Sunday, December 09, 2018

The importance of closers.

Heard one of my favorite theories the other day on WFAN. 

Guy calls up WFAN and points out that the Mets blew 15 saves last season. They plugged that gap by signing a supposedly great closer. The Mets also lost the division by approximately 15 games (13, actually).

Add it up, and one player will give the Mets the NL East title.

This illustrates a surprisingly common misunderstanding of what saves are, what blown saves are, and how things work in the real world.


Thursday, December 06, 2018

I agree.

We won't know for a while, but what is all the hubbub about a .500 pitcher?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

And when we say "no," we mean, "he isn't ARod, so no one cares."

“If I had any concern about what Robbie's physical state or performance ability going forward is, I would not have made the deal,” Van Wagenen said. "I do think it's important remembering, Robbie was not suspended for a PED. He was suspended for a diuretic."

Cranberry juice.

He was suspended by MLB because he drank too much cranberry juice.

How was he supposed to know cranberry juice is a banned substance?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

OK, OK.

I think we should all collectively stop pretending that we care about players hustling.

Melky drove me crazy.

Cano drove me crazier.

Still, it wasn't a deal breaker. As long as they're productive due to steroids, the fans will embrace them.

Machado is insincerely spinning and we are supposed to be alarmed by his immature behavior and commentary.

Get over it.

If you sign Machado, you will get a player who tanks it from time to time and drives in 125 runs.

Reggie Jackson even chimed in and said not hustling doesn't cut it in New York.

This Reggie Jackson.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

I'll take Harper and Macahado, thanks.

A lot of great ballplayers have bad attitudes.

A lot of Championship ballplayers have bad attitudes.

The fans will forgive them if they win.



This silly yearly ritual of acting shocked at the large size of the pending free agent contracts.

Gimme a break.


I don't expect the Yankee to sign Harper or Machado ... I expect they'll stick with the rookie of the year runner-ups and spend money on starting pitching.

We'll all find out together in October if that's a wise decision.

Five-game series, one win apiece.

Here's the new guy to win Game Three.

If he wins, we're all happy.

If he doesn't, he's a bust.

Nobody knows if he will and no pitcher on Earth can guarantee a victory.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

No need to apologize for putting Scherzer ahead of deGrom.

Jeez, I'm surprised Steve Somers treated this guy so rudely.

Who cares, anyway?

Almost unanimous is no shame.

2018 AL MVP



BBWAA

NamePoints
Mookie Betts410
Mike Trout265
Jose Ramirez208
J.D. Martinez198
Alex Bregman192
Francisco Lindor169
Matt Chapman141
Khris Davis41
Blake Snell38
Justin Verlander26
Mitch Haniger16
Aaron Judge10
Xander Bogaerts9
Jose Altuve9
Blake Treinen7
Andrelton Simmons7
Whit Merrifield6
Edwin Diaz5
Giancarlo Stanton4
Didi Gregorius3
Jed Lowrie3
Trevor Bauer1
Aaron Hicks1
Chris Sale1



Felz Poll

NamePoints
Mookie Betts35
J.D. Martinez19
Mike Trout16
Jose Ramirez10
Alex Bregman7
Khris Davis3
Francisco Lindor1

2018 NL MVP


BBWAA


NamePoints
Christian Yelich415
Javier Baez250
Nolan Arenado203
Freddie Freeman174
Jacob deGrom141
Paul Goldschmidt115
Lorenzo Cain109
Trevor Story108
Matt Carpenter105
Max Scherzer59
Anthony Rendon21
Ronald Acuna Jr.19
Aaron Nola16
Justin Turner10
Max Muncy8
Jesus Aguilar7
Anthony Rizzo6
Nick Markakis2
Eugenio Suarez2


Felz Poll

NamePoints
Christian Yelich38
Nolan Arenado13
Javier Baez12
Matt Carpenter5
Justin Turner4
Lorenzo Cain3
Trevor Story3
Jesus Aguilar2
Freddie Freeman2
Paul Goldschmidt2
Brandon Nimmo2
Jacob deGrom1
Bryce Harper1

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2018 NL Cy Young Award

BBWAA
NamePoints
Jacob deGrom207
Max Scherzer123
Aaron Nola86
Kyle Freeland49
Patrick Corbin23
Miles Mikolas13
Josh Hader4
Mike Foltynewicz3
Jon Lester2

Felz Poll
NamePoints
Jacob deGrom44
Max Scherzer22
Aaron Nola19
Kyle Freeland3
Miles Mikolas2
Walker Buehler1
Patrick Corbin1
Jeremy Jeffress1

2018 AL Cy Young Award

Happy to get decent participation this year. I had forgotten that I skipped the poll in 2017.

