Category Archives: 2017 Baseball

This is how you lose five of six with an ERA of 1.50

Joe Davis was wondering how the Cardinals could be losers of five of their last six games when the rotation had an ERA of 1.50.  Which made me wonder. This is how: May 16th – Lose to Boston 6  – 3. Lance Lynn starts, gives up only  two earned runs but four total runs. The …

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MLB surprises on May 8th

We are now six weeks into the season and some huge surprises continue to dominate the baseball landscape. You would have to be living under a baseball rock to not know that Ryan Zimmerman has emerged from his three-year cocoon to become the spring butterfly of 2017 major league baseball.  Zimmerman has a ton of …

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Ryan Zimmerman owns April

Last year Ryan Zimmerman looked like a 1st baseman who needed to find a bench. He was the weakest link on the Nationals but his manager continued to bat him 4th or 5th in the lineup. Does that sound familiar? Fast forward to May 1st, 2017, and you will find that Ryan Zimmerman just had …

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MLB Weekly Notes 4/23/17

The Rockies swept the Giants and are now 13 – 6 to top the NL West. Conversely, the Giants are 6 – 13 and sit at the bottom of the NL West. The Rockies didn’t just sweep the Giants they shut them down. The Giants were shut out on Sunday and scored only eight runs …

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Meanwhile

While Rich Hill tries to figure out how to pitch effectively with a constant blister, Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas, and Chase De Jong all pitched in the same game last night with solid to excellent results. Cotton started and got eighteen outs, something not that unusual for him. In four starts this year he has …

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MLB storylines – from Storen to Thames

Drew Storen threw an immaculate inning on 4/18. Until Tuesday I had never heard the term but it means the pitcher struck out the side on nine pitches.  My first thought was it can’t be that rare since Juan Nicasio did the same thing last year, but it turns out only 76 pitchers had turned …

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The Rockies, rocking adversity

The Rockies are now 10 – 5 and they have done it the hard way: Starting 1st baseman and big 2017 winter free agent acquisition Ian Desmond on the DL (should join them shortly) Starting LF David Dahl hit the DL in March. He had a great debut in 2016 and much was expected of him …

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Baseball Notes 4/10/17

I love early season stats. Matt Kemp leads MLB in slugging % and OPS at 1.125 / 1.654. Matt has four doubles and two home runs sixteen at-bats. Jason Castro of the Twins walked seven times last week and leads MLB in OB%. Castro walked only 45 times all of last year. Matt Reynolds leads …

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Tigers could really use an outfielder

Watching the Tiger/White Sox game I can’t help but feel the Dodgers have a plethora of outfielders better than what the Tigers are using in CF and LF.  JD Martinez is hurt but Tiger fans must be hurt knowing that they have to turn to Mikie Mahtook as their starting RF while JD is on …

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Blake 5th wheel Parker

The much traveled 31-year-old Blake Parker made the Angel opening day roster. If you watched any of the freeway series and were unfamiliar with Blake Parker (as I was) his strikeouts of every Dodger he faced might have left you wondering who this guy was. Joe Davis said he had struck out 17 straight hitters …

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