Billy-Ball Daily: 2009-4-21

4/21/2009
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

FROM THE BILL CHUCK FILES…
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck

NINE TO KNOW

April 21, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.

1. How bad is the Orioles pitching? – Very. The Red Sox had a field day again clobbering the O’s 12-1 to bring their four-game sweep total to an even 30 (and that included a 2-1 win).

2. Quick look at the AL East – The Blue Jays lead with a 10-4 record. It’s probably because they’ve given up the fewest runs and scored the most in the division. They already have a +29 run differential.

3. Quick look at the AL Central – The Royals, White Sox and Tigers are all atop the division at 7-5. This division has high potential to not have an 84 game winner.

4. Quick look at the AL West – Vlad Guerrero is out for who knows how long which means with all the other injuries and tragedies that have struck the Angels, the division is up for grabs. This might be the division without an 81 game winner.

5. Another shutout? – Have you noticed how many more shutouts there are since the batters are not Tropicanaed? Yesterday, the Bucs stopped the Marlins seven-game winning streak, 8-0. Pittsburgh now has four shutouts this month compared to two all last season.

6. Why do one-run wins feel even more special? – I guess we should ask the Reds who topped the Astros, 4-3. Bronson Arroyo and his carpal tunnel is now 3-0.

7. Why do one-run losses hurt even more? – I guess we should ask the Braves who lost to the lowly Nats, 3-2. The NNats future star, Jordan Zimmermann picked up the winn in his MLB debut.

8. Do you want talk about run differential? – The Dodgers have scored more runs than anyone in the NL (82) and given up the fewest runs in the NL (40). This should be a cakewalk for them in the NL West.

9. Cool contest on Slate – Can you define baseball in 150 words or less? Check out the contest here: http://www.slate.com/id/2216333?nav=wp

Bill Chuck is the creator of Billy-Ball.com (www.Billy-Ball.com) and, with Jim Kaplan, is the author of the book, “Walk-Offs, Last Licks, and Final Outs – Baseball’s Grand (and not so Grand) Finales,” with a Foreword by Jon Miller, published by ACTA Sports, and available worldwide.

Bill Chuck is available for radio appearances, and writing for print or the web: Bill@billy-ball.com or 617-566-2784.

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