Believe

It is sad.   Bautista smacked number 50, and he should have been praised to the stars.  Instead, the press saw yesterday as a good day to ask Bautista whether he used steroids or other PEDs to fuel his 2010 performance.  Bautista said he did not.

Can we end the story there?  No.  There are too many who doubt whether Bautista is telling the truth.  See here for example, and here, and here.  No one exactly comes out and says, this guy is juicing.  No.  Instead, the doubters say that they have a right to doubt.  Gene Wojciechowski at ESPN put it like this:

“Jose Bautista might be doing it naturally.  But some of the sluggers who came before make it difficult to believe in him wholeheartedly.”

That’s sad.  I am a fan of Gene’s writing, and I’m sorry it’s difficult for Gene to believe wholeheartedly.  I suppose people have a right to believe anything they want to believe, and not to believe the things they don’t want to believe. …

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Game 153: Rays 10, Yankees 3

Greg Golson, getting a rare start in left field, started the bottom of the fifth with a double to left.  A single by Derek Jeter moved Golson to third and he scored on Nick Swisher’s single to right.  Mark Teixeira struck out for the first out of the inning and Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases.  Cano popped out and Thames struck out to end the inning with the Yankees in front 3-1.

Sabathia struggled in the top of the sixth.  Crawford led off with a single to short and moved to third on Evan Longoria’s double to right.  Zobrist struck out for the first out of the inning, but Rocco Baldelli, who had already made his presence known when he made a nice grab on a well-hit ball by Teixeira, tapped a ball back to CC, allowing Crawford to score.  A single to center by Willy Aybar scored Longoria, putting runners on first and third with one out.  Sabathia walked Kelly Shoppach to load the bases and then walked Sean Rodriguez to give the Rays a 4-3 lead as Girardi called for Joba Chamberlain from the bullpen.…

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Looking Ahead to the Playoffs: The ALDS Rotation

Last year, the Yankees opted to play the ALDS schedule that contained an extra day off between the first two games, which would have allowed the game 1 and game 2 starters to pitch games 4 and 5 on full rest. This year, one of the two National League series will play that schedule, meaning the Yankees will play the “normal” schedule that only has the traditional travel days. However, the effect of this would be somewhat limited, as the game 2 starter could still pitch game 5 on normal rest, since both off days come after game 2. Only if the Yankees decided to have Sabathia pitch games 1 and 4 would anyone have to take the mound of 3 days rest.

In my opinion the choice is an obvious one; Sabathia should start game 1, Pettite game 2, Hughes game 3, and then Sabathia and Pettitte should close out the series if necessary. There’s no reason Sabathia can’t pitch at least once on 3 days rest, and with a full 4 days rest Pettitte would be the obvious choice for game 2.…

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Comparing Derek Jeter to other shortstops via WAR

As the title suggests, today’s WAR lens focuses in on shortstops from around the league. This of course includes our very own, El Capitán. Before you read the rest of...

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Joe Strauss: Lazy Writer

It’s worth pointing out that the N.L. Cy Young race was so close last year that a lot of different votes could have swung the outcome to either Wainwright or Carpenter, but I guess having a different opinion regarding the best pitcher in the National League last year than Strauss makes you worthy of his derision. One wonders if the fact that Strauss works in St. Louis doesn’t play into his estimation at all, but whatever.

What really gets me, again, however is how totally ignorant Strauss is. Not just about newly developed statistics, but about the arguments guys like me use. Notice, for example, the way Strauss uses the term “peripherals.” I’ve honestly never heard anyone refer to wins or other “traditional numbers” as peripherals; they’re generally rate stats. When people talk about peripheral numbers, they’re talking about things like K/9, BB/9, HR/9, HR/FB, etc. And far from using the term pejoratively, the sabermetrically inclined crowd generally considers these numbers pretty important.…

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