Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Todays Transactions: October 23, 2013

Jeff Manship -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Manship, 28, started 4 games and relieved 7 for the Colorado Rockies. In those 11 total games he pitched to a 7.04 ERA in 30.2 innings while striking out 18 and walking 12. The former 14th round pick has appeared in 52 games in 5 big league seasons.
Peter Moylan - (Los Angeles Dodgers)  Designated for Assignment
Moylan, 34, struggled in 14 relief appearances for the LA Dodgers. He threw a total of 15.1 innings with 7 walks and 6 strikeouts. The side-armer also made 38 appearances for the Dodgers AAA affiliate posting a 2.74 ERA in 46 innings.
Jorge De Leon -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
De Leon, 26, appeared in 11 games for the Houston Astros posting a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings with 6 strikeouts and 7 walks. He also made 42 combined appearances for Houstons AA and AAA affiliates posting a combined 4.09 ERA.
David Purcey -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Purcey, 31, appeared in 24 games for the White Sox and had a 2.74 ERA. He struck out 23 and walked 17. He has 111 big league appearances between 5 MLB seasons.
Wilkin Ramirez - (Minnesota Twins)  Activated from DL and outrighted to minors
Ramirez, 27, hit .272 in 81 big league at bats for the Minnesota Twins. He spent most of the year injured on the DL with a variety of injuries including a fractured left tibia and a head injury.
Tim Lincecum - (San Francisco Giants)  Signed to 2-year contract for 2014-2015 ($35m)
Lincecum, 29, pitched to a 4.74 ERA in 32 MLB starts. Lincecum threw 197 innings and struck out 193 while walking 76. In 7 big league seasons Lincecum has started 220 games and pitched to a 3.46 ERA with 1510 strikeouts in 1411 big league innings.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bryan Price: Reds Manager

Bryan Price, recently named the Reds pitching coach has been with the organization since 2009 as the pitching coach. He is part of the reason the Reds are 4th in the MLB in ERA and 1st in strikeouts. He was one of the top pitching coaches in baseball and he certainly will give the Reds an extra boost.

Price, 51 played minor league baseball for 5 seasons playing for the Angels and Mariners organizations. He became the pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners for their record-breaking 2001 season and stayed until after the 2006 season when he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He stayed with the Diamondbacks as the pitching coach until he resigned when AJ Hinch replaced Bob Melvin as the manager in early 2009. After that he worked with the Phillies as a minor league consultant until the off season when he signed with the Reds as the pitching coach.

He obviously will be good with the Reds at pitching, but I am a little bit concerned about his ability to managing the very potent offense of the Reds. Obviously he will have help from Brook Jacoby, the Reds hitting coach. He has the entire offseason to learn about the team and the offenses strengths and weaknesses.

I think he will do well with a very good roster. He has already built a very good pitching staff and I am curious on what he will do with the Reds offense.

The Mariners were also reported to be interested in his services.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Carlos Beltran: Great Hitter

After signing with the St. Louis Cardinals on a 2-year deal after the Cardinals won the World Series Carlos Beltran has become into an essential hitter for the Cardinals with his .282 average for the Cardinals and ripping 56 home runs in just 2 seasons. He has definitely lived up to the 2-year 26 million dollar contract he signed.

Beltran was considered to be on the decline when the Cardinals signed him which made sense since he hadn't hit 25 homers in a season since 2008. He did have a solid 2011 with a .300 average and 22 homers but people worried about his age and the Cardinals picked him up on the cheap compared to what other players have done. He proceeded to do extremely well for the Cardinals with 56 home runs plus 5 postseason homers. In 2012 he had his highest WAR since 2008. He has declined a bit since last season despite his batting average being better, but those numbers were key to helping the Cardinals win the NL pennant.

