Friday, March 25, 2011

WSJ: Made from the Wright stuff

Via WSJ:
"...the most durable infielder in the franchise's 49-year history—no minor matter considering the physical demands of his position and the Mets' recent inabilityto get their best players back on the field in a timely manner after injuries. He has started at least 142 games in each of six consecutive seasons and at least 153 games in five of the past six. No Mets infielder has started as many games over so long a continuous length of time, according to Stats Inc., a firm that tracks statistical trends in sports."- Mike Sielski, Wall Street Journal
Wright is not only extremely durable, he is extremely tough. In 2009 after getting hit in the head by a Matt Cain fastball, he was put on the 15 day DL, and missed just that 15 games. Sielski does a great job in this article contrasting Wright to the "softer", fine china Mets, like Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran who seem to hangout on the DL, both often and for extended periods of time. Wright is a guy who will be in the lineup each time you head out to Ctit Field, you can count on it, he will be there, and he will be playing in fifth gear, 100% until the final pitch is thrown. This is not a new expectation, we have seen this from Wright everyday since he first came up in 2004, and you better expect to see it for the rest of his time in a uniform, in his Wright-ful place, third base.

Photo taken by Michael G. Baron, check out his flickr gallery here, and follow him on twitter @michaelgbaron.

NYDN: Excuses Must Stop

Via NY Daily News

"The Knicks lead the NBA in excuse making. It's a sign of weakness. "We haven't had a training camp" and "we need more time together" are refrains we hear over and over. What the Knicks are saying may indeed be true (although Denver isn't exactly struggling without the benefit of a training camp) but the team and coaching staff would be better served by keeping the excuses to a minimum. -Frank Isola, Knicks Knation
...I totally agree, the Knicks look soft and weak on the court. I see Carmelo moping around on the court, Amare with all the technicals, Billups doing whatever he wants, and D'Antoni doing nothing about it. The Knicks are 7-10 since the trade, and as Isola said, the excuses may be warranted, however, if they want to be a good team they have to overcome the adversity. Billups needs to lead like the veteran he is, and buy into the D'Antoni run and gun system, rather than his preffered half court sets. Carmelo needs to show up every night, no more 6 point performances, and Amar'e Stoudemire needs to lead this team like he did before Melo got here, because it still is Stoudemire's team...

Listen to my conversation with Frank Isola here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Matt Cerrone Interview

Matthew Cerrone of joined me to talk about todays offensive explosion, Jay Horowitz slide, the importance of role players, and much more...


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Best of New York Bite 3-23: Brian Costa Interview

Brian Costa, Met Beat writer for the Wall Street Journal joined me to discuss the release of Castillo and Perez, Brad Emaus as the second baseman, and to breakdown the rotation and bullpen.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hughes may not see Verducci Effect, but stats will come down...

Photo courtesy of Michael G. Baron
“There is evidence that if you really build up a young pitchers pitch count too fast, and his innings load too quickly, there can be adverse effects to that,” Baseball Insider Jerry Crasnick said yesterday on The New York Bite.

The “adverse effects” he refers to are commonly known as the Verducci Effect.  

According to Baseball Prospectus the effect was, “Named for Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, this is a negative forward indicator for pitcher workload. Verducci, who called this the 'Year After Effect,' found that pitchers under the age of 25 who have 30-inning increases year over year tend to under perform. Will Carroll independently found that pitchers who break the "Rule of 30" tend to get injured. Carroll renamed this 'rule' the Verducci Effect in honor of the man who initially found the evidence.

After pitching just 105 innings in 2009 between the big club and AAA Scranton, Hughes jumped all the way to 186 innings in 2010, an 81 inning increase.

Phil Hughes, the Yankees #3 starter heading into the 2011 season, may not feel the effects, because he does have such a big frame, but his stat line may not look quite as pretty as it did last season.

Hughes went 18-8 last season but had a relatively high 4.19 ERA. He had a great start to the season, but it may not have been as good as it seemed, as he benefited greatly from run support.

“Hughes had a great first half last year, and not that great of a second half. Phil benefited greatly from run support last year. I could see him not having the win total he had last year, because he led the league in run support last year,” Brian Costello, Yankees Beat writer for the New York Post, said yesterday on The New York Bite

“He is 24 years old, he will turn 25, he is in a key point in his development,” Costello said.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Collins has past many hurdles, yet more to come

Photo courtesy of Michael G. Baron
In just his first big league spring, Mets Manager Terry Collins has had to deal with many useless distractions, yet more are certain to come. There was certainly truth to Sandy Alderson's joke that now that Perez is gone, the media will find something to complain about, but Collins may be equip to deal with them.

Collins dismissal as Manager of the Angels has been much talked about and scrutinized. He lost touch with his players, so much so that former Met Mo Vaughn went to the Angels front office, urging them to fire Collins.

Yet this time around, Collins is making a concentrated effort to reach out and connect with his players. Most evident in the weekly bowling nights. Although it may seem forced and childish, it shows the effort that just was not evident - at least to fans in previous management.

It is easy though, for Collins to have control of the team now, before they have even played an inning of regular season baseball, but you have to like what you have seen thus far.

Best of New York Bite 3-21: Brian Costello Interview

Brian Costello, New York Post Yankees Beat writer joined me from Tampa, Florida to discuss Yankees baseball.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Best of New York Bite 3-20: Ohm Youngmisuk Interview

Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN New York Giants blogger joined me to talk about the Giant's offseason plans.