Monday, November 30, 2009
Mo Acker and David Cubillan are very nice people. In fact, after the night they collectively had yesterday (53 minutes, 4 points, 0-6 on threes, 3 assists, 2 rebounds -- COMBINED), I think it's safe to say they're two of the nicest people who have ever played at Marquette. Sure, we got spoiled with four years of Dom James, but, still, you'd think that two very, very nice young men could muster a handful of points and assists in a game. Instead, they were invisible. And nice. Very, very, maddeningly nice.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Now, I've had a rough run of luck lately (lost six straight parlays), so I was back down to a dime in my account. In an effort to climb out of that hole, I bet said dime on this four way parlay:
CBB: Marquette (+5) over Michigan
CFB: Illinois (+21) over Cincinnati
CFB: Over 40 combined for Colorado-Nebraska
NBA: Bucks (+5) over Oklahoma City
As I'm sure most of you know, Marquette cruised to a victory over Michigan. One down.
And Illinois? They were out of it for most of the game, but Cincinnati's defense kept them just close enough to only lose by 13. Two down.
I'm not going to lie - even with money riding on it, I couldn't pretend to give a shit about Colorado-Nebraska. But, I checked back sometime in the middle of the second half and it was already 28-14. Three down.
Then there was the turd in the punch bowl. It's been a long time since I've cared about the NBA, and I probably shouldn't have allowed myself to get suckered in. With that said, this Bucks team kind of looks like fun, from a distance. I'll admit, I watched Brandon Jennings score 55 against the Warriors and it was a good time. So, certainly they could keep it within 5 against a low-level Western Conference team, right?
Wrong. Last night's game reminded me of everything I hate about watching NBA basketball. The me-first-and-nothing-else-second mentality. Terrible shot decisions. Sloppy play. Players giving up on plays five seconds into the shot clock. All the fundamental skills of a bad high school girls team, demonstrated by players who are supposed to be professionals.
And where the hell was Brandon Jennings? The player I tuned in to watch, Milwaukee's supposed franchise savior, sat out a large chunk of the first quarter and nearly all of the third. While Jennings sat the bench and watched Ersan Ilyasova throw up airballs*, the Thunder went on a 25-4 run and never looked back.
* - Dude, seriously. How many times do you have to miss the same shot? You're on the court with some decent basketball players. Even Michael Redd was less worthless offensively than you last night. Pass the damn ball.
Actually, though, the moment that sticks out in my mind belongs to Hakim Warrick. With the Bucks snowballing downhill in the third quarter, Warrick got an uncontested dunk and hung on the rim for roughly 6 minutes, drawing a T. It's a stupid thing to do, but at least he should learn from it, right? Nope. Next time he scored was another dunk, and he did the same goddamn thing, causing me to yell loud enough to send the dog into hiding. Fortunately, the refs weren't paying attention this time.
It's moments like that that drove me away from the NBA in the first place. And after watching last night's mess, it'll be a while before I give it a chance again.
Friday, November 27, 2009
9 out of 10 people: 'Oh, that terrible accident?'
Me: 'No! Fucker cheated on his wife! Wonder if that 'accident' had anything to do with the wife finding out.'
9 out of 10 people: 'Tiger wouldn't do that.'
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- Turduckens are for pansies. A true Quevedotarian opts for the Oinking Turducken - a boneless duck, inside a boneless chicken, inside a turkey, wrapped in bacon. For added calories, serve with mashed potatoes and bacon grease gravy. Skip the cranberry sauce and any vegetables that may have snuck on the table*******.
- At least three side dishes you developed a recipe for after seeing it on ThisIsWhyYoureFat.com. I'll recommend the Smortuary, the Toaster Orgy, and to add some extra bacon, The Irish Hog.
- And finally, finish it off with Pumpkin Pie ala Bazookie. The whole thing. Maybe two.
