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Joe Borowski Cleveland Indians
Was designated for assignment today.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Jul 4 '08
One of the big differences between real baseball and fantasy baseball is that injuries hurt more in the latter. The new rightfielder for the Twins, as it turns out, is a step up over his predecessor; so far, anyway, especially in the field.

Rotisserie teams have five outfield slots to fill, and in an AL-only league the team that has Cuddyer will be lucky if it can replace him with Miguel Cairo.

When Cuddyer comes back, the Twins will happily make Denard Span their fourth outfielder. He'll continue to be an asset to them.

His stock will plunge in fantasy leagues. If the Twins would be good enough to send him back to the minors, he at least could be reserved. But he's played so well that's not going to happen, and in many, many leagues (for sure in all mixed leagues) he'll simply be cut.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 3 '08
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
The hitter Baseball Reference links him to as the #1 comp for every year of Pujols' career is actually Joe DiMaggio. Williams isn't even in the Top 10 now, but that's because he falls off because of the war.

DiMaggio will start dropping off for the same reason next year.

DiMaggio's OPS+s through his first seven seasons (Age 21-27) were 128, 168, 139, 184, 173, 184, and 147.

Pujols' (Age 21-27) have been 157, 151, 187, 172, 168, 178, and 157.

Williams' Age 20-23 were 160, 162, 235, 217 before he went to fight the good fight. Then he came back in '46 and his next three years (ages 27-29) were 215, 205, and 189.

Pujols and DiMaggio are/were great hitters. But Williams is in an even higher circle of greatness with Ruth and the probably-tainted Bonds.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jul 3 '08
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox
Since I was born 10 years after Williams played his last game, all I can do is marvel at his numbers. The BB/SO is probably the most amazing number in my book.

Then I wonder what that career line would have looked like if there were full lines between 1943-45 and 1952-53.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jul 3 '08
Derrek Lee Pittsburgh Pirates
Not sure what to make of GIDP stats. It's kind of like 'clutch'. These are great stats for sports writers who can paint a player as hot or as struggling.

It strikes me that this should be a ratio to be a true indicator. Is the player the type of guy who hits into a lot of DPs or does he hit into an average amount, but happens to have guys w/very high onbase ahead of him?

Lee has Theriot and Fukudome ahead of him. both w/near .400 onbase. When Rice did it, he had Boggs (and Evans) ahead of him-- Boggs w/onbase of near .450. Grieve had a Giambi batting directly in front of him sporting a .476 onbase. Because Rice's GIDP dramatically spiked from 83-85, when Boggs played fulltime, batting directly in front of Rice, it makes me think GIDP is not an individualistic stat, more of a situational stat (like clutch or rbi).
Tom Ryan toshiro
Jul 3 '08
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
Too bad I can't display just the first seven seasons of Ted Williams, and those totals. Be an interesting comparison.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 3 '08
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox
The breath-taking Splinter, Mike.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 3 '08
Derrek Lee Pittsburgh Pirates
Williams' highest GIDP total was in his 2nd MVP season in 1949, when he hit into 22. He hit into 19 in 1958 and his next highest total was 13.

Every time I look at Williams' numbers, it takes my breath away.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jul 3 '08
He got hit in the face with an errant throw during infield practice between innings a couple of weeks. I think he's been wearing the glasses since.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jul 3 '08
Damaso Marte New York Yankees
Capps is done for two months. Since he's only 24, I'd guess he's really done for the year. Marte and Grabow are left-handed, Yates walks more than he strikes out. Marte's interior numbers are really good, so I would guess he's closing now. He'll get some wild FAAB bids next week.
T.J. Rohr TJRohr
Jul 3 '08
Matt Capps Atlanta Braves
Done for two months. Since he's only 24, I'd guess he's done for the year. Marte and Grabow are left-handed, Yates walks more than he strikes out. Marte's interior numbers are really good, so I would guess he's closing now. He'll get some wild FAAB bids next week.
T.J. Rohr TJRohr
Jul 2 '08
Jack Wilson Atlanta Braves
Zack Duke, batting 8th yesterday: 0-for-3, 2 K, 3 LOB.

Jack Wilson, batting ninth: 3-for-5, a triple, an RBI, 1 LOB.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '08
Joe Borowski Cleveland Indians
Bill James needs to define the parameters of a new category: Excruciatingly Tough Blown Saves.

Two outs in the tenth inning at Cellular Field, Indians leading the White Sox 2-1, Alexei Ramirez lifts a high flyball to left off Borowski.

In the AP account:

"I went to the wall and I thought the ball was going to come right down to me," Francisco said. "And it blew over the fence."

Next batter, pinch-hitter DeWayne Wise

singled, stole second and scored the game-winner on Orlando Cabrera's RBI single.

Surprisngly, only 25,502 were on hand to see the White Sox pretty much end the faint remaining hopes of the Indians.

"In the position we're in trying to play catchup, you can't afford to let these games get away. ... We had an opportunity and I let it slip away," Borowski said.

I was hoping to be next year's closer, he was thinking, and now I know that that's not going to happen.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '08
Jhonny Peralta St. Louis Cardinals
The day after he collects five hits, three of them doubles, goes 4-for-4 with three whiffs. What's true of most batters seems especially true of Peralta: in some games he sees the ball well and in others he has very poor pitch recognition. With a a long swing, he's in big trouble when he doesn't immediately pick up the spin.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '08
J.A. Happ New York Yankees
2008 AAA, as of 7-2-08...

17 Starts
101.2
3.54
1.27
91 H
38 BB
104 K

Looks like that's enough to earn at least one start for the Phillies as Myers replacement. (And Carrasco doesn't appear to be ready by a long shot.)

Golden opportunity to stick with the big boys whether or not Myers figures it out. He's gonna have to be more than a 5 and change inning pitcher however.
Gary Cruciani Megary
Jul 2 '08
Derrek Lee Pittsburgh Pirates
A list completely dominated by the Red Sox. Somewhat surprising Ted Williams isn't on it.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '08
Grant Balfour Tampa Bay Rays
His minor league totals -- 10 years, 261 G, 62 GS, 38 wins, 26 losses, 48 saves, 610 IP, 491 H, 227 BB, 696 SO, 3.25 ERA, 1.18 WHIP -- are pretty darn good, and his four-year totals in the majors prior to this year indicate that he's always had a mid-90's fastball. Though not much else.

Tonight against the Red Sox he threw only fastballs and got away with it.

Against the Red Sox.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '08
First time I've noticed: he wears glasses in the field. Is that a recent development?
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '08
David Robertson Philadelphia Phillies
Impressive. Well-located fastball, big curve. Looks taller than 5-11. For some reason has zoomed to the majors strictly as a long reliever. In two years, no starts, only a handful of saves, close to two IP per game. All told in five stops ( A, A+ and AA in 2007, AA and AAA this year): 73 G, 136 H, 71 H, 0 HR, 54 BB, 187 SO.

The zero HR is not a typo.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '08
Chris Davis Arizona Diamondbacks
His swing was a little long, and the Rangers minor league instructors worked to fix it. The scouts still say it's a little long, but I say that this guy could be Adam Dunn with a somewhat better batting average.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jul 2 '08

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