mickey Tettleton
2 timers were Eddie Joost, Eddie Stanky, Eddie Yost, Jack Crooks, Mark McGwire, Mickey Mantle, Wes Westrum, and Willie McCovey.

Shifting to 502 PA's we have 37 with the two 5's becoming 4's.

Biggest spread?
Barry Bonds 2004 - 232 BB vs 135 H (97 spread)
Bonds 2002 - 198 vs 149 (49)
Jack Crooks in 1892 with 136 vs 95 (41 spread)
Jimmy Wynn 1976 - 127 vs 93 (34 spread)

Wow, Crooks record looked unbreakable before the 2002 Bonds eh? I'd say the 2004 version of Bonds is near impossible to break though unless someone else comes along with a 749+ Slg% for 4 straight years plus a killer batting eye and scared managers on the other teams (120 IBB's).

Ah you say, what about the IBB and how they screw it up? For years where we know the IBB totals...

The record spread?
Jimmy Wynn 1976 at 33
Ferris Fain 1955 at 24
Eddie Yost 1956 at 23
That is it for over 20 spreads although Fain deserves credit for doing it in just 358 PA's.

Eddie Yost has the PA record at 684 in '56

Just 13 times it has happened over 500+ PA's
19 times over 400+ PA's
25 times over 300+ PA's (includes Otto Velez by 1 in '81)

Gene Tenace and Jimmy Wynn did it 3 times with 500+ PA's, Jack Clark twice.

Bonds has yet to do it without the help of the IBB's.
jeff mcl - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#166656) #
Bengie Molina on the basepaths made the the best case for Frank Costanza and Kramer's Manssiere/Bro I could ever possibly imagine.  His stint in TO brought back many childhood memories of LuLu Devine jumping onto the field to plant a kiss on Lou Whittaker and a blushing Alan Trammel back at the old Tiger Stadium.
Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#166659) #

Bonds has yet to do it without the help of the IBB's.

True, but how many walks to sluggers like Mantle and Williams and McCovey and, of course, Otto Velez, have been semi-intentional? You know, the types of walks where the pitcher isn't serious about trying to get the batter out, hoping only that he'll chase at stuff out of the strike zone, but doesn't go so far as to make it a formal, intentional walk?

Many of Bonds' IBB's would have been considered BB's were they, too, of the standard issue semi-intentional variety. And how many (and I don't pretend to know) of Bonds' IBB's started off as legitimate AB's, but then turned into IBB's when the count ran to 2-and-0?

I guess I'm just saying, in more words than is absolutely necessary, that not all UIBB's are really much different than IBB's. The delineation between UIBB's and IBB's is markedly clear in spreadsheet columns, but not as clear in real life.

actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#166660) #
Amen to all points ad nauseam Mick. I am also on the record somewhere in the archives as advocating the Jeter to CF, A-Rod to SS and big money on a 3B. The only difference between you and me is that I am very happy that the Yankees did not see the wisdom of our advice.  ;)
VBF - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:39 PM EDT (#166661) #
This could be... well, I don't even know what it could be. Memories of Bengie!

But don't the Jays already employ baseball's slowest runner?

Paging Mr. Phillips...
Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:44 PM EDT (#166663) #
Hit clumping has been an issue for Dave Bush over his career, as one can tell from his men on/bases empty split.  It's normal for batters to hit for a somewhat higher average with runners on first than with the bases empty, but Bush's split is quite significant. 
Ron - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 03:30 PM EDT (#166667) #
Zaun suffered a non-displaced fracture on his right hand. He should be out 6-8 weeks but the Jays have placed him on the 15 day DL. With this injury, there's no chance he will reach the vesting option that triggers a 3rd year in his contract. He needed to appear in 270 games over the 2 years of the contract.

I wonder who will be backing up Thigpen in AAA?

Afterglow - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#166668) #
Gerry - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 03:45 PM EDT (#166671) #
I wonder who will be backing up Thigpen in AAA?

Eric Kratz was called up from AA yesterday.  New Hampshire had three catchers on their roster, Robinzon Diaz and John Schneider are now the two AA catchers.
Geoff - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 03:58 PM EDT (#166672) #
While the bases empty split is significant:

 PA       BA         OBP      SLG
1196  .240  .293  .396    with bases empty
764   .292  .333  .484    with men on

I'm amazed at his numbers for the first batter he faces, while the rest of the way he's pretty good when assured of pitching with nobody on base.
 I Split          G    PA    AB    R    H   HR  BB  SO  HB    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  BAbip tOPS+
First Batter 79 79 70 3 27 3 6 7 3 .386 .456 .600 1.056 .400 187
Leadoff Inn. 79 481 449 18 111 18 19 76 13 .247 .297 .432 .729 .262 97

And old bud Catalonotto has not been doing well and probably needs some mentioning here to help him get going. After finishing 0 for 5 today he's hitting .154 (8-52) which is very unFranklike.
Pistol - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 04:08 PM EDT (#166673) #
He needed to appear in 270 games over the 2 years of the contract

Given that Zaun has never played 135 games in any one season, and only one time over 107 games, it was doubtful he was going to average that these next two years.
braden - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 04:16 PM EDT (#166674) #

Am I the only person that would flip Alex Rios for Brett Myers?

I'd bet Mrs. Myers would be happy to make that swap, as well.

FanfromTheIsland - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 04:37 PM EDT (#166676) #

A little late, but: YEAH! OH YEAH! First time I've been mentioned in an article!... Now, for my speech:

 I'd like to thank the Academy, my parents, Magpie, and, of course, baseball.

