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TUCK on Strasburg

TUCK Hardball Times cartoon:

  • Glorifies Strasburg: check!
  • Taunts Pittsburgh Pirates: check!

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Afternoon Reads

In case you’re not taking in the front end of a day/night double header this afternoon:

THT’s Visual Standings for the NL East and NL West.  Mighty neat.

In the NY Daily News, John Harper notes a different sort of vibe at Citi Field this year.

Jose Valverde: Old dog, new tricks, same results.

Rob Neyer: sensible blogger.

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Back in the Saddle

Things have been quiet around here, but that isn’t because the baseball world has been quiet.

Sometimes the day job gets in the way.  The only hope I have is that it doesn’t happen too often.  The reader is obviously backed up beyond belief — there’ll be massive amount of “link dumps” in the coming days and hours. 

In the meantime, Brandon Isleib at THT posted an interesting thought on the Pythagorean Run Theory.

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From THT, BAIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) leaders and trailers.

The day job is kicking DC Matt’s rear, so I’ll swallow my pride and link to a Yankees article.  Seems like Joe Girardi is misusing David Robertson. 

Looking for your Stephen Strasburg fix?  The WaPo “Baseball Insider” has the video and report.  This kid, by the way, says all the correct things all the time.

Richard Sandomir writes a business of sports column for the Times’ print edition.  Today, however, he’s on the “Bats” blog making note of the number of appearances the Mets have made (and will continue to make) on ESPN.

So, if Dave Duncan fought Mike Ditka, who would win?  Jamie Garcia keeps rolling up ground balls and DD is gettin’ more love.

TUCK! skewers Big Papi.  Hoffman next?

There are already “seller” whispers circulating about Atlanta.  Somehow, this wasn’t the farewell that Bobby Cox had planned.

Meanwhile, Barry Zito is tossing up 0’s again this year.  The answer, blogs Rob Neyer via Ann Killon, may be mental.  Oh, and he’s throwing harder this year: that might help too.

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Vecsey Mea Culpa as Mets Torch Third HOF Manager in a Row

In yesterday’s NYT, George Vecsey allowed that he may have been just a slight bit off in his “Abandon Hope” column in which he previewed the Mets season.  Yesterday, Vecsey even offered the Metropolitans a bit of praise:

Having predicted dire things for the Mets, I confess to having been charmed by their 20-inning game in St. Louis, when Manuel managed to produce Pelfrey for a first career save and the resident genius of the Cardinals, Tony La Russa, went down with two position players pitching and a pitcher in left field. Was that a turning point for the Mets?


The funny thing about this homestand is that the Mets are encountering visiting managers with New York ties and vastly more credentials than Manuel.

First came the Cubs’ Lou Piniella, 66, who blossomed with the Yankees, and the Mets took three of four from him. Then came Bobby Cox of the Braves, who turns 69 on May 21, whose only major league playing was with the Yankees, and the Mets took three straight from him. Now comes Joe Torre, 69, of the Dodgers, who played and managed for the Mets before winning four World Series across town. He’s working without a contract beyond this season, for a franchise whose owner, Frank McCourt, is going through a divorce.

As a result of this new found Mets renaissance, we experience the bizarre.

And around the league we go:

Are you sold on Stephen Strasburg yet? DC Matt is.  Craig Calcaterra is.  I think I am too.

Since Moutain Frank hasn’t weighed in yet, we’ll turn to Rob Neyer who reflects upon Chris Iannetta getting farmed out in Colorado.

Here’s the last link on the Ryan Howard contract, this time from Dave Studemen of THT.

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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. 8 years ago
  • At least the New York Times remembers the Expos... 10 years ago
  • MLB Network on Sabathia: "CC is one of the few pitchers in the league who is his own batting eye." 10 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) 10 years ago
  • RT @jaysonst: Now that Stephen Strasburg has pulled into town, the most important era in Nationals history has officially begun. http:// ... 10 years ago

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