Wednesday, July 30, 2014
This man is the Boston pitching staff's last hope...which is why he's coming up several times on the lists of people who will likely be dealt before tomorrow's trade deadline.
This baffles me. Jon Lester has been pitching beautifully for Boston since 2007, and has been their main arm ever since Josh Beckett left in 2012. So...why would they give him up? He's done nothing but good things for the team.
I dunno, it baffles me. Boston should hang onto Jon Lester. They already dealt Doubront, and it looks like Lackey is on the way out as well. If they lose Lester, they will have nothing.
And to be at that point a year after winning a world series...is sad.
Coming Tomorrow- Depends on a lot of things.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Right now the NL West is working like a see saw. One week it goes LA's way. One week it goes San Francisco's way. And it's getting even more heated as the season goes on, because it's becoming evident that both teams want it.
Zack Greinke certainly wants it, because he got close enough to it last year while having a generally good season. This season he's playing beautifully, and he's just as good as Clayton Kershaw, giving the Dodgers three surefire arms along with Hyun-Jin Ryu.
I'm pulling for the Dodgers, because I think they're a fun team, and I think they're playing a lot better than the Giants. Also, I think there are 75 more Dodgers bloggers than Giants bloggers, so the blogosphere seems to be on my side.
Coming Tomorrow- Meanwhile, in Chicago, a fan-favorite rises to the top at the very bottom.
Monday, July 28, 2014
So I'll say this- Marlon Byrd's finally having a nice season in Philly, ten seasons after leaving. And for that reason I'm glad he came back.
Coming Tomorrow- Kershaw's right hand man.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
For the latter half of the 2000's, there were always two NL catchers that I'd constantly mix up, and it was Yadier Molina and Brian McCann. Why? Because they'd constantly trade off in the NL as the all star catcher. It was like they'd take turns. McCann'd take it one year, and Molina'd take it the next year, and maybe for variety's sake they'd throw in Buster Posey.
Of course, this year Brian McCann landed in the AL. So Molina had the whole league to himself.
I'm gonna be honest. I used to hate Molina a lot more than I do now. He's sort of grown on me, and I really don't hate him as much as i hate the rest of his team. I do think he deserved to start the All Star Game, and was kind of sad when he got injured and Jonathan Lucroy had to take over.
Either way, he's a great player, and one of the few Cardinals I do not hate.
Coming Tomorrow- A major force for the Phillies...who'll likely be on another team by Thursday.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
And it's a valid question. David Price is one of the most dominant, powerful pitchers in the MLB. He's had several really good seasons, and 2014 is no exception. Yet since his contract is running thin, there's a mystery as to whether Price will stick with the Tampa Bay Rays for the remainder of the season.
A lot of people are adamant that the Rays would never let such a major pitcher leave, and that they'd have to hold onto a piece that big. To those people, I suggest to look here and here.
At this point, it's a coin toss. One side says he sticks around, one side says he leaves. And remember, last year it was looking like Asdrubal Cabrera was on the verge of being traded. And he's still in Cleveland. So for David Price, it could go either way.
However, being that there's still a possibility he might be moved, I'm going to list some teams that I'd rather not trade for David Price.
- Red Sox. This one goes without saying, because I'd rather not hate Price more than I already do. This may happen because Boston's pitching has decayed a bit, but it may not happen because Price has lost already this year.
- Dodgers. There comes a point where every GM has to come up for air and say enough. Ned Colletti has yet to reach this point. The bottom line is that, as much as I respect the Dodgers, they have enough, and I don't think they can handle all that pitching talent AND Price.
- Cardinals. Same as Red Sox. Also, the Cardinals have enough young pitchers that they don't really need Price, other than for the sole purpose of cock-blocking every other team that actually NEEDS Price. Speaking of cock-blocking...
- Angels. While this is one of the years where the Angels' rotation is actually lightweight, the Angels would be swooping in at the last minute. Plus, if this happens, the Wild Card is a foregone conclusion for them, and I'd like for the Yankees to grab that one.
- Rangers. This one I absolutely fear, because it makes sense. The Rangers are in need of pitching because half their rotation's injured. Price is enough to give them a boost for 2014 without hindering them in the long run. If this happens, then it'll leave the Astros in the corner by themselves. And I severely wish this would be avoided.
- Tigers. This would turn a playoff team into a foregone conclusion for the World Series. And I'd prefer that if it didn't happen.
Coming Tomorrow- The catcher for the Cardinals.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Okay, by that I mean the Detroit Tigers' rotation with the exception of Drew Smyly. Drew Smyly is the Steve Avery of this rotation. He comes fifth, and simply isn't as good as the rest of the gang.
Any other year it'd come down to Verlander and Scherzer. This year it's Scherzer and Porcello. That doesn't count out Verlander and Anibal Sanchez though, because both are having modest enough seasons. Max Scherzer is, once again, having a dynamite season, and Rick Porcello, who was basically a failed prospect a second ago, is also surging.
Will Scherzer repeat for the AL Cy Young. It'll be the first time a Jewish pitcher has won multiple Cy Young awards since Sandy Koufax. And as a half-Jew myself, I could use something like that. Again, it's looking like it's either Scherzer or Felix Hernandez for the Cy, which means it's two pitchers looking for their second, and while I'd like to once again bring up the fact that Felix didn't exactly deserve the first one, I'd still prefer it if Max Scherzer finished strong and got two in a row.
Unless somebody else comes into the race and takes it away.
Coming Tomorrow- A pitcher for the Rays. Whether he will still be pitching for the Rays by the end of the month is up for debate.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Not on the blog, but in my hometown.
This is likely my last full week in my hometown, before three weeks of vacation, a few extra days back home, and college. I'm trying to take everything in for one last time, or at least the last time for a while. And one of those things was the card shop that I'd been frequenting ever since I got into the hobby. It wasn't going to be easy to walk in, grab cards, and go...and then not come back until likely a year from now. But it had to happen.
Well...I visited this card shop two days ago. It was sad, and it was sentimental, but it had to happen. And I got a good 120 cards that I felt like getting (all baseball).
Let's see what I got.
As usual, the card shop had stocked its 10 cent bins with 1990's junk wax, which I'm always on the lookout for. More specifically, I'm looking for the Topps sets from the glossy-era, which is 1993-2005 (all the sets I don't have complete box sets for). Luckily, the guy had some assorted Topps, including those five 1995 Topps cards. The Thome is a CyberStats insert.
Not Black Diamond. Black Diamond's pretty common. No, I'm talking about Randy Johnson in a Houston Astros uniform.
I didn't know that he was an Astro until far into his (future) Hall of Fame career. It was a bridge between his two landmark teams, his Mariners run and his Diamondbacks run. For the longest amount of time, I've always wanted a card of Johnson on the Astros. Thankfully, now I have one.
The last time I went to this shop, this turned out to be a major pattern. I kept finding lots and lots of 2006, 2007 and 2008 Upper Deck cards peppered throughout, which was nice, because I collected those sets intermittently when they came out. This Johnny Damon was the only 2003 Upper Deck card I found.
Yeah, like usual, I racked up a ton of vintage stuff from the ten cent bins, including this 2008 A&G card of Tex in between his Rangers and Yankees years.
Dunn and Gagne: #'d to 499
Pierzynski, Roberts and Stewart: #'d to 200
Sexson, Hudson and Dye: #'d to 100.
And all for ten cents each. That is pretty nice.
Well, overall I say that this was a fitting send-off. I'm sure I'll be back eventually, but not until I'm back from a college break. I think these cards will tide me over though.