Monday, July 6, 2015

The 2015 All Star Game Starters: My Reaction


More people voted for Josh Donaldson than anybody else on either roster.

That alone blows my mind.

I mean, yeah, No Yankees, 4 Royals, and a few worthy players sneaking in last minute, but more importantly, Josh Donaldson getting a ton of votes, mostly from people who hate the Royals, got the most votes out of anybody.

I'm not mad. I'm surprised. I would not expected somebody like Donaldson to field that many votes. He is, indeed, a great player, especially this season, but it's weird how many votes he got. Sort of like how last season the top AL vote-getter was Jose Bautista, another Blue Jay. Those Jays fans are fierce.

Alright, let's get to the starting lineups, because that's all ESPN has for me to react to. I purposely missed the actual broadcast, because A.) No way, and B.) I was watching more important things, like the WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL!

But yeah. Starters.

AL:
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers. AKA, the right choice. Sadly, Cabrera's on the DL, so it's very likely that Eric Hosmer is going to replace him. At least that's who I'd choose.
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros. I voted for him. I was worried that Omar Infante was going to win, because he hasn't done a hell of a lot this season, and would be waltzing to the ASG on fan fumes alone. Altuve has a reason to start. He's had an amazing season so far, and is bringing that team back into the subconscious.
SS: Alcides Escobar, Royals. Of course he got my vote. Not a ton of options at shortstop this year. And Alcides is the best one.
3B: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays. As discussed, I'm happy with this.
C: Salvador Perez, Royals. I voted for McCann, but Perez is still a great choice for it.
OF: Mike Trout, Angels. Because who the hell else are you gonna vote for?
OF: Lorenzo Cain, Royals. Yeah, he's having a great season, and he's becoming a very strong player over time.
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals. I'll give the Royals fans this; at least all four guys that made it in are really good picks, especially Gordon, who's come a long way from being a rookie prospect.
DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners. Again, of course. The guy's killing it.

NL:
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-Backs. The guy's unstoppable this season. He's singlehandedly keeping the D-Backs at third. THAT takes skill.
2B: Dee Gordon, Marlins. I was very worried this spot would go to Kolten Wong, but thankfully Dee prevailed, as he's having a monstrous season.
SS: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals. The 'Aramis' pick. As in, he's in, and I haven't really heard a ton about him this season, and I'm not really gonna argue.
3B: Todd Frazier, Red. THIS ONE I'm overjoyed about, because it was between him and Carpenter at the end. Frazier is having a huge season, hitting a ton of home runs, and he's local.
C: Buster Posey, Giants. Another very nice choice, as he's piling up RBIs like he never has before.
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins. Sadly, somebody else is going to have to replace him, and I really don't know who at this point. I'd guess Joc Pederson.
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals. Completely deserves it. He's having the season Nats fans have been waiting for.
OF: Matt Holliday, Cardinals. I don't think his season wholly merits a AS nod, but still...he's a great player, and he'll be fine. So, I won't argue.

Tonight, the rest of the rosters come out. I'm not gonna see the special, because I'll be tending to more important issues, like a Foo Fighters concert, but I'll post about the rosters sometime after.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Custom Card of the Night: Seager Edition


Kyle Seager is a great third baseman on a team that gets consistently shitty luck.

I mean, before the season started, and before people actually realized the Astros could do better than fourth place this season, people legitimately thought the Mariners would get second place, and nab the wild card, the one they should have nabbed last season (they were INCHES away). And then...the season started, Cano flopped, and everything went back to normal in Seattle.

The Mariners at least have Nelson Cruz, because he's hitting home runs whenever he isn't injured. And, again, Kyle Seager can definitely carry this team when he needs to. I know that back in the day everybody thought Dustin Ackley would be in this position, but that never really happened, so that left room for Kyle Seager to truly dominate. He's gotten a nice following in Seattle, and he's the one guy who's consistently doing his job well this season.

Coming Tomorrow- The Mets pitching staff has been phenomenal this season. Here's possibly the most important piece.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Custom Card of the Night: Hammel Edition


I feel like the sports media is very quick to turn on the Cubs every time they've lost a few games this season. They win some, it's 'CAN THE CUBS GET TO THE POSTSEASON'. They lose some, it's 'WHAT HAS JOE MADDON DONE WRONG???'

