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  1. Selfish Beltran stealing Bay’s grand slam thunder with his own grand slam.

    Comment by ritz — June 29, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  2. For what it’s worth, Pagan was 3-3 last night not 2-3. Minor nitpick…

    Comment by BaseballFan — June 29, 2011 @ 10:25 am

  3. Baseball is so funny. Mets went without a grand slam since August of 2009 … and then they hit 2 grand slams in 2 innings.

    Comment by NM — June 29, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  4. The end of the Rockies game was a fun interleague moment. That probably wouldn’t of happened against a team more familiar with Coors Field. {Tulo scoring from first on a shitty bloop single to center.}

    Comment by tristram — June 29, 2011 @ 10:43 am

  5. Tulowitzki was running hard all the way, that’s for sure. But Lillibridge took his sweet time getting to the ball even though he could see Tulo running hard. There had been a similar play a couple innings earlier when the Rockies almost sent the runner, but Lillibridge picked up the pace at the last minute and the third base coach probably noticed and learned from it. Lillibridge obviously did not.

    The irony is that Lillibridge replaced Rios who was pulled for dogging it on the basepaths.

    Comment by MikeS — June 29, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  6. Thanks for the comments Mike. I was wondering what happened to Rios. I was in and out of the game. ‘ No doubles’ defense is a bit more challenging at Coors.

    Comment by tristram — June 29, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  7. Ben Revere, all singles? Does he hit anything else? His iso is 0.030 and he OBP is only 0.030 higher than his batting average. But it the Twins, so what really matters is that he is fast and has a 0.270 batting average( 0.070 better than Mauer!)

    Comment by Barkey Walker — June 29, 2011 @ 11:08 am

  8. Is Moving the Needle only for positive WPA swings? The WPA swing from Lind’s ensuing double-play lineout was even bigger, at -.305.

    Comment by matt w — June 29, 2011 @ 11:10 am

  9. Damn. I usually get them. Guess I missed this one.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — June 29, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  10. See also – White Sox fans that still feel Juan Pierre is better than Adam Dunn since his BA is higher.

    Comment by MikeS — June 29, 2011 @ 11:40 am

  11. Sometimes OF’s will jog to a ball because they want the guy to attempt the extra base.

    Obviously, that doesn’t happen all the time. But OF’s try to deke runners, just like IF’s do.

    I bring up that issue because I don;t tthink anyone can say that Lillibridge is likely to dog it in the OF. He has made a ton of great defensive plays this year and has earned playing time from it.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 29, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  12. The NL has seemingly narrowed the gap between the NL and AL. There was a period of about 6 years where the AL just owned the NL in IL play.

    But really when the amount of talent that moved from the AL to NL this past off-season (Greinke, Halladay, Lee, Marcum, Garza, etc) how could the gap not be decreased?

    Don;t get me wrong, the AL is still the stronger of the two leagues, but it’s much closer than it has been for almost a decade.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 29, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  13. Well if that was an attempted deke, it was a really REALLY BAD example of one. But yep I love those plays and Coors field is just the place to see both great OF defense and great baserunning. Larry Walker would school some young baserunner in the top half of an inning and then show them how it’s done in the bottom half. Dexter Fowler on the other hand…..well let’s just say has not learned the subtleties of the place/position yet.

    Comment by tristram — June 29, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

  14. No worries. I love it when the biggest WPA change isn’t a run-scoring play.

    Comment by matt w — June 29, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  15. How’d that work out for him?

    I don’t think so. I think he just figured it was a gimme play since nobody scores from first on a single so he didn’t have to work to hard. The more I watch this team the less I like watching baseball. The pitching is fine but everything offensive is a struggle. When I am at the game I have resorted to going for a hot dog when the White Sox are hitting. Honestly, last night after Floyd walks to put men on first and second with nobody out Hawk crows that “the top of the order is coming up!” Seriously, Pierre and Morel excite you as hitters?

    Comment by MikeS — June 29, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

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