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Sep 302010

Odd thing happened yesterday. I was reading Joel’s latest article on AJ Burnett and something struck me as very familiar.

On Tuesday, September 28 I posted this:

By contrast, Cervelli has been AJ Burnett’s personal catcher, logging 23 of his 33 starts behind the dish. When Burnett is on the mound, opponents have stolen 36 bases this year, which is the highest of any pitcher in all of Baseball. AJ has also logged 15 wild pitches (#2 in AL) and hit 16 batters (1st in AL) to go with his 75 Walks (7th in AL). When a pitcher is that wild, it makes it that much harder for the catcher to catch and throw to 2B.

On Wednesday, September 29 Joel had this passage in his article:

Burnett’s strikeout rate is down to 6.97 per nine innings, which is actually lower than Vazquez (7.13). His opposing OPS is .823, which means he turns the average hitter against him into Torii Hunter. And how, exactly, do you trust the pitcher who has the most hit by pitches (17) and steals against (36) in the majors, and the second-most wild pitches in the AL (15)? This guy does everything conceivably to try to lose a game.
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Coincidence? Maybe. But if you’re out there Joel, thanks for reading.

10 Responses to “Does Joel Sherman read TYU?”

  1. convinced,, girardi has planned to play twins all along. nobody can manage that bad. cliff lee effect..  (Quote)

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    Stephen R. Reply:

    Fine by me, the Twins are a good matchup for the Yankees.  (Quote)

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  2. You both cited common statistics, readily available to anyone willing to do even the most basic research, that document what we all know – Burnett is terrible. Your implication that Sherman “stole” from your post is narcissistic and immature – certainly not what I expect from you, as I am a fan of your blog.  (Quote)

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    Damian Reply:

    I’m not sure the implication is that Sherman stole anything.  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    Ben, I was just having a little fun here. It is, after all, a baseball blog. You may want to put things that go on here in some perspective.

    Let me leave you with a famous quote that applies to sports as well-

    “The reason college debates get so heated is because the stakes are so low. “  (Quote)

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    Ben Vinutti Reply:

    Sorry if I misunderstood Steve. I have no sense of humor whatsoever.  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    Don’t be too hard on yourself, I don’t do this all that often and sarcasm can be very hard to pick up online unless you go way over the top.

    Thanks for reading, glad you like the site.  (Quote)

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    john Reply:

    I could not have expressed it better myself Ben and I totally agree. Steve is trying to backtrack now and use the age old “it was only sarcasm” escape route. Also, since this is “after all, a baseball blog” and you don’t take your posts seriously, then I guess your readers shouldn’t either from now on.  (Quote)

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  3. Anybody else notice that Cervelli is no longer leaning his head forward with his back (right ) shoulder up to high?
    LONG finally figured it out and lately he’s hitting the ball again PRETTY well.
    He won’t get HIT in the head now anymore either as he can see the ball earlier and pick up the rotation and velocity better.
    Now if they would only let Gardner stride and drive the ball.He’d hit 10-12 HR’s a season (maybe more) bat the same and be a clutch RBI man, instead of an out guy with men on base.Maybe they figure that out next year.Maybe they also bring somebody in to help him learn to read pitchers moves.That method he has of rotating his right shoulder back towards first base when he’s taking his lead is counter productive and hurts his jump.
    The job Long has done with Swisher and Granderson though is just terrific.  (Quote)

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    Stephen R. Reply:

    Interesting. I’ll look into it.  (Quote)

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