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  1. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Lots of room in here….

  2. bexarama says:

    oh hey everyone, ESPN-NY launched, and it’s already totally awesome:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5046178

    Not that age isn’t a concern, but this jumped out at me:
    Despite a subpar second half, when the Yankees needed him most, Andy Pettitte did what he always does in the postseason. He won, four out of five times out.

    Pettitte, pre-ASB: 18 GS, 4.85 ERA, 107.2 IP (that’s a little less than 6 IP/game), .796 OPSA, 70 K/44 BB, 15 HR allowed
    Pettitte, post-ASB: 14 GS, 3.31 ERA, 87 IP (about 6.2 IP/game, unless I messed something up), .622 OPSA, 78 K/32 BB, 5 HR allowed

    If by mid-October there was any lingering doubt that 2009 had been preordained to be the Yankees’ season, it was washed away by the downpour that delayed Game 6 of the ALCS by one day and allowed the beleaguered Yankees pitching staff a much-needed day of rest.

    Suddenly the Angels, who had won Game 5 in Anaheim behind John Lackey, were threatening to claw their way back into it and the Yankees’ three-man pitching rotation was looking awfully flimsy.
    Huh?

    M&A, you guys might get something.

    • I think ESPN NY is trying to set a record for “fastest time to idiocy and irrelevancy.” It’s been live for only an hour and 11 minutes, and their writers are already outdoing each other.

      Based on the slate they unveiled today, though, it seems clear that their pageview approach was to pick up a bunch of inflammatory writers who will get common-sense fans all riled up. Let’s not let it work.

      • bexarama says:

        I’m not riled up (well, I’m kind of excited about the stupidity, to be honest), I just figured that the first article I read about the Yankees would be at least minorly non-dumb. I was wrong. ;_;

      • They should just get some of the commenters on their message boards to write the articles. Sure, they’d need to hire more editors (mostly to teach them they’re, there and their; the appropriate usage of the caps lock key; some semblance of coherency in sentence composition) but think of the money they’d save. And really, how much would quality actually suffer? Probably little, if any.

      • Zack says:

        That.
        Websites, talk shows, and newspapers all about ratings (or views). But the fan inside you makes it hard to ignore it sometimes, especially when people are quoting articles or talk shows as the basis for their argument.

    • You know our policy with you. You have the log-in info, so if you want, go ahead and write it up.

      • Steve H says:

        Being 1st lady of M&A sure has it’s privileges.

        • bexarama says:

          Heh. Thanks, guys, but I started to do the FJM thing and I realized soooo much of it is just… dumb, and I don’t have FJM’s ability to “riff” so it wasn’t gonna be that funny. (I still may make fun of it, and at worst it will provide material!)

    • Hey ZZ says:

      Hitting behind A-Rod, Teixeira had an MVP-caliber season.”

      • bexarama says:

        I didn’t even catch that.

        Sabathia, whose delay in signing fueled rumors he was reluctant to play in New York, pitched like a Cy Young Award winner.
        Yeah, not like he ever actually won a Cy Young or anything.

        I also think some of the headlines on the side were designed to annoy Yankee fans

        • Hangoverologist says:

          Jesus, I thought this was going to be the propaganda machine that would make us look as bad as Boston, but I was wrong because they have shit like this:

          “…the Yankees come into this season with serious questions to answer, notably if Nick Johnson can replace Johnny Damon in the two-hole and if Cano can replace the RBI-machine that was Hideki Matsui.”

          Let me take a look at this:

          Nick Johnson is known as Mr. OBP because in the minors he posted a pro baseball leading on-base percentage of .525 (!!). In the majors, he has been bad luck plagued, which have led to freak injuries such as a broken femur. Johnny Damon was supposedly clutch in the postseason, even though he entered the playoffs in the middle of a two week slump. In Damon’s tenure with the team, he provided the team with 15+ homers and a triple slash of .285/.363/.458 (wOBA of .362). Johnson’s situation is a bit tricky because he missed the 2007 season, but his line is .283/.426/.462 (wOBA of .384). Even though Johnson missed a season, he still provided a better line than Damon did in four years with the Yanks, so he’ll be adequately replaced.

          Robinson Cano is taking over the five-hole from Hideki Matsui. The article states that Matsui is an RBI machine, but RBIs are a horrible way to evaluate a batter’s overall performance. In any case, he averaged 77 RBI and Cano averaged 79 RBI.From 2005 (Cano’s debut) to 2009, Matsui posted an average wOBA of .368. Cano, in the same period,has posted an average wOBA of .348. Now, to the untrained (and often irrational) mind, it may seem that it was a bad decision to let Matsui go. But it was actually a good one. Cano is entering his prime and Matsui is entering his decline phase. Cano also posts slightly below average defense at an offense deprived position. He’ll likely drive a few more balls out of the park in his second year at YSIII.

          • JGS says:

            Also, Cano’s individual wOBAs are .332, .377, .358, .301, .370

            If you look at that .301 as an aberration, the average wOBA really sells him short

      • Zack says:

        Did they write, “Teixeira’s hot April lead the team before A-Rod returned and messed up the chemistry” ?

        • Hangoverologist says:

          Look at this gem:

          “…Papelbon’s saved 151 games over the past four years. That’s more important than a third or fourth starter with only average production.”

          Obviously beat writers and mainstream bloggers don’t understand WAR. Pap’s total WAR over the past four years has been 10.3 (individual WARs of 3.2, 2.2, 3.0, 1.9). An average innings eater at the back of the rotation (say Jon Garland) total WAR has been 11.8 (individual WARs of 3.9, 3.6, 1.9, 2.4). An average innings eater is about a win and a half (I used FG WAR) better than Jonathan Papelbon. Saves are an overrated and useless stat. They are just like RBIs: They are not good ways to measure a hitter or closer’s overall performance.

          • bexarama says:

            I mean, WAR aside, do people not realize how overrated saves are? The last three AL saves champions:
            2007 Joe Borowski
            2008 Francisco Rodriguez
            2009 Brian Fuentes
            These guys were not even close to the best RPs in the game. Borowski was pretty much just bad and Fuentes was meh. K-Rod had a pretty good year in 2008 but still walked too many guys and other relievers had better seasons than him.

            • JGS says:

              Borowski was the third best reliever (by WAR) on his own team–Rafaels Perez and Betancourt were both better

              Fuentes was the fourth best reliever on his own team–Oliver, Bulger, and even Jepsen (and his 4.94 ERA) had higher WARs than Fuentes.

              K-rod at least was tops on his team, but was 13th among ML relievers

    • pete says:

      it hath been /fjm’d

  3. Templeton "Brendog" Peck says:

    the injury bug is big in the nl east. lidge, blanton, and romero on the dl. wow.

  4. Alright RAB readers, think for a second about your race, gender, ethnicity, age, etc. What is the most stereotypical thing about you? I’m making meatballs right now, so that’s it for me. What about you guys?

  5. Zack says:

    Shaun Rogers is still in jail after bringing a loaded .45 in his bag through airport security.

    I dont know whether athletes think they’re really above the law, or if they are just complete idiots. (With that being said I’m sure he’ll get a $500 fine and 5 months probation)

  6. bexarama says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/.....t-al-east/

    not saying there’s anything wrong with picking the Red Sox, but…

    It’s simple, really: They will miss Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, and I wonder if this is the season when the wear-and-tear on their aging core results in one injury too many.
    The old dudes might break down. But also they should have resigned these two other old dudes.

  7. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I went to ESPN NY and saw Omar in one of the main articles. I was like “Oh shit the Mets will be here too… it’s not just the Yanks.”

    Completely forgot about them.

  8. bexarama says:

    I have stuff to do that I’ve been terribly putting off because of this dumb ST game and I’m responsible for like every other post here but I can’t stop laughing over this.

  9. Stryker says:

    i know people have hated all this fantasy baseball talk but i received an interesting trade proposal:

    kinsler/hanson/buccholz for pedroia/haren. i’m inclined to reject but i wanted the RAB contingency’s thoughts.

    • Zack says:

      So basically he likes advance stats this season because it makes it easier for him to root for the Red Sox. If they dont make the playoffs this season, next year you’ll read “I’m back to ERA/Wins and HRs/RBIS” & “Put Jacoby back in CF because he’s fast”

      • pete says:

        oh psh don’t be so negative. His points actually make a great deal of sense re: the Sox. Think of it this way: if you were a Sox fan and you were used to relying on BA/RBI/HR, how would you be feeling about the Sox this year? To us it seems obvious that they’re pretty close to the Yankees overall, but it may not to people who don’t understand advanced stats.

        Sure, all of the stats he mentioned are worth consideration based purely on their own merits, not just their “this is why the Sox will be good”-y-ness, but w/e. At least he’s not bashing them like seemingly every other MSM writer out there besides JoePos, Neyer, K-Law, and a couple others.

        • Zack says:

          It’s not being negative. What suddenly changed his mindset? The Red Sox made moves that doesnt equal HR/RBIS/etc; so in order to see his team in a better light he used better stats.

          I care more about a person’s motives for doing something, than the thing done. I’m glad he changed his mindset (so far), but instead of changing it because to better educate yourself, or use better stats, he’s changing because he has to in order to root for his team.

          I’m just saying, if Red Sox dont make the playoffs this year then he (and other Red Sox fans) will denounce UZR/OBP/FIP/etc and say give me HR! Give me ERA! Give me Ellsbury in CF!

    • Steve H says:

      I seriously wonder how much of an effect this will have on Boston fans, specifically some I know. People love Simmons, and obviously here in Boston they love him a ton more. I guarantee there are a ton of fans who will be more open to Sabermetrics now. Not the old curmudegons, but Simmons’ followers. Keith Law was on WEEI a few weeks back talking about how useless RBI are, and a ton of callers called in afterwards calling him an idito (sic). I bet some of those same callers read Simmons and put more stock in it today.

  10. So, for RAB American League (League 6) I ended up with this:

    Brian McCann
    (Atl – C)
    1B
    Todd Helton
    (Col – 1B)
    2B
    Chase Utley
    (Phi – 2B)
    3B
    Gordon Beckham
    (CWS – 3B)
    SS
    José Reyes
    (NYM – SS)
    OF
    Jason Kubel
    (Min – OF)
    OF
    Rajai Davis
    (Oak – OF)
    OF
    Willie Bloomquist
    (KC – 2B,SS,OF)
    Util
    Brandon Wood
    (LAA – Util)
    SP
    Javier Vázquez
    (NYY – SP)
    SP
    Tommy Hanson
    (Atl – SP)
    RP
    Jason Frasor
    (Tor – RP)
    RP
    Francisco Liriano
    (Min – SP,RP)
    P
    Carlos Zambrano
    (ChC – SP)
    P
    Johnny Cueto
    (Cin – SP)
    P
    Brian Matusz
    (Bal – SP)
    BN
    Desmond Jennings
    (TB – OF) NA
    BN
    Buster Posey
    (SF – C)
    DL
    Carlos Beltrán
    (NYM – OF) DL
    BN
    Trevor Cahill
    (Oak – SP)
    BN
    Barry Zito
    (SF – SP)
    BN Dustin McGowan
    (Tor – SP)

    I have Bloomquist and Cahill because the computer got all screwy but whatevs. I plan on dropping them and adding some different guys.

    Banking on Beltran coming back in early May, Reyes being good-to-go early, big years from young pitchers. Thinking my prospects like Jennings, Posey can be of help by May or June or be solid trade options.

    I’ve got a total risk/reward team. Few guarantees there outside of Javy, McCann, Utley. But I think everyone there has a chance of being really valuable.

    Thoughts?

  11. ultimate913 says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/.....t-al-east/

    Ha. This one part really confuses me.

    “It’s simple, really: They will miss Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, and I wonder if this is the season when the wear-and-tear on their aging core results in one injury too many.”

    Yanks got rid of 2, yes, 2 aging, injury-prone veterans and still are questioned. *sigh*

    • bexarama says:

      http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....ent-820604

      ;)

      I’m not saying you can’t criticize the Yankees for being older because that’s really their biggest weakness. It is a legitimate criticism. But don’t then say they are really gonna miss Damon and Matsui and should have bought them back, or act like the Red Sox have no older players/injury-prone guys.

  12. Rose says:

    This message is for TSJC.

    I really appreciate you holding a spot for me. By the time I signed in, it made it 19 participants which was excessive already and an odd number on top of it so I opted out. Just wanted to thank you anyway for doing me the favor. Hopefully next time…

    Thanks again,

    Rose

    • V says:

      Um, the leagues are MEANT to be 20 teams.

    • Dude… After all the complaining about not getting into a league… Someone goes out of their way to reserve a spot in a league for you, and you decline to take the spot? Someone else who actually wanted that spot and didn’t get it just because they complained so much that another commenter did them a favor and reserved a spot for them could have taken that spot. This is so insanely weak, words cannot describe.

      • Rose says:

        You have issues. You constantly go out of your way to argue with people for no reason at all.

