Posted on: March 31, 2008 3:19 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2008 12:49 am

The REAL Opening Day! (Part II)

Here's the link to the first part of this blog written earlier today.

12:49 a.m.
Officially winding down, wrapping up, getting ready to heave-ho. Peavy has allowed just three hits in seven innings, and now big Heath Bell comes in to nail down the eighth inning before possibly Hell's Bell's plays before the ninth.

I went to Petco Park last August for an Astros game, coincidentally. I have to say I fell in love with the city, the people I met and the park, without question, the park. From the pristine seats and walking area, to the great food (Rubio's fish tacos were soooo good. Randy Jones BBQ was good, but the sauce on the fish tacos was fantastic. I even wore some of it.)

The park is based adjacent to the Gaslamp District, which is where all the nice bars and clubs are.

The park has a grass berm just outside of left field where a big screen plays the game for fans to sit and watch picnic-style, while their kids can play whiffle-ball on the tiny diamond. Then, over a little, Tony Gwynn's statue stands erect just outside of center field.

The fans have some great traditions, including hanging up extra K's in right field, just beyond the Petco Porch, for every one of Jake Peavy's K's. They do something for when Greg Maddux pitches too, but I can't remember what it was. Anyone know? Plus, you have to love the "Koooooooz" chants raining down on the then-rookie third baseman. This experience blew away my Dodgers game experience, although that was really nice too.

I'm going to try and hit Nationals Park and Camden Yards this summer I think.

10:11 p.m.
Roy Oswalt is getting his sixth-straight Opening Day start, which happens to be a team record for the Astros. He also owns the longest active streak in the NL, and he's tied with Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays in the majors. He is 2-0 lifetime against Jake Peavy, his opponent tonight, with a 0.60 ERA in those games. (Peavy has an ERA higher than 5.00 in both games.)

9:15 p.m.
Jered Weaver threw 99 pitches in his final spring training start -- and he leaves Monday's game at the Twins after 106 pitches in 6 1/3 innings. He's on the hook for the loss, despite throwing a quality start (3 ER). Livan Hernandez, who has thrown just 85 pitches through seven, is simply having a better game.

8:47 p.m.
Michael Cuddyer rumbled down to second base with a stolen base in the fifth -- the Twins' fourth of the ballgame -- and Napoli's throw was high again. You can tell that Jered Weaver is really starting to get frustrated by his catcher, who has now allowed four runners to get into scoring position.

Carlos Gomez now has a single, a double, a walk, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

8:20 p.m.
NEWSFLASH -- Braves CF Mark Kotsay gunned down SS Jack Wilson at the plate in Monday's game against the Pirates -- and he did not immediately go on the DL with a broken arm. Scotty Blanco later informed me that he heard on the broadcast that Kotsay leads all outfielders in assists since 1998 ... We still would rather see Jordan Schafer in center.

8:18 p.m.
Mike Napoli is having a tough game defensively behind the plate for the Angels. Two runners have stolen second successfully, and both of his throws were high and well off the mark.

8:08 p.m.
Bid Daddy Vladi singles through the left side against Livan Hernandez (one of few hits against the former Marlins/Giants/Nats/D-Backs pitcher) -- and Vlad has now hit safely in his past nine Opening Day games! In that span, he is 18-for-35 (.500) with five homers and 19 RBI!

7:40 p.m.
Carlos Gomez is showing no signs of the strained hamstring that limited him late in spring. He tried to bunt in the first, but it ran foul, then he bunted in the bottom of the third against the Angels, and this time it was a push-bunt up the first base line. He flew up the basepath and dove at first base to reach base successfully. Then he stole second base, as Mike Napoli hummed a throw into center field. Gomez, the prized prospect from the Mets in the Johan Santana deal, is playing well defensively so far also. It's a tough night for him, considering he's facing a team with the center fielder (Torii Hunter) he is replacing. The fans are greeting Hunter with ovations and class, by the way, as they should.

The Brewers, by the way, blew more three-run leads last season than any other team in the majors ... I thought that's why Eric Gagne was brought in as their closer? No?

6:48 p.m.
Hurcomb just tried to talk with Scott White about which games each would cover, and Scott White got Gonossy on him. That's not cool. He snapped like when you mess with a cat that's trying to lick itself. RrrrrAAAAAARRRRRR!!!

