July 28th, 2007
| W – S. Marshall (5-4) L - A. Harang (10-3) S – None
Homeruns: A. Soriano (17 & 18) D. Lee (10)
I’ve got some discussion questions for you tonight. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on these. Don’t be shy. Click the comment link and leave some love. Also, we’ve added an auto-updating standings widget in the sidebar. It updates at the close of every game. Thanks for the suggestion whoever it was. Ask and you shall receive.
1. What would it take for you to be confident in Rich Hill, Sean Marshall, and Jason Marquis for the stretch run?
Maybe you are already confident in what they can do. Personally, I’m happy with what we have in this rotation. At some point, you have to show some confidence in your farm (i.e. Marshall and Hill) and trust your free agent signing. One “highly respected” blog went clamoring for the Cubs to go out and get Jon Garland before the deadline, suggesting a price of Marshall and Cedeno. I don’t know if maybe Al just spouts this crap for sake of discussion, but Marshall is pitching better than Garland and is younger and cheaper. That seems like a downgrade there Al.
If you take a look at the numbers, I can’t see why anyone would make this deal, let alone suggest it. I’d like to hear everyone’s take on this rotation, but be prepared to defend your views.
2. Adam Dunn was a name rumored to be a trade target for teams this year. Would you platoon him?
When you look at the numbers for Dunn, he’s not been pretty against the lefties. Take a look at this:
AVG OBP SLG
VS. Righties .298 .407 .671
VS. Lefties .211 .295 .353
I know it’s Adam Dunn, but those are some bad numbers when he’s facing the lefties. What would you do?
***** Trade News *****
I was a little surprised to see Wigginton go to a non-contender before the deadline, but I guess it’s always a good thing. The Rays pick up a pretty good reliever who has struggled this year to help that pathetic bullpen of theirs.
STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA