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September 5, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Rockies' Rotation, Before and After

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Sam Miller

How has the Rockies' four-man rotation experiment panned out so far?

In June, you'll recall, the Colorado Rockies announced that they would be going to a four-man rotation, with each pitcher limited to 75 pitches. Josh Outman was the first pitcher to start in the new format, and the consequences of the Rockies’ shift were immediate: lots of people became aware that Josh Outman was pitching for the Rockies now. In the Seth Smith trade? You don’t say!

It’s still too soon to say what the four-man rotation—with 75-pitch limits on the starters—has wrought, and will wrou... uhh... whatever the heck the infinitive of wrought is. Work? It seems to be work. Wrought seems to be the past tense of work. Forget it.

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Josh Outman didn't get to finish his fifth inning, despite being up by eight. Will this be the sort of conflict that dooms the Rockies' four-man rotation?

You don't care whether Josh Outman gets credited with a victory, but Josh Outman cares whether he gets credited with a victory. On Saturday, with his pitch count well past the limit his manager has set for his new four-man starting rotation, Outman was pulled from his start. He was leading by eight runs, with two outs in the fifth inning and, therefore, an out short of getting credit for the win. He became the first starter since at least 2000 (as far as I went back) to leave a game with two outs in the fifth inning while leading by at least eight runs.  

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June 15, 2012 2:54 am

Weekly Planner: Week 12

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Paul Sporer

Another week, another round of two-start pitchers to consider.

One start in for most of last week’s Weekly Planner picks and there have been some bumps in the road for American League hurlers: Brandon Morrow succumbing to injury, Felipe Paulino hitting the DL before the week even got started, and Josh Beckett, Wei-Yin Chen, and Alex Cobb all getting batted around.  While they weren’t necessarily difficult choices, I was pleased to have led you down the right path with the AL sits. 

Bud Norris, who is clearly ailing with a bum knee, was the only failure in the NL starts.  There were some sits who had palatable outings, but they were wait-and-see (Chris Young) or prove-it-to-us (Randall Delgado) guys anyway.  Josh Johnson did not disappoint in his return to “auto-start” status. 

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Andrew Bailey will be hitting the surgical table soon, a pitcher finds extra discomfort while vomiting, and the AL East bullpens suddenly look much thinner.

Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox (Right Thumb Surgery)
The Red Sox were not giving many details about Bailey’s thumb injury largely because they could not pinpoint when Bailey was injured. The pitcher’s visit with Dr. Graham confirmed he’ll need surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb and will be out for several months at least.

Major acute ligament injuries in the thumb can almost always be attributed to a specific incident. The player may not remember the exact play, but in the following days there will be bruising, swelling, and/or pain. True acute injuries do not just hide and then pop back up 10 days later without something new to aggravate the injury. Bailey was apparently able to pitch a few more times before he felt pain while showering.


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January 18, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: A-nother Oakland Outfielder [Updated]

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R.J. Anderson

The A's acquire Seth Smith, the Nats sign Gio to an extension, the Reds ink Ryan Ludwick, and the Brewers agree to terms with Aoki

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The swap between the A's and the Rockies is a head-scratcher for both parties.

Eight years ago, Seth Smith was backing up Eli Manning on the Ole Miss football team.  Now, he’s backing him up in the headlines.  A day after Manning helped the New York Giants reach the NFC title game, Smith was traded to the A’s for Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman

The 29-year-old Smith was rumored to be on the trade market since the start of the offseason, but general manager Dan O’Dowd could not find a taker until after the outfielder avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million deal with Colorado. And the deal O’Dowd finally made with Billy Beane seems strange from both sides. 

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July 28, 2011 11:01 am

Divide and Conquer, AL West: Deadline Chaos

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Joey Matschulat

A look at what AL West teams may end up doing before Sunday's trade deadline.

