Through the first 2 weeks…

Here is the sum up of the first two weeks of the season, as the title shows. The impressive teams, the impressive players, the flop teams, the flop players, all that stuff and my early award predictions based on the first two weeks of stats.

So there have been a few teams that have totally surprised me so far. Other than the Yankees, Rays, and Phillies who are the 1-2-3 teams in baseball, like expected, even though the Red Sox aren’t in the mix. Yankees (9-3) have had excellent starting pitching, the Rays (10-3) have had excellent pitching as well, but on the other hand the Phils (8-4) have had the best offense in the league. So other than these teams which teams have surprised me? In a good way? 3 teams. The Athletics, the Pirates, and the Nats. The Nationals it might be pretty obvious because they aren’t a thousand games under .500 and have a decent record, even though Jason Marquis has been a HUGE bust. The Pirates continually have clutch hitting on the other hand. Their bullpen has actually been decent and starting pitching is good too. This has fueled them to an 7-5 record, giving them the 2nd spot in the NL Central behind the Cardinals. The last team, the only AL team that has impressed us, is the A’s. The A’s have the best record in the West giving them the lead. They have had some of the best starting pitching in the league. All of their starters have an ERA of under 3, excluding Gio Gonzalez who has a 3.35. The A’s hot pitching won’t stay the same though, with the Yankees coming into town…
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The flop teams are my favorite to say because guess who starts the list. The BoSox. They just haven’t been able to do anything right if it’s score enough runs or give up less runs. The second team is another AL East team, the Orioles. They have been able to be the best team at doing nothing. No hitting, no pitching no nothing. The Last team is the Mets. The Mets don’t have the bullpen they want and their starting pitching is nothing after Johan Santana. They don’t have a center fielder because of Beltran being injured and Pagan isn’t doing enough, plus Mike Jacobs was DFA’d and Ike Davis, the rookie sensation, will try to fill the hole Carlos Delgado left.
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The best players… Pujols… illegal…. Utley…. partially illegal… So really the most impressive players are? Jorge Cantu, Vernon Wells, and Andy Pettitte. Cantu has had an RBI in every single game this year excluding one game against the Phillies and has dominated with 5 homers as well. Wells has rebounded nicely from a bad year last year with six homers this year so far and more to come. Lastly, Andy Pettitte has had a great year so far and this might surprise some of you. Pettitte has given up a combined 3 runs in  3 starts giving him a 2-0 record along with a 1.75 ERA
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The flop players have been some unexpected pitchers mostly. Javier Vazquez has an ERA of nine and a half in his first two starts giving him a 0-2 record. This is definitely not worth Melky Cabrera and Aroldys Vizcaino. I believe and hope that Javy will come back to normal and pitch well again. So the other pitcher that is disappointed is in the NL East, Jason Marquis has an even worse ERA and the same amount of losses. He is not the All-Star pitcher that the Nats were projected to get. The Jason Marquis that gave up 7 runs while only getting 2 outs is not the same as last year. Discussion over. The last disappointing player has been Jason Bay. An all-star last year, he is a .215 hitting outfielder this year. Bay will most likely get it going but he has not always been great.
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Here are my very early favorites for the award races this year

AL MVP: Nelson Cruz
NL MVP: Albert Pujols

AL CY Young: CC Sabathia
NL CY Young: Tim Lincecum or Roy Halladay

AL Manager of the Year: Bob Geren
NL Manager of the Year: Bruce Bochy

AL Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz
NL Rookie of the Year: Jason Heyward

Thank you, thank you. This is my two week sum of the season so far. Hoped you liked it and please feel free to comment and leave opinions.

