Baseball links from around the sabersphere...
Jose Bautista's 2011 and Barry Bonds' 2001: A Comparison | Roto Hardball
After coming out of nowhere last year, Bautista could end up turning in one of the top-5 greatest offensive performances in history during a year in which pitching has dominated the headlines.
The Worst Pitching Performance Ever | Joe Posnanski
Vin Mazzaro -- through a combination of bad luck, bad pitching and bad timing -- had the worst pitching performance in baseball history.
The Gentle Killer | The Hardball Times
A look back at the career of Harmon Killebrew.
May OPS: AL .705, NL .699 | Cybermetrics
Right now the MLB OPS is .708. The last year it was lower was 1992 when it was .700. The lowest from 1993-2010 was .728 (last year). The next lowest was .736 in 1993.
Mets' David Wright could become available? | MLB Daily Dish
The Mets are definitely looking for young talent and to clear the books, so they may be willing to trade for major league ready players or guys under contract. This could attract more teams if they do not need to surrender their top prospect, but a slew of other talent instead.
More links after the jump...
La Russa, Lohse and bench bunting options | Fungoes
Monday night, Tony La Russa used starting pitcher Kyle Lohse to pinch hit for Jake Westbrook after Nick Punto reached with a leadoff single. It was the right decision.
Lowest Team Pitching WPA in a 9-Inning Win | JunkStats
Some of the most interesting games in history.
Thither Clay Buchholz’s Fastball | Red Sox Beacon
What was lost just a few weeks ago has been found. Clay Buchholz’s fastball, while still not the blistering mid-90s hell beast it is capable of being, is moving faster than it was in April, and the results have been what we want out of the young hurler.
Gaby Sanchez on the rise? | Marlin Maniac
A decrease in strikeouts and increase in walks would obviously be beneficial to Sanchez’s game, but neither of those two things will up his wOBA as high as his BABIP has this season. Right now, we feel pretty strongly that he is a better player than what we thought we had, but it seems pretty obvious that he is not as good as advertised so far this year.
Vin Mazzaro Has One of the Worst Nights Ever: Sets Record for Futility, Gets Demoted to AAA | Royals Review
Because I'm fascinated by Mazzaro's performance (or lack thereof).