Early Wednesday afternoon, the Angels' Ervin Santana nailed down only the 11th no-hitterin the last 93 years where the lack of hits was somehow accompanied by at least one run allowed. Shortly thereafter, the Mariners snapped their historic 17-game losing streak behind a stunning nine-run, 17-hit outburst from an anemic Seattle lineup and seven frames of one-run baseball from Felix Hernandez at Yankee Stadium. A few hours later, the Rangers dropped their second consecutive home game to the sub-.500 Twins and watched their first-place lead slip to a meager two games. A little while after that, the Athletics’ also-anemic offense pounded out 13 runs to seal a clean three-game home sweep of the Rays.

There's a huge part of me that wants to devote ample attention to each one of these stories, but it's late July, which means that the overriding storyline throughout baseball—and, of course, the AL West—is the non-waiver trade deadline. That, I think, deserves the preponderance of the attention this week as we look at two contenders who have every reason in the world to be buyers and two non-contenders that we would naturally assume to be aggressive sellers. As you'll see, however, sometimes our preconceived notions don't cleanly match up with the reality of baseball's trade market. Aside from gazing into each AL West ballclub's trade situation, I've also highlighted the career record of each currently employed general manager in the division, as well as the three most notable July trades that each has made over the last three seasons:

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November 6, 2009 2:42 pm

Transaction Action: Better Angels and a Beantown Explosion?

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Christina Kahrl

The Hermida trade, the Angels' choice, and other moves.

BOSTON RED SOX
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Acquired OF-L Jeremy Hermida from the Marlins for LHPs Jose Alvarez and Hunter Jones; outrighted RHP Fernando Cabrera and OF-L Joey Gathright to Pawtucket (Triple-A); noted that INF-R Nick Green filed for free agency. [11/5]

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June 30, 2009 11:49 am

Under The Knife: Pushing the Envelope?

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Will Carroll

Questions about two stars and cutting-edge procedures, the value of the other half of diet and exercise, plus injury news from around the game.

Carlos Beltran (30 DXL)
Everything I've read about Beltran heading to Vail has had a decidedly negative aspect to it. Yes, having Beltran in the home of microfracture surgery is certainly not something you'd want if given a choice, but the knee problem was already extant; worse, it was already recurrent. When he went onto the DL, this was always a possibility. What's making this so negative is that people are speaking about it as if it's an inevitability rather than just a possibility. Both Beltran and (to some extent) the Mets are speaking with some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the world about a procedure that could help one of their best players get back on the field. There's not much of a track record of microfracture procedures in baseball-the demands aren't the same as in basketball or football-but it has been reasonably successful. The questions now become if microfracture would in fact help Beltran, and then whether or not it can be delayed until the offseason. I'm still not reading too much into this yet, as I want more information.


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June 29, 2009 1:46 pm

Under The Knife: Known Unknowns

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Will Carroll

The hip issues of two hot corner stars in the AL East, an incredible comeback, repeating a procedure, and more from the hurts-and-worse beat.

Mike Lowell (0 DXL)
Alex Rodriguez (0 DXL)

Lowell may end up having a Synvisc injection in his hip. Synvisc is essentially a lubricant, one that looks remarkably like motor oil. Is this a bad sign, coming less than a year after his hip surgery? Rodriguez dove to his left, landed on his hip, and while he stayed in the game, he's also had fatigue issues. After the game, Joe Girardi said that Rodriguez "would have told me" if he was hurt, but does anyone believe that a player who's been savaged for a night out with a starlet might not fudge a bit to stay in the lineup, whether it's smart or not? In both cases, we're left wondering if the hip operation that was done on both is starting to hit Pumpkin time, and whether Chase Utley ought to be looking over his shoulder or not. Since we know a little more than nothing in regards to this operation, it's hard not to look at two of the three that have come back and begin implicating even the most minor of problems going forward, but the same sample-size issues apply here. Whether it's an enforced rest schedule or an injection, we simply don't know if it's a result of the operation or something particular to the individual-or if it's neither in this case. We have to not only beware the sweeping generalizations, but even the educated guesses.



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Needless to say, the West has been busy, but it has been far from won. UPDATED 6/26

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Lots of moving but little grooving in the two divisions way out west. UPDATED 5/1

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