Starting Again

Well, I haven’t written a good entry in
about, like, 7 months or so? I’ll be writing again tomorrow,
so if anyone wants something new to read, I’ll be
back.

2008 Rays = 2007 Mets

Anybody else notice the Tampa Bay Rays slowly slipping off 1st place? The signs started with the Yankee series and have gotten worse.

After going 21-7 through August, the “Won’t Go Away Rays” have lost 5 of 6. Their so-called great young arms have allowed 34 runs in their last 6 games. And now they have to go into Fenway and play the Red “Hot” Sox, who have won 9 of 12 and have scored at least 5 runs in 10 of those games.

This spells disaster for the Rays. The rest of their schedule is not much encouragement for them either, as they must play 13 straight games vs. the Red Sox, Yankees, and Twins. Now I don’t have MLB.TV, but I also hear that they are playing pretty sloppy? I have no way of knowing this because I can only get the stats and the opinions of others, not the game. So if I am misinformed, please let me know. But if that’s right, then there’s just another reason why the Rays will fall out of first.

So look out, Tampa Bay. Red Sox Nation is coming and we’re coming for the AL East Crown!

Buchholz Finally Down

Finally, the person who I think has a large part in the reason why the Red Sox are so far back of the Rays was sent down. Yes, I mean it, Clay Buchholz is going to Portland!

I don’t know if I’ve been this happy over a move all year. Clay has an ERA of 6.75, allows 1.76 baserunners an inning, and is in the conversation for being one of the biggest disappointments in the AL East. Of course, it wasn’t even really that horrendus ERA that had some Red Sox fans begging for his demotion. It was just that he can’t win. The Red Sox haven’t won a game he’s pitched since July 23, and Buchholz hasn’t had a winning decision since May 2. Since his no-hitter, the Sox have only won 4 games in which hes pitched.

Luckilly, the Red Sox can maybe wait for Wakefield to come fill that spot in the rotation next week. At least he has won more than 2 games…

BoSox vs. Giles

Of course, I was frustrated when Brian Giles of the San Diego Padres vetoed the deal that would’ve sent him to the BoSox. He has been a guy this season who can hit the ball well and get on base nearly 4 out of every 10 times at the plate. However, I thought it through, and I kinda have a different opinion. Here are both sides of the story.

 

Giles’s Side – Brian’s hometown is San Diego and he gets playing time in San Diego. In Boston, they were going to use him as a utility man.

Boston’s Side – Boston fans are angry because he would’ve been a great bench player if J.D. Drew got hurt, or if Drew would just need a break. And another reason is….well, duh. If you turn down an offer to go to the World Series Champions, people will think you have something against them. Who knows, that could be the case.

 

Tell me what you think about this case and who’s side your on. I’d love to hear what you have to say. 

 

 

A’s Collapse

I’m guessing that you’ve seen the Oakland A’s losing streak. They’ve lost 10 games in a row, being swept by the Royals, Red Sox, and Blue Jays.

They will go into a three game series against the Tigers, and the future does not look brighter. Tonight, the A’s starting pitcher in Detroit is Dallas Braden. The last time Dallas faced Detroit, he gave up 2 home runs to the same guy (Magglio Ordonez) in the same inning!

If Oakland continues to play the way they’ve been playing, and Seattle does the same, don’t be surprised if Oakland finishes in last place in the AL West.

Cincinnati Reds…

I admit, I had intrest in Homer Bailey when he first started this season. I don’t know why, but my gut told me that something was going to happen to this guy this season.

Something happened alright. A lot happened….

“Homer” has proven to me that he is not Major League ready. He is 0-6, has a 7.93 ERA, he only averages about 4 innings per start, and on average he allows two baserunners every inning he pitches!

Luckily this Reds team has Edison Volquez. Who knows where they would be without him. They already are in the National League pitching cellar in every major catagory you can think of. And their offense isn’t exactly getting the job done either. Their current non-injured everyday starter with the highest average is Joey Votto, with .277.

I don’t really care much about the Reds, but I decided to write about them because I was bored out of my mind. Tell me your opinions as well.  