        Personally, I don’t care what you think about literally anything. If other people do, congratulations. If you think I’m “weak” because I didn’t understand the rules (never being in a RAB league) that’s your problem, not mine.

        I’ve usually played in leagues where it’s 12 teams. I’ve played a few 14 team leagues and it gets borderline ridiculous. I saw that when I signed up (only a few hours before the draft) that there was 19 (an odd number) once I was in there…the COMBINATION of there being so many teams as well as there being an odd number of teams was the reason I decided to leave. I had signed up late and felt that I had burdened everybody by making it an odd amount just before the draft so fuck off.

        I can only imagine what you’re like with your friends. If you have any, I wouldn’t be surprised if they couldn’t stand you. You seem to go out of your way to point fingers at people before even understanding the entire story. Belittling others and boosting your ego might help your low self esteem but it does little for anybody else.

        • You care enough to respond to his comment.

          • Rose says:

            That’s because I care about myself. I’m sure he’ll respond to me as well and it will continue going. Not because I care about what he has to say…but I have pride and respect for myself.

            If I crept around this blog searching for situations that had absolutely nothing to do with me on a constant basis, only to point fingers while not really understanding things – I’m sure it wouldn’t be tolerated. But I guess the double-standard’s live on.

            I wrote a nice thank you to somebody and get ripped apart by some asshole who had absolutely nothing to do with it. And I’m the bad guy. Mind boggling.

  13. bexarama says:

    Sucka Got No Juice predicts the ChiSox to win the WS:
    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ies-033110

    He kinda justifies it (and he mentions the Lackey/Beckett injury risk thing!!!), but I guess it’s nice to see someone picking a team that’s not a. from the AL East; b. the Phillies. Though he kind of sees a best-case scenario for the White Sox and a worst-case scenario for everyone else, but hey, isn’t that how teams win the WS?

    • bexarama says:

      he also puts wayyyy too much importance on Nathan and Howell

      • bexarama says:

        and there’s just no way Arizona is worse than San Diego. Though, what’s Arizona’s rotation until Webb gets back? Haren, Jackson, Kennedy, …? They’re still not worse than San Diego

        /talking to myself’d

      • JGS says:

        They will score enough runs only if center fielder Alex Rios and right fielder Carlos Quentin produce monster seasons

        That’s the same Alex Rios who had 150 plate appearances with the White Sox in which he hit below the Mendoza Line and put up an OPS+ of just 36.

        I like their staff, but come on

  14. Zack says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....uzz-021510

    “On the eve of the season opener, some in the industry already are wondering how long the Yankees would tolerate sub-par production from outfielders Randy Winn and Marcus Thames.

    The Yankees’ starting left fielder, Brett Gardner, is not yet established as a major-league hitter. An injury to center fielder Curtis Granderson or right fielder Nick Swisher would leave the Yankees further exposed.”

    OMG PANIC! If we lose 2 of our 3 starting OF what will we do? Why dont we have 2 major league reserves chilling in AAA like every other team has?!

    • bexarama says:

      if good players get injured a team will be worse, news at 11

      Are Granderson and Swisher injury-prone? Not like we have NJ out there, or like they’re older.

      • Zack says:

        Rosenthal doesnt let facts get in the way of his articles.

        1. If they get off to a slow start, Cash isnt going to give up on Winn/Thames after 20 ABs, or 70 for Gardner
        2. What starting-caliber OF is available for trade in April/May? So even if he wanted to, he couldnt replace them with anyone better until June/July.

    • Drew says:

      If Gritastic is rather bummish, I’d love to see a few scenarios play out.

      -See if Randy Winn is done or if last year was just an aberration.

      -I’d like to see how Golson is doing in Scranton and give him a shot over Grit if GG is playing well.

      -See Kevin Russo in left, he could be a perfect 9 hitter for us.

      -See what it would take to acquire Willingham.

      • Drew says:

        Or Jack Cust, how’d you like that platoon in Left?

        Defense aside, career #’s:
        Cust: 244/382/483/864 (vs. R)
        Thames: 256/329/516/845 (vs. L)

        I know the chances of it happening are slim to none but it’s fun to think about.

        • Accent Shallow says:

          I like the offense, but that platoon would give back most, if not all of its value on defense. Neither of those guys is an acceptable LF. You can often get away with a butcher in LF, but I’m not sure you can in such a large stadium as YSIII.

  15. Zack says:

    There has been 6 HRs in the first 2 exhibition games at Target Fielder.

    When does it get labeled the biggest joke in baseball?

  16. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Thinking about starting up a blog after finals but I’m not sure what my main focus should be, but the options are:

    A.Yankee farm system
    B.Everything Yankees
    C.Everything Baseball
    D.Everything Sports

    but I’m just looking for advice from anyone or suggestions with reasons on why i should or should not choose one of the above.

  17. Zack says:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....lling-espn

    “ESPN hires Curt Schilling as analyst”

    You’ve got to be kidding me.

  18. JGS says:

    Anyone see this lovely article from CHB? It’s times like this when I miss FJM the most

    • Zack says:

      Just more “nerds”, “geeks”, “use your eyes”, etc.

      My favorite line from the scout:
      “Last year they said [Derek] Jeter was slowing down. Well, sure, his arm in the hole is not what it used to be, but I’ll still take him every time.”

      People said Jeter had bad RANGE, and he says “sure his arm isnt what it used to be.” He missed the point completely.

    • pete says:

      I was just reading that. horrible.

    • bexarama says:

      I clicked on that and I had to see a “THE NATION LIVES ON” ad with a giant Beckett on it, ewwwwwwww

    • Steve H says:

      I don’t trust the defensive numbers. I trust my eyes, and the trained eyes of those who’ve watched baseball for decades.

      He didn’t waste a second to do the research on where UZR comes from. What an absolute moron.

    • ROBTEN says:

      “What if you have a bad hamstring and you can’t get to a ball up the line?”

      Then your range will be diminished, which will show up in the stats.

      “We’ve got too many stats in this game today.”

      How about we just get rid of all stats. The only record of the game will be the eyes of Tom Giordano. Since he’ll have to attend every game, the season will now last three years. Of course, the smart guy that he is, I’m sure that he’ll develop some sort of short-hand way of keeping track of things. For instance, some numerical notation for keeping track of things like the times someone gets on base or doesn’t make a play, but like I said, having to develop a numerical system to keep track of games will be worth it just to get rid of all those damn stats!

      While baseball is played on green grass in fresh-air stadiums, an army of geeks will be holed up in their basements, under a naked light bulb, crunching numbers and finding new equations to measure something that simply can’t be quantified.

      Like the amount of times that a sportswriter denounces stats as a threat to the game of baseball? He’s right. Quantifying the arrogant ignorance of most sportswriters today is like dividing by zero; one cannot simply calculate infinity.

      I don’t trust the defensive numbers.

      Seriously. I mean, what do they have to be defensive about? JUST WHAT ARE YOU HIDING UZR?!?!? Drug dealing? Gun running? Death Panels? Oh god…the call is coming from inside the house! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! IT’S THE DEFENSIVE NUMBERS!

  19. YankeesJunkie says:

    I have a moral question. Josh Beckett is a starting pitcher on my team, should I start him tonight or pull him out for tonight?

    • ROBTEN says:

      Well, in his career Beckett has put up some of his worst numbers against the Yankees, with a much larger sample size than against other teams: 3rd worst WHIP; 4th lowest SO/9 ratio; 7th lowest tOPS+; 4th highest BA/OBP and 7th highest OPS.

      So, it’s not really a moral issue; just a matter of fact.

      [Of course, I know very little about fantasy baseball, so none of these things might matter...just pointing out that Beckett pitches worse against the Yankees than most other teams he faces, especially given the smaller sample sizes of many of the teams below the Yankees.]

  20. Zack says:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....dict040310

    Steven Henson’s Predictions:

    Red Sox 99-63
    Yankees 98-64*
    Rays 88-74
    Blue Jays 77-85
    Orioles 72-90

    Is it even possible for 3 teams in the same division to win 285 games total?

  21. 28 next year says:

    “Big-market owners like John Henry and Arte Moreno think they are providing welfare MetroJet service for many small-market owners, while the latter believe they are simply fattening frogs for the snakes of the big markets. ”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....Id=rss_mlb

    John Henry needs to have a talk with Peter Gammons.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Don’t worry, Gammons managed to drop in this gem…Who were among the biggest stories this spring? Heyward, Strasburg, Aroldis Chapman, Jose Iglesias and Mike Stanton. We never lose our fascination with the next generation.

      One these things are not like the others.

  22. bexarama says:

    did anyone see MLB Network’s prediction special? They had their six on-air guys make predictions and IIRC literally every single one picked a Phillies/Red Sox World Series. Then they had three guys say their individual predictions, and this is what they chose -

    Harold Reynolds: Red Sox over Rockies (Peter Gammons also chose this, SHOCKER!)
    Tom Verducci: Phillies over Rays
    Al Leiter: Yankees over Phillies

    Someone please come up with some crazy like White Sox/Cubs World Series so at least I can be amused.

  23. Andy_C_23 says:

    Anyone watching Baseball Tonight? How can LeBron call himself a Yankees fan and wear those Red Cox headphones?

  24. Salty Buggah says:

    Red Sox Fans Flip Off Nick Swisher

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

    Classy

  25. Salty Buggah says:

    WTF? There’s a Salty Buggah at Lohud too? I just read the comments for the 1st time in a long time and saw someone posting with that handle there. And he’s the irrational type, which makes it worse.

    • Jose says:

      Just admit it Salty, you go over to LoHud to get all the irrationality out of your system and then come here to post.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Haha, no way. I was just didn’t want to write a paper last night so I went to LoHud to procrastinate. Since I had read all the posts, I decided to read the comments and see how irrational they were. When I read the comment by the dude who uses the same handle, I stopped because it pissed me off.

    • Drew says:

      Haha! Last night I went over there to read the mass panic. I saw your name commenting and assumed you suffer from multiple personality disorder.

    • bexarama says:

      haha what’d he/she say?

  26. andrew says:

    Melky leading off for the Braves today. Who would’ve thought…

  27. Alex S says:

    Pujols hit his first HR already in his first ab

  28. Drew says:

    Okay tsjc, Mr. Mock Draft extraordinaire.

    Now that my Skins don’t need to pick a QB(thank Mo) and we lost a 2nd rounder. Is your money on trading down or sticking at 4?

  29. Timmy says:

    http://www.google.com/hostedne.....tq3fQ-jeqg

    To teh 8th!!11!1!!!1!!! If only we had him there last night we would have won, fire Cashman right now!

  30. ultimate913 says:

    It’s official guys. Beckett will be with the Red Sox for four more seasons after the 2010 season. Enjoy him, Boston.

    • Zack says:

      I love how they gave him a no trade clause to 3 teams, and he can only pick 2 (dont get who picks the 3rd team but ok).

    • bexarama says:

      all I’ve heard from the media is that “ZOMG the Sox have THREE ACES locked up through 2014!!!!!” If the Yankees did this, we’d just hear how stupid they are for locking up two pitchers on the wrong side of 30.

  31. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Jason Mutherfuckin Heyward, welcome to the Major Leagues.

  32. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    little help pls–

    tomorrow i can run 2 of 3 out of Swisher, NJ and Carlos Pena.

    my homerism is clouding my judgement.

    • Drew says:

      Pena is facing Kevin Millwood(R).

      NJ and Swish are facing Lester.

      I’d start Pena.

      Swish has 2 hits in 15 AB’s vs Lester.
      NJ is 0-3 vs Lester.

      That’s a bit of a toss up. I’d probably say Swish. Maybe. I dunno, flip a coin. lol

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

        its a roto league, so i’ll hope for Swish hitting a roadie and NJ walking 4 times.

        thanks!

  33. Drew says:

    “Beckett is a sensible and loyal man who just wants to be treated fairly. And that’s why he, without hesitation, gave up free agency to re-sign with the Red Sox for a second time.”

    False.

  34. Steve H says:

    Two wagers I made today:

    CC/Burnett/Javy will win more games than Beckett/Lester/Lackey

    and

    Johnson/Grandy/Swish will have more HR/RBI than Scuatro/Cameron/Beltre

    • radnom says:


      CC/Burnett/Javy will win more games than Beckett/Lester/Lackey

      Probably true, just because the Yankees have a better offense/bullpen. This one could go either way though.


      Johnson/Grandy/Swish will have more HR/RBI than Scuatro/Cameron/Beltre

      This one is a slam dunk. Even if Beltre’s power comes back a bit (which I think it will), there is no way you lose this one.

      • Steve H says:

        Yeah, I think I definitely have the advantage on the hitting one, but the pitching one is a push at best. Even if Johnson gets hurt I think I’ll win the HR portion with just Swish and Grandy.

  35. Rose says:

    To continue the conversation about how most writer’s write negatively about the Yankees because “it sells”.

    Here’s a prime example…

    I won’t spoil it for you but the title is extremely comical.