-Ok I know it's been 4 cream puffs to start the year, but I have been pretty impressed with how well Marquette has shot the ball so far. They've posted shooting percentages of 50% or higher in each of the first 4 games. The 3-point percentages have increased each game as well, culminating with a downright silly 60% from behind the arc last night. This is some fine work, even against cupcakes. You would've expected to see at least one night where we go out and shoot 38% and still win due to the inferior competition. I have been especially pleased with how well guys are shooting in the mid-range. Buycks and DJO seem to really have the pull-up, mid-range jumper as a part of their arsenal. Combining them with what Butler and Lazar can do in that area adds an interesting element to the offense. It creates a little different look than what we're used to seeing. James, Matthews and McNeal were all such great finishers that they usually eschewed the mid-range pull-ups for a chance at something around the rim.
-Which segues nicely into my next point. SBTG sent me a text last night about how much he likes the way MU is attacking the zone so far this year. I completely agree. Obviously, any time you shoot 60% from 3-land you're going to obliterate any attempts at playing zone. However, I think the aforementioned pull-up game can also be a very useful weapon against teams that intend to stop you with the zone. I'm not Jim Boeheim, but even I know that zones are vulnerable when you can get past the first level, and score without having to get all the way to the rack and challenge the second level. If Lazar, Butler, Buycks, Johnson-Odom are doing this consistently, and Cubillan and Acker can continue to show the 3-point competency they've demonstrated thus far, then Marquette will be a much tougher team to zone up against this year.
-To quote Rubie Q at Haunted Hoops, "DJO might be GOOD!" I really hope the flashes he showed last night are just the beginning of what we might see from Darius Johnson-Odom.
-Yes, I know that these games have come against the dregs of the the college hoops world, and it will invariably be tougher once we start playing teams with better athletes, etc. But given the fact that the expectations are pretty damn low, and we had no clue what we were going to get out of this crop of newcomers, I'd say the things I've seen thus far have been pretty positive. ("Positive" to be read with Mike McCarthy accent.) I'm pretty excited to see what happens agains Xavier tomorrow. Because if there's one thing that I know about Xavier it's....um..... that they're usuall pretty decent, and they play in the A-10. I thought I knew more, but I guess that's it. Damn.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Because I've seen so much ball-playin', I'm, of course, infinitely more qualified than you Facebookin' little fuckwits to opine on the merits of the modern ballplayer. And today, you young folk have managed to righteously piss me off by votin' for some long-haired she-male -- I think his name is Lincecum -- in the Cy Young balloting. Somehow, you slapnuts didn't realize that there were two better candidates here in St. Lou.
I'm old, and I'm dyspeptic, and I'm really, really fuckin' confused. And now you're gonna hear about it:
Of all the many mysteries surrounding our national pastime, none is more baffling than the rather peculiar obsession by so many who profess a love of baseball who repeatedly try to turn this wonderfully simple game into a mind-numbing, highfalutin' brain twister.
You thought I was just kidding with the dropping of the "g"s on all of those words in the intro, didn't you? You thought I was playing on the tired "this sportswriter is a crotchety old man" meme, right? Ha! JOKE'S ON YOU, COCKSUCKERS! That's how this bastard actually writes!
When did pitching victories become passé?
About the same time saying "passé" did, Jacque.
Apparently I have been misled for all these years. Here I was thinking that guys who win 18, 19, 20 or 25 games were some kind of special. I always figured that a guy who was able to go out on the mound every five days and pretty much guarantee his team a victory was one of those Cy Young-type hurlers everyone dreams about.
(1) Keep this "takes the ball every five days" criterion in your back pocket. It'll prove exceedingly useful when Mr. Burwell starts talking about Chris Carpenter in a few paragraphs -- the same Chris Carpenter who missed a month of the season due to injury and, therefore, wasn't able to take the ball every five days ...
(2) More important is this "guy who takes the ball every five days and guarantees his team a victory" shit. Now, of course, no pitcher can guarantee his team a victory every time out; really, what you're looking for is a guy who can consistently give you six, seven, or eight solid innings and only cough up a couple of runs.
In fact, I think some people measure that type of performance. They call it a quality start: six innings, three or less earned runs. It's not a foolproof stat, by any means, but, if you're talking "eats innings and keeps his team in the game," it ain't half bad.
Care to guess who led the National League in quality starts in 2009?
