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Posted Sunday, August 08, 2010 08:26 AM

Today Is Sunday, And The Yankees Have The Best Record In Baseball...

...just days later after someone said they won't even make the playoffs because they were slumping so badly. I guess it's a bad time to mention the Rays are currently slumping.

2-2 -0.42

So...my easiest play yesterday was the A's, who I had the least amount of confidence in but it won because I selected it due to the line looking off. So...let's try that again. But...I'll try to give some reasoning being it, like pros and cons, so that it gives some info that you could use. Some don't do that...I choose to. So...Anyway, on to today.

Blue Jays
No way do the Rays get swept. Not a chance. The line is this low? Only 120? Sign me up...right? Well...the Blue Jays have something different to say about that. Morrow has pitched very well at home. He has a 3.25 ERA in Toronto and is coming off a poor start against the Yankees. Good spot for him to bounce back. He's faced the Rays twice this season and he's 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA. His win was at home and his loss was on the road. Sonnanstine is pitching for the Rays. He's taking the mound for the first time since going on the DL. This is also his only start of the season, so don't expect him to throw that many pitches. The Jays bats have also been hot. They've scored at least 8 runs in 5 of their last 10 games including that 17 spot they put up yesterday. So, while they're hitting .293 v righties in their last 10 games, the Rays are only hitting .203 and are on a 4 game losing streak. Obviously that has t... [More]

Posted Saturday, April 17, 2010 07:51 AM

Who Has The Sweetest Swing In Baseball?

I know Griffey was always mentioned but I have to add Alfonso Soriano to that list. He just lets it fly. And if he makes contact...it looks like it could go out every time. Any other suggestions?

Posted Friday, March 19, 2010 09:18 AM

Who Is The Best Backcourt Duo In The NBA?

Who do you think is the best?

Rajon Rondo & Ray Allen: Great hands, speed and shooting. But I certainly don't think this is anybodies "favorite".

Devin Harris & Courtney Lee: Two reasons why I can't fathom why the Nets are so bad.

Delonte West & Mo Williams: Need a 3 pointer anyone?

Richard Hamilton & Rodney Stuckey: Hmmmmmmm...?

Joe Johnson & Jamal Crawford: Can't think of a catchy thing here.

Vince Carter & Jameer Nelson: If only we could get Vincanity back. Then we'd have a real discussion.

Jason Kidd & Jason Terry

Gilbert Arenas & Earl Boykins: Just kidding

Chauncey Billups & J.R Smith: Both seem pretty clutch to me.

Baron Davis & Eric Gordon: Eh?

Manu Ginobli & Tony Parker: Ummmmmmmmm...

Tyreke Evans & Kyle Lowry: Insert something here

And now for my 3 favorites...

Derek Fisher & Kobe Bryant: Clutch and Clutchest

Stephen Curry & Monta Ellis: Did you see Curry against Los Angeles? Do you see Ellis every night? I simply love these 2.

Aaron Brooks & Kevin Martin: Possibly the most underrated great backcourt in basketball and my favorite. These 2 are simply studs and I love watching these 2 play. If they were to somehow make a run to the playoffs...they aren't a pushover in that first round. And Aaron Brooks is currently 5-5 from 3 point land as I type this.

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Posted Monday, January 25, 2010 12:59 PM

Damon Needs To Bite The Bullet...Kick Boras Aside...And Go Back To New York

I was looking into something and he's obviously not looking for a big paycut...but I was comparing his numbers to Bobby Abreu's numbers (of 2008) and Abreu had a better season and signed a $5 million contract. Abreu had...

More Games Played

More Doubles

1 More Triple

4 Less Homers

Better Batting Average (by 14 points)

Better On Base Percentage (by 6 points)

 

Rumor has it that Cashman has $2 million to spend, but would probably go over for Damon. He should stop crying...accept $5 million...and move on to another run at a World Series Championship. At this age, he should just worry about winning. If the numbers are correct...he's made $97 million in his baseball career. Obviously more in whatever he may have endorsed. He said he wants to return to New York...I'm believe he truly means this...and he should just come back and help the cause.

 



Posted Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:06 AM

Kansas St. Fans Chant Overrated Towards Texas

Now I find this more as a disrespect towards the KState players. It basically means that they beat a team who wasn't as good as expected and the win was "watered down" a bit. Maybe they should have stuck with the "We Own Texas" chant instead.

 

Sorry...just a meaningless little rant.



Posted Monday, December 07, 2009 09:34 AM

Yankees Hot Stove

Might as well make a thread where I can post nonsense and hype up possible trades/signings.

 

The Yankees are looking to shed payroll (says one source) and keep it around $185 Million. Other sources say they are looking into a starting pitcher and will, more likely than not, sign a starting pitcher. The pitchers in that catagory are Lackey, Harden, Pineiro and Wolf.

