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Old 05-15-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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Derek Lowe throws a complete game shutout for the Tribe, and has zero strikeouts.

First complete game shutout without a single strikeout in a decade.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Based on Pythag expected records, as of this morning the AL East Standings would be:

New York 20-16 -
Baltimore 20-17...1/2
Tampa Bay 20-17..1/2
Toronto 20-17..1/2
Boston 19-17..1
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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The A's beat the Rangers 5-4 today and are now four games back, radiating the appearance of being a contender.

But....Oakland has been 5-2 in one run games while the Rangers have been 2-4 in those contests. Texas has outscored its opposition by 77 runs so far while the A's have been outscored by 12 runs. The expected Pythag record for the Rangers is 27-12, for the A's it is 18-21. In the Pythag standings, the A's trail by nine games.
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:05 AM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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Houston has gotten hot again, having just swept the Brewers last night. Now, they get to host the Rangers in interleague tonight. Should be a fun series.

And poor Kansas City. Such a great young core of players that I had expected to see get into this year's divisional race, but they've started slower than expected. They've got a great road record going into Friday (11-7) but haven't gotten their program together at home (just 4-15). Imagine if they'd played better at home.....
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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Chris Volstad hasn't had a winning outing since the all-star break last year - 19 starts now without picking up a win ..... his 2 inning outing yesterday was one of the worst in his career as his ERA has now peaked over 7
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: NY
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Chris Volstad hasn't had a winning outing since the all-star break last year - 19 starts now without picking up a win ..... his 2 inning outing yesterday was one of the worst in his career as his ERA has now peaked over 7
Saw a headline online that Cubs brass was going to meet and decide if they would leave him in the rotation. I think I would be getting his shoulder MRI'd or something. It is hard to believe he is really healthy.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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Not really - he has shown flashes at times, but just isn't a good pitcher

His size doesn't translate into added power - just mechanics that he can't replicate and a delivery that can go funky

even when he's been good he's required a lot of pitches to get outs which would limit his ability to go deep into a game ..... now that he's being hit/walking players that issue is just blowing up

i think it's back to the minors with him - he has shown some ability to come back from the minors and go through a good stretch if he can get grooved in - however, he just has never been able to sustain it

the marlins really missed on a lot of pitcher - both drafted and traded for ..... glad they actually got something for this one as it was doubtful he would have been a part of the rotation this year unless something went drastically wrong
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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In the 2005 amateur draft the marlins had the following picks in the 1st round and the supplemental 1st round - all pitchers:

16th - Chris Volstad - his story has been mentioned

22nd - Aaron Thompson - involved in the Nick Johson trade (who spent most of his brief Marlins tenure injured) - has bounced from Washington to Pittsburgh - pitched 28 games in Altoona and didn't fare well .... ended up making 1 spot start for Pittsburgh and did well in 4 innings - hasn't touched the majors since and is currently with the Twins organization

29th - Jacob Marceaux - never got past AA - spend 2010 in the independent leagues and hasn't been heard of since

34th - Ryan Tucker - waived by the Marlins in 2010 - with rangers for 2011 & waived - picked up by the dodger ... has never really shown much in the majors as a bullpen prospect

44th - Sean West - had some decent starts in 2009 and struggled in spot duty in 2010 - hard throwing guy who has control issues ..... could maybe develop as of yet

they've had more notable flame outs - but have really struggled developing pitchers for a long time despite devoting a ton of resources to it

However, I guess in fairness getting Nolasco in the package for Juan Pierre and Anibal Sachez in the package for Beckett/Lowell/Mota is pretty good
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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Those Orioles are really starting great this season. It's refreshing to see.

Maybe my two favorite teams could actually meet in the World Series: Baltimore and St Louis. I'm not kidding. I know that the O's still have to prove that they can hold on with a young team (they're learning how to win), but never say never.
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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Beckham body-blocks deJesus off the bag, then tags him out. How would you call it?

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