To say that the Los Angeles Dodgers are under-performing would be an understatement. They’re awful. They’ve been hit with a number of injuries to key players, and they continue to masquerade the likes of Juan Uribe, Luis Cruz, and Mark Ellis as viable infield options on a daily basis. The Dodgers are 18-26 today, which is far below whatever expectations a nearly $217 million payroll may have levied upon them.
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Posted by Scott Lewis under Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers, News And Notes on May 22, 2013
Posted by Scott Lewis under News And Notes, Philadelphia Phillies on May 15, 2013
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free agent right-hander Carlos Zambrano to a minor league deal, Ken Rosenthal reports. As it was reported yesterday, Zambrano walked away from an agreement with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League in an effort to concentrate on landing a deal with a Major League team. A sound decision from Big Z’s camp, if he can crack the roster.
Zambrano bounced between the starting rotation and bullpen with the Miami Marlins last season, to mostly mediocre results. While Zambrano’s velocity has remained roughly the same over the last few seasons, his fastball usage has declined every year since 2007. The big righty has gradually increased the number of split-finger fastballs he’s thrown, relying on it 21.1% of the time in 2012. The longball has never really been a big problem for Zambrano, but he did raise his groundball rate to 49% last season, the highest total he’s registered since 2005.
The Phillies could use some help in their rotation with Roy Halladay on the shelf for the foreseeable future. Whether or not Zambrano will help fill that void depends on how effective he can prove himself to be in the minors.
Posted by Scott Lewis under News And Notes on May 14, 2013
Multiple reports from last week indicated that Carlos Zambrano had signed a contract with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League. According to a Danny Knobler piece at CBS Sports, Zambrano has decided not to sign with the club, and will continue to pursue a deal with a Major League team.
Zambrano pitched for the Miami Marlins last season after he was acquired from the Chicago Cubs. The Marlins agreed to pay $2.5 million of the $18 million owed to the right-hander in the final year of a five-year, $88.5 million contract. The 31-year old threw 132.1 innings, finishing with a 7-10 record, 4.49 ERA, 4.47 FIP, 4.84 xFIP, and 95 strikeouts between 20 starts and 15 relief appearances.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, News And Notes, Projections, Toronto Blue Jays on May 09, 2013
If you are a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, or Los Angeles Dodgers, holding onto belief that your team still has time to make an impact in the playoff races, you don’t care much for projection systems and playoff odds. Cold arithmetic isn’t going to heal your wounded heart, nor will it temper your excitement should your chosen franchise string together a few wins, infusing said heart with valuable hope.
If you aren’t a fan of one of those teams, you can look at Fangraphs new projected standings/depth charts feature and laugh until your sides hurt. Because, according to “the numbers”, it’s all over but the crying.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under A.J. Burnett, Felix Hernandez, News And Notes on May 08, 2013
Another day, another ho-hum eight innings of one-run ball. Only six strikeouts and he did allow a walk and a five hits, all in service of a 2-1 Mariners win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh today. I think he’s finally slipping.
According to Fangraphs, this outing brings his season ERA down to 1.53, his FIP down to 2.16. It does shrink his strikeout to walk ratio down to a pedestrian 56/8. He’s slipping, obviously.
Matching Felix pitch for pitch today was A.J. Burnett, who allowed two runs and walked four but managed to strikeout nine Mariners. Both pitchers posted identical game sores of 70, which isn’t Matt Harvey but it ain’t Mike Leake, either.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Boston Red Sox, News And Notes on May 07, 2013
As discussed in today’s link dump (and on the podcast), the Red Sox bullpen is in a state of upheaval. Both players to serve as their capital-C Closer this season are hurt, with Andrew Bailey on the disabled list and Joel Hanrahan possibly headed there as well.
Because relievers abhor role uncertainty like nature abhors a vacuum, Sox manager John Farrell told MLB Network radio (via Over the Monster) today that Junichi Tazawa will get the nod as the new man in the ninth inning. Tazawa has sparkling numbers, not just this season but last year also. As Dave Cameron notes in his very interesting post on the impact of Asian pitchers, Tazawa has a 65/8 strikeout to walk ratio since the start of the 2012 season.
Tazawa is a fine choice for closer, though the official Getting Blanked candidate Koji Uehara might be better. Uehara is a much older man, one requiring a little bit more finesse in terms of his usage and rest patterns. Junichi Tazawa is much younger (just 26 compared to Uehara’s 38 years-awesome) and should be able to handle the three-days-in-a-row rigors of closing better than the artfully-deployed Uehara.
As stated previously, the Red Sox bullpen will still be fine – losing two good pitchers hurts any team but having two other good pitchers to rely on cushions the blow quite a bit. To the fantasy waiver wire we go!
Posted by Drew Fairservice under News And Notes, Roy Halladay on May 06, 2013
Pitching baseballs in upwards of 90 miles per hour puts incredible strain on your body. It is shocking to read but it’s true. Consider all the tiny bones and ligaments tasked with bending, twisting, and rubbing to execute this most difficult feat.
Sometimes, it takes time – a lifetime of bullpen sessions and 30 pitch-innings and 200 inning season after 200 inning season before your body begins to say “uncle.” Such is the case with Roy Halladay, who experienced some freakish injuries throughout his career but now looks to be fully breaking down. In the midst of his second consecutive disappointing season, Roy Halladay went to the disabled list today with shoulder inflammation.
Right now, Gavin Floyd would kill for a little shoulder inflammation.