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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
And That HappenedRockies 5, Dodgers 4: If you encounter a team in the Dodgers' position, lean them forward slightly and stand behind him or her. Make a fist with one hand. Put your arms around the person and grasp your fist with your other hand in the midline just below the ribs. Make a quick, hard movement inward and upward in an attempt to assist the person in dislodging the object that is obstructing the airway. This maneuver should be repeated until the person is able to breathe or loses consciousness.
Marlins 2, Mets 1: Yesterday, in the wake of the Johan Santana news, I wrote "Rest now, Mets fans. There really is nothing else that can hurt you this year." Almost immediately thereafter readers wrote in with ways this nightmare of a season could get worse. Things like a Phillies-Yankees World Series or Jeff Francoeur getting a five year deal. With each passing day the latter seems like a possibility. As one of the only real major leaguers left on the roster (I use that term to describe tenure more than merit), Frenchy will stick out. Especially if he does things like hit a couple of doubles a night like he did here. And no, it doesn't matter that one of the doubles was a total misplay on the part of the defense. It still counts!
Pirates 6, Phillies 4: At this rate does Brad Lidge even make the postseason roster? Brought in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth, Lidge blows his ninth save of the year and sees his ERA go up to 7.33. He had some help from Jayson Werth, who came in late in the game, supposedly to provide defense, but who let a run score on an error.
Reds 8, Brewers 6: The Reds blow a five run lead in the ninth, but Joey Votto and Laynce Nix homer in the 13th to make it all better. The dingers came off of former Red Todd Coffey. The Reds hitters had the psychological advantage in that situation: they knew that Coffey sucks, whereas Coffey probably still labors under delusions that he does not. It's called clarity of thought, people. Therein lies the advantage.
Twins 7, Orioles 6: Delmon Young goes 4-5 and hits a walkoff single in the ninth.
Red Sox 6, White Sox 3: Chicago loses its third straight and falls to .500. Jacoby Ellsbury steals his 55th base, breaking the tie with Tommy Harper for the most steals in a single season in Red Sox history.
Tigers 5, Angels 3: Detroit takes advantage of the Chicago loss, extending their lead to four and a half games. John Lackey was beat up for the second straight outing. Miguel Cabrera (3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) is on pace for having one of the quietest .340 35 HR 100 RBI seasons in recent memory.
Cardinals 1, Astros 0: Wandy Rodriguez and Adam Wainwright throw bullets all night -- each only gave up three hits -- but a quick single from Brendan Ryan followed by a Pujols double in the first inning put Rodriguez in a "hole" he could never get out of. This game took 2:10, which is roughly the length of your average AL East inning.
Rays 7, Blue Jays 3: Carlos Pena continues his Dave Kingmanesque season, hitting his 36th and 7th home run, while still maintaining that .223 average. Wait, that's not fair. Pena leads the league in walks and he can play some defense, so Kingman's not a good comp. How about his Russell Branyan season?
Royals 6, Indians 2: Zack Greinke mows down the Indians with 15 strikeouts. With this outing, with Halladay's recent swoon, and with the guys with the high win totals posting considerably higher ERAs, Greinke probably just catapulted himself back into "favorite" status for the Cy Young award, didn't he?
Padres 2, Braves 1: Adam LaRoche knocked in pinch runner Reid Gorecki with two outs in the ninth (after Gorecki stole second) to stave off defeat, but then David Eckstein won it for the Pads with an RBI double in the 12th. The Braves' 1-2-3 hitters combined to go 0-16.
Rangers 10, Yankees 9: Let's hear it for all of that extra rest Joba Chamberlain got (4 IP, 9 H, 7 ER). Let's also hear it for a valiant, yet utterly unsuccessful ninth inning rally by the Yankees.
Nationals 15, Cubs 6: Huge nights for Josh Willingham (4-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and Elijah Dukes (2-3, 2B, HR 5 RBI) provide a not-so-friendly welcome back for Carlos Zambrano, who was making his first start since August 1st. Zambrano did hit a homer, though.
