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MLB Blogger Rankings – Week 12

Lady Loves Pinstripes is one of six bloggers voting on Yardbarker’s Gillette Fusion MLB Rankings. Each week Lady Loves Pinstripes will rank all 30 MLB teams, along with the other five bloggers. All blogger’s rankings are averaged together for each weekly results. In addition, Lady Loves Pinstripes will comment on he AL WEST.

The American League East is still clinging to the top three spots, as the Yankees remain on top, but the Red Sox have passed the Rays moving into second spot. The Rays continue to fumble moving to third place, which is a team to keep your eye on because remember they held first place for the majority of the season.
 
Injuries plagued the Red Sox over the weekend, with the biggest blow placing Dustin Pedroia on the DL with a broken left foot. Can the Red Sox continue winning? Next week’s Blogger Poll should answer that question.

Here are the latest MLB Rankings – Week 12 and see where your team ranks for the week….agree or disagree?

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MLB BLOGGER RANKINGS – WEEK 12

New York Yankees vs. Cliff Lee

Personally witnessing Cliff Lee manhandle the New York Yankees in two different uniforms, at both Yankee Stadiums was far from fun. All I can say is Cliff Lee is that good.

Our first time in 2008 was like a blind date, as Lee wore a Cleveland Indian uniform back than and I was just going to see a regular season game. The Yankees made contact with the ball three times.

The next time was Game One of the 2009 World Series. Lee was a Philadelphia Phillies, but he dictated the entire game and left Yankees in awe once again.

The impression Cliff Lee has made on me is that he is the best pitcher in baseball.

Not Halladay, Sabathia, Santana, The Freak, Johnson Greinke, or Jimenez, it’s Lee any-day of the week, no matter the uniform.

Why?

In 2010 Lee has faced 336 batters, struck-out 76 and given up just three home-runs. His strikeout to walk ratio is a remarkable 19:1. Understand that only one other pitcher in the history of baseball, Brett Saberhagen ended the season in double digits back in 1901. Lee is well on his way to being the second pitcher to hold that record.

Lee leads the AL in complete games with four, has a 2.39 ERA. Lee has not walked a single batter in his last four starts and has only walked four this entire season.

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Reviewing Top Three American League East Teams

The AL East is proving itself worthy of it’s reputation as the toughest division in baseball.

It is difficult to imagine the post-season will be without either the Yankees, Red Sox or Rays, who have each have won the ALCS the last three seasons. (2007-BRS; 2008-TBR; 2009-NYY)

Let’s take a look at this three-headed-beast:
Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox were counted out way too soon, as they have been on a leap to get back into the AL East race. The crucial diff
erence has been Boston’s middle line-up is finally hot , as Big Papi, Victor Martinez and Marcus Scutaro are taking some pressure of Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia.

The Red Sox have missed the rapid lead-off bat of center-fielder Jacob Ellsbury. Ellsbury has only played for nine games this season due to broken ribs. He is set to
return after the All-Star Break, which will only help the Red Sox get better.

The greatest surprise is the pitching rotation, sans ace Josh Beckett, who’s been plagued by a bad back for a few seasons. John Lester has filled in as the team’s ace, with solid starts by Daisuke Matsuzaka, John Lackey, Tim Wakefield and the pleasant surprise of Clay Buchholz, who leads the team with a 2.45 ERA.

Buchholz left during his last start after hyper-extending his left knee but is said to be fine. Boston has gotten solid outings from the Boston bullpen, and closer Jonathan Papelbaum has been substantial, but he cannot give
up back-to-back saves like he did in Colorado anymore.

J.D. Drew is back since being on the DL since June 18th, but the Red Sox recent luck has not fared regarding injuries. All-star second-baseman Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 15-day DL with a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, which is typically a minimum six-week recovery. This is a monumental loss as Pedroia is the best player, both athletically and emotionally on the team.

Add Victor Martinez  to the injury list, but not the DL yet as the catcher took two foul tips off his left thumb. Martinez says it is just pain and plans not to miss any time, but will know more after he gets checked out.

Terry Francona is saying all his prayers before bed tonight.

The replacements players like Bill Hall , Darnell McDonald and Daniel Neva are getting the job done, but Youks and Big Papi have to take this team on their shoulders right now.

One thing is for sure it’s doubtful anyone will ever question GM Theo Epstein again.

Tampa Bay Rays

Heading down south to Tampa Bay, home of the Rays who finally proved that their human by losing. The problem is their also developing and can’t seem to grasp the concept of defeat. It took them an entire season after losing the World Series in 2008 for the Rays to stop pouting, so Joe Madden needs to get attitudes in control now. Continue reading ‘Reviewing Top Three American League East Teams’ »

Inter-League Soap Opera: Dodger Blue Vs. Yankee Pinstripes

With inter-league play concluding this weekend, the New York Yankees head into Dodger Stadium for three-games.

