The ‘Cats Are Back in Town!

I’ve been battling a seriously annoying sinus infection all weekend (read: sleeping for the better part of 20 hours on Sunday), but I’ve been jonesin’ for some live baseball, and toughed it out to take in the game last night. Luckily for me, the ‘Cats came out firing on all cylinders to help me snap out of my grogginess.

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Melvin Mercedes       3  0  1  0  Tony Kemp             4  1  3  2  
Austin Booker         4  0  0  1  Jose Fernandez        4  0  1  0  
Ryan Gorton           4  0  0  1  James Ramsay          4  0  0  1  
Michael Soto          4  0  2  0  Conrad Gregor         3  1  2  1  
Luis Baez             4  0  0  0  Ernesto Genoves       5  1  1  0  
Xavier Macklin        3  0  0  0  Ronnie Mitchell       5  1  0  1  
Kelvin Rojas          3  1  2  1  Dan Gulbransen        5  2  2  0  
B.J. Boyd             4  1  1  0  Jon Kemmer            4  2  4  2  
Herschel Powell       4  1  1  0  Ryan Dineen           4  1  2  1  
TOTALS               33  3  7  3  TOTALS               38  9 15  8

VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS         001 020 000 -- 3  
TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS           121 020 12x -- 9  

ERR--Austin Booker. 2B--B.J. Boyd, Ryan Dineen, Ernesto
Genoves, Tony Kemp. HR--Kelvin Rojas, Jon Kemmer.
HBP--Conrad Gregor. SACF--Tony Kemp. SB--Ronnie Mitchell,
Tony Kemp, Dan Gulbransen.

 VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS           IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Gregory Paulino (L)            4.00    7    4    3    2    4    1
Tyler Johnson                  2.00    3    2    2    3    0    0
Fernando Cruzado               2.00    5    3    3    0    2    0
Evan Grills                    4.00    3    1    1    2    2    1
Edison Frias                   1.00    3    2    2    0    1    0
Kevin Comer (W)                4.00    1    0    0    1    5    0

PB--Ryan Gorton. WP--Fernando Cruzado. SO--B.J. Boyd, Luis
Baez (2), Austin Booker, Michael Soto, Xavier Macklin (2),
Herschel Powell, Ernesto Genoves (2), Jose Fernandez, James
Ramsay, Dan Gulbransen (2). BB--Melvin Mercedes, Kelvin
Rojas, Xavier Macklin, Ryan Dineen, Jon Kemmer, Jose
Fernandez, James Ramsay, Conrad Gregor.

Offensive Highlights
2B Tony Kemp:
 3-4, 2B, Sac Fly, 2 RBI, SB, R — Small, athletic build. Quick hands, compact swing, fast out of the box, good acceleration while stealing/advancing.
LF Jon Kemmer: 4-4, HR (1), BB, 2 RBI, 2 R — Lean build, made solid contact on each hit, showed some pull power on a hard line-drive homer in right center. Fought back from an 0-2 count to get a walk.
3B Ryan Dineen: 2-4, 2B, BB, R — Returning 2012 ValleyCat picked up where he left off last season, making solid contact on pitches up in the zone. Still prone to chasing sliders down and away, grounding out to the right side twice.

Pitching Breakdown
Evan Grills:
4.0 IP, 16 BF, 73 pitches – 42 strikes, 2 K, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 GO, 2 FO — Tall and lean southpaw with solid stuff. Fastball, change, slider, curve. Commands the outside corner on righties very well. As expected for the first start, fatigue hit hard around his 60th pitch, and he labored hard through his last three outs.
Edison Frias: 1.0 IP, 6 BF, 18 pitches – 13 strikes, 1 K, 3 H, 2 GO, 0 FO — Didn’t seem comfortable at all. Sort of a herky-jerky delivery, fastball flat and in the heart of the zone.
Kevin Comer: 4.0 IP, 14 BF, 51 pitches – 33 strikes, 5 K, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 GO, 3 FO — Polished breaking ball command, whiffing four on called third strikes. Hard sinker, decent fast ball command. Change was left up in the zone, but the change of velocity led to some bad swings.

Closing Notes
– Home plate umpire, Dave Attridge, had a pretty solid zone all night, favoring called strikes on the outside corner. Nate Caldwell in the field had a few close plays at first, and they all appeared to go down the right way. This duo didn’t get barked at from either bench, or the crowd.

– During a trivia question, the contestant was asked to name one of the twenty-six former ValleyCats to have reached the big leagues as an Astro. The dude answered “Ben Zobrist” which is incorrect, but was awarded a correct answer anyway.

– James Ramsay (0-4, RBI) was sporting a jersey with his last name spelled incorrectly; there was an ‘e’ replacing the second “a.”

– Remember the “Dar-ryl, Dar-ryl” chant of old? It was really fun doing that to one Herschel Powell of the Vermont Lake Monsters. Say it with me now… “Her-schel, Her-schel”

– Though it was a sell-out crowd of almost 5,000 people, the crowd never really hit a groove with cheering on the team. It was a little eerie just how quiet The Joe was with so many people co-occupying the space. Chalk it up to the iffy weather and the ‘Cats pulling away fairly early? Sounds good to me.

– Here’s the official box score, and recap of the game. Looks like the only thing I “got wrong” was assigning a passed ball opposed to a wild pitch on Johnson. Those are tough calls to make, so I call it a push!

Why Does New York Hate A.J. Burnett?

It’s funny how some pitchers just cannot last in the Bronx. A few come right to mind: Kenny Rogers, Jack McDowell, Javier Vasquez. They’re average pitchers that had average years with the Yankees, but they were run out of town just as quickly as they were ushered in. You can add A.J. Burnett to the list, but why?

Let’s take a look at A.J.’s numbers (I’ll cut it down to what I use to determine a pitcher’s effectiveness) before I make my hypothesis.
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Spring is about to Begin

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As a baseball fan, and I mean that in the broadest sense possible, I only acknowledge two seaons:

  1. Baseball Season
  2. Winter

I know my target audience isn’t a bunch of guys that like baseball, but it’s a fairly large part of my life, so expect some baseball related posts. Hopefully I’ll be able to convey my adoration for the Nation’s Pastime without boring you non-baseball people to death.