Tagged: Royals

6 words for the Holiday Weekend

One hour without internet. Missed much!

 

Counting Crows, great. Dave Matthews, greater!

 

Parra gives up 5, still wins.

 

Brewers batter Cards for series split.

 

Gallardo strains oblique, maybe avoids DL.

 

Corey Hart is only Brewers constant.

 

Weeks ejected for first time ever.

 

Escobar’s many errors prove costly. Ouch.

 

(This girl distracted by Always Sunny…)

 

ASG rosters announced: Stars and Snubs.

 

Mauer leads with over 5 million.

 

Votto with early lead in Finals.

 

Braun, Hart represent Crew, Gallardo out.

 

Hart to pound out in Derby.

 

Lilly gives up 4 long balls.

 

Baby bears routed by Reds, Stubbs.

 

15 innings, 5+ hours, Rockies prevail.

 

Torii racks ’em up over Royals.

 

Kershaw forgets direction of basepaths. Whoops!

 

Carl Pavano + Brendan Ryan = Creepy Mustaches.

 

Bush pulled, relievers falter, Crew loses.

 

Brewers’ only run was walked in.

 

Hart still manages hit. Streak: 20.

 

Crew, Giants lefties only for series.

 

Geoff Jenkins retiring as Brewer Friday.

 

Need Miller Park trip before ASG.

 

Come on Brewers, step it up!

 

 

Musings from the wonderful world of baseball

Ugh.

This entry is, like, weeks in the making. My computer and I have a very volatile relationship and lately, it’s been getting worse. So since we’ve been on bad terms and posting from my phone is not an option, I’ve been forced to actually write. Like, with pen and paper. So, anyway, there’s just a couple of things I’d like to touch on in the goings on of baseball lately. 
Brad Nelson

Watch out, Mariners. You may think you’ve got a good player on your hands. You may think his minor league stats from last year warrant a Spring Training invite. I mean, I’ve been fooled by this guy, too. I was happy, even close to excited, to see his name on the Brewers roster come Opening Day last year. It faded into extreme shame and disappointment soon thereafter. He was awful. He did nothing. He fell way short of expectations. But, really, why do I care? He’s your problem now. Good luck.
Ned Yost

Yost was hired as a special advisor to baseball relations for the Royals. His duties will, of course, include making sure the people of Kansas City know that “everything’s fine.” I mean, he can’t hurt anything. Because you can’t get any worse than last place.
Ben Sheets

The Cubs are looking at possibly bringing Sheets to Chicago. I’ve already heard some people likening this to Brett Favre and the Vikings. I mean, whoa. Really? Seriously? Brett Favre is a legend. Ben Sheets is a crybaby. Seeing Favre in purple and gold is horrendous (and I hope the Cowboys take him down this weekend) but seeing Sheets in red and blue? B effing D. He’ll be good to go right off the bat, then will whine about a paper cut and push back a start or two. Then the paper cut will get infected and he’ll need an extra 3 days rest. Not to worry, Cubs fans, he’ll have a complete game shutout but not before falling victim to what he thinks is H1N1, but in actuality, it’s just a runny nose. But he’ll still miss 2 weeks. Now, he won’t actually be on the DL, but this cycle will continue for both contractual seasons that he’s looking to tap you for. So, have fun with that, Lou!
Jason Bay

Hehe!





Aroldis Chapman

As expected, the Red Sox outbid the Reds for Cuban hotshot pitcher, Chapman. They offered an astounding $30.25 million to beat out the Reds puny offer of $15.5 million. Oh, wait… Sorry. Temporary dyslexia. Reverse everything I just said. Yes. That’s right. The Reds made that deal. Yes, of Cincinnati. Those Reds.
Mark McGwire

Honestly, was anyone shocked by McGwire’s admission? Anyone? No? Yeah, me neither. Looks like it’s just another asterisk in the record books. Hey, Mark, when you called Roger Maris’ family to apologize what exactly did you say? Did you feed them all the same BS you fed all of us? I hope you have more respect than that. Seriously, no matter the reason, no matter what he did for the game (because you have to remember that he and Sammy Sosa saved baseball. With horse steroids and corked bats, let’s not forget.), his reputation is forever tarnished. Put him right up there with Canseco, Bonds and Clemens. Using steroids to help your game is like me using a Wonderbra to help mine– it puts on a good show, but in the end, it’s just a big disappointment. 
 

This Year in Baseball

It’s been awhile. I know. Bear with me.

I’ve decided to forego talking about the World Series because I’ve been reading The Yankee Years and my disdain for that team is doing nothing but growing. Needless to say, I was disappointed in the outcome.

I’ve also decided to save my thoughts on the JJ Hardy-Carlos Gomez trade for another entry, as I’m getting kind of sick of people asking me about it and have far too much to say. Let’s leave it at this for now: excellent move for the Brewers. Mike Cameron, I’ll miss you.

