Jaxx Jacks in Jacksonville

SOUTHERN LEAGUE (AA) CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 2 THREAD (JAXX LEAD BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES 1-0) [PARACHAT] WEST TENN DIAMOND JAXX (83-56) @ JACKSONVILLE SUNS (79-61) THE BASEBALL GROUNDS, 6:05 pm CDT, RADIO: Dixie 1310 WDXI TV: Internet Video Feed
The Jaxx connected twice yesterday, which is worthy of mention not just because it leads to silly titles such as the above, but also because the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville is one of the most pitcher-friendly in all of baseball, with most of the outfield between left-centre and right-centre well over 375 feet from the plate. Anyway, the Jaxx won't have to put up with too many enormous cans of corn, because after tonight's game they'll head back home to Jackson, West Tennessee, where the series will be decided once tomorrow's off-day is out of the way. Tonight...
Eric Hull, RHP
8-7, 3.37 ERA
122/44 K/BB, 9 HR in 123.0 IP
Renyel Pinto, LHP
11-3, 2.63 ERA
129/59 K/BB, 3 HR in 136.2 IP
2B *Eric Patterson 2B Tony Abreu
RF *Adam Greenberg CF *Jon Weber
3B Casey McGehee C Russ Martin
1B #Matt Craig 3B Andy LaRoche
LF Brandon Sing 1B *James Loney
CF *Buck Coats SS Joel Guzman
C #Jose Reyes LF Justin Ruggiano
SS Carlos Rojas RF Sergio Garcia
P *Renyel Pinto P Eric Hull
Prior to the promotion of Delwyn Young to Triple-A, the Suns had by far and away the best infield in minor league baseball, with Martin behind the plate, James Loney, Young and Andy LaRoche (the Braves' 1B's younger brother) manning the bases and top prospect Joel Guzman at shortstop. Even now, this is a tough lineup to go through, though Donovan, a true speedster that's stolen 65 bases in 132 games this year, sits tonight with a sore knee. Renyel Pinto will need to be on his game. Joel Guzman in many ways is similar to Felix Pie in that he's young, features worrying plate discipline but otherwise has all the tools to make the scouts drool, so much so that Baseball America ranked him the fifth best prospect in the game heading into 2005. However, a lot of Guzman's value is tied up in him playing a premium defensive position, something that his 6 foot 6 size makes improbable in the long-term, with a move to third base or to the outfield a definite possibility. In the Divisional Playoffs last week, Guzman was the designated hitter. Like BJ Upton, Guzman will be an interesting prospect to watch over the next few years.

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jaxx lose 1-0. http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/milb/s...

outhit Jacksonville 8-3 but couldn't push one across and jacsonville scored in the 8th.

The old college roommate of a friend of mine is a scout for either the Angels or Padres. The scout told my friend that the conventional wisdom is: Angel Guzman will not have a career as a major league pitcher. In other words, he's done. When I pressed my friend for more info he just shrugged and said that's all his old roommate would tell him. I don't know if the guy was yanking his chain or what but everything I've heard through my friend from the scout/roommate has been right in the past. I hope he's just screwing with him. Not that I have great hopes for Angel Guzman's long term or even short term health.

Tbone:
"Not that I have great hopes for Angel Guzman's long term or even short term health."

Yeah i agree. It is tough to expect anything for a guy who is soooo injury prone this early in his career. I expect NOTHING for him and anything we get will only be a positive. I think if he can stay healthy for an entire year it would be a succesful year no matter his numbers.

He's only our version of Brien Taylor and Ryan Anderson.

There's no such thing as a pitching prospect or TNSTAPP.

But who where did this version of Jerome Williams come from these last 3 starts? It almost gives me hope for 2006 despite McPhail and crew.

Quick random thought/question. With all the rumors swirling in New York that Torre may be gone this offseason if the Spankees don't win it. Wouldn't it be nice to see Torre managing the Cubs? I've never heard a bad word about Torre's managing style and I think those rings would have quite a presence in the clubhouse.

Curb:
" I've never heard a bad word about Torre's managing style and I think those rings would have quite a presence in the clubhouse."

Yeah thos rings look very nice as they were bought and paid for by Big Stein, nothing to do with the overrated managing of Joe torre. Look at torre's record before he got a payrol that doubled basically the entire MLB.

