1. We all know certain news and sports outlets/media have their biases and they generally push those to all fans. How bias is MLB.COM in your opinion?
ARCHIE: I always thought ESPN was the most bias towards large market teams in all sports but after tracking MLB.COM for years I am now thinking they are just as bad. On any given day if you are not a Red Sox, Dodger or Yankee fan you may have to dig deep to get news on your favorite team. The Rockies and Braves combined for 23 runs and 29 hits in their slug fest on Tuesday and the only place you could see the report was in the box scores.
JOE: I can’t remember the last time I went on MLB.com. So, I can’t answer this question.
SANDY: I don’t think MLB.Com is more bias then most other sports media, except for ESPN, now there’s some bias, especially with more high profile players and perhaps some teams.
2. Do you think Tommy La Stella has entered the NL ROY race?
ARCHIE: Give this kid another week or so and everyone will start talking about him. The big difference from Puig last year is he is not a power hitter and he does not play for the Dodgers.
JOE: His early numbers say that if he keeps it he has a chance. The only negative is his lack of any power… as of Wednesday (6/11)… Tommy La Stella: In 42 ABs he has 15 hits, all singles, 4 runs, 4 RBIs,.357 BA, .400 OBP, .357 Slg , 3 walks, 3 strikeouts with 1 SB.
1) Jacob deGrom, Starting Pitcher, New York Mets: 36 IP, 3.44 ERA, 32 K’s, 16 W, 1.25 WHIP, 0-3 WL. deGrom’s biggest problem is he plays for the Mets and his team does not hit… at least with men in scoring position they don’t. So, lack of wins could hurt him.
2) Billy Hamilton, Center Fielder, Cincinnati Reds: In 206 ABs he has 52 hits, .252 BA, 2 HR, 3 triples, 7 doubles, 27 runs, 14 RBIs, .290 OBP, .345 Slg, 24 SB’s, 11 walks, 40 strikeouts.
3) Chris Owings, Shortstop, Arizona Diamondbacks: In 204 ABs he has 55 hits, .270 BA, 12 doubles, 3 triples, 5 HRs, 22 R, 18 RBI’s, .309 OBP, .431 Slg, 6 SB’s, 12 walks, 45 strikeouts.
SANDY: La Stella has a good average and OBP, but only has 38 at bats and I don’t think those stats will last. If he gets more at bats and plays every day he could be in the running for ROY, but if he gets benched against lefties I think that hurts his chances.
3. David Price currently leads the Major with 111 strikeouts at the time of this post. Craig Kimbrel leads all closers with 45 k’s in only 24 innings. What do you consider a good strikeout per innings ratio?
ARCHIE: The all time leaders in K’s per 9 is Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez with just over 10 k’s per 9. This is only tabulated for pitchers with over 1000 innings pitched. Everyone recognized them as true strike out artist. Johnson had the highest per inning average at 1.17 K’s per inning. There were many other pitchers that pitched in relieve that don’t make the record books because they never accumulated enough innings but averaged higher; like Billy Wagner. What does all this mean? With the epidemic levels of strike outs throughout MLB, I think all so called “strike out” pitchers should be averaging at least 1 per inning.
JOE: I guess, 1 K to 1 IP is pretty good.
Although, I think strikeouts can be overrated. I look at strikeouts and base on ball ratios, as well as ERA, WHIP, and, while it is not the “be all and end all”, I think wins count for something as overall better indicators, or criteria, of pitchers ability.
SANDY: I think 1 K for every inning. If a pitcher gets 8-9 K’s a game that is pretty good.
4. In 1941 Ted Williams batted .405. Do you think we will ever see another player with a .400 season?
ARCHIE: I honestly feel like we should book mark the record books with something to indicate the era in which batter’s held a high Batting Average up as more important than the occasional long ball. I am pretty certain that I will be pushing up daisies before anyone makes a legitimate run at a .400 Season average.
JOE: Not in the near future. When batters start striking out less and having better plate discipline, then, maybe
SANDY: No, what more can you say, it’s just too hard to maintain a .400 average if you’re playing most games in a season.
5. Will the Blue Jays win the East?
ARCHIE: I have not bought into the Blue Jays just yet. They are right at .500 against teams with a winning record. Their pitching is about the same as the Yankee and Orioles and their team batting is middle of the pack. I think they have played good ball to this point but I look for them to fade away toward the end.
JOE: Sure as hell looking that way ain’t it?
SANDY: I’d say they have the best chance right now, but all but Tampa Bay has a good chance to turn the season around.
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