Open Thread: The RAB Mailbag


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We’re going to try something new here, the RAB Mailbag. It’s exactly what you think it is. Send us questions either via email or through the Submit the Tip box under The Montero Watch, and we’ll pick the best and answer them once a week or whatever it ends up being. It’s a trial and error thing, we’ll figure it out as we go. If some questions require a longer, in-depth post, we can certainly do that too.

Anyway, here’s tonight’s open thread. The Mets are playing the Twins, and there’s another game on MLB Network, but who you see depends on where you live. Clemson and South Carolina play at 9pm ET (on ESPN2) in the College World Series; it’s an elimination game for USC, and if Clemson wins they advance to the finals. UCLA and TCU are finishing up their game (on ESPN2 as well) as we speak. If UCLA wins, they go to the finals. The regular game thread will be up later, so kick it here until then.


    • Jose the Satirist says:

      I’m pumped up.

    • VO says:

      I used to never watch soccer, I thought it was boring and dumb. I started watching the World Cup only for the USA game. I am now hooked and am extremely excited for the game tomorrow. USA! USA! USA!

      • VO says:

        Also, I haven’t really been here in a while so I’m not 100% sure of the soccer following. I think it would be cool though if we could get an open thread for it tomorrow.

        • deuce bag poster says:

          I’m with you. That Algeria game was so fucking awesome, that I now care about the World Cup.

  1. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow, Zambrano suspended indefinitely following this afternoon’s tirade.

  2. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    NHL Draft here we gooooo!

    I want to see Connolly or Tarasenko become a Ranger tonight!!!

  3. So here’s the utterly stupid idea I came up with earlier today. Prepare to be upset with me.

    (I’m particularly interested in hearing what tony c. has to say about this idea. I’m sure it’ll make him apoplectic in his own indecipherable block-of-rambling-typographical-errors way. But I digress.)



    I’m looking for a second LOOGY to replace Boone Logan.

    There’s a pitcher currently in the big leagues, in someone’s rotation, who is a good bet (IMO) to get DFA’d at some point this summer. I think he could be picked up and converted into a reliever; his delivery is funky enough that despite not being a very solid pitcher overall, he annhiliates lefties.

    His split this year against LHB is .188/.278/.261 (.293 BABIP) with a 28/8 K/BB in 80 TBF; for his career he’s .203/.280/.292 against lefties (.285 BABIP) with a 240/71 K/BB in 822 TBF. This guy has given up 106 homers in his career, but only 10 of those were against southpaws. He walks way too many guys, but again, the preponderance of his control issues have been against righties; against lefties his arm action and raw stuff is still good enough to keep them off balance and allow him to pound the zone and get K’s without being sharp.

    Sounds like a decent buy low option, right? Wait for him to get DFA’d, pick him up for the veteran minimum, move him to the bullpen, and see if he can just become an Arthur Rhodes-type lefty assassin?

    Have I intrigued you? When I tell you the name, you’re going to stop being intrigued. But I think you still should be.

    It’s this guy.

  4. Manny Banny and Sanchez did some nice work for the GCL team today. Quite the start to Sanchez’s career: 4GP, .353/.389./824, 2 HR, 2 2B.

    The Yanks have really found some great talent in the IFA market (not even including the GCL kids, who are too far away), they deserve a ton of credit on that front.

  5. Total Dominication says:

    Cito Culver’s line in 000/000/000. Bust.

  6. Ross says:

    Listening to the Mets broadcast, does anyone else think that (when referring to a team that plays in a large ballpark) the idea of “tailoring your team to pitching, speed, and defense” makes no sense? If you play in a ballpark that’s hard to homer in, why would you want to do anything to further hurt your offense? Furthermore, isn’t a cavernous ballpark even more motivation to bring in big sluggers? That always bugged me.

    • bonestock94 says:

      What makes even less sense is that their centerpiece is David Wright, and they just signed Bay to a long fat contract. They ought to bring in the walls next season.

    • Mike HC says:

      Well, the thinking is that a big ballpark would neutralize the big sluggers, because there long hits would just be outs instead of homers. So, getting speed, gap type hitters maximizes their ability to use a larger outfield for extra base hits. Faster guys also can cover more ground in the outfield. I do see logic in this, but I also get your point. If you have big mashers that can get it out of the park, and other teams don’t, then that gives your team a big advantage.

      Pitching is pitching. You need good pitching no matter how big or small the ballpark.

  7. Brackman with a rough start to his first start in AA… Settle down, big man.

  8. bonestock94 says:

    Here’s crazy Z


    Lee tells him to “shut the fuck up” a couple of times, which is good advice.

    • Brad Toughy says:

      Announcer: “It’s good to see someone show some emotion.”

      Somehow, I don’t think Big Z’s reaction was in any way “good”. It would probably be better for the Cubs to see someone show some baseball skills.

  9. T-Dubs says:

    Does MiLB.com never do Gameday for Trenton? Or just not tonight? I wanted to follow the BrackMan.

  10. JPK says:

    Laird HR’d agian, how long before he is in AAA?

  11. Total Dominication says:

    If Montero mashes for the last few months, does he split time WIth JOPO as the C/DH role next year?

