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Thursday, September 23, 2004
Red Sox win another in last at-bat. Orlando Cabrera homered in the bottom of the 12th. Boston 7, Baltimore 6. (Yahoo!)

Mariners 16, Angels 6. Four hits for Ichiro. Six hits for Raul Ibanez. The Red Sox now lead the Wild Card race by 6 1/2 games with 11 to play. (Yahoo!)

Bartolo Colon putting on display all the reasons why giving long, big money contracts to mid-tier starting pitchers is bad bad bad. I can’t imagine the Angels could give away the 3 years and $37 million left on his contract. How bad has Colon been this year?

Colon’s VORP: 19.7. Ryan Franklin’s VORP: 19.1

(U.S.S. Mariner)

Rogers wins 17th as Rangers top A's. Texas 5, Oakland 3. The AL West is a three-team race again. The A's lead the Angels by 2 1/2 and the Rangers by 3. (Yahoo!)

Dodgers' NL West lead down to half-game. Uh-oh. The Padres shut them out; the Giants won their game; and Brad Penny is hurt. (Yahoo!)

The Wild Card. Joe Sheehan: "I think the wild card has killed more exciting races than it's created, and I'm comfortable that the evidence supports that. But because all those 'neutral' seasons are creating more hope and faith--even if the localities don't care all that much--MLB sees the experiment as a success. MLB doesn't see the things that aren't there, the races between great teams, in much the same way that baseball people often don't see all the outs a low-OBP 'RBI man' gets, or the many times caught stealing that reduce the value of Alex Sanchez or Brett Butler." (Baseball Prospectus)

Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres.
Since the trade of Garciaparra, the Sox have scored exactly six runs per game (294/49). That exceeds their pre-trade average of 5.63. Credit the returns of OBP guys Bill Mueller and Trot Nixon for some of that. Kevin Millar's impersonation of Manny Ramirez has helped, although it's been negated somewhat by Ramirez simultaneously imitating Millar for two months.

Don't get lost in the hype. The Sox have an improved defense, but they still win because they have two great strikeout starters, a very good strikeout bullpen, and one of the best offenses in the game.
(Baseball Prospectus)

Inside Tommy John Surgery: Thirty Years of Fixing Pitchers. (Baseball Prospectus)

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