The Mariners have some nice building blocks but are still a couple of bats short.
Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade—whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.
There's hope in Houston, just not for next season (or the one after that)
Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski, and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.
Injuries to David Wright and Ike Davis start a Mets infield shuffle, the Red Sox rotation gets rejiggered, the curse of the Rangers outfield continues, Aroldis Chapman exeunt, and familiar faces resurface in the Cubs rotation and Braves bullpen.
Placed RHP David Hernandez on the 15-day DL (sprained ankle); purchased the contract of RHP Armando Gabino from Norfolk (Triple-A). [8/5]
Optioned LHP Troy Patton to Norfolk; recalled C-R Craig Tatum from Norfolk. [8/9]
Activated OF-R Lou Montanez from the 15-day DL, and optioned him to Norfolk. [8/13]
Placed RHP Jason Berken on the 15-day DL (shoulder inflammation), retroactive to 8/13; recalled RHP Rick VandenHurk from Norfolk. [8/16]
Activated RHP Jim Johnson from the 60-day DL; optioned RHP Armando Gabino to Norfolk; transferred RHP Jason Berken from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [8/27]
Recalled 1B-R Brandon Snyder and OF-R Nolan Reimold from Norfolk; purchased the contract of MI-R Robert Andino from Norfolk; designated OF-R Lou Montanez for assignment. [9/1]
Recalled RHP Chris Tillman from Norfolk. [9/5]
Recalled LHP Troy Patton from Norfolk; recalled LHP Pedro Viola from Bowie (Double-A); activated RHP David Hernandez from the 15-day DL; outrighted OF-R Lou Montanez to Norfolk. [9/7]
Lima Time as a standard for evaluation, reinforcing the Red Sox, the Tigers slip by an Inge, and more.
Using a pitcher's rate of SNLVAR, Kazmir's season has been a disaster of massive proportions, one that rates about 4.8 on the Keough scale, something that for the moment suits my purposes for describing starting pitcher inadequacy, using Matt Keough's appalling 1982 season as a baseline for starting pitcher-related terrors visited upon a team's unhappy fans over a full season. This isn't really especially fair of me, in that Keough doesn't hold the single-season low for a starter with 30 starts in a campaign, but 1982 was a horrifying disappointment, and the man was beaten with a regularity that made me think that he was the drum, and the entire American League was Keith Moon.
Looking ahead to who could top next year's prospects lists in the junior loop.
One of the most frequent questions I get, be it via e-mail, chats, or the comment sections in the articles, is which player on [insert team here] has the best shot at moving into the Top 101. That's a much different question from who is the best prospect not in the Top 101, as the focus needs to move solely to growth potential. Building on last year's "Future Top Dogs" series, let's keep that category in this year's version, while also taking an honest list at last year's prognostications.
A counting-backwards look at various franchises' last World Series titles.
With the New Orleans Saints having won the Super Bowl after a 43-year wait, this time out here in You Could Look It Up Land, I thought it might be fun to take an irreverent peek at those teams that have waited the longest to win the World Series. With some, it has been so long that you're looking at vast swaths of history and culture falling between rings. For each team, we have a little capsule like this:
The prospects positioned to campaign for the top spots in-house and within the game at large.
Prospecting is all about the future, so let's look deep into the coming year and try to figure out who might be topping next year's prospect lists in their respective organizations, as well as who could be moving up, down, or even out, beginning today with the American League.