Curt, point was Jim Rice wasn’t actually a Hall of Famer. Murphy is probably more worthy of the Hall. Jack Morris was an okay pitcher who racked up wins because he was fortunate enough to play on good teams and had one big moment. He’s not Hall worthy. Murphy is more worthy than Morris.
So, I agree that Murph is better than most Hall of Famers and if he had played on more winning teams and/or in New York or Boston or Chicago, he would probably be in.
I think voters pay attention to era, but probably not enough. I think even we adjust for era, Murphy falls a bit short. But, then again, Rice and Morris (if Morris gets in) should cause everyone to rethink Murph.
Really bad inning for McCann — he can’t handle the pitch from Venters and allows the go-ahead run to score, then kills a potential rally with a GIDP.
On another note…I’m putting very little stock into JJ’s numbers while in AAA. Like y’all mentioned in the podcast, all he’s shown is that he owns Houston’s AAA split-squad lineup and the Toledo Mudhens. 7 IP and 1 run on 4 hits are nice numbers, but I just hope he regains confidence and gets his knee straightened out.
And for what it’s worth: before yesterday’s game, I was thinking 4-3 for this week. I probably would have said a win on Monday, 2 out of 3 against the Phillies, and 1 win in Colorado. I’ll stick with my 4-3, but obviously I’m thinking now that we take the next two against Philly and two in Colorado. That is, of course, assuming we don’t get to Papelbon right now.
With CLE having an all right handed starters, do you think we could get Matt LaPorta from them, maybe for Gilmartin? They have two RH SP’s with little experience, both struggling (5+ ERAs each)…
LaPorta seems ready for majors, must not be in CLE’s plans. He is a 1B/LF. They already have a “power bat” for LF in Shelley Duncan. They signed Damon for LF as well and though Kotchman is struggling at the plate (.149), LaPorta is still in the minors, hitting well to begin the year. His carreer totals for 2009, 2010 & 2011:
GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
269 909 104 216 51 2 30 115 81 206 3 0 .238 .304 .397 .701
Interesting take from the Philadelphia Enquirer. Particularly the Hamels reaction.
“The Braves ultimately sliced Hamels for two runs and his night was over after six innings. Hamels said he did not expect Atlanta to demonstrate as much patience. He threw only 64 strikes in his 108 total pitches. He surrendered the lead in the sixth, but it could have been worse.”