    HR aside, Granderson debut rough ride – Night begins with lack of hostility, ends with lack of clutch productivity for new Yankee

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5056229

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    • Steve H says:

      If Curtis Granderson repeated game 1 for the rest of the season, he would have the greatest season in history. Yet he was a disappointment. Sweet.

    • Steve H says:

      You can’t just burn through arms and get more from Triple-A or through trades each time you “Proctor” a guy. To be “Proctored” is to overwork a reliever by sending him to the mound on a nearly everyday basis, a la Scott Proctor with the Yankees in the mid-2000s.

      Fantastic.

    • bexarama says:

      that is better than anything on ESPN New York, sadly… though the offenses behind Schilling in Arizona were usually bad

  36. Rose says:

    Anybody nervous at all about Posada catching AJ tonight?

    I never was but for some reason I’m letting all the tabloids get to me a little bit…

    A wild pitch immediately followed by a passed ball (respectively) sealed the fate for the Yankees the other night (among a lot more bad pitching). The tabloids are already getting started on Posada’s defense this year with that passed ball.

    AJ is certainly known for his wildness as well…so it could be interesting.

    Normally I wouldn’t be all that nervous but Lester is pretty nasty and has good numbers against us…it could be a bad combo if AJ isn’t on his game.

    • bexarama says:

      I’m not nervous about tonight (other than horrible injuries which are bad no matter what, what’s the worst case scenario? We lose?), but I’d be lying if I said I thought Lester vs. Burnett inspired confidence.

    • Drew says:

      Nervous about the 2nd game of the year?

      Wow

      Jorge is the catcher, get used to it.

      If AJ isn’t on it doesn’t matter who’s catching, it matters who’s in our lineup.

      • Rose says:

        If AJ isn’t on it doesn’t matter who’s catching, it matters who’s in our lineup.

        Not exactly. While bad pitching lost last nights game…had they not thrown a wild pitch and then an immediate passed ball to follow…the outcome could have been different, you never know.

        Not nervous in a “I’m going in for surgery” type of way. Just an uneasy feeling about combining the two against a very good pitcher with good results against us thus far after losing another opening day that we had in our grasps (just like last year). That’s all I meant…

        • bexarama says:

          so worst case scenario, we lose the game. I understand not being confident about the pitching scenario, but seriously.

          • Rose says:

            Yeah. Basically just not being confident about the pitching scenario. I guess I used “nervous” too loosely sort of meaning the antithesis of being confident. Sorry. I’m certainly not nervous where I think it’s over and all hope is lost…that’s just stupid.

            But yeah, confidence is certainly not on high for tonight though.

            • I’m glad to see the bridge-jumpers are already out for Game 2 of the 162-game regular season. I guess the whole point of Zen Baseball will simply be lost on Yankee fans.

              • Steve H says:

                I’ve come up with a two word response for anyone boverreacting to any Opening Day occurence:

                Tuffy Rhodes.

              • Rose says:

                I don’t see how me (rationally) not being that confident in an AJ/Posada combo against Jon Lester for one game qualifies me as a “bridge jumper”

                Has absolutely NOTHING to do with Game 1 of the season. Zip, zero, zilch. Has nothing to do with the rest of the season either. I’m solely talking about tonight and tonight alone.

                Wild AJ + old Posada behind the plate + Granderson and Gardner against a dominant lefty starter with good success against us = not that much confidence in a win.

                Does that mean I’m guaranteeing a loss in my head and giving up hope? Not at all. Would I be surprised if we won tonight? Not at all. I’m basically stating that Lester > Burnett and that some of our guys haven’t been the greatest against lefties…let alone one of the best in the game.

                • bexarama says:

                  Sure, the matchup doesn’t look great. But, I mean, remember Santana vs. Burnett? In that last series against the Sox in September last year, Joba (this was when Joba was deep in sucking mode) vs. Lester?

                  And like people have been saying, the worst that can happen, outside of injuries, is a loss. So we lose the game. That’s okay. We’ll lose some games this year, but I’m willing to bet we’ll win more.

                • Rose says:

                  Yeah I know. And look…we won! Thank God Teixeira isn’t the only one who isn’t great in April…Lester wasn’t that good (despite being very good in Spring Training – which is what tricked some people into thinking he’d overcome his usual April swoon). Like I said, I’m certainly not surprised that we won…our team is absolutely nasty…but the way our bullpen looked on Sunday and the way our starting pitching was in Spring Training and on Sunday…I thought it would take a little more time to get into the swing of things.

                  Solid Andy on the mound at a weird 6pm start time tonight. Everybody’s making this out to be Lackey’s most nervous situation of the entire year. I don’t really buy that though. He’s a good pitcher and a competitor. He’ll pitch just like he always has. It’ll be another great game tonight. The difference is, I always have faith in solid Andy.

                • Andy_C_23 says:

                  “at a weird 6pm start time tonight”

                  Que?

                • Rose says:

                  Sorry it was the pre-game start lol. It started at 7pm.

  37. I’ve been thinking about this for a while: Would it be bad for a Yanks fan to root for the Mets. I’m thinking about rooting for them today because they got seriously unlucky last year and things might get better if Manuel and Minaya get fired before the season is over. Of course, when it comes to interleague I’ll root for the Yanks.

    • bexarama says:

      so you should *NOT* root for them because if they go in a tailspin early on then Manuel and Minaya are more likely to be fired…

  38. Steve H says:

    They’re talking about Schilling’s article on WEEI, talking about “Proctoring” a pitcher. That might catch on.

    Wouldn’t want to be Munsoned out here in the middle of nowhere.

  39. Steve H says:

    Welcome to mryankee Car Sales. To show our smooth, easy transaction process, we have recorded a recent negotiation.

    mryankee: So I have this fantastic looking new car model, called the Joba. People have been impressed with it’s early promise and it’s future potential, will you buy it from me for that $50,000 bill with Roy Halladay’s faceon it? I know it’s not equal value yet, but you will likely get more than $50,000 out of it down the road. So whaddya say, $50k?

    Customer: No. Hell no. Not even close, you need to throw in several other cars with upside.

    mryankee:No? Really? Now that we’ve established that my car isn’t worth $50k, let me tell you more about it. This car is completely wrecked, it was in New Orleans during Katrina, it was in Haiti during the earthquake and I have lit it on fire many, many times. Now that I have disclosed all of this, will you buy it from me for $50,000?

  40. bexarama says:

    MLB Network poll:

    Which Opening Day accomplishment is most memorable?
    1. Hank Aaron hits No. 714 (1974)
    2. George Bell hits 3 HRs (off Saberhagen, 1988)
    3. Bob Feller throws a no-no (1940)
    4. Jason Heyward homers in 1st AB (2010)

    Now I love Jason Heyward. You love Jason Heyward. We all love Jason Heyward. But a rookie homering in his first at-bat? Sure, it’s cool, but was Jordan Schafer the #4 option last year?

    • Steve H says:

      That is completely ridiculous.

    • H.W. Plainview says:

      Tonight’s Yankees LFer hit a HR on the first ML pitch he ever saw versus arguably the best LHP ever.

      That ranks higher than Heyward hitting one off Lannan on what happened to be the first game of the year for the Braves.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

      Yeah it clearly has to do with the fact that people think he’s going to have a legendary career. If you have a Hall of Fame career and homered in your first at-bat, well then “clearly that was a sign of your amazing ability and the greatness to come.” If you end up with an average career, its just a kind of interesting anecdote, a random piece of trivia. See: Thames, Marcus.

      • Steve H says:

        Yes. Even if he goes onto a legendary career, Tuffy Rhodes 3 HR game will be much more memorable(among many others I’m sure). In fact, if Heyward hit’s 500 HR’s and is a HOF, on his list of accomplishments, yesterday will be at the absolute bottom of the list, so not very memorable. Tuffy Rhodes’ claim to fame is one thing, which will be much more memorable and impressive than Heyward.

    • Alex S says:

      they’re already assuming the kid is a HOF’er. ridiculous.

  41. Drew says:

    I’m anxious to see Thames’ AB’s tonight vs Lester. He’s got a 1 homer in 2 AB’s vs the lefty.

    Also, I’m in love with the fact that we only have one lefty in the lineup tonight. Well, Canobie and Johnson are lefties but they aren’t neutralized by likehanded pitchers. Can’t wait for first pitch.

    • Steve H says:

      Agreed, while it seems like staring Thames in game 2 is a boverreaction, this is what he’s here for. Also, considering they are playing in Fenway, it’s much easier to hide Thames in the field. If it was the 10th game of the year, even if Brett was hitting well, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

    • H.W. Plainview says:

      I agree. Lester is an awesome pitcher, but the Yankees lineup is incredibly strong, even stronger against lefties.

      It should be a great game, provided we don’t see bad A.J.

  42. Drew says:

    LMAO. I got Francesa on the tele, yelling at some guy about Duke allowing that half court shot last night. As he’s yelling, mid-rant, with a look of great intensity he swigs a shot of Diet Coke. haha I love it.

    POWERBARS!!

  43. Drew says:

    Levine ftmfw!

    “I’m sorry that my friend Mark continues to whine about his running the Brewers,”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/newy.....id=5060292

  44. Tonight’s lineup:

    SS Jeter
    DH Johnson
    1B Teixeira
    3B Rodriguez
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    LF Thames
    RF Swisher
    CF Granderson

  45. Zack says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/powerRankings

    Fox Sports moved Yankees from #1 to #3 after 1 fucking game.

    • Rose says:

      What’s even more strange is that the Angels are #2??

      The Phillies who are the only ones who dominated are #4 LOL

  46. Drew says:

    Holy shit I never realized how skinny Eric Chavez was without the steroids.

    Wowzah

  47. bexarama says:

    Someone not named Joe Nathan got the save for the Twins tonight.

    (looks around)
    (sees sky is not falling)
    (continues with life)

  48. Steve H says:

    Keith Law took apart Mark Attanasio’s whining on Mike&Mike this morning. It was only a few minute interview, but worth listening to if you’re a Law fan, and still interested on the subject.

  49. Steve H says:

    Nick Johnson=Game winning RBI
    Hideki Matsui=0-3 with 4 LOB

    dalelama, so Johnson is now better, right?

  50. Steve H says:

    2 games into the season, Big Papi is already lashing out at reporters. Don’t think this won’t be included in the smear campaign being put together by the F.O.

  51. Steve H says:

    No, this win was sewn up in the bottom of the eighth — the hard-luck inning for the Yankees all spring

    I ask again, is Wallace Matthews writing satire? The hard luck inning for the Yankees all spring? That makes sense, since spring training games are treated like regular season games and pitching roles are completely defined. In the spring, starters never relieve, and relievers never start.

    Wait, what??????

    • bexarama says:

      did the Yankees even lose a particularly large number of games in TEH EIGHTH during the spring?

  52. bexarama says:

    I love useless factoids. MLB Network: “The Twins are 11-3 all time when both Mauer and Morneau homer.” You mean when their two best players have good games they are more likely to win?!?!?

    They also called the Rockies “the defending NL West Champions.” =/

  53. theyankeewarrior says:

    Can Dan Uggla play LF?? And if so how well? I’m just trying to think of LF trade candidates for mid-season. Not based on anything…

    I hope GGBG can hold down the fort, but Uggla would look good batting down in our lineup no?

    • Rick in Boston says:

      I might doubt that he can. He’s never played it in the majors and B-Ref shows him playing 20 games in the OF while still in the Arizona system. He’s also a below average 2B in terms of UZR and he isn’t that fast.

      And that’s before we talk about the fact that he’s arb eligible this off-season. He’s getting extremely expensive very quickly.

  54. Steve H says:

    8 hits in 3 innings to the San Francisco Giants?

    Someone get Brett Myers’ wife a security guard for tonight.

    • JGS says:

      fun fact–the Red Sox average age sans-Wakefield is 31 years, 44 days

    • Steve H says:

      Fun facts:
      Youk is older than Tex
      Buchholz is a year older than Joba, and 2 years older than Phil
      Bard is older than Joba, and a year older than Hughes
      Papelbon is older than Granderson (that one surprised me) and just 4 months younger than CC
      Beckett is older than CC

    • Steve H says:

      So the Yankees are again behind the Red Sox? If only they had resigned Damon and Matsui, they’d be on top where they belong.

      /dalelama’d

  55. Drew says:

    Somebody get Papi a happy milkshake!

    http://sports.espn.go.com/bost.....id=5062881

    /sadface

    • Steve H says:

      Gee, I wonder what would ever happen if they asked him about that, ummm, you know failed steroid test???

      • Andy_C_23 says:

        He’s still investigating about that…

      • At least the smear campaign will likely include those questions.

        • bexarama says:

          It’s gonna be so so so so so so so good

        • Steve H says:

          Maybe, maybe not. Bringing that up puts some taint on the 2004 and 2007 titles.

          • Hm, fair enough. Maybe it won’t be the focus, but I’m sure at least one or two writers will at least touch on it. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see PeteAbe bring it up.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

              There is no WAY in Hell that Pete Abe brings up anything like that. I could see him becoming the next great cheerleading homer.