BBWAA
NamePoints
Blake Snell169
Justin Verlander154
Corey Kluber71
Chris Sale59
Gerrit Cole26
Trevor Bauer13
Blake Treinen13
Edwin Diaz4
Luis Severino1

Felz Poll
NamePoints
Blake Snell40
Justin Verlander18
Corey Kluber14
Chris Sale11
Trevor Bauer2
Blake Treinen2
Luis Severino1

Monday, November 12, 2018

Recalling a gripe from 15 years ago.

I think Andujar had a decent case, but that's not my gripe.

My gripe is the voters who wouldn't give the Rookie of the Year to Matsui in 2003, arguing that he was overpaid and a veteran from Japan, and therefore not really a rookie.

This was right after giving the Rookie of the Year award to Sasaki and Ichiro.

Friday, November 09, 2018

What Bill James said is not controversial.

Of course the players are replaceable. More talented and expensive than beer vendors, but replaceable.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

No one knows who will win a title.

Sonny Gray and J.A. Happ will be the final piece of the puzzle.

"And yet, there might be a deal to be made if the Yankees are willing to sacrifice their best young players outside of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar. Coincidentally, these include left-hander Justus Sheffield (MLB.com's No. 31 prospect) and slugging outfielder Clint Frazier, who originated in Cleveland's system. Outfield prospect Estevan Florial (No. 45) would also have to be involved."

Of course the Yankees want Kluber, but this price seems high to me.

Friday, November 02, 2018

He lost zero dollars and zero cents.

This article was posted on the same day Kershaw signed a $31M-per-year extension.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Win more games than Tampa and then do better in Game Three.

The Red Sox were 8 games better than the Yankees and then the Red Sox steamrolled through the playoffs.

We don't need Wallace Matthews to tell us that.

The Yankees still won 100 games and may be poised for greater things.

Sorry, but MLB made the rules. The Yankees don't need to catch the Red Sox.

While the Red Sox dominated from beginning to end, how did you feel when Sanchez hit two dingers in Game Two and Severino was getting to ready start Game Three?

Did you think the Yankee had no chance?

Matthews said this was merely an "illusion." Easy to say after the fact.


Now let's take a gratuitous dig at Giancarlo Stanton:


"But the real end of the Yankees season came a lot earlier than anyone could have known. That was on Dec. 11, 2017, the day they decided to swallow the bait, trading Starlin Castro and a couple of minor-leaguers for Giancarlo Stanton and his $325 million contract, reduced just enough by the Miami Marlins’ contribution to keep them under the luxury tax threshold.



That move took them out of the running for J.D. Martinez, who two months later became a member of the Boston Red Sox."

Martinez was undoubtedly better than Stanton ... in 2018.

Not in 2017, though, and maybe not for the next 10 years.

Stanton was a disappointment and his all-or-nothing 212 strikeouts approach is not benefiting him.

But it was still .266/38/100 and a WAR of 4.0 (compared to Martinez's WAR of 6.4).




The Yankees don't "need" Machado and they don't need a Didi replacement.

Didi will be off the DL by the all star break, right?

Or even if Didi misses the whole season, that's a small percentage of the length of Machado's impending contract.

He's going to get a lot of time and a lot of money. Probably not from the Yankees. Maybe from, I dunno ... the Dodgers.

The Yankees have Didi and Andujar and they're going to rely on them.

As for the laziness in the playoffs?

I'm against it.

It reminded me of Cano and Cabrera ... and they signed free agent contracts worth a combined value of approximately $1 trillion. And they both were on steroids.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Not as good as the 1998 Yankees. A $200 million team being praised for its mid-season acquisitions. Times sure have changed.

The Best Teams Ever are not judged on one season alone.

Of course the 1998 Yankees were not the exact same team that won in 1996, 1999, and 2000.

But they are the same team:

"Principal owner John Henry was a partner with the 1998 Yankees, who won 114 games and the Fall Classic, so he knows a bit about dominance.

'The ’98 Yankees didn’t have to beat two 100-win teams before they got to the World Series,' " he pointed out."

No, but the Padres beat two 100-win teams before they got to the World Series ... and the Padres got swept by the Yankees.

I realize full well that the transitive property does not apply to sports.

Neither does the compare-teams-who-are-twenty-years-apart property.


Four rings in fourteen years is quite an accomplishment.

Try four rings in five years.

That's what the '98(ish) Yankees did and it's why they can call themselves one of the Best Teams Ever.

The current Red Sox team may be able to do it, and they seen insistent on re-upping the rivalry, which is good for baseball and may be good for the Yankees.

But don't get blinded by the champagne in your eyes.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Yeah, really.

What's coming off here?