Posted on: May 29, 2009 12:10 am
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Rays Update

The Rays continue to disappoint, losing their fifth in a row today, after it looked like they might be catching fire by winning three straight. They dropped to 23-27 after a 2-1 loss to the Indians today, and are currently tied for last in the American League East, at six games back of the Red Sox. I wouldn't say anyone in the Rays organization has been particularly pleased with this season so far, especially after winning the American League pennant last year and losing in the World Series to the Philies. They have been shook with a fair share of injuries, but that can't be the excuse. SP Scott Kazmir, SS Jason Bartlett, DH Pat Burrell, 2B Akinori Iwamura, among others are currently on the DL. Just a few days ago, the Rays blew a 10 run lead to the Indians, one of the worst teams in baseball. At the beginning of the year, the Rays were probably favored to win the AL East or at least make the Wild Card. Now I wouldn't be surprised if they are favored for last place in their division. 

In some better Rays news, Evan Longoria continues to play well, batting .326 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI. He is following up his Rookie of the Year performance last year with MVP type numbers for a bad team. Its bad for him because it is seeming more and more like the Rays were a one year mirage and now its over. He is a great player that would have even better stats with a better team. It seems his immense talent is being wasted right now, but I can only hope he continues a great season and maybe can pick up his team somewhere along the line. 

The Rays open up a 3 game set at Tropicana Field tomorrow against the Twins before a day off and another 3 game series at home against the Royals before they fly up to New York to face the Yankees.

Posted on: May 20, 2009 11:02 pm
 

When, if ever, are the Rays gonna get hot?

After a 7-6 loss tonight to Oakland at home, with ace Scott Kazmir on the mound, it's hard to figure out what's wrong. It seemed they caught a little flame a week or two ago against the Yankees when they overtook the Yanks for a day for third place in the AL East, but they're back to fourth and 6 1/2 games out at 20-22. The only thing keeping them out of the cellar is the dismal 16-24 Baltimore Orioles, and Carlos Pena. He has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise down year so far for the reigning AL champs. 13 home runs and 33 RBI is no small feat, but they need more than one guy to get em winning. They're 5-5 in their last ten and on a two game loosing streak. Yes, its still mid May and 42 games have been played but, in order to compete in the best division in baseball, you gotta start winning now. The Red Sox 11 game win streak a few weeks ago put them back in the chase and the Yankees current 8 game win streak has put them 2 1/2 back from the resurgent Blue Jays and just one back of the Red Sox. That gives the East a strong top three. Too bad for the Rays, as they were expected to head those three, with the Jays in the cellar. Now it leaves us to wonder if they were just a one year mirage, because they lost no one this off season and signed Pat Burrell
Posted on: May 5, 2009 11:30 pm
 

It's Time to Get Off A-Rods Back

Why is every single baseball allegation now about Alex Rodriguez? From the steroids a few weeks ago to more Selena Roberts' A-Rod allegations with her new book about more steroid stuff plus alleged pitch tipping. I, for one, am tired of it.

 

What I really mean, is for Selena Roberts to get off his back. I know that there are many, many other players who took/take steroids, and I'm convinced that if one person, A-Rod, pitch tipped, other players did. The allegations even say that he did it in order to get other shortstops or second basemen to return the favor later. Alex is not the only person to do any of these things, he is just seemingly the only one accused. I got tired of the Barry Bonds crap after five minutes, and this one is at about 4:59 for me. If we could all just get over the past and start anew, it would be so much simpler. All of these allegations just are getting so old. Can't we just respect the players and their accomplishments for what they are?

Posted on: May 3, 2009 3:49 pm
 

One Month Into Baseball Season

As this is a primarily Yankees blog, this will be a Yankees post on everything that has happened after just under a month into the 2009 baseball season. 
First of all, with Chien-Ming Wang's horrid start and Alex Rodriguez's injury, I'm actually pretty happy as a Yankee fan. At 13-11 and third in the AL East, it hasn't been the start you wish for at the beginning of the year, but only three games out of the to spot in the East and one game back of the dreaded Red Sox, with all of our injuries its kind of hard to complain that much. I also feel that soon enough, the division will even itself out, with the Yankees and Red Sox atop the standing and the Blue Jays, who are currently leading the East, to fade into the background. I personally think they are a bit of a mirage. Also, Tampa Bay Rays will pick it up a bit, although their slow start may have doomed them already.
Next, we have Alex Rodriguez. His injury has plagued the Yankees some runs and maybe some wins so far, as his replacements have been, well, sub-par. His return is coming along ahead of schedule however and the next two weeks seem a little early, but not out of the picture for A-Rod's return. With him back by, at latest I hope, May 20-22, the Yanks will get a big mental and physical boost.
A player who has stepped up big in A-Rod's absence is Robinson Cano, who had an absolutely horrible year last year and now is top ten in the American League in Batting Average. His 18 game hit streak was ended yesterday, but his .363 average holds up.
The last thing that must be talked about in any Yankee recap is Mr. Nick Swisher. 7 home runs is good enough for 6 in the AL and 21 runs gives him that same position for that category, not to mention a third best slugging percentage of .714 and 8 doubles so far. The Yankees acquired Swish off of a sub-par season from the Chicago White Sox and he is having one great year so far. If Swisher keeps it up, not only will the Yankees continue to play well, but he could be on his way to a Comeback Player of the Year Award at the end of the season.
Posted on: April 18, 2009 3:48 pm
 

My Picks for NBA awards and Bulls v Celtics

Well the long regular season has finally come to a close, and award time has rolled around. Two main candidates for MVP in what will be a very close race I think, and some of the other awards will be highly contested although many are set. So, here we go!