          • bexarama says:

            argument by a Sox fan at NYYFans today.

            2004 ALCS MVP, 2004 WS MVP being on steroids = a non-tainted championship in any way

            & then:
            the Yankees having a really big payroll and therefore not being able to claim “underdog enjoyment factor” or something = a tainted 2009 championship for the Yankees
            Red Sox beating up on Cleveland and Colorado in 2007 = a non-tainted championship in any way

            I know I shouldn’t even be reading NYYFans.

  56. bexarama says:

    irritating catchphrase watch of the night (the past two nights, it was Gardner being “gritty” and the Posada/Burnett relationship, of course) :
    “It’s a battle of the bulldogs!”

  57. JM says:

    Does anyone know how to get rid of the Blue Screen of Death?

  58. Zack says:

    IPK
    5IP, 6H, 3ER, 0BB, 8K – 94 pitches, against the Padres

  59. kang says:

    Chan ho Park did it!
    I’m prouf of him.

  60. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Question I heard on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” today,

    How many members make up the Punk Rock Band, The Jonas Brothers?

    WTF????? Punk is officially dead.

  61. danny says:

    Joe West called the yankees and red sox “pathetic and embarassing” because the games they play take too long. LOL seriously?

    • Steve H says:

      Wow.

      If I’m the Yankees and the Sox, I do not want West umpiring any of my games this year.

    • Zack says:

      What context was it in?

        • Zack says:

          Yeah that’s stupid.

          1. Why is he talking to the media?
          2. “They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest?” Because unlike the Royals, they actually take a pitch.
          3. This whole topic is stupid; if the game is 4 hours instead of 3.5 hours is that really affecting anyone’s life?
          4. Umpires should be more worried about stop blowing calls, which extend games, than the Yanks and Sox.

          • Steve H says:

            “They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest?”

            That is the most amazing part. So good teams should play faster? Wait, what?????

            He better be reprimanded for that.

            • Zack says:

              These comments were made BEFORE Wednesday’s game, no fucking way he should have been allowed on the field last night.

              “I understand it’s strategy,” West said. “I understand they’re trying to set up the count and take so many pitches.”

              But he said that still does not explain the length of games between the archrivals.”

              http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....038;page=1

        • Zack says:

          But there was a “…..” before the embarassing/disgrace comment. So I’d like them to post the entire quote.

          • danny says:

            yea the title is kinda mis leadeing as if he calls them pathetic directly, which is what i thought. But when you read the qoute he says “it is”, refering to the situation and not the actually teams

            the whole situation is so dumb to begin with, if they games were too long to watch would these networks be as successful as they are now? i dont think so

  62. Steve H says:

    So Papelbon has to be trying to save his arm until he gets to FA, right? 25 pitches, 24 fastballs……against the Yankees? He’s been going year to year with the Sox, neither party interested in locking him up, I think that, at the very least, that’s in the back of his mind.

  63. mko says:

    Guys, did you notice how much the Yankees got squeezed last night? Check it out:
    Brooks Baseball
    I counted about 14 balls that should have been strikes for the Yankees and just a few for the Sox.
    Also, the Sox got a little more calls outside of the zone, but that was negligible.

    That’s just too many mistakes in my opinion…and then the umpires complain about the time the games take!
    What do you think?

  64. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    mko, about your post about Wednesday Night’s strike zone, i think the umpire was horrible for both teams. It was almost like the umpire was afraid to call any curveball a strike.

    • mko says:

      I agree…just not a good night for him. That’s why I was saying that I hope umpires look at these things after games and try to get better instead of going home and never thinking about that game again.

  65. pete says:

    I hate Joe West. The Yankees and Sox take no longer than all the other teams in terms of all of the fiddling around stuff. They just take longer to make outs. That is in no way a “disgrace to baseball”. An umpire using words like that to describe two of the league’s best offensive teams doing what they do best, however, is.

    • Rose says:

      Agreed. They’re just all around better players. Bad teams get done quickly because they’re not hitting. If you score the most runs and 3rd most runs in baseball respectively…your game (especially against one another) is going to be longer. It’s common sense.

  66. Glove slap to Steve from Boston on the Attanasio comment in the KLaw chat. I was the comment about Matusz and hype (stephen, ny). RAB holding it down!

  67. pete says:

    Is anybody else as excited for The National’s new album as I am? I’ve heard crappy versions of almost all of the songs and they sound amazing

  68. Drew says:

    Joe West needs to shut his fat mouth. Yeah, I went there.

    The only disgrace to baseball is the quality of umpiring, whether in the first week of the season, or at the pinnacle of the sport in the World Series. Until he and his umpiring brethren get their own shit together, do not call out the two best teams in baseball.

    Now, it’s obvious West holds some type of negative view towards the Yankees and Red Sox, how can we expect him to call an objective game when one of the two teams are on the field? We can’t. Selig needs to address this immediately. Teams can’t criticize umpires, but umpires can criticize teams? No. That’s not how it works.

  69. Rose says:

    Just curious. We ever think about giving Garrett Jones a shot? I mean the Yankees don’t really ever have room for these types of guys anymore but with Damon and Matsui leaving at the end of the year and Gardner/Melky manning the other side of things – he still could have had a chance. Albeit, a worse chance than Pittsburgh.

    We were picking up all these other bums so I wondered if we ever even inquired. It says he ultimately chose the team with the best chance to play in the majors…but that doesn’t necessarily mean teams were thinking the same.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....ones040810

  70. Rose says:

    [Trumpets begin to play as Rose makes his entrance]

    I just wanted to take this time to congratulate myself on being the best poster RAB ever had. You were all very worthy runner’s up…but unfortunately lack what it takes to be the best.

    There will be a coronation here tomorrow for me. All are invited. Please, no fighting. I’m well that everybody is jockying for position to crown me personally but I’ll let you know come tomorrow.

    [RAB crowd applauds]

  71. I hear that Ryan Zink got released.

  72. Thomas says:

    So what the hell is the deal with these CougarLife ads? I understand that it is a dating service where the women are cougars, but the slogan makes no sense what so ever.

    “Remember you high school cheerleaders. . . they’re all grown up.”
    This makes absolutely no sense. Yes, I remember my high school cheerleaders and they have gotten older, but so have I. They are trying to insinuate that I can date the hot girls from my high school who are still hot, but now are older and are cougars. If the girls from my high school are now cougars, they wouldn’t want to date me because we are still the same age (within plus or minus 4 years) and the very definition of a cougar is a woman who dates much younger men!

    Seriously, CougarLife come up with a logical ad! It isn’t very difficult, here is one of the top of my head, “Tired of immature girls . . Meet gorgeous, experienced women at CougarLife.” It is an award winning slogan? Hell no, but it at least makes sense.

    • I enjoy your comments, Thomas. Here’s the problem with your line of thought: you assume you’re in the target audience. Clearly, if logic holds, you’re above the age threshold. I’m sorry to have to tell you that.

      Then again, logic would dictate that younger men would be less apt to fall for such a ploy, as they generally are less inclined to pay for it. Present company excluded. So I’m a bit lost.

      I can’t tell you how shocked I was when I found out that those hot local singles “that want to hook up and are waiting for me” actually aren’t. It was a tough day.

      Turns out, the only ones waiting for me are the diseased, few-toothed, diseased bologna packages that always end up playing a Toby Keith song on the jukebox at 2:30 AM. Not that I’m complaining.

      /just mad that my internet dating site, Mountain Goat didn’t pan out

  73. Zack says:

    Dontrelle Willis pitched good (6 IP, 7H, 2 ER, 2BB, 4K) against the Royals, cant wait for BBTN to proclaim “HE’S BACK!” again then see him blow up in 5 days when he faces a real offense.

  74. Steve H says:

    So on WEEI today they’ve spent hours talking about John Sterling. They literally have talked more about Sterling than about the game or the series. After game 1, it was non-stop baseball talk.

    • bexarama says:

      haha, what are they saying? And well, it’s WEEI.

      • Steve H says:

        For the most part they are knocking him for being obnoxious and a homer, which is true. But considering some of the announcers here in Boston, it’s an interesting take. Specifically of course, they are talking about the Granderson HR call.

        • JGS says:

          what is the Granderson call? I still have yet to listen to Sterling this year

          I will say I thoroughly enjoyed EEI’s constant replaying of the Suzyn Waldman “oh my goodness gracious” clip from my Boston days

        • Tom Zig says:

          For the most part they are knocking him for being obnoxious and a homer

          I don’t understand why people get so up in arms about commentators being “homers,” when said commentator exclusively works for one team. Like yeah I can see why people get upset over Buck and McCarver because they are supposed to be neutral. But Sterling works for the Yanks, the hell do I care if he is a homer. All I need is someone to tell me what’s going on in the game and keep me entertained. Sterling does both of those.

    • Rose says:

      Yeah they’ve been doing it all week. Even to the point where I’ve heard Red Sox fans calling and *somewhat* sticking up for Sterling and bringing up fellow ESPN-linked radio announcer John Miller as being just as (if not more) annoying. They only probably stuck up for Sterling because theyre sick of listening to it.

  75. Drew says:

    Godzilla to teh outfield! He’s starting in left tonight.

    • bexarama says:

      Oh my God I am so excited to watch this. Not really, because his knees will probably explode and that will be sad, but you know what I mean.

      He was like the only one that was hitting friggin’ Pavano last night. Grrr.

  76. Chris says:

    Does anybody know if this roster is correct for Charleston http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....8;sid=t233 ? It doesn’t match the roster that RAB posted a few days ago, is it the 2009 roster?

  77. Steve H says:

    KLaw ripped Joe West. Good stuff.

    • Zack says:

      In his chat? He called out the Brewers owner too, basically stop giving guys like Jeff Supan 14m and maybe you’ll have more money to lock up your own guys. And stop paying Hoffman 10% of the payroll when he pitches 4% of your innings.

      • Rose says:

        That’s the thing…they’re like a microcosm for what the United States as a whole is going through. Everybody wants handouts and free stuff and equal this and equal that because nobody has been smart enough to be successful on their own. “If I’m not smart enough to be successful like you, I want the [government/MLB] to force you to give me more of your hard earned money because I wasn’t able to use what I had properly!”

        • Zack says:

          It’s a stretch to compare billionaires spending millions, and people wanting cheaper healthcare options because their employer doesnt provide it, or only gives them 35 hours so they dont have to provide it.

          Do we need to do the whole politics thing again though? I think all parties hit their talking points in the 300 comments left in the previous off-topic thread.

      • Steve H says:

        No, I heard them playing it on Mike & Mike this morning (but not a M&M interview). Not sure what it was from, guessing it was on an ESPN show though.

  78. Rose says:

    Something we fear but interesting…

    http://www.athomeplate.com/reg.....-soon.html

    • Steve H says:

      I have to agree with the one comment on that post:

      So if you assume a bunch of bad things happen and then assume some things that aren’t really true and then assume the Yankees make no intelligent decisions in upcoming years then the Yankees won’t be very good? Great analysis!

      • Rose says:

        LOL. I liked that one too.

        I mean it’s something to think about though. Arod and Jeter both being in their 40′s at the same time playing for us making a combined $50 million a year.

        Not worried about much else…

        • Steve H says:

          Yeah, the biggest difference between the 2001 Yankees and the 2009-2010 Yankees is that Cashman has full control of the team. They are in much better shape for the future because of that.

      • bexarama says:

        this.

        Also, guys, can we win two in a row before you call us a “dynasty”?

        • Tom Zig says:

          Also, guys, can we win two in a row before you call us a “dynasty”?

          Nods in agreement

          Can we make it an official rule now that you must win 2 championships in a row or like 3 in 5 years to be considered a dynasty?

          something to that effect?

  79. Steve H says:

    Check this out from a chat at boston.com today with Chad Finn (who is good)
    1:43
    [Comment From OilCanOilCan: ]
    Robinson Cano vs Dustin Pedroia. Who you taking at 2nd for next 10 years?
    Friday April 9, 2010 1:43 OilCan
    1:45

    Chad Finn:
    Oof. Pedey if Cano remains stubborn. But if he matures, he’s going to put up some monster numbers. Cano’s a year older. Give me Pedey, but only because I know my readership.

    Cano was supposed to sign with the Sox as an amateur free agent, but didn’t show up on the day he was to sign his contract.

    Has anyone heard that before? That’s crazy to think what could have happened.

    • Zack says:

      If it’s true that’s pretty funny, just because all the lazy jokes we make about Cano.

      I emailed him to ask if its true, and if he has proof. I added that Anonymous Scout X doesn’t count.

    • bexarama says:

      I feel like that’s gotta be a joke.

      • Steve H says:

        I don’t think it is, I think he would have sold it more. He’s a good writer, who while is a big fan of local team, doesn’t let that cloud his writing. I hope he gets back to Zack, it’ll be pretty interesting.

