Thanks in advance!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Thanks in advance!
Friday, August 26, 2005
After the Storm
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Taking in BP
There's also about an interesting anecdote about how Frank Thomas used to experiment during BP with an aluminum bat. It's too bad that MLB outlawed that. The Sox could have sold tickets to that show.
I also found the table at the bottom of the story to be quite interesting. Sixteen teams allow their fans into the ballpark earlier than the Florida Marlins. The Marlins are also one of only six teams (of 30, of course) that do not allow their fans into the stadium in time to see the home team take batting practice (everyone will allow fans inside in time to watch the visitors hit). That doesn't seem like a very fan friendly policy to me (and spare me the commentary about how the Marlins don't own the stadium and can't control the timing of when the stadium is opened as it's up to someone else's discretion - that's weak).
Friday, August 12, 2005
Maddux and 15
Can Maddux manage six more wins this season? Looking at it optimistically, it seems questionable. Greg probably has no more than ten starts left this season - so that means he'd have to win six of his next ten starts. That's certainly possible, but it's made more difficult by the fact that the Cubs just aren't that good. Maddux may be more greatful for the return of Nomar Garciaparra than anyone else (assuming of course that the Professor cares about his win streak - my guess is that he doesn't - he just wants to pitch and win ball games, but that the number of years with 15 or more wins is largely irrelevant).
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Sleeping on the Rocket
Since then, Dontrelle has faded but Carpenter has continued to pitch well. But one pitcher kept up with both Willis and Carpenter early in the year, and at this point it's safe to say that he's well out-performing both of them.
That pitcher is, of course, Roger Clemens.
I mean, seriously: have you been following the Rocket this year? His numbers are sick. When it's all said and done I think his ERA might compare favorably with Bob Gibson's (1.12) in 1968 after you adjust for the league averages.
Clemens ERA in total is pretty sparkling (1.45). But what blows my mind is his ERA on the road (away from the bandbox known as Minute Main Park) is a miniscule 0.41. I'm pretty sure that 0.41 has to be a Major League record, but I haven't been able to verify it.
Regardless, Clemens is having a special year at the end of what is a special career. We should all take notice of it, because there may never be anything like it again in our lifetimes.