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Old 04-14-2014, 10:42 AM   #76
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Campos has the ceiling of a No. 2 starter. His curveball is developing into a put away pitch. Changeup shows a lot of promise too. He can pinpoint his fastball and keep it down in the zone.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:14 AM   #77
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And the Rockies blow a 4-3 lead in the eighth by giving up 2 runs despite the Padres never getting a hit in the inning. Some things never seem to change.........
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And the Rockies blow a 4-3 lead in the eighth by giving up 2 runs despite the Padres never getting a hit in the inning. Some things never seem to change.........
The worst part about it is Rex Brothers is their money reliever and he's going through a rough spot now. He has exhibited subpar command since the last week of Cactus League action.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:04 PM   #79
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I was looking over some stats, and has there ever been a worse season for a regular, everyday player than Adam Dunn's season in 2011?
122 games, 415 at bats, a whopping 66 hits for an average of .159, walked 75 times and struck out 177 times. Only 11 homeruns, 42 RBI's. OBP under .300 and OPS well under .600. The kicker? A WAR of -3.1. I mean, I know you're paying the guy a ton of money. but at what point do you just say "Ugh...enough."
Like BJ Upton last year, or Andruw Jones with the Dodgers.
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Tanaka 2 hits (both bunts) and 10 k's in 8 shutout innings for the Yanks today. 28 strikeouts in 3 starts, looking like his stuff translated to MLB pretty well!
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Tanaka 2 hits (both bunts) and 10 k's in 8 shutout innings for the Yanks today. 28 strikeouts in 3 starts, looking like his stuff translated to MLB pretty well!
And the criticism of the $150 million investment was sour grapes too. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers, who had never handed out a $100 million contract in his career, was offering Tanaka nine figures.

Last year the Astros had the lowest payroll in baseball ($24 million on Opening Day). Jeff Luhnow, the Astros GM who as of last year signed more players than any acting or former scouting director in baseball, offered Tanaka a $100-plus million contract as well. The Yankees' peers knew Tanaka was a worthwhile investment too. It wasn't as if Brian Cashman was going out on a limb here.
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And the criticism of the $150 million investment was sour grapes too. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers, who had never handed out a $100 million contract in his career, was offering Tanaka nine figures.

Last year the Astros had the lowest payroll in baseball ($24 million on Opening Day). Jeff Luhnow, the Astros GM who as of last year signed more players than any acting or former scouting director in baseball, offered Tanaka a $100-plus million contract as well. The Yankees' peers knew Tanaka was a worthwhile investment too. It wasn't as if Brian Cashman was going out on a limb here.
The looks of things, so far so good. I thought he was going to perform well, and so far he has been outstanding.

Its just, the players that don't make the investment worthwhile, the Kaz Ishii's, Hideki Irabu's, those guys stick out more. I wonder if Dice K can be considered a sort of bust?
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Campos has the ceiling of a No. 2 starter. His curveball is developing into a put away pitch. Changeup shows a lot of promise too. He can pinpoint his fastball and keep it down in the zone.
They moved him to the pen. Didn't want to risk his arm again over the long term.

EditL Nvm. That was Jose Ramirez. Had them confused for a minute.

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The looks of things, so far so good. I thought he was going to perform well, and so far he has been outstanding.

Its just, the players that don't make the investment worthwhile, the Kaz Ishii's, Hideki Irabu's, those guys stick out more. I wonder if Dice K can be considered a sort of bust?
Ishii's game translated but he got hit in the head with a liner. It was still a good signing by the Dodgers.

First and second tier starting pitchers from Japan are a safe investment in my opinion. There have been more hits than misses. Hideo Nomo, Hisashi Iwakuma, Hirodi Kuroda, Yu Darvish are the glaring success stories that come to mind.

Even Daisuke Matsuzaka posted a 160 ERA+ and had a fourth-place finish in the Cy Young voting in 2008. Overall Daisuke was a flop but he did show he could pitch here when his health and mechanics were right. Pitchers are volatile by nature.

