Some good news. The Lakers advanced to face Dallas. Those games are almost a must dvr because of the antics of Mark Cuban. The Padres didn't lose. They didn't score again, but the point is, they didn't lose.
Oh, and apparently baseball scribes everywhere have discovered the pitching genius of one .. .. Mike Adams.
here's some stuff ive been reading on my day off.
The Sludge Merchant strikes again.Mike Adams: Better Than Your Team's Closer: Since he gave up a three-run home run to Bengie Molina in 2008, he’s been one of the best pitchers of the game, with a 1.35 ERA over 133 innings. Over his last three seasons, he’s posted ERAs of 0.73 and 1.76, with a 0.75 ERA so far this season. Now, it’s worth noting that ERA is an imperfect metric, and he does play in Petco National Park, but those are still numbers to gawk at. His 0.73 ERA in 2009 is in some pretty heady and amusing company for a partial season. Video
you guys really should be reading RJ. Consider it homework.Nick Piecoro: Be wary when considering radar gun readings. Former Padres GM (now Diamondbacks GM) Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that the club would tinker with the pitch speeds from time to time. Every time Brad Penny pitched for the Dodgers in San Diego, the club would dial down the radar gun to frustrate him
Good write up on McCarthy's new lease on an MLB career. (i.e. life)R.J. White: Ryan Theriot, STL (33 percent). Theriot hasn’t hit over .300 since 2008, but he’s posted a .311 average thus far leading off for the Cardinals. If he can keep his on-base percentage up he should score a massive amount of runs for the Cardinals while chipping in his fifth straight 20-steal campaign, making him a great three-category fantasy player at a discount price.
Bondsian? This thread is about to eclipse 200 posts.Kyle Boddy: In my opinion, McCarthy's new delivery is a huge upgrade on many levels. He's obviously getting much better results with it, but the new delivery promotes rotation significantly better by doing a superior job of finishing rotated to the target while his trunk is "stacked" more efficiently. He is "loading" his scapula in a better pattern, which may help to limit injury given his history of scapular stress fractures without any loss of velocity
Hey mweir. Jose Baustista couldn't hold Barry Bonds jock!!!!
Aaron Murray: Jose Bautista has been tearing it up at the plate this year, posting a ridiculous slash line of .356/.515/.767/.540 (BA/OBP/SLG/wOBA.) Yes it's early and yes we're dealing with a small sample size here but the simple fact is that pitchers must be soiling themselves whenever Bautista steps into the box. He's a scary hitter. Just how scary he is can perhaps best be judged by how he's being treated by opposing pitchers. And how are they treating him? Like the best pure hitter baseball has ever seen. Barry Bonds got pitched around a lot; after his fifth year in the league his K rate was higher than his BB rate exactly zero times. He was a scary hitter, pitchers knew it, and his career BB rate of 20.3%, second all time behind Ted Williams' 20.6% mark, is as good a testament to this as anything. Right now Bautista is walking at a 24.7% clip. Sure, there are factors of patience and protection involved but the simple fact is that pitchers do not want to pitch to this guy.
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Starting to love these Anniversaries. We should do a research contest with these. Here's todays. How many 3 HR games did Larry Walker have?!?!? The winner gets an autographed photo of Bigh0rt blowing chunks in a New York alleyway, sans pants. In HD!Ray Guilfoyle: Five Pitchers To Buy Now
Brian Sabean? Are you ****ing kidding me?Anniversaries:
* 1988 Orioles lose, falling to 0-21 on the year.
* 1989 Rickey Henderson sets record with his 36th leadoff home run. Bobby Bonds had “only” 35 of them.
* 1994 Mark McGwire fans with the bases load to end a game for the only time in his career. BOS 4, OAK 1
* 1999 Second time Larry Walker belts three home runs in one game. He gets eight RBI in 9-7 Colorado win over St. Louis.
* 2001 Geoff Jenkins hits three homers in one game, and collects six RBI in Brewers’ 8-4 win over the Expos
* 2004 Fourth time Steve Finley bangs out three homers in a game
* 2006 Barry Bonds gets his 1,356th extra base hit, tying Babe Ruth for third-most ever.
* 2006 Kevin Mench of the Texas Rangers homers in the seventh straight game.
Everybody ready for a SD Padres - LA Thugs weekend? I know i am.