- Yankees Gain Two Games on Red Sox
- Mets Have Serious Injury Problems
- The Nats Suck
- Halladay is a Stud
- It is Possible to Have One Really Bad Game and Then Be STELLAR the Next Day
So Here we go on my thoughts from July 19th, 2009.
The Yankees have been absolutely phenominal lately. They just finished a sweep of the Tigers to continue this hot streak of fantastic play. Everyone is contributing and as a fan, it is great to watch. It’s a thrill. CC’s performance from yesterday was thrilling to see. Finally he has come up in a huge spot and performed the way we need him to (not just so we get our money’s worth I might add). It was a true pitchers duel. CC and Verlander, the Tigers’ ace, was just a sight for sore eyes. And to see CC come out on top it was just great. So, with teh Yankees winning and playing extremely well, the question is, what have the Red Sox been doing. Well, thanks to the Blue Jays and Roy Halladay, the Red Sox have failed to top the Jays in two consecutive days. This is STELLAR news for the Yankees because this means we have gained two games on the Red Sox at the top of the AL East.
So, the Blue Jays owe most of their success to Roy Halladay this season. His season on the mound has so far earned him an All Star Starting position, a huge spot in the trading market, and has just improved and improved on an already phenominal career. His performance against the Red Sox today proved that he is the best pitcher in the AL and possibly the entire MLB. Now, that’s saying something. Against the Sox, he through a complete game, had seven K’s and only gave up six hits and a run. He was totally STELLAR! He will surely win the Cy Young in the AL at the end of the season, assuming he continues to dominate the way he has so far.
The Mets have injury problems! It’s as simple as that. They have lost key guys on both offense and in the pitching staff. Starters, relievers, powerhouses, and pretty much every other type of guy they have lost so far this season. The injury I think is probably the biggest for this Mets team is Carlos Beltran. This guy was one of the biggest offensive performers on this team (and that’s saying something considering he shares the lineup with the likes of David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Delgado). He was also a very solid outfielder. Jose Reyes was the spark of the Mets offense. He got on base, ran (or at least made the pitcher worry about him running), and got into scoring position quickly giving the rest of the lineup to drive him in. There would be a great chance of that considering the guys I said earlier are in the middle of the lineup behind Reyes. JJ Putz in the bullpen was supposed to be the shutdown set up guy that would lead the way to K Rod. It was said that once the Mets got to Putz in the eighth, the game was over. Putz, then K Rod, then, well, the game is over. They won’t have any chance with what they have now. Although the guys replacing the big time stars are doing pretty well, the guys that they have lost are extremely important and will cost this team dramatically.
The Nats Suck! Seriously. THEY ARE 26 GAMES BACK! 26! Can you get any worse? The pitching is dreadful. The offense has a few guys that can put up some good stats but there is no chemistry. There is no flow. Zimmerman, Dunn, Dukes, maybe a few other guys here and there can have a good spurt but overall, they are terrible. I really can’t muster up anything else to say about them. They SUCK!
Yesterday, Yunel Escobar had a terrible game. Missing signs, having a tough game at the plate and in the field, and just didn’t have his head together for the game. Today, he kicked off the Braves-Mets game in the second with a solo shot to left. When the final out was recorded, Escobar had gone 3-4 with a homer, 4 RBI, and a run scored. This just proves my point that you can have a terrible day one day and thrive the next. Most of you won’t know about my ongoing battle with my friend that has had some pretty bad stretches of baseball in which he has said that he won’t do better the next day. Well, I hope he reads this because this story proves my point 100%.
Well, that’s all for today.
Hmmmmm… what to do on an off day? That’s the question for me today. There aren’t many over the course of the year, but there are a few here and there. And today’s one of them. So what should I do? The Yanks aren’t playing. In fact, there are only two games scheduled for today. The Angels and Giants face off in Frisco, and the Tribe and Brew Crew face off in “bugville.” That’s Cleveland for any of you unfamiliar with the Yankees’ and Joba Chamberlain’s situation in Cleveland last year. So that’s it. No more baseball other than that until tomorrow. So the question still remains, what should I do? I know.
I’m going to analyze how bad the Nationals are. Why not. It shouldn’t be that hard. So I’m going to start with this. Their pitching.
It’s horrific. Their best starting pitcher is probably Shairon Martis, who at 5-1 has a 5.06 ERA. It’s terrible. And that’s just the start of things. He has the most wins on the team. Ron Villone has a .96 ERA and has appeared in 22 games. That is the best reliever they’ve got. He has at least been somewhat good. The next lowest ERA on the team for someone that has pitched in at least 10 games is 3.51 from John Lannan who is their number one starter. The guy with the highest ERA is Logan Kensing who has an ERA at 13.40. Everything is going wrong for the Nats on the pitching side. They have very little upside and way too much downside.
