Friday, July 29, 2005

Good Puzzle Piece

The Yank'ums traded two minor-league pitchers to the Rockies yesterday for 27-year-old, right-handed pitcher Shawn Chacon. I like it. I like it a lot.

Never mind Chacon's 1-7 record this year, or the fact he's only won two of his last 18 decisions. The Yanks just acquired a hard-throwing young hurler that can start games or come in late (real late, too, he had 35 saves last year). We traded for a talent with unlimited potential that only makes $2.35 million a year. That's rare. These are the kind of trades we should be making, the kind of trades we should have been making for the last four seasons and offseasons.

Chacon's ERA is only 4.08, not bad for a Rockies' pitcher. His other stats sure don't look great this season, but let's see what he can do away from Coors Field and the Coors mindset. A departure from Colorado may just breathe new life into him like it did so many other pitchers (foreshadowing, wait for it...).

Look at someone like Mike Hampton, whose ERA dropped from 6.15 in his last season in Coors to 3.84 in his first in Hotlanta (2.51 ERA this injury-filled season). Opponents hit .313 against him in his last season at Coors, .255 in his first for the Braves. His strikeouts rose back to his old form, his walks fell -- there's just no telling how high a Rockies' pitcher's ceiling is once he gets away from Fantasyland.

Look at someone like Darryl Kile. In 1999 he went 8-13 with a 6.61 ERA for the Rocks. The next season in St. Louis, Kile won 20 games and lost nine, lowering his ERA to 3.91 and and racking up a career high in strikeouts with 192. Then two seasons later he died. I guess he only had a few seasons of new life. That's fucked up.

So, we'll see you tomorrow, Mr. Chacon. Bring your A-game.

In other sports news involving championship-caliber teams, New York Jets Training Camp opens today. We'll have much more on this development later this afternoon. All you should know now is, the Jets are winning the Super Bowl. Seriously.

Top Google or Yahoo! searches from yesterday that brought people to Slack (we haven't done one of these in a little while):

--Biggest titbags
--Vin Diesel found Carmen Sandiego in a whorehouse doing lines of coke off a compact mirror
--One-armed stripper summer
--Bad boys of hockey and Jerry Bruckheimer
--Betty White spread eagle

Slack Song of the Day: I've been debating for a month or so whether or not to hit up the Gathering of the Vibes in mid-August. I really want to go, but it'll be a couple hundred bucks and I want to save up some cash for upcoming moving expenses, Vegoose and possibly the 2006 Jam in the 'Dam.

Regardless, one of the acts I'd love to see again up at the Vibes is Railroad Earth (in addition to the real DMB, Del McCoury Band, and many more). RRE absolutely stole the Jam on the River show with songs like Head, Mighty River and I'm a Mess...but really they had everyone from the opening song.

So here's a version of that tune, Dandelion Wine, from 4/29/05 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Enjoy some morning bluegrass.


At 10:57 AM, Blogger Jacob Eli said...

In reference to this line--"We traded for a talent with unlimited potential," ummm, what?

I mean the guy is fine, and definitely better than his Coors numbers indicate, but he still had an ERA over 7 last year. Coors field or not, that ain't "unlimited potential" in my book. I will give you that he has more potential than Hideo Nomo and Al Leiter however.

Seriously though, congrats on the aquisition. Oh well, I guess we'll be stuck with Billy Wagner. Sucks for the Sawx huh?

At 11:10 AM, Blogger ethan said...

chacon's biggest upside is his age. i agree getting out of coors will help his mental side, but let's hope the yanks ink mazzone when mel retires.

i'll be nomo. you can be canseco.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

hmmm...i think that to expect anything remarkable out of chacon is a bit unreasonable. what have we learned with the yankees starting staff this year, especially you Mr. Henn? don't walk people and don't allow home runs. chacon does both. he's walking about 4.5 per 9 innings. plus, he's an EXTREME flyball pitcher (yes, don't worry, park adjusted: .089 G/F) and the ball seems to be jumping out of the stadium this year (see R. Johnson).

the two coors field refugees you cite both had the good fortune of going to great pitching coaches: hampton to mazzone and kile to duncan. these wizards helped break down and rebuild the pitching motions for bombed out vets who were physically altered by coors field. chacon, with far less to go on than either of those guys, now gets mel's craptastic tutoring to try to adjust his delivery for normal atmospheric conditions. (plus, kile died anyway, despite duncan's coaching)

that being said, he seems to have some heat. maybe, like sturze, mo can teach him a cutter and he is serviceable out of the pen for the rest of the year. just, for the love of god shawn: don't walk anybody! and straighten-out that hat, homez.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

So youze guys are saying you don't like the move as much as me? Have some fucking optimism, folks! Worst come to worst, he sucks and we say we're wrong.

