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On the Depth of the Cardinals

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Bernie Mikslaz makes good points, as usual, by asking the question this way: How is it possible the Cardinals aren’t being buried by the other NL Central contenders, the Brewers and the Reds?

He offers this very smart analysis about Chris Carpenter (in addition to noting that W-L record is a terrible way to evaluate pitchers):

When you’re striking out hitters at a healthy rate and not issuing a lot of free passes, and doing a reasonably good job of keeping the ball in the ballpark, then your results will be greatly influenced by luck and defrense. And Carpenter hasn’t had much luck in 2011. The batting average on balls in play against him this season is .333. That’s the highest among Cardinals’ starters. Or to put it another way: only seven NL starting pitchers have endured worse luck — in the form of batting average on balls in play — than Carpenter this season.

 

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June 25, 2011 at 14:17

McCourt = Douchebag

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In case you missed it, the Yankees blog–boo, hiss, I know, but this post is totally awesome and totally worth your time–covers what complete and utter douchebags the McCourts have been as owners of the Dodgers. Bottom line, it is right, just, and past-time that Bud Selig separates McCourt from ownership of a Major League franchise. And to think that McCourt almost got control of the Red Sox back in 2002. (Thank God for John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucciano!)

Craig Calcaterra piles on today, and it’s worth your time, too.

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June 22, 2011 at 12:27

Posted in Bud Selig, Dodgers, McCourt

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More Realignment Criticism

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Yet another guy WAY smarter than I am, in this case White Herzog, hates realignment because of the constant interleague play.

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June 21, 2011 at 14:28

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Dodgers = The Suck

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Yankees blog covers it well and explains why the Dodgers need to be competently run.

I just don’t get why either LA franchise, either Chicago franchise, or either New York franchise can even be bad absent serious mismanagement. Those teams should always be good, along with the Red Sox. Those are the largest media markets, with huge fanbases and gigantic money to be earned from media. So it is ridiculous that any of those teams are ever not good.

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June 21, 2011 at 14:25

Twins Out of Last Place

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Holy Apocalypse is Upon Us!

The Twins are no longer in the AL Central Cellar. Heck, they only trail the top of the division by 8 games and they will be getting healthier (if only because they couldn’t possibly get less healthy going forward, could they? I mean, absent a major transportation disaster or a Target Field Tornado or something similarly gruesome).

(Royals fans: I’m so sorry you are now alone in last, but it IS for a good cause.)

Not only are the Twins not in last place, but their run differential is no longer far and away the worst in the Bigs; it is merely the third worst. Which goes to show you/us how truly terrible the Cubs and Astros are.

(As a lifelong Pirates fan I am so damn happy that, indeed, I was right last season when I said that no matter what the 2010 results were–and they STUNK–that the Pirates were better set up for the long term than the Astros and Cubs. Whew!)

The depressing part of the Twins weekend is that Drew Butera ended Sunday’s game with a game-winning hit, which will encourage Gardenhire to keep him around, even though Butera is sub-replacement level (his wOBA is below .210?!).

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June 19, 2011 at 16:12

Realignment Reconsidered

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Olberman explains why my take on realignment, going divisionless, and interleague play is WRONG in all its particulars. He makes valid points.

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June 19, 2011 at 14:36

Wrigley = Dump?

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Chicago Sun-Times correspondent Rick Morrissey calls Wrigley Field “a dump.” 

I wouldn’t go that far, but the concourse and pretty much every place not in the stands does smell like urine. Also, concession stands are completely out of sight of any action. I mean, it’s antiquated, and it smells like an alley behind a dive bar, but the field is gorgeous, and, despite those obstructed views, it’s decent.

So, maybe it would be more accurate to call it…a semi-dump.

But it’s beautiful on the inside. Oh boy, you what it means when a man says those words…..

I still thought it was awesome when I was there in 2010.

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June 16, 2011 at 20:39

Posted in Cubs, Wrigley Field