39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
60-DAY DL: 3
James McDonald, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
2015 Draft Pick Order
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in 2015 draft as well their their regular pick. The teams with the 10 worst records (top 11 picks) have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
Luis Rivas singled, doubled, and homered, scored twice, and drove-in four runs, and Ryan Freel reached base four times and scored three runs, leading the EXST Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the EXST A's at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.
Aaron Miles got four at bats and reached base twice, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, as the EXST Cubs blanked the EXST A's 5-0 this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 under mostly-cloudy skies.
Let the autopsy report on this ghastly series read: three games, two runs, 14 hits, three losses.
Lou Piniella made a lineup change on Thursday night, sliding Mike Fontenot from third base to the more familiar ground at second and starting the seldom-used Ryan Freel at third. The moves paid dividends...to the Cardinals:
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The book is slightly dated now and some of the statistical calculations have evolved since then, but I really enjoyed: "Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong" And my favorite chapter was "What if Rickey Henderson had Pete Incaviglia's Legs?"
Interestingly, this year he gave up 13 stolen bases but caught 10, for a 43% CS rate. And only one of the stolen bases last night was off Soto, the other six were off Derek Norris--his CS% is only 17%, or 10% below league average. So the smart move was actually to wait until Soto was out of the game, then run like crazy. And Soto actually got credited with a CS on the stupid double steal attempt when the runner was thrown out at home, which was "small ball" at its worst.
The Royals use the same types of advanced metrics that the A's use. The moneyball vs. non-moneyball distinction is moot these days.
And no one ever says that sac bunts and stolen bases can't help a team win a game. Those moves have proven pivotal in many games over the history of baseball. But those moves backfire or hurt the team far more often than they help teams win, and studies have demonstrated that there are only specific situations where those types of moves make sense.
Wow, just wow. I may have to read the local news pubs out in the Bay Area just to see the reaction. Baseball is just so crazy - here you had Beane going off his recipe quite a ways to go in for the kill in the playoffs and it absolutely, almost literally, explodes in his face. It almost makes being a Cubs fan bearable. Kansas City v Pirates maybe? A true ratings blockbuster.
Adam Dunn, not WS MVP. Even better, he was a no-show in a 12 inning game. A's out. Shark sits out the All Star game and the playoff game. Hammel tosses the losing pitch. Soto sprains his thumb and has to leave mid game but still partakes in the defense side of a base stealing record playoff game.
Cardinals next on my kiss of death prediction list.