I'll give you a hint: he plays in San Francisco, he has long hair, and Bryan Burwell hates him because he only won 15 games this past season.
Now I find out that I am wrong. Baseball's new wave of deep thinkers and pseudo-intellectuals have told me so loud and clear with the voting in this year's Cy Young awards.
"Pseudo-intellectuals" is an interesting word choice, no? When I think of "pseudo-intellectuals," I typically don't think of people who have facts, data, and reason on their side. I tend to think of people who -- I don't know -- write a sour grapes column because their hometown pitcher didn't win an award, despite the fact that the pitcher led the league in an utterly irrelevant statistic. But maybe that's just me.
Particularly in the NL voting, I am taken aback, because two voters — ESPN.com's Keith Law and Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus — did not include Chris Carpenter on their ballots. Law also had the NL's winningest pitcher, Adam Wainwright (19-8), in third place on his ballot behind Lincecum (15-7) and Javier Vazquez (15-10).
Yes, how dare they? It's not like anyone else voted for Lincecum first. And it's not like Vazquez had better numbers than Carpenter; I mean, he didn't strike out 100 more batters, or post a near-identical FIP or WHIP in 25 more innings, or put up a WAR that was a full win better than Carpenter. Ignoramuses. Bumpuses!
Armed with all their sabermetrics, Carroll and Law — and obviously a lot of other voters — were able to determine that winning the most games in the heat of a pennant push was not nearly as important as looking good while losing.
As fellow condescending smartass -- and BCB Weekend Daddy -- Fatter than Joey points out: picking on Law and Carroll, while acknowledging that "a lot of other voters" were of like mind, is akin to singling out Utah and Idaho for voting for Ronny Reagan in 1984 and saying: "What the fuck were you two thinking?"
Look, I think Lincecum is a heck of a pitcher, arguably the most gifted hurler in baseball. But I always thought the Cy Young was intended to honor the pitcher with the best season, not necessarily to reward the guy who has the best stuff.
Do you still have room in your back pocket? I know you've got the "takes the ball every five days" nugget in there, but I want you to make room for the "pitcher with the best season" piece, too, 'cuz that's going to come in handy when Old Man Burwell completely ignores Lincecum's preposterous June-to-July numbers (11 starts, 4 CG, 2 shut outs, 99 Ks in 83 IP, 1.73 ERA, opposing OPS of .534).
So here's what I still don't get. How can you look at what Wainwright did from a won-loss standpoint and essentially dismiss it in favor of Lincecum?
I can do so, and do so with little (if any) hesitation, because:
- Lincecum had a better ERA, even though he had a worse defense behind him (witness: Lincecum's FIP was nearly eight-tenths (0.8) of a run better than Wainwright's);
- Lincecum had four complete games and two shut outs, to Wainwright's one and zero (respectively);
- Lincecum had a much better K/9 rate;
- Lincecum had a much better WHIP (1.05 to 1.21);
- Lincecum gave up 10 homers in 225 innings, while Wainwright gave up 17 in 233 innings;
- Lincecum had an opposing batting average of .209, while Wainwright put up an opposing BA of .247.
As gifted a pitcher as Lincecum clearly is, he faltered down the stretch when his team was in the playoff hunt. In his last 10 starts, the San Francisco ace was only 3-4 with a 3.15 ERA.
He's right, Lincecum was only 3-4. Now, he lost three of those games by scores of 4-2, 2-1, and 3-0 (respectively), but that doesn't matter. In that last game, for example, Lincecum should've given up (-1) runs. Sure, that's impossible, but if he was really Cy Young material, he'd find a way to make it happen.
(Also: Lincecum faced the Dodgers twice, the Rockies three times, and the NL Champion Phillies once in those final ten starts. For comparison's sake, Wainwright matched up against the Dodgers once and the Rockies once in his final 10 starts. Just sayin' ...)
Oh, and also: PULL THE "BEST SEASON" PIECE OUT OF YOUR BACK POCKET! Smack him in the junk with it! VENGEANCE IS OURS.
I'm sorry, but that has to mean something, doesn't it? If won-loss records are suddenly obsolete, why do we bother to keep the stat?
