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.
I’m going to introduce a new topic that I will try to do once a week. It is going to discuss two players from around the MLB and how they matchup. Who would I choose. Who would others choose. Upsides, downsides. Better success. All that jazz. It’s going to be here. So here we go. For the first post of this kind, I will be talking about two recently called up youngsters who have been STELLAR so far this season.
Chris Coghlan or Andrew McCutchen
Chris Coghlan: So far this season, this kid has only played in 44 games, yet has been tearing it up for every minute of them. He has been STELLAR. He is batting .265, which is respectable, has 2 homers, which is a good start for a leadoff speedy kind of guy. He has scored 26 runs which is outstanding. He has 11 RBI and 4 SB whichare also very good stats for a guy who’s only played 44 games so far. I have been very impressed with how easily he has meshed with the Marlins team. He has fit perfectly into the leadoff spot batting in front of the likes of Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu who make up the powerful middle of the lineup. Coghlan has also showed impressive defensive skill. He has played a solid left field with only three errors. That’s not all that bad but it could be a little better. But that’s why they’re called professionals. They can improve and fix their problems to make them better. I’m sure Coghlan’s defense will improve over his career. Certainly by next season, he will be shut down in the outfield. He can also play second base which gives the Marlins some flexibility. He is an all around great young player who has a lot to learn and a lot to prove.
Andrew McCutchen: Ever since the McLouth trade to Atlanta, Pittsburgh has been amazed at how well McCutchen has replaced McLouth in center. He has filled in with the same skill, mindset, and positive attitude that McLouth had, and maybe a little extra. He has been a speedy sensation in Pittsburgh and has made many Pittsburgh fans and many MLB followers forget about the loss of McLouth to the Braves. McCutchen has been tearing it up and has proved he is ready to be a professional. Right now, I think he may be the fastest guy in the MLB. You could make an argument for Emilio Bonifacio (Coghlan’s teammate in Florida), Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox) or maybe a few others. But McCutchen’s speed is so essential to his game, that every time he hits it to the outfield, the thoughts that go through many minds is this: “If it falls he’s got two and he’s gonna try for a triple.” Yeah… he’s that fast. His defense is pretty good too. Now he’s only played 21 games but has not made an error yet and has played a solid centerfield. On offense, as I said, his speed is a huge asset. He has already legged out 5 triples (maybe not legged out because he made a few of them standing up… I told you he’s really fast). He has 4 doubles, a homer, and has four stolen bases. He’s scored 16 runs and overall, he has been one of the biggest parts of the Pittsburgh offense. He is also in the leadoff spot and will stay there for many years as the center point of the Bucs’ offense.
So who would I take for my team. Honestly, I would take either of them. They are both fantastic young players and could both fit into any offense at the leadoff spot. They are both good defensively (McCutchen is probably a little better) and they both are pretty fast. Overall, I think McCutchen may have the edge. He definitely has the edgo defensively because he has no errors and has played enough games to convince me he won’t be making too many over his career. His speed also pushes him over Coghlan because he can leg out triples to get an easy score. A hit with him on second would easily score but you never know. Third is safer than second. So in this debate of youngsters who are tearing it up so far, I take McCutchen with a slight edge. Coghlan, maybe next time. Work on your defense.
That’s all for this debate. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did leave a comment so I know I should continue this and not be wasting my time. Thanks.
For any of you who don’t know Riley Poole, he is one of the main characters in the National Treasure movies. Acting alongside Nicholas Cage and Diane Kruger (Ben Gates and Abigale Chase), Justin Bartha (Riley Poole) makes the wise cracks that make the movie great. Amidst the action and adventure, Bartha’s wise cracks keep the movie going. To me, he is the funniest character in the movie and a very important one in that.
Now, there is a reason I am talking about Mr. Riley Poole on this MLBlog. It is because there is a strong comparison between Riley and many of the MLB players out there who don’t get a ton of credit for what they do on a daily basis. The guys who put up good, consistent numbers to keep the team in it to win it. Those are what I am calling the Riley Pooles of Baseball. I mean, how would Ben Gates have stolen the Declaration of Independance without Riley at his side talking him through it? How would they have survived the constant threats from Ian Howe and his men? How would they have gotten to the treasure? Riley was a very important character in this movie and there are many of them around the MLB.
Riley Poole of Baseball #1: Jacoby Ellsbury- Now, I’m not saying that nobody knows about this kid or doesn’t appreciate him. Because I know first hand how much he is loved around here in Boston. He is one of the favorites among every single fan. But his job with the Boston Red Sox is extremely important and it hasn’t been recognized that much (at least I haven’t heard any talk about him). Ellsbury is currently second to Carl Crawford with 30 steals on the season. He is on a phenominal pace and will easily end the season with over 40 stolen bases. He gets on base to produce runs and to score them himself. He has already stolen home this season in one of the biggest moments for the Red Sox all season- in a game against the Yankees. Ellsbury is also a great defender. He plays a STELLAR center field. He makes diving catches all the time. Despite not having a great arm, he has a respectable one and makes up for it with his amazing diving catches. With all the talent surrounding him, this kid is doing as well as anyone. All in all, this kid has a great amount of talent and is not getting recognized for it.
- Riley Poole of Baseball #2: Brad Hawpe- Now this guy is definitely not getting enough respect for what he has done this season in Colorado. He is one of the biggest reasons for the Rockies’ recent success. He is currently batting .333, has a .604 slugging percentage, has 11 homers, 53 RBI, and 136 total bases. He is tearing it up. Now I’m not saying he is having an MVP worthy season, because he has a lot to compete with (Pujols, Wright, Fielder). He has earned an All Star vote from me though. He is doing everything right in Colorado and I don’t think he is getting even close to the amound of appreciation he deserves. Even I am appreciating him and I’m not even a Rockies fan.
3. Riley Poole of Baseball #3: Pablo Sandoval- The reason I chose this guy as #3 is because he is having a STELLAR season in a place where so many people go unrecognized. Sandoval is one of them. Now, you’ve got Tim Lincecum and Bengie Molina, but what about those other guys that contribute so much to the team and don’t get the respect and appreciation they deserve. Sandoval, Randy Winn, Aaron Rowand, and Edgar Renteria (sort of) are all playing well but don’t get back what they give. Well, Sandoval is playing the best out of these guys so I chose him, He is batting .336, has a .544 slugging percentage, has hit eight homers (respectable), has driven in 34 runs, and has 131 total bases. He is having a good season and no one is giving him credit. Well I am. Now, I don’t really care at all about what is going on in Frisco but this guy deserves the credit and I am giving it to him. Congrats man.
So I hope all of you get what I am trying to say here. Professional baseball would be going no where without the Riley Pooles of Baseball.