Sunday, August 28, 2011

what was your reaction when Jim Thome hit his 600 HR?

this post is for Jim Thome and baseball you tells us how you felt when Jim Thome crushed that 600 HR to put him in the record books. thank you and enjoy

which teams do you thing are going to be in the fall classic?

this post lets put your options for the postseason this start argument and to see will be right at end postseason action. this will interesting seeing people opinions on this big event coming in october please leave a comment bellow thank you and enjoy.

offseason trades and rumors

this post is for offseason trades and roumors so this post is used when the MLB postseason ends and everyone is free agents. this where new beginning happen MLB offseason trade and roumors so come and check it out towards the middle of november. please leave comment below for questions and opinions. thank you and enjoy.

who should be the AL MVP and who should be NL MVP?

This post is tell your opinions about who should be AL MVP and who should NL MVP so leave comment and tell everyone who should be AL and NL MVP thank and enjoy

what should the cubs should do in 2012?

this post is about your opinions on what the cubs need to do to secceed in 2012. so come and leave a comment but please use bad language and don't say thing that will hurt people. thank you and enjoy the post .

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Prophecy

Just because I haven't posted in a few weeks here on More Hardball (thank you, summer school, a short vacation, and the start of the new school year) doesn't mean that I haven't been following baseball.

Aside from Thome hitting 600 HRs, my local Diamondbacks going into a tailspin, and the possibility that Alex Rodriguez will join Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe in baseball purgatory for his involvement in an illegal poker game, Schlubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano's epic shitfit has managed to outshine them all.

Yep, Zambrano has become the new Sammy Sosa. Cubs fans who happen to read this blog will remember how Sosa's diva attitude eventually got him thrown outta Chicago. Well, Zambrano is following in his predecessor's footsteps. In his desperate attempt to get out of Chicago and win a championship, Big Z really stepped into the Big One. After a shitty performance in Atlanta, Zambrano cleaned out his locker and walked out on the team. He then announced an abrupt retirement, recanted that statement, and to my knowledge, he's still on the team's payroll.

Now, I'm not known for being psychic, but I swear to God-my (in)famous cartoon of Carlos Zambrano has turned out to be the most prophetic thing I've ever drawn! Originally drawn in 2010 after Zambrano had his first of many annual meltdowns in June only to go mea culpa on ESPN a few weeks later, I predicted that Zambrano would soon find himself permanently unemployed if he couldn't (or wouldn't) control himself.

When he's finally outta Chicago, I won't feel bad for Zambrano. If he's not mature enough to see how corrosive his behavior is, then perhaps he'd be better off not playing baseball in the US. Maybe some baseball club in his native Venezuela or the Dominican Republic will offer Zambrano a job instead. Hey, the man's gotta feed his family somehow.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Unexpected Top 10 League Leaders- NL Edition

With only a month and a half of the 2011 season remaining it's interesting to see some of the names that litter the Top 10 leader board of various stats in the National League. Take a look...

Average - Daniel Murphy/NYM, .320/4th, the man without a position. Is he a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd baseman? Wherever the Mets play him, he'll hit. Too bad his season is likely over though due to injury.

Average - Michael Morse/WAS, .319/5th (OPS- .928/8th), he's always hit in limited exposure, and now is proving he can hit with regular exposure. One of the breakout performers of 2011.

Hits - Starlin Castro/CHC, 162/1st (AVG- .309/10th), this young SS has a bright future, even if his immediate future is with the laughingstock that is the Cubs.

Homeruns - Lance Berkman/STL, 28/3rd (RBI- 77/7th, OPS- .984/1st), a couple years ago, Big Puma was a mainstay on the homerun leader board, but after last season nobody expected this level of success, especially playing mostly RF.

Stolen Bases - Cameron Maybin/SDP, 32/4th, only had 19 SB in 4 seasons heading into the year, but he's really blossomed in San Diego after falling out of favor in Florida.

OPS - Shane Victorino/PHI, .934/7th, heading into the season the Flyin' Hawaiian's career high in OPS was .803, so this truly has been a breakout for the mighty midget (only 5'9").

ERA - Ryan Vogelsong/SFG, 2.47/2nd, this is his 7th MLB season, but his first since 2006 with the Pirates. This is the biggest bargain bin signing of the offseason.

Wins - Kevin Correia/PIT, 12/7th, a big reason for the Buccos early season success.

Holds - Jose Veras/PIT, 22/6th, see above.

WHIP - Kyle Lohse/STL, 1.12/8th, last year he sported a 1.78 WHIP, so this season has be a nice rebound and surprise.

*Stats through all Thursday August, 18th.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Unexpected Top 10 League Leaders- AL Edition

With only a month and a half of the 2011 season remaining it's interesting to see some of the names that litter the Top 10 leader board of various stats in the American League. Take a look...
Batting Average - Casey Kotchman/TBR, .332/3rd, his career appeared to be nearing an end after hitting a measly .217 with the Mariners last year. He didn't even start this season in the majors, Tampa called him up after the first week of the season.

Doubles - Alex Gordon/KCR, 37/2nd (hits- 145/6th, runs- 78/9th), the former 1st round pick was considered a dud until his breakout performance this season.

Hits - Melky Cabrera/KCR, 158/3rd (doubles- 33/6th), hit only .255 with 117 hits last year with the Braves and was only pick up by the Royals in the offseason out of necessity, not because he was actually sought after.

Triples - Jemile Weeks/OAK, 8/3rd, Rickie's little brother only has 61 games to his name, but that hasn't stopped him from flashing his brilliant speed.