Probably for the same reason we ask Lou Pinella to cram his gunt into a size 36 baseball pant: because baseball, for all of the great things about the sport, is the slowest-evolving institution this side of Holy Mother Church.
Over the final three months of the season, Wainwright had an 11-3 record with a stunning 1.90 ERA. In Wainwright's last 11 starts, the Cards lost one game. All of this was done in the heat of a push to the postseason.
Did you hang on to your "best season" card? Smack Mr. Burwell in the face with it again. There's no debate that Wainwright was awesome over the last three months of the season. Lincecum was equally transcendent from June to July, and he was fucking dynamite in the first part of August, too. (What's the point? I'm not sure; I'm not the one making the dunderheaded argument.)
What's more: regarding this "heat of a push to the postseason" nonsense? The Cardinals were never less than six games ahead of the Cubs during the final 40 games of the season. Quite the pressure cooker you've got there, Bryan.
So tell me again, why is winning not an important stat anymore?
Well, it's the most important stat, when you're talking about a team. In terms of measuring individual performance, it's downright stupid, since a pitcher doesn't go out there by himself -- though, in Lincecum's case, with that K/9 rate, he probably could -- and since a pitcher rarely contributes to the team's offense.
OK, I'm tired, and this post has now stretched on for two full days, and, honestly, at this point, I'm beyond caring. The only way this column could have been any worse is if Grandpappy started quoting Herm Edwards.
"This is what's great about sports. This is what the greatest thing about sports is. You play to win the game. Hello? You play to win the game. You don't play it to just play it. That's the great thing about sports: You play to win, and I don't care if you don't have any wins. You go play to win. When you start tellin' me it doesn't matter, then retire. Get out! 'Cause it matters."
(EDIT: Almost forgot -- much love to Walsh for the link.)
Friday, November 20, 2009
This week, the reaction has been all but non-existent. Now I'm no pregame show talking head, so I don't have all the answers. But the little bit I heard from those all-knowing sages of the gridiron made it sound like the Cowboys were heading to the Super Bowl Big Game in Miami, and then the Packers went out and smacked 'em around. People should be excited right? Yeah, this is how we thought the defense would play! Did you see Rodgers lead that drive to seal the game in the 4th, that was awesome! Instead, crickets. Until you mention the topic that people really want to talk about: Firing Thompson and McCarthy. Then the switchboards light up. The question the other day that got 'em all riled up, "Do you want the Packers to lose to ensure that Thompson and McCarthy get fired?" The reaction: Yes, yes we do. That boggles my fucking mind.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Acker and Cubillan can seriously contribute offensively, this team will be exponentially more competitive.
Negatives: Maymon doesn't look ready yet. It appears that he may have benefited largely from his size and athleticism in high school. He seems to do okay from a physical standpoint (rebounding), but offensively he can't do what he could in high school so I think there is going to be quite an adjustment period for him. I hope he has a solid jumper that he can implement. Otule, while improved, still isn't ready to compete at the Big East level. I hope he can continue to improve enough over the next 6 weeks where he can play a solid 15 min/game.
Ultra Negative: Erik Williams! Has only seen 2 minutes of game action in the first 2 games. Considering he was a top 100 prospect coming in.......in spite of the fact that he lost a solid year due to injury.......this is really surprising to me. With all of the new faces on this team, one would think that a player of his caliber would at least see some garbage time against these highly inferior opponents. I'll wait and see what happens in the Grambling game, but if he doesn't get in then, there must be serious issues with his transition to D1 ball. I hate to even think this, but if this continues, might there be a possibility of a transfer? I sincerely hope not! Considering the state of our program, we can't afford to lose another player. That would leave MU with 3 available scholarships going into next season.........and that's with the early signing period come and gone. I guess we will have to wait and see.
PS. Reid, what happened to our pre-season predictions that you were going to handle?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I disagree with those points, obviously -- my responses: Hardy's value plummeted largely because Melvin sent J.J. down to AAA in August, last season was an aberration at the plate for J.J., we could have gotten at least a back-of-the-rotation starter for him, and we had a better option for center field next season already in Jody Gerut -- but, after giving this some thought, I've finally figured out what bugs me so much about this trade:
Bringing in Gomez, and giving up Hardy, brings another huge "IF" to the 2010 team and its chances of contending for a post-season spot.