In 14 managerial years prior to managaing the NYY, he was 894-1,003 with 3 different teams and only made the playoffs once.

Let the NYY keep him, I know this Cubs fan surely doesn't want him unless the Cubs are willing to open up their checkbook to have a $150 million payroll. Then he MIGHT be able to win us a WS. And considering the NYY has had head and shoulders teh biggest payroll and most superstars on their payroll the past 4 years and he hasn't won, I don't even know if he could.

There has to be much better candidates for if/when Dusty doesn't manage the Cubs no longer.

Torre's big plus is that he's not paranoid and he's very low-key publically...but when you're that way and the team isn't winning, all the idiots scream for a larry bowa type: "we need some fire! torre doesn't care!"

Manny,

Those teams that Torre won titles with weren't that much of spenders

2000: 92.9 Mil 1st by 2.6 MIL
1999: 88.1 MIL 1st by 6.8 MIL
1998: 63.2 MIl 2nd by 6.8 MIL 1st team was BAL
1996: 52.2 MIL 1st by 3.7 MIL

The Yankee teams that won WS had a few SS's and a bunch of good role players that he KNEW HOW TO USE. The reason the Yankee teams of 04 and 05 aren't that good has nothing to do him it has to do with Cashman getting him no pitching help. And his Whacko boss wanting guys like Sheffeld over Gurrerro or A-rod over Soriano and the xtra $$$ that could have been spent on good pitchers.

I'm going to the game tonight vs the Cards.

My friend has two tickets. $50 face value. (They're the two remaining from a block of 6 we bought at the beginning of the season.)

Section 108, row 2.

Y'innerested? Make an offer! Meet Brick! First come, etc. We can arrange a meeting time/place in Chicago.

brickbrickhouse -at- hot mail.

J. Hairston Jr. cf
T. Walker 2b
D. Lee 1b
N. Garciaparra 3b
J. Burnitz rf
M. Murton lf
N. Perez ss
H. Blanco c

Hey, there's a former Pirate manager (and former Cub!) looking for managerial position. You guys want Lloyd Mac? Already perfected his losing ways here.

Honestly, I think Dusty would be good for Pittsburgh: he'd never have to strain himself trying to live up to any expectations for the team (or trying to engineer a win) and so could spend all his effort making friends with the players, deal with the youngsters and second tier players, since that's all he'd have here anyway. And he'd always have a ready made excuse that management isn't trying to build a winner. It'd kind of be like the Bad News Bears, except with Bill Murray as an avuncular coach, not Billy Bob as the borderline sociopath.

whooboy!

Murton batting 6th, now that's what I call moving up in life...

Wow! Murton 6th, Neifi not second? I guess flipflopping Walker and Murton would be to demanding. I'll take it. And, it's after a night he went 0 for 5.

Prior has a 3,642 ERA against the Cards in the first inning this year.

Ok, that's a slight exaggeration.

this game...has turned the suck up all the up to 11.

I know this sounds bad, but I want them to lose as much as possible. Win 1 this weekend to win the season series with STL and then win enough vs. Houston to keep them out. Other wise get swept aganist PIT and MIL. Here's to a 4-12 finish and may be a top 15 pick so we could get Hocever (or however you sp. his name) in the draft next June.

Why in the world is that your plan? We had a chance to get Hochevar this year and passed on it. What chance in hell do we have taking him after he sits out a season? It's insane.

IENPW,

One of Hendry's draft stratagies has been to draft College pitchers who because of $$ demands have fell through the crack (Brownlie, Johnson). He has probably thinking that when he was on the clock this year that he could readily sign Pawelek and the odds were good that Hochevar would not sign so he could pick him up next year. Plus, what is better for the organization's chance to win a WS to go 82-80 or finish with a losing record so we could protect are 1st round pick? Hochevar is the BEST college pitcher since Prior.

>Hochevar is the BEST college pitcher since Prior.

Uh, I think there's a gentleman named Jered Weaver who might want to disagree with that.

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  • ESPN game tonight, btw.

  • Cardinal way #48
    "negligent transmission of STDs"

    http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/05/01/carlos-martine...

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

    Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist

  • See ya on parrot chat

  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.