Last week I heard Joe Maddon got a magician in the clubhouse to turn the club's luck around. However, by the time the magician left, Maddon realized that he was missing both his wallet and his third baseman.

Jason Hammel is one of the few people holding up the pitching rotation this year, along with Jake Arrieta, and he's doing well enough that Cubs fans are behind him. Yeah, they're still reeling from the fact that Jon Lester is only human. But as long as somebody like Hammel is pitching well, and throwing a ton of strikes, they're fine.

The Cubs do need a bit of pitching support if they want to contend, because they can't coast on Tsuyoshi Wada's insane run-allowing skills alone. I'd love it if they got somebody like Hamels, even though there's a snowball's chance in hell of that happening. Still, if they get a few more pieces, they could definitely contend. Maybe not this year, but eventually.

Coming Tomorrow- The hard-hitting third baseman for a team that's staying well out of the chase in the AL East.

Custom Card of the Day: Kipnis Edition


Looks like the Indians picked the right week to gain momentum.

In the past week, both the Twins and the Tigers have slipped at 2nd and 3rd place. The Tigers are reeling because now they've lost Miguel Cabrera, and their pitching isn't as good, and they're beginning to sink. So...if they sink further, then the Indians could potentially make it to third, possibly second if the balloon in Minneapolis completely runs out of air.

For the first time since the late 2000's, the Indians have a strong pitching staff, one with depth. Not only do you have somebody like Corey Kluber who can come in and baffle every batter in the park, but people like Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer have been stepping up BIG TIME, and pitching some great games.

The biggest surprise of the Indians' season so far has been Jason Kipnis, who will be leading the league in Batting Average once he overtakes the now-injured Miguel Cabrera. He's had a phenomenal season so far, both offensively and defensively, having a ton of hits and getting back to what he started back in 2013. He's a great player, and the Indians are lucky to have him. I think he deserves an All Star nod, but we're not gonna find out about that until Monday night (effin' Kurkjian).

Coming Tonight: A Cubs pitcher who's been having a nice season so far, whose name isn't Lester or Arrieta.

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Custom of Big Rookie Prospect Miguel Sano


...because Byron Buxton spend too much time sitting around and not doing anything.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Custom Card of the Night: Inciarte Edition


The NL West has, for the last few weeks, been a race between three teams who consistently have on and off weeks, swimming in circles, making it very intense. The Diamondbacks are not one of those teams.

I mean, you have a team like San Diego, who can fail, but be important WHILE FAILING...but the Diamondbacks have pretty much nobody, with the exception of Paul Goldschmidt, who is basically carrying the team at this point. The good pitchers are injured, the roster's heavily depleted, the rookies, including Ender Inciarte, are doing alright, but not well enough to be too notable.

I honestly have no idea what they can do from here. if they lose Goldy, they have NOTHING. And, unless he snags a contract like Stanton did, he will be leaving very shortly. So...I don't know what's gonna happen. If nobody steps up, it's gonna be very bleak. i can say that AJ Pollock can sort of do well, and a couple other people are okay, but until somebody steps up the way Goldy has so far, I can't say anything good is going to happen here.

Coming Tomorrow- The Indians are hot right now, and their second baseman is hotter than he's ever been.

Custom Card of the Day: Martin Edition


Russell Martin is one of those guys that does very well at the plate, as well as behind the plate, for every team he plays for EXCEPT the Yankees.

I was convinced he was done being productive, and just wasn't the same as he was in LA after his two seasons in the Bronx. He goes to Pittsburgh, has two PHENOMENAL seasons, and then goes to Toronto and has another awesome season. I use the term 'allergic to pinstripes' here, because it fits.

I'm not angry. Sad to say, but Martin wasn't a good fit for the Yankees. He goes to Pittsburgh, or Toronto, or whatever, and he can fit right in. But there's a lot of pressure that comes with playing for the Yankees. You get up there, and the eyes of the world are watching. You screw up, and those eyes come down on you. You screw up in Pittsburgh, nobody wants to rip out your throat, nobody talks about how you're a poison on the team's success. You hit 20 home runs in New York, it's disappointing. You hit 20 in Toronto, it's a blessing.

I'm happy he's playing well again, and he's on a team that's successful enough to be relevant. Said success may have reached its peak, but I'm still happy for him. I'll bet he makes an All Star team, too.

Coming Tonight: The Diamondbacks are pretty irrelevant right now, but at least they've got a couple of young guys playing well enough.