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Monthly Archive: July 2009

Monday

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July 2009

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Organizational Breakdown – Pitchers

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On Friday we took a look at the hitters in the organization by position and sorted them by OPS to see who met the benchmark of .800. Today we take a look at the pitching staff, with a breakdown on righty and lefty starters and relievers. Unlike the hitters, there really isn’t a good benchmark evaluation tool for both starters and relievers. Wins and losses are completely useless indications of a pitchers effectiveness, so I decided to use two different stats when looking at the starters versus the relievers. For the starting pitchers, I sorted by ERA, with the benchmark […]

Sunday

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July 2009

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So This Is What 1st Place Feels Like

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They Put Them On The Schedule – Before you jump all over me for being excited about two sweeps in the last week or so over “bad” teams, its important to remember that everyone has the chance to play the Nationals and the Reds. If anything, teams like the Braves, Marlins and Phillies all get to play the Nationals more than we do. No one is harping on them for playing bad teams. If they put these guys on the schedule, it counts just as much to beat them as it does someone else. If you’re going to be a […]

Saturday

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July 2009

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Cubs win, Cards lose

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Okay, now we’ve got a horse race! The Cubs pulled within a half game of division-leading St. Louis with another win over Dusty Baker’s Reds. Although today’s game was blacked out in the Nashville area I was able to listen to the game while I worked. Some of the takeaways I had were as follows: Milton Bradley, Soriano and Ramirez are starting to do what the Cubs need them to do – each had homeruns today and Soriano is hitting .438 since the All Star break.  Lee has been hitting well also but was pulled out again today due to […]

Saturday

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July 2009

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Satchel

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“Satchel – The Life and Times of an American Legend” by Larry Tye is a new book, published in 2009. I found it on a list of New York Times Bestsellers and decided to take a look. According to the inside back jacket cover the author, Larry Tye, was a prize-winning journalist at ”The Boston Globe” and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is an avid baseball fan, and he runs a training program for medical journalists. I must say that before I read this book, although I had heard the name Satchel Paige, I really didn’t know anything […]

Friday

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July 2009

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