Please knock those last 2 off the list. They are nothing but NL pitchers in NL parks and they would not be able to handle the American League, especially the East and Yankee Stadium. Harden I would take a chance on if it's not too expensive. We know what he can do when he's healthy. He can be dominant and I think he would be a solid pickup for the anyone who signs him (yes...that includes the Red Sox). Obviously I would like the Yankees to trade for Halladay, but, in all honesty, I wouldn't mind the Yankees signing Harden.

However...I hope Andy Pettitte retires. I think after such a long season, he may not recover after this one. 36 games this season. 33 last season. I don't think he can hold up for another whole season. I think he should just take the high road and retire. He clinched the ALDS, the ALCS and the World Series. No other way to end your career than that. However...he's at 229 wins, 2 more seasons, if he can handle it, would mean 250 wins which is pretty big for him and HOF talks.

The Yankees are also looking to sign a reliever. It's a pretty big marke... [More]

Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 10:02 AM

8 Reasons Why New York Is Better Than Philly

Records:

Philadelphia: First Team to chalk up 10,000 losses, including 23 in a row in 1961.

New York: Only team to win 26 World Championships.

 

Mascot:

Philadelphia: The Phanatic.

New York: Kate Hudson.

 

Best Sandwhich:

Philadelphia: Cheesesteak.

New York: Derek Jeter "sandwhiched" between 2 Victoria Secret Models 

 

Best Known Quote:

Philadelphia: "Yo, Adrian!"

New York: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

 

Big Night Out:

Philadelphia: The road company of "Cats" at the Walnut Streeet Theater (again).

New York: "Hamlet" on Broadway.

 

Haute Cuisine:

Philadelphia: Scrapple and a soft pretzel.

New York: Foie gras at The Four Seasons.

 

Ballparks:

Philadelphia: Old Stadium had jail cell for idiot fans.

New York: New Stadium has a steakhouse and lounge for the greatest fans on earth.

 

Famous On-Field Moment:

Philadelphia: Snarling police dogs keeping the fans at bay after the 1980 World Series.

New York: Lou Gehrig's "I'm the luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech.

 

-courtesy of the "New York Post"

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Posted Wednesday, October 07, 2009 07:58 AM

Don't Overthink This...Yankees Win

At first I'm hearing..."This is a laugher...Yanks win in a blowout." Then I start hearing..."This isn't really a laugher, the Twins are playing great ball and Sabathia sucks in the postseason. Twins have a legit shot at winning this game."   Don't do this to yourself. This is the playoffs...don't worry about "value" in individual games. Everyone on here said the Twins would win tonight. They were HUGE Public favorites and I think "sharp" money was going on the Tigers. Well in big games like this, it really doesn't matter what the line is or who has "value" or not. Teams go out there and try their hardest to win every single game.     Lets think. 1st pitch is scheduled for 21 hours after the final out of the 163rd game of the season. Postgame celebration. Thanking the fans. Postgame interviews. Getting to the airport. Getting on a plane. Flying to New York. All that would mean they probably wont get into New York until 12:30-1:00 or so. By the time they get to the hotel and ready, give that another half an hour or so. Finally...for them to get to sleep? They'll probably get like 4 hours of sleep and it will be AWFUL for them.     Sabathia has had no success in the postseason in the past. I know. But he was always in a tight race and started on multiple short days rest. Remember last season? How many games on 3 days rest did he start? He had no pressure going into this postseaosn. The Yankees didn't ride him like the horse he is. If he has a... [More]

Posted Monday, October 05, 2009 08:34 AM

Alright...Who Is YOUR AL MVP?

Pujols is obviously the NL MVP...nobody will come close to him, but what about the AL? If I see 1 person type up Joe Mauer, I will be disgusted. So whose the REAL MVP? Jeter...Tex...every Angel hitting over .300? What is your pick and reason why?
 
I say Jeter because he has been solid since day. .331 batting average, almost surpassed every offensive stat that Pedroia had last season, is playing his best defense of recent memory, and aside from the Red Sox, he's hitting great against the teams that matter(.370 v Angels, .409 v Rangers, .462 v Phillies and .304 v Rays, along with hitting .300+ against 12 of the 18 teams he's played against). He's the MVP in my mind.
 


Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 12:41 PM

Whats Up With All This Talk About The U

Yippie, they beat 2 ranked opponents...FROM THE ACC.

They barely got by FSU whose secondary blows and Miami's defense was totally exposed. Then they beat GTech, who didn't have their star RB for the 2nd half if I'm correct.

So much love from everyone on ESPN I've seen saying "They Are National Championship Contenders" or "The U is BACK". All Bullshit.

They'll probably lose to VTech this weekend. They'll probably lose to Oklahoma(even without Bradford). And I can see them losing 2 more games after that. They are getting to much respect for beat 2 "ranked" teams to start off the season.

Yes...Harris is an impressive QB, and they have tons of speed. But only time will tell how "good" this team really is.


Posted Thursday, July 30, 2009 08:51 AM

The Joba Chamberlain Situation...Anybody Care To Discuss?

