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texasdave
05-08-2009, 03:04 PM
AAA - Louisville hosts Scranton/Wilkes-Barres at 7:05 ET. Louisville leads the INT-West, while Scranton/WB is on cruise control in the INT-North. S/WB has a record of 22-5. This should be an excellent test for Homer Bailey who is making his 6th start of the young season. Scranton/WB has a sick team batting line of .310/.384/.474/.858. Scranton/WB is plating a little over 7 runners per contest. Good luck, Homer. Offensively the Riverbats get a reprieve as Eric Hacker drags his 7.50 ERA to the mound for the SWB Yankees.

texasdave
05-08-2009, 03:14 PM
AA-The Carolina Mudcats take on Mobile this evening at 7:15 ET. Jordan Smith attempts to slow down the BayBears. Smith is sporting a 4.24 ERA after three starts. In 17IP he has issued just three free passes. He has, however, whiffed just seven batters in these same 17 innings. The Mudcats face Barry Enright. To be honest I neither know nor care a single thing about Enright, but his stats seem pretty solid in 2009.

Know a Mascot: This link sends you straight to Muddy the Mudcat's Bio. Anyone besides me feel a little inadequate knowing that Muddy has a Bio and you don't?
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/fans/page.jsp?ymd=20090123&content_id=499359&vkey=fans_t249&fext=.jsp&sid=t249

You are looking at 180 pounds of prime Mudcat there.

texasdave
05-08-2009, 03:32 PM
High (Adv) A - Talk about a roadie, Sarasota travels all the way to Jupiter on Friday to take on the Hammerheads at 7:05 ET. If listening on radio expect about a month and a half delay. And if those nasty solar winds flare up, fugedaboudit. Jeremy Horst will be making his sixth start. He has given up 2 ER or less in all of his previous starts. He is sporting an impressive 1.98 ERA, although he may be outpitching his peripherals at this point in time. The Hammerheads counter with Alejandro Sanabia and his 2.03 ERA. Runs very well may be at a premium.

The Physics of Baseball on Jupiter: The dense atmosphere and heavy gravitational pull on Jupiter makes for an interesting game. A baseball will feel like it weighs about 47 pounds on Jupiter and high heat clocks in at about 12 MPH. This is good because swinging a bat in the dense atmosphere is akin to swinging in a vat of jello. The mound is just 9 feet from home plate and the bases are 14 feet apart. Down both lines it is a mammoth 67 feet and dead center is well over 102 feet away. A fence-clearing blast to dead center stays in the air about 4 minutes in which time the center fielder can run back about 38 feet. The gravitional pull makes jumping impossible, unless you are either Eric Davis or Jim Coombs. A video of Willy Taveras stealing second looks hauntingly similar to a video of Sean Casey stealing second base on Earth.

texasdave
05-08-2009, 03:51 PM
Low A - The worst team in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League (Dayton) is at home against the best team in the Western Division of the Midwest League (Kane County). The probables aren't listed, but I'm betting each team has one. First pitch is at 7:00 ET.

OesterPoster
05-08-2009, 04:11 PM
Weather radar does not look good right now for Louisville-Cinci-Dayton, but it appears to be a pretty fast moving front.

thorn
05-08-2009, 04:11 PM
The Physics of Baseball on Jupiter: The dense atmosphere and heavy gravitational pull on Jupiter makes for an interesting game. A baseball will feel like it weighs about 47 pounds on Jupiter and high heat clocks in at about 12 MPH. This is good because swinging a bat in the dense atmosphere is akin to swinging in a vat of jello. The mound is just 9 feet from home plate and the bases are 14 feet apart. Down both lines it is a mammoth 67 feet and dead center is well over 102 feet away. A fence-clearing blast to dead center stays in the air about 4 minutes in which time the center fielder can run back about 38 feet. The gravitional pull makes jumping impossible, unless you are either Eric Davis or Jim Coombs. A video of Willy Taveras stealing second looks hauntingly similar to a video of Sean Casey stealing second base on Earth.


