Alternate title: When Bad Analysts Get Lazy. I made the mistake of reading this throwaway article and I can't in good conscience let it go without a critique. If you're here for Mariners news, skip this post, but if you've got a few minutes, then by all means, read on.
That's nice. They also do other things, like beat the crap out of the ball and slice through batting orders like a warm knife through butter. St. Louis has the #1 offense and #1 pitching staff in the NL. You should probably mention that next time.
Yeah, Boston's got it pretty easy, facing Baltimore, Toronto, and Tampa Bay before they take on the Yankees to end the season. But then, New York's got Toronto and Baltimore, too, along with a second series against the Orioles to cancel out Boston's series against the D-Rays. And who's been playing better baseball since the break? If anything, the Yankees have the easier path leading into that final set.
Chicago team ERA: 3.68
Cleveland team ERA: 3.64
But the White Sox' pitching is just too strong.
What, are they just going to suddenly hit the switch? They've won the division 13 times in the last 14 years, and have just a single World Series title to show for it. How can you just assume that these guys are going to be "fine"? Hello?
I'd say they're playing with a lot of fear - like, say, the fear of missing the playoffs because they lost a bunch of games down the stretch. And if you don't know who Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, or Jhonny Peralta are, that's your problem, not theirs.
Anaheim team ERA: 3.70
Oakland team ERA: 3.64
Seriously, what's up with this guy?
Okay, so he's right about the pressure. But why does he like their chances? If he likes their chances so much, why did he rank them behind Boston, Cleveland, and Chicago, at least one of whom the Yankees would have to pass to make it into the postseason?
So Boston is "only 1½ games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East," but Houston has put themselves "in great shape to make the playoffs" by having a lead of the same magnitude? And what does Roger Clemens' tenacity and competitiveness have to do with Houston's ranking?
The Phillies have the second-best team ERA on the road in the National League. It's not their fault they play in a bandbox.
Zito/Haren/Blanton, post-ASB: 3.20 ERA
Rest of the staff, post-ASB: 3.16 ERA
Bullpen, post-ASB: 3.03 ERA
Meanwhile, Oakland's offense has the fourth-highest runs scored total in the AL since the All Star Break, despite playing in a pitcher's ballpark.
The Devil Rays were swept by the Yankees presumably right before Sandberg penned this article.
The Pirates are 7-6 since firing McClendon (they were 48-76 beforehand).
His first sentence could apply to every team in the league. And Helton is the least of Colorado's problems right now.
Thanks. The one comment he gets right.
Considering that 13 of the 17 Cubs teams with which Sandberg played finished under .500, I'd say he already has a pretty good grasp of what losing feels like.