An unfamiliar place, as the Bombers last visit was in 2004. The two franchises have a torrid history. They have faced each other 11 time in the World Series, the most recent dates back to 1981.

On the other hand, there will be no shortage of familiar faces, as Joe Torre, Don Mattingly, Larry Bowa all traded their Yankee Pinstripes for Dodger Blue.

It is sure to be a celebrity filled affair, as it is the hottest ticket in Hollywood right now.

Internally, the Dodgers ball-club is a mess, as owners Frank and Jamie McCourt are in the middle of a nasty divorce. Add injuries to insult, which is now just frustrating for a team who wants to contend as they did in 2008 and 2009. Fans cries have been pouring out for the Dodgers to get Cliff Lee from the Mariners in order for the team to survive. Unlikely to happen with owners divorce still unresolved.

The Dodgers 2010 season has been rocky to say the least. This team is in third place in the AL West, with a 38-33 record. Currently, Torre’s Dodgers have lost their last six games. Now, what could be called a slump has become a concern.

Not the best timing for the reigning 2009 World Series Champions to arrive, if your a Dodger fan. Let’s not give to much credit, as the Yankees have been playing sloppy lately. Continue reading ‘Inter-League Soap Opera: Dodger Blue Vs. Yankee Pinstripes’ »

Do You Remember 2007 When Joe Torre Was Our Hero

It felt like a heat wave in New York City on that October 8th night, back in 2007.

Fans were funneling into Yankee Stadium extra early for Game 4 of the ALDS.

The prior evening, I had watched my Yankees pull out a win to avoid getting swept.

Which, was all thanks to a home run hit by Johnny Damon in the seventh inning. I remember how I jumped on my stadium seat as my Yankees dreams of the post-season were not over yet.

Now, the Cleveland Indians were up 2-1 over the New York Yankees. Losing meant the season would end, but there was a lot more on the line that year for the Yankees.

Fans were just as aware as the players, but no one wanted to believe it. It broke my heart to think of being in the Bronx without Joe Torre, as he had become such an figure and was a father to an entire city.

In my life, I have never been to a baseball game with such tense and ardent fans, which made it difficult to imagine how the players were handling it.

By the end of the seventh inning, the Yankees chances were bleak. The Yankees were playing as hard as they could, but the Indians were the better team and the fans knew it.

As the eighth inning began, low chants of “JOE TORRE, JOE TORRE, JOE TORRE, JOE….” were becoming louder every moment, as fans started to rise and join in like a slow, chaotic wave that took over Yankee Stadium.

It continued well after the last pitch because the team’s loss was incomparable to losing our skipper. For 12 years, Joe Torre leads the Yankees to four World Series titles, six AL Pennants, and a record of 1173-767 in games. More than all the baseball accomplishments, Torre was admired by Yankees fans for his everyday demeanor and were so proud to call him our leader.

As I dried my tears and exited the Stadium, it was hard to let go of never seeing Mr. Torre in pinstripes again. That is why I bought a photo from a stadium vendor of Torre with Mariano Rivera. Early the next morning I had my ticket and the image professionally framed, so I would never have to forget it.

No one knew this would be the last post-season ever played in the Old Yankees Stadium that night, as well. Crazy.The days right after October 8th were filled with Yankees fans fighting for Torre. To describe it as an uproar would be an understatement, as protests, newspaper ads and innumerable letters sent to the Boss all pleading to keep Torre here forever.

Now it is 2010, and numerous adverse events have come between my feelings about Joe Torre. Sadly, it eventually led me to taking down my Joe Torre collage from my wall. Continue reading ‘Do You Remember 2007 When Joe Torre Was Our Hero’ »

Sloppy Or Not A Win Helps The Yankees Stay On Top

Normalcy has finally returned to the AL East, as the Red Sox and Yankees are back in charge once again.

Still, the AL East is as strong as ever.The Rays have been dethroned. The Blue Jays become a reality check. While, the Orioles are consistently getting worse.

The AL East is not a conspiracy theory. The division just happens to promote the Red Sox and Yankees who must continually fight season after season.

TAMPA BAY RAYS:

The Rays have lost 7of their last 10 games and are now faced with their biggest challenge ever.

Given the fact that everyone is well aware that Tampa‘s talent is compelling to the point of scary. This makes the team’s future depend on what attitude is brought to the ballpark, day in and day out.

It is about time for the Rays to verify whether 2008 was a coincidence or not.

The Rays will determine if the AL East is now a three-headed animal or not.

Fans need to determine if this is a ‘team of fighters’ or ‘entitled individuals’. The odds are in the Rays favor, but inexperience needs to be acknowledge by the players in order to survive.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS:

With summertime being official, it is no wonder the Blue Jays true colors are showing, and it is not pretty.

The Blue Jays continue to emerge hot out of the gate, but once they encounter a typical drop its all over. Continue reading ‘Sloppy Or Not A Win Helps The Yankees Stay On Top’ »