        • Zack says:

          “I saw it in a book, but I can’t remember which one. I’ll see if I can dig it up. It is true — he didn’t want to miss school or something like that.”

          I received that e-mail back from him, dont know if he will find it but I do appreciate it. Dont know what book it would be in though.

          • Steve H says:

            I hope he does. Not sure if you read him at all, but I’ve followed him for a few years now, including before he got hired at the Globe. He always responds to emails (and a few tweets). He’s definitely not the kind of writer to just make that up either.

            • Zack says:

              No don’t know much about him, but I was reading through some of his chats and he seems good, not jumping off the bridge type of guy.

  80. Steve H says:

    Oh, and in the chat I posted above, I got a couple of questions in with the name mystiqueandaura.com (building the brand) but he did call me Curt (as in Schilling). I immediately bathed in a pool of bleach and brushed my teeth with turpentine.

  81. Zack says:

    Damon is 0-4 today; why are there no headlines talking about Cashman’s great move for letting him ago and avoiding his .111 BA???

    • bexarama says:

      He popped up with the bases loaded. Curtis Granderson would have hit a grand slam!!!! You’re an idiot, Dombrowski!!!!

      /if Yankee fans were Tiger fans’d

  82. bexarama says:

    Josh Beckett is supposedly engaged to a rocket scientist. Apparently, he proposed at the Daytona 500.

    http://bostonherald.com/track/.....position=0

    Do I even need to make a snarky comment?

  83. Just a general query: why do men who call into sports talk shows tend to state their ages and how long they’ve been fans of whatever team upon which they’re commenting?

    • Steve H says:

      To justify that they know what they are talking about? Of course that doesn’t mean they know anything, but I guess it makes them think they do if they’ve been a fan for a while.

    • Zack says:

      They think it makes them look smarter, they’ve watched baseball for 30 years so that means they know more than the guy who watched it for 10 years.
      Then he’ll mention RBI, Wins, AVG and bulldog mentalities.

  84. bexarama says:

    can someone please tell me why Pujols’ HR off of Lidge in the 2005 NLCS is still so completely hilarious?

  85. Poopy Pants says:

    Alex Gonzalez already has 2 HR’s for Toronto. LOL!

  86. Steve H says:

    So the question is: What (or who) has gotten into Cano’s head?
    Surprisingly it appears to be A-Rod himself, who pulled the second baseman aside one day in late March and spoke candidly, if not brusquely, to his teammate. “I told Robby he’s no kid anymore, he’s closer to 30 than 20,” Rodriguez said of the 27-year-old second baseman. “At this point in his career, with his talent, he should have one MVP (award), maybe two. “The thing is, on any other team he would THE guy, but here, he’s surrounded by a lot of talent. I said, ‘Don’t let that hold you back. It’s time to go get it.’ We’ve all said the same thing to him. I think Robby gets that. I think Robbie’s finally maturing.” Rodriguez backed up his words with a unique batting practice session at a remote field at the Yankees’ spring training complex. The scene, as depicted by the New York Post , had A-Rod barking out situations that had historically handcuffed Cano. Second and third with one out. Bases loaded, game on the line. A-Rod not only helped Cano swing with more authority, but changed his internal monologue, as well. “Have a plan with conviction,” Rodriguez said, recounting the session. “Look to do damage. Take your ‘A’ swing and drive the ball.
    “http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/04/09/canos-finally-pushing-potential/

    Wait a minute, I thought A-Rod was the worst teammate ever?

  87. Rick in Boston says:

    Scott Bittle’s opening the year on the DL in the Cards organization. He hasn’t thrown a pitch as a professional – maybe the Yankees low-balling him over his arm problems was a good idea in the long-run.

  88. Odds of this guy (http://bit.ly/9YfoGb) doing a better job than Joe West: 65%.

  89. vtbando says:

    Anyone know why the game isn’t on MLB.TV? I had a subscription last year and don’t recall not being able to watch any game that wasn’t on one of the national networks.

  90. Accent Shallow says:

    Some concern trolling:

    I don’t see David Price as a future ace. Doesn’t have great MiLB stats, and has had trouble with walks in MLB.

    (Of course, Mike disagrees, and who are you gonna believe: the guy who writes DoTF, or a guy who reads DoTF?)

  91. bexarama says:

    Dustin Pedroia, right now, you are awesome:

    Said Dustin Pedroia: “If I criticize the umpires, I’m going to hear it from Major League Baseball. I would hope it works that way for the umpires, too. It’s not right.”
    According to Pedroia, home plate umpire Angel Hernandez yelled at Derek Jeter about asking for time during the game on Tuesday.
    “That’s embarrassing,” Pedroia said. “Here’s a guy, a Hall of Fame player, being yelled at for doing something we all do. That’s not right.”

    I think that was from Pete’s blog.

    • Big props to Pedey. I know we hate on him, but I think we’d love him if he were a Yankee.

      • Zack says:

        I actually like him, he’s the complete opposite of what scouts look for in a player – height, swing type, etc – because we get too caught up in that sometimes.

        But what I hate is that his H/A stats get ignored, while Yankees play in the biggest joke of a stadium ever.

        • Agreed, but it’s not his fault mediots make such wildly stupid comments regarding YS3 being a “bandbox”. Yes, his H/A splits suggests he gets a big bump from Fenway, but even so, he’s still among the best second basemen in the league.

          He certainly doesn’t deserve the hate we bestow on players like V-Tek, Papelbon, Beckett, Youk.

      • bexarama says:

        I don’t mind him. He’s ugly and rodent-y and I dislike all the “ZOMG he’s short and white and still a good player!” hype, and sometimes he’s very whiny, but he’s one of the least offensive Red Sox players.

        • Meh, as I wrote back to Zack, I can’t think of too many RS players that really are offensive, outside of Beck, V-Tek, Papelbon, Youk, Lackey. But really, look at the other players. Drew, Cameron, Ellsbury are dare-I-say pretty likable? Hard to hate on Beltre, Scutaro, V-Mart, Lester, Dice-K, Bard, Bucholz. They’re fairly mellow players that all seem pretty decent.

          • bexarama says:

            Dice-K annoys me. ELLSBURY IS TOTALLY NOT LIKABLE HDU SAY THAT >:(

            I don’t particularly think too many of them are LIKABLE (V-Mart, Lester, and Wakefield are pretty much the only ones I think are likable, by all accounts Cameron is a good guy as well, and I like to spite-like Drew) but only a few are truly, truly horrible.

          • Rose says:

            As I’ve said beforee…I think Lester and Joba were mixed up over the years…Lester’s calm demeanor is very Yankee-like while Joba’s fist pumps and other antics are very Red Sox-esque.

  92. Chris A says:

    Does anyone here use Gmail? If so, what do you think about the way it saves/archives messages? I for one am not too pleased with it, but I may just missing something.

  93. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Apparently, Alan Horne loves being high risk. Why? Because he’s opting for PRP injections in lieu of surgery.

    Horne, who was scheduled to have an 80 percent tear of the rotator cuff in his right pitching arm by Dr. James Andrews, confirmed via text message that he and Andrews have elected to try a rehab program with Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments, more commonly known as PRP.

    “It’s pretty cool stuff,” said Horne of the cutting-edge procedure, “but (I’m in) in the worst pain I’ve ever been in in my life.”

    Emphasis mine. Why the emphasis? There are some doubts about PRP’s efficacy.

    I truly feel for him. I really do. He’s sending up a hail Mary. Problem is, you’re the quarterback, it’s 4th and long, you’re on your own goal line, oh, AND you have an 80% torn rotator cuff in your throwing arm.

    [Trentonian via Mike Ashmore's Thunder Thoughts]

  94. vin says:

    From the comments section of Buster Olney’s 4/9 Blog:

    “I am sick and tired of all of the stories about Jason Heyward. ESPN has a ridiculous Atlanta bias and I am sick and tired of them not being able to take their personal feelings out of it and report on teams that aren’t from Atlanta…”

    Hmm… I suddenly feel kind of silly for thinking ESPN has had a Boston bias for so long. Perhaps my line of thinking is no better than this guy’s. My whole world has been turned upside-down. Maybe Kabak was right all along.

    I’ve seen the light… that is until the Sox are on the verge of dealing Bill Hall for a “Smoak-type bat.”

  95. Zack says:

    http://www.lookoutlanding.com/.....is-annoyed

    5 games into the season and you have to flip off fans Milton? I know it was towards opposing fans, but really.

    • Beef Hammerdong says:

      Is everything a game to this guy?

    • Poopy Pants says:

      Doesn’t he know fingers hurt? Protect the children!!!

    • bexarama says:

      I just read the comments on that and… are Mariners fans mocking Cubs fans for not going to/winning the World Series too recently? (head explodes)

      Also, if they want their games on Fox instead of the Yankees’, seriously, they’re welcome to them.

  96. Stryker says:

    you have longoria and wright. someone offers you your choice of dunn, cain, or santana. which 3B do you trade and for who?

    • Rose says:

      Wright for Cain.

      Which Santana? Ervin is a no way…Johan before Cain. Cain if it’s Ervin.

  97. theyankeewarrior says:

    Did anyone else hear McCarver say that Crawford might get traded for draft picks?

  98. ultimate913 says:

    Girardi said Park was kinda sick in Boston. Park tells us details:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GIEHPGj9sI (safe)

  99. I know that this is a little late, but I just wanted to share. In Phil Hughes final EST Start, guess who had two hits off him? The artist formally known as “Gary Sanchez the Wunderkind”, now and forever to be referred to as “Jestin Romtero”.

  100. Drew says:

    Yo JMK my bad I didn’t get back to you on that trade. I’m afraid to deal Feliz. If Ron Washington gets off that rock Feliz may be transitioned to the rotation. Also, if Frank Franc keeps sucking Feliz might get to close so I’m afraid I’d regret trading him. If you see anything else on my roster that might fill a hole for you, let me know. haha, as I write this I see that the Rangers slid him in as the closer.

  101. Zack says:

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/e.....he-winter/

    Barry Bonds coached Ryan Howard this offseason?

  102. JGS says:

    Wow. 2nd and 3rd two outs with Cleveland up by 1, Chris Perez proceeds to walk Santiago to load the bases for Damon, then walk Damon, forcing home the tying run, then throwing a wild pitch on the next pitch to hand the Tigers the walk-off win.

    It’s going to be a long year in Cleveland

  103. Joe West's Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays) says:

    Ummm…. call me crazy, but isn’t it not great for Swish to be pimping HGH precursors in the ads?

  104. FanGraphs has more defensive stats up! Woo!

  105. JGS says:

    Mariano Rivera leads all pitchers currently in the Majors in career WAR (I would say all active pitchers, but Pedro hasn’t retired)

    He is just that awesome

  106. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I’m thinking the Yankees should make a play for Xavier Nady now that he has proved he can play the field. End the “Thames Experiment” now.

  107. Tom Zig says:

    Even though this is about the Sox I still had a good laugh. This kid is amazing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  108. keithr says:

    quick fantasy question, would you make this trade?

    give:
    swisher
    beckett

    receive:
    drew
    verlander

    (league uses ops, not avg. other stats standard)

    • Tom Zig says:

      Verlander >>>>>>>>>>> Beckett
      Drew > Swisher

      • keithr says:

        yeah, i know.

        I suppose the only thing causing any hesitancy was swisher’s “improved stance” etc and drew’s propensity to get injured. It’s silly, but was gnawing at me. Made the trade anyway, though.

        • Tom Zig says:

          Swisher’s improved stance isn’t going to turn him into an above .300 hitter. He may up his average from .249 to like .260-.265 but anything more than that would an unreasonable expectation.

          The difference in fantasy value between Drew and Swish isn’t a hell of a lot. Essentially you’re trading Beckett for Verlander.

  109. Rose says:

    Do you think Ryan Westmoreland ever plays in the majors?

    I like what his surgeon said best. Clearly makes sense. ‘First thing is his life, second thing is quality of life, and we’ll deal with the rest after that.’

    Just was curious as to what everyone else thinks…

    It would be great if he could play the game he loves but after what he’s been through…living a normal life would be just as great.

    • Zack says:

      If he’s healthy dont see why he cant play again.
      Only problem is that in April of next year he’ll be 21, and will only have ~250 AB at low-A baseball, coming off of not playing for a year. So its another lost year of development, and they will probably be cautious with him.

  110. Rough first inning for Lester thus far. He allowed two runners, got through Mauer and Morneau, but then allowed RBI hits to Cuddyer and Kubel, then walked Delmon Young on four pitches. Ouch.

  111. Jonathan says:

    I live in boston and just read this in a comment column for the boston globe:

    “Once Manny took his medical bag to LA, it was all over for the 43 yr old Big Popup. Washed up hasbeen steroid user/cheater.”

    • bexarama says:

      fun fact: David Ortiz is actually younger than Derek Jeter. Supposedly. (and Mike Lowell is only like three or four months older, which really weirds me out when you just look at Jeter and Lowell.)