    • Angelo says:

      There’s a chance if you ask me. Everyone knows Posada isn’t going to catch 100 games a year anymore, and Cervelli is more of a back up catcher. So there’s always a chance. Especially if Montero Mashes the rest of the year.

    • Dela G says:

      i’d rather have him start off next year in AAA, and if he continues his hitting through the months of april and may 2011, call him up in june and save service time clock

      • Jose the Satirist says:

        The Yankees don’t worry about the service time clock. If they think a player is ready they call them up. They don’t hold them back to save money.

        • Dela G says:

          true, but even then, me personally would wait a little more seeing that he is still 20 years old i believe and will be 21 years old next year. nothing wrong with more seasoning at such a young age in AAA

    • JPK says:

      Yes, would love to see Cervilli learn another position or two ie OF, 3B(he already takes GB’s there) so he could be usefull in other ways and allow the Yanks to carry 3 catchers next year.
      Montero should also maybe take some FB’s in the OF

      Jorge is too old to teach new tricks

  12. Total Dominication says:

    Jesus has a 2 rbi double in his only at bat so far!

  13. OldYanksFan says:

    Question: Is ARod hurting/injured more then the Yanks are letting on?
    I think we need the best UIF we can find. We could use JHJr back. Don’t know why they didn’t keep Hinske and have him work out at 3B (his original position),

    • JPK says:

      Letting both those guys leave in favor of Nick Johnson, Randy Winn, and Marcus Thames is proving to be very dumb. Cashman should have keep at least one of those two.

      • Total Dominication says:

        Wait, did you just say NJ impacted JHJ and Hinske?

        • JPK says:

          more Hinske than Hairston. in theroy where would Hinske fit in other than back up RF/LF emergency 3B with Nick Johnson in the lineup at DH or backing up 1b

          • Total Dominication says:

            But NJ is a possible AS, Hinske is a pinch hitter, how could you compare the two? It was a bad result with NJ, not a bad sign.

  14. Total Dominication says:

    Vazquez is 2 for 2.

  15. Total Dominication says:

    Montero with another Rbi double. He’s 2 for 2 with 3 rbi’s tonight!!

  16. A-Rod's Hip says:

    better offensive player. Adam Dunn or Jose Reyes?

    • Total Dominication says:


    • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia says:

      Is that a serious question

      • A-Rod's Hip says:

        yes it is.. i’m curious what people think?

        • Total Dominication says:

          Dude, even with positional adjustment, I still prefer Dunn at this point. Purely offensively, no offense, but your coming across as a bit of an idiot. It’s like asking who’s better, JImmy Rollins Ryan Howard?

          • Total Dominication says:

            *Rollins or Ryan

            • immy Rollins is just a special player. It is hard to put into words everything he brings to the table. Forget number. Jimmy Rollins is quite possibly the greatest SS in the history of baseball.

              For MLB Tonight I am Harold Reynolds.

          • Angelo says:

            Jimmy Rollins! :)

          • Total Dominication says:

            No pun intended in that 2nd sentence.

          • A-Rod's Hip says:

            ok.. i wasn’t intentionally trying to sound like an idiot. an idiot is one that would present their case, without using any facts to support their side, and then accuse someone else of coming across as an idiot just for asking the question..

            • A-Rod's Hip says:

              to add on.. the real reason i posed the question is because i actually got into a debate over this with other Met fans who thought that I’M the idiot for even thinking to suggest Dunn is a better offensive player

              i’m curious to know if i sound as stupid for having this opinion, and to see if anyone had any factual reasons to explain their side (to see if they were similar to mine) other than just “well duh.. of course Dunn iz betta! why you askin’ somethin so stupiddd.. u an idiot or somethin’ homes?!?!?”

              • Angelo says:

                I could pull out the statistics to back it up if you want me too. Although I do agree that there was no need to call you an idiot.

                • Total Dominication says:

                  I thought you thought they were similar. If I had known you were only looking for reasons. I wouldn’t have called you an idiot. I apologize.

                  • A-Rod's Hip says:

                    It’s all good man.

                    Trust me, I feel the same exact way you feel about the issue! I think only an idiot would really feel that Reyes is better offensively.

                • A-Rod's Hip says:

                  Well technically he didn’t call me an idiot, so I’ll let it ride. If he knew what side of the fence I was on he may have thought differently about referring me to one just for asking the question.

              • Total Dominication says:

                For a fact, even with positional adjustment, Dunn is still a full half a win above Reyes on the year. Purely offensively, fg says Dunn has triple the value.

                • A-Rod's Hip says:

                  but how is that calculated? how would you explain to someone unfamiliar with fangraphs how that stuff is calculated?

                  every time it try to, it’s like i’m speaking another languge literally to them

                  • Total Dominication says:

                    I don’t pretend to be an expert. It’s probably something to do with Dunn’s massively better on base skills and power, which are the two main components of hitting. Getting on base more plus hitting for more bases equal better hitter.

              • Anyone who would have a friend who believed something as dumb as that must be an idiot.

                /Total Dominication’d

            • Total Dominication says:

              I know, it’s just a very very very one-sided comparison.

