Three Up, Three Down
"If he keeps playing like this, we're going to have to get him up here soon," Jocketty told the
Playing time shouldn't be a problem -- not with Patterson starting in center field. He owns the worst on-base percentage (.262) of any leadoff man in baseball. Even if the Reds refuse to give up on Patterson, a
There is large speculation that the Reds are intentionally keeping Bruce in the minors as long as possible to save an arbitration year, but Jocketty has repeatedly denied this theory. The cynic in me says Jocketty has a bad poker face, but I'll wait to see how it plays out.
This ballclub is already in the midst of a youth movement, as evidenced by its heavy reliance on three rookies. Twenty-four-year-old pitcher
Let Bruce loose!
But last October the O's made a significant hire: pitching coach
Cabrera enjoyed his seventh straight quality start against the Yankees Tuesday, improving to 5-1 (3.48 ERA) on the season. The most jarring development is his command. Amazingly, Cabrera has walked just three batters in his last 38.1 innings, lowering his walks-per-nine-innings to 3.21 (his previous low was 4.76).
This can be directly credited to Kranitz, who convinced Cabrera to simplify his approach and predominantly throw a two-seam fastball. The pitch tops out at about 94 mph -- a significant decrease from the four-seamer he employed in past seasons -- but it possesses devastating sinking action. Even though Cabrera throws the two-seamer almost every pitch, hitters rarely square it up. The straightforward game plan makes it much easier for Cabrera to maintain his focus.
Baltimore's newly-minted ace still has some wild spells (see:
Player A is
Why is this so hard to believe? Because Uggla's the
Then I decided to maximize the Sambas' abilities by placing them in my everyday rotation. The shoes quickly wore down under the strain of daily wear and took on a putrid stench. The moral of the story is: Don't mess with success.
It looks as if the Yankees never learned this lesson.
On Wednesday New York officially announced that
With Joba in the eighth and
But New York has decided to remove Joba from the role he seemed made for, and in doing so, created a massive hole in the bullpen. Now when the Yanks get into a bind in the seventh or need to form a bridge to Mo in the eighth,
Joba says this is what he wants, but ultimately the decision falls on Yankees brass.
Arizona may have the best one-two combo in baseball in
Fielder and Hardy exploded out of the gates in '07 and both earned their first All-Star nod. They haven't been quite as successful this season ...
I love you, Hanley.
• Once again Arizona hits the road to take on a first-place team (Florida) from a different NL division. And once again the D'backs face the broom.
• Texas catcher
• Rays rookie
• In the feel-good story department,
• Tampa Bay hurler
• The Marlins and Rays have 27 wins each. Anyone up for an all-Florida World Series?