Tag:Ryan Theriot
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Pepper: Talking Thursday's pitchers

By Matt Snyder

BASEBALL TODAY: Will Kyle McClellan remain perfect on the season? Can Ryan Dempster get back on track? Will Jon Lester get the Red Sox a much needed win? I joined Lauren Shehadi to discuss some of Thursday's more intriguing starting pitchers.

DISABLED DELMON: Twins outfielder Delmon Young hadn't played since April 18, but was hoping to avoid a DL stint. Instead, he's been unable to to get loose during batting practice and the Twins finally saved and placed him on the DL, retroactive to April 19. That's quite a while the Twins played short-handed, and they've been doing so pretty much all season anyway. At some point, expect their fortunes to turn. It all has to even out, right? (MLB.com )

SLOGGING SOX:
The White Sox have gotten the bad end of basestealing this season offensively and defensively. They've allowed opposing runners to swipe 19 bags in 21 chances while only converting 14 of 30 attempts of their own. That's a vast discrepancy. The latter part of the equation is especially tough to understand with Juan Pierre in the lineup, considering he stole 68 of 86 last season. He's only five of 11 thus far in 2011. Of course, manager Ozzie Guillen had his usually colorful explanation on the matter: "We don't have that many people on base, so maybe we forgot how to run the bases." (Chicago Sun-Times )

THERIOT BACK SOON: The Cardinals don't expect Ryan Theriot to need a trip to the disabled list with his current ribcage injury. He may even take the field Thursday against the Astros. (StLtoday.com )

BELT BACK IN OUTFIELD? One of the reasons the Giants were said to have initially brought Brandon Belt to the majors on the opening day roster was that he was a superior first baseman. Of course, it also pushed Aubrey Huff into right field, where he's a butcher. So when Belt returns, it will reportedly be as an outfielder. He'd likely fit on either corner. The move only sounds like it would be for early in Belt's career, as general manager Brian Sabean said: "We know he can play first base." (SFgate.com )

LOGAN'S CAST: Logan Morrison of the Marlins recently got a cast off his injured foot. He's now selling the cast on eBay with proceeds going to the American Lung Association. That's not all, as he had the cast signed by every member of the Marlins -- except Hanley Ramirez.

CUDDYER ON MINORS: Twins slugger Michael Cuddyer writes a column for FOX Sports North, and in his latest installment he discusses the minor leagues, specifically how much it makes him appreciate the majors. He goes through the differences of each level, specifically how travel, food and lodging all get better with each promotion. I especially enjoyed this part about Class A: "I was only 19 and excited to start my professional career, so I really didn’t mind the six-hour bus ride to Clinton, Iowa. I didn’t mind the Econo Lodge that had a hole in the floor where I could see the room below me. I didn’t even mind the $12 per diem we received for all three meals. I didn’t know any better — I just thought it was great that I got to play baseball every day." (fsnorth.com )

AARDSMA STILL NOT READY: Mariners closer David Aardsma is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma. It was his fourth outing, but he still wasn't right -- as he gave up a walk and triple to begin the inning. According to manager Eric Wedge, the Mariners are going to "give him the time that he needs to just get more comfortable being on the mound." (Seattle Times )

CEDENO OUT, WOOD IN: Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno was benched Wednesday night for the second straight game and it was said to be a "manager's decision" by skipper Clint Hurdle. Tuesday night, Cedeno entered as a pinch-runner and was caught stealing. Later in the game, he received an at-bat and grounded out to third. He must have thought the ball was foul, because he didn't run it out. Interestingly, the once-touted-now-maligned Brandon Wood got the start at short in each of the past two games. It's early and a small sample, but Wood is showing some good signs. He's hitting .250 with a double, two runs and two RBI. The best news, however, is that he's walked twice and only struck out once, giving him a .400 on-base percentage. (Bucco Blog )

BELTRE SUSPENDED BY Rangers: Yeah, if it was Adrian he'd get his own story. We're talking about 21-year-old Rangers prospect Engel Beltre. What happened was Double-A Frisco of the Texas League had a would-be go-ahead home run overturned and ruled a double in the ninth inning of a recent game. Both the manager and pitching coach were ejected in the aftermath. Then water bottles began to be thrown on the field by fans and a plastic trash can was hurled into the stands by Beltre. “It is definitely not something we condone,’’ Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “It is a black eye for all involved.’’ (ESPN Dallas )

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Defense costing teams early

Aubrey Huff

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Sunday afternoon the sight of Aubrey Huff diving in right field was a joking matter. The night before he made a diving catch and then before batting practice his teammates put a faux-chalk outline of his dive in the Dodger Stadium grass.

A couple of hours later, it wasn't so funny.

In the first inning on Sunday, Huff dove on a Jamey Carroll liner which ended up a triple and helped the Dodgers score three in the inning. In the seventh inning, Huff also lost a ball over his head by Marcus Thames, good for another triple and driving in the go-ahead run.

One scout told CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler that the Giants defense is "going to be an issue."

