Tagged: Athletics

Strasburg Signs, Cards Beat Dodgers Again, Tomko Beats Former Team

Strasburg is signed, the Yanks were kept scoreless by their former comrad, and the Cards continue to dominate the Dodgers, MLB’s best team.  Here we go…

Yesterday I talked about the whole Strasburg situation.  Well, he’s finally signed; it took until 11:58 Monday night to get it done.  Another Scott Boras guy, Strasburg was drafted number one by the Nats and is expected to be the start of a reformation in the nation’s capital.

Here’s a comment I got on my post from yesterday by Julia from Julia’s Rants:

“Dillon- Jacoby Ellsbury has to be near the top of your list as well.  Many a wall wear scares from him.  And Strasburg?  Sadly another case of his devil of an agent trying to extort money from teams.”

Julia put it right on the money.  Boras has the reputation of extorting money from teams trying to sign his clients.  He definitely gets his clients money but he is not like much by other players, teams, and fans because of how he does it.  For the Nationals, they are probably ecstatic that they were able to sign Strasburg.  Boras took it down to the last minute until Strasburg told him to get it done because of his wanting to play.  It’s done now and you can expect to see Strasburg in the nation’s capital next spring.

Hey, Yankee fans!  Remember this guy.  Yeah.  It’s Brett Tomko.  He kind of played for us this year until we released him in July because he wasn’t performing to the level of success that we needed him to.  Yeah, him.  Well, he’s on the Athletics now and he just shut us out yesterday.  What a shame.

The Yankees were held to seven hits and were walked twice.  Tomko was definitely on his game for the first five innings of the game before he was taken out.  And even after he was relieved, the Yankees were still baffled by the Athletics’ pitching.  They just couldn’t get it done.  After Tomko came out, they only got two more hits.  That’s terrible.  How could this happen against the A’s of all teams?  Well, at least we can say AJ Burnett and Derek Jeter had really really good games.

Burnett went a complete game (8 innings) of STELLAR work.  He only allowed six hits, one less than the Yankees had as a team.  He struck out five and walked two.  Not a bad performance.  In fact, it’s a very good performance.  This would be the kind of performance we would assume came in a Yankee victory.  But unfortunately the Yankee bats were held quiet.  But not Derek Jeter.

Jeter went 3-4 with three singles.  He didn’t do much more than that but at least he was able to have some success agaisnt the Oakland pitching.  Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher both hit doubles, their only hits of the game.  Jorge Posada and Ramiro Pena both hit singles as well.  The Yankees still have a seven game lead on the Red Sox in the AL East.

Chris Carpenter was dealing last night against the Dodgers.  He went eight innings of work giving up only five hits and a walk.  He struck out eight.  He only gave up two runs on the game which is a good sign as for his run control goes.  The offense also helped out.  It took until the end of the game to pull ahead but it happened eventually and Carpenter was still on the mound to record the win.  Pujols homered in the fourth to tie the game at one apiece.  Then in the seventh, Rick Ankiel sent a bomb to deep right center to go ahead 3-2.  The Cards kept the lead with Trevor Miller and Ryan Franklin who combined to pitch the ninth.  The Dodgers seem to have no answer for the Cards this season.  They could be a deadly foe for the Dodgers in the playoffs as the Cards may have the top of the Central division come the end of the season.  Who knows, maybe the Cards will out play the MLB’s best team.

-Dillon

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Holliday Shopping

The Cards went shopping on Friday as they snagged Matt Holliday off the trading block from the Oakland Athletics.  I know everyone else is talking about this but this is a big story in my opinion.  So here we go.

You know that guy, Albert something… PUJOLS yeah that’s it.  That guy that is really really really good.  Yeah him.  He’s that guy that keeps the Cardinals offense going.  And now, he’s finally got the protection in that lineup that he needs to be better.  But honestly, can he get any better?

