If you didn't see Brent Lillibridge's game-saving catches in right field in the bottom of the ninth against the Yankees on Tuesday, you missed two gems by the White Sox's utility player. The second catch -- and final out of the game to preserve Chicago's 3-2 victory -- was a diving catch of a low screaming liner by Robinson Cano. When it was hit, I thought there was no chance the ball would be caught. And, in fact, that was assumption was basically true. Mark Simon has a great post on our Stats & Info blog that reports Cano's liner stayed in the air for 2.5 seconds. Of the 61 balls with that hang time and hit to the area where Cano hit his liner, Lillibridge was one of only three to make the catch.
Other links to check out
I love "player trees" -- starting with one player and going through all the transactions that resulted from that one player. The Common Man at The Platoon Advantage has a couple of fun ones: How Chuck Knoblauch is still providing for the Twins, a team he left in 1998, and the amazing Glenn Davis tree.
Rory Paap at Bay City Ball is concerned about the Giants' lineup. Can't say I disagree. (FYI: Brandon Belt is playing the outfield at Triple-A and has started 3-for-10 with a double and home run.)
Kevin Goldstein of ESPN Insider explains why big minor league stats don't always translate to the majors.
Which players don't deserve starting positions? Matt Meyers at Insider has some suggestions.
The Common Man again, explaining why he's finally come to love the "mallpark."
Dan Hennessey asks of the A's, "What are we?"
Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley is concerned about the Phillies' offense, explaining it's not bad luck holding them down. This seems to be a running theme.
Joey Matschulat of Baseball Time in Arlington likes what he's seeing from Mitch Moreland.
How important is a good minor league system? Scott McKinney is doing some research on this at Beyond the Box Score.
Will the Cubs exercise their $16 million option on Aramis Ramirez for 2012? Something to think about.