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Who you got in the sausage races this weekend? I just love saying “sausage races.”

  • Matt Garza was dissappointed by his poor outing yesterday, but it sounds like he doesn’t think he pitched all that badly. “You could see of the stuff they were hitting, they didn’t hit me hard. Two hits, the hit to [Dan] Uggla and the home run, that’s it,” Garza said. “Everything else were jam shots or hit off the end of the bat, so it’s not like I missed my spots big time. I made a mistake to… it’s not even a mistake, it was a good pitch to McCann, a change-up down, he just went and got it. Uggla, I knew what he was looking for so I just tried to beat him. He hit a hard single to dead center. So you just tip your cap and say whatever, back in five days.”
  • I’m not saying he’s a future anything, and I’m not saying that numbers in AAA – particularly this year in the PCL, where the league average OPS is over .800 – necessarily translate to MLB, but Bryan LaHair’s numbers are becoming hard to ignore. Going into last night’s game, he had a video game/Barry Bonds-like line of .336/.410/.671 with 36 homers, 37 doubles and 105 RBI in just 122 games. Yeesh. He’ll probably be called up in September when rosters expand to 40, but will he actually play? Mike Quade certainly isn’t going to start him over Carlos Pena, and LaHair has played only a handful of games in the outfield this year. And then, after not playing, the Cubs will probably have to dump him from the 40-man roster to protect some kids from the Rule 5 Draft. Again, I’m not saying LaHair will be the one in a million players who “figure it out” at 28/29, but this is among the many reasons it probably would have been a good idea to trade Carlos Pena.
  • Mike Quade says he doesn’t really understand the waiver system, which is profoundly unsurprising. Here you go, Mike.
  • Kick a man while he’s down, will yah? Park Ridge is trying to have the honorary “Jim Hendry Way” designations removed from Northwest Highway. The residents say it’s not personal and not necessarily because Hendry’s been booted from the Cubs. They never wanted the sign, and now seems like as good a time as any to get rid of them. Do I make the Alfonso Soriano joke now? Nah. Too easy. Too mean.
  • Reader MichiganGoat (making his second appearance in the Bullets) passes along a Yahoo article with 25 “Things You Didn’t Know,” but I’m pretty sure we did all know this: Alfonso Soriano is the worst batter in all of baseball against both the slider and the curveball. What do you want to bet, if Tyler Colvin qualified, he’d be right up there with Alf? Carlos Marmol comes in as the relief pitcher most reliant on the slider, which means that if he and Alfonso Soriano ever faced each other, Soriano wouldn’t have a chance. Perhaps more interestingly, according to the numbers, Aramis Ramirez is the best in baseball against the curveball, and Starlin Castro is the best in baseball against the split-finger.
  • I was going to leave this alone, but now that it’s popped up twice, I can’t. Each of Phil Rogers and Bruce Miles have, in the last month, pointed to a lovely Fangraphs article, (which Rogers refers to as a “RotoGraphs” article, much in the way your grandpa might ask you to turn down the “televisor”) ranking NL starting pitchers. Each used the article to discuss where a particular pitcher is ranked, relative to the rest of the league. What neither recognized is that the rankings are for *fantasy* purposes. A pitcher’s value to a fantasy team can be quite different from his value to his actual team. K thx bye.


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.