Excellent stuff Texasdave

GOYA
05-08-2009, 04:42 PM
Weather radar does not look good right now for Louisville-Cinci-Dayton, but it appears to be a pretty fast moving front.

Yes, I've been watching the radar because I have tickets for tonight. It looks like it should be clear for the start time in Louisville. If not, just a small delay. I hope Homer gives Miley's club a good spankin'. :thumbup:

OnBaseMachine
05-08-2009, 04:55 PM
GOING, GOING, GOMES: OF Jonny Gomes (Louisville) last night vs Rochester homered for the 3rd consecutive game...heís currently riding a 5-game hitting streak (6-19, .316)...with 6 HR is tied with IF/OF Wes Bankston for the team lead.

HEISMAN TROPHY: CF Chris Heisey (HI-zee) last night vs Mobile collected a season-high 4 hits to lift his batting average to a whopping .378...he ranks among Southern League leaders in batting average (1st), slugging (1st, .653), extra-base hits (T1st, 16), hits (2nd, 37), on-base pct. (2nd, .479) and doubles (T3rd, 10)...heís reached base safely in every one of his 27 games this season and is currently in the midst of a 7-game hitting streak (13-27, .481, 4rbi).

ZACH-TASTIC! RHP Zach Stewart last night at Jupiter pitched a complete-game 5-hitter, allowing just 1 run and 1 walk with 6 strikeouts...4 of the 5 hits he allowed came in the 1st inning...he retired 25 of his final 26 batters...last nightís outing came on the heels of a sterling 8.0 inning performance Saturday vs St. Lucie (8h, 2r, 1bb, 4k)...for the season, the 22 year-old is 1-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 6 starts (35.2ip, 29k).

DRAGONS OF THE MONTH CLUB: OF David Sappelt (.300, 2hr, 7rbi, 8sb) and LHP Matt Fairel (1-1, 2.61era, 4gs) yesterday were named Daytonís Hitter and Pitcher of the Month for April.

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=blog07&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3ae57bcc87-152a-4f72-96fb-cc08b1f396efPost%3a69e948db-79d1-41df-9d65-e13bb9be78c2&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com

OnBaseMachine
05-08-2009, 08:42 PM
Homer's not quite ready for the majors yet. Three walks in the first inning tonight. I like the progress he's made tonight's a reason why I think he needs to spend the bulk of the year in the minors.

OnBaseMachine
05-08-2009, 08:44 PM
Chris Heisey led off with a ... double. He's a doubles machine.

dougdirt
05-08-2009, 08:54 PM
Chris Heisey.... still good. A single in his next at bat.

OnBaseMachine
05-08-2009, 08:59 PM
Heisey then stole second base. He's 8-for-9 in the SB department.

Grande Donkey
05-08-2009, 09:05 PM
What is Heisey's BABIP?

11larkin11
05-08-2009, 09:07 PM
Stubbs and Sutton are red hot right now. Don't look now, but Stubbsy is up over .290

OnBaseMachine
05-08-2009, 09:20 PM
Alonso is 1-for-2 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

dougdirt
05-08-2009, 09:21 PM
What is Heisey's BABIP?

Coming into tonight, .368. So while its high, its not incredibly high. He has 6 strikeouts in 117 plate appearances this year. If you correct Heisey's BABIP to even something around .310 he would still be hitting .327/.436/.602. Thats how good his season has been so far.

OnBaseMachine
05-08-2009, 09:55 PM
Heisey is 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, and his 8th stolen base.

Frazier is 1-for-3 with his first AA home run.

Kc61
05-08-2009, 09:59 PM
Coming into tonight, .368. So while its high, its not incredibly high. He has 6 strikeouts in 117 plate appearances this year. If you correct Heisey's BABIP to even something around .310 he would still be hitting .327/.436/.602. Thats how good his season has been so far.

Isn't Heisey the guy who hit two grand slams, or something similar, in his first minor league game?

dougdirt
05-08-2009, 10:32 PM
Chris Heisey struck out in his most recent at bat. Probably time to demote him. That is his 2nd strikeout in his last 17 games. Let me repeat that. That is his 2nd strikeout in his last 17 games.

