Posted on: June 28, 2009 4:07 pm
bILLY MAYS DIES AND BRAZIL IS LOSING TO THE USA BY 1 GOAL WITH 15MINS TO GO
THIS IS GREAT WATCHING BECAUSE IN MY OPINION BRAZIL MUST AND WILL SCORE SO HOW THEY DO IT WILL BE THE MAIN STORY. THEY HAVE HAD MANY OPPS ALREADY
Posted on: June 27, 2009 6:49 pm
Even though he wasn't missing many bats, Trevor Cahill did a respectable job in the first two months of his big league career.
Though his strikeout rate was just under four per nine innings at the end of May, Cahill was still the owner of a nearly-league-average 4.45 ERA. Given his lack of whiff power and an ERC north of 5.00, June looked like an implosion waiting to happen, but it hasn't worked out that way. Instead, Cahill has chiseled his ERA down to a svelte 3.68, his once-bloated WHIP is now at 1.34, and he has logged a 3-0 record for the month. Put all that together, and you've got the most popular free agent pitcher pickup in the American League, at least for the coming week.
Cahill hasn't increased his strikeout rate appreciably, so how has he done it? He hasn't taken any tips from the bestselling "How to Succeed as a Contact Pitcher" by Chien Ming-Wang (2007 edition) or from the updated version written by Joel Pineiro. At their best, pitchers like Wang and Pineiro succeed because of miniscule walk rates and astronomical ground ball rates. Cahill has accomplished neither. A .261 BABIP has been doing much of his heavy lifting, and it's doubtful he can sustain it much beyond the All-Star Break. Until Cahill starts striking out major league hitters, owners should be cautious about activating Cahill, even in AL-only leagues.
More guys in demand
J.P. Howell, RP, Tampa Bay
Scott Rolen, 3B, Toronto
Other guys drawing interestRank Player Week 12 Ownership Week 13 Ownership Percentage change 1. Juan L. Rivera, LF, L.A. Angels 47% 73% 26% 2. Trevor Cahill, SP, Oakland 37% 53% 16% 3. Michael Cuddyer, RF, Minnesota 64% 78% 14% 4. Nick Blackburn, SP, Minnesota 63% 76% 13%
Guys Dropping Like Flies
Jason Varitek, C, Boston
Guys wearing roster repellantRank Player Week 12 Ownership Week 13 Ownership Percentage change 1. Carl Pavano, SP, Cleveland 53% 41% -12% 3. C.J. Wilson, RP, Texas 33% 26% -7% 3. Kyle Davies, SP, Kansas City 19% 12% -7% 5. Jeff Niemann, SP, Tampa Bay 34% 28% -6%
Glossary Runs Created per 27 Outs (RC/27) -- An estimate of how many runs a lineup would produce per 27 outs if a particular player occupied each spot in the order; ex. the RC/27 for Miguel Cabrera would predict the productivity of a lineup where Cabrera (or his statistical equal) batted in all nine spots; created by Bill James
Component ERA (ERC) -- An estimate of a what a pitcher's ERA would be if it were based solely on actual pitching performance; created by Bill James
GO/AO -- Ground out-fly out ratio
GB/FB -- Ground ball-fly ball ratio
Batting Average per Balls in Play (BABIP) -- The percentage of balls in play (at bats minus strikeouts and home runs) that are base hits; research by Voros McCracken and others has established that this rate is largely random and has a norm of approximately 30%
Isolated Power -- The difference between slugging percentage and batting average; created by Branch Rickey and Allan Roth
Walk Rate -- Walks / (at bats + walks)
Whiff Rate -- Strikeouts / at bats
Posted on: June 24, 2009 4:56 pm
I think that andy murray looks good in the opening rounds. Like i said before this is a hands down victory for Roger Federer. It will be fun to watch people battle just to lose to him. I think Jancovic on the womens side has a good opp. but i need to stop working and see some early coverage.
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:10 am
Oh 6Am line up deadline thank god I plan ahead. Its not going to be nice weather up on the Island. I hope Ogilvy Pulls hard because I would love to whoop BAD BURD. Haven't heard from the TOP1K in like 24 hours, maybe all my good natured ribbing was too much for him. He'll get over it. Anyone need gamble picks? ROGER
Posted on: June 17, 2009 5:32 pm
Anyone read this guys shit? I mean, ya gotta be socrates to understand where hes goin half the time and a extra stregnth NO Doz wouldnt help either. He recently posted that i was No OFG, well let me and my fans tell you mr. Pirateball that I took many years fightin the hard fight in the minors, gettin banged up losing seasons, not being invited back to leagues cause i was Simple Jack Fantasy FULL RETARD. I worked my way to where I am over years on this horrible site. I have strategies that are older than the pirates losing seasons streak. I have visable public history spelling out my rise thru the ranks to level three while also maintaing my Superstar level on the boards and in the community. I am Certainly OFG-SUS, the term was invented FOR me. Post away, it wont win you any chip PirateBall, You are still learning the ways of the OFG. One day we may see things from the same prospective but for now hand me my 9 iron and step aside.