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Memorial Day Weekend Equals Crazy Baseball

So far 2010 has been filled with drama.

Teams go from boiling hot to freezing cold in an instant. Stars have been struggling more than ever.

Who would have thought Memorial Day Weekend would leave so many marks this season?

Here are three 2010 Memorial Day weekend shockers:

  • The Philadelphia Phillies are a mess. The Phillies were swept badly by the Mets, who did not allow the Phillies to score a run in all three games. Who knew that was going to happen? Jimmy Rollins or not.

Now the Atlanta Braves lead the NL East, a position the Phillies have owned for two seasons. Jason Werth and Ryan Howard have got to hit or else this could get worse for the Phillies.

Who would have guessed the season after ace Roy Halladay gets traded to the Phillies Toronto would be more of a threat. Add that to an ice cold Aaron Hill at the plate, but the team has the most home runs in all of baseball with 89. Wait until Hill starts going, which is inevitable.

Nothing short of crazy stuff! Continue reading ‘Memorial Day Weekend Equals Crazy Baseball’ »

Baseball’s Top Five Craziest Current Events

A typical response to why someone is not a baseball fan is because the game is too slow and boring.

If they only knew that baseball loves drama.

Right now, it could not be more of a soap opera. Teams are soaring when they should be collapsing, and vice versa.

Here is my list (in dramatic order) of the top five craziest things currently going on in the MLB:

(1) The Mets are winning! Yes, it is true the team is in the middle of a five game win streak. Mets fans must be in utter shock, and I can promise you most are not falling for this yet. What makes this seem AMAZIN’ is they have shut down a team that has been to the World Series the last two seasons. Their division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies.

Not just once, or twice but three times in a row and not allowing a run to score. This is by far #1 and basically could be the only event and it would be a satisfactory list.

(2) The Red Sox, who looked pretty much a lost cause this season, took a series from the mighty Tampa Bay Rays.

Trust me, if your not a baseball fan just know that this is HUGE. The AL East might be the toughest division race in the history of baseball. Thank god the Baltimore Orioles still stink because it is already crazy enough. From here on out every game played by the Blue Jays, Yankees, Red Sox and Rays has no room for error.

(3) The umpires jobs are to make judgments regarding play, and to make sure both teams are following the rules of conduct. This year umpires are making terrible calls and very obviously too. Never have there been this many umpire issues.

It started opening day when umpire Joe West complained about the game’s length being to long, between the Yankees and Red Sox. It’s pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play. It is a disgrace to baseball. Way to honor the biggest rivalry in sports and such a nice start to the season. Continue reading ‘Baseball’s Top Five Craziest Current Events’ »

MLB: Two Teams To Watch

It is not even June, but when a division has three or more good teams it is imperative to stay very close behind, if not on top. It is easier to fall out of the race than realized.

Some of these smaller market baseball teams might not be media favorites, but have the potential to be serious contenders down the road.

Here are two NL teams that might be overlooked unfairly, but are dynamic enough to be a threat come October:

COLORADO ROCKIES:

The Rockies are not a suave ballclub by any means, but they are fighters.

This team wants to win, after losing their only World Series in 2007; the Rockies have not stopped trying to get back there. The team has the right attitude that will keep October within their reach.

Currently, winning four in a row and creeping up behind the Dodgers and the Padres.

This ballclub has the best pitcher in baseball, Ubaldo Jimenez, who has .88 ERA and 9 wins. Jimenez seems to only be getting better and if Rockies are playing in October, they will be very tough.

Don’t be surprised if Colorado takes the lead by the All-Star break, but if not I would be surprised if they were more than a game or two behind. Continue reading ‘MLB: Two Teams To Watch’ »

Lady Loves Pinstripes: Fantasy Team Update

Battle of the Blogs is moving right along, and been fun challenge thanks to Double G Sports.

My team, Lady Loves Pinstripes has kept first place status in the Mickey Mantle Division, leading by six games.

The Mickey Mantle Division is by far the weakest division in the league, as none of the five teams are playing .500 baseball.

This week Lady Loves Pinstripes is playing our League Owner Double G Sports, who is last place in the Willie Mays Division. Ironically, Double G Sports still has a better record than Lady Loves Pinstripes, and looking at the standings Willie Mays Division is the AL East of Battle of the Blogs.

It is insane to think if the league ended today Lady Loves Pinstripes would be post-season bound and Double G Sports would not make it.

Well, Double G Sports is kicking my butt right now, as my two heavy hitters Arod and Werth are both killing my batting scores. The Yankees are winning, thank god and Arod has been awful considering he was my first pick. Werth and the beat-up Phillies are sure to turn it around at some point.

Double G Sports has the three hot New York batters in Jose Reyes, Rob Barajas and Robinson Cano. He also has the struggling Mark Teixeira who looks worse each at bat and potentially might be moved until the injured Yankees return.

Let’s hope Lady Loves Pinstripes can get it going over the holiday weekend and keep first place status, as Battle of the Blogs continues…..

Yankees Do Enough To Win

The Yankees knew what they had to do coming into the new Target Field. Following a disastrous two weeks of unlucky injuries and evident struggles, some wins were needed.

Hopefully, the team’s confidence is up after taking the first two games against the Minnesota Twins.

The Yankees are not the most graceful group right now, but they have pulled together enough to win. With Granderson and Posada returning shortly it will help relieve some pressure.

Fact is the Twins are a great ballclub; so beating them is not easy for any team. The Twins ‘M & M boys’ (Mauer and Morneau) are by far the best 3 and 4 hitters in the game and lead in most batting categories league-wide.

THE PROS:

  1. AJ Burnett and Andy Pettitte rocked on the mound in both wins. It was a far cry from just a week ago, as everything seemed hopeless so it was a comforting turn.
  2. David Robertson was solid in relief for the third time, which is a good sign for the bullpen.
  3. Derek Jeter, both offensively and defensively, has been superb. He looks locked in right now. The Captain is such a natural leader, and he plays the part to a tee. This team needs their Captain, and he knows it.
  4. Nick Swisher is hitting very well, and in clutch situations. Continue reading ‘Yankees Do Enough To Win’ »

MLB Blogger Weekly Rankings – Week 7

Lady Loves Pinstripes is now one of six bloggers voting on Yardbarker’s Gillette Fusion MLB Rankings.

Each week Lady Loves Pinstripes will rank all 30 MLB teams, which will be averaged in with the other five voters for the weekly results.

In addition, Lady Loves Pinstripes has been asked to give weekly comments about the American League West (AL WEST) teams specifically. The AL West consists of the Angels, A’s, Mariners and Rangers.
This is exciting for me, and for lady fans everywhere to finally have a voice on this panel.

Please, feel free to comment, or send an email with any insights and observations about the rankings.
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MLB BLOGGER RANKINGS – week 7