Beltran has been hitting the ball harder with his highest LD% in a full season in his career and some of the best seasons overall for him. It also raises the question of who he will play for next year. Will it be the Cardinals? Or will it be the Yankees?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Baseball Transactions: October 18th, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013
Juan Ramirez -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Ramirez, 25, struggled to a 7.50 ERA in 18 big league appearances and 24 innings. He mainly pitched in the Phillies minor league system. He pitched in 34 games between Reading and Leigh Valley and pitched to a 4.04 ERA in 49 innings.
David Purcey - (Chicago White Sox)  Outrighted to minors
Purcey, 31, pitched to a 2.13 in 24 big league games and 25.1 innings. He also pitched to a 3.03 ERA in 26 appearances for the White Sox AAA affiliate in Charlotte.
Manuel Corpas -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Corpas, 30, pitched to a 4.54 ERA in 31 games for the Colorado Rockies. He struck out 30 and walked 16. He pitched in 21 games and a 5.49 ERA for the Rockies AAA affiliate. He struck out 35 and walked 15.
John Lannan -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency Lannam, 29, pitched to a 5.33  ERA in 14 starts for the Phillies he pitched 74.1 innings and struck out 38 and walked 27. He was once a top pitching prospect for the Washington  Nationals but he has really struggled in the past couple years.
John Lannan - (Philadelphia Phillies)  Activated from DL

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Scouting Report: Jose Dariel Abreu

Jose Dariel Abreu, 26, has been reported to have signed with a team, presumably the White Sox, for 6 years 68 million dollars. An overpay for someone who hasn't played American baseball. The 6' 4" 250 pound 1B is known for his power and that is what made him a much sought after player. Abreu tied for the home run lead with 3 in the World Baseball Classic including a grand slam. He has had some monster seasons in the Cuban Serie Nacional including a .394/.543/..835 with 18 doubles and 37 homers in the 2011-12 season.

Abreus main tool is expected to be his power and with his frame he sounds like an Adam Dunn type player but the average in the Serie Nacional may say otherwise. What will help is his age as he is entering the prime of his career and may be an immediate impact player in the major leagues.

Baseball Transactions: October 17th, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Edwar Cabrera - (Texas Rangers)  Claimed off waivers from Rockies by Rangers
Cabrera, 24, last played pro baseball in 2012. He missed the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury. He made 2 big league starts in 2012 giving up 7 earned runs in 5.2 innings. In the minor leagues his numbers were much better as he gave up 53 earned runs in 129.2 innings between AA and AAA. He punched out 136 batters that season while walking 42.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Baseball Transactions: October 14 and 15

Monday, October 14, 2013
Shelley Duncan -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Chris Resop -  Released by Athletics
Hideki Okajima -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Ryan Roberts -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Matt Reynolds - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Signed to 1-year contract for 2014-2014 ($0m) Avoiding arbitration. Club option for 2015
Alfredo Silverio - (Miami Marlins)  Activated from DL and outrighted to minors
Jeff Baker -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Baseball Rumors 101 Season Awards

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
It is hard to match a monster 2012 but Cabrera did the best he did and he certainly did a great job as he hit .348 (1st and higher than 2012), 44 homers (same as last year), 137 RBIs (2 less than last year). He showed he was definitely in the prime of his career. He played in 13 less games than last season as he struggled with some injuries in the final month of the season. His overall numbers were much better and he is one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball. He also played solid defense at third base despite mainly playing 1B in his career.

AL Cy Young: Max Scherzer
It has only happened 18 times where the Cy Young winner and the MVP came from the same team, but Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer seem likely to make it 19. Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts. He pitched a robust 214.1 innings and struck out 240 with 56 walks.  He had a career year this season and it should end with some hardware. He is 28 and is in his prime so expect another similar year next season.

AL Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers
In a season with a very weak AL Rookie Class it was easy to spot out one player that was the best in Wil Myers. Myers came up in June to the Rays and proceeded to be a key part of the Rays offense as he hit .293 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs. He only batted 373 times but they were ABs where he was helping the team.

NL MVP Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen was one of the main reasons the Pirates made the playoffs. He hit .317 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs. He stole 28 bases which was his 3rd straight 20-20 season. His numbers were down from last year where he was also an MVP deserving player. He is on the rise at the age of 26 and I would expect some great seasons from him in the future.

NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw is one of the best up and coming pitchers in baseball. He is 25 years old and already has a Cy Young to his belt and with an absolutely dominating season on the mound he seems likely to make it 2. He went 16-9 on the year with an incredible 1.83 ERA in 236 innings pitched and he piled up 232 strikeouts with only 52 walks. He make opponents looks foolish and he absolutely deserves this honor.

