“Inside Baseball” Battles

During the course of the season there are the meta races to follow in each division and in each league, but those answers won’t be resolved until the first week in October, and quite frankly, they are not as interesting now as they will be in a couple of months.

So to make things more interesting in my day-to-day following of the sport, I track different smaller battles which I think of as “inside baseball.”

One of the battles I follow is between two very close friends: John Farrell and Terry Francona.

Tito and Farrell
Tito made his first return to Boston last night back in uniform, as opposed to the suit of an ESPN analyst, and the love returned to Fenway for the first time since early 2011. While the Sox have recovered from the public relations and on-field disaster of 2012, the fans have yet to embrace  this team of relative strangers.

In 2012, the Sox and the Tribe had very close to the same record with Boston going 69-93 and Cleveland going 68-94. Both teams replaced their managers and last night Terry proved triumphant beating up the very disappointing Ryan Dempster and Boston, 12-3.

Here’s how the two teams stand this morning

Rk Tm W L W-L%
1 TEX 30 17 .638
2 NYY 28 18 .609
3 CLE 27 19 .587
4  BOS 28 20 .583
5  DET 26 19 .578
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Generated 5/24/2013.

Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout

MiggyTroutESPNcoverThere were, and still are, arguments as to who should have been the 2012 AL MVP, but the Triple Crown winning Miggy soundly defeated the Rookie of the Year, Mike Trout.

So far this year, the result would be the same.

Miguel

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
45 212 184 39 72 13 1 14 55 1 0 25 26 .391 .467 .701 1.168
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Generated 5/24/2013.

Mike

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
47 217 189 35 57 13 5 10 35 10 3 23 43 .302 .378 .582 .960
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Generated 5/24/2013.

Cy Young Award winners R.A. Dickey and David Price

R.A. Dickey and David PriceBoth pitchers are in the AL this season and neither pitcher is having a stellar season:

R.A.

W L W-L% ERA GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO WHIP
4 5 .444 4.50 10 0 62.0 53 35 31 9 28 0 53 1.306
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Generated 5/24/2013.

David

Year W L W-L% ERA GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2013 1 4 .200 5.24 9 0 55.0 65 39 32 8 14 49 1.436
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Generated 5/24/2013.

Blue Jays and Angels

jays-angelsBoth of teams got off to awful starts, but its still May and I’m tracking to see if there is a recovery in their future

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk last10 last20 last30
11  LAA 20 27 .426 7.0 W 5 6-4 10-10 13-17
13  TOR 20 27 .426 7.0 W 2 7-3 10-10 13-17
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Generated 5/24/2013.

Cubs and White Sox

cws-chiI’m proudly writing a Sunday column for the Chicago Sun-Times and spending a lot of time watching these two teams attempt to get on the right track.

White Sox

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB last10 last20 last30
4 CHW 21 24 .467 5.5 6-4 11-9 14-16
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Generated 5/24/2013.

Cubs

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB last10 last20 last30
5 CHC 18 28 .391 12.0 4-6 8-12 13-17
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Generated 5/24/2013.

The Pirates vs. the .500 mark

Pirates500

Rk Tm W L W-L% Strk last10 last20 last30
1 STL 30 16 .652 W 2 7-3 15-5 21-9
2  PIT 29 18 .617 W 4 8-2 14-6 20-10
3  CIN 29 18 .617 W 3 8-2 14-6 20-10
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Generated 5/24/2013.

Who’s the worst team in baseball?

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The Marlins or the Astros?

The Marlins

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB last10 last20 last30
5 MIA 13 34 .277 15.5 2-8 5-15 9-21
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Generated 5/24/2013.

The Astros

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB last10 last20 last30
5 HOU 14 33 .298 16.0 4-6 6-14 9-21
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Generated 5/24/2013.

So as to not end negatively, here’s one I’m really enjoying:

Matt Moore vs. Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

Matt-Moore

Moore

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2013 24 TBR 8 0 1.000 2.29 9 0 55.0 34 14 14 7 26 54 1.091
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Generated 5/24/2013.

Harvey

Year Age W L W-L% ERA GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2013 24 5 0 1.000 1.93 10 0 70.0 41 15 15 4 17 74 0.829
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Generated 5/24/2013.

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