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(3/26/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Something most casuals will overlook...I believe your top five SP's average about 120 starts a season, leaving 40 starts for your 6th and lower SP's. As I said earlier, I'd put the Brewers #6-10 SP's up against anyone's. Also, they're #1-2 SP's are probably top five in the past two years, and certainly top ten projected in 2013. Obviously, #3-5 are the unknowns here, but the potential is certainly there. And, with the #6-10 arms being so solid, the leash will be a bit shorter than in the past, when the alternatives were, at best, risky.

That also holds true for the bullpen, as all but Gonzalez and Gorzelanny have options (and Tom G might, though unlikely to be used, as is also the case for Axford and Badenhop). For example, let's say Peralta struggles or is sent down to begin the season...he could be a valuable addition should someone in the rotation or bullpen falter.

Lotsa words. Lotsa words. The game makes way more sense to me now.
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(3/26/2013 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Gennett and Morris will play at AAA this year, and could easily be cheaper alternatives (my old standby phrase is 90% of the production at 10% of the cost). Or, they may not.

This is the kind of genius analysis I expect, yet don't deserve, from the world's greatest insurance salesman/political pundit/sports expert.

They could be cheaper alternatives. Or, they may not.

I may have gotten dumber for reading this. Or, I may not.
(3/31/2013 0900 PM) - Al

Finding it funny how many are surprised Astros not losing every game 8-2.

I said neither HOU nor MIA would be all that bad, and I stand by it. Of course, losing 90-95 games is far from good, but, not historical.

Translation- I don't think they will be that bad, but I do think they could lose 60% of their games. al's standard of "not that bad" is certainly loose, but I do think it is a standard he applies in all of life. 2600 calories in one sandwich, not that bad.

(4/01/2013 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Thank goodness Opening Day is also April Fools' Day, as I have no patience for stupidity and immaturity.

The fact so many casuals seem to adore the day makes me even more antisocial..if that's possible.

Good thing today is April Fools day, because I hate it. Someday I will understand al's riddles.

I also did the math, 58% of casuals rank "adore" as their level of affection for April Fools day, which really isn't that bad.
(4/07/2013 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Yuni set Segura up perfectly on that throw, threw it to the far 3B side, probably saving Jean from serious injury.

The irony is, many casuals have remarked Yuni is a poor defensive 1B of late, when in reality, even a below average SS is likely a plus 1B, as range is not much of a factor...that's how Prince has made himself into a passable, nearly average defensive 1B after several seasons in the majors.

Trust me, Yuni's weakness at 1B is not his defense, that's probably middle of the pack. Well below that at the plate.

(4/07/2013 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Triple-A Nashville first baseman Hunter Morris received his 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award from Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner in a pregame ceremony Sunday. Morris posted a .995 fielding percentage last season at Double-A Huntsville while winning Southern League Most Valuable Player

I just read someone last evening on one of the casual boards that said Morris would not be brought up because he's such a bad fielder. Yes, at 1B.

I can only assume that al follows the packerchatters of baseball out there, and chuckles at himself at the baseball marklawrence who says stupid things all the time.
al hates when people use small samples

Originally posted by Al:
Take out a pair of eight-run outings in wins at woeful Houston last weekend, and Milwaukee had scored just 2.7 runs per game.--JS

Take out all the games they've scored runs, the Crew has been shut out in every game they've played. Talk about junk stats.

al uses small samples to make his point

(4/12/2013 07:07:00 PM) - Al

I admit, the fact the casual bloggers do not seem to even realize that, KRod had a bad stretch last year, he did recover and was nearly unhittable late, throwing 15 innings in September, with a 15-1 K/BB ratio and a 1.20 ERA.

What's sad is, these are the guys casual fans get their info from and they think they're ahead of the curve. In reality, they're just rumormongers who barely pay attention.
(4/17/2013 05:01:00 PM) - Al

Crew will sign KRod to minor league deal.

I'd love to see tons of veterans signed to minor league contracts, as they have no risk at all, cost nearly nothing, and have tons of upside, especially if injuries occur.

As I have said before, KRod was very good last year except for a stretch in which he was very likely not 100% physically.

Statistically speaking, except when he was giving up runs, hits and walks, Krod was very, very good.