Position players from Japan are risky but the high caliber pitchers that compete for the Japanese Cy Young Award (Eiji Sawamura Award) are worth betting on. Pitching is what the Japanese do best and they have the second best league in the world.

Other than Irabu and Kei Igawa, I like the track record.
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After a shutout win with Tanaka on the mound this afternoon, the Yanks got another tonight with their other 25 year old starter on the mound. Michael Pineda now has an ERA of 1.00 after 3 starts.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:53 AM   #86
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Angels had a crazy ending to their game with a walkoff home run just off the glove of Craig Gentry. Third ninth inning comeback for the Angels in the last five games, but the first one where they finished the job.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/21/sp...ef=sports&_r=3


Very good article on why Yadi Molina is the best catcher in the game. There's a good reason the Cardinals have such success with young pitchers.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:19 PM   #88
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Sure was great trading Campos and Pineda for loser Montero. NOT.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:52 PM   #89
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MLB Stat of the Day ‏@MLBStatoftheDay

Albert Pujols is the first player in @MLB history hit homers No. 499 and 500 in the same game.
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:43 PM   #90
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The Tigers smoked the Royals 8-2 and are out to a respectable 15-9 record on the season.

Detroit's new manager, Brad Ausmus, has the Tigers playing a lot more aggressive, especially on the base paths, than they have in previous seasons.
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Man Rockies are putting up a strong start to the season, thanks to the tremendous Tulo and Blackmon.
The offense is just rolling like I expected it would.

Pitching is another story though. I'm actually surprised by Rex Brothers poor start. His lack of control is just killing him so far.

Bullpen has actually been decent enough so far, I just have no faith in the starters. Morales? lol.
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Re Rockies pitchers. Pretty surprising they are 6 games over .500 losing their #1&2 pitchers. Chacin has his first start today. Not sure he is really ready yet, but hoping for the best.
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Justin Morneau looks like a great signing for the Rockies.

If he can stay healthy, Morneau will put up some great numbers.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:53 AM   #94
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Justin Morneau looks like a great signing for the Rockies.

If he can stay healthy, Morneau will put up some great numbers.
going to Coors was probably the best he could do for reviving his career. He's obviously not MVP caliber anymore, but I agree if he stays healthy he can put up very solid numbers in that lineup.
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:03 AM   #95
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I'm anxious to see how Chacin does today. Hopefully we won't have to exhaust our bullpen because we have a 4 game series coming up with the Rangers. That will be a pretty tough test.
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Re Rockies pitchers. Pretty surprising they are 6 games over .500 losing their #1&2 pitchers. Chacin has his first start today. Not sure he is really ready yet, but hoping for the best.
I'm really pumped for Gray and Butler. I hope they progress enough this year, and probably will be up on the team next year, I figure one will be a midseson/late callup as I just do not see some of the current starting pitchers still having a spot in the rotation in a couple months. But it isn't like Gray and Butler are pitching that fantastic to start the year this year, great K-BB numbers, but have been getting hit around a little bit.

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Justin Morneau looks like a great signing for the Rockies.

If he can stay healthy, Morneau will put up some great numbers.
Of course a hitter will rejuvenate his career going to Coors. Plus it isn't like Morneau was terrible the past few years, he had his injuries but still played above average. You move a decent power guy into Coors, their numbers are going to go up. I liked the signing because I figured if Morneau can stay healthy, he was going to rake, not only playing in Coors, but batting behind CarGo and Tulo? Awesome.
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I'm also looking forward to Gray and Butler. But Dan Winkler is the pitcher in Tulsa who is having an exceptional year. Great to see some of the Rockies pitching prospects finally materializing.
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Man, when Tulo is hot and healthy, he is a legit top 5 player in baseball, at minimum.
I seriously want to see a full season from him healthy, heck I've always been under the impression he could boost similar to ARod hitting stats while playing plus defense at SS if he got it to fully click for him.
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Man, when Tulo is hot and healthy, he is a legit top 5 player in baseball, at minimum.
I seriously want to see a full season from him healthy, heck I've always been under the impression he could boost similar to ARod hitting stats while playing plus defense at SS if he got it to fully click for him.
Three for four night - now hitting .421.
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