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Everyone is Always Hatin’ on Frenchy

Rob Neyer doesn’t hate, he just strongly dislikes Frenchy.  Platoon ’em! says Mr. Neyer.  That’s if Beltran ever returns, of course.

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Copernican Links: Tuesday Edition

Fangraphs asks where the devil Jason Bay’s power is residing.  Jack Moore provides a rather depressing conclusion for Mets fans:

What we’re seeing with Bay seems to be one of the nastiest combinations of park effects, regression to the mean, aging, and simple poor luck that I can recall a power hitter encountering. It’s certainly possible that Bay has simply lost some of his pop, but right now the most likely scenario is that Bay is working through an extended slump. ZiPS projects him to add 19 more home runs before season’s end, as opposed to the 9 that his pace suggests. It’s too early to dismiss Jason Bay as a power hitter, even if he can’t replicate his awesome 2009.

It’s June; thus, it must be Cape Cod baseball time.

And That Happened is still a must read, each and every single day.

Rob Neyer dishes on the players’ opinions on umpires and replay.

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Neyer Throws Cold Water on Hope

Perhaps the title of this post is a bit extreme, but you’ll understand when reading this.

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Late Night Links

More rookie madness from FanGraphs.

Jimmy Solomon: worst week ever?  Or not?

Rob Neyer goes to his mailbox.  Thankfully, he talks sense on the bogus perfect game/pine tar game analogies:

From the “Dear Rob” files …

Re: Galarraga — Has anyone brought up the Pine Tar game? It seems that set the precedent for the Commissioner’s Office to be able to change a mistake by the umpires. They nullified the final inning and replayed the end of the game months later. Selig could have done the same thing here … only nullify the 28th out and reinstate the perfecto.

T.W.
Walpole, Mass.
It’s not really the same thing. In the Case of the Sticky Tar, the Royals lodged a protest regarding the umpire’s interpretation of a rule. The American League office ruled in their favor, and you know the rest. But I don’t believe that league officials have ever, in the history of the major leagues, overruled an umpire’s judgment call, for the simple reason that no protest was, or can be, lodged.

They’re just different things. Or they always have been, anyway.

An explanation of how the Wally Backman-explosion video circulating on the internet came to be from Mets Today.

Jack Moore of FanGraphs sees trouble ahead for the good ship Johan.

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Are You Worried Yet?

Yankee fans, are you worried yet?

Rob Neyer thinks you should be

No, not about a group of Orioles fans getting angry about the constant pounding their team has received at your hands. 

We’re talking about CC Sabathia here.  In his SweetSpot blog, Rob Neyer links Joel Sherman’s screed in the NY Post.

Sherman writes:

He [Sabathia] was particularly fortunate last night to have the dispassionate, skill-challenged Orioles as opponents. Sabathia’s final line of two runs in seven innings suggests excellence. But this reflected more the inability of the AL’s lowest-scoring team to do real damage.

With Sabathia unable to tame his fastball, Baltimore amassed nine baserunners in the first three innings, but just two runs. Sabathia pitched better thereafter, but still nothing approaching his peak of the past few seasons. He remains without his familiar precision, throwing ball one to half (16 of 32) of the batters he faced. His fastball was consistently in the 92-94 mph range, but he got just one swing and miss on a four-seamer. Sabathia allowed nine hits and walked three in seven innings.

And then Neyer opines:
My best guess is that some of this is your basic regression, and some is your basic fatigue that happens to lots of pitchers. How many hurlers burn brightly for a few seasons in their 20s, only to fade in their late 20s and early 30s? And how many times have teams been burned by six-, seven- and eight-year contracts in the last 35 years?

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Baseball Musings

  • Adam Dunn could become only second player ever to have higher number of strikeouts than BA (currently 157 K and .163). First was M Reynolds. 5 years ago
  • At least the New York Times remembers the Expos... http://fb.me/BhzEslEO 7 years ago
  • MLB Network on Sabathia: "CC is one of the few pitchers in the league who is his own batting eye." 7 years ago
  • Sabathia vs. Halladay tonight: noted hitting hurler Sabathia is hitting .500 against Cy Young winners (okay, he's 1 for 2 against Johan) 7 years ago
  • RT @jaysonst: Now that Stephen Strasburg has pulled into town, the most important era in Nationals history has officially begun. http:// ... 7 years ago

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