NL Rookie of the Year: Yasiel Puig
Despite coming up in the beginning of June Yasiel Puig had a season of a superstar with a .319 average with 19 homers and 42 RBIs. He stole 11 bases (but was caught 9 times). He got off to an amazing start by showing his hitting ability and his absolute rocket of an arm. He has been known as being a flashy player with his bat flips and he tends to avoid the media.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Todays Transactions: October 13th, 2013

Albert Campos - (Atlanta Braves)  Signed to minor league contract
Campos last played minor league baseball in 2011 where he went 6-4 with a 5.19 ERA in 15 starts. He struck out 64 and walked 19 in 86.2 innings for the Asheville Tourists, the Colorado Rockies Class-A affiliate
Jamey Carroll -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Carroll, 40, has been a long time big league veteran having totaled exactly 1000 hits in 112 seasons in the MLB. He is a lifetime .272 hitter with only 13 homers and 265 RBIs.
Noel Arguelles - (Kansas City Royals)  Activated from DL
Arguelles, 23, went 1-8 with a 5.93 ERA in 25 games(11 starts) for the Royals AA team. He walked 53 and struck out 44.
Mike Zagurski -  Released by Yankees
Zagurski, 30, pitched in 3 separate AAA teams this year but played in the big leagues for the Yankees and the Pirates. He had a 17.05 ERA in 6 big league appearances this season in only 6.1 innings
Nick Bucci - (Milwaukee Brewers)  Outrighted to minors
Bucci, 23, pitched in only 1 game this season for the Brewers Rookie League affiliate and threw .2 innings giving up 3 unearned runs and punching out 1 with 2 walks.
Doug Bernier - (Minnesota Twins)  Signed to Minor League Contract
Bernier, 33, hit .295 in 302 at bats for the Twins AAA affiliate in Rochester. He also had 53 big league at bats and hit .226
Vidal Nuno - (New York Yankees)  Activated from DL
Nuno, 26, started 5 games and pitched 25 innings for the Yankees AAA affiliate in Scranton. He also had 5 big league appearances with 3 being starts.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Baseball Transactions: October 11th, 2013

Jason Frasor - (Texas Rangers)  Signed to 1-year contract for 2013-2013 ($1.75m)
Robert Coello -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Doug Bernier -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
J.C. Boscan -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Henry Blanco -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Gil Velazquez -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Fall of CC Sabathia

If you go back to 2011 CC Sabathia was one of the top pitchers in baseball. He compiled a 19-8 record with a 3.00 ERA and striking out 230 in 237.2 innings of work. He has been a great work horse for the Yankees as he has pitched 1116 innings in just 5 seasons. In 2013 he had his worst season since 2002 with the Cleveland Indians. He went 14-13 this season and only struck out 175 in 211 innings pitched. But what happened?

An easy factor to blame is his workload as he is only 33 but has piled up 2775.1 innings pitched in 13 season for an average of 211 per season. His decline in stats is also to blame as his FIP has shown he is much bitter with a 3.76 xFIP and his BB/9 has spiked to 2.77 from 1.98 in 2012. He has been slightly unlucky with a .308 BABIP.

What is concerning is his drop in velocity. His fastball has dropped to 91 MPH and his Sinker has dropped to 90 MPH. His slider has the same velocity and his change-up has slowed down to 85 MPH. Hitters are becoming more disciplined against him and it definitely could go against him in the long run.

Todays Transactions: October 10th, 2013

Victor Marte -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
J.D. Martin -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Jason Bourgeois -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Baseball Transactions: October 9th 2013

J.C. Boscan - (Chicago Cubs)  Outrighted to minors
Zach Putnam - (Chicago Cubs)  Activated from DL and outrighted to minors
Thomas Neal - (Chicago Cubs)  Activated from DL and outrighted to minors
Darnell McDonald - (Chicago Cubs)  Outrighted to minors
Rafael Dolis - (Chicago Cubs)  Activated from DL and outrighted to minors
Kevin Slowey -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Victor Marte - (St. Louis Cardinals)  Outrighted to minors

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Todays Transactions: October 8th, 2013

