Sorry for the 2-week+ hiatus there, I’ve been busy working and Helping Vince and such. With Matt Garza throwing the fifth no-hitter of 2010 this week and the first in Rays history, there’s been some talk about the two remaining franchises without no-hitters- the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres. Each has their own curse or “legitimate reason” if you will that explains why they have not thrown a no-hitter while many other teams have thrown several.
The breaking news of the day is of course the first big trade of the season. The Seattle Mariners send Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe, and a chunk of cash to the Texas Rangers for Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Matthew Lawson, and Josh Lueke. The Rangers camp has to love this trade since Smoak has been disappointing so far, and they have the playoffs in their sights for the first time in over a decade. And the gravy is that Lee will most likely become a Type A free agent at the end of this season, meaning that if he is offered arbitration and he declines, the Rangers will obtain two top draft picks from whoever eventually signs him.
As the Red Sox take the field against the Orioles tonight, they do so with their 69th unique lineup in their 80th game of the season. Without further ado, I bring you the July 2nd, 2010 edition of the All Currently-On-The-DL Boston Red Sox. As a side note, I will explain what WAR means after the roster. Also, I will dip into the minor leagues when necessary to fill the gaps (there aren’t many).
L since 7/1/10
Dear Theo Epstein,
son is one who is close to Major League ready. Entering 2009 he was rated as the 17th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America before turning in a stinker of a year for AA Portland. He has shown some signs of improvement this year, but if he ever returns to his .934 OPS of 2008, then this is a steal for you, Kansas City.
I’m back from England, where I had a great time watching Aerosmith headline the Download Festival and walking around London for a few days. A lot has happened since I’ve been gone in the sports world, but hey I guess you could say that about any week.
“This team seems to be stuck in neutral, and our competitors are on the accelerator. We were looking for a change to hopefully get us on the accelerator. That’s a big part of what we did today.”
Did everyone see Stephen Strasburg‘s debut on Tuesday? If you didn’t you missed a truly historic performance. Strasburg managed to exceed the seemingly un-exceedable hype while tallying 7 innings, 4 hits, 14 breathtaking K’s, and his first big league win. His fastball had more movement than any I’ve ever seen and his curveball had me shouting at my tv in amazement. His only mistake was a changeup that Delwyn Young took out of the park for a 2-run homer, but Strasburg kept his composure and finished by striking out the last SEVEN batters that he faced. I can honestly say that I’ll remember this game for the rest of my life, even if it ends up being the best one of his career ($5 says it won’t be).
In my last post, I looked at a quote from Carlos Silva, in which he attributed some of his success to the abnormally high run support he had been receiving. I thought that was pretty cool, so I’ve decided to do this more often. I’ll take a quote from a player, reporter, coach, or whoever and try to prove them right or wrong using statistics. I hereby dub this group of posts “That’s What He Said” (sorry ladies, I promise there will be a “That’s What She Said” when Eri Yoshida makes it).
“David’s fine. He’s one of our teammates. It could have been me who hit into a double play. It happens to everybody. He’s had 60 at-bats. A couple of years ago I had 60 at-bats and I was hitting .170 and everybody was ready to kill me too. What happened? Laser show.”
This will be kind of a miscellaneous entry since I don’t have a lot of time to do a bunch of research on one topic. I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I’ve been busy with my first full week of work and I’ve also started a project related to this blog that hopefully I’ll be able to reveal before too long. Without further ado…
The Red Sox Know How to Beat Roy Halladay
The Sox beat Halladay again today, and prove to be the toughest team against him. Here are his career splits by opponent sorted by most losses (today’s is not included).
|Boston Red Sox||14||14||.500||4.28||41||6||1||269.1||280||128||29||64||200||1.277|
|Tampa Bay Rays||12||11||.522||3.67||34||4||0||225.2||236||92||19||47||170||1.254|
|New York Yankees||18||6||.750||2.84||37||7||3||247.1||221||78||23||54||190||1.112|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||8||5||.615||4.32||16||4||0||108.1||118||52||8||19||83||1.265|
|Chicago White Sox||5||4||.556||3.28||15||2||0||90.2||87||33||7||26||72||1.246|
|Kansas City Royals||9||3||.750||2.65||14||4||1||102.0||87||30||10||21||61||1.059|
|San Francisco Giants||0||2||.000||7.23||3||0||0||18.2||25||15||2||5||14||1.607|
|New York Mets||3||2||.600||4.05||5||1||1||33.1||37||15||4||8||21||1.350|
|St. Louis Cardinals||2||0||1.000||1.13||2||1||0||16.0||12||2||1||3||14||0.938|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||3||0||1.000||1.50||3||1||0||24.0||15||4||1||6||13||0.875|
MLB Network has just informed me that Chris Coghlan tonight became the first left-handed hitter to homer for the Marlins this season. In the team’s 36th game? Ouch. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year has gotten off to a sluggish start, hitting just .216/.272/.224 in 31 games.
Aside from Coghlan, this stat is surprisingly unsurprising, as the Marlins don’t really have any other quality lefty bats. The others (excluding pitchers) to have at bats this season are John Baker, Mike Lamb, and Bryan Petersen. Petersen is just 1/9 this year, his rookie season. Baker and Lamb both average just 12 home runs per 162 games over their careers, and they have a combined 107 plate appearances this season. Their average of 560 plate appearances per 162 games indicates they’ve played about 1/5 of their average season, and they’re due for 2.4 home runs by now. So maybe it is a little surprising, but not really given that Mike Lamb has been used nearly exclusively as a pinch hitter this year and I don’t think anyone took John Baker in their fantasy draft this year (If you did, I sincerely apologize).