Hitting The Cut-Off Man: Fist Of Fury

April 20, 2010

A few interesting players to consider as we scour the deep league waiver wires…

  • Until Angel Pagan‘s HR in the 7th inning of last night’s 6-1 win over The Cubs, The Mets had gone 117 plate appearances without an extra base-hit. I’m feeling pretty good about the combustible Zambrano going to the mound tomorrow. The Mets have been swinging at everything, particularly with runners in scoring position. If Pagan gets regular playing time in favor of Gary Matthews Jr., he could be worth a flier for those in need of speed in 12 team or bigger mixed-leagues. I actually drafted Pagan in the reserve draft of The Big Ballers League, but dropped him when Manuel started the season playing Sarge Jr. in center. If he keeps playing, he’ll be on someone’s roster again soon.
  • The star pitcher of my all-porno name team, Doug Fister, put together another tremendous start tonight. With 6 no-hit innings tonight against clueless Baltimore bats, Fister strung together a total of 10 straight innings without a hit, dating back to his last start against Oaktown 357. There’s a lot to like about the big sinker-baller, as Fister has pounded the strike zone to the tune of 9K’s and only 3BB, over his first 18 innings this season. While the White Sox bats have been chilly so far this season, they should provide a tougher challenge than his previous two opponents. We’ll see if the Fist of Fury continues to beat down the competition.
  • Will the real Brandon Morrow please stand up? Was tonight’s 7 inning (5 1/3 without a hit), 1 run, 8 K, 2 BB, 3 hit performance, against The Royal Tenenbaums a taste of things to come, or will he go back to walking the world (5.84% career BB rate) in his next start? There has never been a question of Morrow’s ability, rather it’s been health and questions over his role that have been at issue. With his starting job clearly defined, it will be interesting to see if Morrow can develop into the quality starter that scouts projected. I’m not overly optimistic. We’ve seen flashes of brilliance before from Morrow, only now he’ll start facing much stiffer competition in the AL East, in front of a defense that is hardly has proficient as the one he left behind in Seattle.
  • With The D-Backs placing Conor Jackson on the 15-day DL with a strained hammy. Gerardo Parra should be seeing more time in the Arizona OF. Bill James gave a preseason projection of 70/8/64/13/.297/.351/.428 for Parra, which is a nice improvement over his 2009 numbers. Obviously those numbers are contingent on about a full season of playing time. He won’t get that if Jackson’s healthy, but he’s playing now and he could be a valuable run scorer in a strong D-Back lineup. Parra won’t wow anyone in any particular category, but deep league owners might be able to find some use for the soon to be 24 year old outfielder. At his best, I think he could be Franklin Gutierrez-lite with the bat.

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A Strange Day Indeed

April 18, 2010

Every now and then Baseball gives us a day that makes you realize you really haven’t seen it all. It was as though the ghost of Doc Ellis paid the game a visit today and dropped a couple of sugar cubes in the punchbowl.

As Dave Cameron at Fangraphs so elegantly put it, Baseball Is Amazing.

Ubaldo spat hot fire at The Bravos on his way to the first No Hitter in Rockies history. I really wish Fox or MLB would have cut to the game. Don’t we have split screens and what not in the future? The Dexter Fowler catch in the 7th was incredible. Hopefully his glove will keep him in the lineup, because his bat is swinging like it wants out.

The Mets win over The Cards was one of the most bizarre games I’ve ever seen. Mr. Larussa,  July 4th, 1985 called. Rick Camp says he’s available to pinch hit. Both managers should be fired for the way that game was managed. Larussa, at least, was managing for October. He could have cared less if his team won.

Jerry Manuel was managing for his life and hopefully it doesn’t cost Mike Pelfrey his career. All I could think of was an Aaron Harang extra inning appearance in ’08. His career hasn’t been the same since. Pelfrey only went one inning, but it was one inning too much for my stomach. Oh by the way, WHY IN GOD’S NAME is Castillo bunting against super-futility guy/turned reliever Joe Mather?! Ryan Ludwick played like he was on acid. I felt like I was too after that game. Lost in the madness and mayhem was the scintillating duel between Johan and Garcia.

How about a game in a half in Boston? Two walk off Pirate wins in a row? Livan Hernandez tossing a complete game Shutout? “It’s my scene and it’s freakin’ me out!”

Enjoy this great short commemorating Doc Ellis’ psychedelic day.