Good morning, campers!
Here are recent links that will keep those dreaded TPS reports from being sent in on time:
- Did umpire crew chief Joe West get this home-run/fan-interference call correct in Sunday’s Phillies-Marlins game? Yes. Was he right to use instant replay, though? Hmmm.
- Inside the Book’s Mitchel Lichtman watched the above game and explains why he was frustrated with Marlins manager Jack McKeon’s decision to have his pitcher attempt a sacrifice bunt with runners on first and third and one out.
- Dave Gershman of Beyond the Boxscore outlines how to scout a pitcher.
- The Common Man at The Platoon Advantage looks at what has gone wrong with this year’s Orioles club.
- Congratulations to Brewers catcher George Kottaras on hitting for the cycle, the only one of the season to date.
- Everyone seems to agree on Curtis Granderson’s value as a hitter this season; as ESPN’s Mark Simon points out, less clear is the quality of the Yankee center fielder’s defense.
- Jeff Zimmerman of FanGraphs tries to determine why Roger Maris’s lifetime batting average on balls in play was only .254, a very low percentage for a player who enjoyed a lengthy big-league career.
- Royals Review’s Will McDonald bemoans “Major League Baseball’s Sad Silence on Labor Day.”
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!