Archive for April 6th, 2006

Thursday: 04.6.2006

Tigers White Hot.

Adding three more home runs in the top of the 4th including another one from Chris Shelton. Marcus Thames and Craig Monroe had the other two.

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Thursday: 04.6.2006

Speaking of Threes…

Pedro Martinez has hit three batters, including Jose Guillen twice. Benches cleared as Guillen, known for his temper, decided to go out and let Martinez how he felt about the situation. Tempers calmed and then Nick Johnson hit a three-run home run off of Martinez to tie that game at five before Carlos Delgado hit a home run in the bottom of the 5th to give the Mets the 6-5 lead as of now.

Thursday: 04.6.2006

Tigers On Fire

The Detroit Tigers have blasted three home runs through three innings in Texas to take a 3-0. Chris Shelton hit his 3rd of the season while Brandon Inge led off the game with his second and Magglio Ordonez knocked his first of the season.

Thursday: 04.6.2006

The Streak is Over.

Jimmy Rollins' hitting streak is snapped at 38 games after an 0-for-4 effort this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. His streak is the 7th longest in baseball history:

Longest hitting streaks
Rank , Player , Year, Games
1. Joe DiMaggio, 1941, 56
2. Willie Keeler, 1897, 44
2. Pete Rose, 1978, 44
3. Bill Dahlen, 1894, 42
4. George Sisler, 1922, 41
5. Ty Cobb, 1911, 40
6. Paul Molitor, 1987, 39
7. Jimmy Rollins, 2005-06, 38

Thursday: 04.6.2006

Lowry hurt.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Noah Lowry grabbed his side after a pitch in the second inning of today's game against the Atlanta Braves.  After attempting a warm-up toss, he decided to shut it down and come out of the game.   

Thursday: 04.6.2006

Wag, the dog.

Unbiased Yankee Fan had a pretty funny post regarding New York Mets closer Billy Wagner's introduction music. It can be found here.

Thursday: 04.6.2006

A Bunch of Bull

Everyone recognizes that it will be the rarest of occasions when the New York Yankees offense is kept in check. What's more, many expect that the rotation will be much improved over last year's collection including a return to form for Randy Johnson and to a much lesser extent, Mike Mussina. And of course, the indomitable Mariano Rivera anchoring the bullpen. But what about the bridge from starter-to-Rivera? With just one series completed, it is crucial to avoid a "mountain out of a molehill" situation, but the Yankees' bullpen didn't necessarily exude strength before the season and after the three game set with Oakland, we see why:

IP: 6.67
H: 8
R: 7
ER: 4
BB: 5
K: 6
ERA: 5.40
WHIP: 1.95

I know, I know, sample size! However, what is there about Jaret Wright, Tanyon Sturtze, Scott Proctor, Ron Villone, Mike Myers, and Kyle Farnsworth that makes me believe I shouldn't expect tons more of the same? Nothing. This is not a good bullpen. Wright was an awful signing from the get-go, Sturtze is on a three-year decline in earned run average, but the trend is less appealing when you consider that last year's 4.73 was the best mark, Proctor at least shows some promise, but hasn't been able to parlay minor league success into major league consistency. Meanwhile Villone and Myers are old re-treads at 36 and 37 years old, respectively. That leaves Farnsworth as the X-factor. He is coming off of his best season that was split between Detroit and Atlanta. He was brought in to replace Tom Gordon, who bolted to become Philadelphia's closer. His transition into the Yankee fabric will be key to any success this team expects to have this season. It isn't the strongest of trends in terms of determining success, but since 2000, Farnsworth has posted his best seasons in odd-numbered years while struggling mightily during the even-numbered ones.

ERA+ Since 2000 –
2000: 66
2001: 154
2002: 55
2003: 129
2004: 96
2005: 198

Without a reversal in this trend or a quality level of unexpected performance from the other bullpenners, this team is doomed to relinquish several leads its offense puts up, as it did the past two evening to the Oakland Athletics.