Ryan Reid - (Pittsburgh Pirates)  Recalled from Indianapolis (AAA)
Wilmer Font - (Texas Rangers)  Recalled from Round Rock (AAA)
Felipe Rivero - (Tampa Bay Rays)  Recalled from Charlotte (A+)
Mike Montgomery - (Tampa Bay Rays)  Recalled from Durham (AAA)
Hak-Ju Lee - (Tampa Bay Rays)  Activated from DL
Frank De los Santos - (Tampa Bay Rays)  Recalled from Durham (AAA)
Alex Colome - (Tampa Bay Rays)  Recalled from Durham (AAA)
R.J. Swindle - (St. Louis Cardinals)  Recalled from - (-)
Jorge Rondon - (St. Louis Cardinals)  Recalled from Memphis (AAA)
Josh Lindblom - (Texas Rangers)  Recalled from Round Rock (AAA)
Chris McGuiness - (Texas Rangers)  Recalled from Round Rock (AAA)
Thad Weber - (Toronto Blue Jays)  Recalled from Buffalo (AAA)
Mickey Storey - (Toronto Blue Jays)  Recalled from Buffalo (AAA)
Sergio Santos - (Toronto Blue Jays)  Recalled from Gulf Coast Blue Jays (Rk)
Sean Nolin - (Toronto Blue Jays)  Recalled from Buffalo (AAA)
Brad Lincoln - (Toronto Blue Jays)  Recalled from Buffalo (AAA)
Antonio Jimenez - (Toronto Blue Jays)  Recalled from Buffalo (AAA)
Drew Hutchison - (Toronto Blue Jays)  Recalled from Buffalo (AAA)
Roman Mendez - (Texas Rangers)  Recalled from Frisco (AA)
Eric Fornataro - (St. Louis Cardinals)  Recalled from Memphis (AAA)
Jermaine Curtis - (St. Louis Cardinals)  Recalled from Memphis (AAA)
Mike Kickham - (San Francisco Giants)  Recalled from Fresno (AAA)
Edwin Escobar - (San Francisco Giants)  Recalled from Richmond (AA)
Adys Portillo - (San Diego Padres)  Recalled from Fort Wayne (A)
Miles Mikolas - (San Diego Padres)  Recalled from Tucson (AAA)
Rymer Liriano - (San Diego Padres)  Recalled from San Antonio (AA)
Tom Layne - (San Diego Padres)  Recalled from Tucson (AAA)
Jaff Decker - (San Diego Padres)  Recalled from Tucson (AAA)
Yeison Asencio - (San Diego Padres)  Recalled from San Antonio (AA)
Francisco Peguero - (San Francisco Giants)  Recalled from Fresno (AAA)
Eric Surkamp - (San Francisco Giants)  Recalled from Fresno (AAA)
Keith Butler - (St. Louis Cardinals)  Recalled from Memphis (AAA)
Jesus Sucre - (Seattle Mariners)  Recalled from Tacoma (AAA)
Carlos Peguero - (Seattle Mariners)  Recalled from Tacoma (AAA)
Julio Morban - (Seattle Mariners)  Recalled from Jackson (AA)
Danny Hultzen - (Seattle Mariners)  Recalled from Tacoma (AAA)
Anthony Fernandez - (Seattle Mariners)  Recalled from Jackson (AA)
Blake Beavan - (Seattle Mariners)  Recalled from Tacoma (AAA)
Xavier Avery - (Seattle Mariners)  Recalled from Tacoma (AAA)
Nate Karns - (Washington Nationals)  Recalled from Harrisburg (AA)
Ryan Sweeney - (Chicago Cubs)  Signed to 2-year contract for 2014-2015 ($3.5m) Club option for 2016
Michael Martinez -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Shairon Martis -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Jorge De La Rosa - (Colorado Rockies)  Rockies exercised option for 2014 ($2011)
Henry Blanco - (Seattle Mariners)  Designated for Assignment
Andrew Taylor - (Los Angeles Angels)  Activated from DL and outrighted to minors
Robert Coello - (Los Angeles Angels)  Outrighted to minors
Tony Abreu - (San Francisco Giants)  Activated from DL
Hiram Burgos - (Milwaukee Brewers)  Activated from DL
Zach Miner -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Pete Orr -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Travis Witherspoon - (Seattle Mariners)  Claimed off waivers from Angels by Mariners
Brandon Sisk - (Los Angeles Angels)  Outrighted to minors
Brandon Laird -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Philip Humber -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Ryan Langerhans -  Declared free agency
Kevin Slowey - (Miami Marlins)  Activated from DL
Zach Phillips -  Refused Minor League Assignment - Declared free agency
Koyie Hill -  Declared free agency
Matt Chavez - (San Francisco Giants)  Signed as undrafted free agent out of college
Eric Patterson -  Released by Brewers
Sean Mahley - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Contract purchased from Schaumburg (Frontier)
Dustin Loggins - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Contract purchased from Kansas City (American)
Seth Lintz - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Contract purchased from Laredo (American)
Tyler Robertson - (Washington Nationals)  Recalled from Syracuse (AAA)
Matt Purke - (Washington Nationals)  Recalled from Potomac (A+)
Brad Meyers - (Washington Nationals)  Recalled from Gulf Coast Nationals (Rk)
Chris Marrero - (Washington Nationals)  Recalled from Syracuse (AAA)
Danny Espinosa - (Washington Nationals)  Recalled from Syracuse (AAA)
Dan Bowman - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Contract purchased from Lake Erie (Frontier)
Steve McQuail - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Contract purchased from Schaumburg (Frontier)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Baseball Transactions: October 7th, 2013