OnBaseMachine
05-08-2009, 10:33 PM
Frazier is now 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

dougdirt
05-08-2009, 10:34 PM
Sarasota lost 4-0.


Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Reed CF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .255
Kainer DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302
Alonso 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
Buchholz 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .248
Soto 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239
Phipps RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .233
Mesoraco C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .160
Perales LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .175
Tordi SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .140

BATTING
2B: Reed (6, Cishek), Phipps (7, Gunderson).
TB: Reed 2; Kainer; Alonso; Soto 2; Phipps 2; Perales.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reed; Mesoraco 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Reed (4, 3rd base by Cishek/Fermin).

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Horst (L) 5.0 6 4 4 2 5 1 2.78
Freeman 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 8.59
Ondrusek 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.08

HokieRed
05-08-2009, 10:38 PM
Really good to see those extra base hits from Frazier.

dougdirt
05-08-2009, 11:06 PM
Drew Stubbs is now 2-2 with 2 walks, a double and a steal (9). Hitting .301 currently.

dougdirt
05-08-2009, 11:07 PM
Dayton lost 7-3


Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Sappelt CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .279
Brown LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238
Puckett DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .236
Day C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .269
Chapman RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143
Sosa 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .215
Wiley LF-CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .257
Gualdron 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .182
Pfister 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211
Rojas SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200

BATTING
TB: Brown; Puckett; Day; Gualdron; Rojas.
RBI: Puckett (15), Sosa (8), Wiley (9).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pfister; Gualdron.
SF: Wiley.
GIDP: Chapman.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ravin (L, 1-3) 5.2 5 5 5 4 4 0 4.99
Hotchkiss 2.1 3 2 2 1 0 0 2.93
Gaffney 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.22

kaldaniels
05-08-2009, 11:52 PM
Any insight on Homer's rough start tonight?

juvey21
05-09-2009, 12:39 AM
homer bailey: 6 IP 7 H 7R 3 ER 4 BB 2 SO

OnBaseMachine
05-09-2009, 12:51 AM
Looks like Homer had some awful defense behind him, but that doesn't explain the four walks and only two K's. It appears he didn't have his stuff tonight. Hopefully he rebounds in his next start.

Stubbs finished 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and his 9th stolen base.

OnBaseMachine
05-09-2009, 01:12 AM
Stubbs has some really weird splits so far this season.

vs RHP he's hitting .340/.417/.472 - .888 in 53 atbats.

vs LHP he's hitting .190/.292/.190 - .482 in 21 atbats.

GOYA
05-09-2009, 02:44 AM
Looks like Homer had some awful defense behind him.

Nope. I saw it in person. He just didn't have it. Hopper made two nice plays on balls well hit. Bankston made a nice stop on a ball that would have been extra bases. Homer settled down after the 2nd and was effective. The first two innings were just bad. He was 95-96 and hit 97 once on his fastball but that just doesn't cut it when nothing else is working.

Stubbs, on the other hand, just keeps on looking very impressive. Although, I think he was out on his steal. Sutton has no business playing SS. Valaika is expected back in 10 weeks. :confused:

OnBaseMachine
05-09-2009, 02:45 AM
What happened to Valaika?

GOYA
05-09-2009, 02:55 AM
Broken metatarsal or metacarpal or something like that. I heard it on the radio just as I was about to get out of my car to head into the ballpark. I had no idea he was hurt and it really caught me by surprise. Kelch said eight weeks to heal and two to return to playing shape.

icehole3
05-09-2009, 08:35 AM
Nope. I saw it in person. He just didn't have it. Hopper made two nice plays on balls well hit. Bankston made a nice stop on a ball that would have been extra bases. Homer settled down after the 2nd and was effective. The first two innings were just bad. He was 95-96 and hit 97 once on his fastball but that just doesn't cut it when nothing else is working.

