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Thursday, April 24, 2003
Bi-Weekly Review: N.L. West. "Out in Denver (which at least is further west than Atlanta ever was), the Rockies are up to their usual shenanigans: dominate at home, flail on the road. The difference, so far, is that they're not flailing too badly." (Baseball Primer)

Bi-Weekly Review: A.L. West. "Seattle, at some cost, addressed the substantial weakness of their bench this past off-season with the acquisition of [Greg] Colbrunn, an excellent offensive player. And for some reason, Bob Melvin, who should be familiar with Colbrunn from their time in Arizona, essentially refuses to use him, giving more playing time and pinch-hit appearances to lesser hitters like Willie Bloomquist and John Mabry (and there ain't a platoon split in the world that makes them better hitters than Greg)." (Baseball Primer)

Say what? Rookie Bonderman outduels Zito.
Just how unlikely was Bonderman's spectacular eight-inning performance?

He had an 0-3 record and a 10.22 ERA entering his fourth major league start on the road for the worst team in baseball. The 20-year-old rookie was facing the elite A's, who traded him last year.

Last but not least, the opposing pitcher was AL Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito, who loses at home about once a year.

Bi-Weekly Review: A.L. Central. "Despite their 1-16 record, the Tigers' pitchers rank 10th in the AL in ERA - which isn't completely horrible. They have also thrown the fewest innings in the league, mostly because they never have to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning on the road." (Baseball Primer)

Rob Neyer: "At this moment -- late in the evening of April 22, 2003 -- two questions about baseball tower above all others: How many games will the Yankees win? and How many games will the Tigers lose?" (

Bi-Weekly Review: N.L. East. "The Phillies have been feast or famine offensively and are about to unload on someone after scoring: 4, 1, 3, 4, 4, 1 runs in the last 6 games. By the time you read this, they will have stuck a 12 on the Rockies." (Baseball Primer)

Josh Schulz: "There is nothing in the world as loathsome as when the Cardinals lose to the Diamondbacks...I hate the Diamondbacks. With a white hot passion. I used to live in Phoenix, and I swore I wouldn't see a base ball game there until the Diamondbacks were no longer World Champions." (Go Cardinals)

Alex Belth interviews New York Times beat writer Buster Olney. "The purest confidence I ever saw in any player I was around came from [Mariano] Rivera and [Derek] Jeter. I mean it wasn't even close." (Bronx Banter)

Mac Thomason: "Have you ever noticed how low an angle Rafael Furcal throws from? Most shortstops' throws to first go up in the air a little and are on their way down when they get to first base. I swear, Rafael's look like they're on a straight line." (Braves Journal)

Prospectus Triple Play: Mets, Rockies, Orioles. "The Orioles under [Peter] Angelos have been like a well-made car that didn't get any basic maintenance. The car will run pretty well for a few years, but down the road those things are going to catch up with you." (Baseball Prospectus)

Lots of good stuff this week at Mike's Baseball Rants, including a special Easter edition of Joe Morgan Chat Day and a comparison of this year's Tigers to the worst teams of all time. Permalinks don't seem to work, so go to the main page and scroll down.

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