I’ve been pretty busy the past few days and have been unable to get a post up here so I’m sorry for all of you readers who have had to wait for another post to come up. Well, I had some people staying at my house and we’ve been pretty busy. So that’s that.
When the people who were staying at my house left this morning, the first thing I did was check the MLB.com page to see what’s been going on the past few days. So here are my headlines.
- Yanks are still 3 games back of the Red Sox.
- The Yankees and Phillies both made clutch late performances to come up with wins.
- Clay Buchholz was phenominal in his return to the Red Sox rotation against the Jays.
- Roy Oswalt had it going against the Dodgers.
- Ryan Braun got hit in the hand by Bronson Arroyo and left the game with a sore wrist.
So now that I am all caught up, I thought I’d talk a little about the second half and what is to come in the MLB. It’s going to be exciting and I can’t wait. I am pumped for the playoff runs to come, to see who will take the top spots in the divisions around the league, who will get that wild card spot. It’s going to be great.
Let’s start off with them Yankees. Of course. Right now, they are 3 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East. They’ve been stuck in this position for a while now and I’d like to see it change. If we could get a few games back from the Red Sox that would be STELLAR. We got a win last night apparently against the Tigers. Some late game heroics from Mr. Teixeira gave us the lead and we kept it to take the series opener 5-3. This is good but Clay Buchholz and the rest of the Red Sox pitching kept the Jays at bay and won their game as well. So the standings stayed the same… again. It’s great that we’re winning, but we need the Red Sox to lose to get anywhere.
Now, transitioning from the Yankees-Tigers game… Curtis Granderson, the Tigers centerfielder, one of the heroes from the All Star Game, and my favorite player kept his STELLAR play going by going 2-4 with a home run and 2 runs scored. He has been having a great season so far and I love to see him keep it up. The Tigers are at the top of the AL Central right now and Granderson has been a big part of their offensive success. Keep it up man.
Next on my list from inside my head is the Dodgers. Man, how good are they. Now, they lose some here and there but so far in the first half of the season, they have racked up the wins and have the best record in baseball. They do it so quietly too. It’s weird. They have the play-makers on their team that are starting to be recognized for what they have done such as Andre Ethier, the O-Dog and Rafael Furcal. But as a team, they are very quiet and do very well without making a ton of noise. I think they will continue to play extremely well and will most likely have the best record at the end of the regular season and will have the top spot in the NL West… as usual. Manny’s return just strengthened a team that had already been thriving without him.
How about that Albert Pujols? After a disappointing All Star Game, Pujols bursted out with a 2-4 night, including a home run, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. He was just STELLAR. His offensive production is the single most important aspect to the Cardinals’ game. If he is not playing well, the Cardinals are going to struggle. Now, I don’t see that happening but if it does, that’s how things are going to be. Pujols is the best player in the MLB and is clearly recognized for it and has a very important role. He’s fantastic!
That’s all for now, so until next time…
Tim Lincecum… man what a great young stud this is. He is athletic, he is a great pitcher, he is really good looking… as many of my female friends say (but that’s besides the point). The point is, this kid is good. And I mean really good. Yesterday he displayed work that proves exactly how good he is in his outing against the St. Louis Cardinals. He tossed a two hitter, complete game shutout to the Cards in front of the opposing Cardinal crowd.
Well, I don’t think he could have gotten any better without throwing a perfect game. He struck out eight, gave up no walks. He had a commanding fastball (as he has his whole career) and was dominating with his secondary pitches. He was even doing it on the defensive end. In the fifth inning, Lincecum fielded a ball that was grounded just over the reach of his glove. He slid on the grass, picked it up and threw to first for the out. Did I mention he was really athletic?
He was just STELLAR. Seriously. He was great. He is definitely in contention for another Cy Young award. And the triple crown.. well I’m just saying it’s not out of reach.
Now, Lincecum wasn’t the only ace to throw a two hit, complete game shutout. Astros ace Roy Oswalt also did so. The only difference between these two starts is that Oswalt allowed one run and gave up two walkes. Other than that, Oswalt was STELLAR. He also got the win and the Astros got their series with the Padres under way with a win.
Oswalt has had a tough start to the season. Some say the WBC took its toll on him. Some say he is just slumping and is having a tough season. Well, this win is going to give him a tremendous boost in confidence. You can’t pitch much better than he did yesterday without throwing a no hitter of perfect game. He is starting to get older but still has a lot left in him. I think he will get back into the groove of things soon because this win is going to get him going.
Oswalt now has a record of 4-4. This isn’t all that bad. He has a 4.02 ERA which is also respectable. He is going to get better as the season goes on so you can count on him being the ace the Astros are used to having.
So that’s the wrapup for today. They are both great pitchers and are going to continue to be great throughout their careers. Especially Lincecum. He is really something special. I’m excited to see him grow into a true professional. Not that he isn’t already there but there’s a little more to go. They both were absolutely STELLAR yesterday and I thought they should be recognized for it. Congrats guys.
Well that’s all. Adios!