In other news…
Vlad the Terrible keeps it going …
Guerrero's outburst isn't surprising. He will swing at any pitch at any time, but he seems to particularly enjoy those thrown by Rangers.
Guerrero, a .412 lifetime hitter against the Rangers, extended his hitting streak against Texas to 25 games.
In his first three at-bats, Guerrero saw six pitches, swung at five and connected on three.
In the first, he flogged Young's first pitch, a knee-high fastball, into the Angels bullpen in left field. In the third, he lofted a first-pitch sacrifice fly that scored Chone Figgins. And in the fifth, he actually took a pitch between two swinging strikes before banging an opposite-field RBI double.
"For me, he's [Guerrero] by far the toughest guy to put fingers down against," said catcher Rod Barajas. "With Vlad, you just throw your hands up."
95-year old Japanese Man breaks 100m record …
Bob Lilly faces off with Andy Dougherty …Very tense…
Big Weekend in Idaho …
Darth Vader Soundboard …
Slump Busting 101 …
One of the many revelations in Jose Canseco's recent book was a discussion of "slump-busters," a massively insensitive yet time-honored practice. As Canseco so quaintly described it, "Players who are struggling start talking about how they need to go out and find something to break their slump. And often enough it comes out something like this: "Oh my God, I'm 0 for 20. I'm going to get the ugliest girl I can find and have sex with her."
Gammons says Gabe looking to escape Japan …
This from Juggo, with Park pitching tonight, his concerns about the 7-1 pitcher:
Chan Ho's ranks among AL's starting pitchers:
ERA: 5.15 (44th of 53)
K/BB: 1.42 (43rd of 53)
WHIP: 1.66 (52nd of 53)
QS: 5 (T43rd)
BAA: .291 (41st of 53)
OBPA: .378 (52nd of 53)
OPSA: .811 (45th of 53)
BIPA: .320 (51st of 53)
ERC: 5.55 (48th of 53)
RS: 8.71 (1st of 53 -- 2nd is 7.6)
SLRY: $14,000,000 (1st among all non-Yankee SP's, 4th overall)
ERA: Earned Run Average
K/BB: Strikeouts to Walks ratio
WHIP: Walks + Hits per IP
GS: Quality Start (at least 6 IP no more than 3 ER)
BAA: Batting Average Against
OBPA: On-Base Percentage Against
OPSA: On-Base Plus Slugging Against
BIPA: Balls In Play Average. Batting Average Against, not including
home runs or strikeouts.
ERC: Component ERA. A pitcher's ERA based on the hits and walks he
allowed, rather than actual runs.
RS: Run support per game