Stubbs, on the other hand, just keeps on looking very impressive. Although, I think he was out on his steal. Sutton has no business playing SS. Valaika is expected back in 10 weeks. :confused:

how did he get 4 unearned runs???

texasdave
05-09-2009, 11:44 AM
I think it bears repeating that Homer was facing a team that was averaging over 7 runs per game coming into last night's contest. While he didn't pitch well, holding that team to 3 ER in 6 IP is probably not as bad as it seems.

texasdave
05-09-2009, 11:45 AM
how did he get 4 unearned runs???

Bankston booted a ball with one out and one on. The next two batters flied out which should have ended the inning. A 3-run blast soon followed.

mace
05-09-2009, 11:52 AM
Does anyone know if Sappelt was injured? He came out after one at-bat.

Grande Donkey
05-09-2009, 12:31 PM
I think it bears repeating that Homer was facing a team that was averaging over 7 runs per game coming into last night's contest. While he didn't pitch well, holding that team to 3 ER in 6 IP is probably not as bad as it seems.I'm a fan of Homer Bailey. I'm not a fan making excuses for him when he throws a big turd out there like that.

If Homer was truly ready for the majors, he should be good against even the best AAA teams. I think Homer will get there but he is not ready yet. He is consistently inconsistent.

Mario-Rijo
05-09-2009, 01:08 PM
I'm a fan of Homer Bailey. I'm not a fan making excuses for him when he throws a big turd out there like that.

If Homer was truly ready for the majors, he should be good against even the best AAA teams. I think Homer will get there but he is not ready yet. He is consistently inconsistent.

I get ya, and I agree. And I don't want to put words in TD's mouth here but 6 IP, 7 hits and 3 er when you don't have any of your stuff isn't bad even against a AAA team.

DTCromer
05-09-2009, 01:16 PM
I think Homer will get there but he is not ready yet. He is consistently inconsistent.

I want Homer to succeed too, but I'm sick of hearing that line above. He/We are lucky Jocketty is a very patient GM.

Grande Donkey
05-09-2009, 01:18 PM
I get ya, and I agree. And I don't want to put words in TD's mouth here but 6 IP, 7 hits and 3 er when you don't have any of your stuff isn't bad even against a AAA team.
He did a good job in innings 3-6 by not giving up for the day and doing what needed to be done. That is something Homer isn't known to be very good at. I'll take that as a positive.

IMO, innings 1 and 2 are just as bad, if not worse, than his final line indicates.

Mario-Rijo
05-09-2009, 01:34 PM
He did a good job in innings 3-6 by not giving up for the day and doing what needed to be done. That is something Homer isn't known to be very good at. I'll take that as a positive.

IMO, innings 1 and 2 are just as bad, if not worse, than his final line indicates.

Yeah I should have added to my original post that S/W-B is mostly filled with older 4A types who have been swinging down there for quite some time. Just imagine what would have happened had he been pitching to a major league team with limited or no stuff, so yeah ultimately I agree he ain't quite there yet.

The one solid prospect they do have there Austin Jackson got a single and 2 BB's in the game not sure if both came off of Bailey or not. The 3 run jack came off the bat of former big leaguer and St. Louis Card LHH John Rodriguez.

GOYA
05-09-2009, 02:07 PM
There are different ways of judging the performance of a pitcher. Ultimately, if he allows fewer runs then he helps his team have a better chance to win. But there is another thing to consider. If he allows the opposing batters to hit the ball hard consistently and has trouble throwing strikes he puts pressure on his defense. Here are the first two innings:

* Kevin Russo walks.
* Eric Duncan pops out to shortstop Drew Sutton.
* Todd Linden doubles (12) on a fly ball to left fielder Jonny Gomes. Kevin Russo to 3rd.
* John Rodriguez grounds out, pitcher Homer Bailey to first baseman Daniel Dorn.
* Juan Miranda walks.
* Austin Jackson walks. Kevin Russo scores. Todd Linden to 3rd. Juan Miranda to 2nd.
* Chris Malec singles on a ground ball to center fielder Drew Stubbs. Todd Linden scores. Juan Miranda scores. Austin Jackson to 3rd.
* Chris Stewart grounds into a force out, third baseman Wes Bankston to second baseman Danny Richar. Chris Malec out at 2nd.

