Thursday, June 25, 2009

Daytime Baseball Open Thread

Trial One in the "Replace Manny Parra/Dave Bush" experiment is Mike Burns. He'll get things going in about 30 minutes or so. He'll take on Scott Baker. Here's your lineup:

2B Craig Counsell
3B Casey McGehee
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
RF Corey Hart
CF Mike Cameron
SS JJ Hardy
C Jason Kendall
RHP Mike Burns

Enjoy the game. Go Crew!

25 comments:

DannyNoonan said...

Go Brewers! Go not-Manny-Parra!

PaulNoonan said...

Striking out Joe Mauer is impressive.

E.S.K. said...

Made it through 1/2 an inning scoreless! More than Suppan usually does.

E.S.K. said...

Anyone else had juuuuuust about enough of JJ Hardy?

tracker said...

Well, yeah. But whaddaya gonna do? Do the Sox still want him?

PaulNoonan said...

I have a great deal of patience with shortstops. It's weird he's been struggling this long.

Last year his LD% was 15.5%. This year his LD% is 15.5%. Last year hsi ground ball rate was 48.4%. This year it's down to 43.8%. He also never hits infield flies. But for some reason his home runs as a percentage of fly balls is WAY down (from 14% to 7.5%). It has not been even close to that low since his rookie season.

I still think he'll be OK, but the power thing is bizarre. I've literally never seen anything like it. Usually if your power suffers you'll either hit more into the ground or hit more flyballs on the infield, and he hasn't done either.

PaulNoonan said...

Hey, our manager noticed a reverse platoon split and adjusted to it. Neat!

PaulNoonan said...

I just looked, and Baker has had a normal platoon split over the course of his career, but this year he has faced nearly as many righties as lefties, and the difference is pretty stark. I wonder if it's just random or if he changed something.

tracker said...

But he hasn't noticed Gamel's reverse split.

PaulNoonan said...

Nice catch Tracker, although it's a pretty mild split anyway.

PaulNoonan said...

Uh Oh. This is not good.

tracker said...

It was Gamel's 1.465 vs lhp, .898 vs rhp in Nashville that caught my eye. He was reversed last year too, but not to that degree.

PaulNoonan said...

They have minor league splits now? Sweet.

tracker said...

www.minorleaguesplits.com

PaulNoonan said...

How did you ever think to look there?

PaulNoonan said...

Well, at least the Cubs lost.

tracker said...

Cards too.

PaulNoonan said...

Casey McGehee really has been very good.

tracker said...

Yeah, I'm done doubting McGehee. I didn't expect any of this out of him.

PaulNoonan said...

Well this is a fun little inning.

DannyNoonan said...

McGehee is kicking butt. And Prince has been hot too. Taking the top dog spot away from Braunny recently.

PaulNoonan said...

Q. What do you call it when the doctor checks for testicular cancer?

A. Denard Span.

E.S.K. said...

I am stunned. At least everyone lost today.

tracker said...

Ah, nuts.

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