Matt Holliday will slip right into the fourth spot in that lineup and will surely produce the numbers that he did with Colorado.  With Albert in the same lineup, this automatically becomes one of the best 3-4 batter duos in the MLB.  Albert’s got more protection and the Cardinals may have gotten the piece they need to stay ahead of the rest of the tightening NL Central race.  It’s going to be good and this move makes them a lot better.  And what a better start with a new team than by going 4-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

With the Athletics, Holliday struggled.  Going from a homer friendly park in Coors Field to a homer not so friendly park in Oakland is a tough transition.  Holliday is now in St. Louis and I think his offensive numbers will improve.  His production in St. Louis will be worth the three guys the Cards gave up.

-Dillon

I Think There’s A Glasses Store on Route 38

Hey.  This is for all of you umps from the Yankees-Jays game yesterday that missed a bunch of calls.  Most of them being involved with Mr. Jeter.  Yeah, the league’s top vote getter for the All Star game.  The leader of this Yankees team.  Yeah.  You know who I’m talking about.  I think you need to take a team field trip to a store to get some of these…

When Jeter stole third in the first inning, I was extremely mad.  Jeter had a right to be as well.  This was the first time I’ve ever seen Jeter argue a call.  He is such a classy player and will only argue if he knows he is right.  He got in there with his hand before being tagged and was clearly safe.  He was right and his arguing would be backed up.  Here was Jeter’s reaction after the game:

“I was just baffled by the explanation.  I was told I was out because the ball beat me, and he didn’t have to tag me.  I was unaware the had changed the rules.”  Sarcasm is always fun when you know you’re right.  Girardi got tossed for arguing the call and the crowd went wild when he walked back to the dugout.  This whole situation was messed up.  And that was just the beginning of it.

In the third inning, Jeter grounded a ball hit into the hole between third and short and did his signature jumping throw to get Aaron Hill out at second.  The only problem was this… the ump called Hill safe when he was clearly out.  Now Jeter didn’t argue this call because he didn’t have the best view of that end of the play.  But the replays that they showed on t.v. clearly showed Hill getting to the bag late and that he was out.  Yet another frustrating moment for Jeter courtesy of the umps.

Now, Jeter’s day was pretty tough, the Yankees lost, but not all was bad.  Remember that Eric Hinske?  Yeah, he made his debut for the Yanks yesterday and wasn’t too bad.  In fact, his first at bat, he blasted a shot to deep right for his first homer.  It was great.  Also in the game, Hinske ended the first inning with a diving catch to rob Vernon Wells of a hit.  He had a great debut.  It could have been even better when he stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning with the Yankees down one.  They had scored a couple runs already in hope of making a comeback, but Hinske struck out and the game was over leaving the Yankees with a loss.  It was tough, but Hinske still had a really good game.

The ninth inning was yet another crazy comeback inning that the Yankees have had so abundantly this season.  Thanks to the early struggles of the bullpen, the Yankees offense has had to make comeback after comeback.  Well, that hasn’t been the case recently but it was last night and it almost happened again.  We were only down one when Hinske stepped up to the plate.  We were down three at the beginning of the inning.  Alomst another crazy comeback but this time we took the loss.  The upside to this is that the Red Sox also lost to the Oakland Athletics.

On Other Notes Around the MLB

  • The Phils scored 10 runs in the first inning of their game against the Reds.  Johnny Cueto, who many believe to have been and All Star snub, had 9 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.  When he was taken out, he was extremely mad at himself.
  • Jason Marquis made another STELLAR start for the Rockies.  He went eight innings giving up seven hits and two walks.  He struck out three.
  • A’s rookie Brett Anderson two hits Red Sox in first career shutout.  A’s win 6-0 in Nomar Garciaparra’s return.
  • Pujols, Fielder, Howard, and Gonzalez to compete for NL in home run derby.

So it was a busy day yesterday, huh?  I’m wiped from being outside all day for the first time all summer with beautiful weather.  So I’m out.

Adios!

-Dillon