Archive for April 2009

Mets release Garcia after poor starts in minors

April 28, 2009

freddiegMets release Garcia after poor starts in minors

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After reading this it sounds to me that Garcia might be done. Coming back from an injury is hard enough, but if you give up it’s nearly impossible. Not to mention that hes not very good.

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A-Rod takes part in sliding drill for first time

April 28, 2009

a-rod-slidingA-Rod takes part in sliding drill for first time

This is great news for the reeling Yankees. They need A-Roid Rod more than ever right now after their less than remarkable start.

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The red sawx

April 27, 2009

theo-epstein The Boston Red Sox are on a tear right now winning 10 in a row. As I write this post they are tied up in the 5th inning with the Indians and Wakefield is pitching another Gem.  Theo Epstein has done it again ladies and gentlemen.  Most of the ESPN pundits had them third in the division.  Wrong.  The Sox Brass did what they have been doing since 2004 this offseason.  They made the right choices and spent the right amount of money.  They resigned Kevin Youkilis their stud infielder to a 4 year deal with a 5th year option.  They also signed the Captain and leader of the team Jason Varitek to a 2 year deal.  Many people thought it was time to part ways but I thought it was important to keep him around for his leadership skills alone.  This year he is batting right around .270 and managing the staff well.  They didn’t get Texiera and he ended up in NYC.  However that helped them keep Mike Lowell who right now leads the league in Runs batted in with 22.

Then they reached out of the organization for what some would say was iffy talent. They first signed Rocco Baldelli, Takashi Saito, Brad Penny, and John Smotlz.  These are high risk but big reward pick ups.  Most importantly Epstein went out and picked undervalued guys for less money and so far, save Smoltz, have been effective.  Baldelli given the playing time could be a real nice surprise.  

Watch out for the Boston Red Sox, I expect them to keep this up.  It really comes down to better management.  The Yankees went out and spent the most money but did they get the best value? I don’t think so.  Theo Epstein takes a statistical approach to baseball with a little bit of a baseball spin and in return he has 2 championships and more on the way.

On the Road

April 24, 2009

acevesBTFP took another road trip today. This visit was to Frontier Field in Rochester NY to see the Rochester Red Wings ( The Twins AAA) vs Scranton-Wilkesbury Yankees. A Yankees game is fin even when its a AAA game there are so many big names in even their minor league line-up. Guys like Shelly Duncan, Angel Berroa, Alfredo Aceves make up probably the best line-up in the Minors.

Alfredo Aceves (who signed my cap before the game) was very good going  6.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six in a 6-2 Yankees win. He threw 83 pitches, 63 for strikes and got his first win while cutting his season ERA nearly in half, from 10.00 to 5.74.

Future Yankees superstar Austin Jackson can fly. He hit a tripple in the eighth and I kid you not was around second base before the CF could pick the ball up and it didn’t get by him by much. Another star of this one was Todd Linden who went 3-5 moving his hitting streak up to nine games.

The Wings got a little excitment out of the crowd in the bottom of the ninth against  Eric Wordekemper in relief of Anthony Claggot who looked a little sharper than he did the other day in relief of Wang in his short one day stint with the NY Yankees. But it was all for not as the Baby Bombers are the hottest team in the minors at 13-1. Probably because their line up is better than at least 5 that I can think of in the Majors.

Funniest commercial of the week

April 24, 2009

Here is this weeks winner of the funniest commercial of the week. The link was submitted via email from Scott Fisher in Seattle Washington. For his submission getting used Scott gets a BTFP T-shirt. check it out.

King Felix Pitches Gem to give Mariners 1-0 win.

April 24, 2009

felixhernandez_2007_009 In what was an Epic pitching duel between Felix Hernandez and Rays Pitcher James Shields, Ichiro Suzuki took the second pitch of the game yard for the only run of the two excellent performances. King Felix was just a little better.

Hernandez  allowed four hits and three walks. He struck out seven in his first scoreless outing since June 6 at Boston, 23 starts ago. Shields was equally as impressive  allowing just four hits and the lone run in 7 1-3 luckless innings.

King Felix is a stud of a pitcher and on a better team would have much better career numbers. Hernandez is 3-0 for his first time in his five year career but at 23 he has many more seasons ahead of him. The Mariners are off to a great start this year at 10-6. I’m thinking that soon enough some of these teams that are overachieving will come back down to earth.

Besides the Mariners great start the Marlins and Blue Jays are at the top of their divisions. Im going to guess that If any of these teams were to make the playoffs the Mariners have the best chance, mainly because of thier weak division. But hey what do   I know I picked the A’s to run away with the West and the Indians to win the Central.

Oldest Young to hit walkoff homer not so young.

April 24, 2009

michaelyoungIn a 5-5 game bottom of the ninth Michael Young set history becoming the oldest Young in 55 years to hit his first walk-off home run . Who better to hit it off but our old friend the pitcher we all love to hate Kyle Farnsworth.

Michael beat out Kevin, Chris, Eric, Dmitri, Delmon Young to become the oldest Young at 32 to hit his first walk-off. It took him 10 years and 119 homers to do it but he finally hit one.