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Steve Kallas (TheSTN) – NY Mets Part II: Time For A Six-Man Rotation?

While you have to go back to the beginnings of major league baseball, once upon a time baseball pitchers pitched on two days rest (i.e., a three-man rotation). For example, Cy Young began his career in the early 1890s averaging 47 starts a season from 1891-94. The great Walter Johnson, from 1912-1914, started 50, 48 and 51 games, respectively. By the 1920s and 30s, however, teams had switched to having their pitchers start on three days rest (i.e., a four-man rotation) where, instead of starting somewhere in the high 40s or even 50 games a year, your top starting pitchers Continue reading

Steve Kallas (TheSTN) – NY Mets Part I: Do Not Trade Colon Or Murphy

With the trade deadline approaching (Thursday at 4 PM) and GM Sandy Alderson making cryptic remarks (are the Mets buyers or sellers or neither?; it’s hard to tell), the Mets should obviously be looking towards 2015 and should not weaken their 2014 team (and, thus, next year’s squad) by trading either Bartolo Colon or David Murphy. The Daily News reported that the Mets are trying to trade Colon but, so far, seem to have no takers. If you want to be a playoff team next year, it says here Bartolo Colon can and should be a big part of that. Continue reading

Steve Kallas (TheSTN) – Rangers-Kings Cup Final Much Closer Than What “Experts” Think

You got sick of hearing it if you are a Ranger fan. The West is much stronger than the East. The top four teams in the West could easily beat the Rangers. The Rangers should hope that they “don’t get embarrassed in the Cup Finals” (a nameless “expert” cause his name wasn’t given on the radio when this prediction was revealed after the Kings were up three games to none). No (unbiased) hockey fan (or “expert,” for that matter) could have watched the Cup Finals and thought anything other than this was a close series. If you are “much better” Continue reading

Steve Kallas (TheSTN) – Tonalist Wins The Belmont As Chrome Owner Becomes A National Fool

While the focus was correctly on California Chrome as he attempted to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, it was Tonalist who ran an unbelievable mile-and-a-half race to just beat out a dead game Commissioner. Tonalist shattered, once again, the notion that a horse today can win three races in five weeks at three different distances (the last a grueling mile-and-a-half) at three different tracks in an era where horses are bred and trained for speed, not stamina and, generally speaking, rarely race (i.e., six or seven times a year for today’s top horses). California Chrome Continue reading