A Day to Remember

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Well I know this is late but after the Mets 20 inning game
which ended at 11 or so and the Ubaldo Jimenez no hitter, I was watching the Jazz
versus the Nuggets, the opening night of the NBA playoffs. So I was busy, yes,
and I didn’t have any time to write this article…

Ubaldo Jimenez No
Hitter

I was texting Mrinal, and we were talking about our fantasy
team and I was asking him if we had traded Jimenez because he was throwing a no
hitter through 4 innings and fortunately we didn’t. So in a way, I called it…
He threw a gem leaving the Rays, Padres, and Mets the only teams without any
no-hitters. He walked 6 and K’d 7 and threw 124 or so pitches, a career high. I
wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to finish the no hitter if he kept it
going. Then I realized that it was Joe Girardi who was managing CC when he
almost threw the no hitter who has a knack for keeping pitchers in even when
they can throw a full 9 innings. So back to the no-no. Jimenez was throwing gas
on his fastball, reaching 100 MPH more than once during the game. His curveball
was all over the place and got hitters to swing which was what fueled him to
the victory. So besides his pitching and his last out (a soft ground ball to
second by Brian McCann) there must have been a great defensive play, like there
is in every no hitter. Like Dewayne Wise for Mark Buehrle and Aaron Rowand for
Jonathan Sanchez. In this game it was Dexter Fowler who made an impossible
running snag and dive to save the no hitter .

Mets and Cardinals go
20 innings

The game started at about 4 and ended at oh about 11. Jaime
Garcia, the Cardinals pitcher, had a no hitter till the sixth and John pitched
7 strong innings. The game wasn’t that exciting, it was sort of like the
Yankees versus Red Sox game except that had so many more defensive plays and
plus, it was the greatest rivalry in sports. Nobody in this game wanted to
score till the Mets broke through… in the 19th against a position
player… Joe Mather. 2 position players pitched, Kyle Lohse, a pitcher, played
left field, the Cardinals sent two pitches up to bat with the bases loaded in
extras, K-Rod blew a save… in the 19th, and Joe Mather gave up 2
runs in 2 innings after Felipe Lopez had a good inning. There isn’t much more
to say except the fact that the Mets could only score against an outfielder
while the Cardinals could only score against one of the best closers in
baseball. This means something.

Other notable games and feats.

·        
Tim Lincecum had 6 shutouts innings in his win.

·        
Rafael Soriano had two saves, both for the Rays
in the suspended 12 inning game and the regular game that day.

·        
Ryan Sweeney had a walk-off single to give the O’s
an even worse start

·        
Garrett Jones had a walk off single against the
Reds after Lastings Milledge tied it with a walk.

·        
The Phillies finally lost :).

·        
Kevin Correia had 6 innings of 8 K ball to shut
out the D-Backs.

Yankeeholics Postgame Report 4/18

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The Yankees were looking for their first sweep of the season and they got it. In the bottom of the first Gardner was hit, Tex was hit, A-Rod walked, and Cano had a sac fly. As Pettitte continued to dominate he was stopped short in the 3rd when the Rangers scored two runs via Elvis Andrus and Michael Young.  To tie it in the bottom, the seemingly impossible happened, Mark Teixiera finally hitting a homer. Ramiro Pena starting had a big 2 run double with the bases loaded. As a stat Pena hits .800 with the bases loaded… The Yanks would hold on to win the game with the great Mariano Rivera getting the save.

Player of the Game:
Andy Pettitte:
Andy fired 8 innings of 2 run ball, escalating the Yankees
pitching as some of the best we’ve seen so far, this year. Pettitte had 3
walks, and just 4 K’s but efficiently pitched through the Rangers lineup,
giving the Yankees the sweep.

Play of the Game: Teixeira’s
pair of plays:
The first one happened in the third, robbing Josh Hamilton
of a pretty big hit, an RBI double which would have given the Rangers a 2 run
lead. He jumped up with a full extension and almost picked Michael Young off at
second. The second wasn’t as big but was just done for the rob, was in the 4th
diving to take a hit away from Matt Treanor

Drive of the Game:
Mark Teixeira’s first homer of the year:
It’s about time, as Tex launched
his first homer to where he usually does, left field, in the third to tie the
game at 2. If the Yankees were winning almost without Tex then imagine how they
would be like if he gets hot.

