Posted at 9:44 AM on May 22, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Rich Hill, the Cubs pitcher who was busy giving up 7 runs to the White Sox on Saturday (including a very-much-talked-about one), was sent back down to the minors very soon afterwards. Sure, he's 0-4 with a 9.31 ERA, but you gotta wonder if he would have been sent down even if he pitched a perfect game, based on his thoughts on the catcher fiasco. You're probably on the wrong side of the fence if both your and the other team's managers call you out. I wouldn't be shocked if he somehow doesn't find a spot on the club for the rest of the year.
Posted at 4:03 PM on May 22, 2006
by Ben Tesch
The Hardball Times has updated their Win Shares data to include 2006. In particular interest to Twins fans is perhaps the three worst in Win Shares per At Bat: 3) Carlos Silva, 2) Rondell White, and 1) Joe Mays. On the good side of things, Santana, Mauer and Nathan show up well on the charts.
The Wages of Wins is a new book out that attempts to put the Moneyball spin on basketball and other sports. The consistently smart blog Marginal Revolution sums it up, and the consistently smart person Malcolm Gladwell reviews it in the New Yorker.
Posted at 8:05 PM on May 22, 2006
by Josh Lee
The Twins have placed Shannon "Daniel Day" Stewart on the 15-day disabled list with troubles in his left foot. Over the weekend, Lew "Wwwwwww" Ford started two games in the #1 spot normally reserved for Stewart, hitting 1-for-8. Will Gardenhire stick with him, or perhaps platoon him with Jason "Leadership" Kubel? Or will Gardy finally notice that he's got an experienced leadoff hitter who's having a pretty good season standing right there in the on-deck circle? Off days are full of suspense, no?