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Sunday, April 09, 2006
Pickoff Moves, Bedtime Edition
Powered by my normal desktop machine -- thanks to a recall of the first generation of MacBook Pro's that will leave me without for a couple weeks -- we toddle on to the pressing issues of the day that can be summarized in neat bullet points:
Small Sample Size Theater Presents Your MLB Standings At +1 WeekI love this time of the year, when everything is stark raving nutso because some team or other gets lucky. Here's the standings with my dubious value-add:
- AL East: The Red Sox lead the division -- no surprise -- but the Blue Jays and Devil Rays tied for second at .500 and 3-3 each, and the Yankees trailing the division at 2-4? Heh. Of course, they started last year pretty badly, too.
- AL Central: The White Sox stumble a bit out of the gate, but the underreported story is the Twins going 1-5, behind even 2-3 Kansas City. The Tigers and Indians are tied for the division lead at 5-1, and I expect to see the Tigers fade rather quickly; they got off to a quick start two years ago, too.
- AL West: There are no suprises here. Move along.
- NL East: Hello, Philly, aren't you glad you played the Dodgers?
- NL Central: Milwaukee leading the division isn't a fluke. The wife and I watched the Cubbies demolish the Cards along the way to sealing a sweep. The Cards aren't nearly as strong a team as they have been, especially in the bullpen, bench, and outfield. It's a topic that Will Leitch wrote about back in February; the problems in the St. Louis farm are going to start becoming apparent sooner rather than later. Meantime, the Astros and, especially, Reds have done well (4-2 each), while the Pirates and that buntin' fool, Jim Tracy, lag the rest of the division, 1-6, collecting their first win of the season today after six straight losses.
- NL West: All things considered, the Dodgers' second place showing isn't that bad, not when the Rockies share the division lead with the Giants, and the Giants are only a game ahead. Plenty of time to catch up. Shocker: Padres 1-4, but maybe not; that Klesko surgery could be a season-killer.
More Bullety Things
- Hit and run: death sentence or crutch?
- A minor setback for Cesar Izturis. Watch out for this one, they said Gagné was healthy, too.
- Jim Tracy's happy with the Pirates, where idiocy runs unchallenged.
- Gagné's surgery was a "simple little thing". Aw, baloney.
Garvey, DeadbeatSteve Garvey, deadbeat. I like the guy, but his illegitimate children certainly add to his reputation as a guy who lies to get through the day.
Quipped one attorney trying to collect on a $235,000 debt owed by Garvey:Frank and Steve: two of a kind!
"Once a Dodger, always a dodger."