Cereal Update 3

In honor of recently acquired Edward Last of the Mujica’s four saves this past week, I offer four thoughts on the past two weeks:

1. Green Day’s When I Come Around should accompany each member of the Killers’ pitching staff when they head out to the mound.  We’ve had quite the impressive turn-around the last two weeks as the team ERA and WHIP has fallen from 5.50 and 1.42 to 3.35 and 1.12.  Looks like we will be going with a solid four man rotation (Hamels, Waino, Harvey and Cobb) for a while as Josh Johnson has some elbow problems and has been too inconsistent of late.  In addition, we grabbed Mujica, who has been 4 for 4 in save situations since being handed the closer role in St. Louis.  And there is nothing better than watching one of your closers (Parnell in this case) enter a tie game in extra innings, pitch a 1-2-3 inning and then get the win (thanks for the grand salami Valdespin!).

“I wanna get high-so high…up on the saves leaderboard”

2. The Mendoza Watch will, unfortunately, become a recurring entry in Cereal Updates going forward.

Which of the Killers are hovering around the Mendoza Line this week?

Player Average
Big Donkey .134
B.J. Upton .151
Paul Revere (dropped) .207
V-Mart .214
Hamilton .228
Beltre .231

At this point, Matt Harvey actually has a better batting average than Dunn and Upton.

Dunn has always been the ultimate Three True Outcome guy; although, his low walk rate this season is killing his OBP.

This year, Upton has been flailing around like a one-handed Kingslayer.

3. Stat-o-the-Week: Waino has had a great start.  Through five starts this season, he is only 58th in the league in batting average against (at .255); yet, is sporting a WHIP of 0.99 (18th best).  His miniscule walk rate keeps his WHIP so low.  His K/BB ratio is currently 37/1!!

4. I was looking back at some previous posts here on belowthemendozaline.com (yes, it was a slow day) and came across an entry about Jamie Moyer.  It got me more info

thinking about who is the oldest player in the game this year.  With Moyer and Omar Vizquel retired, Mariano Rivera is now the king of the greybeards at 43.  I could spend lines and lines of text summarizing Rivera’s dominance, instead I will just mention three things about Mo:

(1) in my life I’ve owned two baseball shirts that contained a player’s name and number, one of which was a Yankees number 42 (and I don’t even like the Yanks);

(2) his age 38 through 41 seasons were as good as any closer’s, regardless of age:

Year

Age

ERA

SV

IP

ERA+

WHIP

2008

38

1.40

39

70.2

316

0.665

2009

39

1.76

44

66.1

262

0.905

2010

40

1.80

33

60.0

241

0.833

2011

41

1.91

44

61.1

226

0.897

and

(3) his 1992 Bowman rookie card is totally lame (it looks like he is waiting to park cars at a south Florida golf club):

As bad as Super Mariano’s card is, Chipper’s card is many times worse (this card should be put in a time capsule as it accurately represents the early 90s meathead “business casual” fashion style, complete with the looped braided leather belt):

By the way, the 1992 Bowman set is great.  It also contains rookie cards for Manny, Piazza, Trevor Hoffman and Carlos Delgado.

Standings: 8th place with 43.5 points (moving on up!!), 2 points away from ANSKY for 7th and 37.5 points behind Fightin’ Cubbies for first.

Overall Points

 

 

Batting

Pitching

 

Rank

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

W

SV

K

ERA

WHIP

Total

1. Fightin’ Cubbies 10 5 10 10 5 9 9 10 7 6 81
2. Nelson Muntz 5 7 8 7 3 7.5 4.5 6 10 9 67
3. Hackers 7 9 6 2 7 4 10 2 9 10 66
4. Raging Rhinos 6 10 4 5 10 5.5 4.5 9 4 5 63
5. Steroid Sluggers 9 8 5 6 8 3 6.5 4 1 2 52.5
6. Iron Horse 4 6 1 2 2 10 2.5 8 8 8 51.5
7. ANSKY 8 2 2 8.5 6 2 8 1 5 3 45.5
8. Cereal Killers 1.5 4 3 4 1 7.5 2.5 7 6 7 43.5
9. bench warmers 3 3 9 8.5 9 1 1 5 2 1 42.5
10. Motorboaters 1.5 1 7 2 4 5.5 6.5 3 3 4 37.5

Overall Stats

 

 

Batting

Pitching

Rank

Team

Total GP

R

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

IP

W

SV

K

ERA

WHIP

1. Fightin’ Cubbies 237 141 31 136 23 .337 215.1 16 25 240 3.18 1.16
2. Nelson Muntz 244 119 33 128 19 .319 185.2 13 16 183 2.52 1.06*
3. Hackers 223 127 38 122 15 .359 174.2 11 26 153 2.63 1.06*
4. Raging Rhinos 216 126 41 118 17 .379 185.0 12 16 210 3.50 1.21*
5. Steroid Sluggers 223 139 35 121 18 .360 172.1 9 17 172 4.33 1.27
6. Iron Horse 235 116 32 104 15 .318 216.1 18 13 189 2.95 1.07
7. ANSKY 208 131 25 109 21 .351 139.1 8 22 141 3.42 1.23
8. Cereal Killers 228 109 29 114 16 .309 201.2 13 13 185 3.35 1.12
9. bench warmers 230 114 27 132 21 .370 184.2 5 7 173 4.29 1.35
10. Motorboaters 230 109 22 127 15 .322 170.2 12 17 165 3.64 1.21*

 

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