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Um, I'll take the over on the Angels win total, thanks.
OK, got it. Yes, the whole list does make more sense now.
No room for Juan Rivera on this list? Not saying he's top 10 or anything, but he gives you decent average and power. I don't play fantasy, so maybe I'm missing something here, but he seems like a good bet to at least outperform many of the guys towards the bottom of this list.
Was it really criminal? Yes, he probably could have started this year, but are you going to argue he should have started over Figgins? His AAA numbers have been good, but didn't scream for him to play at all costs. I think his timetable has been set to give him the best chance to hit the ground running in 2010.
He seemed to answer that question in the article, and its an explaination I\'ve heard before. Pitchers of yester-year threw more pitches more often, but conserved their energy for \"critical\" situations. Hitters became more advanced, pitchers could no longer afford to save their best stuff for later innings, and thus didn\'t last as many innings or pitches as they used to. Its all become more specialized because it had to; its the natural evolution of the game.
I guess you\'re not up to date with the Angels. Arte Moreno already came out and said that they\'re \"turning the page\" on Rodriguez. Their focus is on Teixeira. If (and when) he signs back East, they said in numerous spots that they will look towards starting pitching instead. And while it seems to be widely presumed, there is no evidence of any quote saying that they are interested in bringing back Garret Anderson, at any price. Maybe you should do a bit of research before publishing, hmm?
Not just the BP crew. Analysts all over the baseball media landscape have been driving this point into the ground once it became clear Rodriguez would set the record. Yes, its silly when a few old goats talk about him winning the Cy or the MVP. And yes, hes had a down year, in spite of all the opportunities. Any baseball fan with half a brain knows all this already. I actually find it insulting that its been repeated to us so many times now.
Lets focus on something positive that has nothing to do with saves. This website (Will Carroll in particular) has been predicting K-Rod\'s arm would fall off since he entered the league in \'02. Instead hes been maybe the third best reliever in the game over that span, spending exactly zero days on the DL, and showing no signs of slowing down. As an Angel fan, I hope hes allowed to walk at the end of the season. I know there are others that can do his job without the $15 millon fee, and that the Angels in particular have a good track record developing arms. But I also hope he goes on to a nice, healthy career and breaks the all time saves mark, just to rub it in a bit. I love BP and what they do for the game, but the arrogance and negativity can get tiresome.