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The Morning Edition (August 7, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Harper homers off Teheran and gets a fastball in his leg the next time out, Nats lose
  • The Twins rock Shields, Albers nearly goes the distance in his debut
  • Latos superb as Reds top the A’s
  • Josh Harrison walks off against the Marlins

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Colon and Bailey face off at GABP (1230p Eastern)
  • Medlen takes on Zimmermann (7p Eastern)
  • Matt Harvey Day! (7p Eastern)
  • Shelby Miller faces the Dodgers (8p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Thoughts on the Harper/Teheran dustup?

You know I’m always coming down against the guy throwing the ball at the batter, but a couple of points should be made. If Teheran hit him on purpose, at least he kept it down in an area that wasn’t dangerous. So good on him for not being Weaver. Second, it’s childish to throw at a guy for homering off you, even if he did watch it a little too long. This isn’t the middle ages, you don’t duel someone over your honor. Shake it off. You threw the meatball, you have to watch him strut. I don’t like when players hot dog it around the bases but you shouldn’t throw at them for it and Harper just admired it and then got moving. It might not have been intentional, but if it was, that’s my take.

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The Morning Edition (August 6, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • MLB hands down BioGenesis suspensions, no new names are big, and A-Rod is the only one to appeal
  • Greinke and the Dodgers edge Wainwright and the  Cards in a potential playoff preview
  • Atlanta beats the Nats despite a strong start for Strasburg, seemingly buries Nats
  • A player returns to the field and the media pays attention in Chicago

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Fully exonerated Gio Gonzalez goes against Teheran in DC (7p Eastern)
  • Battle of the Justin’s in Cleveland, Masterson and Verlander (7p Eastern)
  • Kuroda goes against Sale (8p Eastern)
  • Kershaw faces the Cardinals (8p Eastern)
  • Darvish takes on the Angels (10p Eastern)
  • Felix welcomes the Jays (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Can we finally stop talking about Biogenisis? 

Apparently, the media says no because A-Rod is appealing so we have to hear about it for weeks. Come on guys, let’s talk about baseball! For every word someone writes about A-Rod, it should be required that they also write one about the Pirates. I’ll start, the Pirates are the only team (entering Monday) who had four qualifying players to be above average on offense, defense, and on the bases using wRC+, UZR, and BsR. Fun!

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.

Appointment Television: Baseball’s Must Watch Starting Pitchers (August 2013 Update)

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In May, I rolled out our list of Appointment Television starting pitchers, or pitchers who were worth planning your baseball viewing (and life) schedule around. Today, as I did in June and July, I’d like to update that list and talk about the changes. The original list can be found here, which also includes a little more detail on the origin of the project. Recall that the order is tiered into stable and non stable (italics), but each ranking is meaningless.

Here is the gist from the original:

The methodology is simple but also subjective. To be classified as Appointment TV you have to have a high likelihood of pitching a gem. There is no set definition of gem or likelihood, but the idea is that to make this list, you have to be likely enough to throw a game worth clearing your schedule for. I think a number of pitchers qualify. Most are high strikeout guys, but that isn’t a requirement. If you are good enough to dominate on a semi-regular basis you’re in. If on your day to pitch, I make sure I’m aware of the start time so that I can check in, you’re Appointment TV.

This is a rolling list and pitchers will be added and subtracted throughout the season and it will be updated as necessary. There is no order other than that pitchers lower on the list in italics are recent additions, so if you’re wondering if Jordan Zimmermann really qualifies, know that he’s earned his way onto the list in his last few starts. Remember, this is a list of pitchers who on this date are can’t miss TV. These are not necessarily the best pitchers and plenty of good pitchers aren’t on the list.

Appointment Television Starting Pitchers:

  1. Justin Verlander
  2. Adam Wainwright
  3. Clayton Kershaw
  4. Felix Hernandez
  5. Yu Darvish
  6. Matt Harvey
  7. Cliff Lee
  8. Max Scherzer
  9. Anibal Sanchez
  10. Stephen Strasburg
  11. Chris Sale
  12. Doug Fister
  13. Jose Fernandez
  14. David Price
  15. Shelby Miller
  16. Mat Latos
  17. Derek Holland
  18. Jordan Zimmerman
  19. Francisco Liriano
  20. Homer Bailey
  21. Partrick Corbin
  22. Hiroki Kuroda
  23. Clay Buchholz  (On the DL, no return set)

Let’s talk about the changes. First of all, Jose Fernandez made the jump from the borderline region into the stable region because he continues to impress during his rookie season. Jordan Zimmernmann falls into the fringe ranks because while he is still pitching well, he hasn’t been turning in dominating, turn the game on and notice performances.

