Posted on: June 20, 2008 2:29 pm

Throw a freakin' strike

This article from the onion made me laugh, probably because it sounds a lot like me. Except I would never draft Pedro Martinez.
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 18, 2008 3:02 pm

Dear Omar


Thanks for making me and Frank not look like such complete jackasses anymore for the Grady Little disgrace. Way to take one for the team.

By the way, where are we hanging out in september? I hear phoenix is nice and they treat unemployed people well. Let's talk soon.

Ned Louis Colletti Jr.

P.S. Last weekend was off tha hook, one love me breddha. 
Posted on: June 14, 2008 2:51 pm

Sowing rotten seeds

It's been too long since I've given dynamite fantasy advice, so let's get right to it.

I would like to shine a glaring, blinding ray of fantasy spotlight on someone who has about as much value as John Rocker at a march for tolerance.

Jeremy Sowers

Sowers, who just turned 25 in may, has electric stuff kind of like a wheelchair has at Talladega. He can't overpower you, he gives up plenty of hits, he can't top 92 on the gun (except for maybe at Busch, too bad he's in the AL), and his twin brother, Joshua Sowers, probably has more of a future at this point if only because he has not had the opportunity to fail at the major league level yet.

Some meaningless stats:

2008: 0-1 7.23 ERA 8:5 K/BB sparkling 1.77 WHIP and most important of all, 0 QS in 4 GS

And as if 2007 is any indication of what we can see going forward...

2007: 1-6 6.44 ERA 24:21 K/BB 1.56 WHIP in 67.1 INN

Fantasy Analysis:

Unless you have access to a DeLorean and play fantasy baseball 2006, where he pitched 22 scoreless INN including two SO's before hitters realized who he was... wait you actually own a DeLorean?

Fantasy Recommendation:

Must start in all AL-only leagues with no reserves or relievers, and the only pitchers you can start are in the starting rotation on the Cleveland Indians.
Posted on: May 26, 2008 9:56 pm


If you're like me and tried to buy on Francisco Liriano after his putrid start in hopes of having lightning strike out of your fingers later on this year, your hopes just got a little bit dimmer this Memorial day.

Tonight's line from the Rochester Red Wings (AAA Twins affiliate):

               IP      H       R      ER    BB     SO   HR           ERA
               6.2    6        6       6       1        4      1               4.61

After giving up two runs in 7 in his last start, and 3 in 8 before that, this isn't the roadblock we were expecting to see. It's been well documented the road to recovery from Tommy John surgery has lingering effects in some arms up to two (and sometimes over) years removed from the procedure, but I for one expected things to really start to take shape more resembling when I plucked him out of free agency that oh so glorious season ago.

Feels like it was almost yesterday.... but enough nostalgia.

One thing that worries me is that the K's are very much down. You can always attribute decreased velocity, adjustments in delivery due to his injury, but maybe something that hasn't been discussed yet is the mental side of it. If you were dominating hitters so foolishly, would you want any period of your career after that to be less than stellar? I guess you would have to ask Nolan Ryan or Roger Clemens how they felt after they knew they turned the apex.

I'm not about to compare Liriano to the greats, because it's far too soon to give up on a young arm. But one has to wonder...
Posted on: May 26, 2008 4:51 am

Rocket Launch Pt. II

This absolutely fantastic article just had to be linked from driveline mechanics.

Already a site you should be following, Kyle Boddy goes in depth on the goods from the youngest phenom to hit the bigs. Not to spoil it for Dodger fans, but you really need to read this.

After striking out twice vs. Kershaw, and four times total, Cardinals RF Ryan Ludwick had this to say about Public Enemy #1 (for non vin scully fans, this means his curve)....

"kind of like (former American League Cy Young Award winner Barry) Zito's. It's big."

What more of a complement do you need after being compared to Barry Zito?
Posted on: May 25, 2008 7:06 pm

The rocket has been launched

Not too shabby for a major league debut, not exactly Max Scherzer like but also take into consideration Max didn't start the game.

So far, the Clayton Kershaw experiment has to be considered a complete success. Tonight's final numbers:

6 IP 5H 1BB 7K 2ER 101PC

If it was not for a coughed up lead, it would of looked prettier but it could of also have been worse.

One thing you'll notice with Kershaw as he continues to work with Rick Honeycutt (as much as possible hopefully), is that he'll have to be proactive with his curve rather than reactive. When watching him get into counts it's obvious major league hitters have a lot easier time picking up the curve than at AA ball, thus you get an Albert Pujols situation with a run scoring double (should of been held to 3rd if not for Juan Pierre's terrible defense), but perhaps worse than that you get a lot of fouled off pitches, which means you get taken further into the count than need be and you have to be pulled out of the game sooner.

Not what you want when you're already on a 175-180IP max cap for the rest of the season. Maybe a minor tweak in the delivery could help hide the ball if not anything more than a nanosecond longer, thus making the ball harder to pick up, and forcing the hitter to adjust his timing. Just my thoughts anyway.

All in all, congratulations to Clayton on a successful first try, and props on the cute girlfriend, she's not Mike Piazza good but hey, it's a start.
Posted on: May 12, 2008 10:55 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2008 12:59 am

Crash and Burn

Attention baseball fans:

This is not a dream, this is just another wonderful case of deja vu.

Yet again they seem to build us up, just before they push us over the edge laughing.

You know who I'm talking about, let me count the ways....

  1. Winners of eight straight, only 3 at home.
  2. Then immediately embarrassed at home by John Maine, only to set a familiar trend of humilation by not just being beaten, being almost shutout completely by the likes of such aces as Chris Sampson and spot-starter Brian Moehler.
  3. Andruw Jones is in the news because of a spectacular gold-glove catch he made, a clutch hit in a pressure situation, and a game winning throw to gun down a runner at the plate. Wait, you're saying I'm wrong? Oh THAT'S right. He's in the news because he's crying like a baby. When asked why he seems to have a smirk only an OG could love, he responded "That's the way my face is". I'd like to put him alone in a room for 5 minutes with some choice fans and then see what his face looks like.
Have you guessed who I'm talking about yet? It seems like it takes so little time to turn around a ball club, and then in a blink of an eye it's deja vu all over again. The offense is anemic. The Starting Pitching had to blow up just to look for salvation to Hiroki Kuroda, only to have his win stolen away by the one factor that has been a constant - the bullpen. And did I mention we still can't hit?

I don't believe Rafael Furcal's absence is hurting the offense. I believe it's torturing it. I believe he flies around during BP and sprinkles pixie dust on all the players and on the field so that the gods can grant us runs. If that's not it, what is?
Posted on: May 9, 2008 1:41 pm

Living in my fantasy

Most sports blogs post fantasy info on hot prospects, potential breakouts, and other general steals of your league that you or I might want or already have on one's team.

That's stupid.

Why would you want to give out all that info to your opponents?

Therefore, I give you the first installment of the fantasy spotlight on:

Randor Bierd

A rule 5 draft pick via the Tigers, Bierd went 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA at AA Eerie in 07. He finished the year with a K/BB of 52:10 in 45.2 INN. So far in 08, before going on the DL, in 9 appearances he has logged 13.3 INN with a sparkling 0-1 record and a 1.35 WHIP.

Fantasy Analysis:

Has a cool manly name, said to have some mystical off-speed pitch capable of bringing vampires and dragons to their knees.

Fantasy Recommendation:

A Must reserve in all deep 18+ team leagues with multiple DL spots. Only own him if you can afford to stash away a MRP on a sub-par team that may or may not be a fixture in the majors.
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