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Evan Longoria San Francisco Giants
He's moved past David Murphy on my ROY ballot. Every time I look up, it seems like Longoria's on the highlight reel.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 28 '08
Wandy Rodriguez Houston Astros
That's nothing new, though, Alex: the stars have been migrating to the N.L. for years now. Whether it's because the top players are better or the bottom ones are worse, names like Pujols, Berkman, and Chipper are putting up better numbers than their A.L. counterparts Bradley, A-Rod, and Drew. But the best teams in the A.L. are just that: teams that are built to win games, particularly in the postseason. The N.L. teams all seem to be built around 2-3 good or great players, 2-3 league average guys, and filler. The Red Sox are hardly a Rotisserie player's dream, but as a blueprint for a major league team, they're the prototype.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 27 '08
Only a magic Wandy kept the NL from being swept yesterday. It's now a foregone conclusion: wins denominator for the NL in next year's software will be smaller than for the AL (meaning wins were scarcer). A disgrace. Especially since most of the significant offseason migration between leagues saw stars moving to the NL (Santana, Haren, Tejada).
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 27 '08
Kevin Millwood Seattle Mariners
Eep.

I hope you all avoided him.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 27 '08
Ben Zobrist Chicago Cubs
Brignac's the guy Bartlett should be worried about. Only a 773 OPS at AAA, but he could probably do better than what Barlett's doing. And, if the Rays are contending, they're going to want to do as well as they can at every position on the diamond.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 27 '08
Second bomb today. Bartlett may be sorry he took paternity leave.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 27 '08
Eric Hinske Arizona Diamondbacks
12/41/7/.261 in 203 AB's through today's action.

He has been a nice end game play.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Jun 27 '08
Justin Duchscherer Baltimore Orioles
Well, he obviously has made a nice transition to the starter's role. He went for $10 in my league.

My max was $8. $10 looks good right now.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Jun 27 '08
Ryan Tucker Florida Marlins
13,165 in Dolphin Stadium last night to watch the Marlins get pounded by the Rays. NL managed to break even against the AL despite also getting thumped in Fenway, PNC and Petco.

NL can't even find decent names for its ballparks.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 26 '08
Max Ramirez Cincinnati Reds
Has started two of last three games, one at 1st, other at catcher. Two-run HR tonight. With Bradley, Hamilton and Blalock hurting, at bats may be there for a while.
David Molyneaux NeauxBrainr
Jun 26 '08
Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds
Excerpts from the AP account of last night's game in Toronto:

Scott Rolen hit one of his team's three home runs, A.J. Burnett pitched eight strong innings and the Blue Jays routed the Cincinnati Reds 14-1 on Tuesday night...

Arroyo became the sixth starting pitcher in major league history to give up at least 10 earned runs while getting no more than three outs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I probably could have told them what was coming and fared better," Arroyo said...

"It seemed no matter what he threw, he couldn't get them out," Baker said. "There were just a lot of balls in the center of the plate and it's hard to get guys out in the center of the plate."

"The game was 2 hours old and we'd been on defense for an hour and 45 minutes," Baker said. "That's tough, man."

AL 10, NL 4 yesterday.


Alex Patton Alex
Jun 25 '08
Brandon Lyon Los Angeles Angels
Five pitches, five strikes, three outs for the save yesterday. Against the Red Sox.

And still the NL went down to defeat in 75% of the interleague games.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 24 '08
Ben Sheets Atlanta Braves
9-1 now before the All-Star break.
Still hope he doesn't "break" down.
Could be a breakthrough year. ???
Paul  Nordstrom ErnieBanks
Jun 24 '08
Erik Bedard Tampa Bay Rays
One of the quietest stories of the year has been Seattle's meltdown. And one of the quietest stories within that story has been about how disappointing Erik Bedard has been. And, as disappointing as his numbers has been, his taciturn attitude toward the press and fans in Seattle may have actually trumped it.

My favorite quote of the year thus far has been from Bill Bavasi (via the Baltimore Sun), on his way out the door in Seattle, when asked about why Bedard couldn't get past 100 pitches in six of his first 12 starts:

"You got to ask him," Bavasi said. "Good luck. And he's going to have some stupid answer, some dumbass answer."


The Sun amended Bavasi's language. He didn't say "dumbass".
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 24 '08
Max Ramirez Cincinnati Reds
Except he landed in the majors. I remember when Max was the best the Indians could do for Wickman from Atlanta. With the Braves, the Indians, and now with Texas, we hear he can't catch. But he can hit. Now he sits in Texas backing up what he can't do. But you know he's going to get a chance to hit.
David Molyneaux NeauxBrainr
Jun 22 '08
Melvin Mora Arizona Diamondbacks
Gary Thorne was urging the fandom tonight to give ASG votes to the Orioles who "having outstanding years." Pictured and promoted: Roberts, Markakis, Mora. Now I don't care who makes this exhibition game, but I'd like to keep that crapola out of the telecast. No, kids, a .241/.302/.414 line isn't worthy of praise.
scott pianowski ballfour
Jun 22 '08
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/06/the-strange-case-of-cj-wilson.html

There's a lot of debate in Ranger-land about Wilson right now. The front office is firmly committed to Wilson as the closer and wants him to work through his issues in the role. Ron Washington, who has to manage the games and chew the Maalox, wants to make a switch. The conventional wisdom, in the link above in Evan Grant's blog, is that it's an organizational decision based on whether or not the Rangers want to commit to this year or not. If they're going to play for this year, Guardado should close for the next 2-3 weeks while Wilson gets his act together. If not, then Texas should stick with Wilson.

I think this makes Wilson an intriguing albeit it risky buy low candidate. He could flame out, but his frustrated owners might very well give him up for 50 cents on the dollar while this debate rages on, particularly since the non-local Internet scribes seem to be implying that Wilson has already lost the job. He hasn't. Always dig a little deeper, and don't take what the Roto-sites take at face value.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 21 '08
Richie Sexson Tampa Bay Rays
I hear you, Toshiro. It's not like they have better options. I never understand why guys get waived when plan B is non-existent. Was I the only guy laughing when Toronto started Joe Inglett at DH last month? I get the whole "clubhouse cancer" thing, but how many millions is that worth? Guys like Thomas and Sexson cost a lot of money and, while not what they were, aren't completely useless, like, say, Joe Inglett.

Mike Landau ML-
Jun 20 '08
Scott Rolen Cincinnati Reds
I just want to point out for the record that the AL is vastly superior to the NL, whether or not in a fixed system the average players look similar. So far, in interleague play, the AL is averaging 1.5 wins to every 1 for the NL. Context has to be a factor when considering players changing leagues, especially pitchers who seem to suffer far more from the changes to the superior league.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 20 '08
Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
At the conclusion of yesterday's game in which his grand slam finished off the Cubs, Crawford gave a veteran's quote: "We've been playing good. After winning three games like this, it's going to be hard to argue that we're not one of the good teams in the league."

Rays' bullpen ERA in the series: 0.79. Cubs': 12.15.

It was the third time this year the Rays had swept the team with the best record record in the majors going in.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 20 '08

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