Homeruns - Mark Trumbo/LAA, 23/9th, the rookie is playing because the Angels go-to 1st baseman, Kendrys Morales, never healed from his broken leg. Trumbo's big blasts have helped soothe the pain.

Walks - Ian Kinsler/TEX, 70/7th, he's already set a career high with bases on balls and he's even walked more than he's struck out this year.

OPS - Alex Avila/DET, .892/7th, Victor Martinez was supposed to be the stud bat for the Tigers at catcher, but Avila earned the All-Star nod and is having a tremendous season behind the plate and at the plate for Detroit.

ERA - Justin Masterson/CLE, 2.71/4th, after turning in a 4.70 ERA last year, this tall Jamaican seemed more like a #5 starter than a #1, but things have turned for the better.

Wins - Ivan Nova/NYY, Josh Tomlin/CLE (WHIP- 1.04/6th), and Alexi Ogando/TEX (WHIP- 1.13/10th) 12/4th. Ogando is a converted reliever, Tomlin only had 6 wins heading into the season, and Nova is always dealing with the Yankees crap of moving him to the minors or not.

Saves - Jordan Walden/LAA, 26/6th, Fernando Rodney was the closer to begin 2011, but Walden quickly stepped into the role when Rodney faltered and hasn't looked back since.

Saves - Sergio Santos/CHW, 25/7th, he was playing infield in the ChiSox minors just a couple seasons ago, but has taken to pitching quite nicely.

Saves - Kyle Farnsworth/TBR, 21/10th, is having the best season of his 13 year career.

Holds - Vinnie Pestano/CLE, 17/7th, is one of the main components in the Indians bullpen that is a major reason their still in contention.

WHIP - Michael Pineda/SEA, 1.11/8th, the rookie would have a better record than 9-7 if Seattle actually had an offense to support him.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Night of Milestones (Thome & Isringhausen)

Last night Jim Thome and Jason Isringhausen reached impressive career milestones. Thome hit his 600th homerun of his career, while Izzy saves his 300th game.

The 40 year old Thome, currently in his 21st MLB season slugged both his 599th and milestone 600th last night against the Tigers. The former 3rd baseman, turned 1st baseman, and now DH should be a surefire Hall-of-Famer. Along with his elite homerun club member status, he's also driven in over 1650 RBI and scored more than 1550 runs.

38 year old Isringhausen will not be a member of the HoF, but he's been a solid closer during his time in the Majors. He made an unlikely comeback with the Mets this year, after missing nearly the entire 2009 season and all of last year (essentially came out of retirement).

Congrats to both, and hopefully they continue to add to their numbers.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Pirates in a Tailspin, Can't Get Outs

Remember when the Pittsburgh Pirates were the feel good story Major League Baseball? Yeah, it was like a friggin' week ago. Well, things started going in the shitter quickly when that dumbass homeplate umpire made that horrible blown call in the 19th inning to give the Braves the win. Since then the Buccos are a ghastly 1-8, losing 7 straight, while going from 1st place to 3rd and now sit 2 games below .500 at 54-56.

Things have gotten so bad that manager Clint Hurdle had to turn to a 4th pitcher in the 8th inning last night against the lowly Cubs before an out was recorded. Relievers Daniel McCutchen, Jason Grilli, and Joe Beimel faced 5 batters and allowed 3 runs before Jose Veras came in and finished the inning. Shame of it all, Pirates were actually winning before all this happened. It was fun while it lasted...

I'm a Phillies fan through-and-through, but being for Pennsylvania, I root for the Pirates anytime they're not playing the Phils. Hopefully they can shrug off this recent string of crappiness and turns things around to finish off the season on a positive note and finish above .500 for the first time since the eldest Bush was president.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The East Dominates MLB

The East Coast dominates Major League Baseball in both the National and American League. Aside from a woeful O's club and an improving Nats squad, every team in the NL and AL East are playing .500 ball or better. The 4 teams with the most wins in baseball are in the East (Phils, BoSox, Yanks, and Braves). All the AL East teams having a winning record against the AL Central and only the O's and Rays having a losing record when facing the AL West. It's much the same in the NL East, where every team has a winning record against the NL Central and only 1 team is below .500 against the NL West (Fish). Combined records of AL and NL East division teams when facing their counterparts in the Central and West divisions: 282-219 (.563%).

AL East:
1. Boston Red Sox 67-41
2. New York Yankees 66-42
3. Tampa Bay Rays 56-52
4. Toronto Blue Jays 56-53
5. Baltimore Orioles 43-63

NL East:
1. Philadelphia Phillies 70-39
2. Atlanta Braves 63-48
3t. New York Mets 55-55
3t. Florida Marlins 55-55
5. Washington Nationals 53-56

Monday, August 01, 2011

All Alfredo Aceves Does is Win

Alfredo Aceves is a winner, because all he seems to do is win. The 28 year old right-hander relief pitcher is in his 4th MLB season and picked up his 7th win of the season yesterday, and now owns a 21-2 career record. He started off with the New York Yankees (2008-2010) and is now in his first season with the Boston Red Sox. With only 90 appearances under his belt, this vulture bullpen savior sure knows how to swoop in and grasp the W in his talons. Nicknamed "Ace", Aceves owns the best winning percentage in the history of the game out of pitchers with a minimum of 20 decisions (91.3%). Amazing!

Career #'s: 21-2, 90 G, 199.1 IP, 3 SV, 13 HLD, 57 BB:130 K, 3.21 ERA, and a 1.09 WHIP.