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How Was The Game? (August 25, 2013)

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A nice easy sweep.

Tigers 11, Mets 3

The Tigers slugged their way to a sweep of the Mets on Sunday thanks to a pair of two run homeruns from Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks who backed a 7 inning, 3 run affair from Rick Porcello (24 GS, 142.1 IP, 4.49 ERA, 3.53 FIP, 2.5 WAR) who continues to be baseball’s best number five starter. He handed out some free passes, but the only real blemish was a two run homerun to d’Arnaud. Porcello retired the last seven he faced and added four strikeouts to set a new career high. While the Tigers were in position to win entering the 9th inning, they decided to really make sure as they put up 7 insurance runs on a 10 batter hit parade. The win moves the Tigers to 77-53 and sets them up to take on Oakland for four at Comerica Park with Anibal Sanchez (22 GS, 139.2 IP, 2,45 ERA, 2.34 FIP, 4.8 WAR) getting game one.

The Moment: Cabrera launches a monster homer in the first.


How Was The Game? (August 24, 2013)

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All about Max.

Tigers 3, Mets 0

Max Scherzer (26 GS, 178.1 IP, 2.73 ERA, 2.62 FIP, 5.6 WAR) turned in a strong performance against the Mets, twirling 6 scoreless innings featuring 11 K and a nice two-step around a bases-loaded jam in the 6th. But if you ask Max, the big story was his RBI double off the great Matt Harvey who doesn’t allow many extra base hits (.073 opponents ISO) and had allowed just one extra base hit to a pitcher in his career entering the day. The Tigers grabbed another run in that inning and would hold the line the rest of the way despite a couple of poor coaching choices at third base and a bad call at 2B during a threat in the 7th. The win pushes the Tigers 23 games over .500 and gives them the series victory. They’ll send Rick Porcello (23 GS, 135.1 IP, 4.52 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 2.5 WAR) to the mound Sunday looking to sweep.

The Moment: Scherzer doubles in a run off Harvey in the 2nd.

How Was The Game? (August 23, 2013)

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A good start to the trip.

Tigers 6, Mets 1

It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to anyone that the Tigers unloaded on Dice-K in his Mets debut, jumping out to a 5-1 lead early thanks to a bomb by Hunter and another one by Cabrera. It was never really in doubt and Jackson added an extra run for good measure, but once they got a lead, Doug Fister (26 GS, 167.2 IP, 3.54 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 3.7 WAR) had it all figured out. It’s not terribly impressive to silence the Mets’ bats, but Fister held them to 1 run over 6.1 innings and handed it over to the bullpen to polish off the rest. The Tigers got one to open the series and will look to get another against Matt Harvey with fellow ASG starter Max Scherzer (25 GS, 172.1 IP, 2.82 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 5.3 WAR) getting the ball on Saturday

The Moment: Cabrera crushes a 3 run HR to put this one away early.

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.

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

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 (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 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 30, 2013)

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From Last Night:

  • The Pirates ride a strong start from Liriano over the Cards
  • Giambi walks off against the White Sox
  • The Rangers get two homeruns in the 9th to come back against the Angels
  • Price leads the Rays past the Sox
  • CarGo goes 5-5, but the Braves walk off

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Lynn and Burnett continue the 5 game set in Pittsburgh in Game 1 (4p Eastern)
  • Peavy scheduled to start in Cleveland, but might be traded beforehand (7p Eastern)
  • Strasburg and Sanchez (7p Eastern)
  • Wheeler faces Eovaldi (7p Eastern)
  • Wilson and Holland go in Texas (8p Eastern)
  • Latos and Volquez start opposite one of the players for which they were traded (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Did you enjoy bullpen upgrade day?

The Tigers added Veras, the Braves got Downs (good move), and the Rays gambled on Crain (good move). Will the next two days include any big name starters or position players? I’m sure the TradeRumor-Industrial Complex is hoping so. They’ve been tweeting out rumors for so long they will look pretty silly if there aren’t a lot of players moved in the next 36 hours. We’ll have complete coverage of any Tigers moves here and some quick thoughts on the rest of the deals as well. Follow me on Twitter if you’re looking for up to the minute reaction to things that happen in baseball because most of my day is spent thinking about baseball and deciding if I have something interesting enough to share with other people. Usually the answer is no, but sometimes it is yes!

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.

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