TRUM: Deadline day

July, 31, 2007
Thoughts, Ramblings, Useless information and Musings for Tuesday, July 31, 2007


The amount of stuff to discuss, frankly, is crazy.

Lots of reaction to Friday's breakup blog, a bunch of trades, a new episode of "Rock of Love," the long-awaited All-Star and ESPYS party report (although I may use that stuff for something else I am working on) and, of course, the fact the new, free daily ESPN Fantasy Focus football podcast, featuring Nate Ravitz and myself, is No. 21 on iTunes in terms of podcasts. Not sports podcasts, mind you, but all podcasts.

The hilarious part, of course, is that somehow "The B.S. Report" with Bill Simmons, which has traditionally been one of the top podcasts on iTunes, is No. 24, three slots behind us. I blame the Simmons drop on his guest this week.

Unfortunately, there's just no time to go through it all. It's deadline day and I'll be on the "Baseball Tonight Trade Deadline Special" from 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET, so I won't be in my chat today. But you turn up your TV when I am on and it will be like I am chatting with you.

I've been down on Frank Gore as a top-four pick so far this year. I like him more toward the Nos. 6 or 7 range (I'm high on Addai), but I don't think the hand injury really affects his value that much. It does drive home the point that he has had trouble staying healthy in his career, however.

Why couldn't Kevin Garnett go to the Lakers? Would that have been so wrong? Kobe's lonely. I'm lonely. We wanted KG. Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum is a better package than Al Jefferson and junk. No fair.

My trade analysis of the different deals are elsewhere on the site, so here's just a bunch of quick hits from the past two nights in baseball just to get into it.

Just saying …

… That very quietly, Ryan Franklin is pitching very well this season. He got the win in relief Sunday, his fourth, and he now has a 1.18 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. And if anything happened to Jason Isringhausen, I like him over Troy Percival.

… That speaking of very quietly, Tony Pena Jr. went 2-for-4 with three RBIs Sunday. He did nothing Monday, but overall, he is having a very good month. He's hitting .347 with 16 RBIs in July.

… That after shutting down Boston on Sunday, Scott Kazmir now has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in six July starts. He has 39 strikeouts in just over 36 innings pitched.

… That yes, it was a better start than he has had recently, but Daisuke Matsuzaka needed 113 pitches to get through 6 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay. That's not good kids. I remain down on him in the second half.

… That it might be time to start believing in Kyle Kendrick. I haven't wanted to either, but he put up yet another quality start in beating the Pirates on Sunday.

… That despite his nice line against Oakland on Monday, I'm not into Jordan Tata of the Tigers. He had just 30 strikeouts in 63 innings for Triple-A Toledo this season. I will say, however, it makes me smile because when I hear his name, I think of Joe E. Tata, who played Nat, the kindly Peach Pit owner on "Beverly Hills, 90210." Remember when Nat got married? And all of his best men and guests were the 90210 kids? He was a grown man, but had no friends his own age and Brandon was his best man? It was insane.

Good times. Good, nutty times.

… That Ben Zobrist was back in the ineup for the Devil Rays on Monday, getting called up after Ty Wigginton got dealt. You're not interested.

… That in the first game post-Luis Castillo trade, the Twins had Nick Punto at second base and Brian Buscher at third. They just recalled Buscher, who was hitting for average but not much else in Triple-A. Not a lot of power or speed here. Feel free to ignore.

… That Yorvit Torrealba has two home runs, 12 RBIs and is hitting .321 over the past three weeks. I've always liked Yorvit.

Cyberstalk the TMR



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