 This will be something I will do daily starting today.

Chase Anderson - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Recalled from Reno (AAA)
Craig Breslow - (Boston Red Sox)  Recalled from Portland (AA)
Daniel Butler - (Boston Red Sox)  Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA)
Alex Hassan - (Boston Red Sox)  Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA)
Christian Vazquez - (Boston Red Sox)  Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA)
Brett Jackson - (Chicago Cubs)  Recalled from Tennessee (AA)
Trey McNutt - (Chicago Cubs)  Recalled from Arizona Cubs (Rk)
Mike Olt - (Chicago Cubs)  Recalled from Iowa (AAA)
Neil Ramirez - (Chicago Cubs)  Recalled from Tennessee (AA)
Jorge Soler - (Chicago Cubs)  Recalled from Daytona (A+)
Matt Szczur - (Chicago Cubs)  Recalled from Tennessee (AA)
Christian Villanueva - (Chicago Cubs)  Recalled from Tennessee (AA)
Josh Vitters - (Chicago Cubs)  Recalled from Iowa (AAA)
Mike McDade - (Chicago White Sox)  Recalled from Charlotte (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Wada - (Baltimore Orioles)  Recalled from Norfolk (AAA)
Dylan Bundy - (Baltimore Orioles)  Recalled from Bowie (AA)
Charles Brewer - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Recalled from Reno (AAA)
Keon Broxton - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Recalled from Mobile (AA)
David Holmberg - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Recalled from Mobile (AA)
Alfredo Marte - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Recalled from Reno (AAA)
Joe Paterson - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Recalled from Reno (AAA)
Tyler Skaggs - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Recalled from Reno (AAA)
Zeke Spruill - (Arizona Diamondbacks)  Recalled from Reno (AAA)
Todd Cunningham - (Atlanta Braves)  Recalled from Gwinnett (AAA)
Cory Gearrin - (Atlanta Braves)  Recalled from Gwinnett (AAA)
Phil Gosselin - (Atlanta Braves)  Recalled from Gwinnett (AAA)
Juan Jaime - (Atlanta Braves)  Recalled from Mississippi (AA)
Ernesto Mejia - (Atlanta Braves)  Recalled from Gwinnett (AAA)
Aaron Northcraft - (Atlanta Braves)  Recalled from Mississippi (AA)
Jared Mitchell - (Chicago White Sox)  Recalled from Birmingham (AA)
Nestor Molina - (Chicago White Sox)  Recalled from Birmingham (AA)
Santos Rodriguez - (Chicago White Sox)  Recalled from Charlotte (AAA)
Melvin Mercedes - (Detroit Tigers)  Recalled from Erie (AA)
Jose Cisnero - (Houston Astros)  Recalled from Oklahoma City (AAA)
John Ely - (Houston Astros)  Recalled from Oklahoma City (AAA)
Rudy Owens - (Houston Astros)  Recalled from Oklahoma City (AAA)
Maikel Cleto - (Kansas City Royals)  Recalled from Omaha (AAA)
John Lamb - (Kansas City Royals)  Recalled from Omaha (AAA)
Justin Marks - (Kansas City Royals)  Recalled from Omaha (AAA)
Everett Teaford - (Kansas City Royals)  Recalled from Omaha (AAA)
Tommy Hanson - (Los Angeles Angels)  Recalled from Salt Lake (AAA)
Nick Maronde - (Los Angeles Angels)  Recalled from Arkansas (AA)
Michael Roth - (Los Angeles Angels)  Recalled from Arkansas (AA)
Brandon Sisk - (Los Angeles Angels)  Recalled from Salt Lake (AAA)
Travis Witherspoon - (Los Angeles Angels)  Recalled from Arkansas (AA)
Francisco Martinez - (Detroit Tigers)  Recalled from Lakeland (A+)
Dixon Machado - (Detroit Tigers)  Recalled from Lakeland (A+)
Ramon Cabrera - (Detroit Tigers)  Recalled from Erie (AA)
Carlos Contreras - (Cincinnati Reds)  Recalled from Pensacola (AA)
Daniel Corcino - (Cincinnati Reds)  Recalled from Louisville (AAA)
Ismael Guillon - (Cincinnati Reds)  Recalled from Clinton (A)
Donald Lutz - (Cincinnati Reds)  Recalled from Pensacola (AA)
Yorman Rodriguez - (Cincinnati Reds)  Recalled from Pensacola (AA)
Trevor Bauer - (Cleveland Indians)  Recalled from Columbus (AAA)
Matt Carson - (Cleveland Indians)  Recalled from Columbus (AAA)
Tim Fedroff - (Cleveland Indians)  Recalled from Columbus (AAA)
Trey Haley - (Cleveland Indians)  Recalled from Akron (AA)
T.J. House - (Cleveland Indians)  Recalled from Columbus (AAA)
Cristhian Adames - (Colorado Rockies)  Recalled from Tulsa (AA)
Rafael Ortega - (Colorado Rockies)  Recalled from Tulsa (AA)
Tim Wheeler - (Colorado Rockies)  Recalled from Colorado Springs (AAA)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Are the Red Sox the team to beat?