      Also, good to see the Bostonians supporting their fan favorites and past heroes through a rough time.

      • Zack says:

        and isnt Matsui the same age as Jeter?

        • bexarama says:

          Matsui’s exactly two weeks older… what the hell? He honestly looks several, like, decades older. Sorry Hideki.

      • Rose says:

        I think Lowell battling cancer took a lot out of him…plus…some people are just built differently.

        The real amazing thing is that for the first time in the history of SPORTS – a trio of players (Jeter, Rivera, Posada) have played 16 straight seasons with one another. And this doesn’t even include Pettitte who took a brief leave of absence!

  112. Maybe I’m just missing something, but listening to Bud on ESPN, it does seem like baseball has MUCH better labor relations than the other sports these days. How weird is that?

    • It’s true, but it came at a very high cost for the game. Baseball was on life support after the 1994-1995 strike, and no one wants to repeat

      • No, of course not. Which is part of why it struck me as somewhat surreal when I realized how comparably good the relationship between management and labor is in baseball. It’s like Selig was saying, they have to come up with a new agreement, and they have some things they want to work on, but a work stoppage is very unlikely, and really it barely feels possible, which is a far cry from where it was even in 2002.

  113. Zack says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....discipline

    “According to research found on RiverAvenueBlues.com, the Yankees led the American League in pitches seen in 2009 with 25,049. That would explain, in part, why they led in walks (663) and runs (915).”

    RAB shoutout on FOX.

  114. Zack says:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....dson041210

    ““You see guys like Jermaine Dye(notes) without a job,” Minnesota Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson(notes) said Monday. “Guy with [27 home runs and 81 RBIs] and can’t get a job. Pretty much sums it up right there, no? You’ve got some guys who miss a year who can come back and get $5, $6 million, and a guy like Jermaine Dye can’t get a job. A guy like Gary Sheffield(notes), a first-ballot Hall of Famer, can’t get a job. …

    “We both know what it is. You’ll get it right. You’ll figure it out. I’m not gonna say it because then I’ll be in [trouble].””

    Yeah it has nothing to do with Dye being the worst defensive RF in the AL the last few years. It has nothing to do with everyone else out there taking pay cuts, but he wouldnt accept 3.3m.

    • Rose says:

      Oh boy, they’re bringing out the irrational “race” card again I see?

      Thankfully for guys like Hudson, he makes good money playing baseball…because with these Jesse Ventura conspiracy theories and poor outlok on society – I don’t think he could make it that far anywhere else.

  115. theyankeewarrior says:

    Anyone want to take a gander at what the Yankees would have to shell out to get Willingham from the Nats?

    How about Nady from the Cubs?

    Or lastly, Uggla from the Fins?

    • Rose says:

      Probably way too early right now. No team thinks they’re out of the race only 6-7 games in. That being said, only a really inticing offer would probably pull anybody away at the moment.

    • Probably too much for each of them. And, where would Uggla play? He’s played nothing but 2B in his career and there is no indication that he could play LF, if that’s what you’re getting at. He’s obviously an offensive upgrade over Gardner in left, but he would likely be a poor defender and would give his value back that way, and this is w/o considering the cost. It’s likely more cost effective for the Yankees to continue playing Gardner every day (well, starting to?) than to trade a player for Uggla, pay his salary, and then likely watch him walk at the end of the year (is he able to? I’m not sure, actually).

  116. bexarama says:

    My dad woke me up to tell me “a Yankee with a Southern accent, sad eyes, and a bunch of Ts in his name was on the news this morning” His lack of sports knowledge is entertaining.

    • bexarama says:

      called me*

      I don’t know why I said woke me up, I was already awake

    • Rick in Boston says:

      I think it’s time you forced your parents to read RAB.

      • bexarama says:

        My dad doesn’t care much about sports but he should know who Andy is :(

        • Templeton "Brendog" Peck says:

          are you sure you want him to? wouldnt he then catch on to your fetish for older men from louisiana who throw left handed and have butt chins?

          • bexarama says:

            >:(

            to be fair, I’m not entirely sure if my dad would recognize Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez.

  117. Crunchy Frog says:

    Anyone out there know if there is an online feed to watch the ring ceremony?

  118. Zack says:

    I dont know if Salty checks here, but what’s the reaction out there with the Marshall trade? No one was giving up a 1st, but 2 2nds is a pretty good deal IMO.

    • Rose says:

      I think the fins had to make a move. They haven’t had a #1 WR in quite some time. Although, I think Holmes would have been cheaper.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      All of the Broncos blogs I read think the trade is very good for the Broncos because no one really expected 2 2nd rounders. While everyone admits that losing a player with that talent kinda sucks, it’s a good value deal and gets rid of a headache (though the sites I read showed no ill feelings toward B-Marsh).

      I haven’t had a chance to gauge the feelings of normal fans here but it seems to me they also like the trade, though one person has already said it sucks because B-Marsh is good and since the immediate results of the 09 draft, the first under the McDaniels regime, were bad, that person doesn’t trust the Broncos to take advantage of the picks. Also, I’ve seen a few people with mixed feelings because while the trade brings good value, the Broncos now have one more major need in addition to several others.

      • Zack says:

        Yeah I thought it was good value for him, they obviously werent going to pay him, and one more screw up and he’s suspended for a full season.

        But then again, Eddie Royal is now #1 on the depth chart (right?).

  119. bexarama says:

    http://www.baseball-reference......hives/5426

    the last two paragraphs are hilarious

  120. Accent Shallow says:

    I’m a little annoyed — today is Jackie Robinson Day (yay!), but it seems that everyone is again being encouraged to wear 42 (boo!)

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to let 1 player per team wear it? Everyone running around with the same number makes me feel like I’m watching some comedy show.

    • Drew says:

      If one person wore it no casual fan would even recognize. That would kind of defeat the purpose, imo. This way, even Joe Schmoe wonders why everyone is wearing 42. He gets educated, then the legend of JR grows a bit more. I think it’s a beautiful thing.

  121. rbizzler says:

    Kind of new developments on The Jesus front (via KLAW chat):

    Mike (NJ)

    Keith, has you seen or heard any scouting reports on Jesus Montero’s defense in AAA? He hasn’t throw anyone out yet but the Scranton pitching staff hasn’t imploded or anything. Is the “he’ll never catch in the big leagues” thing losing a little steam?

    Klaw
    (12:16 PM)

    I’ve heard he’s as bad as ever back there, but has lost some weight and maybe he could handle left field.

    • And I’ve heard he’s getting better. Who knows what to believe.

      • rbizzler says:

        Agreed. I do enjoy the notion that he could possibly handle LF. It kind flips the bad body meme on its head. Once again, it seems early to judge as he is still adjusting to AAA competition and we already knew that his D was going to be a work in progress (or a study in patience).

  122. Jonathan says:

    Jay-Z and a business partner are suing slugger David Ortiz, claiming the Boston Red Sox star named his Dominican nightclub after the mogul’s chain of 40/40 clubs.

    The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court, accuses Ortiz of naming his Santo Domingo club Forty-Forty in the hopes of trading in on the rap star’s fame.

    The suit seeks over $5 million in damages and for Ortiz to forfeit any use of the 40/40 name.

    Jay-Z’s string of bars can be found in Manhattan, Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

    “David Ortiz is fully aware of Plaintiff’s Manhattan 40/40 club, since he had been a patron there on several occasions before he opened his Infringing Forty/Forty club,” the lawsuit states.

    The clubs are named after the feat of hitting 40 homers and stealing 40 bases in one season.

    A message seeking comment was left Thursday night with SFX Baseball, the agency that represents Ortiz.

    • I know the on-topic rule doesn’t apply here, but the copy and paste rule still does. As per the commenting guideliens, if you’re going to copy and paste an article from another source, please make sure you include the link and proper attribution.

      • Jose says:

        I’m honestly a little confused by this. I know to link/attribute stories and never to just paste, but does it say that anywhere in the commenting guidelines? I don’t see it on there.

  123. I know I’m a little late to the party, but if CHoP goes on the DL the first player called up will be Christian Garcia, then he gets put on the 60-day DL then someone else will be called up.

  124. Zack says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....son-041610

    “The road from here to oblivion looks wide open, so here’s one possible remedy: cut the losses on Maine and replace him with Jenrry Mejia”

    Can’t I see just ONE SP have time to develop in this city?

    • bexarama says:

      How else to describe the Mets’ chances when Johan Santana, who starts on Saturday, is sandwiched between Oliver Perez (6.35 ERA) and John Maine (13.50)?

      IT’S BEEN TWO STARTS!!!! Not even, for Ollie. I mean, those two are terrible, but seriously!

      • Jose says:

        Criticism of Ollie is fairly justified at this point. He has had 15 starts since the beginning of 2009. Only 3 of them have been “quality starts”. He made $12 million dollars last year. He is set to make $12 million this year. Same amount next year.

        At some point the SSS turns into a representative sample. Ollie has had more suckitude then flashes of brilliance in his career.

        • bexarama says:

          I don’t disagree at all, but it’s silly to post ERAs after TWO STARTS. One, for Ollie. Ollie having a 6.35 ERA is like good for him!

          • Jose says:

            I see what you’re saying now. Yeah, Ollie’s posted ERA is from like 5 innings of works. That is pointless.

          • Zack says:

            ERA was unnecessary, just writing Oliver Perez made the point

            • bexarama says:

              heh. Of course he shut down the Cardinals last night and the Mets bullpen, which has been pretty good so far I think, blew it. Also, I’m very glad Ryan Franklin isn’t the Yankees’ closer.

  125. I just put Aspercreme on my arm. Does that qualify me for Social Security?

  126. brutie says:

    Just curious if anyone else from New Zealand hangs out on RAB?

  127. What are the best blogs to follow for fantasy news? I’m especially looking for stuff concerning deep leagues.

  128. AndrewYF says:

    I have a choice between sitting Julio Borbon and Hunter Pence for this coming week. Both are awfully cold. Which one do I sit? Or do I sit both of them and start Ryan Theriot?

  129. Since we all know Jeter and Mo are going to the Hall when they retire, what about Andy and Posada? I think that Andy’s going to the Hall because he had such a good peak from 1997-2003 (He averaged 200 IP, 1.384 WHIP, and 200 Ks). Since the Hall is a bunch of idiots, he is the winningest pitcher in his fifteen year career. Posada is borderline, I agree.

    • Posada isn’t anything close to borderline. In a just world, he would be a sure lock HOFer. Just ask Jonah Keri.

    • Zack says:

      He averaged 143K over those years, not quiet 200 K/season.

    • bexarama says:

      Posada should definitely be in IMO. Andy, no way unless he does something crazy for the next couple of years. Though apparently Bill James’ Hall Monitor or whatever it’s called has Andy as a HOFer and not Posada.

      And Petty couldn’t have averaged 200 Ks from 1997-2003, as he never even struck out 200 guys in one season.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I don’t think Andy is going in unless he’s going to stick around to get 300 wins.

      Posada needs to not get hurt this year, so he can get to 250 HR and 1000 RBI (gotta boost those counting stats)

  130. bexarama says:

    Tim Lincecum has more RBIs this year than ER o_O

  131. Salty Buggah says:

    Ubaldo Jimenez threw a no-no (though it was of the AJ Burnett variety with his 6 BBs). Anyone surprised? Dude has some of the best stuff I’ve seen.

    • bexarama says:

      Nope, Ubaldo is nasty. I believe I saw that his last pitch was 98 MPH… and it was his 128th pitch o_O

      He was also helped by a really awesome play by Dexter Fowler, IIRC. Still, he was completely ridiculous. He’s very fun to watch pitch.

  132. ultimate913 says:

    Any reason as to why Jeter is out of the lineup today?

  133. Baseball Tonight just threw up a graphic comparing Hank Aaron and Jason Heyward through twelve games. Really, ESPN?

  134. Neil B. says:

    random question about something i just noticed: what happened to the YES banner at the top of the site? not that i miss it, of course – i just didn’t notice when it disappeared.

  135. Evan says:

    Dan Boyle fail.

    • Neil B. says:

      meh. . .this sort of thing seems to happen to the sharks every postseason. another early round exit in the cards. sigh.

  136. Drew says:

    Holy shit. Watching the Rays Sox game. This ump just called 2 pitches strikes that were literally in the other batters box. These umpires are so full of shit it’s ridiculous.

  137. Steve H says:

    Sox are 0 for their last 31 with runners in scoring position.

  138. Drew says:

    Lackey is getting hammahd!

  139. bexarama says:

    Wow the Sox look so bad in this game/series. I know this won’t keep up but it’s fun to see right now.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      At some point today I bet that Punky Brewster will do a head first slide into 1st to try to fire up the Sawx.

  140. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Sox message boards are pretty priceless right now. The voices of reason are trying to throw out the Yankees bad start last year annd subsequent turnaround as a reason for not giving up the season today, and the masses are just having none of it.

    • bexarama says:

      they’re hysterical. I know Yankee boards would be the same way, and people at LoHud are probably panicking over something right now but the spoiled bandwagon fans are awesome.

