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The last twenty comments in true blog fasion, with the links to their authors and the player commented upon.

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Miguel Cairo Cincinnati Reds
Great line by the TV guy in the game this afternoon: "Cairo, when he first came up, used to split his hands a few inches. Remember that? It was like a Ken Burns documentary."
Alex Patton Alex
May 14 '08
Fifteen of first 18 pitches in the big leagues thrown for strikes. Good-looking curveball, 90+ fastball that appears to be a tad too straight. Picked up the W in his first game and but for a great catch by Wladimir Balentien would be in line for the W in the game this afternoon. Was 5-0 with a 3.55 ERA in 7 starts in the PCL.
Alex Patton Alex
May 14 '08
Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians
I doubt it's collusion. Why would they have it out for Kenny? Still, seems silly no one would give him a shot. Must be because he's too light weight a hitter to DH, but he's a 4 in the field.
Tom Ryan toshiro
May 14 '08
Is the MLBPA investigating collusion in this case? It seems like he could still help some team.
jeff merk jeffamerk
May 14 '08
Juan Pierre Florida Marlins
Kenny Lofton would cost considerably less.
jeff merk jeffamerk
May 14 '08
Mike Hessman Detroit Tigers
Has now popped 17 homers for the Toledo Mud Hens. 45 hits, 28 of them for extra bases in 146 AB; 20 BB, 41 SO.
Alex Patton Alex
May 14 '08
Hitting is definitely down, though there are still some crazy performances to date. More hitters (6) are currently on pace to hit 40+ HR than did so last year (5). Lance Berkman is on pace to go 54/159/.394, with 25 SB.

The MLB OPS to date of 734 is certainly low, but is only an extreme outlier if you look at last year and last year alone. The 749 OPS of 2005 certainly isn't that far off.

Alex, of course, is right, but I'd like to see the numbers at the halfway mark before postulating.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 14 '08
Colby Rasmus Baltimore Orioles
Saw him last week (see my Mark Mulder comments). Only saw four at bats, but he looked totally lost. Walked away from a couple of at bats shaking his head; completely stumped by Josh Towers' breaking stuff. Reached first on an error and promptly and easily stole second on Towers' first pitch to the next batter. He's at least a couple of hundred Triple A at bats away from being any help to a big league (or your roto) team...and he's probably, at best, 3rd on the big team's depth chart in center field behind Ankiel, Schumacher and may even be behind Ludwig and Barton...none of whom would embarrass themselves there.
Lew Prince theoldfart
May 13 '08
Anyone watching this guy play? He's been hitting for a lot of power as of late.
Tom Ryan toshiro
May 13 '08
With the help of three relievers, recorded the first no-hitter ever at Colorado Springs yesterday. How long can this baseball-wide hitting slump last? What's causing it?

Global cooling? Stricter drug testing? We are far enough into the season, I think, to say that something is different this year.
Alex Patton Alex
May 13 '08
Juan Pierre Florida Marlins
With Vernon Wells down -- the dollar in a free fall -- how can the Blue Jays not be thinking about Juan Pierre?
Alex Patton Alex
May 12 '08
Colby Rasmus Baltimore Orioles
After 146 AB in the PCL, hitting .205/.292/.349.
Alex Patton Alex
May 12 '08
Max Ramirez Cincinnati Reds
Hitting .397 after 116 AB in the Texas League. Getting on base at .474 clip. Slugging at .707 clip. Will soon be landing in Triple-A.
Alex Patton Alex
May 12 '08
Brian Shouse Tampa Bay Rays
Yeah, I wouldn't think so either. Torres got the first chance but couldn't close the deal. Pujols was on deck, and Mota was warming up in the pen. Shouse, the situational lefty, was playing the usual situational lefty role.

I think Yost will want to settle on one guy, if anyone can take the job and hold it. Both Torres and Riske were shakey yesterday, so I'd guess Mota gets the next shot. There's a decent chance he'll do well with it. Also a decent chance he doesn't, and so they'll continue to mix and match. But Mota's the guy I'd grab right now.
Paul Benninghoff PaulB
May 12 '08
After getting the save yesterday, he warned a certain segment of his fans, potential fans, not to get too excited. "I'm just down there waiting for the phone to ring. I'm not going to get most of those things. It's going to be Mota, Torres and Riske. I'm not going to be too much of a part of that, I wouldn't think."
Alex Patton Alex
May 12 '08
Max Scherzer Washington Nationals
Sorry, Mike, should have read it a bit more closely and not mischaracterized. (And, I'm happy to make it a real plug to Rotothinktank.blogspot.com.)

I didn't mean to say the bid was too high -- just that there's no reason for a team not in contention to make it. I think that if you were a team in contention, probably the one with the strongest pitching staff, you'd want to get Scherzer (1) in case he takes off, he'll make your staff even stronger, presumably replacing your weakest pitcher, and (2) in order to keep another contending team from strengthening their pitching staff.
mike fenger mike
May 12 '08
That wasn't necessarily my bid (and thanks for quasi-plugging the blog, mike), that was the bid I recommended if you wanted him.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 12 '08
Ryan Franklin St. Louis Cardinals
May be closing instead of Izzy. Mediocre SO/BB ratio in his career, and doesn't strike out enough guys. Nice $ trend over the last five years; not walking anyone last year seems to have been the difference. He's doing OK so far this season (in a VERY small sample size), but walking too many and not striking out enough.
T.J. Rohr TJRohr
May 11 '08
Russ Springer Cincinnati Reds
May be closing instead of Izzy. Good SO/BB ratio in his career, but has often given up too many HR. Nice $ trend over the last five years; HR control last year seems to have been the difference. He's getting lit up so far this season.
T.J. Rohr TJRohr
May 11 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
In a rational world, we could expect that the Dodgers would use Pierre's hot streak to try and trade him. But Peter is right, it would be interesting to get some information on why he's been buried lately.
mike fenger mike
May 11 '08

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