Sunday, July 08, 2007

Lazy Sunday Heading Into the Break

A very quick Lazy Sunday heading into the All Star Break as hanging a storm door for six hours in 90 degree heat has sapped most of my energy:

Paul Hoynes had a first-half recap in the front page of the PD.
It was below the fold, but front page nonetheless.

Hoynes also has a story from our old friend Brandon Phillips on what happened to the Reds this year. Quoth The Franchise, “it's all about certain players. Ken Griffey and his home-run chase, Josh Hamilton and his comeback season, everybody got caught up in that instead of winning. We're happy for Josh, but we want to win. And the next thing you know, Homer Bailey's up here. We're a team, and everybody's worried about three guys." Maybe it’s my inherent distaste for Phillips, but if he was included in the list that everyone’s talking about, would he be complaining?

As Andy Call points out, thing may be worse in Pittsburgh than they are in Cincinnati, as Pirates reliever Salomon Torres in considering filing a lawsuit against the team.

The LGT makes a mid-season shopping list.

Chuck Lofgren, who’s tearing AA ball apart, is the headliner for the Futures Game. Also on the team will be Max Ramirez, the player acquired from the Braves in the Bob Wickman deal.

And, of course, Sheldon Ocker makes more friends.

Finally, a little something I looked up regarding our 2nd 10-game winner, El Diablo. After Carmona got run in the 6th inning of Saturday’s game, I explored what his OPS against is each inning:
1st inning - .716
2nd inning - .737
3rd inning - .573
4th inning - .804
5th inning - .473
6th inning - .833
7th inning - .924
8th inning - .873
9th inning - 1.286
Sure enough it seems there is something to Carmona being effective the first two times through the order, than seeing a huge jump in OPS against from the 5th to the 6th and even higher in the 7th. It’s not unusual for any pitcher to see this type of jump, but again, when stats back up what your eyes see, there’s something there.

Heading into the All-Star break with a 52-36 record.
Revel in it for a few days.


t-bone said...

Two interesting tidbits from the PD today: Grady was asked to be in the Derby and respectfully declined, and Sowers is apparently getting his act together in Buffalo...

Jeremy Sowers dropped to 0-3 at Class AAA Buffalo on Saturday after a loss to Durham. Sowers, who started the season in the Tribe's rotation, struck out six, but allowed five runs on seven hits in seven innings.

Sowers has made five starts since being demoted by the Indians on June 10. He's struck out 18, walked seven and allowed 43 hits in 32 2/3 innings.

"He's doing what he needs to do," said Wedge. "He's in a good frame of mind."

Cy Slapnicka said...


Cable providers will be having a free preview of MLB Extra Innings from July 12-18 according to inDemand

Just in time for the Indians HD broadcast on Friday.

Cy Slapnicka said...

btw, a new suggestion. I think we can all agree that is Sheldon Ocker was a horse, we'd shoot him. However, shouldn't we mock the folks that write him more forcefully than Ocker himself? I mean, he is just doing his "job" and at least he's getting paid. These idiots are actually spending time crafting serious messages to him.

We can also start a campaign to see if we can get responses:

t-bone said...

I think that's definitely the way to go. Write him and see if he takes the bait...

Voltaire said...

Write what to him? I'd love to help.

Cy Slapnicka said...

anything that will get us in his mailbag, while further proving our hypothesis that he is a jackass.