  141. Steve H says:

    So is Lackey back to hating Fenway, and wanting to blow it up?

    • bexarama says:

      I saw him bitch at one of his fielders for making a bad play. Oh, Lackey. I know you’re a good pitcher and all but I’m really happy you didn’t sign with the Yankees.

  142. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    A 5 pitch inning for Neimann. Sox are mailing it in.

  143. bexarama says:

    You know things are bad for the Red Sox because on NESN they’re showing the pizza throwing incident.

  144. Dela G says:

    man no one is enjoying the red sox ass whoopin more than i am

  145. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    NESPN Power Rankings came out today. Yankees are #1. The blurb written about their ranking….

    On average, the Yankees’ 2009 gate receipts for a seven-game home series were greater than the Pirates’ gate receipts for the entire year. (Jason Rosenberg, It’s About The Money)

    Whatevs.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

      I love how the Yankees are always compared financially not to the Red Sox, or Angels, or Dodgers, our actual competition, but to small-market teams like the Pirates and Royals who can’t even compete with the mediocre teams in their divisions.

    • bexarama says:

      that has nothing to do with anything. Good job ESPN.

      Also, Power Rankings this early make my head hurt.

  146. bexarama says:

    They put in Varitek. That’s like conceding the game. Though I don’t know if I trust that Rays bullpen to get six outs without giving up six runs.

  147. JGS says:

    So what can we reasonably expect out of Ike Davis this year?

    .265 average, .340 OBP with about 15 home runs?

    • Zack says:

      That seems reasonable, and depends if he’s there full time batting against lefties (~.700 OPS against LHP last year I beleive)

  148. Steve H says:

    It’s official*, John Lackey cannot pitch in Boston.

    *not actually official

  149. Dirty Pena says:

    Jesus went yard!

  150. Tom Zig says:

    Middle of the 9th: Rays 8, Red Sox 2

    The Sox need six to tie and seven to win. Stranger things have happened. Like paying $102 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Or thinking people would buy into the whole “run prevention” idea. Or believing David Ortiz wasn’t finished.

    From Pete Abe

    Lulz

    • bexarama says:

      WOW

      The Nation is really jumping ship. PS this was the first four-game series the Red Sox have been swept in at Fenway since… you guessed it… the Boston Massacre 2006. And that was a five-game series.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      Love how he spends the entire offseason chastising anybody who suggested the Red Sox FO was making a mistake, and then immediately jumps off a bridge himself at the first sign of trouble. Oh Pete Abe, don’t you ever change.

      • JGS says:

        Seriously. Not to mention the shot at A-rod earlier on

        Good morning. It’s not often we can say that before first pitch. The Red Sox had a guy on a horse ride down the warming track before the game. Paul Revere, I would guess. Or was it A-Rod? Hmmm.

  151. Steve H says:

    A texter (or emailer) on WEEI just sent in, “Find me a free agent signing in Red Sox history worse than JD Drew”

    And the hosts didn’t disagree………..

  152. Fantasy question: When will Ike Davis be available to add on Yahoo!?

  153. Drew says:

    This guy just called Francesa with a way to fix the Mets staff. He proposed a straight up deal of Javy Vasquez for Francouer. Seriously.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      I’m almost afraid to ask: What was Francesa’s response?

    • Steve H says:

      I hate to have to ask, but what was Francesca’s take on the that “proposal”?

      • Drew says:

        He said the Yankees don’t need Francouer. What would we do with Swisher, etc..

        This idiotic proposal should get slammed but not by Francesa, earlier he was going on about how Francouer is a “gamer.”

    • bexarama says:

      didn’t someone call in earlier screaming “THE METS NEED JESUS!”

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

      The only problem with this trade from a Yankee perspective is that Arod would bitch about Frenchy knocking him from the cleanup spot. But he did move to third for Derek, so maybe it won’t be a problem.

  154. Dirty Pena says:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    Yikes.

    I guess Phoenix, Denver, and Chicago are also the best.

    • A.D. says:

      I love they use the Patriots, which don’t play in or really near the city of Boston, though I suppose they’d have used the Jets/Giants for NYC.

  155. Steve H says:

    Mike Cameron heading to the DL.

    I hope Ellsbury makes a couple of diving plays in CF(due to bad routes of course) while Cammy is out, just to fire up the masses even more.

    • Steve H says:

      Already said by a host on WEEI “This is great, now they can make Ellsbury the full-time CF, and when Cameron gets back they can platoon him in LF.”

  156. V says:

    Hey guys! Did you realize that Dalelama doesn’t like Nick Johnson? Nick Johnson doesn’t SWING ENOUGH. He’s AFRAID TO SWING THE BAT!

    HAHAHAHAHAHA.

  157. JGS says:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......t.html.php

    “semi-big name but not a huge name”

    I guess that kills the Tex rumor that was going around, he would be a huge name

    • Rose says:

      Why is this news to these guys anymore? Manny and Ortiz were HUGE names and they all collectively swept it under the rug…

    • Rose says:

      Some people on the Mets blogs are thinking it might be Reyes because of his ties with the doctor (like Arod). At this point has Reyes knocked himself down to “semi-big name” status? He’s kind of disappeared from relevancy the past couple years…but used to be huge.

    • Steve H says:

      Yeah, wasn’t that rumor started by a 10 year old kid?

      The Yankees are probably the least likely team, as they have the highest percentage of big names.

    • bexarama says:

      the last time there was something like this it was in 2005, it was “an outfielder on a playoff team” and “someone we would care about” and then it turned out to be Matt Lawton

    • JGS says:

      Here’s hoping it’s David Eckstein

  158. So I have a fantasy question: I’m being offered Jay Bruce for Berkman straight up. I already have Helton and Johnson (and possibly adding V Mart to the list if I pick up Santana and things go well with him). I think Berkman is still better with the stick but also is much more of an injury risk, and Bruce does have upside..

    Yay or nay on this trade?

    • I’m pretty down on Berkman this year. Outlook for his health is really bad, and he’s in a terrible lineup. He won’t get pitched to much, and he won’t get many RBI chances.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      Unless this is a keeper league, I say nay. At least let Berkman play a few weeks and hope he builds his value up. He started the year more valuable than Bruce and Bruce hasn’t done anything to raise his.

      • True, but I feel Bruce is a legit 30 HR hitter once he gets rolling, good point though about how I’d be selling low right now but I’m not super confident Berkman will build his value back up.

    • Rick in Boston says:

      Keeper league I’d say maybe. I’m just not sold on Bruce – the power’s good, but there’s just not a whole lot else there of fantasy value. He won’t hit for that high of an average, and I’m not sure he’s got the speed or the RBI chances to make up for it. From a fantasy standpoint I’ll disagree with Ben and say that Berkman is the better option, provided he actually will play.

      • In general, Berkman’s a better option, but I don’t think he’s going to play. That’s my number one qualm right there.

        • Rick in Boston says:

          I’ll agree with you there. It’s amazing how far that team has fallen in the last few years. Bad free agent signings, worse drafts, players stagnating at the major league level. If Berkman comes back and can play this year, I wonder if they’ll try and flip him and Oswalt for some sort of hope.

        • Dirty Pena says:

          Right well I say let Berkman come back for a couple of weeks and then trade him. No point in selling low, though I guess you’d be buying low here too.

          • Yeah that was my first inclination for sure, I’m just a little worried that I will kick myself for not making this trade if Berkman’s knee is as bad as it sounds.

        • Rick in Boston says:

          Guess who was at bat tonight when I flipped on the Astros game? Berkman, grounding out to drive in a run.

  159. Rose says:

    This is how bad my 2B/3B combo is with Kinsler on the DL.

    I currently have Alberto Callaspo and Gordon Beckham at 2B and 3B respectively (doesn’t matter as they can both play either though). Ty Wigginton is mashing the ball on the free agent market though but he’s basically a platoon/utility guy. Just keep the sad combo of Callaspo and Beckham for now? Callaspo is nothing special but doing better than Beckham who is miserable right now.

    It’s a sad situation anyway you look at it…

  160. JGS says:

    Breathe easier folks, PED guy isn’t a New Yorker

      • bexarama says:

        apparently it’s a pitcher. Not a NY player, pitcher, semi-big but not huge name… hrm. Let the irresponsible speculation continue?

        • Dirty Pena says:

          More irresponsible when you aren’t linking bex!

          • bexarama says:

            the link’s not working on my computer but this is from an article on Carroll’s Twitter:


            Re: Will Carroll: PED Suspension coming up.
            From Will Carroll:

            “I hate covering these but for over a month, I’ve been getting whispers that there was a PED suspension being appealed. The process can be an extensive one, involving hearings and testimony, as well as some negotiation. There’s no room to “plead down” on a positive test, so the attack is usually on Christiane Ayotte and her Montreal lab. Yesterday, I learned that a high-ranking baseball executive spoke off the record about the suspension being announced. He said it was a pitcher, but I couldn’t get any solid confirmation of that fact by the time I posted on Twitter. (And yes, I did feel some pressure to get this out, but I also realized that by doing so, I was pretty much guaranteeing that someone else would break the name first.) I feel very confident in my information on this, but still have no idea about the name or the substance (though it’s not an amphetamine.) It’s pretty amazing that in a world where the new iPhone is pictured on the net, that baseball could sneak through the entire multi-week process with no leaks. That speaks well of the process put in place by the OIC and the MLBPA. While I expect the announcement today, baseball moves at its own pace”

        • Steve H says:

          My guess is that it’s one of the 3,242 players who came to camp this year “in the best shape of their career”.

          • Thomas says:

            I am still sticking with Gagne and assuming he isn’t a repeat offender just because he was named in the Mitchell report.

            • radnom says:

              I don’t think Gagne counts as a “semi-big name” at this point. Besides the fact that he has been washed up for several years, he is already guilty in the public’s eye – fair or not.

            • He retired earlier this week. No one would care if it’s him, and he can’t be suspended from retirement.

  161. bexarama says:

    All-Star balloting starts TODAY? Isn’t that kinda you know early?

    • vin says:

      That would explain why Alex Gonzalez, Jose Guillen and Scott Podsednik receive votes.

    • Tampa Yankee says:

      What, you mean voting Scott Podsednik as the starting LF in the AL b/c of his 457/528/478 line isn’t a good idea right now? Or Livan Hernandez as the starter in the NL b/c of his 0.00 ERA isn’t either? WTF!1!1!!eleventy! Why didn’t you tell me before?!

      Seriously though, why do they even start that this early? They could probably wait until June 1st IMO and be ok.

    • What should be done about ASG voting? I think the fans having 100% of the vote is just ridiculous(how about we all write in Ramiro Pena 25 times this year just for shits and giggles), but giving the writers a vote would likely yield the same results as fan voting, and player voting would be insane (see: Gold Glove). I guess the only thing that could be done would be to reduce fan voting to a portion, not the whole. Who knows? The best part of the ASG is the rest that the players not in it get. Meh.

      • JGS says:

        Or better yet, make the results of the game not matter for anything and letting the fans vote for everyone because after all, if it is a meaningless exhibition game, then whoever the fans want to see should participate.

      • bexarama says:

        I don’t mind fan voting that much but it’s just soooo early to start voting for something that takes place what, mid-July?

        I’m torn between wanting to see all Yankees just so all non-Yankee fans cry about it, and having no Yankees go so they can rest for a few days. At any rate, I’ll be leading the charge to have Pettitte start the ASG. ;)

        • bexarama says:

          but overall – yeah, nothing at the ASG should count for anything. Except to laugh at the NLOL.

  162. bexarama says:

    PED caper solved. It’s Edinson Volquez, at least according to Heyman:
    http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/status/12531828104

    Of course, he’ll still be eligible for ROY.

  163. Cecala says:

    Lol at the ad with the fake Nick Swisher.

  164. bexarama says:

    Wow, per Pete Abe, Ellsbury is off to the DL as well.

    • JGS says:

      So now they are basing their approach on run prevention with Jeremy Hermida and Josh Reddick as regular outfielders and Bill Hall backing them up.

      Yikes

    • bexarama says:

      also LOL I just realized Ellsbury and Cameron are on the DL but not Drew

  165. Cecala says:

    “Former All-Star pitcher Edinson Volquez was suspended 50 games Tuesday following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, a punishment that will cost him money but won’t hurt the Cincinnati Reds’ rotation.

    The 26-year-old right-hander is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery and isn’t expected to rejoin the Reds until midseason at the earliest. He can serve the suspension from Major League Baseball while continuing his rehabilitation”

    That’s BS, he should serve the suspension AFTER he is back from his injury. It is not like the Reds have a shot at the playoffs anyway.

  166. Moshe Mandel says:

    Poster, that was EJ Fagan in the Yankees Annual. He used to write for us regularly, but now is busy with other stuff and contributes occasionally. He generally covers the minors and prospects.

  167. JGS says:

    Jeff Mathis broke his wrist–does that mean Mike Napoli is actually going to get to catch or will he be backing up some AAA guy?