Man, everyone's so quick to be a d-bag these days. Guy wears a crooked hat like CC, D-Train and Jake gotta like him for that alone.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger ethan said...

donnie, great call on the walks (see: aaron small). though i think henn should get a few more starts given his success in AAA.

ace, don't forget about o-dog.

and hey if no matter what you think about the chacon signing, at least nomo has been seen throwing in the low 80's of late. god their staff is a bunch of retreads.

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous HANDSTAND said...

Who needs Chacon when we've got Aaron Small?

::::braces self for inevitable 2.1 inning, 9 earned run, 10 hit pitching line out of Small's next start::::

At 1:08 PM, Blogger ahren said...

i'm better than shawn chacon. and i'm washed up. and wasn't very good in the first place.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Keep it comin' everyone...

At 1:26 PM, Blogger ethan said...

ahren DEFINITELY has a better slider than chacon.

but in chacon's defense, he's never given up a yacker into the atlantic ocean.

i'd say that makes em even.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

'Cause it's a Betty White Spread Eagle, this life,
Trying to make ends meet,
You're a slave to money then you die,
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down,
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah

--The Verve

At 2:11 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

I don't know what the action is on a slider. I need that talking baseball to explain the pitch to me. What is that things name?

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Jason Mulgrew said...

I know Mike Hampton and I know Darryl "Hey, What's that shooting pain in my left arm?" Kile, but you, Shawn Chacon, are no Mike Hampton or Darryl "I feel a little light-headed in this hotel room" Kile.

You get it. He stinks. Woe is the day that a Yankee fan lauds this acquisition.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Tim McCarver........I mean, Scooter.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

I will say this about Kile, he can really check out at a hotel.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

I especially liked the wild rumors going on about Kile:

"Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile died today in a Chicago hotel room after apparently ingesting a kilo of cocaine through a medium-range telescope. Early reports indicate that Kile snorted the cocaine off of one of 4 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence which had been resting on the firm Latino buttocks of Armand Assante. The only witness to the apparent binge was Noodles, a giant 3-toed sloth who neighbors say owned and operated the hotel. Authorities suspect that arm damage, suffered as a result of pitching in Coors Field, led Kile to the drastic narcotic intake."

At 2:50 PM, Blogger offpeak34 said...

Hey Ace, life has slowed down enough to the point where I can get back to blogging. How about those championship caliber teams, let's talk about those J E T S JETS JETS JETS. I couldn't be more excited about the team. You hear the news that Ty Law might be coming right up?

(sorry I don't exactly share the Yankees passion, I'm a huge Mets fan)

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Kile died on my birthday, which is June 22. Yet he remained in Todd Cohen's lineup in our Fantasy Baseball league for the rest of year. His stats were subpar.

At 3:16 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

Kile died the night before a baseball game in a hotel room , which is a room that pay to stay in for a specified amount of time. Yet he remained in his room until someone found him the next day. His arm was cold and he pitched poorly in his next outing.

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Wait, I got a good one:

Kile's wife is a widow and his kids have no father.

Fuck me.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger ethan said...

last call! boat now leaving for the river styx.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger ahren said...

"he's never given up a yacker into the atlantic ocean."

GUIDO!!! 197th pitch of the game. it was (supposed to be) a slider. 0-2 if i remember correctly, no?... one of the worst moments of my life. thanks for bringing it up though.

i'm pretty sure it caused an oil spill.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

where can I get the "I attended Kile-fest 2005" T-shirt?

I have another joke, but I think we've already beat this one into the ground.

At 4:25 PM, Blogger ethan said...

i don't remember the count, but i remember the conference on the mound right before the at bat.

coach mac: uh, hullo. uh, are you okay?

ahren: yeah. no problem. i got him.

30 seconds later guido sunk a batteship. but honestly, you'd kept him in check all day and earned the right to win it or lose it. even though your pitch count was nearing quadruple digits, i didn't want a call to the pen.

then we got drunk on a sunday nite and ate that beef shit michelle always made, remember?

At 4:50 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

GOD DAMN IT, the one day i dont check slack all day and there's a darryl kile joke-a-thon, donkey raping shit eater!!!!

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Hey. MIT Nerds, keep it down.

Poophop, teaches you a good lesson. Don't sleep on Slack lest you miss out on making fun of a dead guy.

At 5:18 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

well, that will be the last damn time i miss the dead guy jesting session, whats my name, skip???

At 5:27 PM, Blogger ethan said...

ace - just wanted you to know what i feel like when you write a phish post. zing!

At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's a good Donnie Moore joke when you need one. I blame you Rene Lachman


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