Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Leading Off: Careful, Cubbies...Careful

That just looks painful, doesn't it?

  • With ace's flying all over the country (from the AL to the NL I might add...) and landing in the NL Central, the rest of the season is sure to be plenty entertaining. Especially for Brewers and Cubs fans (sorry Cards fans, but it's not looking good). But before Chicago flies off the handle into full-on "THIS IS OUR YEAR", "THE CURSE IS OVER", "IT'S OUR TIME" mode, which I'm sure has already happened, I though I'd throw some cold water on the recent Rich Harden deal. This guy's been healthy (i.e. made +30 starts) 1 time in his 6 year MLB career.

Here's Richie's DL record:

[May 15,2005] - 15 Day Disabled list - (strained left oblique muscle), [Jun 21,2005] - Activated, [Apr 28,2006] - 15 Day Disabled list - (muscle strain in his back), [Jun 4,2006] - Activated, [Jun 8,2006] - 15 Day Disabled list - (sprained ligament in his right elbow), [Sep 21,2006] - Activated, [Apr 23,2007] - 15 Day Disabled list - (Right shoulder), [Jun 21,2007] - Activated, [Jul 12,2007] - 15 Day Disabled list - (Right shoulder inflammation), [Aug 22,2007] - Transferred to 60 day DL.

He's only 26 years old and his body is made of glass and shoelaces. He's done nothing but tantilize and frustrate A's fans with his ability and potential. This season is his healthiest in 4 years and Billy Beane isn't stupid. Did he see that this kid hasn't changed a bit and it's a miracle he's lasted this long and saw the perfect chance to get 4 players in exchange for him and a long reliever? Time will tell...

  • Jones Zone: Currently batting .379 through 79 games. The dream appears to be dead. He's all banged up, as usual. There was some nonsense before the season started that his goal was "to play 150 games." Not bloody likely.

  • Howard Watch: 124 K's through 91 games. On pace for 221 K's. Number of games this season in which he has NOT struck out: 14. He's really slowing down! In the last 8 games he's struck out in (8 of his last 10 he's played that is) he's only struck out 1x in 6 of them! Way to shorten up that stroke, big dawg!

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