6 and 3 Roadtrip. Not Bad.

Sorry for the dearth of posts this week. Been in Chicago at a conference and blog time has been hard to find.

Gotta say, the 6 and 3 road trip was huge. Now we have to take some of this good karma to the Twin Cities and make some noise in the division.

Three things that stood out this week that I’ll get into more later:

1. Kenny Rogers. I’m starting to believe this was a good signing.
2. Craig Monroe. He still continues to stink. Six Ks in the Angels series alone.
3. Justin Verlander. Two great starts on this trip.

More later.

Atta Boy, Nate

Now that is the Nate Robertson we need. Good God, was he tough tonight.

10 men left on base — four by Inge alone — stings but in a win it’s all agate type.

But back to Nate for a moment, I’d like to advance the theory that his performances have been wildly unsteady since he started wearing those funky glasses a year or so ago. In high school I pitched with glasses and the specs offered such a horrible depth perception that I had to go with contacts.

Not comparing my high school career to that of a current major leaguer. Rather, I’m saying that 60 feet six inches is 60 feet six inches, and glasses aren’t contacts. So, Nate, here’s a nickel’s worth of free advice: LASIK!

Finally, is it just me or is Gene Lamont either overly aggressive or overly cautious — but nothing in between — in waving guys home?

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The Daily Fungo Podcast #1 | April 14, 2006

Content Summary: Your host Mike McClary provides the 411 on the show; We review the first two weeks of the Tigers season; Home Opener thoughts; Who gets sent down when Todd Jones comes off the DL?; Examining ÒThe Jim Leyland EffectÓ; Reviewing Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Lineups; Looking ahead to the West Coast trip; How to reach The Daily Fungo Podcast.

Show Notes for April 14, 2006

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In This Edition

> Intro:

  • 00:19 – Mike introduces the show; what the show’s about; show format

> Tigers News & Commentary:

> Media Notes, Book Reviews, and Tigers Miscellany:

> The Week Ahead for the Tigers:

> Outro:

  • 15:49 — Mike wraps the show; let me know your views about todayÕs topics; how and where to send your comments; where to find the show notes.

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Talk to you next time!

A Tip of the Hat to Jack the Cat

On April 18, 1995, Jack Morris retired from baseball. Jack the Cat was my favorite Tigers player and despite my loathing of the Twins and Blue Jays, I rooted for him then too.

In 1992 he went 21-6 with Toronto but had a miserable postseason: 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA in the ALCS. In the World Series he fared worse: 0-2, 8.44. His last year in the bigs was in 1994 when he went 10-6 in 23 starts for the Indians.

Jack’s Career Stats
254 Wins
186 Losses
527 Starts
175 Complete Games
28 Shut outs
2,478 Ks

Tell me again why he’s not in the Hall of Fame.

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2006 Craig Monroe Men LOB Watch – Report #1: 22

You may be wondering about my apparent obsession with Craig Monroe and his penchant for leaving far too many men on base.

It’s simple. Over the past two seasons, I’ve lost all patience with him at the plate because of his lack of patience at the plate. I wish I would have kept track of how many times he came up in 2004 and 2005 with runners in scoring position and would swing at the first pitch to end the inning. Or, he’d come up with one or two outs to face a new pitcher and swing at the first pitch and kill a rally.

One more year of these antics and he’ll replace Chet Lemon as the Tigers‘ all-time leading rally killer. And the irony of ironies is that he led the team in RBI last year. Imagine how many more he’d have if he took a pitch or two. Imagine!

Because I don’t track every game on TV, I have to rely on the box scores to tell me how Monroe fares night in and night out. So this year I decided to keep a running tab of the number of runners he strands and report it every week. Unfortunately, LOB is not a stat that is tracked in the regular team stats…or at least I can’t find it. I went to the super savvy Baseball Prospectus.com to see if they include it in their alphabet soup of stats but to no avail. I might have to read their glossary to figure out if LOB is captured as part of another stat.

So, with that as the backdrop, here’s my first report (because I forgot to do it last week):

2006 Craig Monroe Men Left on Base Watch | #1

Games: 12
Men LOB: 22
Average: 1.83 (What the heck, let’s call it two.)

Let’s encourage Craig Monroe to show a little more patience at the plate and, you know, drive in more runs.

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