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The Morning Edition (August 5, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Holland brilliant in Rangers win over the A’s
  • Burnett goes the distance as the Pirates top the Rockies
  • The Cardinals punish the Reds, 15-2
  • Blue Jays get two late to beat the Angels
  • Doubront out guns McCarthy in the latter’s return
  • KC and Cleveland keeping winning, gain no ground

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Finally, an end to BioGenesis?
  • Minor duels Strasburg as the Nats try to get back in it (7p Eastern)
  • Greinke and Wainwright clash (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Is Mike Trout really going to do this again?

The answer is already yes. After leading MLB with 10.0 WAR last season, he’s already put up 7.1 WAR this year. He’s having a better offensive season than last year and is adding more overall value even though his defensive numbers have taken a bit of a slide. He remains one of the best baserunners in the game and is doing all of this from a premium position on the field. In the last 365 days, Mike Trout leads baseball with 10.2 WAR, meaning he has essentially been consistently playing at a 10 WAR clip for almost two years. Only Met Ott has more WAR through age 21. This is getting scary.

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The Morning Edition (August 4, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • A fine start by Haren leads the Brewers to victory
  • Price goes 9 again, but the Rays need a hit from Myers in the 10th to win
  • The Sox back Peavy in his Fenway debut
  • Liriano walks 5, but doesn’t allow a run as the Pirates beat the Rockies
  • Oakland beats Garza and the Rangers, 4-2
  • Braves beat the Phillies in 12
  • Maxwell’s 12th inning HR lifts the Royals

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Santana goes against Wheeler at Citi (1p Eastern)
  • McCarthy returns to the mound at Fenway (130p Eastern)
  • Holland and Griffin face off in Oakland (4p Eastern)
  • Alex Wood and Cliff Lee do it on Sunday Night (8p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Who is baseball’s worst baserunner?

There were some conversations on MLB Tonight on Saturday about bad baserunning and it made me curious. I often look at the top of the leaderboard, but rarely at the bottom. You can find more about some of the stats below right here, but they are all pretty clear. Entering Saturday….

Worst overall BsR (overall baserunning value): Allen Craig

Worst Basestealer (wSB, combines value of SB and cost of CS): Gerardo Parra

Worst Baserunner, not counting wSB (UBR = BsR – wSB): Allen Craig

Most Outs on the Bases (count of outs made when the player is not forced to the base): Allen Craig/Howie Kendrick

Extra Bases Taken (measures how often a player takes an extra base): Paul Konerko

The Morning Edition (August 3, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Jose Fernandez strikes out 14 Indians to end the Tribe’s streak
  • Cards crush the Reds, 13-3
  • Bumgarner shines as the Giants beat the Rays
  • The Rockies and Chacin slow the Bucs

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Garza and Parker go in Oakland (4p Eastern)
  • Liriano tries to stop the Pirates mini-skid (7p Eastern)
  • Corbin goes against Peavy in Boston (7p Eastern)
  • Lincecum takes on Price (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Who do you like for the second wild card in the AL?

It’s not a lock that the Rays or Red Sox will occupy the division title and first wild card, but it looks like it based on how they are playing. But right now the Orioles, Indians, and Rangers are all essentially tied for the final spot. I think the Rangers are the best team and they’re likely to healthier on the mound. Should be a fun race, even if it’s only for the right to go to the play-in game in order to make the real playoffs.

The Morning Edition (August 2, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Felix goes 7 innings, allowed 1 run and leaves with a 7-1 lead. The Mariners gave up 1 in the 8th and 6 in the 9th to fall to the Red Sox.

  • Darvish strikes out 14 batters, walks none, in 7 shutout innings
  • The Cardinals pummel the Pirates to salvage one of five in Pittsburgh
  • Hamels throws 8 shutout innings, Papelbon blows it
  • Norris is solid against his old club
  • Indians and Royals keep their winning streaks going as Raburn hits 2 HR
  • 11 K for Teheran as the Braves beat the Rockies

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Jose Fernandez looks to slow the Tribe (7p Eastern)
  • Bumgarner faces Archer (7p Eastern)
  • Shelby Miller leads the Cards into Cinci (7p Eastern)
  • Zimmermann tries to get back on track against the Crew (8p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Who do you like in the NL Central?

The Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds are all 60+ win teams and have clear paths to the playoffs. The Cardinals have the lowest floor, the Pirates are playing well, and the Reds are probably the most talented. But Cards don’t have Yadi, the Pirates are playing above their heads, and the Reds have Dusty holding them back. They’re all good teams and will likely all make it at least until the play-in game. My money is on the Cardinals, but it’s going to be fun.