The offense has some upside to it. A ton more than the pitching does. To start, you’ve got Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn. Two top offensive guys in the league. But after them, you’ve got some other guys who are either young with some potentioal or other guys who just haven’t hit it huge in the bigs. Some of those players are Elijah Dukes, a potentially very good player. He hasn’t hit it big yet but I think he will sometime soon. Also, Nick Johnson, Christian Guzman, and Austin Kearns are some guys that are good players, but they aren’t good enough to take the Nats to bigger places. Obviously this is true or else it would have happened the last couple years.
The defense is alright. They don’t have any gold glove contenders. They don’t have anyone that makes great defensive highlights day in and day out. They just don’t have any spark on defense and that is why they aren’t noticed defensively. They don’t have guys that dive out for catches in the outfield and they don’t have guys that make “Top 10” worthy double plays. They aren’t terrible, but they aren’t great either.
So overall, the Nats suck. The Yanks should have their way with them and should come out with a swwep. Now, I’m not the kind of guy to underestimate a team. The Nats are a really bad team. But they still can’t be underestimated. Their offense does have some spark so if our pitching is not top notch, they could build a lead up. So I am expecting at least two out of three games won for the Yanks but the sweep would be perfect as well. We need this sweep to keep going and keep pace with the Red Sox who are in first.
CC is going tomorrow against Shairon Martis. It should be a pretty good matchup as our ace goes agaisnt their ace (as far as I see it). So hopefully we can take advantage of the not so good pitching. Offense- you need to score runs.
Let’s go Yanks.
I’m sure that’s exactly what Zack Greinke, the Royals’ young star pitcher, is thinking right now after he just got smoked for five runs on nine hits (two homers) and a walk. He also had two unearned runs allowed in his five inning outing. Greinke must have been shocked, after so many STELLAR performances to start the season. He is among the top two pitchers in the AL and is in the running for a start in this season’s all star game. He is no doubt an all star but his only other competition for the start is the Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay who is also having a STELLAR season. Some competition, huh?
Greinke is currently 8-2 on the season with a league best 1.55 ERA. He also has 91 strikeouts which is also one of the best totals in the league. He is having an overall great season and this one loss won’t hurt him. This loss is definitely shocking… I’m shocked. But it really isn’t that big a deal. He still has one of the best records, has the best ERA, despite it being over 1, and has a great number of K’s. He is great. A youngster who is having a Cy Young season is something that the Royals need. Someone who can lead the team and get them somewhere. He’s going to be fine.
Now, the competition for the starting all star job is between Halladay and Greinke. That’s no doubt. They are the top two pitchers in the league and there is no one even close to having as good a season as these two are having. So who should it be?
My pick: Halladay.
Why: He has a better record. His performances this season have equally matched that of Greinke’s, and his team is winning. Halladay has been great throughout his career. He still is. Greinke is still young and I have no doubt that he will be a starter in the all star game sometime in his career. But right now, the spotlight is on Halladay who has proven himself over and over again that he is one of the best in the business.
So nothing against Greinke, because I happen to like him very much, but I think this season, it should be Halladay. But next year… who knows? Maybe next year will be Greinke’s turn.
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Another “Wow, did that just happen” moment from this week was Randy Johnson’s entry into the 300 win club. Way to go man. You’ve earned it. Johnson’s career so far has been STELLAR and he is still going. That’s amazing. This milestone is one of the most respected of all milestones reached in baseball.. I think it is the one you have to work the hardest for. It’s great for everyone who has reached it and Randy Johnson is now among some of the greatest pitchers of all time. Throughout his career, he has pitched for the Expos, Mariners, Astros, Diamondbacks (two stints), Yankees, and Giants. Here’s a little summary of his career.
Johnson has been the type of pitcher who would be set to pitch and the other team wouldn’t want to face him. He was a tall, powerful pitcher. He had a good fastball and good secondary pitches. He was just a great overall pitcher that new the game. Opponents didn’t want to face him. He has pitched a perfect game. He has demolished a bird in mid-air (not something you want him to do to you) and has come up big for all of the teams he has played for in his great career.
So now that you’ve heard some of that, I hope you would come to appreciate how hard it is to get to this milestone. Way to go man.
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Now here’s the last of my stories from this week. This also happened last night. It happened in the Mariners- Twins game. Ichiro, riding a 2 game hitting streak, went hitless against Twins pitchign ending his streak at 27. It was a disappointing game for the Mariners and Ichiro as his streak was snapped and the Mariners lost 2-1. Ichiro’s streak wasn’t the first long one of the season. Everyone remembers Ryan Zimmerman’s earlier this season which ended at 30 games. There have been others but none have gone as high as these two which have gained much attention all over the MLB community.
Ichiro has had a great season overall this year and is bound to get an all star bid for the mid summer classic in St. Louis. I have Ichiro among my votes for one of the outfield starting spots. Along with Jason Bay and Curtis Granderson.