Sunday, May 17, 2009
Bobby Wilson Shipped Back To AAASo Bill Plunkett tells us Bobby Wilson was remanded to AAA Salt Lake yesterday, yet the absence of any power on the team outside Mike Napoli remains a constant. Brandon Wood's invisibility remains utterly baffling.
Leave It To Weaver: Marlins 6, Dodgers 3Eric Milton and Jeff Weaver, the two guys some people were getting in a tizzy about, turned out to both give up the same number of runs (2) though in a different number of innings (four for Milton, one for Weaver). You hope for good things from scrap-heap guys like these two, and if that doesn't work, oh well.
Oddity about this game: Juan Pierre scored every run in it, and not one was on an actual hit.
Robothal: Rangers Collapse No Sure ThingTrue that, but get back to me in August. Heck, get back to me next month. Over the prior three seasons, Texas has had a 120 or greater ERA+ in only the following months:
(Update 6/7/09: At some point Evan Grant wrote me that I'm talking through my hat on this one, and that I've got OPS+ allowed by Rangers pitching confused with ERA+ by month, a split that doesn't exist. My apologies.)
Year/Month ERA+ ========================= April 2006 121 June 2006 124 March/April 2007 121 June 2007 124 March/April 2008 129 July 2008 137 The Rangers' pitching staff had another 120 ERA+ month in April of this year, but their staff ERA+ for May is 71. The team continues to sing the usual homilies about pitching and defense ...
"The biggest thing for us is that pitching and defense are leading the way," Young says. "We made a huge point in spring training to bear down on the small parts of the game that haven't been a strength for us over the years. We made it a point to take a lot of pride in our defense. I think it shows."... but I'm not convinced, not yet. One piece of evidence for the Rangers: the second-best defensive efficiency in the league (.711, second after Toronto's .719, with the Angels coming in sixth at .688). Texas trailed the league in that metric the year before (.670), and came in an underwhelming seventh (.681) in 2007.