Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The Phillies pitching staff is in dire need of a healthy Cole Hamels. The opening day starter, Brett Myers, looked terrible, at least in the first couple of innings. This guy simply might not be able to regain his form from before his trip to the bullpen in 2007. His ERA is going in the WRONG direction (2005: 3.72, 2006: 3.91, 2007: 4.33, 2008: 4.55) - and baseball prospectus is suggesting 12-8, 3.91 - a little optimistic, no? My Brady projection: 11-8, 4.33 - and that's not going to be good enough, not if Cole Hamels doesn't put up an ace's season.
So a possibly injured Hamels, a positively ancient Moyer, a shaky (but potentially brilliant) Myers, AL-import Joe Blanton (this guy gave up 240 hits in 2007, leading MLB... that's like Livan Hernandez territory!), and Chan Ho Park??? Looks to me that the Phillies will be fighting the Marlins for 3rd place in the NL East...
In other news, this weekend I attended the return of Women's Professional Soccer to New Jersey, as Sky Blue FC took on the Los Angeles Sol at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. First of all, playing a soccer game in a minor-league baseball park seemed ridiculous to me... but after watching the game, I found that the venue was perfect. Lots of cozy seating, and around 6000 fans turned out to see the game. Just like a minor league game, you could get a beer or a funnel cake, and could even take part in a halftime dizzy-bat race. The atmosphere was far better than a empty-feeling Red Bulls game at the Meadowlands, and I attended quite a few of these (as the Metrostars) in the infant years of MLS.
One problem exists though: the most exciting part of that game was ANY time Los Angeles (and Brazilain) forward Marta touched the ball. Possible the most exciting soccer player - male OR female - in the world. The problem??? She plays for LA, and no Sky Blue player electrified the crowd in the same way. Next game is saturday evening, April 11th...
Monday, April 6, 2009
I am trying to watch the re-broadcast of the Mets game, since I couldn't watch it at school or practice today. Good to see Santana get this win - I remember this scenario, seemingly every other start for April and May last year - leave with the lead, end up with a no-decision. For one day, at least, the new Mets pen looks rock solid.
Did anyone see Sabathia's uniform earlier today? The Yanks road greys are NOT flattering.
We also nearly saw a reverse Jeffrey Mayer (sp?) in the 8th inning when the O's 9th batter Cesar Izturis hit a 2-run insurance homer. Didn't you fully expect the Yankees to get that call? They didn't, and it looks like 0-1 for the Bombers.
Earlier in the game the YES announcers mentioned that the O's led MLB in attendance for 3 or 4 years after Camden Yards opened. Now they are near the bottom - 11 losing seasons in a row pretty much keeping fans away in droves. Nice park, too. Tough division, though, with the "big two" spending all that money. I thought the O's were spending some money about five years ago - did they just give up?
Alarming note for the Yanks - is this bullpen (no counting Rivera, of course) good enough? It really may not be. Especially if this lineup shows the effects of age and the absence of A-Rod. Today's game is one the Yankees have often won in the past - go down 6-1, the bullpen stops the bleeding long enough for the bats to catch up.... Instead, the Yanks rally to make it 6-5 (then Teixeira chokes with his big chance!) and the bullpen gives back 4 in the 8th... game over!
Just flipped back to the Mets replay - can anyone actually watch replays? I simply can't. I want to - I really do - but knowing what has happened makes it impossible.
NL East standings:
magic number, anyone?
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I kinda feel that should be enough for me to just give up on the season, take up a new hobby, or simply spend more time identifying run-ons in the Sentence of Dave.
But instead I will watch the Phillies celebrate their championship, cursing the fortunes of the Star Ledger's Tom Barrett and out-of-the-loop Jason George.
I do want to note that the Phillies have outlined their logo, names and numbers in gold this season, no doubt a boastful reminder of the 2008 title. Tacky. You wouldn't see the Yankees do that.
I also want to present a trivia question: which team defeated the Phillies most last year?
A glimmer of hope? Baseball Prospectus is published by a group of guys (and a girl?) who perform tons of advanced math in order to analyze and predict the value of every player in MLB. Last week, they announced their projected standings, and selected the New York Mets as the 2009 NL East champions. Tomorrow's starter, Johan Santana, is projected to finish 15-7 with a 3.17 ERA. I think he wins 20.
I also just received a text message from the aforementioned Jason George, sitting in the stands in Philly - it reads, "Ok, i wanna go home." The reason? Top of the second on opening night, and the Phillies trail 4-0.
When I go to sleep tonight, all will be right in the world, as the Phillies will be in last place.