Get it together rook, it's Opening Day.

6:22 p.m.
Eric Gagne comes in to close out the game against the Cubs with a three-run lead. He lets two men on, throwing just three strikes on 12 pitches, then the big free-agent pickup, Kosuke Fukudome goes yard to tie it up!!! There was no doubt once he hit it. The fans at Wrigley call for a curtain call, and their new right fielder obliges! Gagne's owners, meanwhile, aren't very happy.

5:51 p.m.
OK, I have to get to some updates now that the boxscores are rolling in, but I'll leave you with this: The Marlins picked up Johan Santan off the Astros roster as a Rule 5 draft pick, then they traded him AND CASH to the Twins for Jared Camp.Johan could be starting FOR the Marlins today instead of AGAINST them.

Here's Emack's Mets predictions: "The Mets traded for and signed Johan Santana to not only erase the memories of 2007's finish but to also dominate through October. The Mets will win 95 games and the NL East and with any luck win 100. Then they get through October as World Champs. Lock it up, championship.

And these are Guerrera's Mets predictions: "The Mets are looking to rebound this year after the historic collapse of last year. They'll make the playoffs (either as a division winner or wildcard) as long as they can stay somewhat healthy. "They're getting old. But as long as Wright, Reyes, Beltran, and Johan stay healthy, they'll be in contention this year. Think the Mets are good for 90 wins and a playoff berth. I’m predicting a rematch of the ’86 World Series. Sox-Mets. Of course, you know who I think is winning."

Tony Fernandez, not to be outdone by the Mets fans, offers this about his Marlins: "They’ll finish 71-91, a few games worse than the Nationals for last place in the NL East. Good offense, even without Cabrera, but the worst pitching in the league, which is compounded by having perhaps the worst defense since they started using gloves. "

5:35 p.m.
Carlos Pena made a great diving stop on a shot down the line, but Dan Wheeler can't make the catch on the flip to first, and the Orioles stay alive on the error by the pitcher.

5:21 p.m.
Melvin Mora gets called out for interference because, while batting, he stepped in front of C Dioner Navarro, who was going to try and throw out Brian Roberts at second base again.

5:10 p.m.
James Shields went seven innings in 20 of his 31 starts for the Rays last season. He's almost the anti-Scott Kazmir in how efficient he has been. He finishes Monday's start with just two runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings. He threw 86 pitches in the outing and he should be plenty fresh for his next start Sunday at the Yankees. Last year, Shields allowed an average of 10.3 runners on base per nine innings, which happened to be third-best in the AL. LHP Trever Miller comes in to pitch the eighth for Tampa Bay. The Rays' bullpen was brutal a year ago, so we'll see if there has been improvement. The lefty then leaves the game to bring in last season's right-handed closer, Al Reyes. Troy Percival's presence at closer allowed the Rays to push Reyes back.

Brett Tresky, another former co-worker and frequent blog reader, gives us his take on the '08 Boston Red Sox and their chances of repeating: "I predict we will win the East and march all the way back to the World Series and eventually go on and beat the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series. I hear rumors again to watch out for Toronto ... Yeah, right, whatever. It is still a two-horse race with the Skankees. My heart tells me we are still better then them. The Sox should be able to win over 90 games this year. They pretty much have the same team as last year's World Championship team. One obvious question mark is the pitching. After Josh Beckett and Dice-K, it's up in the air. I believe with Jon Lester putting on 20 lbs. this year he will be a pleasant addition to the rotation, able to take us deep into October. And if we can get something decent between Clay Buchholz, Bartolo Colon and Curt Schilling we will be in good shape for another. Back to Back baby!

5:02 p.m.
I'm about to go into a diabetic sugar shock from that piece of cake ... I'm going to have to offset it by eating some more potato chips.

GOOD NEWS FOR V-MART OWNERS -- He's considered day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Considering he hobbled his way to second base and looked like he hyper-extended his knee, that's great news for Martinez's owners. Riethmiller can take his head out of the vendateria microwave now.

Just got done watching my video from this morning -- why does it look like I ate two Dave Richards?

