Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MLB Ballplayers on Vine

A couple of weeks before getting traded from Oakland to Houston, Travis Blackley set off his first Vine.

Penguins Visit the Tampa Bay Rays

Penguins visited the Tampa Bay Rays' clubhouse today, reinforcing the fact that Joe Maddon is a progressive thinker. FWIW, I wouldn't leave Kyle Farnsworth alone with one of those things. Go Rays!

MLB Team-by-Team At-a-Glance

More than half of today's games are matinees, including a couple of 12:35 ET starts in Baltimore and Cincinnati. So, we don't have all afternoon to craft a comprehensive This Moment in Baseball post. Instead, let's run down both leagues with one note on each team.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

2013 Leadoff Hitter Power Rankings

The importance of batting order construction is a polarizing debate. I tend to lean towards evidence that batting order construction ultimately means very little. The one spot in the lineup that tends to be the most critical to scoring runs is the lead off hitter. Without commercial interruption, please enjoy our 2013 Leadoff Hitter Power Rankings:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quick Notes around Baseball

Starling Marte, of the Pirates, has 2 hits in 4 straight games.

Colby Rasmus has 4 this year, 3 of which are home runs. He'll probably hit 20+ HR's and hit .220 for the Blue Jays.

Make no mistake, Matt Harvey is a dominant pitcher. The Mets blew the doors off the Roy Halladay Farewell Tour with Harvey on the hill. Harvey's next start, against the lowly Minnesota Twins on Sunday at 2pm ET is appointment television. How bad are the Twins right now? As of Wednesday morning, Fangraphs has them ranked 27th out of 30th in Wins Above Replacement, and the only team with a Blutarsky esque 0.0 WAR. Even worse, Baseball-Reference has them ranked last, with a negative (-0.7) WAR. Speaking of the Twins offense, specifically, they are also ranked last with minus-7 Runs Above Replacement.

In his last five games, Jose Reyes has reached base safely 14 times. Factoring into the unfortunate 2-5 start for the Blue Jays must be that Jose Reyes has a .516 On Base Percentage but has only scored 5 runs.

Power? Yes. Speed? Not so much.
Wilin Rosario stole two bases off Tim Lincecum and Hector Sanchez. The box score shows the first stolen base was with Michael Cuddyer on 3rd base, and the second one was on a swinging strikeout. I'm not sure how much any of that factored into the stolen base, but I wouldn't expect Rosario to break out for double digit steals this season. He's listed at 5'11 220 and looks bigger.

Mike Moustakas got his first RBI of the season last night. His teammate, Alex Gordon, on the other hand is having a fine season. Gordon has reached base safely in all eight Royals games this year, scoring 9 runs with an attractive 1.035 OPS.

Adam Lind, who started out the season in the best shape of his life, and 0-for-13, was kept out of the starting lineup the last two games, but is back in there this afternoon, batting 5th between Edwin Encarnacion and J.P. Arencibia.

In his last 3 starts, the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter has 7 hits and 7 runs scored.

The Braves have inserted Evan Gattis into the heart of their lineup, and he delivered with his second HR of the year last night. It's been almost two days since Justin Upton hit his 6th home run of the year. So, he's probably due for another one today.

Today's pick to click is Jordan Zimmermann vs the White Sox.

We're pretty jazzed for the Nationals / Braves series this weekend.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What Happened Last Night?

In honor of MLB's first 15-game day, and as we did in June of '09, we present our brief notes from perusing the box scores, attempting to answer 'What happened last night?'

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Baseball's Season of the GIF

We have yet to determine the finest GIF from Sunday night's game, but Monday had A.J. Burnett messing around with a white powder. Tuesday night, at a Blue Jays game, a fired up fan caught a bat that flew into the stands. Slightly insane playfulness ensued:

While this guy's family seeks out counselling, the rest of us can look forward to Wednesday being our first day with a full, 15-game schedule. Make more GIF's and enjoy the games!

Monday, April 1, 2013

A.J. Burnett and Things Fall Apart

Courtesy of something called DeckersDelight on the burgeoning /baseball subreddit, we get an Opening Day gif for the ages, starring the Pittsburgh Pirates' A.J. Burnett and his resin bag.

Is it rosin bag? Or, resin bag? Ah, who cares?

Happy Opening Day!