Tagged: Twins

Melk-Man Hits For Cycle

I go to camp for a week…

I barely get any sleep…

I come back Friday after a whole day of driving in traffic…

I realize the Yankees’ lead over the Red Sox has been diminished to a half game…

I see the Yankees are having trouble with the White Sox…

The trade deadline produced many bigtime player trades…

Roy Halladay is still in Toronto…

And I am back blogging on MLBlogs.

Now, while I was at camp all week, I was bummed that I was unable to keep up with all the things happening around the MLB, especially since the trade deadline was Friday.  I still had a great time, but the feeling of not knowing what was going on was killing me.  Now, I survived, as I always do, but it was still hard not having that part of my life around.

I got back and immediatly checked MLB.com to see all the trades that had happened.  Here’s what I figured out:

  • The BoSox pulled off a deal for Victor Martinez
  • Cliff Lee is in Philly (where I happened to be for camp this past week)
  • Jake Peavy is with the in the South Side of Chicago
  • Adam LaRoche has been with three teams in about a week and a half
  • Orlando Cabrera finds a home in Minnesota

Well, it’s all very exciting and all and I’m glad to be back.  Now, I was unable to post something until today because I have been so busy since I got back.  But yesterday, something great happened in Chicago.  That’s right, it’s got to do with the Yankees.  Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox and the most recent man to enter himself into the history books, Mark Beuhrle.  In fact, Beuhrle looked nothing like he has all season.  Especially after throwing the perfect game.  He went 4.1 innings, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits and a walk.  He gave up the one homer to Cabrera and that was it for the long ball.  For Melky Cabrera, this achievment puts him in with the likes of many famous Yankees from teams past.  The 15th cycle in team history was a great show to see.  Now, even though this happened, I would still go with Brett Gardner in center field.  No offense to Melky for this great performance but Gardner is still my pick.  It was still a great show though.

Melky’s cycle is the second to happen this year.  As many remember, the year was basically kicked off with a performance of a lifetime from the O-Dog, Orlando Hudson of the LA Dodgers.  Hudson took only six innings to get the four hits required for the achievement.  But he did it.  One of the greatest offensive performances this year kicked things off in April.  Melky’s performance was great and it will go down in the books as many others have for accomplishing this feat.

-Dillon

Wow, Did That Just Happened?

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. 

-Dillon