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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

TALKIN’ BASEBALL

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I like this new column on ESPN’s Page 2, “Keri the 10” by Jonah Keri. I do not agree with him on all his points, but it’s good stuff. Keri writes how Sammy Sosa is merely trying to jack homers, helping no one in the process but himself:

Josh Towers, a journeyman pitcher for the Blue Jays, said it best. After giving up a homer to Sosa Friday night, Towers didn’t speak in reverent tones about the No. 5 home run hitter of all time. He hung his head in shame instead. “It’s embarrassing,” Towers lamented. “I know how many homers he’s hit, but he’s got so many holes [in his swing].”

Be that as it may, there are a lot of batters that say something similar when they make an out against Towers. Last year Towers gave up 17 homers in 62 IP.

* Since opening the season with 2 starts of 6 innings each, Brandon McCarthy has been terrible. His last 3 starts he has pitched a total of 6 innings. He had one relief appearance wedged in between those 3 starts and is scheduled to start on May 4. For the season McCarthy has a WHIP of 2.10, an ERA of 9.90 and the league is hitting .356 against him.

If he makes that scheduled start and gets bombed again, you have to wonder if they will send him down. Meanwhile, the players acquired by the White Sox for McCarthy have done well. Nick Masset and John Danks have been solid if unspectacular. Ken Williams can hardly contain his laughter. I won’t be surprised if Danks makes several all-star teams. Yes it’s early, but this deal is a landslide victory for the Sox right now.

* That Keri column I mentioned above predicts C.C. Sabathia will win the AL Cy Young award. I’m a big Sabathia fan. I enjoy watching him pitch. But he’s made it to 200 IP in a season only one time. And while he may be off to a good start, Roy Halladay is the early favorite for Cy Young winner.

Halladay is averaging just under 8 innings per start. He already has 2 complete games and is 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA and .89 WHIP. Halladay is no stranger to injury, but we might be looking at a repeat performance of 2003 when he threw 266 innings. He went 22-7 that year and is certainly on pace for that and more.

[tags]Roy Halladay, C.C. Sabathia, John Danks, Brandon McCarthy, Sammy Sosa, MLB, Rangers, White Sox[/tags]

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