Mariners 4, Athletics 2: Ryan Langerhans, in as a defense replacement (AHEM, Jayson Werth) wins the game with a 10th inning homer. Even in the loss, Oakland Rookie Brett Anderson was sharp, giving up one run on six hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4: Travis Ishikawa's three-run shot in a tie game in the eighth inning proves to be the winner after the Giants had their hearts ripped out by the Rockies the night before. At this point, seeing someone come back from a killer loss to the Rockies like this might be the only ray of sunshine in Dodgerland.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:43am
Good point, bad analogy. There’s a pretty big argument to be made that the NL MVP right now would be Hanley Ramirez, even if that value is largely coming from an absurd .408 BABIP. I wouldn’t hesitate to say Utley would also be a fair choice.
Though I’m not sure either of those guys has as good of a chance of winning as Mauer does. Maybe Shyster can get into the blog-campaigning for one of these two?
Posted 08/26 at 12:56 PM
I don’t understand, even if you are in the camp that the MVP should come from a contender, how Joe Mauer gets eliminated from the discussion. The Twins, while only at .500, are only 4.5 games out of first. They are close enough that they made a trade to reduce their suckage at shortstop. Without Mauer, they are nowhere near a playoff spot.
I keep hearing people say, “well, the Twins could be a .500 team without Joe Mauer.” Um, no, they couldn’t!
Posted 08/26 at 01:28 PM
The Rabbit said...
Posted 08/26 at 01:43 PM
mike in brooklyn said...
Another factor in the probably-inevitable signing of Francoeur: the MEts are going to need someone to replace Delgado’s (expected) numbers from this season. They also are probably looking for that someone to be a corner OF. So, they sign Francoeur hoping he can provide that.
As for MVP—assuming there is anyone in the world who cares about my opinion—I think a player from a non-contending team gets it only if they are having one of those monster seasons that far outstrips anyone else. Otherwise, it goes to a contender. And if there are 2 guys from one team up for it, but only 1 from another, that 1 guy should get it (e.g. Straw and Mc Reynolds cancelling each other out for Gibson to get it in 88) (Notice how everything is about the Mets of the 80s for me? Sad, really)
and, Mr. Rabbit (or can I call you “The”?)—how is it even POSSIBLE to be a Mets AND Braves fan?
Posted 08/26 at 01:57 PM
Alex K said...
Wes, You’re right Hanley Ramirez and Chase Utley would both be fine MVP choices. I looked at the numbers and the thing that stuck out the most to me is that Pujols has a UZR of 0.0 this year, while Hanley is at 1.2, and Utley is at 6.0. So that would mean that Hanley and Utley have been worth about the same amount with the glove this year while Pujols has been worth a lot less.
I know OPS+ and WAR aren’t the best offensive indicators but those go like this
Pujols:188 (6.3 WAR)
I just went with the stock “Pujols is the NL MVP” argument. So on closer inspection it wasn’t a great analogy, I don’t know if it was bad either.
Posted 08/26 at 03:01 PM
The Rabbit said...
@mike in brooklyn
Posted 08/26 at 03:21 PM
Alex Poterack said...
For something completely different, in spite of blowing the lead last night, Todd Coffey actually doesn’t, or at least he hasn’t this year; an FIP of 3.31 and tRA of 3.93 aren’t too shabby. Granted, that’s completely out of line with his career norms, so we’ll see if he can keep it up.
Posted 08/26 at 03:45 PM
Alex Poterack said...
Todd Coffey doesn’t suck, that is.
Posted 08/26 at 03:46 PM
Mike in Brooklynn - Mauer is having on of those monster seasons that far outstrips everyone else. That’s why people are so incredulous that anyone can consider everybody else. If you JUST looked at hitting stats, Mauer would easily be the best player. Then you look at defense and Mauer is in another universe.
The Twins could be 12 - 100 and Mauer would still deserve it.
Posted 08/26 at 05:37 PM
mike in brooklyn said...
Rabbit—no way are you the only one who appreciates Ralph. I LOVE Ralph! (And the two of us share a b-day, which makes me like him even more)
Posted 08/26 at 07:33 PM
Kingman? Branyan? Gorman Thomas? I’d call it an Adam Dunn season, with specific reference to 2006; 40 HR, 112 walks, and a .234 batting average. Or Jay Buhner, 1997; 40, 119, and .243. Or Mark McGwire, 1990; 39, 110, .235. Or Harmon Killebrew, 1962; 48, 106, .243.
Posted 08/26 at 11:07 PM