Archive for August, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers – Real Deal or Paper Pretender?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 by ThomasWayne

The modern day version of Harvey’s Wall Bangers (okay, Harvey’s been gone a good  long while now - so have Coop, Yount, Gormon,  Ben O.,Teddy Simmons and the rest – but that hasn’t kept the walls from being banged by today’s Brew Crew)  are going to finish (most likely) 8 or 9 games ahead of St.Louis and the [...]

Ichiro’s Final Push – Is 200 Hits Achievable This Year?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 by ThomasWayne

After a decade of 200 + hit seasons Ichiro has 154 in 2011 with 28 games left. The record is toast, right? Don’t be to sure…

Yankees @ Red Sox Live Blog

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by Chuck

For some reason, live blogs don’t work well for me here, posting too fast, I don’t know.
Anyway, if at first you don’t succeed, try the outfield.
No ARod.
Had a cortisone shot in his injured left thumb, will miss the entire series.
No Youkilis.
Bad back, starting rehab tonight in Pawtucket.
MLBNetwork is picking up the NESN feed from Boston, [...]

Monday, August 29th, 2011 by JohnBowen

The Phillies currently sit at 83-46, best record in baseball. They stand 6.5 games up in the National League East. They are returning to Cincy for the first time since sweeping the Reds out of the playoffs in 2010.
The Reds have quietly surged to 1 game over .500 at 67-66, 13 games out of [...]

Mid-week Games and OPS+ Champs

Monday, August 29th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Same thing as last week, except with a statistic that correlates a bit more closely to run scoring.
Royals @ Tigers – Miguel Cabrera (182, 2010) over George Brett (178, 1985)
Athletics @ Indians – Jason Giambi (198, 2001) over Travis Hafner (181, 2006)
Blue Jays @ Orioles – Carlos Delgado (161, 2003) over Reggie Jackson (155, 1976)
Marlins [...]

Justin Verlander is a Solid MVP Pick

Friday, August 26th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Ken Rosenthal thinks the position player is always more valuable. Is he right?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by Chuck

In the Yankees game today, Russell Martin had five hits and drove in six runs, and contributed one of the Yankees ML record three grand slams. While I understand the five hits only bumped his average to .243, you must understand he was not signed for his bat.
Adding to this, Martin now has more homers [...]

Milwaukee Brewers’ Celebrations are Fine

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by JohnBowen

But then again, I might be biased

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Having shortchanged Kirk Gibson’s Diamondbacks early in the season, John tries for redemption with the season 80% over.

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Mike Flanagan was found dead in his home suburban Baltimore.
The left-handed pitcher pitched for 18 seasons with Baltimore and Toronto, winning 167 games, including 23 in his Cy Young Award season of 1979. He was the last pitcher to throw at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
Flanagan went on to work in the front office for the [...]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Let’s give this one another go…
Marlins @ Phillies (2003 Wildcard Race)
Royals @ Indians (1994 Divisional Race? I guess)
Yankees @ Orioles (1996 ALCS…Maier)
Rays @ Blue Jays (The 2011 battle for third? I dunno)
Braves @ Mets (1999 ALCS)
Athletics @ Red Sox (2003 ALDS)
Nats @ Reds (Nothing here, really. 1981 Expos made the playoffs, but the Reds didn’t [...]

New Logos, Playing Sites, Expanded Schedule Highlight Arizona Fall League’s 20th Anniversary Season

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 by Chuck

“As we complete our second decade of service to Major League Baseball, our league’s re-branding adds a contemporary look to recognize our growth and impact on the baseball industry in addition to capturing the feel of our ideal location in Arizona.”
With that statement, Executive Director Steve Cobb announced changes to the upcoming Arizona Fall League [...]

Sunday, August 21st, 2011 by JohnBowen

This one’s pretty simple. We’re comparing the last batting champs for every team. No park adjustments, no era adjustments, not “who had the better season”…just who had the higher batting average. Enjoy!
Mariners @ Indians – Ichiro Suzuki (2004 – .372) over Bobby Avila (1954 – .341) [Can you believe the Indians had no batting champs [...]

Thursday, August 18th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Cardinals @ Cubs (Brock for Broglio – 1964)
Reds @ Pirates (Klusziewski for Fondy – 1957)
Indians @ Tigers (Peralta for Giovanni Soto…but not the famous one – 2010)
Phillies @ Nationals (Byrd for Endy Chavez – 2005)
Brewers @ Mets (K-Rod for some guys)
Mariners @ Rays (Randy Winn for Lou Pineilla…kinda – 2003)
Diamondbacks @ Braves (Springer for Embree [...]

American League West Forecast (August 16)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 by JohnBowen

This race could be the closest: who will it be?

The team that’s ahead, or the team with the easier stretch run?