Gotta say—that beatdown the Cubs put on the Brewers last week might have just made a really great stretch race moot.
Despite giving up 4 runs in 6 innings yesterday, John Lackey might be the most underrated pitcher in baseball. The AL ERA winner last year, his ERA is about the same this yeae (hovering around 3.00), but his WHIP this year is even better, at a wacky 1.09. He's only given up 25 walks in 107 innings pitched and has a couple of complete games this season—since 2003, he's good for roughly 220 innings a year. Great movement, pinpoint accuracy—why isn't he mentioned along with the Santanas and Becketts?
Word is Marcus Stroud looked strong and quick in Buffalo's training camp. Just a hunch, but I think the Bills got the best of this deal with Jacksonville.
I always thought Steve Smith was a jerk. Thanks for proving me right, Steve.
Let me ask you this; if the Pirates were so high on Jose Tabata (the jewel of the Xavier Nady trade), why did they drop him two levels back to rookie league instead of putting in their AA league, which is where he was with the Yankees? The Gulf Coast League—really?
So now Andy Petitte is thinking of coming back next year after vowing this was his last year. I guess $16,000,000 does make an impression.
I get the feeling Jason Bay is going to fit in perfectly in Boston. I really do.
And lastly.....can someone explain to me how the heck Prince Fielder gets this far off the ground? He must have the leg strength of the Romanian gymnast squad to get that body that high. If anyone can tell me how he does it, please write back and let me know.