Sunday, June 6, 2004

The Sandman and the Duke

Which of these lines belongs to Mariano Rivera and which one belongs to Justin Duchscherer?

Player A 33.1 20 6 0 11 24
Player B 32.2 26 4 1 12 24

And does it even really matter? The Duke has been pitching great for the A's this year. Between the Duke and Chad Bradford, I feel pretty good about our bullpen, even if King Arthur Rhodes blows a few saves here and there.

Thursday, June 3, 2004

"Smart" Mob, my A**

Stone: Mob #8: The End

"And do not await instructions for MOB #9. They
will not arrive; not for a long time, at least, if
ever." - Sep. 9, 2003

Just when you thought that silly little "flash mob" fad was LOOOONG gone, some Russians are trying to revive it.

(And don't think I'm not annoyed that I have to link to a site that calls itself " - the next social revolution.")

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Well, crap! - MLB - Chavez suffers 'broken' arm

"It was uncertain how long Chavez will be out."

This is not good. Losing your best player indefinitely is never a step in the right direction.

So, let's try to find some silver lining... According to The Hardball Times' stat page, Chavez has been only the ninth most valuable Athletic. In fact, he's only been about one win share better than the average third-baseman so far this year.

That kind of production should not actually be all that difficult to replace... I hope. The big problem is that Chavez has upside that can't be replaced. You can't expect a replacement player to come in and produce 25-30 win shares per season the way Chavez can.