30 Results for month: 06/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 6/30/14

It's roughly the midway point of the 2014 MLB campaign, so no better time to hand out my first half individual awards. Chime in with your own thoughts at Twitter (@davecokin) and make a case where you think I've got it wrong, or feel free to agree as well. AL MVP: Mike Trout is the best player in the game and it's absolutely no coincidence that as Trout ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 6/29/14

This isn't a sour grapes rant, as I ended up winning the bet. And there's no second guessing taking place here, as this was all right there to see on my Twitter (@davecokin) timeline with the commentary preceding what took place. Just want to get that out of the way before getting to the nuts and bolts of what set me off. Bryan Price completely mismana... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 6/28/14

I don't want this to come off as though I think I know everything, because I most certainly do not. But for the life of me, I just cannot comprehend some of the decisions made off the ice by those in charge in the National Hockey League. We all know the league has trouble garnering attention. They'll grab some spotlight in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 6/27/14

Props to the NBA on its best draft ever. I'm not referring to the quality of the players, as their contributions to the league are still to be determined. But the NBA's ceremonial drafting of Isaiah Austin was truly a great moment. Isaiah's playing career is finished due to the discovery he is afflicted with Marfan Syndrome, an ailment I had honestly never ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 6/26/14

Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres yesterday. That's the second time he's done that to the same team. I'm not much on trivia, but evidently this is pretty rare. Addie Joss was the last to accomplish this feat, and that was more than 100 years ago. Yes, the Padres are a terrible offensive team. They're on their way to an historically inept campaign as far as ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 6/25/14

In yesterday's blog, I looked at a couple of pitchers who are candidates to regress to some extent based on extremely fortunate HR rates on fly balls allowed. That's a long haul theory with one-game results pretty meaningless. Today, I'll look at an angle that is based strictly on one game and its immediate follow up. I'll preface this by saying that ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 6/24/14

One of the areas that I consider myself fairly proficient in is gauging regression and correction as far as pitchers are concerned. Thanks to advanced metrics, we're now able to dissect pitching more than we ever have, and the information base just keeps on expanding. The data is phenomenal and while it's obviously not an absolute as far as predictability ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 6/23/14

I'm pretty sure nobody that matters with the Padres is reading this blog, but you never know. Nothing against Josh Byrnes, but I called for his ouster some time back. Results are all that matters, and simply stated, Byrnes wasn't getting the job done as the GM of the Padres. The team is on pace for one of the worst offensive seasons in history, and there's ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 6/22/14

One of my favorite players has apparently reached the end of the line. Raul Ibanez had been struggling badly for the Angels this season, and as of yesterday Ibanez is now a veteran without a team. At 42 years old and with the numbers posted to date this season, it's my guess Ibanez will likely hang up the cleats. If that's the case, thanks for the memories, ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 6/21/14

If you were looking for entertainment, Friday night's baseball schedule provided a few week's worth in the space of a few hours. This was insanity, replete with amazing rallies, spectacular defense and some of the worst relief pitching imaginable. I'm not going to use this space to recap everything as better details can be found elsewhere. But suffice to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 6/20/14

This has not been a great baseball season for closers. There are certainly a small handful of elite ninth inning guys who are going to be close to automatic. There are several more who might not be at that level, but are nonetheless fairly reliable or are simply the best options available. Then come the arson squad pitchers, who are basically a coin flip to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 6/19/14

Lots of excitement at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night as the best pitcher in the game made some history. Clayton Kershaw was utterly dominant in a no-hitter against the Rockies. Only an errant throw by Hanley Ramirez on what should have been a relatively easy out kept this from being a perfect game. This wasn't just a no-hitter, it was literally one of ... More