Phillies (4-5) at South Beach Marlins (1-8)
Friday - 7:10 - John Lannan v. Ricky Nolasco
Saturday - 7:10 - Cole Hamels v. Jose Fernandez
Sunday - 1:10 - Oh No, It' Roy v. Kevin Slowey
We all know Ricky Nolasco as the Phils see him four times a year. Kevin Slowey spent his first five seasons with the Twins and is the definition of a 'fourth starter.'
The real interest is in game two when Hamels faces 20 year old uber-prospect Jose Fernandez. Fernandez boasts a mid-90s fastball and a career minor league line of 14-1, 1.75 ERA. MLB.com ranks him as the 7th best prospect in baseball.
The Marlins are ranked 28th or worse in batting average, slugging percentage, OPS and runs...
Mike Stanton is good. The rest of the team is horrible. In the season opener, Placido Polanco hit fourth. That's really all you need to know.
State of Baseball in Miami:
Please look at THIS.
Violence in Baseball:
'Chauvinist' reader Preserve Jon pointed out a dubious article by Tom Verducci advocating the elimination of home plate collisions. You can read the article HERE. I was going to do a full rebuttle but due to time, I'm just going to bullet point by thoughts:
- Verducci is not a great writer.
- Eliminating home plate collisions as Verducci describes is not a good idea because 1) it would favor the defense as the catcher would be able to still block the plate but make the runner avoid the contact thereby increasing his distance/time to home 2) a complete elimination of collisions is unnessesary because catcher's can already protect themselves for the majority of collisions by staying out of the baseline.
- I spent some time watching youtube collections of home plate collisions and if I was commissioner, I would make it illegal for a runner to initiate contact with a catcher who is not in the baseline. I saw a few instances where a runner went out of his way to drill a catcher who was standing in front of the plate, many times even towards the first base line. The catcher cannot protect himself in these circumstances. But if he plants himself anywhere along the third base line, he's fair game...
Then last night, Carlos Quentin charged anxiety-ridden Zach Greinke after getting hit by a 3-2 pitch in a 1 run game. Greinke ended up with a broken left collar-bone and will be out for multiple weeks.
This is garbage. Greinke will be gone for quite a while and Quentin will be back in the lineup in a week. If I was commissioner, if a player gets injured in a brawl started by a batter charging the mound, that player would be suspended until the most injured player returns.
I would love advocate eliminating mound charges, but in the AL the pitcher never bats and it's hard to administer 'eye for an eye' justice if he never steps foot in the batter's box to take his medicine...
The Phils will somehow lose one of these but still take the other two.