Here's what I mean: to be in a position to compete for the playoffs next year, a whole bunch of things are going to have to go right. Of course, that's no different than any other season for a mid-market team like the Brewers, but we just added a huge question mark at the cost of two (and maybe three) lesser question marks.
As things currently stand, here's how I break down the "ifs" going into next season. (End each of these lines with: "then the 2010 Brewers might have a chance to contend.")
If Jeff Suppan can reverse his career-ending death spiral and can post an ERA south of 5.75 ...
If Manny Parra can finally harness his obvious physical gifts and stop nibbling at the corners like he's Jamie Goddamn Moyer ...
If Carlos Gomez can post an OBP over .310 ...
SIGNIFICANT AND WORRISOME "IFS"
If Casey McGehee can duplicate his impressive rookie year, or if Mat Gamel turns out to be a capable everyday player ...
If Alcides Escobar can OPS around .700, while playing the spectacular defense everybody says he's capable of playing ...
If Dave Bush can once again become a competent fourth or fifth starter ...
If Rickie Weeks can stay healthy and continue the marked progress he showed at the beginning of this year ...
If Corey Hart can learn how to be selective at the plate without completely compromising his ability to actually, um, hit the fucking ball ...
If we can find/sign/create a catcher who's able to OPS over .650 ...
LESS WORRISOME, BUT STILL A BIT CONCERNING "IFS"
If Trevor Hoffman can continue to pitch well at age 53 ...
If Yovani Gallardo can make the leap from very good pitcher to top of the line, unquestioned ace pitcher ...
If Todd Coffey (and, now that I think about it, you could probably include Mitch Stetter under this one, too) doesn't suffer any ill effects from his use (and overuse) last season ...
There are more "ifs" than this, I'm sure (and feel free to add any I've missed). My big picture point is this: Hardy, in my mind, was a semi-worrisome "if": you knew you were getting very solid defense, but could he return to '07 and '08 levels at the plate? (I think he probably can; I know others think last year will prove to be the rule rather than the exception.)
Cam was also a semi-worrisome "if": could he continue to play outstanding defense, and OPS between .750 and .800, as he got longer in the tooth?
Now, with the trade (and the decision to let Cam go), we've cashed in those two lesser "ifs" for a massive one -- can Gomez turn into a minimally-competent hitter? And if we take that money we saved on Cam and J.J. and add a Doug Davis or a Jarrod Washburn (and it hurts just to type that) or a Mark Mulder, we're adding even more significant question marks. All told, none of this inspires confidence for our chances in 2010.
As per usual: your retorts and taunts are both welcome and expected.
Monday, November 16, 2009
We have two viable options - I checked ticket availability based on a group of 6.
Option #1 - sit 13 rows behind the basket - $34.50/ticket
Option #2 - sit 20 rows up in the upper deck for $14.50/ticket - this is where we sat the last time - nosebleed city
Who's is in? If you are in, what's your vote for seat location? My thought is, for $20 extra bucks, we might as well sit in better seats.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
ANYWAY, as is so often the case (except when it comes to questioning the competence of Mike McCarthy), it appears we may have misjudged this one. BraJen was off to a nice-but-not-overly-impressive start, and FPMKE was nice enough to post some camera phone shots of Jennings in Chicago, but, until Saturday, Jennings hadn't done anything that made you look up and say: "Whoa."
Then the young man dropped a double nickel on the Warriors this past weekend, including putting up twenty-nine in the third quarter. Since there's really no other way to put this, I'll just say: HOLY LIVING FUCK. Where the hell did that come from?
At the risk of jinxing his budding stardom, I'm willing to say: I'm mildly intrigued by this guy. I might even be willing to pay American cash money to take in a game at some point in the next month. Anybody else?
Friday, November 13, 2009
Actually, that's not fair. Favre only threw 29 interceptions in 2005. After his five-interception meltdown last night, Cutlerfucker is on pace for about 31 picks.
