Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas- Baseball Style

Merry Christmas from More Hardball!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

R.I.P. Ryan Freel

Ex-MLB utility player, Ryan Freel, committed suicide yesterday at the age of 36.

Freel was best know for his speed, having swiped 143 bases over parts of 8 seasons with the Blue Jays, Reds, Orioles, Cubs, and Royals.  He last saw Big League action in 2009 in Kansas City.  His career slash line was .268/.723 and Baseball-Reference.com has his career earnings listed as $11.55M.

Freel lived his life with reckless abandon, having been nailed twice for DUI, talking to an imaginary "Farney" while on the field, and making daring catches that others would not risk.

Rest In Peace.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Are the Tampa Bay Rays Fiscally Stupid?

The Tampa Bay Rays are infamous for their penny-pinching ways.  They've been successful in their frugality.  However, today they went and signed a shitty pitcher to a 1 year deal worth $3.25M with another $1.85M available via incentives, and they don't even really have room on their staff for him.

I'm talking about Fausto Carmona Roberto Hernandez.  Back in 2007 he went 19-8 with a 3.07 ERA, that's really good.  ERA's since then- 5.44/'08, 6.32/'09, 3.77/'10, 5.25/'11, and 7.53/'12.  Aside from 2010, he's been complete crap.  For his career he has a 53-69 record with a 4.64 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, all with Cleveland.

Not only has Hernandez completely sucked for the past two seasons, he also aged three years last offseason, after it was uncovered that he lied on his birth certificate and wasn't Fausto Carmona, as he was previously known as.  So, what the hell were the Rays thinking?  What is the purpose of this signing?

Their rotation is pretty set with David Price, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Neimann, and Alex Cobb.

The bullpen has Joel Peralta, Fernando Rodney, and Jake McGee for sure, so I guess he could slot in there, but $3.25M is a hefty price for a guy that hasn't pitched much in relief during his career and hasn't been effective for the past half decade.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happy Hanukkah- Baseball Style

Baseball menorah...
Baseball dreidel...
Baseball yarmulke...

Friday, December 07, 2012

Astros Get Rule 5 Steal

The jump from Double-A to the Majors is not an easy one, but that's just what the Houston Astros' Rule 5 selection Nate Freiman is going to do in 2013. The 8th round selection by the San Diego Padres in 2009 out of Duke University has done nothing but hit at every level along his minor league journey. Freiman stands 6'7" and weighs 225 pounds, so his frame suggests great power. Through 4 minor league seasons he's amassed some nice stats: .294/.847, 483 G, 280 R, 551 H, 131 DBL, 71 HR, and 368 RBI. He turns 26 years old on the last day of the calendar (December 31st) and has a legitimate shot at seeing significant time at 1st base and DH next season.

A .250/.750 season with 15 HR and 70 RBI is not a stretch, and if Houston gets that, they'll be pleased.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Hello NFL Week 13

The NFL playoff picture for some teams is becoming clear, whereas for others it remains murky.  The Atlanta Falcons have already secured their future (11-1) by knocking down the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.  Sunday and Monday remain in play for Week 13 of the NFL season though, and here's a preview of some of the games...

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Week 13 NFL Previews:
*Philadelphia Eagels (3-8) at Dallas Cowboys (5-6), this is a "battle" of two teams that have vastly underperformed expectations this season.  Look for the Cowboys to win this game, because Philly hasn't had a win since the calendar flipped to October.

*Houston Texans (10-1) at Tennessee Titans (4-7), the Texans attempt to keep pace with the Falcons for best record in the NFL, and that seems like a safe assumption.

*Seattle Seahawks (6-5) at Chicago Bears (8-3), an interesting match-up, because Hawks' rookie 3rd round pick QB Russell Wilson has been improving with every game, but the Bears defense is just too strong, especially at Soldier Field.

*New York Giants (7-4) at Washington Redskins (5-6), with the Skins fighting for their playoff lives and RG3 being a human highlight reel, they might just pull off the victory this week.

*Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7), this might be an ugly game to watch, but at least Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts is making some late season strides.  The Bill are the victors here though.

*San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) at St. Louis Rams (4-6-1), these teams look to break the tie from their previous contest earlier in the season.  The 49ers will prevail, despite a bit of quarterback controversy.

*New England Patriots (8-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-6), this has the makings of an old fashioned Wild West shootout...of course they're playing on the East Coast though.  The Pats are on a roll, but the Dolphins still have something to play for.  Don't bet on this game, because I believe it's a push.

*Arizona Cardinals (4-7) at New York Jets (4-7), on the surface this may appear as two lackluster teams playing a meaningless game, but the Cards are the better team and will win, and the Jets will continue their downward spiral (remember their Thanksgiving debacle).

*Indianapolis Colts (7-4) at Detroit Lions (4-7), the Colts with QB Andrew Luck have been getting dare I say "lucky" lately, but the Lions are angry with the NFL for causing them a win on Thanksgiving Day due to some horrible calls.  Therefore, I'm going with them to pull off the upset.

So, there you have it, some of the featured games of the NFL this week.  Have fun viewing.  Have fun betting.  Enjoy...