Yanks to face top pick this Saturday

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that David Price, the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, will take the mound for the first game action of his professional career this Saturday when the Rays visit Legends Field. The big lanky southpaw reminds me a bit of Andy Pettitte, but he’s got much better pure stuff (low-90s heat, wipeout slider and sinking changeup). The game is on YES, and should be fun to watch regardless of who’s throwing for the Bombers.

(hat tip to Jason at My Baseball Bias)

Review of MLB ’08: The Show (PS3)

It’s not often I find myself eagerly awaiting the release of a video game, but this year The Show couldn’t come out soon enough. I had read previews online, watched trailers and flipped through screenshots all winter, and I got sucked up by the hype. The game is set for official release today, but I found a mom ‘n pop joint that was selling the game early, so I managed to get my hands on a copy this past weekend.

The gameplay is relatively unchanged from the 2007 version, although there are some minor tweaks to the Adaptive Pitching Intelligence thingy and baserunning controls. There’s a new Pitcher/Hitter Analysis feature, where you can look at what kind of pitches a guy likes to throw to a RHB in his third at-bat with two men on–stuff like that. You can basically go back and see a boatload of tendencies for both the pitcher and hitter based on data stored by the game. Frankly, I think it’s a bit of an informational overload for just a video game, but it’s cool that it’s in there.

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Noah Lowry may have “The Thing”

Lowry’s name was tossed around this winter when the Yanks were supposedly shopping Hideki Matsui to San Fran, and while young and cheap lefthanders are highly desirable, it looks like the Yanks may have dodged a serious bullet. Here’s Lowry’s pitching line through two Spring Training outings:

2.1 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 12 BB, 1 K, 3 WP (at least 2 of which went to the screen)

“The Thing” is ugly. Steve Blass had it, Rick Ankiel famously had it, and a bunch of other guys through the years have had it. I truly hope Lowry’s just really, really rusty.