Come, wallow with me in misery.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Milwaukee Brewers are in the market for starting pitching this winter but GM Doug Melvin is telling rival GMs that he will not listen to offers for first baseman Prince Fielder.
Fielder is scheduled for free agency following the 2011 season and is set to make $10.5 million next season.
There were rumors this past season that the San Francisco Giants and Melvin had preliminary talks about a Matt Cain-for-Fielder swap, but apparently that idea is no longer a possibility.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Let's get to it:
"We did not take the team lightly because of the record. I was very concerned coming into this game. Anytime a team is coming off the bye week, if anything we may have overworked them. That's something I've got to look at."
Ignore, for a moment, the absurdity of the "we may have overworked them" line, especially since McCarthy said: "We were not prepared to the level that we should have been" immediately thereafter. Focus, instead, on the "that's something I've got to look at" part of it.
Under the heading of "Things Coach McCarthy Has To Look Into," we now have:
- The fact that we get flagged seven or eight times a game
- The quarterback protection
- The fact that we don't run the ball
- The breakdowns on special times
- The price of petroleum
- Whether Obama was really born in Hawai'i
- The cause of Michael Jackson's death
- Whatever the fuck happened with Sammy Sosa's skin
- Why Ashton Kutcher remains so popular
- And, now: whether the staff overworked the players this week
On the six sacks allowed by Mssrs. Sieve, Sieve II, Sieve III, Sieve IV, and Sieve V, and Mssr. Holds Onto the Ball Too Fucking Long:
"Well it has to stop. You can't sit here and keep taking sacks. I'm sure you're tired of asking the question. I'm tired of talking about it. That's a reflection of coaching and playing."
He says this like there's a third option, besides the problem being related to coaching or playing. "Well, they're shitty players, which doesn't help, and I'm dumb as fuck, which ain't benefitin' us either, but, really: I blame the Vatican."
Whoever owns firemikemccarthy.com: I am prepared to offer three Canadian weasels in exchange for the perpetual rights to said domain name. Hook me up.
A handful of teams are said to be ready and willing to pay the price to land an ace.
Remember, it was only a year ago when Milwaukee offered CC Sabathia a $100 million deal, so the Brewers clearly are prepared to pay big dollars for a big-time starting pitcher. And they have a clear need: Even with rising star Yovani Gallardo anchoring the staff, Milwaukee ranked dead last in starters' ERA at 5.37 and 27th in rotation innings this past season.
The Brewers conceivably could enter into trade conversations for Vazquez or Halladay, but this course would be problematic. Milwaukee traded aggressively in 2007 and 2008, most notably for Sabathia, and this depleted its farm system. Trading a top young player for a one-year rental like Vazquez or Halladay might not make sense.
It probably would make more sense for the Brewers to take a serious run at Lackey, who as a free agent would not cost them talent in trade. He would take pressure off Gallardo and fit their team culture.
The Brewers also could easily structure a Lackey deal to fit their payroll into the future. Jeff Suppan's contract will expire after next season, and the only real long-term obligation the Brewers have set in stone is to young slugger Ryan Braun, who is signed through the 2015 season. Milwaukee just reduced salary obligations by trading J.J. Hardy to the Twins and replacing Mike Cameron (who made $10 million last season) with Carlos Gomez.
Look, there will be questions about the Brewers' lineup next season given that they will have a group of hitters who don't do certain things very well -- Gomez doesn't get on base consistently, Jason Kendall doesn't hit for power (a .305 on-base percentage this past season), Rickie Weeks doesn't seem to stay healthy and Corey Hart has been a picture of inconsistency.
But the Brewers cannot win unless they improve their starting pitching dramatically, and Lackey, if healthy, would do that.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
That said, I wasn't blind to the fact that he had some value. While he's nowhere near Alcides Escobar in terms of range, J.J. is a solid defender with a plus arm -- and, most importantly, he's shown the ability to put up 25-homer, .800-ish OPS seasons at a position that (right now) is offense-poor. Of course, Doug Melvin didn't do anything to help that value with his short-sighted decision to demote Hardy in August (whatever value was gained by the loss of service time and resulting extra year of team control was, in my opinion, more than canceled out by the fact that 'Stache stamped: "NOT IN NEXT YEAR'S PLANS: MUST TRADE" on J.J.'s forehead by sending him to AAA), but, still, you had to figure that J.J. was worth more than a back-up center fielder.
