The initials C.C. go much deeper in the game of baseball than just C.C. Sabathia. It really started in 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered America. Soon thereafter General Charles Cornwallis served as the British general that enabled America to eventually gain its independence. As with anything that has independence, America needed a national pastime. Insert Calvin Coolidge, who would eventually proclaim that baseball is our national game. The torch continued to be passed from Charlie Comiskey to Candy Cummings to Cecil Cooper to Chris Carpenter. And just now we are seeing the young flame of Christopher Coghlan.
Appropriately enough, his overall numbers would earn him a grade of a C, but with the way he’s been hitting in the second half Coghlan is on the fast track to eliminating the average label. So far between AAA and the majors this year he has totaled 12 home runs and 15 steals. A far cry from the likes of teammate Hanley Ramirez, but no fantasy owner in their right mind was thinking they were getting Hanley when Coghlan got called up in early May. There are still 35 games left in this year, or a little less than one fourth of a season. At the pace he’s on right now 15 home runs and 18-20 steals is going to be the final total. Given his middle infield eligibility and the fact that most fantasy teams didn’t even put him on the radar at the outset of this year those numbers are outstanding.
With a .355 average and 7 home runs so far in the second half, Coghlan could actually go well above that pace and will be somebody that should get some serious consideration as a top 120 pick for next season if he keeps hitting as well as he has.
Trevor Hoffman has been claimed, but it is still unlikely a deal will get done. Milwaukee can offer him arbitration after the season and will also be able to get two draft picks since Hoffman is considered a Type A free agent. On the other hand, if you are a team in need of a closer what are the odds that you go after a 42 year old Hoffman who has only been successful in the NL? Not good. Then again the Phillies tried to let Ryan Madson close yesterday and had no luck with that. It would be nice for the defending champs who have the NL’s best lineup and starting pitching 1-2 punch to turn to baseball’s all-time saves leader in October.
Jake Peavy will get up to 100 pitches in his next rehab start. It would seem that he can be a significant factor not just for K/9, but strikeouts in general with that high of a pitch count in a rehab start.
Is Kevin Millar available? He just might be able to help the Dodgers who are getting nothing from their first baseman.
The Giants are missing their 2-4 hitters for the third straight game tonight.
Before the season started, I thought the Mets were going to win the World Series. While that prediction seemed to be heading down the wrong path with the injuries to Reyes-Delgado-Beltran-Wright-Sanatana and the whole Bernie Madoff taking money from the Wilpons, there was some good news with the announcement that Oliver Perez was not going to walk a hitter for the rest of the season. I think there’s still hope. Who’s with me?
Finally on a more serious note I wanted to plug an event. Two of the networks which cover my favorite team, the Red Sox, are running their annual Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon. I haven’t asked and will not ask for personal donations for this site because I enjoy writing. If you do read this and have gotten some use out of this blog, I would appreciate you clicking here and even making the smallest donation to this cause. Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way and given that much of the Jimmy Fund’s efforts go directly to helping children, it’s hard to find a better cause. Many thanks.
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