* Doug Bernier singles on a ground ball to second baseman Danny Richar.
* Kevin Russo reaches on fielding error by third baseman Wes Bankston. Doug Bernier to 2nd.
* Eric Duncan flies out to right fielder Norris Hopper.
* Todd Linden flies out to left fielder Jonny Gomes.
* John Rodriguez homers (6) on a fly ball to right center field. Doug Bernier scores. Kevin Russo scores.
* Juan Miranda singles on a line drive to right fielder Norris Hopper.
* Austin Jackson singles on a ground ball to third baseman Wes Bankston. Juan Miranda to 2nd.
* Chris Malec singles on a ground ball to right fielder Norris Hopper. Juan Miranda scores. Austin Jackson to 2nd.
* Chris Stewart lines out to center fielder Drew Stubbs.

You can see that he solved his problem with walks after the first but in doing so, he was even more hittable. So, you have to give him points for making the adjustments but take away points for taking too long to do it. Also it is true you have to give credit to SWB.

Let me temper my remark about Sutton not having any business at SS. He wasn't really bad there, he was just obviously not as good as Valaika. Bankston is the infielder I would really say doesn't have the skills to be there. He did make a very nice layout stop on a hard hit ball up the line but overall his defense is costing the team. The only third baseman I've seen with a weaker glove was Mike Bell.

tbball10
05-09-2009, 04:10 PM
There are different ways of judging the performance of a pitcher. Ultimately, if he allows fewer runs then he helps his team have a better chance to win. But there is another thing to consider. If he allows the opposing batters to hit the ball hard consistently and has trouble throwing strikes he puts pressure on his defense. Here are the first two innings:

* Kevin Russo walks.
* Eric Duncan pops out to shortstop Drew Sutton.
* Todd Linden doubles (12) on a fly ball to left fielder Jonny Gomes. Kevin Russo to 3rd.
* John Rodriguez grounds out, pitcher Homer Bailey to first baseman Daniel Dorn.
* Juan Miranda walks.
* Austin Jackson walks. Kevin Russo scores. Todd Linden to 3rd. Juan Miranda to 2nd.
* Chris Malec singles on a ground ball to center fielder Drew Stubbs. Todd Linden scores. Juan Miranda scores. Austin Jackson to 3rd.
* Chris Stewart grounds into a force out, third baseman Wes Bankston to second baseman Danny Richar. Chris Malec out at 2nd.

* Doug Bernier singles on a ground ball to second baseman Danny Richar.
* Kevin Russo reaches on fielding error by third baseman Wes Bankston. Doug Bernier to 2nd.
* Eric Duncan flies out to right fielder Norris Hopper.
* Todd Linden flies out to left fielder Jonny Gomes.
* John Rodriguez homers (6) on a fly ball to right center field. Doug Bernier scores. Kevin Russo scores.
* Juan Miranda singles on a line drive to right fielder Norris Hopper.
* Austin Jackson singles on a ground ball to third baseman Wes Bankston. Juan Miranda to 2nd.
* Chris Malec singles on a ground ball to right fielder Norris Hopper. Juan Miranda scores. Austin Jackson to 2nd.
* Chris Stewart lines out to center fielder Drew Stubbs.

You can see that he solved his problem with walks after the first but in doing so, he was even more hittable. So, you have to give him points for making the adjustments but take away points for taking too long to do it. Also it is true you have to give credit to SWB.

Let me temper my remark about Sutton not having any business at SS. He wasn't really bad there, he was just obviously not as good as Valaika. Bankston is the infielder I would really say doesn't have the skills to be there. He did make a very nice layout stop on a hard hit ball up the line but overall his defense is costing the team. The only third baseman I've seen with a weaker glove was Mike Bell.


I wasn't at the game so I don't know if these balls were hit hard, but it sounds like he was a bit unlucky with 2 infield hits, some ground ball singles and the error by Bankston. The walks killed him in the 1st though, and he can't have those.

SirFelixCat
05-09-2009, 04:16 PM
Thanks for the updates, guys. And TD, that is really funny, good stuff!


I also want to inquire about Sappelt..came out after only one PA...anyone know what happened w/ him?