4:44 p.m.
I'm starting to warm up to this Jason Bartlett kid. On Akinori Iwamura's fielder's choice to third base, Bartlett slid high into second bade -- not Shelley Duncan-like, mind you -- but more with his hips high, and Brian Roberts was unable to get the throw off for the double-play. The Rays have men on the corners with two outs and Carl Crawford up.

Leave it to the Rays to screw that one up. They tried the double-steal and Luis Hernandez made them pay with a nice throw home to get Navarro for the third out.

4:40 p.m.
The Cincinnati Enquirer talked with manager Dusty Baker about his Opening Day experiences. He was actually on deck with the Braves when Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974 on Opening Day. "Hank told me he was going to look for that slider on the outside and he was going to hit it over the left field fence," Baker said. "He said he wanted to get it with over. It was packed. Jack Billingham threw him a slider, and he hit over the left field fence like he said."

Jeremy Guthrie gets the hook after another basehit (nine on the day) scores the Rays' sixth run -- he's still responsible for the two runners on base, however. Good, let's get to those Orioles middle relievers.

4:32 p.m.
You know how you always have one guy on your team that you just don't want to see do well? Like, you want him to help your team win, but when he fails, you like to gripe about him? That's Cliff Floyd for me this season. He roped a double into the right-field corner. I don't like it -- unless he ends up scoring, then it's cool.

4:29 p.m.
Emack and I have a running bet on whether Brian Roberts will steal 45 bases or not this season (I have the under), so I was happier than normal to see SS Jason Bartlett make a nice pick of a low throw from Dioner Navarro to keep Roberts from stealing his second base of the day.

4:26 p.m.
You have to love Opening Day when guys like Riethmiller are already walking around with their heads hung low. Between his O's ace, Jeremy Guthrie, giving up a homer to Hinske, and saying Victor Martinez is "going on the DL" before he even saw the injury -- Riethmiller has a loooong season ahead of him.

4:12 p.m.

To check out our video from this morning -- go here and click on the video box on the right side. The crappy pixelated one that makes me look like a bad guy from Super Mario Bros. Emack had been bragging all morning how awesome his SlingBox was, so I asked him during the just before the video started if he used the SlingBox to make the stink from his toilet come out of his mouth. He said no.

Scott White is wearing a T-shirt of himself today. I don't know where to begin. Although, he brought me cake, so he's good there.

4:04 p.m.
Eric Hinske hits a solo shot off Guthrie -- and that signifies me going to eat a piece of Scotty Blanco's cake -- and no, that's not a euphemism.

4:01 p.m.
You thought J.D. Drew sitting out last Tuesday screwed you up? How about Victor Martinez pulling up lame running to second base on a passed ball against the White Sox? He left the game after two innings and Kelly Shoppach is behind the plate in his place. I'll keep you in tune with any news that comes across.

3:50 p.m.
The Cubs unveiled a new statue of Ernie Banks (Mr. Cub) and that made me think back to my trip to Wrigley Field back in 1998, the year after Harry Caray died. They put up a statue of the great announcer, just outside of right field, which is just a block away from a billion bars. But fans kept putting beercans in Harry's open left hand, so they finally had to build a little gate around it. I wonder what they have now. Readers? Anyone?

3:49 p.m.
Guthrie tried to jam B.J. Upton (with the bases loaded, hoping for a double-play) on three straight pitches, then finally got the grounder he wanted -- but it slipped through the hole and two runs were able to score. Here comes Cliff Floyd. Ugh.Something tells me he's going to be a huge pain in the butt all season. He has "Human Inning Ender" written all over the gauze on his injuries. He flies out to center and moves a runner over at least.

3:45 p.m.
Markakis just made a really nice play in right field, taking a ball off the hop and throwing to second base for a rare 9-6 putout to get Jason Bartlett. But the Rays score on the next play when Melvin Mora can't pick up the slow-roller from Crawford's bat. It would have been a very close play at first had he picked it up, but Mora still gets the error.

3:37 p.m.
I'm starting to feel some pressure down below ... Must ... wait ... through ... bottom ... of ... second ... inning.

3:34 p.m.
Interesting point made by Dana Wikiji of the Detroit News -- Verlander has had 1-2-3 innings in both innings after the Tigers have scored. That's a good thing, for sure.

3:31 p.m.
Cliff Floyd takes the first pitch he sees from Jeremy Guthrie -- and immediately goes on the DL with a strained eye, knee, shoulder and uterus.

