The Rays reliever is caught with something extra in his glove.
Joel Peralta entered tonight’s Rays-Nationals game with his usual assignment: Get the next three outs, keep the lead, and hand the ball over to Fernando Rodney. After Peralta finished warming up, the umpires would swarm the mound with a request to see his glove. Peralta complied, and would shortly thereafter head to the clubhouse gloveless and ejected, but not before tugging at his cap while facing the Nationals bench. The umpires had found what they deemed to be a significant amount of pine tar on Peralta’s glove.
A look at how Yu Darvish may be the rare unknown commodity in a game of near-perfect information
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As teams and players settle in arbitration or avoid it entirely, refresh your memory on how the process works.
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Which managers did the best at understanding leverage in their handling of the bullpen?
"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world"-Archimedes
There seems to be one baseball topic where there is agreement between the "old school" and the "new school" bullpen management. Frequently, former players-those who haven't played in 20 or more years-or color commentators talk about the demise of the fireman and the rise of the closer, and bemoan the fact that you don't see the likes of a Rich Gossage or Dan Quisenberry coming into the game at a critical juncture in the seventh inning any more, or only occasionally in the eighth. Similarly, the sabermetric community has shown mathematically (see Keith Woolner's piece in Baseball Between the Numbers), that a manager willing to break from the current mold could garner a few more wins per year by bringing in his "closer" in crucial seventh- and eighth-inning situations.
What does dicing the data on Chien-Ming Wang's home-road splits tell us?
In my preview of the American League Divisional Series between the Indians and Yankees, I noted that the Yankees' Game One starter Chien-Ming Wang had shown a pronounced home-field advantage over the course of his short career, with a home ERA (3.04) more than 1.5 runs lower than his road ERA (4.62). With Wang pitching the series opener at Jacobs Field and then-assuming a four-man rotation and regular rest-on track to pitch a potential Game Five in Cleveland as well, it appeared Joe Torre had aligned his rotation to his disadvantage. That's before we might consider the choice of gimpy Roger Clemens over able-bodied Philip Hughes to start Game Three, but let's keep our attention on Game Four today.
Can the game make some needed changes in regard to safety on the diamond? Plus updates on Pedro Martinez, Hanley Ramirez's shoulder, and more.
Baseball has always been slow to change, but quick to react. Ray Chapman's name still resonates and some say his beaning led to the end of the Deadball Era. Helmets came into the game, ordered by baseball's most visionary and pragmatic executive, Branch Rickey, after a Pirates minor leaguer was killed, and were accepted in large part because of a terrible beaning suffered by Lou Boudreau. Unfortunately, safety improvements have all but stopped, perhaps because they were good enough to prevent--or the game was lucky enough not to have--another incident.
The latest on Reggie Willits, Rich Harden, Randy Johnson, Tom Gordon, Reed Johnson, and Yovani Gallardo.
As we near the midpoint of both the year and the season, we get to that stage where the numbers become a little more meaningful. In this niche of the baseball world, we're hard at work poring over the DL data that's collected behind the scenes, looking for patterns and explanations. We'll have much more on this as we head into the All-Star Break, but what's clear is that there are no easy answers here. There's no one thing, like the weather, the new stretching program, or whatever snowclone of "the oblique strain is the new black" is in play for 2007. We aren't yet to the stage in medhead-style performance analysis to where we even have rules or phrases like "OBP is life." We just have piles of data, collected by hand and swimming in a database. There's gold in there somewhere.