Tryin to Reason with Hurricane Season. A classic Jimmy Buffett song for us Parrotheads, and my current situation as Tropical Storm/Hurricane Fay heads our way. I apologize for the hiatus, but here we go.
- At 42, Tom Glavine injures his left elbow and might need ligament replacement surgery (aka – Tommy John) which would effectively end his career. Glavine has always been one of the most consistent pitchers in the game, and should be a Hall of Famer. The question remains. If Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Galvine all retire this year, does the gimmick of putting all three in at the same time get them all in as first ballot Hall of Famers?
- It looks more and more like September 21st will be the last time baseball is ever played at the original Yankee Stadium. With a 3-4 record and a couple of drastic moves, including moving one time future star Melky Cabrera back to the minors. The Yankees are in the midst of making a heavy youth movement, which bodes very well for their future. I don’t expect them to be down long.
- Reacting to ESPN propaganda, MLB announced the addition of instant replay to be put in by the end of the month…Is it needed? No. Is it nice to have? Yes.
- The Rays lose another key part of their successful core when Troy Percival went down (again) on a routine ground out. Despite the injuries to Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, and Percival, they still have not lost much on their lead in the AL East…for now
- Olympic Update – Due to stupidity and shortsightedness of the IOC, who see Handball and Badminton as more suitable sports for the games, baseball is in its final olympic tournament. At least until 2016. Unfortunately, the US team, consisting of minor leaguers (Matt LaPorta) and college players (Steven Strasberg…next year’s top pick) has struggled. With losses to the South Korea and Cuba, the wins are against the Netherlands, China, and Canada. Not exactly the powerhouses you’d expect Team USA to be dominating. For those interested Team USA takes on Chinese Tapei tomorrow morning at 7am here.
- As if the future in Washington wasn’t bleak enough, Alan Crow Aaron Crow, their 1st round pick from 2008 signed with an independent team in Fort Worth. While they will get a supplemental pick next year because of this, you have to question where management is going at this point.
1) The Mets– winners of 6 in a row and a 2.5 game lead in the NL East. Yankee fans, think they regret canning Willy Randolph?
2) Melvin Mora – Mr. Inconsistent. The past week has been hot for the Orioles hitter, whose career has been more about inconsistencies than anything else. He’s batted over .500 and had 11 RBIs while helping Baltimore try and work their way back to a winning season.
3) Cliff Lee – Is their anything this guy hasn’t done this year besides be awesome? He was 2-0 with a 1.06 this week. With a 17-2 record on the season, he’s all but nailed down the AL Cy Young award.
1) The Nats – 10 game losing streak, can’t sign top draft pick, and the team has no foreseeable future. We thought a move from Montreal would help this team turn around to be one of the most successful clubs in baseball. As the old saying goes…you can’t put lipstick on a pig.
2) Joel Zumaya– Remember how hot this guy was? Reason #17839 why Guitar Hero sucks. He’s back on the DL.
3) Ryan Howard– Not a good time for the backbone of your lineup to hit the snide. The Phillies need Howard back on track soon, as the Mets are starting to run away. This past week, .120 batting average and 10 Ks.
The Playoffs If they Started Today
ALDS: Chicago v. Tampa; Boston v. LA
NLDS: Arizona v. Chicago; Milwaukee v. New York
You HAVE to like those matchups. Given Arizona’s pitching staff they could easily be a force in a 5 game series. Boston and the Angels would be a scraper. The young Rays v. the Sox led by Ozzie. Finally, Sabathia v. Santana. It’s almost here!