3:30 p.m.
Did you know? The Mariners were 49-33 at Safeco Field in 2007 despite being outscored 406-386, according to the Tacoma-News Tribune.

3:22 p.m.

Orlando Cabrera stole a base and Jim Thome hit a homer for the White Sox already at the Indians today. Here's my co-worker, and White Sox fan, Dave Richard's take on the White Sox this season: "Short of a miracle, the White Sox will be lucky to finish .500. I’m a die-hard fan of the ChiSox but their pitching staff is brutal. I love the lineup – the Sox might finish in the Top 10 in baseball in runs scored – but they’ll lose a lot of games 11-10. It’s 1997 all over again."

And now counterpoint, here's my other co-worker, and Indians fan, Chris Soblotne's view on the Indians in '08: Tribe 94-68, 1st-place AL Central -- While the Tigers made significant offseason improvements to strengthen their lineup, at the end of the day (corporate cliché No. 1), the Tribe's superior pitching depth will carry them through the regular season and lead them to a playoff run. The Tribe defeats BOSOX in ALCS and advances to defeat the Phillies in 6 games to win their first World Series since 1948. Following Phillies defeat, Victor Guss finally gives into Rubio’s advances." (That's what we call -- an inside joke that will never end.)<o:p></o:p>

Crawford dove for the bloop single by Nick Markakis, but he couldn't get to it. Then both Markakis and Brian Roberts pull off a double-steal to perfection. Then Crawford had a chance at Kevin Millar's bomb to left field, but it bounced out of his glove when he leaped up to grab it at the wall. Two runs score for the Orioles and James Shields' owners hold their head in their hands.

3:18 p.m.
Carl Crawford smacked a single up the middle and eventually stole his first base of the season, when O's catcher Ramon Hernandez decided not to even throw the ball. Carlos Pena blasted a shot to the deepest part of the park in center field, but Adam Jones was there to catch it a foot away from the wall. That loooong out gets you nothing in Fantasy, but it's good to see from a guy people are wondering might have been a fluke in '07.
Posted on: March 19, 2008 10:16 am
Edited on: March 19, 2008 4:56 pm

Things That Start With the letter 'B'

Beginning: I'm feeling a little hyper right now. Not sure why (two cups o' coffee so far, on my way for a third), but my readers should be the beneficiaries of my spazziness.

Baseball Boogie: Oh my dear sweet lord ... Have you seen the 1986 Dodgers doing the "Baseball Boogie"? If you have, and I'm late to the party, my apologies. But a writer for the Orange County Register discovered this YouTube gem, and he's been trying to get it shown to the current team, since some current Dodgers coaches were involved in the making of this video. Apparently, it was made on the heels of the Bears' Super Bowl Shuffle. Unfortunately, Orel Hershiser's efforts at rapping earned the '86 Dodgers just a fifth (out of six) place finish in the NL West. I had to put this piece at the top and separate it from the rest of these items. It was just too good (or bad).

Books: First -- I bought Sun Tzu's The Art of War, at Barnes and Noble last night. I've always wanted to read it, and I've often seen business writers reference it, as well as Fantasy writers. Pretty much, anything you can compete in, Sun Tzu's got your back. He's like the Bill James of killing other armies. Expect random references over the next week -- especially with Tout Wars looming just a couple days away. Secondly, I also purchased The Essential Stephen King, which ranks one of the greatest American writer's works 1-100. (I took a quick peek and he has It above The Stand at No. 1, which is pretty tough for me to swallow. This was also written in 2003, before King's greatest work, The Dark Tower series, was completed. It's No. 1 without question.

Brett Myers: The Phillies' ace from a couple seasons ago went seven innings on Sunday -- the longest outing of any pitcher this spring. Talk about stretching him out. We're talking about a guy that probably threw in more games, with fewer innings, than almost any starting pitcher last season. His return to the rotation is interesting. Charlie Manuel is, without question, one of the more "baseball-knowledgeable" managers in baseball. In other words, I don't think he's someone that goes off of numbers, but instead decades of experience and thousands of innings. But moving Myers from the rotation (spring of '07) into the bullpen (April of '07) and now back to the rotation (spring of '08) is scary for both his arm, his psyche and his Fantasy owners.

