Here is what is making news this Saturday:
- People are starting to pay closer attention to Cardinals pitcher Todd Wellemeyer. He has put together pretty good years here and there, but never as good as this one. He is 6-1 with a 3.16 ERA in twelve starts this season and it is starting to sink in that he is no fluke. One theory is that pitching coach Dave Duncan taught him a better way to attack the strike zone. If the Cardinals pitching keeps it up, it is safe to say that Duncan is the top pitching coach in baseball.
- Cubs set up man Carlos Marmol is starting to receive some contract extension talk, and the Cubs would be smart to lock him up soon. He is 1-1 with a 1.54 ERA with 52 K in 28 games. The Cubs are not ones to give out long term deals for pitchers, but they might need to make an exception.
- June is when we start seeing teams top prospects after they have proven themselves in the minor leagues. Jay Bruce has come out for the Reds and is dominating, and we saw Athletics top prospect Carlos Gonzalez as well.
- More and more umps are starting to come around to instant replay, but for homeruns. The fact that instant replay has not been used all this time shows just how good these umps really are.