31 Results for month: 05/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 5/31/14

I saw something I'm pretty sure I've never seen last night watching the very tense duel between the Rays and Red Sox. The Bosox ended up using four managers over the course of the 10-inning win. The actual skipper, John Farrell, was tossed early and so were two of the acting managers as the game progressed.  Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn eventually ended up ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 5/30/14

One of the key pitching stats I weigh pretty heavily in my daily analysis is xFIP. The brainchild of Dave Studeman of The Hardball Times, I find xFIP to be a far more accurate barometer than ERA is determining how a pitcher is performing. If you're not familiar with xFIP, I'd suggest you search it to learn what it's all about. Like any data, xFIP isn't ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 5/29/14

Some random thoughts around the diamond. Let's start with the Royals, who just got swept at home by the Astros. Ned Yost isn't the one not hitting, but someone is going to feel the heat for this team's struggles, and that's usually the manager. Yost got a two-year extension following the 2013 improvement, so he's probably safe for now. GM Dayton Moore also ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 5/28/14

It's just one game, but the way the Tigers won their game against the Athletics last night illustrated perfectly why this is probably the best Detroit team in the last few years. The Motowners might not have quite as much thump as they did the last couple of seasons. But they're a much more versatile squad now, with more speed and more in the way of run ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 5/27/14

There's no need to start printing playoff tickets just yet. But while the Houston Astros are still destined for another last place finish in the AL West, there's now officially a bright light at the end of the tunnel. It even has a name. The light is called George Springer. If you have not seen the most exciting of all the 2014 rookies, tune into an ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 5/26/14

I'm taking the holiday off as far as a commentary is concerned, but it's certainly not a vacation from playing the games, as I'll be all over what looks to be an attractive Monday betting board. Sunday's result was a frustrating 2-2, with a bad beat on the Cubs-Padres Under 6.5. That one looked easy at 0-0 heading to the sixth inning, and still looked ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 5/25/14

From worst to first and back to worst? It's too soon to make that the epitaph for the 2014 Red Sox, but things are looking mighty bleak for the defending champs right now. They just completed a home stand in which they had one brief lead and lost every game. Boston might well have bottomed out on Saturday, however, as they lost for the ninth straight time. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 5/24/14

Whether or not the Colorado Rockies are going to be season long playoff contenders is still to be determined. But the hopes for the Rockies took a big hit Friday night. Colorado losing one game at Atlanta was not that big a deal. The Rockies losing Nolan Arenado for at least the next several weeks is huge, and that was the big news on the diamond last ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 5/23/14

One of the challenges for anyone analyzing sports and trying to come up with winners involves gauging the mindset of the teams involved.  That's obviously an inexact science. But at the same time when you can nail it just right on a team, it offers a great opportunity to take advantage when you can and reap some nice rewards. The Padres are a team where ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 5/22/14

This is supposed to be the NBA being as exciting as it gets right now, correct? Unfortunately for the league and its fans, the high drama will apparently have to wait. Anything can happen, but it's sure looking like the conference finals have now been filed into the inevitable conclusion category. The Pacers were still roughly 2/1 dogs even after they won ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 5/21/14

I think it's important to note that I'm not a second guesser. When I get on a manager's case for doing something I disagree with, the opinion is offered before the fact. Criticizing a move after the fact is simply piling on. I'd rather make my view as clear as I can before the action takes place, and let the chips fall where they may. Two crazy moves last ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 5/20/14

We're at roughly the quarter pole of the 2014 MLB campaign, so it's time to hand out some very unofficial individual awards in both leagues. Here's my quick takes on the two MVP and Cy Young frontrunners. Unfortunately, one of the winners won't be staying in contention for any full season awards, but hopefully he'll return healthy at some point in 2015. ... More