Archive for April, 2011

Why adding a 2nd Wildcard Team isn’t the Worst Idea Ever

Friday, April 29th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Last week, Bud Selig strongly suggested that playoffs would be expanded to include wild-card round. The way the new system would work is pretty simple:
-          The two best teams in each league who didn’t win their division would be the wildcards and square off in a best-of-three series.
-          The best division winner would play the [...]

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Last start, CC Sabathia had the flu and still went 8 innings, giving up 3 (basically one mistake all game) on 7 hits with just 1 walk.
Here he is again, now contending against the mighty Konerko-Dunn combination.
He’s through 3 now, having scattered three hits but no runs.

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Since this is a baseball site, and we are in the midst of baseball season, a crazy idea occurred to me. Why don’t we publish who’s playing?
So, with that in mind, here are the match-ups for this weekend. As a bonus, I included a common player from each franchise. Not the best, or most notable, [...]

Monday, April 25th, 2011 by Chuck

By: Bob Owens
As you’re all aware by now, I’m sure, MLB took control of the day to day operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday. As part of his statement in making the announcement, Commissioner Bud Selig noted “deep concerns regarding the finances and operations and a responsibility to protect the best interest of [...]

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 by Chuck

Sorry for being late daughter decided to have supper at lineup time.
I’ll do the best I can to catch you all up, and I may be checking in from time to time on assorted minor league games.
Starting pitchers are Mike Pelfrey for the Mets and Joe Saunders for the Dbacks.
I’m watching the game on [...]

What if: 1977 Kansas City Royals v. 1995 Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 by Chuck

During a conversation thread the other day, a question was asked who would you take in a playoff series between the 1977 Kansas City Royals and the 1995 Cleveland Indians.
Well, thanks to the guys at  here and here , we can run a simulation and find out.
Before getting there, I thought it might be helpful [...]

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 by JohnBowen finally started working.
Roy Halladay is on the mound versus former Phillie Randy Wolf.
Yuniesky Betancourt and George Kottaras produced a run together. That’s weird.
1-0, top of the third. Brauny’s up.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 by JohnBowen

In one of his many infamous “JoeChats,” Joe Morgan remarked how the 2007 ALCS – where the Boston Red Sox came back to defeat the Cleveland Indians in 7 games – did not feature any really close wins.
This was interesting to those of us who had actually watched the series (or even followed it on [...]

Monday, April 18th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Yesterday, St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin blew his fourth save of this young season.
In doing so, he joined Matt Thornton of the White Sox who also has four blown saves in his team’s first 16 games.
Only one other pitcher in history has “accomplished” this feat. Can you name him?
A couple hints:
- He has a [...]

Sunday, April 17th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Rangers & Yankees are on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Figured most of you would be watching.
“Adrian Beltre hasn’t exactly gotten started so far this year.”
Is it a contract season? No? He just signed a deal? Well that makes sense then, doesn’t it.
I’m no Yankees fan, but I always feel myself rooting for them whenever Sabathia [...]

Thursday, April 14th, 2011 by JohnBowen

I doubt anyone else will be watching this game, but what the hell. I am.
Top of the fourth, 2-0, and Yuniesky Betancourt just grounded out. Of course.

Thursday, April 14th, 2011 by JohnBowen

I said I’d do this awhile ago, and just never got around to it.
Without any further ado, here’s what I think is going to happen in the National League West.
Arizona Diamondbacks

2010: 65-97, 17 GB 5th Place, Scored 4.40 R/G (8th in NL), Allowed 5.35 R/G (15th in NL)
Key Losses: Adam LaRoche (1B), Mark [...]

Thursday, April 14th, 2011 by JohnBowen

In honor of Eddie Joost’s passing, John Bowen has brought back an old list from vintage Dugout Central which includes the late great shortstop. Rest in Peace.

Monday, April 11th, 2011 by JohnBowen

I know we’ve got at least one Dbacks enthusiast out there and several Cardinals fans, so I figured I’d do another one of these things.
I think we all know who I’ll be rooting for.

Monday, April 11th, 2011 by JohnBowen

John looks at the best seasons in Chicago White Sox history.