    • Riddering says:

      I originally read this question as, “Who is better defensively?” and laughed to myself for a long time.

      To bad I read it wrong.

  17. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Damn Tampa Bay Lightning took Connolly…

    Tarasenko or Skinner. Let’s Go!

  18. Total Dominication says:

    Sanchez has given up just a single and a walk through 4. No errors so far by the Scranton defense.

  19. Brad Toughy says:

    WOW Nyjer Morgan. Fantastic catch.

  20. Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia says:

    I´m watching TV here in Colombia. On channels 2 and 28, they have baseball. The schedule fluctuates, but tonight I´m lucky to have the Yanks-Dodgers. Hopefully I´ll get the Yanks for the next two weeks.

  21. Total Dominication says:

    Montero ruins his perfect night, nooooooooooo!

  22. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    What the fuck Rangers…

    You have arguably the best Russian on the board in Vladimir Tarasenko, the best Offensive Defensiveman in Cam Fowler, Brandon Gormley, Austin Watson…

    and you go with the Dylan McIlrath? He WILL KILL YOU in the PK with all the penalty minutes he gets from fighting. UGHUGHUGHUGHUGH

  23. Total Dominication says:

    Kelly Johnson just succesfully slid into 1st.

  24. Brad Toughy says:

    5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP. 86 pitches, 53 strikes.

    Not a bad first AA start for Brackman.

  25. Total Dominication says:

    Arizona with hte bases loaded and no outs on 3 singles. Time to break it open against Tampa guys!

  26. Total Dominication says:

    Goreki with a 3-run HR.

  27. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I’m sure it has already been mentioned but…

    Edwin Jackson is throwing a Ubaldian No No against the Rays.

  28. Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia says:

    Edwin Jackson will have the second Burnettesque no hitter this season if he records six more outs.

    • Steve H says:

      There’s no way he gets thru the next 2 innings in 12 pitches (total) or so. It’ll have to be a group effort. And of course, the Arizona BP is beyond shitty.

  29. Total Dominication says:

    The Rays are about to be no hit for the 3rd time in 2 years.

  30. A-Rod's Hip says:

    this is a great example of why and how there’s actually MORE strategy involved in an AL game vs. the NL (contrary to popular imagination), where the “spot in the batting order” makes the decision for you

    • Kiersten says:

      I hate having this argument with ML people. They just won’t budge and refuse to see the other side.

      Wasn’t it Jim Leyland who said managing in the AL is tougher than the NL?

      • A-Rod's Hip says:

        I think it might have been him or Torre who said that.

        I would LOVE for Mike or one of the guys on RAB to really do an in depth article on this breakdown, especially coming towards the end of interleague play just to tie relevance into the topic, and to also get into detail on the DH debate, etc etc.

        I personally don’t have a problem with both leagues having separate rules (I have a preference, but it’s not like I won’t watch an NL game; baseball is still baseball). Yet NL supporters continue to feel that the DH ruined the game and isn’t real baseball, etc.

  31. Total Dominication says:

    Montero with another hit, this one’s a single. He’s 3-4 with a single and 2 doubles. Sanchez has given up just a single and 1 bb with 8 k’s through 7.

  32. Dela G says:

    man they are really goin to let EJ itch until his arm falls off

  33. JPK says:

    now a E-6 will have to go about 150 at least for the no no

    keep the AZ bullpen out of this for the yanks sake

  34. JPK says:

    they just gunned down Crawford trying to steal 2B, to end the inning

  35. Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia says:

    Three to go for Jackson.

  36. JPK says:

    I hope AZ has enough brains to give EJ a extra day or two after this

    135 pitches and counting

  37. Dela G says:

    damn jackson still looks crisp

  38. Hummingbird S. says:

    damn, 2 to go for Jackson

  39. JPK says:

    Ked BJ Upton on three pitches

  40. Hummingbird S. says:

    pitch number 140 is a fastball at 95mph… crazy

  41. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Just one left…can Jackson do it?

  42. nsalem says:

    one more

  43. A-Rod's Hip says:

    poor BJ Upton lol

    come on EJ!!!

  44. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    And that’s the eighth walk of the night…

  45. JPK says:

    he did it

  46. nsalem says:

    did it

  47. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Holy crap, he pulled it off!

    The Rays have now been no-hit three times in the last two seasons.

  48. Hummingbird S. says:

    he did! congrats EJ! very impressive

  49. Kiersten says:

    Damn… third no hitter pitched against the Rays in a year. That’s crazy.

  50. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Matt Joyce FTW! LMFAO!!!!

  51. JPK says:

    that was the best pie facing ever

  52. Total Dominication says:

    The Rays are no-hit once more!!!!!!

  53. Frigidevil says:

    Wow, yet ANOTHER no-hitter!! That *should* be 5 this year, through 3 months, unreal. Congrats to Edwin Jackson, it may have been sloppy, but 0 hits through 150 pitches is damn impressive

  54. phughesisgod says:

    Im embarrased, ashamed, and saddened that I forgot today was the anniverisery of the King of Pop’s death.

    Rest in Peace, Michael. We love you.

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