Everyone else on the list is in the same spot and the remaining changes are those who have joined the party. Francisco Liriano is impressing in Pittsburgh over his 95 IP this season. If he remains healthy, he should hold his spot on the list. Price is an obvious addition to the list. He’s been dominant since coming off the DL and was one of the top pitchers in the game last season. He’s now healthy and even more efficient than before.

Bailey, Corbin, and Kuroda are all having very nice seasons and have earned their way onto the list. They don’t make me turn my head quite as much as some others, but they have now pitched their way to the point where I will always be aware when they are on the mound.

Feel free to make a case for other starting pitchers who are must watch guys and we’ll consider adding them to the list.

The Morning Edition (July 31, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Tigers, Red Sox, and White Sox consummate a 3 team deal with Iglesias, Peavy, and Garcia on the move (Tigers coverage)
  • A’s add Callaspo from the Angels for Grant Green
  • Wheeler flirts with a no-hitter, Mets win in extras
  • Davis homers to beat the Astros
  • Pirates sweep a double headed with division rival Cards

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Gonzalez and Verlander (1p Eastern)
  • Dickey faces Colon (330p Eastern)
  • MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (4p Eastern)
  • Wainwright and Locke hook up in game 4 of the NL Central Series (7p Eastern)
  • Kuroda and Kershaw out west (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • How’s your team doing at the deadline?

I spend much of late Tuesday covering the Tigers deal (link above) so I don’t have a lot of thoughts. I’ll give you quick analysis of tomorrow’s deals in this spot and on Twitter. I like the Callaspo move for the A’s. Like the big deal for all parties involved. Enjoy the deadline.

 

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 26, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Buehrle gets a 2 H, 2 BB, CGSO against the Astros
  • Marlins win as Eovaldi and Nicasio combine for 13 shutout innings, but neither factor in the decision as both teams score late
  • Kuroda goes 7 scoreless to lead the Yanks past Holland and the Rangers
  • The Nationals cough one up to the Pirates, but Harper rallies back to walk off

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Jordan Zimmerman welcomes the Mets in Game 1, Harvey goes in Game 2 (130p/7p Eastern)
  • Newly minted ground ball machince John Lackey takes on the O’s (7p Eastern)
  • Wainwright faces Minor in ATL (7p Eastern)
  • Homer Bailey meets Clayton Kershaw (10p Eastern)
  • Felix gets the Twins (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • What’s a good sign a player’s breakout is real?

Edwin Encarnacion has really improved his stock in the last couple of seasons with the power, but the K% is coming down really nicely. There aren’t many big power bats who don’t strikeout more often than this:

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The Morning Edition (July 25, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Strasburg goes 8, allows 1 R on 2 H/0 BB/12 K, but loses despite a 4-2 final score…yeah…think about that…#KillTheWin
  • Price goes the distance on 97 pitches to lead the Rays over the Sox
  • Santana pitches well, but the Royals need a walk off to beat the O’s
  • Garza is superb in his Rangers debut, beats the Yanks 3-1
  • Braves beat the Mets but lose Hudson to a broken ankle
  • Dodgers get 5 in the 10th to beat the Jays
  • Kamzir helps the Indians pummel the M’s
  • The Angels blank the Twins, 1-0

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Wood and Wheeler in NY (1230p Eastern)
  • Burnett faces Gio (1230p Eastern)
  • Kuroda takes on Holland (2p Eastern)
  • Latos goes against Greinke (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are the Royals even a self-aware entity at this point?

Apparently, the Royals who are 47-51, 8 GB, and have no reason to expect they will play better, are considering buying at the deadline despite it being a seller’s market. Additionally, they are considering upgrading in right field. I wonder if the Rays would part with Wil Myers? I legitimately feel pain for Royals fans. This is embarrassing.

The Morning Edition (July 24, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • Myers and Longoria homer, but the Rays finally lose to the Sox
  • Dodgers out slug the Jays, 10-9
  • Cole leads the Pirates over the Nats
  • Miller gives the Cards 6 scoreless in win over the Phils
  • Yanks get two in the 9th to top the Rangers
  • A fine start from Fernandez leads the Fish past the Rockies
  • Parker and Cosart pitch well in Houston

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Liriano and Strasburg face off in DC (7p Eastern)
  • Price goes against the Red Sox (7p Eastern)
  • Garza makes his Rangers debut in NY (7p Eastern)
  • Jacob Turner heads to Coors (830p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Which young NL pitcher, not named Harvey, do you like?

These numbers are fun. After last night, take a look:

Name IP K% BB% ERA- FIP- xFIP- WAR
Shelby Miller 110.2 26.50% 6.70% 76 81 88 2.3
Jose Fernandez 111.2 24.70% 9.30% 72 84 92 2.0

I was on the Miller bandwagon early, but Fernandez has really impressed me lately. Tough call.

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.

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