BP.com's original column launched in 1996, TA has been where Christina Kahrl ponders the implications of recent roster moves, their impact on managerial tactics or how they reflect organizational behavior. Plus a few too many references to things that have nothing to do with baseball.
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.
Astros manager Brad Mills hasn't lost the faith in his rookie season, along with other news and notes from around the majors.
As the Astros prepared to take the field for their first game following the All-Star break, manager Brad Mills looked at freshly-minted hitting coach and franchise legend Jeff Bagwell. Mills had just one thing to say to Bagwell.
The Cubs could use Carlos Zambrano's bat as much as his arm, plus other notes from around the majors.
Lou Piniella had spent the better part of 10 minutes answering questions from the media about the return of Carlos Zambrano to the Cubs' starting rotation and his team's offensive woes when it was jokingly suggested to the veteran manager that perhaps the Big Z's return to the bottom of the batting order might spark a hitting renaissance. After all, Zambrano has a .233/.239/.391 career batting line, which would make him look downright ferocious in a Cubs offense that ranks 13th in the National League with an average of 4.2 runs a game.
The author of The Act of Pitching talks about throwing a baseball 60 feet, six inches.
Dr. John Bagonzi is a pitching professor. A former minor-league hurler and collegiate coach, Bagonzi has a doctorate from Indiana University and an encyclopedic knowledge of the art and science of throwing a baseball 60 feet, six inches. He is the author of The Act of Pitching, which Bob Feller has referred to as "The best book on pitching that I have ever read."
Placed RHPs Kris Benson (strained shoulder) and Leo Rosales (sprained foot) on the 15-day DL; recalled RHPs Daniel Stange and Kevin Mulvey from Reno (Triple-A). [4/29]
Traded SS-S Rey Navarro to the Royals for RHP Carlos Rosa, and assigned Rosa to Reno (Triple-A); transferred RHP Leo Rosales from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [5/2]
Who will round out the rotations of the Cleveland Indians and Florida Marlins?
Mitch Talbot has spent seven seasons in the Minor Leagues and his hard work has finally paid off. He spent most of 2009 and all of '08 and '07 in Triple-A Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, where he has shown steady improvement. Talbot has shown good control and an above-average ability to strike hitters out; the question now is whether or not that can translate to the Major Leagues.
The 2007-09 stats on Talbot's line above only include his nine and two-thirds innings at the Major League level with the Rays in '08. I think it is safe to say that that can be ignored. As far as projections, PECOTA's seems realistic except it may be underestimating the amount of innings he will be pitching in Cleveland. I would expect a WHIP between 1.3 and the low 1.4's as opposed to the 1.5 PECOTA expects simply because he is a control pitcher who has held Triple-A hitters to a 1.36 WHIP in 376 innings.