Karstens Off to Hot Start

Did any Pirate fan see this coming? Jeff Karstens, the 25 year old starting pitcher acquired from the Yankees in the Nady and Marte deal, cannot be stopped in his first 15 innings of work for the Pirates. He has allowed just 7 hits, has a WHIP of just 0.80, and had 7 2/3 innings of perfection vs the Diamondbacks. What do you think about him?

Preview – August 6, 2008

Cleveland at Tampa Bay and Milwaukee at Cincinnati is excluded because they were in play when this blog was made.

 

Houston (54-58) at Chicago Cubs (68-46), 2:20; Brandon Backe vs. Jason Marquis (6-7, 4.68)

The deal is this – when the Cubs offense isn’t getting shut out, they are on absolute fire. Now do you expect Brandon Backe (6-10, 4.72) to shut out the Cubs? I sure don’t. PREDICTION – CHC, 9 HOU, 5

 

Baltimore (54-58) at LA Angels (70-43), 3:35; Garrett Olsen vs. Ervin Santana

When Garrett Olsen (8-5, 5.67) has pitched for the Orioles this season, Baltimore’s offense has scored at least 5 runs in 7 of his 8 wins, which gives him that 8-5 record, despite his not-so-good ERA. But don’t expect that kind of run support to come with Ervin Santana (12-5, 3.38) on the mound. PREDICTION – LAA, 8 BAL, 3

 

Pittsburgh (51-62) at Arizona (59-54), 3:40; Jeff Karstens vs. Randy Johnson

Jeff Karstens (1-0, 0.00) was involved in the trade to move Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees. His first start was promising for the Pirates, but its Pirates starting pitching. You don’t expect that to hold up, do you? I don’t think he will be roughed up too badly, but he opposses the “Big Unit” Randy Johnson (9-7, 4.35), and even though he has been struggling, he can still come out and strikeout 8-10 batters on a random day. I have a gut feeling that day is today. PREDICTION – ARI, 5 PIT, 2

 

Atlanta (52-61) at San Francisco (47-65), 3:45; Chuck James vs. Tim Lincecum

Chuck James (2-4, 9.47)? His ERA is terrible, but his starts came against offenses like Florida, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. But when he started against the Dodgers (pre-Manny), his only run allowed was a home run. Now he faces a very weak offensive team in San Francisco (3rd worst offensive team in the MLB). Finally, a break. Right? Wrong. He faces a Cy Young contender in Tim Lincecum (11-3, 2.71), who has pitched for nearly a third of the Giants wins. PREDICTION – SF, 4 ATL, 1

 

Minnesota (62-51) at Seattle (44-69), 4:40; Nick Blackburn (8-6, 3.56) vs. Jarrod Washburn (5-10, 4.77)

 Wow, will the Twins ever hold on to that first place spot? They probably came into this series thinking they could easily gain that spot because they are facing, well, the Mariners. I mean, come on, could they possibly not win this series? Well, umm, yes that is possible. Especially when you give up 10 runs in the seventh the first night, and blow a late one run lead the next. I actually see that happening again tonight. PREDICTION – SEA, 6 MIN, 5

 

Florida (60-53) at Philadelphia (61-51), 7:05; Anibal Sanchez vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-5, 4.59)

Anibal Sanchez’s (1-0, 3.18) first start this year was a good one, pitching 5 and two-thirds and allowing just 2 earned runs. But it will take a lot more than that to empress the Phillies, who will be looking to bounce back from an 8-2 loss to Florida and also will be looking to keep the Marlins as far away as possible from the first place spot. PREDICTION – PHI, 7 FLA, 5 F/11

 

Oakland (53-59) at Toronto (57-56), 7:07, Gio Gonzalez vs. Shawn Marcum

Gio Gonzalez will be making his major league debut vs. Shawn Marcum (5-5, 3.57), who is actually having a very successful year despite his 5-5 record. I think Gonzalez will do descent, but not enough to outpitch Marcum. PREDICTION – TOR, 4 OAK, 3

 