The Boston Red Sox got their post season started in a big way as they destroyed the Tampa Bay Rays 12-2 in Fenway Park yesterday. They went 15-9 leading in September and are 38-26 since the All Star break. They won despite not hitting a single home run but hit 5 doubles and had all 9 players in their starting lineup get a hit. Ryan Dempster pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and striking out 7 but walked 3.

The Red Sox hit 178 home runs last season which ranked 6th in the MLB behind the big boppers of Baltimore, Seattle, Oakland, Toronto, and Atlanta. Three of those 6 teams didn't even make the postseason and 2 of them failed to even reach .500. The Red Sox also led the lead in doubles with 363 doubles, 41 more than 2nd-place St Louis. They led in OPS with 117 and in OPS with .795. They were the only team in baseball to score 800 runs (853). They were clearly the top offensive team in baseball and that can go a long way if you have good pitching. Their top hitters were David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia

Their pitching staff had a 3.78 ERA on the season which was 14th in baseball. 7th in strikeouts, 15th in WHIP. Obviously the pitching was not nearly as good as the hitting but it got the job done to lead the Red Sox into the playoffs.Clay Buchholz who went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA but in only 16 starts. He punched out 98 in 108.1 innings pitched. Shutting the door for the Red Sox in the ninth was Koji Uehara who was absolute money out of the pen with a 1.09 ERA in 73 relief appearances and 21 saves.

Overall the Red Sox are one of the best teams in baseball and their run to a potential World Series ring could be very entertaining.

The Alex Rodriguez Scandal

Alex Rodriguez, ever since his admittance to using steroids in 2009 has been in decline both on and off the field. He seemingly reached rock-bottom in the 2012 Playoffs when he was caught giving his phone number to girls near the dugout. But it got even worse when his involvement with Biogensis was revealed.

In August the MLB suspended him an unprecedented 211 games for his connection with the Biogenesis clinic. He has appealed the suspension and is currently undergoing an appeal process.

Today it was revealed he is suing the MLB because they are "ruining his reputation and destroying his career." That lawsuit will mean his appeal won't be the last legal dispute he has to settle with the MLB. (Link)

Rodriguez, 38 is a lifetime .299 hitter with 654 home runs and 1969 RBIs. He signed a massive 10 year 275 million dollar contract with the New York Yankees after the 2007 season and it has become a huge problem for the Yankees.