Johan's no hitter got me thinking about whether or not he has anything more than a slim shot at the HOF since he appears healthy. Johan has always been miscast as a fireballer because of his K rates. However he's always been successful because of his secondary stuff. Looking back at the last decade (bulk of the career) there is a pretty slim list of pitchers that appear HOF worthy. Certainly there has to be more than 1 or 2 starters elected to the hall that started there careers in the last 12 years.
notes - I left out guys like Strasburg and Kershaw because they haven't played a quarter of their careers yet. I've also left out a bunch of very good pitchers like Haren/Weaver/Greinke/Cain that just didn't strike me as elite guys no matter how much I like to draft them. I also left off RP'ers.
Alishan Railway, Taiwan by abacus07, on Flickr
One of my photos from last week. This isn't exactly fog but more like driving in a cloud between hard rainstorms. This was a popular tourist railway but it is probably closed permanently since derailings (with casualties) occur often (every 3-5 years).
I'll be honest. I have barely been paying attention to baseball for the last couple of weeks.
- I've noticed that the Twins are surging (4-6 in their last 10) and they are still tied for the worst record in the majors with the woeful Cubs and Padres.
- The MLB draft should be happening in a week or two and it really seems wide open with regards to the top picks. Buxton, Appel, Zimmer, Correa and Gausman lead the pack with Giolito as a big wild card (health reasons)
- A lot of big names were just put on the DL or in Pedroia's case are close.
- This year's cinderellas (Baltimore and LAD) have tumbled recently (2-8 and 3-7 in their last ten) but still remain at/near the top.
- All 10 teams are within 3 games of the division lead in the AL/NL East. That could create some exciting baseball later in the season.
I forgot (or never knew) how to make a table but this would better as a table (hint, hint).
Away Home Time Away Starter Home Starter
Boston Toronto 1:07 pm Doubront (5-2) Drabek (4-5)
Oakland Kansas City 2:10 pm McCarthy (3-3) Hochevar (3-5)
Miami Philadelphia 4:05 pm Nolasco (5-3) Hamels (8-1)
Atlanta Washington 4:05 pm Beachy (5-3) Strasburg (5-1)
Baltimore Tampa Bay 4:10 pm Matusz (4-5) Hellickson (4-1)
Seattle Chi. White Sox 4:10 pm Noesi (2-6) Floyd (4-5)
St. Louis N.Y. Mets 4:10 pm Lynn (8-1) Dickey (7-1)
L.A. Dodgers Colorado 4:10 pm Harang (3-3) Nicasio (2-2)
Pittsburgh Milwaukee 7:10 pm Bedard (3-5) Marcum (3-3)
Minnesota Cleveland 7:15 pm Walters (2-1) Tomlin (2-2)
Chi. Cubs San Francisco 7:15 pm Garza (2-3) Cain (5-2)
N.Y. Yankees Detroit 7:15 pm Kuroda (4-6) Porcello (3-4)
Cincinnati Houston 7:15 pm Latos (4-2) Rodriguez (4-4)
Arizona San Diego 7:15 pm Hudson (1-1) Volquez (2-5)
Texas L.A. Angels 10:05 pm Darvish (7-2) Wilson (6-4)