Hey yaíll, still no internet at home, so just a few random notes to think through today. Of course, I have to start by thanking everyone for continuing to stop by and support this site through my transition the last 2-4 weeks. Again today, just some Notes. Tomorrow I will have the Week 7 Football picks, so be sure to stop back.
∑ Arizona Fall League Update Ė Ryan Mullins gave up two runs on two walks and three strikeouts in his three inning start. Matt Macri was 1-3. Trevor Plouffe went 2-5 with a double and two RBI. On Tuesday, Macri went 1-4, and Eddie Morlan struck out one in a perfect inning.
∑ Venezuela Update Ė On Tuesday, Aragua lost 9-0 to La Guaria. Brian Buscher was 1-4 to drop his average to .300. Frank Mata gave up three unearned runs in 1.2 innings of relief. Yesterday, they lost 3-1 to Zulia. Buscher was 1-3 with a walk. Just so you know, Alex Romero did go 1-4, so he is now 1-24 on the short season. Brian Bass started and went 4.1 shutout innings, striking out four. Then Bobby Korecky came in and gave up an unearned run in 1.1 innings. Jose Mijares gave up the run-scoring hit, but struck out the next two hitters to end the inning.
∑ Boston will send Josh Beckett to the mound tonight to face Cleveland and CC Sabathia. Hopefully CC can pitch to the Cy Young level he pitched at all season and then Cleveland can advance to the World Series and try their luck against the Colorado Rockies. Baseball out-thought itself with the off day yesterday. I understand it from the standpoint of trying to ensure that as many games can be seem individually. The Rockies sweep just made it unnecessary.
∑ Am I the only one that was completely annoyed by the whole Josh Beckett should have started Game 4 story? I just find a few things about it funny. Why wasnít their outrage that CC Sabathia wasnít starting on short rest? I understand that Tim Wakefield hadnít pitched in some time, but he (like Paul Byrd) is a veteran who knows how to pitch and he has pitched in big games before. Erik Wedge was praised for sticking by his #4 starter in the playoffs while Terry Francona is bashed for not starting his ace on short rest. For four innings, it looked like a good decision. Had Wakefield not tried to make a play up the middle, it is likely that a double play would have been turned and instead of scoring seven fifth inning runs, Cleveland would have scored just one and itís a whole different game.
∑ In reality, part of what annoys me about the postseason is this over analysis. And yet, isnít that what blogging is all about? Itís about second-guessing every decision. I guess I do that on occasion too, but I have played and coached a lot in my life, and I know that sometimes you make decisions based on gut feel. Yes, the numbers say one thing, but sometimes it doesnít always go like that. So, I try not to over analyze every decision a manager makes. In reality, he is doing what he thinks is the best thing for his team, in that situation. When it works, it works. When it doesnít, it is scrutinized. A player is considered good if he gets a hit 30% of the time. Managers have to make decisions and then they have to understand that even if it is the right decision, it is subject to the fact that the game is based on failure. Players arenít perfect. Managers arenít perfect. GMs arenít perfect. We would all like to think that they would just go by the book every time, but that doesnít always work. So, the truth is that a manager should look at the numbers, but when it comes down to it, he has to make a decision. If it works, heís smart. If it doesnít, heís not. Itís just not that simple. So, you wonít find too many times here where I rant about decisions a manager makes. Of course there will be times, particularly if a decision is a recurring decision (like playing Nick Punto every day). But for the most part, I really try to also think about what the manager was thinking, or was possibly thinking.
∑ Likewise, I am also opposed to instant replay. The umpires are right probably 97% of the time, which is pretty good!
∑ The most recent team that Torii Hunter has expressed interest in playing for is the Washington Nationals. His friendship with Dmitri Young is mentioned as one of the reasons. Of course, we will likely hear more and more teams mentioned as Torii continues his year-long if-theyíll-pay, I will play campaign. My thinking of late is that Hunter would find out that his value wasnít as high as he thought. However, based on Jim Bowden giving Cristian Guzman a four year deal, he would likely have no problem giving Torii Hunter five or even six years!
∑ Here is a nice Jonathan Mayo article on Anthony Swarzak and his comeback from the suspension.
∑ Blog Spotting Ė
o Nick & Nickís Blog takes a look at some really interesting look-alikes, so be sure to check that out.
o Aaron Gleeman has several interesting Twins notes today.
∑ One question I do have for you, and please feel free to e-mail me your comments. We could be looking at a Colorado/Cleveland World Series starting next week. Will anyone watch it? Probably not very many. In fact, it will likely be the lowest rated World Series again. And, I for one, think that is unfortunate because that matchup could/should be great. It matches a couple of young, energetic, talented and VERY good teams. Imagine the rankings of a Browns/Broncos AFC Championship series. They would be tremendous. The Indianapolis Colts get great rankings. The NFL has done a great job of marketing all of its teams. So, what does baseball need to do to make people care about the World Series matchup of teams not in New England? (besides play games at decent hours!)
∑ Anything else on your mind. Not sure if Iíll have comments here today, so please feel free to e-mail me, or use the Comments below. Have a great day!