"Boy, Clint Robinson sure Kila-ed it up during his brief call-up, didn't he?"
The Cubs plopped Rizzo right smack dab in the 3 hole tonight too...wow. A walk and a single in 3 plate appearances so he's doing well so far.
...and now Colby Lewis is on the 15-Day DL for the Rangers. Hollly crap. They've called up Martin Perez, a touted pitching prospect in the Rangers' from AAA. He's one of those guys that the Rangers wanted to be really careful with and not rush, but... yikes.
BTW, it looks very likely that the Cardinals will be shopping uber-prospect Shelby Miller throughout July.
At least he had the one decent season.
They were able to turn Colby Rasmus into a championship somehow. Maybe they're hoping lightning will strike twice.Why? They're convinced they are that close to winning the division again or they are giving up on the guy?
In the midst of a spectacular June, the Yankees pitching staff has just been crippled in the span of a few hours:
- CC Sabathia is going on the 15 day DL with a strained groin and will not return until after the All Star break.
- Andy Pettitte took a liner off his foot today and will be out at least six weeks with a fractured ankle.
Looks like it's Nova, Hughes, Kuroda and Garcia for July!
In his first game of the year, Chase Utley returned to the Phillies today. The fans gave him a pretty nice welcome.
Then he hit a home run in his first at bat and the place went bananas.
He's now 24 homers and 1 dented SUV behind Bautista.
Also, for the first time since the two teams moved out west, the Giants have swept the Dodgers in a series on all shutouts, and have tied them for the NL West lead in the process.
The Giants are pitching like, well, giants. That Bumgarner game last night was a masterpiece. Eventually they're gonna allow a run, but it's a pretty impressive string of starts right now.
My Tigers have now scored at least 5 runs in 4 straight games. Is the offense awake now? Hope so, 'cause today they have to face David Price. Of course the Rays have to face Verlander, so all things considered I'd rather be in the Tiger's shoes. Also, last night the Tiger's radio broadcasters were talking about what would happen if they traded with Philly for Jim Thome to put at DH. Total fantasy at this point, but that would be pretty sweet. Gentleman Jim knows how to hit in Comerica Park, that's for sure.
That 17-1 loss on Wednesday has to be even more demoralizing than usual for my Cubbies. But Rizzo is getting some good press, and they get to play the Astros this weekend, so maybe some good things will happen.
New formula for a Mariners 90-win season:
1. Felix pitches a complete-game shutout on a 2-man starting rotation;
2. Opposing catchers miss drop easy lob to home plate in 9th inning every day.
Seems like the only way they can reliably win these days is through either Felix+plain dumb luck, or ludicrous amounts of plain dumb luck. Go M's and four-leaf clovers :(
What's more impressive about SF's series of shutouts is that Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum account for half of them and Matty Cain none. Hopefully Cain can keep up the magic, but otherwise a sweep of the Dodgers is enough to keep a Giants fan happy for a while.
Tonight's the night that Cliff Lee finally gets his first win of the year, taking a small step toward justifying the $29 bid price I paid for him in my fantasy league this season.
OR maybe not...lead-off double that eventually scores and he's down 1-0. He seems to either get no run support or gives runs right back to the other team when they do score for him this year. I'm guessing he's 0-5 after tonight and I'll hope for the best next week.
Last edited by rowe33; 06-29-2012 at 04:44 PM.
Looks like the Phillies are starting to wave the white flag, as they traded Jim Thome to the Orioles.
Meanwhile the Astros were ready to send Carlos Lee to the Dodgers but it sounds like he's not going to waive his no-trade clause.
After the Phillies traded Thome yesterday it sounds like they are now willing to listen to offers for Victorino and Hamels, both of whom are free agents after this year.
The Mariners have DFA'd C Adam Moore, who was at one time supposed to be a solid prospect. He got opportunities that last few years but never hit and kept getting injured. Meanwhile Erasmo Ramirez, who they converted to a starter, last month and who had been solid in that role just went on the DL. They called up a reliever to replace him. Top pitching prospect Danny Hultzen got promoted to AAA last week but so far hasn't shown any reason to rush him up further.
Dave Cameron wrote a long piece over at FanGraphs about Safeco field where he points out that in general it is an unusually tough place to hit this year - for everyone. Both the Mariners and their opponents hit a lot better elsewhere, as in 50 point batting average differences and double the home run rate differences. His theory is that the cooler then normal weather in Seattle so far this season is the primary reason for that.
Yankees are definitely a possible buyer, after everything that has happened to their staff lately. I'd hate to see that myself, much like I hate anything that makes the Yankees better, but you can't deny it makes sense. The real question, though, is whether anyone is willing to give up the prospects that the Phillies are going to ask for.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has already plainly said that he's not really interested in trading to help patch up their injured starting rotation:
Cashman explained that if he needed help outside the organization, it will not be in a major trade. Even if the Cubs deal Matt Garza or Ryan Dempster, for instance, Cashman is not in the market.
“I am not looking to make a trade,” he said. “I might make a waiver claim or pick up some nonroster guy, but that’s it. We feel we have the solution right here,” he said.
Keep in mind that all signs point to the Steinbrenner brothers being serious about dropping payroll over time. Giving up a bunch of prospects to the Phillies to get Hamels and then not signing him long-term wouldn't make sense.
The Marlins and Brewers just played what was probably one of the most awesome and craziest games of the year, where the Marlins rallied from 9-2 and 11-5 down to tie the game in the 8th, take an 12-11 lead in the 10th, only to lose 13-12 on a 2-out, 2-run walkoff by Aramis Ramirez.
Carlos Lee traded to the Marlins for some prospects. Reports say he will take over at first base for Sanchez. Miami is 9 games out of first in the NL East and about six out of the expanded wildcard.
I wonder if Lee is rethinking his decision to say no to the Dodgers trade. The Dodgers were on his no trade list but the Marlins weren't, so he had no say this time. You'd think the Dodgers would be more attractive to a guy near the end of his career, but who knows.
Yes, I thought that was pretty well implied.
Of course, Amaro's the one who signed him to that stupid contract in the first place.
Incidently, this is the picture that showed up in Google when I went to make sure I'd spelled his name correctly:
Well yeah, everyone looks good in a Burger King crown.
Also, I love how that's not even from the image search portion, that's from the Bio portion that makes it look like his official headshot.
Thanks for Youk, Boston! Swept the Rangers mostly due to his bat in the last two games.