Quick Hits: Leake is actually having a career year

If you’re like me, I was really excited at the prospect of bringing in Mike Leake. As I wrote last winter, my expectations for Leake were high because he’s a ground ball pitcher who is coming from one of baseball’s hitter’s paradises to one of the most pitcher friendly ballparks in the league. That should have meant the potential for a career year.

And he’s had it. The results just haven’t shown it.

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Quick Hits: Why don’t postseason stats count?

Last Friday, Mark Teixeira announced that he was retiring from baseball after the season. The 36 year old first baseman has battled injuries the past few seasons and while he was interested in playing, those injuries likely pushed him towards calling it quits.

But Elias Sports, courtesy of ESPN Stats, pointed out an interesting statistic about Teixeira that adds color to a point I made weeks ago about postseason stats in my discussion about Pete Rose and Ichiro Suzuki’s hit totals.

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Quick Hits: Unearned run differential

So we’ve all talked about the poor Cardinals’ defense this season and how it’s impacted our win totals. Today out of curiosity after learning that Tommy Pham reached based on an error and didn’t score, I decided to check and see what the Cardinals’ unearned run differential was. The idea basically to find out whether they’re giving away runs at a greater pace than other teams are giving them to them. And what I found surprised me.

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Cardinals acquire Zach Duke

As I tweeted Sunday morning, “Good news: The Cardinals acquired a left handed pitcher from the White Sox. Bad news: It wasn’t Chris Sale.” But it really wasn’t bad news at all. The Cardinals acquired left-handed reliever Zach Duke in exchange for minor league outfielder Charlie Tilson.

Duke, 33, has a 2.63 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in an America League leading 53 relief appearances this season. He has a 159 ERA+ which would slot him in third in the Cardinals’ bullpen behind Seung-hwan Oh (240 ERA+) and Kevin Siegrist (165 ERA+).

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Chris Sale and the White Sox should probably just move on from each other

I’ve now written two articles about the White Sox this season. If you had the over in Vegas, you’re a winner. Go collect your winnings. But it was something that I think needed to be said about this situation.

Let me start off by making it clear that there is no defense for what Chris Sale did. It was stupid. It was immature. There are better ways to deal with it than taking a knife and cutting up a bunch of jerseys.

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