 

MVP

The Kobe Bryant LeBron James can be settled. Well, at least for now it can be. Both players had unbelievable years and Kobe is defending his award. As a Laker fan, my logical choice would definitely be Kobe, but LeBron just was a little better this year. He averaged more points per game than Kobe and led his team to the best record in the NBA, just one game ahead of Kobe's Los Angeles Lakers. I still think that the Lakers will beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, but Lebron win's this bout in the quest for whos better.

 

Rookie of the Year

This was a very deep rookie class with many players in contention. Kevin Love, Russel Westbrooke, Brooke Lopez, Eric Gordon, Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo and Marc Gasol all had great years and are all in contention. They had very nice years and I'd love to pick a UCLA Bruin in Kevin Love, but Derrick Rose had one of the best rookie years I've seen. Almost 17 PPG and just over 6 AST. Not to mention his 35+ point performance in his first ever playoff game in which he is ready to set the all-time record for points by a rookie in their first playoff game. 

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Both MVP candidates had very good defensive years, but I don't know why I even bother to mention them because Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic was head and shoulders above the rest. Led the league in RBS and BLKs with 13.9 and 2.9. He is truly a beast.

 

Coach of the Year

I'm not that well versed in the Coaching category, but I do know that Mike Brown turned his Cavaliers around this year. They were not bad last year, not at all, but 66 wins is very, very good.

 

NBA First Team

I'm not gonna get into much about this and nothing past the First Team, but here it is.

 

C: Dwight Howard

F: LeBron James

F: Tim Duncan

G: Kobe Bryant

G: Dwayne Wade

 

Most Improved Player

No doubt Devin Harris. I bet the Mavericks are kicking themselves now for trading him.

 

6th Man Award

Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks. Good year for him after starting for most of his career.

 

 

Anyone who missed the Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics game really should find a way to watch it. It was a great game in which Derrick Rose played unbelievable and it was back and forth throughout. Paul Pierce missed a free throw with less than 3 seconds left in regulation and the Bulls took it 105-103 with a great OT performance from Tyrus Thomas and a great fourth quarter from Ben Gordon. Rajon Rondo played very well for the Celtics while Ray Allen had a dismal game. He ended up taking the last shot which I couldn't understand, but 4 points is not enough for him at all, but especially in the playoffs. See you at the Laker game tomorrow!

Posted on: April 9, 2009 11:46 pm
 

Andrew Bynum's Return to the Lakers

Andrew Bynum returned to the Laker starting lineup tonight after missing over 30 games with a torn MCL. He currently stands at 1 point and 4 rebounds, but I still think 'Drew will give a huge boost to this Laker team. They are much better defensively with Bynum, and he takes a lot of pressure off of Kobe Bryant to have a fourth star playing. I think this will lift them over the top and, assuming the Cavaliers loose one or two more, give the Lakers home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs.

Posted on: April 9, 2009 4:53 pm
 

Yanks Finally Win One

Well, with a convincing 11-2 victory, the New York Yankees have come through and won their first game. 1-2 isn't good, but this big win can do wonders for a teams confidence and I can see a few more wins strung together and we can be at the top of the standings. All I wanna know is, can we win 95 more? I sure hope so.

 

Category: MLB
Tags: New York, Yankees
 
Posted on: April 8, 2009 11:43 pm
 

Final Four

I was at the Final Four this year, and was the past three years before this one. Last years was amazing, the year before was OK, and 2006 was depressing because my Bruins lost in the finals. This year, well, was awesome because I didn't have to watch UCLA loose, but was terrible because the final game was boring. I was happy because I did well in my pool with UNC winning, but everyone I was with was bored. I love the Final Four and truly believe it is the best event in sports, and I have been to Super Bowls, including last years which was awesome. But what makes college sports, and the Final Four, great is not only rooting for your team (which I was able to do in the three years prior to this one) and upsets with wild finishes. This tournament had none. Siena almost beat Louisville, and that would have been classic, but they couldn't pull it off. The three games this past weekend were not to amazing. Both Carolina games were blowouts, and the MSU-UCONN game was a decent game throughout, but only good because of the crazy fans yelling with every point. I love college sports, but I just couldn't get into it the way I usually do at the Final Four, even when UCLA isn't playing. I know last year is ridiculously tough to live up to, but, as I go every year, I'm looking forward to hopefully a lot more action and excitement next year. Another Mario Chalmers next year couldn't hurt either. Not to mention, a Bruin victory would be nice!

 

 
 
 
 
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