Friday, July 29, 2011

Save a Closer

A discussion with myself...

ME:  Don't you think Ron Roenicke ought to avoid using Francisco Rodriguez in the 8th inning EVERY TIME there is a save situation?  He and Axford have now pitched three consecutive days.  If you he used someone else in the 8th inning one of those games, he'd have a fresh closer for today.

ME:  Yeah, but if he had used someone other than K-Rod in the 8th, they might have lost one of those games.  After all, isn't that why we got K-Rod - because we didn't have a reliable 8th inning setup guy who could get the games to Ax?  It's better to use a guy today when you ARE ahead, to maximize your chances of winning, than save him for tomorrow when you MIGHT be ahead, because you might not need him then.

ME:  Yeah, I guess you're right.

ME:  I usually am.

Monday, July 25, 2011


(Yes, I'm still around.  Just been very, very busy with other stuff.)

Nyjer Morgan's BABIP (batting average on balls in play) right now is .391.  No other Major Leaguer with over 200 plate appearances has a higher BABIP.

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