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April 15, 2011

What You Missed

4/11-4/15

by Stephani Bee

Here at Baseball Prospectus, we are dedicated to providing you with oodles of cutting-edge sabermetric analysis and keeping our finger on the pulse of the baseball world. With a slew of daily articles, it’s easy for one piece to get lost in the shuffle or for you to overlook a post while you’re busy hiding your monitor from your boss. Just in case this happens to be your situation, here’s what you might have missed this week at BP.

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Monday

Tuesday

  • “He didn’t go around,” Joe Buck deadpans in his latest comatose broadcast. “Look at his elbows and the head of the bat. They didn’t cross home plate.” We in the peanut gallery love to call out the umpires for missing calls, but how well do we know the rulebook? David Laurila tracks down Charlie Reliford, a major-league umpire for 19 years, to explain the check swing and infield fly rule.
  • Yeah, it’s April, but that means the Mets are already out of the chase for the NL East. (Want proof? Check the NL Hit List.) The team’s beat writers are already bandying trade rumors about, with most believing Jose Reyes to be the player who would garner the most interest. Steve Goldman relates the current state of the Mets to “The Midnight Massacre” of 1977 and explains the implications of New York dealing its shortstop.
  • Most teams would kill for a backstop that hits, and the San Francisco Giants have one of the brightest newcomers in Buster Posey. However, though Posey is the catcher people actually remember, most of the NL West receivers have gotten off to a hot start. Sure, it’s small sample size silliness, but Geoff Young tracks each catcher in the NL West and tries to determine whether the hitting will continue or if we will soon see a bunch of Wil Nieves types behind the dish.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • When a team is trailing by a significant margin, they tend to pull some of the regulars and allow the bench guys some playing time. However, the team on the other end of the field is still kicking it and can sometimes stage an dramatic comeback in the ninth inning. Jeremy Greenhouse spins through some of baseball’s most improbable comebacks through the Win Probability lens.
  • While baseball fans get to listen to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver bleat play-by-play action on the Saturday game of the week, MLB Network is stocked with former players eager to talk about baseball and how to measure heart. The Funckiest guy on staff discusses MLB Network’s anchor personalities, the Hall of Fame chances of several players, and the potential of a couple players during his BP chat.
  • Analysts will always tell you that it’s just a week’s worth of games; you can’t set much store by what has occurred in seven days. Yet, as Joey Matschulat says, there are times when what happens over the course of the week that do matter, like a star player getting injured or a youngster getting locked into a long-term deal.

Friday

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 Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, takes in a few ballgames, and maybe even ventures out into the sunlight. See you Monday!   

Stephani Bee is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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