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Is this a team that can make the playoffs? Sure, maybe. But are we looking at a team that ought to make the playoffs?
no love for Celerino Sanchez? :-(
Brosius may have been an underwhelming presence at the plate, but he did have an above-average glove. Knoblauch threw balls into the stands, but the man did have some speed and a pretty decent OBP. No one on those teams was a really significant power threat Tino hitting 44 in 1997 was considered astronomical at the time...
Yes, lineups have definitely become harder to get through; the good-field-no-hit Neifi!riffic player isn't held in the same regard as 40 years ago, unless maybe you're Melky Cabrera.
The offensive environment has also changed even above and beyond that. Not only are the bad hitters replaced by better ones, but everyone's getting more hits, and more XBH, than when Kaat was a kid.
And, finally, relief pitching is looked at very differently. A reliever isn't just a failed starter anymore, but an actual asset (even if a more limited one than a starter). Why is it somehow morally superior to let a tired starter gut it out than to bring in a fresh arm who's throwing a lot harder?
When Kaat was pitching, I'm sure Lefty Grove and Carl Hubbell were talking about how pitchers in their day were real men (started 30-35 games and relieved another 15 times). When they pitched, Cy Young was saying it, and before that Albert Spalding was probably calling Young a wuss.
8 if the yanks think jackson could come up and his growth won't be harmed, i could get behind that.
but aaron rowand has a full no trade this year, has a deal through 2012; and an ops+ of 102 which is certainly way better than melky, but nothing to write home about
9 you aren't letting us hold melky in that regard :}
following up on your relief pitching comments jl, how long has the practice of grooming a pretty good pitcher, but someone you don't think will make it as a starter for whatever reason (injury, limited number of pitches, etc) like a mark melancon been going on?
that is - were relief pitchers like that around when kaat was pitching?
There were relief specialists in the majors, but I believe most of them were given a chance as starters first. Jack Aker's one I've found who was never anything but a reliever in the majors, but he seems to have started his MiL career as a starter.
Sparky Lyle seems never to have been anything but a reliever, majors and minors. I think those cases were vary few and far between.
We are definitely cooked. 8.5 games out of the WC. No chance.
More on this as it becomes available. Joba is meeting with Dr. James Andrews today in Pensacola, Fla. Don't read too much into Joba likely going on the DL. That was going to be the case regardless.
feinsand's reporting kennedy is coming up and will make saturday's start
in any case, last time i checked, we are a playoff contender
let's hope for better news on Joba...
Still a long way to go, but they're sure not showing any signs of slowing down yet.
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