The Giants made their decision leaving camp that their defense would be secondary to scoring runs, as the team kept rookie first baseman Brandon Belt on the roster -- and it's not Belt that's the problem, he's a good defender. It's that in order to keep Huff and Belt in the lineup, Huff went to right field. And as right fielder's go, he's showing he's a first baseman.

I don't actually fault Huff, he's going out there and giving it his best and doing what the team asks him to do -- ultimately, it's just a flawed strategy putting Huff in the outfield. When Cody Ross is ready to come off the disabled list -- which is still at least two weeks away -- the Giants will be better at that spot, but they'll also have a decision between Belt and Huff -- or benching Pat Burrell and keeping Huff in the outfield. That said, the Giants will still have Miguel Tejada at shortstop.

But it's not just the Giants that are struggling defensively.

RangersThe Giants' World Series opponents last fall started off their season with a fielding error on the first batter of the season when Julio Borbon ran into Nelson Cruz.

The Cardinals seemed to be one team unconcerned about defense this offseason and could be concerned as the season goes along. The team added 35-year-old Lance Berkman, who hadn't played in the outfield since since 2007, to play every day in right field and got rid of one of baseball's best defensive shortstops, Brendan Ryan, and replaced him with an average second baseman in Ryan Theriot.

Theriot is the only National League player with two errors through Sunday's game, while in the American League one notoriously bad fielder (Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion) and one remarkably good fielder (Oakland's Daric Barton) have three errors each. 

There have been 68 errors this season through 46 games (following Sunday's games). That's only one more error than there was through 46 games last season (and 15 more than there was through 46 games in 2009).

That said, we all know errors aren't the best way to measure defense, there are plenty of examples of bad defense that didn't include an error in the boxscore.

On Sunday, the Cubs' defense let down closer Carlos Marmol. With one out and runners at second and third, Pedro Alvarez hit a dribbler to shortstop Starlin Castro who unloaded a bad throw to first, allowing two runs to score and the Pirates to get the win.

Milwaukee's Casey McGehee has had two costly decisions in the team's sweep at the hands of the Reds. In the ninth inning of Thursday's opener, McGehee failed to tag Brandon Phillips going to third, setting up the Reds' walk-off victory. On Sunday, McGehee went home and failed to get an out on a Drew Stubbs chopper, which led to a game-turned three-run homer by Phillips in the fourth. And that's two entire instances of the Brewers' bad defense without mentioning Yuniesky Betancourt, who the team had to take to get Zack Greinke, but didn't have to make their everyday shortstop. According to John Dewan's +/- system, no defensive player in baseball has cost their team more runs over the last three seasons than Betancourt's -66.

David Pinto over at Baseball Musings noted BABIP (batting average on balls in play) over the first weekend was .300, while it was .291 last season. That stat tells you a ball in the field was more likely to be fielded a year ago than it was this weekend.

Now, we're just 47 games into the 2011 season, so it's way too early to make any real conclusions about errors and defense as a whole, but it is something to watch. 

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Ryan hurt by Cardinals' barbs

Even before he left St. Louis, Brendan Ryan was labeled by Cardinals teammates and brass as immature and a problem child, but since he was traded to Seattle in exchange for a Class A pitcher Mikael Cieto, it's gotten worse.

Brendan Ryan

"Yeah, that was very upsetting," Ryan told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. "It was like I was a pretty bad guy. A clubhouse cancer and all kinds of horrible things."

He also said:

"To just kind of sit there and see some of the things that were written or whatever, I think people were looking for reasons why I, in a sense, was dumped,'' Ryan said. "People want some closure. The only way it was justified was me looking bad in some way. Just sitting on the couch reading and hearing those things, it was tough, really tough.

"It really kind of crushed me. But what can you do? You don't have your own TV station or a wireless mike from your living room. But to be portrayed as a bad teammate or a cancerous guy, I could not believe it."

Ryan said he's talked to both Ryan Franklin -- who publicly noted Ryan's tardiness -- and former manager Tony La Russa.

"I don't want to seem like I'm disappointed to be the Mariners because I'm not," Ryan said. "You always want to be where you're wanted. The Mariners wanted me. And the Cardinals clearly didn't."

It's still uncertain where exactly he'll play with Seattle. The Mariners have another great glove, no-hit shortstop in Jack Wilson. Ryan has played some second base in Seattle.

While Ryan admitted he'd had some issues with tardiness -- "I'm not a morning person" -- he refused to point fingers at former teammates, such as Chris Carpenter who showed him up during a game in Cincinnati and also chewed him out in front of cameras. 

It says a little something that Ryan took the high road and responsibility on his way out while others have trashed him -- including an unnamed "former Cardinal" in Hummel's article. Ryan could have trashed others, such as Carpenter for his lack of professionalism, or La Russa or first-year hitting coach Mark McGwire, but he didn't. He didn't even mention that his replacement, Ryan Theriot, was a below-average defensive second baseman and his former club will try to win with him at short. Nope, he did none of that. And he's the immature one.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 11, 2010 9:30 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2010 9:33 pm
 

Report: Twins target Cards' Ryan

Brendan Ryan Seeking to bolster their middle infield -- and perhaps covering their bets in case they can't reach agreement with Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- the Twins are attempting to trade for the Cardinals' Brendan Ryan, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Minnesota just traded shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Orioles, and has Alexi Casilla as its best current option. The Twins are expected to bring in Nishioka, who they are negotiating with through Japan's posting system, but Ryan would add depth at shortstop and second base. He was displaced when the Cardinals acquired Ryan Theriot as their everyday shortstop.

