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Old 06-04-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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No, no. Your point was made and understood. My point was that your point was superfluous, no one was out there thinking that Cabrera has suddenly transformed into Joe DiMaggio and that we should expect his higher performance level to be sustained for the entire year. Well, at least I wasn't. I've been thinking that I've been watching a good ballplayer in his prime, having a good prime year so far.
My point was that he's more like the 2007-2010 Melky Cabrera than most people realize. Not many people described him as a good player back then-though he was.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Dodgers called up Shawn Tolleson.

He'll be good

In 120 professional innings he's K'd 178 and walked 20

Expect something like a strikeout an inning. A walk every 3 innings and an ERA around 3.5
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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Nelson Cruz recently hit the longest home run of the season thus far. 484 feet


Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | TEX@LAA: Cruz crushes a two-run shot to left-center - Video | MLB.com: Multimedia

http://hittrackeronline.com/index.ph...dist&sort=desc
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Default East Uber Alles

As of this morning, all five teams in the AL East are over .500, and all five teams in the NL East are at .500 or better.

Things are really tight in the AL East. The actual standings:
Tampa Bay 31-23 -
Baltimore 30-24 -1
New York 29-24 -1.5
Toronto 28-26 -3
Boston 28-26 -3

The Pythag standings even closer:
New York 29-24 -
Tampa Bay 29-25 -1/2
New York 29-25 - 1/2
Boston 29-25 - 1/2
Baltimore 27-27 - 2.5
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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Will be an interesting stretch for the White Sox with some winnable series in the near future:

vs TOR
vs HOU
@ STL
@ LAD
vs CHC
vx MIL
@ MIN

The Sox have been an elite team in interleague play. Not saying that will translate to this year, but I personally think its worth noting (maybe has something to do with the way Kenny builds the team?). I think this month will go a long way in showing whether or not the south siders are contenders or pretenders.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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With the exception of a couple of races, I don't think I can remember many seasons with so many teams so close together. Certainly no team has an easy road ahead to the World Series.

Nita
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Dodgers being no-hit through 6 by Kevin Millwood. [/jinx that I totally don't believe in]
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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Dodgers being no-hit through 6 by Kevin Millwood. [/jinx that I totally don't believe in]
Milwood pulled after the 6th (due to injury) and replaced by Charlie Furbush.

Juan Rivera now bats with a runner at 2nd (on an error). Furbush is relieved by Pryor and Rivera strikes out to end the threat.

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Mariners score in the 7th

Dodgers put two on in the 8th, without a hit.

Maybe we can do this again
Dodgers beat Angels without a hit - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Mariners entered the 8th with about an 80% chance of winning.
The first walk decreased their chances to 70% and the Dodgers' Run Expectancy was .4 runs
The second walk decreased their chances to 55% and the Dodgers' Run Expectancy was .76 runs

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided to have James Loney sacrifice at this point. He successfully did so. The Mariners' chance of winning remained at 55% and the Dodgers' Run Expectancy increased to 1.35 runs.



Also notable is the leverage index.

Any number above 1 indicates a more critical moment in a game.

The leverage index in the Dodgers/Mariners game at this time was above 4.
The leverage index in the Phillies/Orioles games when Papelbon was used was well below 1.

Teams should use their best players in high leverage situations. The Mariners went to Brandon League (one of their best relievers) in the high-leverage situation. The Phillies went to their best reliever in a low-leverage situation.

League escaped the jam ()

Ellis' flyout to left increased the Mariners' Win Expectancy to 75%
Gwynn's strikeout increased the Mariners' Win Expectancy to 89%

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