Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Ring the bell! Bling, bling!

KC 15 Cle 5
B. Anderson (1-0): 6IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
Roger Clemens it ain't, but I'll take it.

The SuperStartStatoMeter (I'll change the name of this measure with every post until I figure out what I likes the best) total has just jumped 50% from 2 to 3!

Odds of moving the SuperStatoMeter from 3 to 4 tonight: Even (Affeldt is due for a good start; he's too talented to not pitch well at least once in three games).

Ryan and Denny pointed out on the radio broadcast that Brian Anderson has the third lowest BB/9 INN in the majors in the past year (maybe longer, I'm not sure). He's walking way too many this year, but that could be due to April showers.

And what a game for Carlos Beltran:

1-2, 3 BB, 4R, 3SB

Its not a sexy line, but you just can't be any more productive than that on a baseball diamond. Productive baseball players get on base and move well around the bases - bottom line. Bill James is probably right that the stolen base usually isn't a great tactic because most players get caught too often, but Carlos doesn't fall into that category, because he NEVER gets caught.

Its going to be a damn shame to see him leave KC, because if he stayed he'd probably become the second greatest Royal of all time, and maybe even approach George for top billing. Plus, he's genuinely fun to watch. I worry that his career will suffer in a place like New York, where he'll suffer under the pressure and scrutiny. He seems like a quiet sort who shies away from the spotlight, which is why I ultimately think he'll end up somewhere besides New York (Seattle?). But the Yankees will push awfully hard for him - they "need" a center fielder ("need" and "Yankees" sound ridiculous in the same sentence), and they'll surely pay.


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