Thursday, August 21, 2008
Pickoff Moves, Bedtime Edition
AFLAC! Dodgers 3, Rockies 1Kinda surprised the Rocks didn't do more against Derek Lowe, but they never really got traction against him save for the run in the first, Matt Holliday's sac fly that proved to be the Rocks' only run of the game. Derek Lowe got himself to 10-10, and mucho thanks to James Loney, who posted a solo homer in the seventh to give the Dodgers an insurance run they didn't need, as it turned out. Loney also drove in the game-winning run on a fourth-inning RBI single. Nice job, just as we were grousing about whether Loney was an elite defender or not over at DT.
Mike Scioscia Still Thinks Justin Speier Doesn't Suck: Twins 2, Angels 1 (12 Innings)ARE YOU KIDDING ME? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? JUSTIN SPEIER IN A CRITICAL SITUATION?????? F#%t%#@%^$&@#%$#!!!!!111!!1!!1!!!!!
I turned off the TV after the leadoff triple. Hope left the building.
OT: World Of Warcraft: Wrath Of The Lich King TrailerMy friend Noel is working on this one for Blizzard; here's the trailer. I don't really follow gaming stuff much, but you might take a peek even if you don't, because this is some cool stuff.
Dayn Perry On The Balance Of Schedule For Playoff ContendersThe Angels have the lightest schedule of any AL playoff contenders, but what continues to bug me is that this information isn't generally available; it seems to me exactly the sort of thing that Baseball Prospectus should be providing. Anyway, the commentary:
Remaining Opponents' Avg. Win%: 0.476
Home Games Left/Road Games Left: 21/16
Biggest Series: 9/5-9/7 @White Sox
The Angels are going to win the AL West by a wide margin, and considering how much easier their schedule is relative to every other AL contender, they'll almost certainly wind up with home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Remaining Opponents' Avg. Win%: 0.472
Home Games Left/Road Games Left: 20/16
Biggest Series: 9/5-9/7 @Dodgers
The Snakes will play the Dodgers six more times this season, with the final three-game set going down in L.A. Overall, give 'Zona the edge in schedule. The Dodgers play inferior opponents, but the home-road splits favor Arizona by a mile.Dodgers
Remaining Opponents' Avg. Win%: 0.444
Home Games Left/Road Games Left: 12/23
Biggest Series: 9/5-9/7 Diamondbacks
As you can see, the Dodgers play almost two-thirds of their remaining games on the road, and this season they're just 26-32 away from Chavez Ravine. The mitigating factor, however, is that the rest of the way no contender plays an easier slate of teams than the Dodgers do. In rough terms, it's like playing the Reds every day from this point forward. Still, that's a lot of road games ...
when the offense gets just a run in the first on a HR, and nothing after, you have to place the blame on them.
the way the bullpen is going, i'm surprised Arrendondo or Frankie or Shields or Oliver didn't cough it up sooner.
But at this point, Speier shouldn't be on the playoff roster.
Hunter blamed himself for nudging the Twins one step closer to the postseason by failing to rob Punto of his game-changing hit.
"I had a bead on it, I just didn't get to it," Hunter said. "It's my bad. I lost that game."