With the trade for Carlos Gomez, though, it seems that I figured wrong. This is Worst Nightmare stuff, folks.
Yes, I know that Gomez was a prized prospect in the Mets' system, and that he was one of the centerpieces of the Johan Santana trade -- but doesn't that immediately raise a red flag in your mind? This was (apparently) the guy the Twins wanted in the Santana trade, and now they're giving up on him after two years? That doesn't give you pause?
And, yes, I've heard/read that Gomez is a phenomenal defender. My response to that point is: he fucking better be, if he's going to put up Kendall-esque slash stats of .229/.287/.337.
And, finally, yes, I've heard/read that Carlos Gomez is very fast. I have a two-fold response to that point. Response One is: "So was Alex Sanchez." Response Two is: he had all of nine infield hits last year, and five bunt hits. That's it: fourteen infield hits/bunt hits in 349 plate appearances. Essentially, from an offensive standpoint, we got a very, very, very poor man's Juan Pierre. Out-fucking-standing.
But hey, you say, we freed up some payroll! Hardy is going to get a bump in arbitration, and Gomez won't make nearly as much. And, since we've got our center fielder now (either Gomez on his own or in a righty/lefty platoon with Jody Gerut), we can let Cameron walk, and there's another $10 million! That's, like, $15 million to sign a free agent pitcher, you exclaim emphatically.
And ... who, exactly, do you want to sign? Here's the list. Go ahead, peruse at your leisure. I'll wait. Done yet? After reading that, is there any doubt in your mind that we're signing Doug Davis to a three-year, $30 million contract in the next couple of months? I'll start pouring battery acid on my eyeballs right now.
In the end, what disappoints me the most is what this trade says about next season. Depending on what happens with Kendall, there are potentially three eight-hole hitters in this line-up. I love Escobar, but, at this point in his career, he has to hit seventh or eighth. It would be suicide to plug Gomez (and his career .292 OBP) anywhere in the top half of the line-up. And then there's Kendall. Or Jon Lucroy. Or Angel Salome. Or Mike Rivera. One of those four is going to be in your everyday line-up.
It's altogether conceivable that your 2009 line-up could look something like this:
2. Hart (ugh)
5. McGehee (please trade him) / Gamel (please don't trade him)
I've gone on far too long already, and I don't know what point I'm ultimately trying to make, so I'll end here. This is not the start to the off-season I was hoping for.
(A total aside: Is anyone else concerned about what's going to happen the first time Joe Mauer and J.J. Hardy make eye contact? The Vortex of Beauty might cause the end of the universe.)
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Driving: For future reference, you may want to be sure your AC works before driving to Nebraska in November. Apparently it can get pretty warm and cause your car to become nothing more than a rolling sauna if you're not prepared. Global warming is a bitch. I blame the Republicans
Nebraska basketball vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Well folks, this was an exhibition game, but that did not stop Reid and D3 from attending the game at the Devaney Sports Center. Here's what we learned:
- The Lions had a dude foul out in...THE FIRST HALF. #10 was quite overmatched, he scored the ball (big props to Andy Katz for that catch phrase), but he was quite John Polonowski-esque on the defensive side. But dude could rain the 3, he just couldn't count how many fouls he had. Apparently neither could his coach
- The Devaney Sports Center actually can draw a crowd on the same weekend as a Husker football game. There was a surprising number of folks out to catch Husker basketball this evening.
- Christian Standhardinger is a fucking tough name to say.
- Larry the Cable Guy, the redneck comedian, is a huge fan of Nebraska sports. He took the time out of his busy schedule to take in tonight's game.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Pictured: Karissa and Kristina Shannon - Hugh Hefner's girlfriends
Well first Brewers off season maneuver is in the books. JJ Hardy for Carlos Gomez. I guess I'm okay with it. JJ's trade value had been inflated severely by many Brewers fans and it looks like we address a need in CF with the deal. Gomez is younger, cheaper, and can hopefully live up to his expectations when he was a key part of the Johan Santana deal.