Instead of all that, I’ve decided to let you all in on my votes for the This Year in Baseball Awards. I’ve literally been on that website for at least the last hour mulling over the choices. And instead of just voting for all the Brewers nominees and whomever else I liked the most throughtout the season, as I have in the past, I think I’ve actually made some very well thought out decisions this year.

 

Hitter

My team did have 2 nominees this year in Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. Looking at everyone’s numbers, Braun probably could’ve been bumped off the list, but needless to say, I was happy to see his name.

Naturally, I voted for Fielder. True, his average was kept just shy of .300, but he had held it quite near that mark the majority of the season. Ending at .299 was probably a bit of a disappointment, but his other numbers made up for it. Fielder led the league for RBIs, tied at 141 with Ryan Howard, went 2nd to Albert Pujols with 46 HRs, led in OPS with 1.014 and capped out with 103 runs.

If it weren’t for Prince, I was leaning towards Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and his league-leading .365 AVG and 28 HRs or the Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez’s .342 AVG coupled with 106 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.

 

Starter

Of course, with the Brewers’ abysmal starting rotation, there were none of my own boys to choose from, so I went with Zach Greinke of the Kansas City Royals. I’m sure he’ll walk away with this honor given his 16-8 record and 2.16 ERA, which led all other pitchers in the category. Not to mention he struck out 242 batters.

I picked Greinke over St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright, whom I do think is a strong contender for Cy Young this year with his 19-8 record (the Brewers spoiled his 20th win. Ha!) and 212 Ks. I also was considering Detroit’s Justin Verlander because of his 19-win season and 269 Ks, leading in that category.

 

Rookie of the Year

Picking a single winner is going to be tough. As far as batting goes, it’s a tough call. But so is pitching.

You must know that I voted for Casey McGehee, not only because of his strong offensive numbers, but because I was able to watch him on the field all season, too. Sure he led the rooks in RBIs with 66 and was 2nd in just about every other major batting category (.301 AVG, .859 OPS, 58 R and 16 HRs), but he battled his way to an everyday spot starting for the Brewers at third base and did a pretty damn good job at it, too.

If it weren’t for Casey’s name on the list, I more than likely would’ve voted for Chris Coghlan of the Florida Marlins. Coghlan led with a .321 AVG and 84 R, while knocking in 47 runs, stealing 8 bases and hitting 9 out of ballparks across the country.

As far as pitching, I just find it really hard to compare to everyday players at any other position. Tommy Hanson of the Braves went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA, struck out 116 batters and had a WHIP of 1.18. Oakland’s Andrew Bailey went 26/30 in save opportunities while striking out 91 batters, keeping his ERA well under 2.0 and had a mere .88 WHIP. (But I still finding batting stats way more impressive. Sorry.)

 

Manager

Although the winner will most likely be the Yankees’ Joe Girardi, who led his team to the best record in the MLB at 103-59, my vote goes to Jim Tracy. Tracy took over the sagging Colorado Rockies partway through the season and led them to a NL Wildcard victory with a 92-70 record.

 

Closer

Milwaukee’s own Trevor Hoffman was 37/41 with a 1.83 ERA, 48 Ks and a WHIP of .91.  Not the greatest, but he gets my vote because, well, he’s Trevor Hoffman. Jonathan Broxton of the LA Dodgers had a crazy-high 114 Ks and the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera did only blow 2 saves. He also had the lowest ERA with 1.76. But, as I’ve previously stated, I don’t like the Yankees. Therefore, I vote for NO YANKEES!

 

Set-Up

Who to choose? The Giants’ Jeremy Affeldt had the lowest ERA (1.73) and tied Matt Guerrier of the Minnesota Twins with 33 holds. Oakland’s Michael Wuertz led in strikeouts with 102 and with .95, had the lowest WHIP.

Even though there was a Brewer on this list, I just can’t vote for Todd Coffey with guys like Wuertz and Affeldt sharing the nomination. My vote foes to Jeremy Affeldt.

 

Defense

I can’t quite get a grip on what’s better: putouts or assists? Fielding percentage is one thing, but what should I be more impressed with–the number of outs you make, or the number of outs you help make? My vote is for the Angels’ Torii Hunter. He only made 1 error, giving him a fielding percentage of .997, while also having 286 putouts. Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies was also pretty impressive with .986 fielding percetage and 433 assists. But I based my decision solely on fielding percentage and went with Hunter.

 

Performance

Yovani Gallardo offered a stellar game vs. Pittsburgh in late April, taking the win entirely into his own hands. Gallardo went 8 innings, struck out 11 with no ERs and smacked a solo homerun, accounting for the only run the Brewers would need to secure a victory. But I didn’t vote for Yo.

White Sox starter Mark Buhrle gets a lot of praise for his perfect game against the Rays, but with only 6 strikeouts, I think a lot of the credit should really go to his teammates. So I didn’t vote for him, either.

Troy Tulowitzki impressed me the most hitting for the cycle, going 5-5 with 7 RBIs and scoring 2 runs. Why was this feat more impressive than the rest? Welllllllll, it was against the Cubs!

