Posted on: May 29, 2012 9:51 am

Watch Andy Pettitte

Will Pettitte handle the slugging LA Angels tonight in his 4th start since his impressive return?  If NY hits, he looks like the ageless help NY has gotten these last few years.  Keep the ball in the park, Andy.

Past week, Jays fade, Sox and Yanks improve.  Still the brutal AL East.

AL East:         Era Starter-Pen,  OPS     GB

Baltimore     (29-20)  4.31 - 2.33,  749
Tampa Bay   (29-20)  3.39 - 3.68,  725    
NY Yankees   (26-22)  4.74 - 2.76,  797    - 2.5
Toronto           (25-24)  4.03 - 4.40,  722    - 4.0
Boston            (24-24)  5.08 - 3.74,  786    - 4.5

Over their heads:

Boston       BA: 272,  Ba-risp: 298   + 26
Toronto       BA: 244,  Ba-risp: 282   + 38
Baltimore    BA: 249,  Ba-risp: 247   - 2
Tampa Bay  BA: 242,  Ba-risp: 230   - 12
NY Yankees BA: 267,  Ba-risp: 221   - 46

Red Sox and Blue Jays living over their heads with runners on, due to slow down.

Yanks and Rays due to score more.

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:21 am

Wk 24:Sox wilt under hot Rays, help Yanks clinch.

Wk 24:  Sox wilt under hot Rays, help Yanks clinch.

Shades of April?  Sox droop in Sept under Rays, wild card at risk.  Boston fans are rooting for the Yanks (!) to slow Tampa.  But it's looking like a spectacle for their last series.  

as of sunday, 9/18/11:

New York Yankees   (87-57) --> (91-59)   wk 4-2 + sunday, 91-60
Boston Red Sox       (85-60) --> (87-64)   wk 2-4                   87-65   -4.5
Tampa Bay Rays      (80-64) --> (84-67)   wk 4-3                   85-67   -6.5, 2 back of WC
Toronto Blue Jays     (73-73) --> (76-75)   wk 3-2                   77-75
Baltimore Orioles     (58-86) --> (62-88)   wk 4-2                   62-89

In Sept:

Red Sox:    4-13
Yanks:      10-7
Rays:        11-6

Ironic the way things are working out.  Do the math:  Yanks have a magic # of 7 with 11 to play.

1 = Twins
2 = split with Rays
2 = split by Sox/Balt
Leaves 2 for the Boston/NY series...

So ONE win among those 3 games means the Yanks CLINCH at home in the big ballpark, with Mo's 602, having their good pals the Red Sox as company.  priceless.   What a nice gesture, I say.  Colorful backdrop, great photos, rest the last few games.

Imagine that.

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:59 am

Wk 19: One half game, short division.

Wk 19:   Who wants the Division?

Road trips next week or so - Sox hit less well there.  Both NY and Sox party with Royals (no Pippa, sadly), then NY plays with Twins >> Texas re-arRangers Sock drawer?  

Boston Red Sox      (73-45) --> (73-46)   wk 0-1
New York Yankees  (72-46) --> (72-46)   wk 0-0   1/2
Tampa Bay Rays     (64-55) --> (64-55)   wk 0-0    9
Toronto Blue Jays    (60-59) --> (61-59)   wk 1-0   12.5
Baltimore Orioles     (45-72) --> (46-72)   wk 1-0   26.5

Youk BA at .191 on the road?  ouch.  Let's hope the division race stays real.   ARod returns, Garcia stops doing kitchen prep, Will we see some B's in pen or maybe a DH callup?  Down to the wire - stop the dang rain.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:23 am

Wk: 18: Welcome back real baseball

Wk 18:  Let the games begin...

New York Yankees  (63-42) --> (68-42)   wk 5-0
Boston Red Sox       (65-40) --> (68-42)   wk 3-2  -  0
Tampa Bay Rays      (55-51) --> (58-52)   wk 3-1  - 10
Toronto Blue Jays     (54-53) --> (56-55)   wk 2-2  - 12.5
Baltimore Orioles      (42-62) --> (43-65)   wk 1-3  -  24

It is an altogether fitting and proper tie that is the backdrop for the 3 game show this weekend on the fine stage of Fenway.  Let the games begin.  However the pitchers rise to the occasion, Robbie Cano must be thrilled...  he loves hitting in those cozy confines big time - I think he is 400+ in 2010 and 500 this year.  366 career.

Real baseball is back.  Sit back, make sure you have your beverage and snacks, turn off the phone, log off, and marvel at Youk's hat size and Petey's vertically challenged accomplishments.  Look forward to Josh's so-close-to-the-surface temper flaring to surprise all but those in the know.  Does Colon get his 2 seamer tailing back over called as a strike? Does Garcia continue to amaze?  Can Lester be had?  Do we get the Lackey we all know and love?  Will NY ride CC all the way to the barn?  I do love Francona - the guy is a class act.  

Share and enjoy.

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 17, 2011 8:39 am

Wk 15: CC is my shepherd

Wk 15:  CC is my shepherd.

Red Sox take lead in run differential.  Padding the stats.  Jenks on DL?  Fans cheer.

Boston Red Sox       (55-35) --> (56-36)   wk 1-1
New York Yankees   (53-35) --> (54-37)   wk 1-2   1.5
Tampa Bay Rays       (49-41) --> (50-42)   wk 1-1     6
Toronto Blue Jays      (45-47) --> (47-48)   wk 2-1
Baltimore Orioles       (36-52) --> (37-54)   wk 1-2

CC is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to chase flys in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the chilled waters. He restoreth my soulfood: he leadeth me in the basepaths of righteousness for our team's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Fenway, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy ARod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of big eaters like Youk: thou anointest my head with pie; my cup runneth over.

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 13, 2011 8:29 am

Wk 14: The Few-Stars break

Wk 14:  The Few Stars break

I turned it off... who was ahead, the NL or the DL?  And the Warning Track Derby. Sign Cano's Dad.  Fun to watch the kids knockng each other down to catch a fly ball.  Gold balls?  And a fan almost fell out of the stands - how slow a learner do you have to be?  Ortiz had a good time with his team.  Very nice to see him in another setting than charging the mound.  When Heath Bell sliding into the mound is called "stealing the show", you know there isn't much of a show to steal.  Always a luxury for a manager to use up someone else's pitchers.

The standings reflect what most folks predicted:  2 teams at the top, 1 hanging close, 2 slipping away.  Rays have more arms than bats, Jays the reverse.  

Boston Red Sox      (55-35)
New York Yankees  (53-35)    1
Tampa Bay Rays     (49-41)     6
Toronto Blue Jays    (45-47)   11
Baltimore Orioles     (36-52)   18   

Why the double digit games back?  Pitching:

                               ERA    Slugging
Boston Red Sox      3.92 / .456
New York Yankees   3.46 / .444
Tampa Bay Rays      3.58 / .399
Toronto Blue Jays     4.13 / .420
Baltimore Orioles     4.76 / .401

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:25 am

Wk 13: Keep them doggies rollin'

Wk 13:

Taking care of business.  Bats? check. Arms? check.  And then there were 3.

New York Yankees  (44-31) --> (50-31)   wk 6-0
Boston Red Sox       (44-32) --> (48-34)   wk 4-2
Tampa Bay Rays      (43-34) --> (46-37)   wk 3-3
Toronto Blue Jays     (38-39) --> (40-44)   wk 2-5
Baltimore Orioles      (34-40) --> (35-45)   wk 1-5

Theme of the upcoming week is Arms.   Tuesday Lester's lat and Papelbon's unrelief scares Sox... shouldn't McDonald get the save, really?   Nice ole tag by Tek, sleight of hand.

Papelbon leading by 3:  a 2 run bomb + 2 base runners + a line single + an arm thankfully not attached to him = stealing a win he has no right to say he contributed to.  A Papelbon is a Cinnabun without the sweet parts.   Just empty carbs.

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 27, 2011 10:41 am

Arrgh, Matey. Shiver me timbers, 1st in the East

Arrrrgh, Matey.  Shiver me timbers.  Keel hauled.

AL East wk 12:
New York Yankees  (40-29) --> (44-31)   wk 4-2
Boston Red Sox       (42-28) --> (44-32)   wk 2-4
Tampa Bay Rays       (38-33) --> (43-34)   wk 5-1
Toronto Blue Jays      (36-35) --> (38-39)   wk 2-4
Baltimore Orioles       (31-37) --> (34-40)   wk 3-3

+ everyone won on Sunday.  It's the East, after all.   

Despite their hot streak, the Red Sox were boarded by the Pirates after doing penance with the Padres, and the Yankees took 1st place... for now.  The stealthy Rays heated the field to pull close and create the 3 team race most folks expected.  Maybe the Jays can hang close?

With interleague ending, thank Jeter, we'll get back to better games.
  • The Red Sox get famine and feast, heading to Philly - It's on to the city of brotherly love, Ben Franklin and cheesesteaks  where the fans are gracious and the food is tough - and then Houston.  The AssTro end of the league.  And then the Jays, finally.
  • The Yankees see the Brewers at home and then on the road to the Mets and then Cleveland.  Taking care of business.

Looking to get Colon back soon, maybe even Hughes.  Too much to ask where the hell the lefty relievers are...  the pharmacy probably.  ARod hitting for average and RBIs despite sore shoulder, light power.  Tex, Swisher, Jorge stay hot, looking to wake up Cano and Granderson to click on all cylinders.  Gardner actually stole a base - imagine that!

Category: MLB
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