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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Things To Read That Might Not Suck: All Wahoo Edition

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

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Does the Tribe deserve to be talked about this much? Not really. They blow. But there's lots of little Indians-related tidbits to share, like: Did you know Shin-Soo Choo likes Boggle? Not really.

— Some nice pics from bars around Wrigley of Indians fans who made the trip for the Cubbies/Tribe tilts over the weekend. Notice the preponderance of "Major League" character jerseys instead of real players. (Waiting For Next Year)

— A very well thought out piece by Jay Levin over at Let's Go Tribe trying to deduce what exactly, if anything, is wrong with the way the Indians are run by the current management. Why has this team "underperformed" when on paper it looks like they should be contenders? Well, there's many possible explanations, or there could be none. Jay looks at a bunch of theories. (Let's Go Tribe)

— The Hardball Times looks at a possible reason for the resurgence of Carl Pavano this year: The location and quality of his inside sinker. When you read it, it's the sort of thing that, if you think back to some Pavano starts you've watched this year, seems pretty logical. (The Hardball Times)

In 2008, nearly 25 percent of Pavano's sinkers missed outside. This year, just 15 percent have missed wide. He's also throwing more sinkers over the middle of the plate, at no greater cost, rate-wise.

So, he's throwing the sinker inside more, and having more success. On pitches in off the plate, Pavano's rv100 has actually crept up about a run, but, on the pitches that stayed on the inner part, or just off it, Pavano's rv100 has gone from 12.12 in 2008 (yes, that's awful) to -2.08 in 2009, which is very good.

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