 

Play

I watched evey play, waiting for the best reaction. I needed to be impressed. Making a leaping catch at the wall to rob someone of a homerun? Big deal.

The winner? The flip from Angels’ Maicer Izturis to Erick Aybar. Izturis flipped the ball from his glove directly to the waiting bare hand of the human projectile that was Aybar in time to throw Kurt Suzuki out at first. I watched that clip twice just to be sure I was actually impressed. I was.

 

Moment

Hands down, the Angels’ tribute to fallen pitcher Nick Adenhart after winning the AL West. No other moment put a bigger smile on my face.

 

Oddity

This is the one that I vote on purely because of what makes me laugh the hardest.

I still get a kick out of Milton Bradley’s stupidity, but the absolute take-down of Racing President Teddy Roosevelt had tears in my eyes. That Peirogi was brutal!

 

Executive

Tag-teaming with my vote for Jim Tracy, I picked Rockies’ GM Dan O’Dowd for being the man with the plan. Who knows where Colorado would’ve finished in ’09 if O’Dowd hadn’t had a hand in firing Clint Hurdle, but kudos for making the move. It certainly paid off.

 

Unsung Star

With numbers all over the place, it was hard to decide on this one. I went with Jayson Werth of the Phillies. His .268 AVG, 36 HRs and 99 RBIs helped get his team to the post season yet again. But with names like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, then adding Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez, a name like Werth gets lost in the mix. (Although, after this post season, it probably won’t be lost for long.) Ben Zobrist of Tampa Bay was a very, very, very close second.

 

Post Season Moment

After Dexter Fowler leapfrogged Chase Utley in the 8th inning of Game 4 of the NLDS between the Rockies and Phillies, Colorado stirred up an eventual 4-2 lead going into the 9th. But, Ryan Howard smacked a 2-run double off of Rockies closer Huston Street to tie the game, giving the Phils enough momentum to eventually take the series. Since I’m a bit of a sucker for the Phillies (only after the Brewers, of course!), I chose that moment of Game 4 over Fowler’s gymnastics.

 

So there you have it. My picks. It’ll be interesting to see how many of my choices are actually winners. I’m guessing probably not many, but that’s alright. I have my reasons for voting the way I do and I’m quite impressed with myself for not just outright voting for the Brewers and Phillies like I’ve done in years past.

So that’s all I have in me after not posting for I don’t even know how long. But I promise I’ll keep it up a bit more, especially with all the free angents that will be floating around soon. And with the Brewers mounting need to pick up some key players. There will be much to write about soon enough.

 

 

Where’s Trevor?

Well, I didn’t much feel like posting anything yesterday due to the terrible Brewers loss to the Royals. Looks like I didn’t pick a very good day today, either.

Yesterday’s loss started with a poor showing by Milwaukee’s next supposed ace, Yovani Gallardo. This kid didn’t even last a full inning, allowing 4 singles and issuing 3 walks. Seven runs scored that first inning, although only 5 were earned by Gallardo. An all-too-common Rickie Weeks error contributed to the 7 runs. And although those would be the only runs Kansas City would get the rest of the game, it was more than enough. The only Brewers run came, once again, via the longball. This time Brad Nelson had the honor. But it was too little, too late. Even though Nelson went 2 for 4, the run came in the 9th with no outs and the Brewers were unable to spark anything after.

Today’s game was a bit more promising. Top 10 Hottie Manny Parra pitched 4 (yes, 4!) scoreless innings against the hometeam San Francisco Giants. The Brewers needed 4 relievers today, and only Mitch Stetter came up with a clean inning. Milwaukee led 2-0 for 3 innings before the Giants tied the game in the 5th and from there, it was anyone’s game. Eduardo Morlan came in for a save opportunity in the 9th with a 6-5 lead. He faced 3 batters and allowed 3 hits, the final being the walk-off HR by Ryan Rohlinger. Thank you, Eduardo Morlan. Ummmm, where the H was Trevor Hoffman??

But last’s night’s game of USA v. Venezuela was pretty awesome, no? Wellllll, until that ginormous 8-run 6th. Then I kind of just wanted to go to bed. But I did stay up to see a few more runs score. I missed Ryan Braun’s HR, although I read it could’ve been contested. But at that point, what’s one more run? I also thoroughly enjoyed Jimmy Rollins dancing in the dugout. I knew there was reason to love that guy other than his adorable size!

And so, without further ado, here is today’s picture(s) in the countdown to Opening Day at Miller Park. I missed yesterday, so again, a couple related pics for days 33 and 32 (Oh man, it’s getting so close!). My favorite place in the city has numerous photo op spots that are probably meant more for the enjoyment of little ones, but my friends and I just can’t help ourselves sometimes!

Mol and I with the most horrible likenesses of Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun in the teeny dugout. I mean really. Same size? Ha.

 

Nik, me and Mol in the giant glove. (Note the flipflops.)