Charlie Saponara, a fearless defender of the SoR, posted our Post-April predictions at FB365. Many storylines have emerged from the first month of baseball, which raise some interesting questions. Topics included Carl Crawford, the Legend of Sam Fuld, Fransucko Liriano, my love affair with Jose Bautista and many, many more. You know what to do. [Post-April Predictions]no comments
Jose Bautista [Fangraphs] has defied the naysayers and continued clubbing Home Runs at an unbelievable rate. His 28.1% HR/FB% suggests his body is forged from iron ore. Bautista's extreme Fly Ball profile combined with his outrageous HR/FB% says the 54 HR from 2010 was not a fluke. In fact, Jose has more than double the Home Runs that he hit at this point in 2010. Not only is he ruining the numbers of Pitchers across the league, Jose is stealing bases at will thanks to John Farrell's aggressive tendencies on the base paths. I'm almost wondering if he can post a 60/20 season. It's beyond obvious that MDS is drinking the Kool Aid, but what do you think? Will the HR/FB% stay above 20% (elite power numbers)? How far will the BABIP/AVG drop when more Fly Balls end up in opposing leather? Where would you select Jose Bautista if we held a draft today?
April showers bring May flowers. The showers I speak of are the cold showers Alexei Ramirez takes after every game in April. The guy just flat out sucks during the first month of baseball. It's obvious and predictable. The good news is we're only a few days away from the month of May. While his career stats in May aren't the best, like a thermometer the numbers do rise. More after the jump.no comments
He's not yet available in Y! leagues, but Alex White will make his MLB debut tomorrow against Detroit. The Indians first round draft pick from 2009 and number two prospect (behind Third Baseman Lonnie Chisenhall) has put up stellar numbers through four starts in the International League (AAA). Let's take a closer look at Cleveland's hope for the future.no comments
It's time to check in on the lesser owned players of the league and the latest MLB bullpen news. It's getting late so we'll cut the intro short and jump into it.no comments
"Yo MDS, all those walks from 2010 are Missing In Action."
It's time to check in on the peasant workers of the league and those trouble making, late-inning relievers; the Ugueth Urbina Pen Pals. Ryan Franklin tried to fool us by wearing Mitchell Boggs' jersey, Chris Perez gave us a second straight poor performance and Huston Street says Alf was cat juicing before he hit a HR off him. It was an eventful night for the Ugueth Urbina Pen Pals. Also, Bud Norris turns in his badge after cleaning up the mean base paths of downtown Houston. All this and more in today's edition of the UUPP.no comments
"Yo MDS, I think I figured it out. Check out my new throwing motion."
It's time to check in on the peasant workers of the league and those trouble making, late-inning relievers; the Ugueth Urbina Pen Pals. The fat guy blew a save tonight and the fat lady is warming up her voice. It might not be much longer until Jonathan Broxton is removed from the closer role (again). Let's take a look at the Dodgers bullpen after I try to apologize to A.J. Burnett. The jump awaits.no comments
It's time to check in on the peasant workers of the league and those trouble making, late-inning relievers; the Ugueth Urbina Pen Pals. The only blown save we witnessed was that of Mariano Rivera. Other than the situations in Texas and Philadelphia, which we covered earlier, there isn't much to discuss from the bullpen. Instead we delve into the world of Big Game James with a little player spotlight action. Let's see what the HR king of pitchers (not a good thing) and the lesser owned players of the league were up to on Sunday.no comments