Probably not, but I'll start the topic.
 
He has really turned the corner since the All-Star break. He's getting the ball and pitching it. He's attacking the batters, and he's not going from 0-2 to 3-2 anymore. He's just outstanding right now. He knows what he's doing. He's just finished an 8 inning 3 hit shutout and is at 110.2 innings on the season.
 
Here's the situation. It's been said that he is on a innings count this season. They were smart enough not to release the innings count, but you can assume it's around 150. So you'll have to take him out of the rotation earlier than that so you can get him to the innings count in the bullepn. So around 120-125 innings and he's done, and back in the bullpen. So thats about 2-3 starts. How can you take a pitcher doing so well and just take him out of the rotation? I know you have to, but it's a tough pill to swallow. But on top of taking a much improved pitcher from the rotation, you are left with 3 pitchers in your rotation from the beginning of the season in Sabathia, Burnett, and Pettitte. And the final 2 spots go to Mitre, who they really aren't high on, and they do not have another starter. It's either Kei Igawa  or trade for someone, who they also seem to be reluctant to do.
 
You become GM...what do they do to make the team better? Meaning don't bring up Igawa just so you can bet against him.


Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2009 01:07 PM

Who Thinks The Twins Are Kinda Pathetic?

At least as a Yankee fan I can say that I think they are because the Yanks swept them for the season. Also...they gave up a 12-2 lead to Oakland of all teams.   Phillies -130 Risking 2.6 units to win 2 units Former Athletics face off in this one. Blanton has been outstanding lately. And so have the Phillies. To get them at such a cheap price is insane. The Phillies have won 9 in a row and 13 of their last 14. The Cubs had won 4 in a row coming into this series but that was against the Nationals so you can't really praise them for that. On to Harden. He seems to not be able to string nice starts together. In his last 10 starts, he had an outing where he gave up 2 runs just to give up 4 in his next start. After that he gave up another 2, but then 6 after that. 2 starts later...he shut down the Pirates and gave up 1 run, that was followed by 7 runs against the Brewers, then 4 against the Cards. Most recently he shut out the Nationals. Lets see...Nationals...Phillies. Who has the better offense? I'll take the Phillies. And the Phillies have hit righties at a .307 clip in their last 10(excluding Monday's game). Gotta go with the hottest team in baseball.   Mets/Nationals Under 9 -105 Risking 2.1 units to win 2 units Despite the early scoring by the Mets in Monday's game, the total still went under. That makes the under 8-1-1 this season. And some of those games had the big hitters in it too. Now Perez has been pitching decent since coming off the DL. Not awful ... [More]

Posted Friday, July 17, 2009 10:25 AM

Today Is Friday, And I Like The Bounce-Back Theory

2nd Half 3-0 +6.3 units
1-0 POD +2 units   Giants/Pirates Under 7 +110 Risking 2 units to win 2.2 units Lincecum will do his job and shut down the Pirates. They are not much of an offensive threat. They are only hitting .222 v righties in their last 10 games and Lincecum isn't the pitcher to start the 2nd half against. Now I can't say the Giants have a weak lineup anymore because they have been hitting the ball very well lately. But they only hit .225 against lefties on the road, and Maholm has a below 3 ERA at PNC Park. I believe the Pirates will be held in check and I believe Maholm can do his job as well. Maholm gave up 6 runs to the lowly Mets in his last home start so I expect him to give it all he has in this home bounce back start. Expect a 3-1, 4-1 type of game.   Phillies/Marlins Under 9 -115 Risking 2.3 units to win 2 units Hamels, for the most park, has been really good at bounce back after really poor outings. When he gave up 6 against Washington at the end of May, he shut out the Dodgers in 9 innings his next start. When he gave up 4 against the Mets, he shut down the Jays by allowing 2 runs. When he gave up 7 runs to Atlanta, he only surrendered 1 to the Reds in his next start. So now he's coming off a game where he gave up 5 runs to the Pirates and Hamels usually handles the Marlins nicely and should get his work done tonight. I wouldn't say he'll shut them out, but he'll certainly keep them below 3 runs. Nolasco has been outstanding s... [More]

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 09:44 AM

Rumor: Joba Going Back To The Pen

I see this on espn.com and my eyes got very big. I don't know where they are getting this from, but if that is indeed the case, I assume that means they need to fill that starter spot, and Hughes wouldn't been needed in the 8th anymore. He also may not be needed on the team anymore. Halladay?
 
Remember...this is a rumor, nothing official, just something to think about and for a nice discussion possibly for me to wake up to.


Posted Monday, May 18, 2009 12:55 PM

MLB Surprise Player So Far

Curious on who you guys think is your surprise player of the season. Last season there was Lee and Hamilton. I know it's not the halfway mark, but who do you think is the biggest surprise thus far?
 
Aaron Hill for me. Really helping this team lead the East. I would say Grienke but I knew he was great, not this great, but great none-the-less.