Brian Barton: The demotion of Colby Rasmus appears to have opened up a spot in the Cardinals' outfield for either Barton or Skip Schumaker. Barton is batting .349 with a .674 slugging percentage (second on the team behind Albert Pujols) and eight RBI. He's a Rule V pick, so he has a great chance of making the team. Power isn't his game, despite what his numbers suggest, but he has plus-speed (41 steals in the minors in '06) and NL-only owners should take notice.

Boogers: Should never be referred to as a good source of protein.

Bad March: Ichiro Suzuki now has just four hits in 38 at-bats (.105) and his OBP is just .146. I still say he's going to be fine for the season and unless he's hurt and not telling anyone, you're going to get him at a discounted price. Let's put this spring in perspective with a deeper look into the Japanese superstar's 2007 season:
  • He had at least four hits in five different games.
  • He had four hits total in his first three games.
  • He did not go hitless in any four-game stretch.
  • He had 76 games with two or more hits.
  • He had only 28 games with no hits.
  • In May and June combined, he had at least one basehit in 49 of 57 ballgames.
Big Red Machine: Two young Reds pitchers, strangely enough not named Homer Bailey, are tearing through opponents this spring. Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez, aptly nicknamed the Dominican Dandies by the Cincinnati Enquirer, have a combined pitching line that looks like this: 26 IP, 8 ER, 2.77 ERA, 31 Ks, 7 BB, 0 HRA. Note that last statistic, since that could be one of the most important numbers for them pitching in tiny Great American Ball Park.

Batting leaders: Anyone notice that the batting leaders in the AL and the NL this spring both happen to be former Tampa Bay Rays? Josh Hamilton (.556) has been a beast for the Rangers so far, and Jorge Cantu (.457) appears to have locked down the third base job in Florida.

Bill James: It's spring training! It's baseball being reborn! It's time to hear from Bill James, one of the best baseball minds in recent history! Coincidentally, it's also time for Bill James to fill out his NCAA March Madness bracket. So as you watch your brackets get ready to bust, here's a good way for you to determine if a lead is safe during a basketball game.
  • Take the number of points one team is ahead.
  • Subtract three.
  • Add a half-point if the team that is ahead has the ball, and subtract a half-point if the other team has the ball. (Numbers less than zero become zero.)
  • Square that.
  • If the result is greater than the number of seconds left in the game, the lead is safe.
  • My Thoughts: Now, once you took the time to do all those calculations, look up. The game is probably over and your March Madness hopes are likely obliterated.
Beaten to the punch: I'm very upset with Scott White. He's become a LOST freak over the past year or so, watching past seasons over and over, trying to buy flights on Oceanic Airline's website, digging a hole in his cube and hiding contraband while calling himself Sawyer. He's pretty good with the theories and such, but he never made this connection: The Yankees and LOST. Before reading this, I want to mention that Scotty Blanco could do a MUCH better job than this schlub. Hopefully he'll regale us with his LOST theories soon.

Big bats force tough decisions: The Dodgers currently have a glut of talented outfielders, with Andruw Jones cemented in center field, the corner spots could be up for grabs, despite Juan Pierre's hefty contract. Matt Kemp (.310, 12 RBI) and Andre Ethier (.340, 5 HR, 13 RBI) are exploding this spring, and their bats could become more valuable to manager Joe Torre than Pierre's speed (plus he's hitting just .204 with a sad .271 OBP). Ethier has decent wheels as well, whereas Kemp can flat out crush it. All four of these outfielders are interesting Fantasy picks. I think Torre inquired about what it would take to get the NL to add a DH this season. Even Jason Repko is batting .343.

Bleeding ears of listeners: Here's a link to our podcast from Tuesday. Things you will hear: People named after cold weather clothing, Cueto/Volquez and Scott Kazmir.

Big-time help for readers: In the next few days, we are about to unveil a pet project of mine, along with superstar Dilbert look-a-like programmer Jason Fox, a weekly planner tool that you will come to rely on every week. I don't want to say too much about it, other than it will be the greatest thing since the invention of Chili-Cheese Fritos.

