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Old 07-07-2012, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The Curse of the Commerce Comet. Todd Helton will try again today to pass Mickey Mantle on the all time hit list. Helton tied Mantle on June 30 against the Padres, then struck out his next seven straight ABs. But he put the ball in play his last three times up.
Reggie Jackson and Mark Reynolds struck out 9 times in a row. Several dozen players have struck out five times in a game, nobody has struck out 6 times in a 9-inning game. Sandy Koufax holds the record for 12 strikeouts in consecutive plate appearances. Daniel Cabrera struck out in 18 straight official ABs, but there were some walks and sac bunts in there. They were virtually all called strikes with Baltimore, but he swung at a few pitches with the Nationals, finally hitting a few taps to the right side of the infield.

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Old 07-07-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Zack Greinke and Manager Ron Roenicke ejected in first inning


Jordan Schafer, swinging at the first pitch, triples to center as Gomez makes a diving try and the ball gets past him and rolls. Schafer then is checked out by the trainer afterward. Almost an inside-the-park homer there to start the game. Jose Altuve grounds one to first that Hart dives to grab. Altuve scores and Greinke loses the footrace to first as umpire Sam Holbrook calls him safe. Greinke responds by spiking the ball in the dirt, and Holbrook tosses him. Ron Roenicke comes out to argue and he, too, is tossed. Wow, what a turn of events. Incredible. And now Livan Hernandez is on.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Oakland A's win in extra innings on a walk off HR by Chris Carter.

The A's, who dealt starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill for prospects this offseason, have the lowest ERA in the AL. In fact, they have the 3rd lowest ERA in all of baseball, despite being in the higher scoring AL.

Pretty impressive, considering their no-name pitching staff.
We shouldn't forget that ERA is not solely the purvey of the pitching staff. Oakland has an excellent defensive team that helps their pitchers to post low ERA's.

And a stadium that helps their pitcher's to post low ERA's
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A's team ERA at home...2.79...first in AL
A's team ERA on road....4.40...7th in AL
YEAR Road ERA/Home ERA
2012 4.40/2.79 = ERA 57% higher on the road
2011 4.26/3.18 = ERA 33% higher on the road
2010 4.15/3.04 = ERA 37% higher on the road
I was ready to back up Grandstander's implication that the home park was mostly to credit for the low ERA by suppressing runs but the stats don't really bear it out.

YEAR Road runs scored/Home runs scored
2012 157/159 = 1% more runs scored at home
2011 310/335 = 8% more runs scored at home
2010 309/354 = 13% more runs scored at home

In the last 2+ seasons 1569 runs have been scored in Oakland while 1668 runs have been scored (by Oakland and their opponents) outside of Oakland. That's a difference of about half of a run per game, or a quarter of a run per game per team.

It looks like the Coliseum suppresses run scoring just a bit and Oakland has maximized their ability to both score and prevent runs at home as compared to on the road.

As far as Oakland's pitchers go, yes they have a good ERA, but, as stated earlier, sole credit cannot be given to the pitchers for that. Defense independent metrics, which isolate more of the pitchers' skills show Oakland's staff to be much more average.

In terms of fWAR, Oakland pitchers rate 16th with 8.3. The starters have combined for 6.5 fWAR.
Meanwhile, Cahill and Gonzalez have produced 4.4 fWAR between them.
The A's rate 16th in FIP and 29th in xFIP.
--The Coliseum DOES limit home runs; 289 HR hit in Oakland since 2010 and 371 HR hit outside of Oakland
The A's rate 12th in tERA and 30th in SIERA

The A's pitching staff looks to be something around average. It also appears that Oakland's team is especially well suited to their home stadium.

Since 2010 they have won 113 home games and only 84 road games. That's a .553 home winning percentage and a .412 road winning percentage
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Today in baseball...

...a fun double play by the Yankees

Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | NYY@BOS: Jones hits two homers, flashes the leather - Video | MLB.com: Multimedia
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Aha! I thought so. He's also been swinging too hard. Contract year.
Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | NYY@BOS: Swisher lifts three-run dinger over Monster - Video | MLB.com: Multimedia

Since your eyes are so astute, I invite you to put your observations to test here.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The Cards pulled an odd DP the other night, first-to-second-to third. The first baseman trapped a line drive, the runners hesitated, he threw to second for the force, then a throw to third for a tag-out.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I've grown very tired of watching Nick Swisher swing at pitches outside the strike zone and would not mind seeing him in a different uniform next year.
Baseball Prospectus has a new toy. Pitch f/x Hitter Profiles.

We can see where pitchers pitch to Swisher.

We can see where Swisher swings and misses

We can compare that to where Swisher swung and missed last season.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:52 PM
 
Location: southwestern USA
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What is causing the unbelievable number of glut, lat, and abdominal strains and tears in baseball over the last few years.

I have heard several analysts on telecasts comment that they feel the over reliance on weight training may be responsible for this trend.

I think they may be correct-----I will never condemn a player for trying to get into the best possible shape, but perhaps there is too much weight training now, and it is resulting in these injuries.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Default Birds On Time, A's and Mariners Late

The A's beat Seattle 2-1 today in 13 innings in a game played in Hitchcokian shadings.

A typical A's day game at the Coliseum starts at 1 pm and is usually over around 4 pm. When the crowd has exited, but before the cleanup crews can covcer the whole place, a few thousand birds show up and feast on discarded peanuts, hotdog bun pieces etc.

Today at the appointed hour, the fans were still in place, the game still going. The birds showed up and finding their feeding grounds still filled with hostiles, killed the time while waiting by flying around in circles about twenty five feet above the field. One large group formed up rather ominously, perched in military rows on the green canvas covering the third deck, looking very much like they were gearing up for a strike.

The final two innings were played with these univited spectators hovering around, but there was just one pop fly "lost in the birds."
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Giants Tim Lincecum with yet another bad outing, getting knocked out in the 4th inning.

He has had only 4 Quality Starts in 18 outings this season. His ERA is 6.42.

His strikeout rate continues to be close to his historical average, but he is giving up more hits and walks than he ever did.
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