Its just too bad we couldn't have packaged JJ to get Zach Grienke, Matt Cain, or Clay Bucholz. Oh well! (sarcasm off)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"J.J. Hardy, Milwaukee Brewers shortstop: He is 27 years old and theoretically entering the prime of his career, having hit 26 and 24 homers in 2007 and 2008. But Hardy hit .229 with 11 homers in 2009 while earning $4.65 million. He has five years of service time and is, of course, eligible for arbitration. Through that process, he could earn a salary close to $7 million.
Now, if Hardy were a free agent, it would seem unlikely he would land a multiyear deal for anything close to $7 million, given his history of injury and inconsistency. This past winter, veteran shortstop Orlando Cabrera signed for $4 million. Cesar
Izturis got a two-year deal for $5 million.
Before the trade deadline, the Brewers asked the Red Sox for what Boston considered to be excellent prospects in return for Hardy, and part of the reason the Red Sox rejected the overture was their sense that Hardy was about to become vastly overpriced in the market. With Alcides Escobar expected to take over at shortstop, the Brewers are said to be very willing to move Hardy. But what could they get for him? And is there necessarily a market for him, when the team acquiring him knows he probably would be paid more than what a player with his track record would be paid later in the winter?The next-best option for the Brewers, perhaps, would be simply not to tender him a contract."
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Here are the starters / key reserves Ted has brought in through the draft:
2005 draft (and, yes, Ted was at the helm for this one):
A.J. Hawk (and I've said this before: before you start bitching about Hawk, take a look at the shit-tastic first round picks in '06. Tell me: who do you want from that list?)
Daryn Colledge (and, yes, he sucked donkey balls as a left tackle. No argument there. He hasn't been as bad as a guard, though)
(Note: Will Blackmon is also an '06 draft pick. This would be relevant if he could keep himself on the field.)
Allen Barbre (and, again, this is just a list of starters; as I said before, the offensive line is an abomination, and that's Ted's fault)
Des Bishop (who will see more playing time with Chillar out)
Jermichael Finley (who was rapidly approaching "Beast" status until he got kneecapped)
Clay Matthews XIV
Now, as for free agents, you've got: Ryan Pickett (who played the best of all the linemen last week); Brandon Chillar; Charles Woodson; John Kuhn; Donald Lee; Atari Bigby; Tramon Williams; and TD-catching dynamo Spencer Havner (undrafted out of UCLA). Ted also traded for Ryan Grant (who must die).
Moreover, as Reid pointed out yesterday, Thompson hasn't hamstrung (hamstringed?) the Packers with any terrible, Joe Johnson-esque contracts.
As for selecting McCarthy: I agree. That's a black mark. But, before this season, what reason did Thompson have to let McCarthy go? He went 8-8 in his first year (after starting the year 4-8), went to the NFC Championship Game in his second year, and then limped to 6-10 in a year where he worked in a new starting quarterback and where the defense was decimated by injuries.
All along, we've seen the problems with undisciplined play, too many penalties, and so on. This year, those problems have spiraled out of control, and all indications are that McCarthy is either unwilling (e.g., not sitting Jolly out for at least a half after that boner-rific personal foul) or unable (e.g., his "we've got to get that cleaned up" quote week after week after week) to fix it.
That's all I've got time for. Rebut away.
Monday, November 2, 2009
No, I'm buying that domain for one simple reason: Johnny Jolly. That fucking personal foul was an abomination, and confirmed what I've long suspected: we are the single dumbest team in the NFL. How do we constantly get baited into shit like that? Because we're dumb. And that, more than anything, is a direct reflection on the head coach. The fact that Johnny Numbnuts wasn't benched for the rest of the game -- and, no, I don't care how good he was playing; you do something that stupid, you sit for the rest of the game -- is just icing on the cake.
So: who's got a buck-oh-five to get this bitch up and running?