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Archive for August, 2010

Roger Clemens Indictment: Clemens Case Drips In »

Now on the docket - Roger the Rocket. Except the grand jury felt he should instead be wearing Roger Staubach's nickname. The indictment cites 15 instances of Clemens obstructing Congress. "Hell, only 15?" Clemens asks, "I've struck out more batters than that in one game." The indictment drips in strangeness. Our theory is that Clemens, back in [...]

Ivan Nova to Replace Javier Vazquez In Yankees’ »

The Yankees were impressed enough with Ivan Nova's start Monday night in Toronto that he will replace Javier Vazquez next Sunday at Chicago. Vazquez, who has an ERA above five, will move to the bullpen and will be available starting Monday. Joe Girardi did not comment about using Nova for more than one more start, and did not say he is prepared to [...]

Johnny Damon: Red Sox Claim Former Fan Favorite Off »

Via the NY Post: The Red Sox have claimed Johnny Damon on waivers, but the Tigers outfielder must waive a no-trade clause to return to Boston. Damon said before Monday night’s game against Kansas City that it’s one of the toughest decisions of his career. If Damon waives the no-trade clause, the Red Sox and Tigers have 48 hours to [...]

Yankees Notes: Nova, Aceves, Marte, Pettitte, and More »

The Yankees lost a tough one yesterday 3-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays as Ivan Nova made his first big league start. Nova wasn’t overpowering, but if it weren’t for a dominant 12 strikeout performance by Brandon Morrow the Yankees could have won this game. Here are some notes: Nova ran into trouble early when he allowed a homer to Jose [...]

Buck Showalter’s Hiring Makes American League »

When Buck Showalter was named the Orioles' 17th full time skipper on July 29th, it signaled the completion of the American League East's stranglehold on the title of Division with the Best Managers. With Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay, Cito Gaston in Toronto, Joe Girardi in New York, Terry Francona in Boston and Showalter now in Baltimore, the AL East [...]

New York Yankees: Dustin Moseley Can’t Beat »

After losing the first game 3-2, the New York Yankees need to win Tuesday night against the Blue Jays at Rogers Center. The Tampa Bay Rays have caught up to tie in the standings, and the Boston Red Sox are still very much alive. Translation...inter-division games can kill a team’s chances for playoff berth, so the Yankees cannot lose this [...]

Making Umpires Better »

Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays was a tough one to swallow – not just because the Yankees lost a close one, but because some of it was out of their control. In the 3rd inning, Eduardo Nunez threw a ball wide of first that Mark Teixeira made an amazing stretch on, and yet the umpire called the batter safe, despite [...]

Yankees Game Recap: Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, »

The Yankees have just lost the first game of a three-game set to the Blue Jays, 3-2. Here are my thoughts: Granderson’s AB One of the turning points in the game was a questionable strikeout call on Curtis Granderson in the top of the ninth inning. The graph shows it wasn’t that close, it was way out of the strike-zone. Jeter in the [...]

Carter’s MLB Power Rankings-August 23: CC »

NOTE: team and player statistics updated through Monday morning, August 23 11:00 AM CT 1. New York Yankees (77-47)As every week goes by, I’m believing more and more that the Yankees are going to be the ones to take the AL East once again. And with C.C. Sabathia holding a strong 17-5 record with a 3.02 ERA and 151 strikeouts to this [...]

MLB Anatomy: Constructing the Perfect Major League »

Who is the best hitter in Major League Baseball?Well, that depends on several factors:Are you asking for the most skilled hitter, or the most valuable?Do you want a guy who can winning batting titles, or home runs titles?Should hitting be judged by ability, or by production?All good questions, and depending on your answers, you might conclude that [...]

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