Three Up, Three Down
But how long will Bradley's Arlington honeymoon last? Always known for his unstable nature, Bradley had another incident Wednesday night. Serving as Texas' designated hitter at Kansas City, Bradley heard Royals TV announcer
Following the game, Bradley
On top of being one of baseball's most emotional players, Bradley is also one of its most brittle. He has been on the disabled list 12 times in the last six years, eclipsing 101 games in a season just once in his career (2004 with the Dodgers). His 2007 season ended prematurely when he tore his ACL
So how will the rest of the season play out? Can Bradley continue to produce gaudy offensive numbers or will his fragile nature -- both physically and mentally -- get the best of him? Here at Three Up, Three Down, we're hoping he keeps it together and takes home the AL Comeback Player of the Year award. Speaking of Comeback Player of the Year candidates ...
Cantu came out of nowhere in 2005 and posted 28 homers and 117 RBI, earning team MVP honors for the Devil Rays. But Cantu didn't seem to play into Tampa Bay's future plans. Just as quickly as he arrived, he was gone.
After spending much of the 2007 season in the minors, Cantu was invited to Marlins spring training this year. He took full advantage, hitting .366 and earning the right to replace
Cantu's re-emergence is a big reason behind the Marlins' surprising success. With six homers over the past six games, Cantu is steadily re-establishing himself as a solid run producer. The amazing part is he's only 26. Cantu's glove could definitely use some work (he leads the majors with 14 errors), but it's refreshing to see him back on the scene.
He returns to Tampa Bay for a series against the Rays starting on Friday. Payback's a mother.
Since the Boss Jr.'s rant, Mussina has easily outpitched Moyer. In fact, he's outpitched most hurlers in baseball.
OK, OK. Boss Jr. wasn't suggesting Mussina produce Moyer-like numbers, but rather that he adopt Moyer's approach on the hill -- something of a decelerated nibble. And Mussina has done just that.
The new incarnation of Mussina owns the black on both sides of the plate, while keeping everything down (his 1.37 groundball-to-flyball ratio is his highest mark since 2000). Most importantly, Moose has significantly slowed down his offspeed. At times he even dips down into the high-60s, making his mid-80s fastball seem electric.
Mussina (9-4) is one win shy of extending his American League record to 17 straight seasons with at least 10 wins. There's still plenty of baseball to be played before the break, but right now it's reasonable to imagine Mussina starting the All-Star game on his home turf, Yankee Stadium.
Earlier this week, the Reds sent a third starting shortstop to the disabled list this season.
This disturbing trend began in the preseason, when projected starter
Until one of the three wounded shortstops returns, the Reds are down to rookie
Somebody please just make sure the kid's health insurance forms are in order.
You're not kidding, Moises. Another trip to the disabled list would be the outfielder's third this season and 18th of his 19-year career. At this point, it seems like
The Twins are starting to fade in the AL Central, and Livan has definitely contributed to the demise. After starting the year at 6-1, he is winless in his last five starts. During this poor stretch, the veteran has allowed 26 earned runs. His one-year contract with the Twins includes $2 million in performance bonuses. Don't think he's counting his money quite yet.
Livan will try to get back on Thursday night, as he faces Cleveland for the first time ever in the regular season. (He beat the Indians twice in the 1997 World Series.)
• Tampa Bay dropped two of three games in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, which has truly been a house of horrors for the Rays. Tampa Bay has won just six times in their last
• In Game 2 of the Angels-Rays series,
• Does anyone else get the feeling that
• Braves shortstop