New York Yankees (61-52) at Texas (60-54), Sidney Ponson vs. Tommy Hunter

Tommy Hunter (0-0, 10.80) will be making his 2nd major league start after that horrendus first one where he gave up 6 earned runs in just 5 innings. I don’t expect that to change vs this Yankee offense. And I also don’t think Sidney Ponson (6-2, 4.23) will have a great night either vs the #1 offense in baseball. PREDICTION – NYY, 11 TEX, 10

 

San Diego (43-70) at New York Mets (59-53), Cha Sueng Baek (3-6, 5.22) vs. Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez (3-2, 6.16) had his first start in a month on August 1 and gave up 3 earned runs in 5 innings vs Houston. But I think he will do just fine vs the worst offense in the MLB tonight in the San Diego Padres. PREDICTION – NYM, 6 SD, 1

 

Boston (65-49) at Kansas City (53-61), Tim Wakefield vs. Luke Hochevar

The Boston offense has been on an absolute tear, especially Jason Bay. Since he arrived in Boston, he’s hit .429 (9 for 21), 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI’S, and 8 RBI’S. I think he will have another good night, I’ll say about 3-5, and another 2B vs Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar (6-9, 5.42). Also, I look for Tim Wakefield to end his current slump. He’s got the perfect team to end it against, and he’s got a hot offense to back him up. PREDICTION – BOS, 7 KC,2

 

Detroit (55-57) at Chicago White Sox (62-49), Justin Verlander vs. John Danks

Personally, I’ve been very impressed with the emergence of John Danks (8-4, 3.31). His ERA ranks 8th in the AL. But that could all change against the powerful Tiger offense. But will it? Some might think I’m a bit crazy, but I think Danks will shut down this offense tonight. I see him struggling with Ordonez and Cabrera though. But other than that, he should be fine. As for Justin Verlander (8-11, 4.49), I think the White Sox will pound him. And I’m also going to guess that Jermaine Dye will bump his average up and that A.J. Pierzynski will have another good game as well. PREDICTION – CHW, 7 DET, 2

 

LA Dodgers (56-56) at St. Louis (63-52); Derek Lowe vs. Joel Piniero

Derek Lowe (8-9) has such an average record because, of course, he played for who was, in many people’s opinion, including mine, the worst offense in baseball. He actually has an ERA of 3.70 and a WHIP of 1.19. But now that they have Manny Ramirez, they are already improving in that area, due to the fact that they have at least 4 runs in 3 of the 4 games Manny has played in Dodger blue. I predict that Manny will go 2 for 4 with a 2B and a HR vs Joel Piniero (3-5, 5.04), who has allowed at least 10 hits in 6 of his last 7 games, while only averaging 5 2/3 innings in those last 7 starts. As for Lowe, I think he will have minor struggles, but Piniero is going to have his hands full. PREDICTION – LAD, 5 STL, 4

 

Washington (42-71) at Colorado (52-63); Odalis Perez vs. Jeff Francis

For being on a team as bad as the Nationals are this year, I think Odalis Perez (4-8, 4.16) is pitching better than some might think. Especially in his last start, where he 3-hit the Reds in a 1-run gem. His opponent, Jeff Francis (3-7, 5.67), however, is having a nightmare of a season. I think both of these pitchers will be average as average can get. PREDICTION – COL, 4 WAS, 3

 

RECAP

  • Nothing will happen in the AL East race between and Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees (shocker)
  • White Sox will gain a game on Minnesota and Detroit
  •  Phillies will gain a game on Florida and the Mets will jump ahead of Florida by 1/2 game
  • Cardinals will lose a game in NL Central

 

 

Borowski?

 Today, I heard a rumor about the Red Sox possibly claiming Joe Borowski from free agency. He had previously played for the Cleveland Indians and was released last month. I didn’t really know much about him, so I looked up his stats.

 

ERA – 7.56

WHIP – 1.92

Strikeout/Walk Ratio – 9 to 8

Blown Saves – 4 (10 chances)

 

I first didn’t like this idea, but then I wondered if this could be a good replacement for recently traded Craig Hansen and if their idea is to acquire Borowski and send Chris Smith back to Pawtucket for the 3rd time this season. I’m kinda in-between on this one. What do you think?

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