Angel Pagan is headed to the World Series, Cole Hamels cooks, and Jordany Valdespin is tearing us apart, Lisa.
Meet the Mets
In case you missed it, the Mets moved the fences in for the 2012 season. Unsurprisingly, that led to more runs being scored. Not enough more runs for the Mets though. MOVE THE FENCES BACK!
Mike Puma is reporting that the Mets are likely to non-tender Mike Pelfrey and possibly Andres Torres as well. I suppose this qualifies as 'news.' Puma's source also states that the Mets are interested in bringing back Pelfrey on a less expensive deal. Maybe I'll finally get to use this clever photoshop I made before the 2012 season and never got to use.
And at TedQuarters, Ted Berg has a Dickey poll for you to take. Heh heh, Dickey poll.
The Giants came all the way back from 3-1 down, squashing the Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NLCS. That's six straight wins in elimination games for Bruce Bochy's crew. Game 1 of the Fall Classic is Wednesday as Justin Verlander takes on Barry Zito. Yep, that Barry Zito.
And this column from Grant Brisbee has a shelf life of exac...oop, nevermind, it's over.
Yesterday at AA
Rob Castellano profiled Jordany Valdespin, leading to a fracas in the comment section unseen since the great Pagan/Francouer wars of 2010. Or people just respectfully disagreed about JV1's ultimate ceiling, whatever.
At Sports on Earth, Will Leitch takes a look at why broadcasters won't embrace advanced stats.
Over at FanGraphs, AA's own Eno Sarris has some more on Japanese high schooler Shohei Otani.
And finally, Beyond the Box Score examines how velocity changes with a move from relief to the rotation.