Friday, April 10, 2009

Wieters vs. Price -- Norfolk at Durham, 4/10/2008 (7:05pm)

The top two prospects in baseball will square-off tonight in Durham. Provided I'm home in time, I'll be posting here throughout the game and watching via live stream. Pre-game reading available after the jump.

Here is some pre-game reading:

Durham Press Release

BaseballAmerica blogs from the game last night, focusing on Wieters (they'll be at it again tonight, so check in with them if I'm not able to log on). profile on David Price for their Top 50 Prospects series. profile on Matt Wieters for their Top 50 Prospects series.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

No Game Yesterday, so We Get a Weird Article

Rick Maese wrote a column today.

The two major points that he has from the players' perspective is that they have no clue who he is and they want to know him. Basically, the way it is related is that the players are orphans. So what does this mean to you?


Some more interesting points from the article:

1. Before opening day, only Mora and Roberts had met Angelos.
2. Trembley and MacPhail want him around more often.
3. Players fish in his pond.
4. He picks up dinner tabs.
5. Adam Jones had a rock star reaction to him.
6. Maese believes all of the players want him around.

Personally, I understand why Angelos has basically disappeared over the past decade. One, he is busy. Two, he is pretty much universally hated by the Baltimore fan. He made a series of completely awful management moves and plied his hand in the overall workings of the club, which occasionally resulted in rather awful results. That said, I don't care if he shows his mug around or not. I'm not sure why it matters to the players so much. I have honestly never cared about the guy who signs my checks. I care about my work. If he can walk around and act like an old sweet Grandpa with individually wrapped hard candy in his pocket . . . I do not mind him developing elaborate fist bumps with Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis. Perhaps the only concern I would have is that Angelos might develop friendships and loyalty to some of the guys. That typically is not good for business in baseball where turnover is somewhat required to have success. Otherwise, we'll wind up with Mora playing third until he is 45.

Anyone care to expand or contradict these comments?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Opening Day

All thoughts and comments about Opening Day . . . let the conversation whirl at its own pace.

Using ZIPS and the run projector tool, pitching adjusted score:

Orioles 3.557
Yankees 4.975

Lineups behind the jump.


Runs/G for Lineup: 5.082
Adjusted for CC: 3.557

Brian Roberts - 2B
Adam Jones - CF
Nick Markakis - RF
Melvin Mora - 3B
Aubrey Huff - 1B
Ty Wigginton - DH
Luke Scott - LF
Gregg Zaun - C
Cesar Izturis - SS

Jeremy Guthrie - P


Runs/G for Lineup: 5.408
Adjusted for Guthrie: 4.975

Derek Jeter - SS
Johnny Damon - LF
Mark Teixeira -1B
Hideki Matsui - DH
Jorge Posada - C
Robinson Cano - 2B
Xavier Nady - RF
Cody Ransom - 3B
Brett Gardner - CF

CC Sabathia - P