Baseball Wiseguys

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Not Your Brother's Weaver

Jered Weaver, kid sibling of pot-smoking, walkoff home run-serving, major league crybaby Jeff, is expected to be among the top picks of the 2004 MLB draft. He's put together one of the finest seasons ever by a college pitcher, going 14-0 in 16 starts with a 1.25 ERA and 182 Ks in 122 innings, with a WHIP of 0.55.

Ravizza meets with the players in a classroom setting during January practices before school gets back in session, laying out his approach, one centered around a phrase that's a baseball cliché: One pitch at a time.

Ravizza gives the old saw meaning, however. It encompasses a player controlling himself, forcing himself to commit fully to each pitch and trusting his abilities. While some players laugh off "the mental game," Weaver takes it as seriously as he does throwing the perfect slider with a full count and the bases loaded. He has to. He might not succeed in that situation without it.

"It's about not wearing your heart on your sleeve," Weaver says. "You just worry about what you can control and think about the next pitch."

"It's like a 3-year-old playing with a fire truck," Ravizza says. "That 3-year-old is totally absorbed in playing with that fire truck and doesn't notice anything around him. For a pitcher, it's not worrying about the last pitch, or the umpire who makes mistakes because he's working a part-time job, or an error made in the field."


Looks like young Weaver's benefitted a bit from mental preparation and composure, something his brother severely lacks.

Yankees
Tanyon Sturtze cherry picks a win last night with this line:
1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 runs allowed (inherited).
Great job dumbass, keep it up.

Misc.
As we head into the offical start of summer (Memorial Day) here's a good article on how to write a Jack Johnson song, and how that song will get you laid.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Seoul Searching

BH Kim flew home to his native Korea to have his 'back' looked at. One can only hope he is back in the States soon enough to hand the Yankees another win.

Jeter's going to have to go on a diet soon, because he's in danger of not hitting his weight.

Interesting quotes by Sheffield, translated to mean, "I suck because the pitchers suck." Okay, buddy. We're going to hold you to that when you face Schilling, Hudson, Prior, etc.

In non-professional news, Dusty Baker's kid is expected to miss at least two little league games, and possibly a pool party, after straining his elbow against the Thompson's Exxon Royals in Napierville last weekend. His pitch count? 142.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

More Analysis

Danny Graves has 21 saves on the season already, out of the Reds 26 wins. Saving over 80% of a team's games is almost unprecedented. Here's an interesting look at high save numbers in recent years, showing how seriously devalued and worthless this stat is.

Interesting Analysis

Check these stats out. Using correlation analysis this guy with lots of free time was able to show the strength of the relationship between runs scored and various other statistical categories. Unfortunately he only did the American League, but still interesting.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Books

Everyone remembers the Matt Christopher sports books from when we were kids, so it was surprising to find a list of books he wrote which were rejected by the publishers...

The Boy Who Only Made Varsity Because the Coach is Tagging His Mom

The Linebacker With Backne Who Was the Punter Last Season

The Pitcher With the 7.80 ERA Whose Dad Is the Coach

The Kid Who Didn't go to College and Works at the Gas Station Because his Shady Uncle Persuaded Him to Stupidly Declare for the NBA Draft

The Small Forward Who Drives a Hummer Even Though His Family is on Food Stamps

Hail Mia

From Gammons, "Between conflicting diagnosis' and all the trade flap during the winter, it has been a rough seven months for Garciaparra. But he is standing up well, a testament to the strength of the support from his remarkable wife, Mia."

Do you get the feeling that Gammons is doing Mia on the side?

Friday, May 21, 2004

Cubbies

The Lansing Lugnuts pulled Prior while in the middle of a no-hitter. This I will never understand.

Boo Birds

The Yankees are heading to Texas for the first time this season; this is the first time A-Rod will appear in Arlington in pinstripes. Given that they booed him every at-bat in Seattle last week, he should be prepared for even more this series.

Hopefully a couple of 450 foot bombs and some Nettles-like glovework shut them up.

My buddy Bud Selig said that MLB will announce where the Expos will play in 2005 by mid-July. I'd take this with about the biggest grain of salt you can find.

Don't look now, but the Evil Empire is back in first place.

Did someone forget to tell the Nets that Game 7 was last night? Kidd obviously missed the memo.

Yo!

The Yanks are winning 6-1.
Boston bLowes.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Test

Sox go for sweep tonight

Where to Begin

ESPN has some good links to baseball news.
If you've never checked them out, do so now: ESPN Baseball

It's hard to put into words just how I feel about Bud Selig, but this article pretty much nails it.

Jose Lima sang the National Anthem as a Dodgers game last week, flanked by his kid, his wife, and her giant boobies.

Hey Moises, no need to be embarassed. I pee on my hands too- haven't dropped a TPS report in months.

I've heard of being drunk OFF your ass, but this is a whole new ballgame.