Ryan, 28, had a terrible 2010 at the plate, perhaps related to offseason wrist surgery, seeing his average drop 69 points to .223. But his real value is in the field, where he is as good as they get.

No word on what the Cardinals want in return for Ryan.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Cardinals get Theriot from Dodgers

Ryan Theriot The Cardinals have spent much of their offseason looking for middle infield help, and they may not have gotten the final answer, but they at least have some competition for spring training, acquiring second baseman/shortstop Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers in exchange for right-hander Blake Hawksworth.

Theriot hit .270/.321/.312 last season with the Cubs and Dodgers, faring much better in the National League Central. Theriot started 112 games at second base and 28 at shortstop last season, all 28 of his shortstop starts came with the Cubs.

The Cardinals have expressed their reservations in going into 2011 with Brendan Ryan at shortstop, while second baseman Skip Schumaker has been given a vote of confidence by Tony La Russa.

Hawksworth appeared in 45 games in 2010, going 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA. In 90 1/3 innings, he struck out 61 and walked 35.

With the Dodgers signing Juan Uribe, Theriot was expendable. He went to the Dodgers along with Ted Lilly at the trade deadline last year in exchange for Brett Wallach, Kyle Smit and Blake DeWitt.

UPDATE: The Cardinals have also signed left-hander Brian Tallet, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . The former Blue Jay was a college teammate of Theriot at LSU.

UPDATE: Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak tells 101ESPN in St. Louis (via Twitter ) that "unless something else happens," Theriot is the team's starting shortstop.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Report: Uribe to Dodgers

Juan Uribe Fresh off a successful postseason run with the champion Giants (and a $317,000 postseason bonus ), infielder Juan Uribe appears set to join the rival Dodgers. Rumors of the Dodgers' interest have been around for a while, and ESPN.com reports they are close to a three-year deal.

Uribe batted .248/.310/.440 with 24 homers and 85 RBI during the regular season, and drove in nine runs in the postseason. He's a strong defender, especially considering he'll likely make a move from shortstop to second base, where his range is less problematic, in Los Angeles.

This probably means the Dodgers will non-tender Ryan Theriot, who was disappointing after being traded to the Dodgers along with Ted Lilly at the trade deadline. It also adds the Giants to the shortstop market, where they could go after Jason Bartlett or J.J. Hardy.

UPDATE: Various reports say the deal is worth $21 million for three years. If I'm a Dodgers fan, I'm not sure I like this signing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:48 am
 

Braves holding breath on Prado

Martin Prado
The Braves say X-rays on All-Star second baseman Martin Prado's right pinky finger were inconclusive Friday night, and he'll undergo further tests Saturday.

Prado injured the hand sliding headfirst into home, scoring the final run in the Braves' 6-4, 10-inning victory. It appeared that Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez stepped on Prado's hand.

Losing Prado for any length of time would be a blow to the Braves, who have a 3 1/2-game lead on the Phillies in the National League East. He's batting .316/.357/.487 with a NL-leading 137 hits, and has 13 homers and 42 RBI.

If the Braves get bad news on Prado on Saturday, they might have to move fast to get someone to fill in (Brooks Conrad is Prado's backup, batting .238 but with some pop). The trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Ty Wigginton is still available, and they might be able to get in on the Cubs' Ryan Theriot. The Marlins' Dan Uggla and the Oakland's Mark Ellis are more expensive options whose availability is not clear.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:55 pm
 

Dodgers interested in Lilly, Theriot

Ryan Theriot The Dodgers are hoping to kill two birds with one stone by trading for starter Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot, says FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

While the Dodgers' starting pitching depth isn't as thin as it was earlier, the add of Lilly and his 3.69 ERA in 117 innings would be a boon, suddenly giving the Dodgers five legitimate starters. Lilly is in the final year of his contract and has a limited no-trade clause along with a likely Type-A designation as a free agent. Los Angeles could then bring back Lilly on a no-brainer one-year deal or get draft picks for the lefty -- provided, of course, the club even offers arbitration which may not happen given the team's recent history.

Theriot (pictured), meanwhile, would supplant Blake DeWitt's .272/.352/.372 line and average fielding with a .285/.321/.329 mark and average-to-above average fielding. Smacks of a lateral move at best, especially since Los Angeles would certainly need a big chunk of Lilly and Theriot's deals picked up. Lilly is making $10 million on the year, so has roughly $4 million left to be paid while Theriot is enjoying his first-year arbitration salary of $2.6 million. For the Cubs to pick up much of the roughly $5 million left on the deals, L.A. would have to send out yet another quality prospect.

For Lilly, one can understand the move to bring in a clear upgrade who can deepen the Dodgers' rotation for a postseason run. For Theriot, it seems like unneeded deck chair shuffling that will cost a quality prospect.

-- Evan Brunell

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