Michael Young Trade Tree

Michael Young was traded to the Phillies over the weekend, ending his eleven and a half year stint in the Rangers organization. Young leaves Texas as their all time leader in several categories: games, plate appearances, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, sac flies, total bases and grounded into double plays. Looking back, I had forgotten that Young was not originally drafted by the Rangers. He was acquired in a trade deadline deal for Esteban Loaiza, who himself was acquired from Pittsburgh in a deadline deal two years prior.

Michael  Young Rangers

For the Phillies, they fill their hole at third base with a past-his-prime player who doesn’t field very well anymore. He should fit right in.

Michael  Young Phillies

Ex-Pirates in the Playoffs

Greetings. I’m back and will resume posting. The Pirates’ season went down in flames but there’s still a month of exciting baseball left to watch. For those of you who are interested, here’s a list of ex-Pirates who’s teams are playing in the postseason. I’ll update the stats after each round.

Braves (Lost the Wild Card game)
Eric Hinske DNP
Paul Maholm (not active for wild card game)
Lyle Overbay DNP
David Ross 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR

Cardinals
None

Orioles
Nate McLouth 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB, SF

Rangers (Lost the Wild Card game)
None

Division Winners

Nationals
Adam LaRoche
Sean Burnett
Mike Gonzalez
Tom Gorzelanny

Reds
Ryan Ludwick
Bronson Arroyo
Xavier Paul

Giants
Ryan Vogelsong
Javier Lopez
Xavier Nady

Yankees
None

Athletics
Brandon Moss

Tigers
Octavio Dotel
Don Kelly

My picks for this postseason:
Nats over Cards, Reds over Giants, Orioles over Yankees, A’s over Tigers
Reds over Nats, A’s over O’s
A’s over Reds

“Beleagueredness”

A friend (@ryanstats) asked me last night who I cheer for when the Pirates get knocked out of contention each year. At the time I told him that I don’t cheer for anyone else, but today I was toying around one of my spreadsheets and realized that I do cheer for another team. I cheer for whichever contending team has gone the longest without winning. Maybe it’s a kindred spirit I feel with that team’s fans, maybe it’s because I like to fill in empty slots on the page.

What you see below doesn’t take into account number of titles won. It’s just a simple average of the number of years since a franchise has won the World Series, made the postseason, etc. I’ve named that average “Beleagueredness.”

There are no real shockers on this list. The Cubs are the most beleaguered and the Yankees are the least, but I think the order has some surprises here and there.

Looks like I’ll be rooting for Texas and San Diego this postseason. Good luck to my fellow beleaguered fans!

Team last title year started years since last WS app.
last LCS app.
last postseason

“Beleagueredness”
Chi Cubs 1908 1903 102 1945 2003 2008 44.00
Tex (WAS) 1961 49 1999 39.50
Was(MON) 1969 41 1981 38.00
KansasCity 1985 1969 25 1985 1985 1985 25.00
Mil (SEA) 1969 41 1982 1982 2008 24.75
Pittsburgh 1979 1903 31 1979 1992 1992 24.50
Seattle 1977 33 2001 2001 21.00
Cleveland 1948 1903 62 1997 2007 2007 20.25
Baltimore 1983 1903 27 1983 1997 1997 20.00
SF (NY) 1954 1903 56 2002 2002 2003 19.75
Cincinnati 1990 1903 20 1990 1995 1995 17.50
San Diego 1969 41 1998 1998 2006 17.25
Toronto 1993 1977 17 1993 1993 1993 17.00
Houston 1962 48 2005 2005 2005 15.75
Oakland 1989 1903 21 1990 2006 2006 12.25
Minnesota 1991 1903 19 1991 2002 2009 11.75
LA Dodgers 1988 1903 22 1988 2009 2009 11.50
NY Mets 1986 1963 24 2000 2006 2006 10.50
Atlanta 1995 1903 15 1999 2001 2005 10.00
Detroit 1984 1903 26 2006 2006 2006 9.50
Florida 2003 1993 7 2003 2003 2003 7.00
Colorado 1993 17 2007 2007 2009 6.00
Arizona 2001 1998 9 2001 2007 2007 6.00
TampaBay 1998 12 2008 2008 2008 4.50
LA Angels 2002 1961 8 2002 2009 2009 4.50
Chi WSox 2005 1903 5 2005 2005 2008 4.25
St. Louis 2006 1903 4 2006 2006 2009 3.25
Boston 2007 1903 3 2007 2008 2009 2.25
Phila. 2008 1903 2 2009 2009 2009 1.25
NY Yankees 2009 1903 1 2009 2009 2009 1.00

Delusions of Grandeur

Did I pick a crazy weekend to go out of town or what?  The Pirates extend their losing streak to 12, fire a pierogi, then win twice in a row. Pedro Alvarez gets his first hit too. To quote Han Solo, “I’m out of it for a little while and everyone gets delusions of grandeur.”A wrap up of things I missed this weekend:

The Pirates broke their twelve game losing streak by beating Cleveland Saturday and Sunday. Lastings Milledge and Andrew McCutchen had big games, but the moment that everyone was waiting for finally happened in the 5th inning when #Pedropalooza broke out a ground rule double for his first hit and RBI. After three games I was getting worried that he might reach Aramis Ramirez territory so this is great news.

The team also celebrated the 50th anniversary of their 1960 World Series win over the Yankees. Lots of giveaways and old players on hand. Really wish I could have made it to the ‘Burgh for this.

On Sunday John Russell was ejected for only the fourth time in his three two-plus years of managing the Pirates. Call him the anti-Bobby Cox.

Zach Duke has a mild elbow strain and will miss his scheduled start on Tuesday. Monday’s off day means no spot starter will be needed. Duke is expected to be fine for his next turn on Saturday, but that could change later in the week.

Up Next: Interleague play wraps up with a six game road trip to Texas and Oakland.

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