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Big Z: Too good, too late

Carlos Zambrano is an enigma. There is no telling what will happen when he takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs. He could get shelled for 8 runs in just an inning and third as he did on opening day 2010 against the Braves in Atlanta. Or Big Z can effortlessly toss 8 2/3 shutout, […]

September 11, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: controversy, Jim Hendry, legal issues, observations, photo of the day, players, roster, stats  One Comment

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Hitting from the On-Deck Circle In his first week as a member of the White Sox, something incredible happened to Manny Ramirez. In two different games, while he was standing in the on-deck circle, a game-winning home run was hit. On August 31, it was A.J. Pierzynski who connected and the very next day Paul […]

September 10, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  2 Comments

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Manny Being Manny… in the Playoffs Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams was thrilled to acquire veteran slugger Manny Ramirez from the Dodgers this week, but he’s hoping the addition will provide its biggest benefits beyond Game 162. “Our thought behind it was very simple,” said Williams on MLB.com. “We not only want to […]

September 3, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, playoffs, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

Derrek Lee will be missed, but it was time

The Cubs having traded fan favorite  Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves, it was strange to see him playing first base and batting cleanup for the visiting team on Friday at Wrigley Field. In his first at bat, Lee stepped to the plate to a rousing standing ovation, tipped his helmet to the crowd and […]

August 21, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, fielding, Jim Hendry, photo of the day, players, roster, stats  2 Comments

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Losing the Golden Touch A lot has been made recently about Torii Hunter – a nine-time Gold Glove centerfielder – moving to a corner spot to make room for the speedy rookie Peter Bourjos. A look at our data supports this move. Hunter was the best center fielder in baseball in 2003 and 2004, the […]

August 13, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: awards, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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Cahill, Latos and Floyd, Oh My A hot start can make a big difference in how players are perceived for the rest of the season. However, many times these same stretches occur in the middle of the season and may go unnoticed. A miniscule season ERA or a batting average above .400 for a couple […]

August 5, 2010  Tags:   Posted in: Fantasy Baseball, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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Good Marmol, Bad Marmol A Cub-fan friend of mine recently said to me that Carlos Marmol is two entirely different pitchers. One day, he comes out of the bullpen and is unhittable, but the next day he is wild and ineffective. He assured me he could predict how well Carlos Marmol would fare in the […]

July 28, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: John Dewan, players, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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2010 Defensive All-Stars With the All-Star Game being played tonight, it’s time to take a look at who the Defensive All-Stars are. While there isn’t a Home Run Derby for defense, these fielders’ contributions have had a tremendous impact on their team’s performance. Here are our current Defensive Runs Saved leaders: 2010 Runs Saved Leaders […]

July 13, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: All Star Game, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  2 Comments

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Rare and Near Perfection – What are the Odds? Prior to this season, in 134 seasons of Major League Baseball dating back to 1876, only 18 perfect games had been thrown. That’s one every seven or eight seasons. This year, we’ve had three in less than a month (though only two count). Dallas Braden was […]

June 4, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

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A Couple of Alternatives to ERA For years and years and years, and to this day, the standard stats to quote when talking about a player are home runs, RBI and batting average for hitters, and wins, losses and ERA for pitchers. Here are a couple of examples. From MLB.com’s Player of the Month section […]

April 30, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment