Sunday, October 31, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sweet Like SugarCAIN

Matt Cain's 2010 postseason- 3 starts, 2 wins, 21.1 innings, 0.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP. DAMN!!!

Matt Cain is overshadowed by The Freak in San Francisco, but the 25 year old righthander is a very good pitcher in his own right. He doesn't receive much accolades because of his win-loss record (67-62), but that due to lack or run support because he boasts a solid ERA of 3.45. Cain is starting to garner attention though in the playoffs because he has yet to allow an earned run. This dominance over some of the best teams in baseball is remarkable, and he's finally getting the attention he deserves.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Polanco & Sanchez- Same Player?

It recently has occurred to me that Placido Polanco and Freddy Sanchez are the same player. Both are prototypical 2-hole hitters in that the make excellent contact and hit to all field. Both are sure-handed fielders, adept at playing both 2nd and 3rd base and have filled in at shortstop in the past. Polly is a lifetime .303/.758 hitter while Sanchez is a .298/.750. To make it more spooky- each stands 5'10" weighing 190 pounds. Also, each has some weird body abnormality- Polanco humongous head and Sanchez club-foot and facial moles. Yeah, they're the same dude!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Breaking News- Yankees Fans are Obnoxious

My level of disdain for the New York teams is no secret. The Mets have showboaters I want to punch squarely in the jaw (Francisco Rodriguez and Jose Reyes). Then there's the Yankees who just spend, spend, spend, and continue to spend in order to get the best team. Well, thankfully they're not always just handed the World Series trophy and I guess this pisses off their fans. The Yankees #1 offseason target is likely to be Cliff Lee, but their fans may have done them a disservice...
"The fans did not do good things in my heart. When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it's hard not to take it personal."
~Kristen Lee (Cliff's wife)

Kristen also reported ugly taunts and obscenities, cups of beer thrown, and even fans spitting from the section above.

Keep it classy NY.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Baseball is Gay?

Baseball is gay? Well, it is according to this video...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

East Coastless World Series?

With the New York Yankees on the brink of elimination (no tear shed here) and the Philadelphia Phillies down 2 games to 1, it's starting to appear as though the World Series may not have an East Coast representative in the World Series this year. The past two years have seen the right side of a America dominate the Fall Classic (Phillies, Rays, Yankees), and even 3 years ago the BoSox were in it. Since Major League Baseball began playing its championship way back in 1903, there have only been 24 out of 106 World Series that have been absent of an East Coast team. That's mostly due to the early part of the 1900's lacking any West Coast teams and the fact that New York, Boston, and Philadelphia (*Giants, *Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, and *Athletics) have been to a ton of World Series combined.

*= when they were with their East Coast affiliate.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Back From the Dead

Like the bloodsucking zombies of horror movie lore, the New York Yankees, once thought to be dead by time the playoffs rolled around, are alive and kicking.

And to go along with the Halloween theme, despite of my deathly absence here on MH (thank midterms and papers for that), I too am alive and kicking. Er, rather, alive and drawing!

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Worst Part About October

Tired of shitty music set to slow-mo baseball in honor of the MLB playoffs? Yeah, me too, and apparently these guys as well...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Let The Ale Flow, Ginger That Is

The Texas Rangers just wrapped up their ALDS win over the team with the best record in the American League (Tampa Bay Rays) and how do they celebrate? With ginger ale of course. Wait, what? Yep, in a touching heartfelt gesture to include ex-alcoholic and drug addict Josh Hamilton in the series finale festivities the Rangers decided to douse the clubhouse with some Canada Dry rather than the alcohol infused defacto champagne. I am not a Josh Hamilton fan and do not feel we as a society should celebrate the fact that he's a rehabbed junkie, but I gotta admit it's cool to see teammates care that much about each other.

Alkaholiks- Hip Hop Drunkies

Monday, October 11, 2010

Are You A Baseball Fan?

Hello again, baseball fans. I hope everyone is enjoying what is proving to be a very entertaining post-season. What's that, you aren't watching? That is exactly what I was afraid of.

This season I have seen more writers, bloggers and general fans seem to abandon baseball as the post-season approached. As teams were eliminated from contention, so were the people associated with them. Writers became unsure on what to write about, bloggers were not fired up about baseball that they couldn't cheer for and fans were disinterested because their teams were playing golf.

Now, friends, that is exactly what bothers me. I have heard writers tell me this year that they were not a fan of the game anymore after years of covering it. I see fans that say they can't root for a team other than their own. That makes me question the term "baseball fan".

You see, I'm a fan of the game. I have had many people tell me, "I was a huge fan of baseball before the strike". If that is the case, you were not a fan of baseball, you were a fan of Major League Baseball. When the players went on strike, I purchased tickets to watch replacement players on opening day. I went down to my local park and watched Little League Baseball, High School Baseball and anyone else that stepped on a field.

When my team, which happens to be the Cardinals if you are wondering, was eliminated from play, I was unhappy. But ignoring the game was never an option. If I would have buried my head in the sand, I would have missed history as Roy Halladay threw a no hitter to start his post-season career. I would have missed what is arguably one of the best crowds in baseball as the Braves took the field at home against the Giants. I would have missed my team's rivals getting swept out of the post-season as quickly as they arrived. I would have missed a dominant performance by a Yankees team that many, including myself, had written off for dead.

You see, dear reader, baseball is a great game. A stolen base when a team is down a run, a strikeout to end an inning after an error in the field, a game deciding home run from a one time pitcher, or a deciding game five between two teams that will fight to the death to play one more series - none of these things lose their beauty based off the colors of the uniforms worn in the game.

Recently, another writers asked the question "Why Do You Love Baseball?" and I responded with a piece that is currently featured on his website. For those of us that truly love the game, we are not Cardinal fans, Yankee fans, or Braves fans, we are just baseball fans, and we are very seldom let down by the game.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Poor Brooks Conrad

The entire season Brooks Conrad was building a cult status for his late inning hitting heroics, but all that goodwill has been erased due to him being shoved into a situation he doesn't belong. Chipper Jones goes down with an injury for the upteenthbillion time in his career moving Martin Prado to 3nd and Omar Infante to 2nd full-time. Then in the last week of the season Prado breaks himself forcing Conrad into a starting role, something for which he is obviously not equipped. In that last week he botched some crucial plays and the Braves barely got the Wild Card. Now in the playoffs Bobby Cox has moved him to 2nd base away from 3rd and he's still fielding-faulty. He's now committed 4 errors this postseason, and 3 of those have come in tonight's game to the Giants. The last one was a vital blow to the Braves chance of winning as he allowed out 3 to roll between his legs while the winning running rolled across the plate.

From Facebook:
WSBGMs- Brooks Conrad with his 3rd error of the game. Better put him on suicide watch.

Steve Kapschock- he would probably botch that too.

Kurt Wilson- take his shoe laces.


Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Get Hype for the Playoffs has produced rally videos for all 8 of the playoff teams. Below is my favorite team, and the team favored to win it all, the Philadelphia Phillies. Get hype!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Playoff Predictions

American League:
Divisional Series-
*Twins over the Yankees in 5. I hate any New York team, so this probably clouds my judgement, but I believe the Yanks just don't have the pitching and Minnesota has a knack for pulling off the improbable.

*Rangers over the Rays in 5. Tampa Bay's starting pitching just isn't good enough outside of David Price. Look for the Rangers offense to click on all cylinders again with Josh Hamilton back in the lineup, and for their pitching to do well enough to win the series.

League Series-
Rangers over Twins in 7. Cliff Lee, CJ Wilson, Colby Lewis, and Tommy Hunter are better than Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Brian Duesing, and Nick Blackburn.

National League:
Divisional Series-
*Phillies sweep Reds. The Big 3 (Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels) are too much to contend with. They make short work of the Reds, and Cincy's feel good season ends abruptly.

*Giants over the Braves in 4. San Francisco finally has some power in the lineup (Huff, Posey, Burrell, Uribe) and combine that with their awesome pitching staff and the Braves are lucky to take 1 game from them.

League Series-
Phillies over Giants in 6. The Phillies are proven winners and as good as the Giants pitching staff is, it's not good enough to stop the inevitable- 3rd straight World Series appearance for the Phightins.

Phillies over Rangers in 5. The Phillies were the best team in baseball during the regular season and will continue to hold that title through the entire postseason and offseason.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Revisiting the Standings Predictions

Back on April 5th of this year I attempted to predict the standings for each division along with the teams' individual records. Now that the regular season came to an end yesterday, lets check out how I did...

*My predictions in parentheses, actual standings/record listed first.

AL East:
1. Tampa Bay Rays 96-66 (2nd, 93-69)
2. New York Yankees 95-67 (1st, 95-67)
3. Boston Red Sox 89-73 (3rd, 89-73)
4. Toronto Blue Jays 85-77 (5th, 69-93)
5. Baltimore Orioles 66-96 (4th, 71-91)

AL Central:
1. Minnesota Twins 94-68 (2nd, 86-76)
2. Chicago White Sox 88-74 (1st, 87-75)
3. Detroit Tigers 81-81 (3rd, 84-78)
4. Cleveland Indians 69-93 (4th, 73-89)
5. Kansas City Royals 67-95 (5th, 65-97)

AL West:
1. Texas Rangers 90-72 (3rd, 83-79)
2. Oakland Athletics 81-81 (4th, 76-86)
3. Los Angeles Angels 80-82 (2nd, 89-73)
4. Seattle Mariners 61-101 (1st, 91-71)

NL East:
1. Philadelphia Phillies 97-65 (1st, 98-64)
2. Atlanta Braves 91-71 (2nd, 93-69)
3. Florida Marlins 80-82 (3rd, 82-80)
4. New York Mets 79-83 (4th, 77-85)
5. Washington Nationals 69-93 (5th, 72-90)

NL Central:
1. Cincinnati Reds 91-71 (4th, 80-82)
2. St. Louis Cardinals 86-76 (1st, 88-74)
3. Milwaukee Brewers 77-85 (3rd, 85-77)
4. Houston Astros 76-86 (5th, 70-92)
5. Chicago Cubs 75-87 (2nd, 85-77)
6. Pittsburgh Pirates 57-105 (6th, 55-107)

NL West:
1. San Francisco Giants 92-70 (3rd, 86-76)
2. San Diego Padres 90-72 (5th, 71-91)
3. Colorado Rockies 83-79 (1st, 94-68)
4. Los Angeles Dodgers 80-82 (2nd, 87-75)
5. Arizona Diamondbacks 65-97 (4th, 79-83)

I didn't make too many glaring mistakes except for underestimating the Reds, Blue Jays, and Padres, while overvaluing the Mariners, Angels, Rockies, DBacks, and Cubs. I was only 10 games off total for the entire NL East...impressive. I also predicted Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez for Cy Young and Austin Jackson for Rookie of the Year, and I'm looking safe with those picks.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Vizquel 400 Times a Theft

Congratulations to Omar Vizquel who stole his 400th base of his career yesterday. The ever slick fielding wizard of the diamond added another notch to his Hall of Fame resume with his 11th stolen base of the season. The 43 year old is in his 22nd MLB season and collected his 1000th walk earlier this season and is 1 hit short of 2800. Hopefully Ozzie plugs him in the starting lineup today and he picks that up too.