ST. LOUIS - APRIL 28: Relief pitcher Jonny Venters #39 of the Atlanta Braves throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 28, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Jonny Venters Is Grounded | Fangraphs
Including today’s game, hitters have put 37 balls in play against Venters this season and 34 (32 grounders plus two bunts) of them have been on the ground.
Jay Bruce Will Be Just Fine | Redleg Nation
In the 20 games since his lowest point of the season, including Thursday’s game, Bruce has hit .282 with a .941 OPS.
The 2011 Braves are really freakin slow | Hardball Talk
Random Juan Pierre thoughts | Baseball Reference Blog
Some interesting random Juan Pierre facts.
Is Brandon Inge All Done? | Tiger Tales
I think his hitting will bounce back to his career norms, as mediocre as those may be. However, with his decline in fielding, he is no longer a real asset to a team that is trying to contend for a division title.
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Joe Paterson's Scoreless Streak | AZ Snakepit
Last night saw Joe Paterson go out there and put up a zero next to his name, which is what he has been doing... Well, for his entire career, actually: it was his 13th consecutive appearance without allowing a run.
Trade Candidate: David Wright | MLB Trade Rumors
Losing a homegrown star like Wright would be an unpopular move amongst Mets fans, but if Sandy Alderson is committed to a complete rebuild, moving Wright would be the last step, but also the most lucrative in terms of what the Mets could demand in return.
Andre Ethier's Hit Streak | Baseball Analytics Blog
While Ethier's in play average will likely regress at some point this season, the real question is whether it will regress enough over the next 26 or so games to break his hit streak.
Sergio Romo is Historically Good | Splashing Pumpkins
Sergio Romo is one of the most underrated relievers in baseball.
Fun with B-R Play Index | Crashburn Alley
A look at Cliff Lee's 16-K game.