  168. Lefty says:

    Lmao!!!! Did you gets check out Abreu’s “attempt” at Magglio’s bases clearing double last night??? I almost pee’d myself laughing, man I’m actually not missing him one bit, and to think I was sad to see him go…

    • bexarama says:

      It was hysterical. I loved Bob Lorenz with the snark about it when he was updating the viewers on the out-of-town scores. I mean, you can’t say he was afraid of the wall there, cuz he just kinda… bonked against it

  169. Fantasy question: Adam LaRoche for Drew Stubbs and Ian Kennedy. Who says no?

  170. bexarama says:

    Gammons was on NESN after last night’s Red Sox game and apparently said:
    “The last time a new member of the Red Sox hit a HR in his first game, it was Orlando Cabrera and they want on to win the World Series.”

    Oh Gammo. Never, ever, ever change.

    • JGS says:

      Cabrera was also you know, a starter. If McDonald plays 58 games this year (as Cabrera did after the break), I will be a very happy man.

    • poster says:

      Last year, the Washington Nationals had a player hit two grand slams in one game. Obviously this means that they mihgt as well punch their ticket to the WS, they’re in.

  171. Jose says:

    Vernon Wells has reached half of his HR total from last year in less than 1/10th of the number of plate appearances. He is already a 1.2 WAR. Yes, it is very early, but if he could maintain around a .350 wOBA for the rest of the year, he’ll have his best year since 2006 by far.

    Well done Matt Imbrogno, well done. Your 1.5-2.5 WAR prediction has almost come true in only 15 games.

    • Steve H says:

      And Ricky Romero is pitching well due to Wells’ reverse tRA of +7.2

      • bexarama says:

        Steve – if you see this, check the M&A e-mail

      • Jose says:

        Wells helps Ricky Romero rally teammates? My mind has been blown with this previously unknown aspect of tRA. You are a pioneer in the field. One day you will be recognized for your vast understanding of the **Mystique and Aura** associated with baseball statistics.

        **Building the brand**

  172. The first UZR updates came out today; Marcus Thames’ UZR/150 is -148. I love small samples.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Brett checking in with a -.3 Ribbie and Jete with a combined -82.03. The Yankees should be 3-10.
      Mike Lowell has a +106.3

      I see absolutely nothing wrong with anything I’ve typed.

    • bexarama says:

      I also noticed this:
      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....nse-in-war

      Specifically, the last sentence:
      On the down side, Jason Varitek probably sees the biggest decrease in value, with -2.2 wins being attributed to his catcher defense since 2003.
      http://www.sadtrombone.com/

      • Eh, I’m not too thrilled with that addition.

        • Jose says:

          Why? It incorporates at least one aspect that is important in catcher defense when there previously wasn’t any catcher defense posted. If anything this should make catcher value somewhat improved in accuracy. It isn’t perfect, but it is a step in the right direction. What about it doesn’t thrill you?

      • Tom Zig says:

        I thought Varitek was a pseudonym for Johnny Bench?

        ROFLCOPTER at Varitek’s defense

    • bexarama says:

      with the UZR updates that came out today, Jason Bay is listed as a plus defender in 2009. Theo has to go get him back now! He fits Run Prevention 2010!

      • JGS says:

        and at .235/.361/.314/.674, he fits their offensive model this year too

      • bexarama says:

        also, the 2005 Yankees’ defense is somehow EVEN WORSE than it was before, IIRC

        The 2007 Yankees went from a decent UZR (I think it was like -7 a few days ago) to a non-decent one (-25.3, boooo).

  173. Tom Zig says:

    Out of curiosity, is the Cubs front office stupid?

    Carlos Zambrano is being sent to the pen, but Carlos Silva is remaining in the rotation.

    Yes I know Zambrano hasn’t been an ace and Carlos Silva has been pitching well. But really we’re not even 1/10th of the way through the season.

    Yet Carlos Zambrano pitched 6 innings, struck out 9, and allowed only 2ER.

    I’m really only pissed off about this because Big-Z is on my fantasy team and now I can’t do anything with him.

  174. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Nancy Drew hits a grand slam….he is now accepted as a True Red Sox.

  175. Rey22 says:

    Is anyone even remotely surprised at Roy Halladay’s absolute domination of the NL?

  176. Rose says:

    Pretty fucking ridiculous and awesome for any baseball fan…

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....mlb,235668

    Take a look-see at the video…

  177. kunaldo says:

    Did you guys see the new No Maas post? It’s pretty good:

    http://nomaas.org/2010/04/gira.....-the-save/

    (it has analysis, no slick photoshop)

    • I mostly agree and was making a similar point via Twitter last night. However, there’s no real reason to use Rivera for a four-out save in early April. My bigger bone to pick was, as I wrote here yesterday, the decision to take Marte out after one batter and use Rivera in a low leverage situation. Because of that and his long outing last night, Rivera isn’t available until at least Friday and maybe Saturday.

      • kunaldo says:

        But was No Maas suggesting a 4-out save? Or merely for Rivera to come in and put out the fire just for the rest of the 8th? Obviously, that goes against the grain of conventional Save-Age thinking, so I guess suggesting Girardi go that route is pointless.

        I agree with the Tuesday gaffe wholeheartedly. Girardi has had a quick hook for some reason or another, lets hope he calms down and instills confidence in his mortal relievers.

  178. Steve H says:

    Kyle Lohse’s UZR/150 is 150.6. In LF. I think the night they played I made a joke that it was about 13.7. Guess my spreadsheet is a little off.

  179. bexarama says:

    Here are the Dodgers’ outfielders’ stats right now:
    Manny .421/.510/.684/1.194, 218 OPS+, .495 wOBA, 211 wRC+
    Kemp .333/.400/.750/1.150, 201 OPS+, .447 wOBA, 180 wRC+
    Ethier .400/.471/.689/1.159, 207 OPS+, .497 wOBA, 212 wRC+

    Obviously these stats are pretty much completely unsustainable (on the other hand, their team ERA of 5.37 and ERA+ of 81 will almost certainly improve) but damn.

  180. rbizzler says:

    Lifted this little note about AJax from ESPN. Looks like Austin is in line for a little stat correction if he doesn’t lower his K rate.

    “Jackson has struck out three times in back-to-back games. The rookie center fielder has been punched out in all 14 games this season and holds the dubious stat of leading the majors with 23 whiffs. Don’t be surprised when his batting average starts falling.”

    • I’ve been following him quite closely lately. His BABIP is .500 right now. He’s in for a massive course correction soon.

      • Steve H says:

        What would happen if AJax and his .500 BABIP faced Carlos Silva and his .178 BABIP against?

        Just for fun, Zambrano’s BABIP is .435

    • Zack says:

      I was going to mention that too. His K% is 37.7%, when that BABIP evens out he’ll have a stretch when he’ll hit ~.150 or something- then he’ll be an overrated ex-Yankee prospect.

  181. For those interested in the NFL Draft, TSJC has his mock draft up at M&A

    http://mystiqueandaura.com/201.....t-round-1/

  182. Mike HC says:

    I think this ESPN draft crew could be excellent. Looking forward to the commentary.

    I’m a big fan of Steve Young the commentator.

  183. Andy_C_23 says:

    What happened with the A-Rod/Dallas Braden exchange today? Does anybody the details? I missed the postgame interview.

  184. Should I start Johnny Cueto today? He is facing the Padres, after all.

  185. Boomer says:

    Who’s willing to be a good guy and give me their ESPN Insider account?

  186. Steve H says:

    TSJC’s Round 2 mock (made before Round 1) now up for those interested.

    http://mystiqueandaura.com/201.....t-round-2/

  187. Ross says:

    I’m in a yahoo points league where singles count for 1 point, doubles for 2 (and so on), runs, rbis and stolen bases are 2 points and walks are 1. I need a third basemen and my buddy needs a shortstop. What do you guys think of me trading Jason Bartlett (ss) and Franklin Gutierrez (of) for Ryan Ludwick (of) and Martin Prado (1b,2b,3b)?

  188. Steve H says:

    This 3 day NFL draft might be the worst thing ever. All day on the radio I had to hear a bunch of morons judging a draft……based on 1 round. Brutal.

  189. Steve H says:

    So, in hindsight, if the Rams knew Clausen would be there at #33, do they still take Bradford at #1?

    I doubt it, Suh+Clausen>>>>Bradford+33rd pick (unless they get a huuuuuge bounty in trade)

  190. Phranchise says:

    alright i think i wanna add justin smoak in my 14 team mixed fantasy league. theres two 1b spots, right now i have adam dunn and kendry morales, but i would make dunn an outfielder since he has eligibility there. ive gotta drop either damon, rios, callaspo, casey blake or jj hardy(i have tulo). itd make the most sense to drop an outfielder but then id probably be losing more talent. any thoughts?

  191. bexarama says:

    http://www.sporcle.com/games/F.....tars_2000s

    if you’re bored. I got 170/188 which is kind of sad. Including Esteban Loaiza o_O

  192. Help me pick an elective for this fall: Science Fiction, Shakespeare, or Creative Writing.

    • bexarama says:

      I said it in the open thread for tonight but Shakespeare.

      • Tom Zig says:

        I took a Shakespeare class my senior year of college. It was fantastic. Probably one of the most interesting classes I’ve taken. Depends on your professor though.

        • bexarama says:

          I took a couple because I didn’t have any real requirements left. They ruled. It helps that no matter how hard I try I will never not be a theater kid.

          Like you said, though, I had an awesome professor.

  193. Tom Zig says:

    I have been using the free version of AVG as an anti virus program for several years now with no problems. AVG recently requested that I update the program and it prompted me to restart my computer. When I did restart my computer, it would not reboot into windows. It would get stuck at the loading screen. I had to go into safe-mode and uninstall it and my computer has started working again. My friend who also uses AVG had a similar problem. Has anyone else heard of any problems with AVG?

  194. Matt Kemp and Jayson Werth for Hanley Ramirez and Billy Butler. Yes/no?

  195. bexarama says:

    Joe Pos weighs in on the A-Rod thing:
    http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlo.....ing-a-rod/

    It’s really good.

    • Poopy Pants says:

      Re: the list…
      Didn’t one of the A’s players try to bunt for a hit during Hughes’ no-hit bid?
      I wonder how the MSM would react if Hughes started screaming at the player? He’d be mocked relentlessly.

      • bexarama says:

        yep. I wanna say it was Rosales. After he tried to bunt, Hughes got him to two strikes then came up and in on him, then struck him out. It was really beautiful to see, honestly.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        Yeah.

        Singleton noted that he didn’t have a problem with it, since the game was 2-0 at that point, and it was the 6th/7th inning.

        I’d agree with him, it’s a close game, and it’s not quite the last of the ninth.

    • pete says:

      I don’t understand any of the A-Rod stuff. Or the Jeter stuff. To me, Jeter is a very good hitter, and a great hitter for a shortstop. Alex is one of the ten or so best players of all time. Thus, Alex>Jeter. I know I’m not in the majority, but for me there is quite literally nothing else at play there.

      • bexarama says:

        yeah, sane people think like that. Insane people are all like INTANGIBLES! CAPTAIN-NESS!!! FLIP PLAY!!! HE DOVE INTO THE STANDS AND WAS BLEEDING!!!!, while they think A-Rod is a total jerk and just doesn’t try as hard as Jeter, and therefore he cannot be as good a player as Derek.

        (I do not mean this as an insult to Jeter, who I love very much and who is a very, very good player. Like I think Posnanski himself said, all the intangibles talk ignores how good he is in a really tangible way. Fun fact you might not have known: the guy’s career BABIP is .360. Ichiro’s is “only” .357. :: mind explodes :: )

  196. Drew says:

    Did anyone see that Ajax has struck out in every single game? I believe he set the record for consecutive games with a K to start your career.
    29 K’s in 17 games, yikes.

  197. bexarama says:

    I’m watching Baseball Tonight and they just compared David Ortiz to Nick Johnson. BA-wise. FACEPALM.

    Also, they’re currently talking about how Albert Pujols is no longer the best hitter in baseball. It’s Ryan Braun. Because in the incredibly SSS of the 2010 season so far, he’s hitting really well with two strikes. FACEPALM.

  198. Zack says:

    “Rihanna is working her magic on Matt Kemp’s bat. Not his glove. Plus-minus (-7) and UZR (-6.2) both agree he’s the worst fielder in MLB.”

    “Replies saying same thing: sample size. I know. I understand. I agree. But therein lies the biggest issue with defensive metrics going big.”

    http://twitter.com/JeffPassan

    His biggest issue is the sample size issue. So does that mean he questions AVG when it has Tex batting around .115? How could Tex be a .115 hitter? AVG is obviously not reliable to what kind of hitter he is.

    Sample size can be used for every discussion. If I’m an A student and get a 50 on a test, does that mean I’m a F student? No it means I did bad on one test. I dont understand how people dont understand the theory of using correct sample sizes.