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Old 05-10-2012, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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What I liked was Kershaw losing the game on just the first two pitches of the second inning. Posey singled on the first pitch he saw, followed by Pill's titanic blast into the first row of seats on the next pitch.


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Speaking of Pill, and from there reviving my notion about players who do not get their first shot at extended play in the bigs until they are already in their prime.....what do you make of the Cubs Bryan LaHair?
LaHair has a .510 BABIP. Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez led the majors with .380 BABIPs last season. Expect a few more of LaHair's batted balls to start finding gloves.

That said, LaHair sees to be one of those 'late-bloomers'. His minor league numbers with Seattle weren't that impressive until 2009. Since then sabermetric minded people have been clamoring for him to get a shot. Theo Epstein, who may be considered sabermetric minded, gave him a shot and LaHair is running with it.

I'd expect LaHair to end the season something around .300/.350/.525. Not at the .384/.474/.775 he's currently sporting.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Not today, but recently, Scott Van Slyke, son of Andy Van Slyke, made his major league debut.

This was the result.
Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | SF@LAD: Van Slyke scores a run with first career hit - Video | MLB.com: Multimedia

Van Slyke busted out last year in the minors and shows good patience and contact ability along with a bit of power. He isn't a premier prospect but he's one of the few Dodger minor leaguer position players who has a chance to be a major leaguer.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Bizarre turnabout. Ranger pitcher Colby Lewis give up homers to the first three Oriole batters, then strikes out 10 of the next 13 hitters, six of them in a row, without allowing another base runner through the 6th. Then started the 7th with a homer, walk, homer back to back.

Orioles tied a record for most hits all of which were homers, with five.

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Old 05-11-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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LaHair has a .510 BABIP. Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez led the majors with .380 BABIPs last season. Expect a few more of LaHair's batted balls to start finding gloves.

That said, LaHair sees to be one of those 'late-bloomers'. His minor league numbers with Seattle weren't that impressive until 2009. Since then sabermetric minded people have been clamoring for him to get a shot. Theo Epstein, who may be considered sabermetric minded, gave him a shot and LaHair is running with it.

I'd expect LaHair to end the season something around .300/.350/.525. Not at the .384/.474/.775 he's currently sporting.
Is Bryan LaHair’s Success Sustainable? | FanGraphs Baseball
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Even if he regresses to basically the shell of what he is right now, the Cubsí first baseman will still be 26 points above the league average first baseman.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:08 AM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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The Astros are traveling to Pittsburgh to begin a weekend series at PNC. This will be a test for them, being a divisional game even though they've played St Louis already; the reason this series is a big deal is because Houston has constantly had problems with the Pirates. So, these next few games will be must-win games, and on the road. They didn't win the series with the Marlins, but they've come off a game where they made a nice comeback to take it to extra innings, only to lose it in the end.
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:26 AM
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Think what Josh Hamilton did the other day was special enough??

Take a look at one of the Astros' most recent draft picks. Granted, this would take place on two different nights, but the feat happened in the exact same week as the other.

Springer has Hamilton-esque night | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

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Old 05-12-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Bizarre turnabout. Ranger pitcher Colby Lewis give up homers to the first three Oriole batters, then strikes out 10 of the next 13 hitters, six of them in a row, without allowing another base runner through the 6th. Then started the 7th with a homer, walk, homer back to back.

Orioles tied a record for most hits all of which were homers, with five.
Colby Lewis’s Two True Outcomes | FanGraphs Baseball
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when heís on, he can be nearly unhittable, but when he loses command inside the strike zone, things get ugly in a hurry. We saw both versions of Colby Lewis over seven-plus innings of work Thursday. When Lewis was away from the heart of the strike zone, he was golden. When he gave batters something to hit, they didnít miss. Observe:
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Terrible managing by the Cardinals' Mike Matheny today.

Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright gave up singles to the first batter that he faced. Instead of removing him for a pinch hitter Matheny let him face another batter. That batter also singled. You'd think with 7 relievers in the bullpen and a starter who obviously was going to fail (Wainwright gave up 9 hits and 5 walks in less than 5 innings) Matheny would make a move here. He didn't. Wainwright then walked the next batter to load the bases. Matheny sat, frozen by traditional thinking that the starter MUST at least retire a single batter before being removed from the game. Then, with the bases loaded, Wainwright walked a 2nd straight batter, forcing in a run. Matheny, inexplicably, leaves Wainwright in to face Brian McCann whom he also walks. 5 batters faced, 5 batters reaching base and 2 runs scoring. 0 relief pitchers used.

Wainwright went on to put up the total numbers that I mentioned above.

Shameful.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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There are presently 179 players in MLB qualified for the batting title. Ranked by OPS we find Albert Pujols secure in the # 174 slot with a .196./.234/.275 slash line.

Pujols went one for five in last night's loss to Texas, and that actually raised his batting average from .193 to .196.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Albert Pujols' yearly wOBA (wOBA is the best measure of total offense)

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