As most of you who read Jeff Lung’s and Allen Krause’s “RedStateBlueState” blog would know, Jeff’s favorite team is the Tigers and Allen’s favorite team is the Cards. Well, the two teams faced off in the rubber match of their interleague series and the Tigers avoided a sweep with a 6-3 victory. With the 2-1 series win for the Redbirds, Allen gets bragging rights in this years Tigers-Cardinals matchup. Fortunately for Jeff, and his sanity, the Tigers were not swept and Jeff won’t go totally insane.
So, it was a pitching matchup of Joel Piniero and Rick Porcello. Both good arms that have had their share of good games and bad games this season. Porcello went 5.2 innings giving up 3 runs (1 Earned) on eight hits and two walks. He also had three K’s. Piniero went deeper into the game but ultimately got the loss. He went 7, giving up 4 runs (1 Earned) on 5 hits. He didn’t walk anyone and had 4 K’s. Other than Jason Motte, who gave up two runs on three hits (2 homers), the relievers were pretty good. Fernando Rodney did walk three guys in his save attempt but still got the save after shutting down the rest of the batters he faced.
Curtis Granderson (my guy), Placido Polanco, and Brandon Inge all had two hits on the day. Polanco had a homer off Motte in the eighth. Other than these three guys, the rest of the offense was quiet. Marcus Thames also had a homer, his only hit of the day, to drive in one. Gerald Laird also drove in one on one hit. So overall, the Tigers offense didn’t do too bad, but they did better than the Cards’ offense which is all that needs to be done to win a game.
So, Allen, don’t get on Jeff’s back too much. And Jeff, good luck.
There were homers leaving the yard all over the place yesterday. And there were only a few games played. Very impressive.
I was watching the Yankees-Rays game on ESPN on Monday night and in that game alone, the ball was just jumping off every player’s bat that stepped up to the plate. Well, it was Yankee Stadium, the new home run heaven, but still, it was crazy. It was fun to see Mark Teixeira hit an absolute bomb to right and also to see Mr. Damon continue his homer surge this season. Derek Jeter also went yard to the opposite field and had himself a good game. Unfortunately, Gave Kapler, as great a player he is, hit one out too to bring the Rays back into the game. Oh well. We still won 5-3.
Here’s a list of all the players who went deep yesterday:
- Marcus Thames
- Alexei Ramirez
- Jim Thome
- Scott Podsednik
- Jermaine Dye
- Paul Konerko
- Jack Cust
- Derek Jeter
- Mark Teixeira
- Johnny Damon
- Gabe Kapler
- Adam Lind
- Chipper Jones
- Nate McLouth
- Brian McCann
- Troy Tulowitzki
- Brett Carroll
AT first glance, you might not think this is a lot of guys who hit it out. But for the amount of games, this is pretty impressive. Every time I was looking down on the scrolling bar at the bottom of the ESPN screen, I saw another guy who hit a homer. It was kind of something that is hard to explain but you kind of had to be there to understand how I’m feeling.
So the power surge yesterday wasn’t everything that is on my mind right now. Here’s something else: How about that Andrew McCutchen? He’s on fire.
Yesterday, McCutchen continued his STELLAR start to his MLB career. He went 4-7 in the Pirates’ game agaisnt the Braves. He was so good. He looked like a veteran. His stats for the game included 1 RBI, 2 runs, and 2 triples. He was just flying around the bases. Every time the ball was hit into the air, the commentators would say how if the ball got to the ground, McCutchen would be flying and would be on third. That’s pretty much what happened. He is just so fast, it’s ridiculous.
Now here’s something else on my mind today: The Yankees and Red Sox start a series tonight in Boston.
They will compete in a three game series in which the red hot Yankees will try to get their first wins against their rivals on the season. The two teams will be lead by their league leading offensive stars, Mark Teixeira and Jason Bay. Not to mention the rest of their powerful offenses. So far, the Red Sox have dominated the season series. But when the first games of the season series were played, the Yankees didn’t have a red hot Mark Teixeira, they didn’t have good pitching at all, and their offense was sub-par. They didn’t look like the Yanks at all. Now… well now is a different story. Just wait all you Red Sox fans. I think the Yanks take two out of three… IN BOSTON.
Final Thought on the day: The MLB Draft will be fun to watch for the first five picks, but after that… ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!
This draft is far too long, far too boring, and we don’t know most of the players our teams are getting. It’s nothing like the NFL and NBA drafts. They are more exciting and we see most of these players go through college. The fact that this draft is so long is because we need more players for this sport than the others. The teams are bigger and the need of players is bigger. The NFL is close, but as far as the NBA goes, the numbers are so much bigger. The draft will be fun to see until the top five guys go because we have actually seen them for the past few weeks leading up to the draft. We know who they are now. Obviously we know the Nats are taking Strasburgh, and the other top five prospects are most likely going where they are projected to be going. So despite that, it might still be fun. The rest of the draftees, well, good luck in the draft but I won’t be sitting on my couch eating potatoe chips waiting to here your name picked.
Well, that’s about it…