The Morning Edition (August 1, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Essentially nothing happens at the trading deadline
  • The Pirates win their 4th game in 3 days against the Cardinals
  • Minor dominates as the Braves crush the Rockies
  • Three Astros pitchers I’ve literally never heard of shutout the Orioles
  • The Indians walk off on the White Sox
  • Beltre and the Rangers walk off on the Angels
  • Bailey dominates the Padres

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Sale takes on Masterson in Cleveland (12p Eastern)
  • Matt Harvey day! (1230p Eastern)
  • Someone named Zeke Spruill pitches against Darvish (7p Eastern)
  • Cain and Hamels in Philly (7p Eastern)
  • The Cardinals try to avoid a 5 game sweep in PIT (7p Eastern)
  • Felix faces the Sox (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are you ready for the A-Rod coverage?

With such an incredible day of baseball behind us it is sad to realize that a ridiculous amount of coverage will be focused on the impending attempt of MLB to ban Alex Rodriguez for life. A-Rod. The Yankees. The City of New York. Steroids. I’m surprised ESPN hasn’t melted already. Let’s talk about the games, okay? The Pirates have won four straight against the Cardinals and might grab a fifth today. The Pirates are going to finish over .500 and will likely make the playoffs. Woah.

The Morning Edition (July 29, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Fernandez goes 8, K’s 13, walks none to lead the Fish past Cole
  • Ross narrowly out pitches Corbin to win in AZ
  • Cingrani and Capuano pitch to a draw before Puig sends everybody home
  • Wood shuts down the Giants, who waste a nice start from Lincecum
  • Gordon’s 12th inning bomb lifts the Royals
  • The Nats unload on the Mets, win 14-1
  • Lester leads the Sox to a 5-0 win
  • Toronto walks off on Houston
  • Jeter homers in his return, Soriano leads the Yanks to victory

What I’m Watching Today:

  • David Price tries to stay hot versus the Sox (6p Eastern)
  • Weaver faces Garza (7p Eastern)
  • Beachy makes his 2013 debut (7p Eastern)
  • Jacob Turner goes against the Mets (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are the BioGenesis suspensions coming today?

Reports have the suspensions coming down this week, likely all at once. We’ll see which players are actually affected, which rumors were wrong, and which players have kept their names out of the press. The impact on the pennant race will be real, but likely not substantial because a given player can only have so much impacted over 55 games. Teams will scramble to find replacements, but the impact will be unpredictable. We’ve had months of speculation that was absolutely unnecessary, now we’re actually going to see something happen. Stay tuned.

The Morning Edition (July 28, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Sale goes the distances, allows 1 R, and loses to the Royals (#KillTheWin) as Davis, Coleman, and Holland blank the Sox
  • Bourn hits a leadoff HR against Darvish, no one else scores as Masterson out duels Yu
  • Nova goes 7, gives up 1 R, but Archer outshines with a CGSO
  • The Braves win a close one against the Cards with 2 in the 8th
  • 3 Nats HR back Haren over the Mets

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Rays try to stay hot behind Moore (1p Eastern)
  • Cole and Fernandez hook up in Miami (1p Eastern)
  • Corbin welcomes the Padres to Chase (4p Eastern)
  • Miller and Medlen on ESPN (8p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are there going to be any deadline deals?

Despite what Heyman, Rosenthal, Olney, and Morosi are telling you there doesn’t seem to be any traffic on the trade market. We’ve had some low profile deals including Feldman and Nolasco and the Cubs did move Garza, but it doesn’t look like a flurry of deals are coming because the teams that are due to sell aren’t budging. The Jays, Royals, Phils, Angels, and Mariners are out of it but not ready to commit. Once that happens we could have some deals, but the second wild card is keeping a lot of teams in it. Peavy’s probably going to move, but now that we’re five days from the deadline I’m actually willing to talk about trades. Trade speculation is boring, but real trades are interesting and if we’re going to get a few, they’ll be coming soon. It’s important to remember that trades can only have a small impact on a team’s chances because there are only 50-55 games left after the deadline comes. You have to replace a terrible player with a great one to gain more than a win or two.

The Morning Edition (July 23, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • MLB suspends Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season
  • Rangers acquire Garza from the Cubs
  • Matt Moore gets the CGSO as the Rays beat the Sox, move to 18-2 in their last 20
  • Feldman’s solid start lifts the O’s over the Royals
  • Gee flirts with a no-no, but the Braves take the game in the 9th
  • Grilli hurt in win over the Nats

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Jarrod Parker and Jarred Cosart pitch in Houston (8p Eastern)
  • Miller pitches against the Phils (8p Eastern)
  • Jose Fernandez heads to Coors (830p Eastern)
  • Corbin gets the Cubs (930p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Thoughts on the Braun suspension?

