Tag Archives: nationals

The Morning Edition (August 7, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

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.

Advertisements

The Morning Edition (August 6, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

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)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

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.

The Morning Edition (August 4, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

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)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

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 2, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

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.

How Was The Game? (July 31, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

A slaughter. 

Tigers 11, Nationals 1

A day after the Tigers got to Stephen Strasburg, they backed Justin Verlander (23 GS, 143.2 IP, 3.88 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 3.1 WAR) with 11 runs against Gio Gonzalez thanks to two innings in which they batted around and scored 5 runs. Hunter led the way with four hits including a homerun and Avila added his second homerun in as many days and his first against a LHP all season long. It was an all out assault on offense and Verlander was certainly good enough. He struggled in the first inning and walked 5 overall, but got through 6 innings of 1 run baseball while gathering 6 strikeouts. He wasn’t his old self, but he did break off some nice curveballs, which he had been missing thanks to issues with his release point. The win is the Tigers 5th straight and 9th in their last 10 tries pushing them to 16 games over .500 at 61-45 as they get set for a weekend set against the White Sox. Doug Fister (21 GS, 135 IP, 3.67 ERA, 3.31 FIP, 2.9 WAR) will take the ball in game one on Friday, likely with new Tiger Jose Iglesias behind him with a suspension likely coming to Jhonny Peralta this week. Should Peralta’s regular season effectively be over, it certainly was one of his best as he finished with a .307/.363/.460 line good for 126 wRC+, and 3.3 WAR.

The Moment: Santiago and Avila both drive in a pair in the second to put this one away early.

The Morning Edition (July 31, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

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.

 

How Was The Game? (July 30, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

A crushing blow.

Tigers 5, Nationals 1

In the day’s marquee matchup, Anibal Sanchez (18 GS, 111 IP, 2.59 ERA, 2.46 FIP, 3.8 WAR) finished with 7 innings of 1 run baseball and got the better of Stephen Strasburg after dueling early. Both teams scored single runs early in the game and were shut down by the two starters until the bottom of the 6th. At that point, the Tigers broke through. Cabrera made the first out before Fielder singled, Martinez doubled, and Peralta walked. With the bases loaded Andy Dirks struck out swinging and left it up to Alex Avila. Avila worked himself into a 2-1 count, before turning on a 96 mph fastball from one of the game’s best and deposited it in the right field seats to give the Tigers a 5-1 lead. That would be all they would need as Leyland called on Veras for the 8th and Benoit for the 9th who shut the door easily. The win is the Tigers’ 60th of the season and their 8th in their last 9. A quick turnout will put the Tigers on the field during Wednesday’s trading deadline with Justin Verlander (22 GS, 137.2 IP, 3.99 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 3.0 WAR) on the mound trying to rediscover his release point.

The Moment: Avila’s grand slam puts the Tigers ahead for good.

The Morning Edition (July 30, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

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!

%d bloggers like this: