Archive for October, 2012

10/30/12: MLB Leaks New Astros Logo (GASP!!!!!)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Like this is a big deal.

Several things ARE big deals. Such as the fact that the Astros are – quietly – getting rid of almost all the FO/field personnel from the previous owners. The ONLY 2 guys returning are Dave Clark (role not specified) and pitching coach Doug Brocail. And speaking of pitching coaches, Burt Hooten, who has been the AAA pitching coach and Mr. Fixit for 8 years has been, uh, not hired. Whoa.

They have fired Stretch Suba, the bullpen assistant coach for 36 years, since he was 21 years old, Gene Coleman, the trainer for 34 years, the traveling secretary (???!!! – what, did he faint at the signt of the new unis? They fired the traveling secretary??? Must have been making too much money and they can hire some kid to do it for minimum wage or something.)

Well, looks like they’re gonna put all that saved money to buying aome free agents – not top tier ones, of course. They sure nuff need some relievers. And from the way they’re talking, Dallas Keuchel won’t be back in the rotation – they WILL have Lyles, Harrell and Norris. OMG, they are gonna have to spend some money to sign Norris and Jed Lowrie, seeing as how they are arb eligible. Lowrie made 1.15 mill, so he might could make like 2 million – so he’s gonna have to be traded.

Matt Downs is gone byby. DFAd today. Gee, what a shock.

What IS a shock is that Luhnow is talking about Fernando Martinez as if he’s someone valuable. I’m trying to figure out why. Maybe there’s something they see about his fielding or glove of baserunning I don’t see and maybe they think 40% strikeouts is no big deal. Or something.

And speaking of Luhnow, you should check out the interviews he did with the new Astros beat reporter Brian T Smith (Levine has left and Jose Ortiz is still banished to soccer). Luhnow is, well, let’s say he actually talked more than the usual Bull Durham lines. Check it out. He has made it more than clear that they intend to basically use whatever money they have for a strong farm and not spend for FA – well, not spend real too much. Although he talks about getting familiar with the guys on the team, well, we all know that very few of the guys on the team are more than AAAA guys, and they won’t be here real too long. I am guessing that they are gonna Billy Beane the roster every year.

This year, I would be very surprised if they sign any Veteran Presence who costs more than a million or two. Torii Hunter, for example, is going to be one of those outfield free agents they are looking for, but can you see him agreeing to take one or 2 million to be a bench guy/teacher here?

I wonder if players are ever going to start recognizing that they are leaving huge amounts of money on the table by signing any sort of contract that buys out any free agent years and have some kind of built in escalation clauses. There are very few big time free agents this year as teams are keeping more money for themselves by signing young players to below market contracts.

I’m also getting tired of the Astros FO always talking about/comparing themselves to the Nolan Ryans. Which reminds me – should I do an entry showing that the pieces of the Rangers championship teams were all in place BEFORE Nolie-poo joined the team? He got the credit for what Jon Daniels actually DID. I mean, that was good – not the Adrian Gonzalez for Adam Eaton (pitcher) insanity.

Astros appear to have decided to run this team like a small market club, as if having actual fans in the seats matters when it comes to making money or winning/losing. Not surprised. All the “we want to win” stuff is just to laugh. What they want is to make money. They’ll make tons of it win or lose.

I’m not fooled.

Oh – speaking of fool, I read this piece by Bruce Jenkins of the San Fran Chron in which he explains that Brian Sabean wins because of scouts who wouldn’t waste their time talking to stat geeks, who couldn’t keep up with Real Baseball Talk for even 5 minutes. The Giants wouldn’t have ANYTHING to do with stats of numbers of any sort except the 20 – 80 scale.

You talk about dead stereotypes. The Giants have plenty of stat geeks around, and EVERY SINGLE TEAM has stat geeks around (now that the Astros have gotten into this century/millenium) and EVERY SINGLE TEAM has tons of scouts and relies on them for all KINDS of stuff. Why the insistence that the Giants have no use for any number of any sort? I mean, except batting average RBI and home runs. It’s what makes movies like Major League so popular. You see, all these lousy players (including Matt Cain, Bumgardner, Lincecum, Posey, Romo, Casilla – etc) joined together and because of Wise Old Guys suddenly became better than the sum of their parts. Better Living Through Chemistry.

Jeezus, dude. Please save that CGI stuff for the movies, OK?

10/28/12: Tigers TRY To Win But The Riot Beats Coke In The 10th And Giants Sweep And Win Series

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

I can’t stand the thought of no mo baseball for the rest of the year, so I’m just hoping that the Tigers make a game of it. Even if I can’t actually ROOT for them, if you dig. So in order to kind of encourage them, I headed over to Mama’s, paper catsuit and all. Naturally, Louis The Cat rushes over to miauw all ovah that paper and I tell him that he best not be thinkin of getting petted, let alone sitting with me, unless his team leads. AAAARRRRRROOOOWWWW, MIAOW, he sez, which means, just you wait, sista.

Demi Eff Lovato is in to sing the National Anthem. Naturally, she butchers it. Can someone please PLEASE explain to me why it is now an absolute necessity for female “singers” to refuse to sing the National Anthem as it was written, slowing it was down, changing the key, the phrasing, jazzing it up, dumbing it down? I mean, seriously, WHY is it so important to make fun of the National Anthem? I’m assuming that is the reason behind the butchery. When it first started, with Roseanne Barr, I think, it was supposed to be funny. I had hoped it would end there, but noooooooo…

grrrrrrrrrrrrr

Mama and I decided to listen to KNBR with McCarver and Joe Uck muted out. Trouble is that the feeds are not coordinated, but that’s OK. We were so late we didn’t get started until the second inning. We didn’t miss much of anything.

Ryan Theriot is the Giants’ DH. This tells you all you need to know about the essentiality of the stupid DH.

1st – Scherzer gets 1,2,3. He is NOT getting any low strikes. Cain gets 1,2,3 with a walk to Miggy Cabrera.

2nd – Posey Ks, then Pence hits a GR double over the left-center fence. Then Brandon Belt hammers his first hit of the Series – a triple to the RF corner (that’s a REAL triple), then Blanco and Theriot strand him at third. The wind is blowing in HARD. It looks misty out there.

They are interviewing some female. NOT an athlete, not stick skinny enough to be a celebrity. Of course, they aren’t showing the, you know, like GAME, and the captions say she stayed in the MLB FanCave all season, watching every single game. Which won her tickets to the WS. I can’t imagine living with those creeps in the FanCave all FREAKING YEAR. I’m getting old, I guess.

Jeezus gawd. I just HATE the way they show the WS. Or don’t show it, I should say. I call home, remind kidz to feed the Dogss and let them out in the back yard.

3rd inning – Matt Cain, who has been hommeriffic this postseason, left a changeup down the middle to Miggy Cabrera, who sent it (barely) over the RF wall (thank you wind) for a 2 run homer. Goobah shutout innings, goobah lead. After Mama and I finish yelling, Louis has magically appeared on top of the couch and next thing I know, I feel whiskers rubbing my neck and a paw patting my paper catsuit and I hear MIAORWWWWW. He gets his chin scratched.

4th inning, both pitchers had settled down,1,2,3 – no problem. It’s raining, not that hard. Fans don’t seem to care and neither do the players. I can’t believe that hurricane is causing rain as far west as Detroit. I mean, I’ve heard it’s huge, but geeez.

Call kidz to make sure they’ve let the Dogss back IN the house.

5th inning – Scherzer is cruising, gets easy 1,2,3. Cain back out. Infante singles, but is stranded when Quinton Berry comes up with 2 out and he grounds weakly to Cain – it goes off his glove and Crawford the SS manages to pick it up and throw to first in time to get Berry. Shades of Adam Everett.

Maybe Brandon Crawford should get the MVP for his glove – he’s made at LEAST 7 WebGem plays along with excellent turning of the DP.

6th – Scherzer is at only 67 pitches. You talk about efficiency. Scutaro singles. Panda fouls off a bunch, looks at 3 balls, then swings at a vicious slider. Then it’s Buster Posey, who has uck-sayed all Series, golfs a changeup juuuuuuust inside the LF foul pole.

Giants re-take the lead 3-2. Scherzer is furious. 345 stinking feet and it’s a homer. Could be worse there boy – only 325 to the LF pole at the Box.

Pence Ks looking on 3 pitches – all in the middle of the zone, too. Belt flies out.

New pitcher is LHP Jeremy Affeldt. PH Avasail Garcia walks and Mr. Triple Crown is up.

Matt Cain back out. Can he hold a lead THIS time? And, no. Miggy Cabrera Ks swinging. Prince pops up to Crawford. Cain hangs a slider to Delmon Young and it’s POW, gone opposite field. Tie game.

Giants 3 Cats 3

AAARRRRRROWWWWWWWRRRR, sez Louis. How that damm cat knows what happens on the TV, I do not know, but he rubs the paper on my ankles and then jumps up on my right side – see, he knows not to bother my scorebook writin hand, settles himself next to me, puts his head on my thigh and purrs. I tell him that I might move or jump, depending on the action. He shrugs. MIAUWRRRRK, RROOOOWWWWRRRR, he sez.

So Dirks singles up the middle (no relievers in sight) then Jhonny Peralto is up. Cain is leaving pitches up and Peralto almost takes one out but Blanco catches it on the warning track.

7th – Scherzer back out, determined he IS gonna win this game if he has to finish the damm thing his own self. We’ll see. Blanco singles to right. DH Theriot grounds out and Blanco is at second. And well, looks like Scherzer AIN’T gonna finish this damm game his own self, because he’s outta there for slugger Brandon Crawford. Really. 90 pitches. I look at Louis – you know, a run scores and you outta here too, I tell him. MIAOWWWW, PPRRRRRRRRKKK, he tells me.

Lefty Drew Smyly in. Crawford lines out to CF. Smyly gone and Dotel is coming in to get Great Hitter Pagan to hit lefty. It’s not like he can’t hit lefty. Reminds me of Phil Garner bringing in John Franco to face Chipper Jones, forgetting that Chipper could hit right. I mean, not that Pagan is any Chipper Jones. And he gets Pagan out.

Matt Cain back out – hey, he outlasted Scherzer. Wouldn’t have guessed that. Infante out, Laird pops out on a FB down the middle, Jackson Ks swinging on 3 pitches.

8th – Dotel back out, and he walks Scutaro on 4 straight pitches. Panda hits into a 3-6-1 DP. Scutaro can’t escape the rundown. Posey fouls off a bunch, but Ks, swinging.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and this game will go 21 innings, set a record and we’ll get the fun of watching position players pitch and pitchers field at short or something.

LHP Jeremy Affeldt in to face PH Avasail Garcia, who walks. He then strikes out Cabrera, Fielder and Young, ALL swinging. Really impressive pitching.

9th – Lefty Phil Coke, Da Closah, in. He strikes out Pence, looking on a FB RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. He then strikes out Belt and Gregor Blanco.

Affeldt back. Dirks Ks swinging. Peralta up – he has got to be the hardest luck guy – he hit a FB right down the middle at least 420 feet to left CF, but it was into the wind and Pagan got it at the wall.  He’s out, Santiago Casilla, RHP in. It’s 10: 20, so I call home to make sure kidz have gone to bed. They haven’t, naturally. I explain the connection between going to bed and video game privileges, and get grumbling, as expected.

Anyway, Casilla hits Infante on the back of the hand and he leaves, heads straight for the dugout – must have broken it. Danny Worth in to pinch hit. Apparently, Alex Avila is hurt and can’t play today. Whoa. Laird grounds out.

And it’s EXTRA INNINGS!!!!

I call home again, to make SURE those kidz are headed for bed. Husband grumbles as I tell him it’s extra innings. He knows the bad news – I’ll be home when it’s ovah and not a minnit sooner. He knows me all too well and I hear the faint sigh.

10th – Coke back in. Riot singles to right. Crawford sac-bunts. Pagan Ks swinging. Scutaro hits a single to center, Jackson plays it on the bounce and Riot beats the throw into home!!! And sorry Phil Coke, Ball three was NOT strike 2 – it was way up and way out. And the ball that Scutaro hit was also up and out and was ALSO a ball, so no complaining. Panda grounds to third and Scutaro is tagged out trying to advance.

Giants 4 Tigers 3

I tell Louis to get down, his team is losing.

Sergio Romo in. Austin Jackson Ks swinging. That slider is FILTHY. Don Kelly in to hit lefty and he strikes out swinging at a FB outside at the knees. No, it wasn’t a slider – too fast. Mr. Triple Crown up.  Slider for a called strike. Slider for a ball. Slider for a swinging strike. Slider for a ball. FB up away fouls it off. “One strike away.” And he strikes out looking on a FB right down the middle. Miggy gets the sombrero tonight. The Giants get the trophy.

At least the Tigers actually made it a game tonight. All the “experts” who said the Tigers were heavy favorites and would win in 5 – well, I guess they all gonna sniff – Small Sample Size. Not, well, I guess I wuz ronggg.

Baseball is now over for 2012. The Giants win the WS again. MVP should be Lincecum or Brandon Crawford. Or even Romo. But no, it’s Pablo Sandoval – it’s those 3 homers. National League keeps winning All Star games and World Series. So much for DH superiority. Yeah – lemmee guess – Small Sample Size.

Marco Scutaro’s postseason heroics reminds me of Cody Ross in 2010, and although he was DFAd by 2 teams before being picked up by SanFran this year, betcha this gets him a contract for next year.

And now, it’s time for me to wash up (get rid of cat hair) and head back home because I have this feeling I need to kick kid asses, get them into bed….

 

 

10/27/12: Tim Dandy To The Rescue

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Tim Dandy to the rescue!
Tim Dandy to the rescue!
Tim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Tim Dandy! Go, Tim Dandy!

Voge was droopin  on the pitchin mound
And couldn’t no more strikes be found
Couldn’t get even the simple force
Uh huh, that’s right, of course.
Tim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Tim Dandy! Go, Tim Dandy!

(Apologies Black Oak Arkansas)

Ay-yep, Timmeh Lincecum, he done it again. Vogelsong had gotten out of a bases loaded jam in the 5th by getting Miggy Cabrera to pop out, and in the 6th, gave up the 4th of his walks after getting 2 outs – yeah, 4 walks, 5 hits, no runs. In c.omes Timmeh, just like in Game 1, strands the runner, pitches 2 shutout innings.

Looks like the MVP to me, especially if he keeps coming in as a high leverage long reliever. Which is very VERY kewl – haven’t seen a pitcher do this as far back as I can remember.

As for the game. Sigh.

OK, we’re in Dee-troit. Motah City. Home of Mo-town. There are plenty of famous singers – Eminem, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent (uck), Aretha Franklin. To name just a few. So why is some drab skinnyass bimbette with a crap voice singing the National Anthem? Oh – she’s some Fox sitcom starlette. Uck.  Yeah, I know. All about the Benjamins.

You know, I’d sure like to know who exactly is this “casual fan” that Fox/MLB pander to who prefer mega closeups of nosehairs, batting gloves, godknowswhat, and all those STUPID megamega slo mo watching the bat swing/ball bounce stuff. Or the interviews with random jerk Foxcom TV starlettes who don’t know a baseball from a golf ball. Or even the mid inning interviews with players/managers, drowning the GAME ON THE FIELD. I know they do stupid crap like this during the regular season, but this is beyond awful.

sigh

I swear I can remember when what most of what they showed during the WS was like, you know, the like, you know GAME. I mean, showing the field, the fielders positioning, guys catching and throwing the ball. Not much nosehair (although there sure nuff was crotch grabbing. I betcha the AAGPBL players didn’t do none of that. I never have understood why do that but it does start early – age 5 months. Trust me on this, I didn’t believe it when I first saw it.)

but I digress…

Really, not real too much interesting in this here game – Hunter Pence was the hitting star. Really. He walked, stole a base (endless stuff about free tacos – and NO, I am not feeding the kidz that stuff), went to 3rd on a WP and came home on a “triple” which was a misplayed ball to center by Austin Jackson. You know how it is – if the fielder doesn’t put a glove on the ball, no matter HOW badly he goes after it, no error. And really, the best it should have been was a double and a 1 base error on the bobble.  Hunter also singled twice.

Tigers have now been shut out 2 straight games. It isn’t just the pitching, they are just not hitting. Prince had a good reason to be furious about that crappy strikeout call in the 4th, but otherwise, no cigar. Actually, Prince didn’t hit that well last year vs Saint Looey, and this year, ohhh, mama. BAD. I mean, seriously, the Astros in the 05 WS, at least we put up a fight, lost by only 1 run every single game – And Brad Lidge lost 3 of those by his lonesome.

Man, here I go, getting all nostalgic again.

I supposed I should make some comment about the Astros new logo getting “accidentally” leaked on a t-shirt in the Academy store. Logo is the old H on the orange star. Lots better than that stupid brick red/pinstripes. Although I was kind of hoping for the old blue/gold – the players really seemed to like that one.

Tim Bogar turned down the position of bench coach after not being chosen manager. Not sure whether or not it had anything to do with the document they wanted him to sign in which he was supposed to agree to turn down any offers to manage that came his way. He’s not going back to the Red Sox neither, apparently, now that they got The One from Toronto, where the players didn’t like him and neither did the fans.  Shrug.

Interesting that this year’s bench coach, Pettini, is being let go – and he was one of Luhnow’s petsy-poos from Saint Looey, too.

Naturally, no other news. Will check out the winter leagues after the Series ends. And it sure nuff looks like it’s gonna end tomorrow. This is like THE most boring Series in, like forever. Tigers might could win tomorrow – it’s Scherzer vs Cain, but no WS team has ever come back from 3-0 to win it all.

But it IS baseball and youneverknow…

10/25/12: Hunter Pence Wins Game 2 For The Giants

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

So I’m a fangrrrl. I admit it. Hunter has a lower OPS than all the pitchers on his team in the postseason COMBINED. But today, Doug Fister and Madison Bumgardner had themselves an EXCELLENT pitchers duel going for 6 innings – each guy had given up 2 hits and 1 walk. And the game was moving right along – as fast as a modern WS game can go with all the ceremonies and interruptions.

So anyway, Fister, who had thrown 108 pitches, came out to pitch to Pence, still hitting in the 5-hole, don’t ask me why. Well, maybe it’s like Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof – TRADITION!!!!

So it’s a scoreless game. Pence had had 2 ABs already – flied out to shallow center and to the arning track in center – a LOT better than what he HAD been doing, which was flailing wildly or grounding out. He took a breaker in the dirt for ball 1, fouled off a perfect FB on the inside, started at a FB that was RIGHT down the middle, took a slider outside that he usually flails at, fouls a curve, then hits a slider that doesn’t slide quiiite enough into LF for a hit. It’s goo-bah Fister, and in comes his relief.

Smyly, RHP, gives up a walk, then Gregor Blanco, who tried and failed to bunt his previous 2 ABs, chops one down the 3rd base line, the catcher and 3rd baseman stare at it, willing it to go foul, but it doesn’t, and ever one is safe, bases loaded. So Brandon Crawford hits into a 4-6-3, Hunter scores the go ahead run!!!

Fister is informed that strangling relievers who give up a run on the only inherited runner, which loses him a hard fought and well pitched ballgame is not allowed in MLB. He checked with Astros starters who confirmed the news. They told him about all their favorite blood pressure medications and stress-reducing yoga positions.

Very next inning, same reliever back out. He walks Angel Pagan on 4 straight pitches, gets Scutaro staring at strike 3 RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE, then Angel Pagan takes off on the first pitch and barely makes it. Smyly then decides to IBB Sandoval to pitch to Posey. Small sample size decisions ROOL, do they not? at least here, they do. Posey takes a walk, mostly because Strike 1 and Strike 2 are called Ball 1 and Ball 2. First time all night that the ump didn’t call the rule book zone.

Hunter then drives in the security run with a sac-fly the very next inning. He ain’t hittin the ball much, but today it counted.

Not real too much that was kewl, except for the second inning, in which Da Prince was HBP, then Delmon Young hits a double into the LF corner. Blanco gets it, throws a PERFECT beebee to Scutaro, the cutoff man, who makes a PERFECT throw to Posey, who nails Prince on his ass – nice target, by the way. And Prince was trying to slide in, not annihilate Posey. And Prince was barely out, too – just a slightly weak or offline throw and he scores.

So much for the Tigers win it in 5, so much for the – ohhhh this is SOOOOOO lopsided in the Tigers’ favor. At least so far.

Yes, I AM still rooting for Hunter to suddenly start hitting and get the MVP.

 

10/24/12: Barry Zito Hands Verlander His Lunch And Giants Win Game 1

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

All Pablo and no Pence.

Hunter still has that scraggly ass hideous face hair and is swinging away at crap – not just sliders away, and looking seriously BAD. He took the sombrero tonight. Unlike Pablo, who hit 3 straight homers. Hope he keeps it up – unlike Uncle Albert last year, who sucked the entire Series, except for his 3 homer game. SOMEbody has gotta hit for that team, and Buster Posey looks almost as lost as Hunter.

At least this game isn’t being held in a downpour, like game 7 NCLS, in which the umps, after like 7 innings, got together and decided than any pitch within 1 foot of the strike zone would be a strike so they could all get the heck outta there as the Giants had already killt the Cards 9-0 and I have no doubt that they weren’t permitted to have any sort of rain delay in spite of the deluge. I’m just glad didn’t nobody get hurt out there.

Next question – what the EFF has happened to Jose Valverde?  He was sent in to mopup tonight in the 7th – got Lincecum (in relief) swinging and did his sillyass fist clenching little dance, then proceded to give up a double, 3 singles and 2 runs. his last 3 appearances have been, well, disasters. Maybe he’s injured, or maybe it is one of those – he has been having a run of suck – type thingys. youneverknow.

And Lincecum has been an absolute master this postseason, at long relief – AND at coming in a getting outs with MOB without allowing any inherited runs. His velocity is way WAAAYYY down from where it was a few years back, but he still got 5 Ks over 2.1 IP, which is far FAR better than anything he did as a starter this year.

And Barry Zito – the guy who was completely off the postseason roster 2 years ago, is now starting game ONE of the World Freaking Series. And through the end of 5, looked as if he was gonna get a complete game shutout – or at least a shutout. He suddenly lost control and was getting hit HARD when Bochy pulled him and sent in Timmeh, who shut it DOWN.

Barry

Freaking

Zito.

Well, if he wins 2 WS games and the Giants win another Ring, that giant (hahahaha) contract he got won’t look so bad, will it?

We’ll see if Madison Bumgardner can pitch better than he has the last few times and avoid Kyle Lohse-hood. If not, guess Timmeh will be ready and waiting.

The Giants are still thinking about who is gonna DH in Dee-troit. Hint – it shouldn’t be Aubrey Huff, who is making Pence look like Barry Lamar 2002. At least so far, the Gaints aren’t making it as easy for the Tigers to get their first Ring since 84 as Joe Uck opined. Yes, the sound got turned off then. No, I didn’t turn it back on. Yes, I was at my Mama’s. Yes, she’s still all Up Set about the Cards choking away the last 2 games. Yes, I had to get back home right quick to make sure that kids were actually IN bed because getting up time comes right quick.

Yes, it IS difficult getting in WS games without interruptions on school nights.

10/24/12: Pablo Sandoval Goes All Reggie Jackson To Shut Up Joe Buck

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Sorry, this could NOT wait another 2 hours.

Pablo Sandoval hit TWO homers offn Justin Verlander, channeling his fellow “aces” Lohse and Carpenter.

He then hit one in the 5th offn reliever Al Albuquerque to dead center.

I know it wasn’t 3 consecutive homers offn 3 consecutive pitchers on 3 consecutive pitches, but hey, close enough to shut up Joe EFF Buck, the most tiresome, whiny baseball announcer not named Sterling/Waldman or Brennaman or Harrelson or Milo.

More latah.

10/22/12: In Which Hunter Pence Leads Giants To The World Series

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This entry is short because I’m having endless computer trouble and want at least to post that when it counter, Hunter came through.

He hit the game breaking open double in the 3rd with bases loaded (you can see he really HAS left the Astros) with 2 RBIs and another run scoring on yet another effup by Kozma. And then Hunter scored a run.

Let’s say that Cain wasn’t exactly good, and the ump called the rule book strike zone, but Lohse was really lousy – lots of line drives instead of walks, this time. Let’s say that yesterday, Matheny really should have started Shelby Miller because Carpenter looked as lousy as he did in Game 2.

At least all the folks screaming that the Cards had no right to be here because they were the #5 ranked team in the NL will get SOME comfort, even though the Nats went home.

 

10/19/12: Barry Zito Makes Cardinals Look Like Yankees – Well, Maybe Not THAT Bad

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Or, in which Hunter Pence is the key to victory. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Yankees basically didn’t hit all ALCS, which is 100% attributable to Alex Rodriguez earning 28 or 35 or whatever it is million dollars, so he must be gotten rid of immediately, which will cure the team’s chemistry problem, especially after they get rid of Joe Girardi and hire Tito Francona. Oh – scratch that. And hire Buck Showalter. Oh – scratch that. And hire Billy Martin. Oh yeah, forgot – make that Jack Morris, because He Knows How To Win, ignoring postseasons not Game 7 1991.

No one to play 3rd base – like so what, that is what money is for. They can sign (giggle) Kevin Youkilis – he’s old enough by now.

Actually, I’m wrong. The Yankees lost because His Captaincy broke his 38 year old ankle and breaking his ankle broke the spirit of the team, which can’t win without His Clutchinesshood. Or something like that.

where was I? Oh yeah.

Cardinals thought they had this here series wrapped up last night, when they thrashed Tim Lincecum, who, as a reliever, had looked like the old Timmeh minus about 8 MPH on his FB. After all, Barry had pitched BP his last game and you’re only as good as your last start, right Adam Wainwright?

um,

I guess not.

This happens. I remember Game 5 NLCS 2005, when it looked like we were Gonna Go All The Way and it was Lidge on the mound, 2 outs, bottom of the 9th – and dead silence. At least it won’t mess up the Cards’ rotation as it did ours back when Houston used to have a baseball team…

Anyway, Lance Lynn got the start tonight, and he did ace for the first 3 innings. Then came the 4th inning. He gave up a single to Scutaro, then Pablo Sandoval, then got Posey swinging on 3 pitches out of the zone, then Hunter Pence hit a GB right back to him for an easy 1-6-3 inning ender, only Lanceie-poo threw the ball at the second base BAG instead of the SS, and you had the beginning of the end. Scutaro scored, Lance couldn’t pull himself together and before you could blink, it was a walk, a 2 run single and Barry Zito hammered the nail in the coffin by hitting a perfect, unfieldable bunt to 3rd, scoring a run and it was 4-0 and the completely discombobulated Cards did nothing useful.

They got FOUR runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Panda hit a solo job in the 8th offn Mitchell Boggs, like, so what.

Should I mention that Lance Lynn also hit into an inning ending 6-4-3? He could have stood there with bat on shoulder, hoping for a walk (not that Zito was giving any) and let lefty Jon Jay try to be a HEro. But no.

The Giants also fielded like they had a team of 9 Adam Everetts out there, too, which wasn’t real too much help for the Cardinals.

This is giving much happiness to the Nats fans and purists, who feel cheated because the Cards are the 5th WC team. The purists are all Up Set because Togers, AL pennant winners, had the worst record of the 5 teams, and they will be even MORE Up Set if their opponent is the Cards, also the worst of the 5 teams. At least the Giants had 94 wins in the regular season. The days of The Best AL Team vs The Best NL team GUARANTEED, are loonnnnnng gone.

And things are gonna be interesting Sunday afternoon – competing with football for ratings. And Ryan Vogelsong, basically unhittable in the playoffs this year, is gonna face Chris Carpenter, prima donna ultimo, who looked lousy last time out, and is dying for revenge. Not that it means he’ll get it, you know.

Hunter Pence had his worst year EVER, by FAR. He’s hitting .105 in the playoffs, and unless he KILLS the ball Sunday, will be hitting worse than The Hated Arod. Yet, you KNOW he’s gonna get a nice fat contract at the end of the season. Could it be with the MFY, to replace Nick Swisher? The Yanks NEED a RH bat – and you KNOW if Hunter doesn’t hit, he’s gonna get serious hell. He could go the the Red Sox, who need basically everything except a second baseman. I’d say he could go to the Cubs, but they are in serious el-cheapo mode, AKA “rebuilding.” He could stay in San Fran – youneverknow. ESPECIALLY if he is a playoff hero (see Cody Ross, who is now the #1 offseason priority signing of the RedSox.)

They sure look like the 2010 Astros, don’t they?

No baseball tomorrow. How will I live?

10/16/12: Saint Louis Is Saint Lousy And The Tigers Win Game 3 ALCS

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

I can’t bring myself to root for Chris Carpenter. It’s something that can’t be done, so I was surprised and delighted that he didn’t manage to last 4 innings last night and got his ass kicked thoroughly by Matt Holliday – who couldn’t field or throw or run worth spit.

I was – like, whatever – on the slide that knocked out Scutaro. Yeah, he started the slide a leeeetle late, yeah, he’s  a clod on the basepaths, yeah, his arm kind of hooked Scutaro. But at least Holliday actually went OVER the ****ing bag and I see runners ALL THE TIME who don’t bother to even stay in the basepath or go anywheres NEAR the bag.

Whoever thought that Ryan Vogelsong would turn out to be the Giants’ ace?

And what in the name of GAWD has happened to Hunter Pence? It’s like he’s regressed waaaayyy worse than his worst times during his second year. I thought he’d finally turned himself into a waayy above average ballplayer, but here in his walk year, he looks like a 5th OF at best. He’s only hit ONE ball with authority this entire postseason and that was an out – heck – in the last week of the season too, pretty much. He looks terrrible on the basepaths and he’s breaking wrong on a lot of the fly balls, in spite of making one really great catch in the first series.

The thing that really is unbelieveable to me is the anti-Cards sentiment floating around. The Cards are NOT “the new Yankees” in any way, shape or form. They didn’t do an Arod contract with Uncle – they let him walk. They don’t sign up all the mega free agents. They sign top notch guys like Jeff Suppan and Braden Looper and Kyle Lohse. They trade for Jake Westbrook. I don’t see any highly sought after FA signing big contracts. They signed Lance Berkman – thought to be fat (he wasn’t) and washed up (he wasn’t) and Furcal. I mean, not exactly top tier FA.

So this is HARDLY Yankees. And it’s not exactly like Yankees take a chance on some washed up guy like Berkman or Weaver. Or Chris Carpenter, for that matter. And being angry because Dave Duncan or the Cards hitting coaches and/or minor league instructors make chicken soup out of chicken poop is certainly NOT Yankees.

I understand TLR hate (trust me on THAT one) but he’s gone. What I’m hearing is stuff like – well, it’s nottttttt fairrrrrrrr that they sign all these borderline whozat guys and for some strange unknown reason, they do great (remember the carcass of Jeff Weaver?) and they have almost no failures. And besides, they won the WS in 06 when they slipped in as WC with 83 wins and last year they only got in as WC because the Braves did a RedSox in September so that’s not fairrrrrr neither.

OKAYYYYYY

So where is all the – well, how TERRIBLE is it that the 105 win 2004 Cards lost to the wild card RedSox? So where is all the – how TERRIBLE is it that the 97 win 2002 Cards lost to the wild card Giants? Where is all the – how TERRIBLE is it that the 100 win 2005 Cards lost to the 89 win WC Astros?

I know about the purists hating the WC, especially if the WC has a lower Win total than some other team. Or if a division winner wins 83 games. But it’s like this – if there are going to be 30 teams, and you only want the top team in each league playing just like BITGOD when there were 8 teams/league, MLB is gonna lose a TON of money/fans because 24 teams will be out of it from May on. This isn’t BITGOD. There are tons of sports/sports channels and wonderful gripping Reality Programs like HoneyBooboo and Kartrashians competing for eyeballs and going back to the Old System ain’t gonna cut it.

Now me, I hate interleague and would prefer a balanced schedule, so that there is SOME kind of fairness, but that has nothing to do with Wild Cards. And getting lucky in a Short Series. Or having a hot streak because this is baseball and streaks happen.

But, this sudden Cards Hate thingy might could be fun – see how long I would continue life as I know it if I told my Mama that she is now a “New Yankees” fan…

Truth is, I think most fans are peeved because they wanted to see the Nationals. Sounds a lot like the Braves hate when I was a kid. The – but they’re in it EVERY year and they have the best pitchers always so it’s notttt fairrrrrrrrrr.

So tonight, I went and watched some DH ball. No Jeter, natch, because of the broke ankle, and ARod benched AGAIN. It is to laugh, all the folks who wanted to see him playing SS again. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? He hasn’t played there for 9 YEARS and he’s 37 and isn’t exactly a great 3rd baseman and I would bet he’d make Jeter look good. This is NOT like giving Craig Biggio an inning at catcher for his last game in the majors, you know.

Most notable – the ump AGAIN gave Verlander a gigantic strike zone, especially on the outside corner. Is this a conspiracy or something? This is a great deal of help because the Yankees are an old and patient team who take lots of pitches and tonight, Verlander threw a LOT of pitches way out of the zone – and even they got called balls. He got 15 pitches I count that were balls that were called strikes and no pitches that were strikes that got called balls. If I was a Yankees fan, I would be VERY unhappy. Of course, I would also be unhappy that the hitters basically did like nothing with pitches that WERE in the zone.

Tigers hitters looked like Astros out there, leaving men on base at an unbelieveable rate. They were lucky to win at all. They won on a Miggy Cabrera double to right center (record 16 game hitting streak, by the way – ended with a 5-4-3 next AB) that Curtis  Granderson misjudged – bad jump, slow to get there. It looed as if the Delmon Young homer would be enough, but Edward Nunez, who, unlike the guy he replaced, dived AND GOT THE BALL, homered off an obviously tired Verlander in the 9th after fouling off like 9 pitches.

Was not surprised that Leyland left Verlander in to finish up, seeing as how Valverde has been pitching batting practice and Leyland thought that Verlander could get Nunez out. He got lefty Brett Gardner out after EIGHT pitches. And the guy hadn’t had an AB since Oct 3 – and before that, Oct 1 and before that, mid-April. Lefty Phil Coke came in and managed to get the next 2 outs.

You talk about a crappy, badly played ballgame.

BUT

any game that is a Yankees loss is actually a good ballgame, right?

Looks like it’s gonna be a Red Cat year, all right.

Dear Carlos Corporan, We’re Sorry For Your Loss

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

I know that that Carlos and his wife probably don’t read an obscure Astros blog, but in case they do, I just want them to know that me and Husband and all my readers (hi Mama!!!) are praying for them.

I’ve never lost a child, thank God, but I’ve lost too many people I really loved and the grieving process is hard and lengthy, I know. You never EVER forget the anniversary of the death, neither, no matter how much time passes. The wounds heal, but leave a scar, it’s what it is to be human.

If we were with Carlos and his wife, we could all give them a hug and cry with them a little. Because although we know that the boy is now with God and is free from suffering, it’s the parents who are left behind to suffer.

Bless them both.