NL West: 1. San Francisco 2. San Diego 3. Arizona 4. Los Angeles 5. Colorado
NL Central: 1. Cubs 2. Houston 3. St. Louis 4. Pittsburgh 5. Milwaukee 6. Cincinatti
NL East: 1. Florida 2. Philly (WC) 3. Montreal 4. Atlanta 5. Mets
Florida stays in there and they fight the Phillies all the way. Houston doesn't shine as bright as everyone thinks because Pettit and Clemons are past it and the rest of them are too old. The Cubs make the Series out of the NL (and hell freezes over while a blue moon shines)
AL West: 1. Oakland 2. Seattle 3. Anaheim 4. Texas
AL East: 1. Yankees 2. Boston(WC) 3. Tampa Bay 4. Toronto 5. Baltimore
AL Central: 1. Kansas City 2. Minnesota 3. White Sox 4 Detroit 5. Cleveland
You know, I really don't care about the AL. I hate the DH and all it stands for. I hope the Sox come out of it, but I predict the Yanquis
Originally posted by Grimisboth DuBose and Bedard are two very good young lefties you've never heard of. With three lefties, we're in good shape.
I BEG YOUR PARDON - I have, in fact, heard of them. I can read! Nah. Nah. And yeah, I hope you're right. I think Ainsworth having a "stellar" year is a bit much to ask. I'll dig on an ERA only a little over 4 and some decent strikeout numbers. I dunno about being in good shape via having three lefties. The Cubs and Astros don't have any freakin' lefties and I'd trade rotations with either of them. Good pitchers are good pitchers.
But now this begs the question of whom the last decent left-handed starter Baltimore developed was. I figure one of the three has to pan out, so that would be the first since, good god, Mike Flanagan?
My confidence in the system is shaken, which it should be. Bring back Davey Johnson you fools.
The Astros did bring in that Andy Pettitte guy. Other than that, they've got four righties.
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Gambling, in the context of baseball, is a capital offense and Rose has richly earned-- hell, he agreed to-- his death sentence. Let him hang.
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Originally posted by drjayphdAL Central: 1. Kansas City 2. Minnesota 3. White Sox 4. (a bucket of warm spit) 5. Detroit 6. Cleveland.
If the bucket of warm spit can pick up a quality lefty out of the bullpen, they could fight the White Sox for 3rd in the division. If Manuel was still with the White Sox, I would have favored the warm bucket of spit, but Guillen might be able to hold them off.
Why is TVLand stealing my ideas from DEAN's Workrate Report's? They had to be stealing, as I thought I had the only demented mind that could put Bea Arthur and Abe Vigoda in a sex scene.
Originally posted by ScottieKStonesBut now this begs the question of whom the last decent left-handed starter Baltimore developed was. I figure one of the three has to pan out, so that would be the first since, good god, Mike Flanagan?
I just parused the indispensibleBaseball Reference from all of the left-handed staring pitchers the Orioles have developed(i.e. through their system, not David Wells, etc) since the Orioles traded Mike Flanagan to the Blue Jays in 1987. And they are(with career records):
1987 Eric Bell(15-18, 5.18) Jeff Ballard(41-53, 4.71. Did go 18-8 in 1989 though)
1988 Gordon Dillard(0-0, 6.43, 7 IP)
1991 Arthur Rhodes(69-51, 4.33; yes, he was a starter, and a bad one at that)
1993 John O'Donoghue(0-1, 4.58 ERA. 1 career start)
1995 Rick Krivda(11-16, 5.54 ERA. Was supposed to be the great left-handed starter post Flanagan)
1999 Matt Riley(1-0, 4.71 ERA. Pitched in Majors last year for first time since '99. Was going to be Jesus here until he blew out his arm. Is # 4 guy this year).
2000 John Parrish(3-7, 5.38 ERA. Struck out the side in the first inning against the Yankees in his first start, pitching against Clemens. I was there. Now a middle reliever.)
2003 Eric DuBose(3-6, 3.73 ERA. Technically, we didn't develop him. He was drafted by Oakland and bounced around before landing here)
And now we have Riley, Bedard, and DuBose in the rotation.
This should not discount some of the other "star" lefties who have started for the Orioles since '87:
David Wells Fernando Valenzuela Jamie Moyer Craig Lefferts Chuck McElroy Omar Daal Kent Mercker Doug Johns
We stopped pretending we would ratify Kyoto. We only spent $15 billion on AIDS in Africa. We did not take dictation from Paris. If we had done these things, it would minimize the world’s anger.
Is the world angry at Russia, which spends nothing on AIDS and rebuffed Kyoto? Is the world angry at China, which got a pass on Kyoto and spends nothing on AIDS for other countries?
Is the world angry at North Korea for killings its people? Angry at Iran for smothering that vibrant nation with corrupt and thuggish mullocracy? Angry at Syria for occupying Lebanon? Angry at Saudi Arabia for its denial of women’s rights? Angry at Russia for corrupt elections? Is the world angry at China for threatening Taiwan, or angry at France for joining the Chinese in joint military exercises that threatened the island on the eve of an election? Is the world angry at Zimbabwe for stealing land and starving people? Is the world angry at Pakistan for selling nuclear secrets? Is the world angry at Libya for having an NBC program?
Is the world angry at the thugs of Fallujah?
Is the world angry at anyone besides America and Israel? - James Lileks
Originally posted by GrimisJeff Ballard(41-53, 4.71. Did go 18-8 in 1989 though)
And that was so retarded when you look at his numbers that year. His ERA and WHIP were 3.43/1.38, but he gave up 240 hits in 215 innings, and struck out an entire 62 batters over those 215 innings. And after that he never even approached decent again. That guy was WEIRD.
All's I could remember was Ballard, Rhodes and the recent guys, though Rick Krivda rings a terrible bell. You're forgetting Jimmy F'n Key in there too.
American League East: 1.Boston 2.NY 3.Blue Jays 4.Tampa Bay 5.Baltimore Central: 1. Kansas City 2. White Sox 3. Minnesota 4. Cleveland 5. Detroit West: 1. Anaheim 2. Oakland (WC) 3. Seattle 4. Texas
National League East 1. Philadelphia 2. Atlanta 3. Florida 4. Montreal 5. New York CENTRAL: 1. Houston 2. Chicago (WC) 3. St. Louis 4. Cincinnati 5. Pittsburgh 6. Milwaukee WEST: 1. Arizona 2. San Diego 3. Los Angeles 4. San Francisco 5. Colorado
Tony's ESPN column today is a great read on facing these two aces.
FYI: Gywnn got more hits off Maddux than any other pitcher.
I was ecstatic to see Tony go deep off Maddux one year at the Murph when I was in SD for the Comicon.