Being the guy that doesn't give up: Joe Nelson is still battling for a roster spot on the Marlins' 18th rebuilding effort. He's a 33-year-old reliever that has bounced around the country, mostly in the minors, for the past 12 seasons. He has missed all or parts of the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007 seasons with a couple shoulder surgeries and Tommy John surgery (which helped him meet his wife, a radiologist). The South Florida Sun-Sentinel did a piece on him today. "Rehabs aren't easy, but my friends are on me, telling me I don't really want to get a real job," Nelson said. "One day they are going to take the uniform away from me and you can't have regrets." He kinda makes me feel bad for asking for a pinch hitter last week in softball because "I was winded" after walking to the on-deck circle. Oh yeah, don't draft Joe Nelson. He stinks for Fantasy.

Best Fish on the mound this spring?: Chris Volstad is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA this spring for the Marlins. Last season, I listened to Marlins GM Larry Beinfast talk excitedly about the future of Volstad. The 21-year-old is a former first-round pick from South Florida, and the right-hander is having one of the best springs of any Marlins player, much less pitcher. An interesting quote in the Sun-Sentinel from manager Fredi Gonzalez about this Volstad and this rotation: "His age and inexperience does not enter into any of the discussions. He's showing good signs." I expect to see him return to Double-A to start the season, but the way this staff is set up, you can bet you'll see him on this side of June, so pick him as a reserve in NL-only Rotisserie league drafts.

Being B.J. Ryan's backup: Manager John Gibbons told the Toronto Star that Accardo will be called upon early in the season for saves until B.J. Ryan, who reported soreness after Monday's outing, is completely ready. "I told (Accardo), 'If B.J.'s here (on the active roster), he's not going back-to-back days. If he's not, then you're going to be the guy." We have Accardo projected at 15 saves, and we're taking into account some early chances, as well as some chances midseason if Ryan goes back on the DL. Accardo proved last season he can get the job done. He is one of just three pitchers to save 30 games that were not among the top 300 players drafted in mixed leagues last season. David Weathers and Kevin Gregg were the other two. Folks, you can pick up saves late. I promise. Remember, about a third of all saves recorded each season are from players that aren't drafted in a normal 23-round Rotisserie draft.

Bad practical jokers: Some of the Cubs' pitchers pulled a spring training prank on their strength and conditioning coach, Tim Buss. They demolished his car ... Ha.

Seriously, the windows were smashed in, the sides were all dented up and some bats and balls were shoved through the front windshield to indicate this wasn't just some random crime. Buss was quietly fuming and trying to figure out what he was going to tell his wife, who owned the '95 Nissan, while Jon Lieber came up and said, "It's a shame. What kind of person would do something like that? It really just shocks me. I'm sure she'll understand." Finally, after the guy's blood pressure hit red on the gauge, the pitchers took him to see his brand new '08 Nissan Xterra ... For the record, wouldn' t the story have been much better if he just went postal and took a bat to Lieber?

Birth, Separated at?: A reader, Ed Swierbinski, emailed me just now, to ask me if anyone has ever told me that I look like the detective on "Dexter." I have NOT heard that, although I have heard the following: Kevin James, James Gandolfini, and finally, "the fat guy from MAD TV" (Will Sasso). I'm thinking he didn't mean Erik King, but possibly -- David Zayas? He has a cool first name, that's fo sho! Outside of the fact that he looks cool, and I look like the guy that always asks for extra cheese -- I AGREE COMPLETELY! (And no, no one has ever told me that, but thanks!)

Back spasms and baseball: NOT SO FAST, MR. WOOD! The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Kerry Wood was scratched from Wednesday's spring training game because of lower back spasms. Manager Lou Piniella immediately went into defense mode, since he Wood was going to be their closer to start the season. "Look, we do have one setback with Kerry (Wednesday) -- his back is really, really stiff and he's not going to be able to pitch Wednesday," Piniella said. "It has nothing to do with his shoulder, or elbow, it's just with his back. He went to see a doctor, and hopefully we'll get him out there (Thursday) or the next day. It's just a little bit of a setback, but nothing, nothing serious. Just a minor thing that he goes through every spring." Isn't that the point though, that Wood has broken down over the past few seasons and injuries pile up? Won't a bad back affect his mechanics? "We have three people here that in my mind that can close and I'm very comfortable with," the manager said. Speaking of which, move Marmol up a couple spots on your closer rankings.

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