Monday, September 04, 2006

News and Notes

- It is only a matter of time until the Devil Rays are protested, for naming themselves after a ferocious murdering animal.

- Congratulations to Scott Moore, winner of the Adam Greenberg Award for getting hit in his first major league appearance and possibly never being heard from again. (Intoxicated Ryan Dempster, by the way, claims that Adam Greenberg entered the Witness Protection Program as "Josh Willingham".) Over the last two seasons, Moore has one more strikeout than he does hits. Somehow, I don't feel that Aramis is quaking.

- ESPN's Keith Law recently wrote an article on the top 10 intriguing September call-ups. That team who plays on the other side of town got two mentions (although in all fairness, they were for a knuckleballer and a centerfielder - to join SABR, I think you have to declare jihad on Scott Podsednik), whereas the Cubs lived up to our own proprietary ZULETA (Zambrano's Underachieving, Less Entertaining Teammate Analysis) projections with a robust zero.

- Shameless self-promotion: Congratulations to my very own Montreal Sex Pros on capturing their fantasy baseball regular-season title. Hendry's job, I'm comin' for ya.

- Also on the Cub 40-man roster is former slugging prospect Brian Dopirak. I would just like to point out that he is former slugging prospect Brian Dopirak because of his how run totals over the past three years: 39 at Lansing in '04, 16 at Daytona in '05, and ONE in 179 ABs at West Tenn this year. Not to say that any funny business was involved, but I think he might be better off with Ryan Theriot's nutritionist.

- I understand the concept of not wanting the pitcher to bat, I do. But bringing in Novoa to throw TWO pitches in the second today was Dusty's weirdest move since, oh...using Zambrano as the first man off the bench last week? Not that there's any tangible difference between one lousy reliever and the rest...this house is cursed by the ghost of Melquiades Rojas. What, we couldn't burn mercury in the dugout for three days after cutting him?

- Scott Boras client and Cubs first-rounder Mark Pawelek has thrown only 56 innings in twelve starts this year, despite pitching fairly well for the Boise Hawks. (Not as well, however, as official Great White Hope J. Papelbon III.) 4 2/3 IP per start? Apparently the Boise manager is even man-bitchier than Dusty Baker's most vocal critics. By 2014, he might be able to pitch 120 innings without getting hurt.

- And finally, Baseball Prospectus is apparently written by Dusty's cronies:

bctowns (Chicago, IL): So you think Matt Murton can be the answer in left? No more power than he and Jones in the corner outfield spots? Again, thanks for chatting.
Christina Kahrl: I don't think he has the up-side as a hitter to be an offensive asset on a team that needs as much as the Cubs do. If they landed a top center fielder to upgrade on Pierre, and they got a real offensive force at second, sure, they could live with Murton. But that's a lot of predicates, and they might instead decide to leave him alone, and go into 2007 with appropriately low expectations.



I give up. What the hell has Matt Murton ever done wrong, besides hitting for less power than Sammy Sosa? In 553 career PA, he's hitting 299/363/452...that's good! His lefty/righty splits are solid, as are all of his other situationals. (If you factor out his awful June, he's arguably been our BEST outfielder this year. Clearly, his complexion makes him unable to hit during those hot summer months - 925 OPS in August be damned.) It's absolutely criminal that this guy doesn't have a job locked down.

- Welcome back to the majors, former Cub Randall Simon! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on chorizo.

- Finally, I would like to wish a swift recovery to Carlos Zambrano, as I've had lower back stiffness for ten years, and would love to see it just go away. (I would also like to wish a quick recovery to Michael Barrett, and offer my best wishes as he works towards regaining lower front stiffness.)

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At 9/04/2006 10:47 PM, Blogger Pandrew said...

Maybe we should look at pitch counts of Boras' clients.

I'll bet Boras and Z-Machine met in January and Boras was like "You cannot throw a lot of innings" and Zambrano broke a tree on his head, then fired him.

 
At 9/04/2006 10:50 PM, Blogger Pandrew said...

Also, statistics declared jihad on Scott Podsednik.

 
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