Obviously the Braun news populated the headlines on Monday, and I have a lot of disjointed reactions I’d like to share. Recognize that these don’t all go together or in order:

  • I want MLB or MLBPA to lay out the evidence they have against him. I understand Braun accepted the punishment, which is a partial admission of wrongdoing, but the info that has been made public is not grounds for punishment. I want to know what it is they have on him before I make my final judgments about a person’s character. I see no reason to rush to judgment.
  • Braun broke the rules, it appears, and lied about it boldly. That was wrong, but let’s not act like this is such a terrible thing. He should be punished, but this is a sport that has no punishment for dangerous felonies like DUIs. Braun behaved badly, but this isn’t the worst thing an MLB player has done in the last two seasons. Perspective would be nice.
  • Also, most people break rules to get advantages in life. Braun is to blame and deserves punishment, but you’re not perfect either.
  • Braun being linked to BioGen doesn’t mean the failed test in 2011 was legitimate. The two may not be related. Again, I want to see some evidence. If they are related, my reaction will be different. Evidence is important, speculation is not.
  • People are going to town on Braun for tearing down the “sample transporter” person from 2011 and think he should apologize. That person didn’t do his job correctly, even if Braun was dirty. Braun’s guilt doesn’t make up for that guy’s failure. Braun might not have been nice to him, but Braun’s career was at stake. You might have done the same.
  • Finally, imagine how you would feel if it was you or a close family member. I’m not asking you to feel sorry for him, but I am asking you to temper your reaction accordingly. He’s a public figure and there are no consequences for anything you say behind a keyboard, so you probably feel okay spewing vitriol. But seriously, this is a person who made a bad choice. He didn’t kill anyone, he didn’t endanger others. The reaction to Braun is not properly weighted to the severity of the offense.
  • If he’s guilty, he should be punished. But that’s it. The focus should be on the field, not on the people who made choices to take themselves off of it. Instead of vilifying Braun, why don’t you celebrate the ones left in the game.

The Morning Edition (July 22, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Harvey dominates the Phils over 7 innings, allows 3 H and 10 K as Lee struggles
  • Masterson flirts with a no-hitter in a 7-1 win over the Twins
  • Giants waste a great start from Bumgarner
  • Colon drops a CGSO on the Angels
  • Wainwright’s 8 strong innings lead the Cards over the Padres
  • Felix turns in 6 solid inning as the Mariners thrash the Astros
  • Peralta and Alvarez throw gems, but it takes a Gindl walk off in the 13th to finalize the Crew and Fish
  • Kershaw throws well, Zimmermann gets rocked in Dodgers win at Nats
  • Bailey K’s 12 but the Reds fall to the Bucs
  • Rays win…again

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Darvish comes to Yankee Stadium (7p Eastern)
  • Scherzer and Sale (8p Eastern)
  • Garza showcase continues against Skaggs in AZ (930p Eastern)
  • Lincecum returns to the mound for the first time since his no-hitter (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Should the Rays scare you?

The answer is yes under certain conditions. First, if you cheer for the Rays, no the Rays should not scare you. Also, if you’re team is wildly out of the race, then you should just enjoy baseball and not sweat the standings. But everyone else should be worried because the Rays are dangerous. They probably won’t sustain a 17-2 pace for the rest of the season but they are putting the East on notice. On May 7th, the Rays were 14-18 and looked like they weren’t going to be able to provide their usually excellent starting pitching. Since then, they are 44-23, which is a 106 win pace. This is a good team that just had their rough stretch early, which is often a nice way to lull your opponents into a false sense of security. I picked the Rays to win the East and haven’t wavered. They are baseball’s 3rd best offense and 11th best pitching staff and have one of baseball’s best managers and easily the best GM. This is a team that should scare you. They have one of the game’s best in Longoria, an excellent super utility guy in Zobrist, the underrated Jennings, the young Myers, and the lightning in a bottle Loney. Not to mention the pitching is back. They Rays are hot and are only going to cool off a little.

The Morning Edition (July 12, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Salazar impresses and helps beat the Jays in his debut with the Indians
  • Reds lose to the Braves with Votto waiting on deck…again
  • Kendrick squeaks past Zimmermann and the Nationals
  • Both starters stumble, Red Sox beat the Mariners in 10
  • Jeter returns to the Yanks, national media doesn’t spend much time talking about it
  • Moore K’s 10 in 7.1 innings as he’s named to the ASG
  • Tulo’s back!

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Cosart makes his MLB debut against Price (7p Eastern)
  • Strasburg heads to Miami (7p Eastern)
  • Corbin goes against the Crew (930p Eastern)
  • Kershaw welcomes the Rockies to LA (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Does the media see the irony?

So recently there have been a number of things written about MLB’s problem getting good national TV ratings and some people have suggested more playoff teams and other stuff I don’t think will be a good idea, but today was the perfect example of how the media is responsible for the problem. Two shortstops came back from injuries today to help their clubs who are on the edge of the postseason race. 99% of the coverage was about Jeter and almost none was about Tulowitzki, who is one of the most dynamic players in the game. I don’t have anything against Jeter, and he’s had a wonderful career, but if you’re wondering why national ratings are down, it’s because the national media recycles the same tired stories about the same 3 or 4 teams. It’s time for Fox, ESPN, and MLB to plug players on smaller market clubs. Tulowitzki could easily be the face of MLB, but you don’t see many Rockies games on national TV.

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