Thank you

VBF - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 05:12 PM EDT (#166678) #
First the injuries and now  this!  (Scroll to April 22)

It really is the Season From Hell II.

binnister - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 05:28 PM EDT (#166679) #

Purchased the contract of pitcher Sean Douglass from Syracuse of the International League (AAA); recalled pitcher Michael Nakamura from Syracuse.


Is this a couple of years out of date?

Petey Baseball - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 05:28 PM EDT (#166680) #
anybody notice Aquilino Lopez up for the Detroit Tigers?
Chuck - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 05:43 PM EDT (#166681) #
Is this a couple of years out of date?

Apparently the Yankees have placed Wally Pipp on the DL. They'll need him back soon.
Magpie - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 05:53 PM EDT (#166682) #
Is this a couple of years out of date?

The previous transaction has the Cardinals recalling Dan Haren from the PCL. What were they waiting for?
actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 06:16 PM EDT (#166684) #
It's not the Season From Hell II just yet, but it's getting silly. Have a look at the Marlins if you want the makings of a Season From Hell. SP: Sergio Mitre, Josh Johnson   RP: Jorge Julio, Ricky Nolasco, Logan Kensing, Carlos Martinez, Jose Garcia   OF: Jeremy Hermida, Alejandro De Aza   1B: Mike Jacobs (Day to Day)

Add in Canada's favourite absentee owner and you have the makings of a real mess. I suppose they still have Olsen, Willis, Cabrera, Uggla and Ramirez off the top of my head, but that's a lot of injuries
actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 06:40 PM EDT (#166685) #
Tonight's starting lineups. No Jeter and Mientkiewicz is batting second. Three lefthanded batters in a row at the top of the lineup. Should be LOOGY heaven for Gibby. That could be a blessing and a curse.
fozzy - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 07:31 PM EDT (#166687) #
So where do those without Rogers preview get tonight's game on the radio? The Fan is coming up empty with basketball.
Ryan C - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 07:46 PM EDT (#166688) #
I'm listening to the Fan590 feed over Bell Expressvu right now and it's the Jays game.
ChicagoJaysFan - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#166690) #
Interesting - the Yankees commentators were saying that Halladay deserves consideration with Santana about who the best pitcher in baseball is.  They (Leiter and I can't remember who else) were saying that who they'd select as the best pitcher to win a single game would come down to what line-up they would be facing (lefty-heavy they'd choose Santana, righty-heavy they'd choose Doc).  Not saying I agree - I think Santana is hands-down better - but I am surprised that they'd even discuss it.
fozzy - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 08:38 PM EDT (#166692) #
I found Fan 590 on my Starchoice (channel 868) and it's got the game, but not on the Fan 590 feed online. Weird.
Dave Rutt - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:18 PM EDT (#166694) #
Can anyone explain why the Jays game wasn't on TV tonight? I don't have cable, so I went out to a bar to watch my first game of the year since opening day (except for the 3 I've been to in person), only to find poker on Sportsnet and boxing on TSN. I could understand if there was something... you know, good on, but c'mon!
BigTimeRoyalsFan - Friday, April 27 2007 @ 01:03 AM EDT (#166697) #
i found it on my tv on channel "sport" #400. it was a ny feed tho
Geoff - Friday, April 27 2007 @ 01:22 AM EDT (#166698) #
I understand that the last couple weeks when the Fan is broadcasting basketball, the baseball is moved over to AM 610. They mention this a few times before, after and during the occasion but unfortunately there is no way to leave a visual message on your radio to move it two notches to find baseball (so there is no constant reminder to explain where the baseball is).

I can't verify they did this tonight, but I can say they've done that a couple times in the last week. And googling the issue brings up this news, see 1/3 of the way down the page, beneath Its A Rap  for the quotes by Mr Millman.

As for ESPN and their crazy transaction reports, I'm going to check regularly for a report that Slammin Sammy is traded by the Texas Rangers with Wilson Alvarez and Scott Fletcher to the White Sox for Harold Baines and Fred Manrique.

Dave Rutt - Friday, April 27 2007 @ 03:14 AM EDT (#166699) #
I've been keeping track of teams' projected wins based on their pythagorean winning percentage: basically, projected wins = current wins + pythag% * remaining games. Thought I'd share some of the results.

The Brewers (16), Indians (13), Giants (12) and Braves (11) are the luckiest teams. The number in brackets indicates projected wins based on current winning % - projected wins based on pythag.

On the other side of the spectrum, Pythagoras thinks the Cubbies (a whopping 26), Yanks (22), Phillies (13) and Mets (10) should start winning at a higher clip. The biggest surprise in there is the Mets. I mean, their winning percentage already thinks they're going to win 105 games, but Pythagoras has them down for 115.

Oh, you're wondering about the Jays? Currently down for 93 wins, trailing only the Sox at 107.

Not that all this means much at this point!
FanfromTheIsland - Friday, April 27 2007 @ 07:35 AM EDT (#166701) #
The other Yankee commentator is Michael Kay. I'd give him the nickname "Homer" if it weren't for the fact he got only 38 homers in his thirteen-year career.
FanfromTheIsland - Friday, April 27 2007 @ 07:38 AM EDT (#166702) #
Oops. The 38 homer part was about Phil Rizzutto. Michael Kay never played in the Major Leagues.
mathesond - Friday, April 27 2007 @ 09:08 AM EDT (#166705) #
I listened to the game on 590 last night. They only pre-empt the Jays for Raptors playoff games.
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