Yankeeholics Postgame Report 4/17

The Yankees have won their 4th straight series and are going for the series sweep… tomorrow against Rich Harden but let’s take it game by game. The scoring started when Nick Johnson drew his league leading 13th walk of the season with the bases loaded to make it 1-0. Teixeira followed with just his 4th hit of the entire season, this one being an infield RBI hit. His struggles continue and I am starting to worry. The Yankees scored 4 runs in the next inning while Burnett kept the Ragners scoreless. Jeter hit a homer in the third, the highlight of the innings. Then in the next inning A-Rod broke his streak of 41 AB’s without a homer with a shot to the opposite field. Burnett continued to dominate and the Rangers finally broke through in the 8th on a three run homer by Nelson Cruz who is an early, very early, favorite to win the MVP thanks to his MLB leading 7 homers… I should have gotten him for my fantasy league……. The Yankees won 7-3 in the end and have won their last 4 series’s.

Player of the Game: AJ Burnett: AJ fired 7 innings of shutout baseball reducing his ERA to 2.37 and picking up 7 strikeouts compared to 2 walks which is obviously great for him, considering he is one of the most wild pitchers in baseball.

Play of the Game: The Yankees Third Inning:
Since there wasn’t a dive or anything like that I am going to have to do something more general, this being the big inning that won the Yankees the game. They scored 4 runs in the third and the run differential was, guess what, 4. 

Drive of the Game: A-Rod’s first homer of the season: Honestly, I wasn’t sure if he was going to get a homer all month but he did… This is a huge homer because first of all, A-Rod will get into the groove of hitting homers. Second, Tex will probably start getting better pitches now that A-Rod is hitting homers.

Series Number 3

The first series in the Bronx between the Yanks and the Angels resulted in another 2-1 Yankees win, boosting their record to 6-3. Here’s a recap of the games

Game 1
Yankees 7, Angels 5
Andy Pettite pitched a masterful game as the Yankees overpowered the Angels in the first game of the series. Home runs by Nick Johnson and Jeter boosted the Yankees out to a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile, Pettite completely shut down the Angels, using his cutter effectively to keep them off the board. It was only by the eighth inning that Los Angeles finally broke through against Pettite, via a Kendry Morales solo shot. The score by that time was 5-1 Yankees, which was improved to 7-1 by the ninth with Curtis Granderson and Jorge Posada gettings RBI hits. Girardi gave the ball to David Roberston for the last inning, with a Yankee win seemingly locked up. But the Angels loaded the bases with no outs, and after an Eric Aybar strike out, Bobby Abreu pomptly unloaded them with a grand slam. Suddenly, it was a 2 run ball game, and Los Angeles has life once again. David Roberston managed to keep his nerve however, and got Matsui to pop out to Cano for the final out to seal a 7-5 Yankee victory.
Game 2
Angels 5, Yankees 3
Javier Vazquez took the mound hoping to bounce back from a terrible first start, while Joel Piniero took the hill for LA to try and deny him. It was the Angels who drew blood first in the third with RBIs from Aybar and Abreu helping them jump out to a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile, Joel Piniero was one hitting the Yankees through 4, using a power sinker to cut through their lineup. Nick Swisher tripled Cano to make it a one run game in the fifth, but the Angels promptly opened up the lead again in the sixth with RBIs from Morales and Maicer Izturis. Piniero continued his dominance, and left the game after seven innings with a 5-1 lead. A 2 run eighth for the Yankees made the game lose, but Fernando Rodney came in to shut the door and seal a 5-3 Angels victory.
Game 3
Yankees 6, Angels 2
In the rubber game of the series, the Yankees handed the ball to Phil Hughes for his first start of the season, while the Angels turned to Scott Kazmir to seal out the series. A homer by ex-Yankee Hideki Matsui got the Angels a 1-0 lead in the second, but the Yankees struck back in the bottom of the inning with a solo blast from Cano. Then in the bottom of the third, Jeter hit his trademark other way home run, to push the Yankees to a 2-1 lead. In the next inning, Granderson hit a triple and Jeter got a double, earning them both RBIs and earning Hughes a 4-1 lead. Hughes was getting the job done, and though he was far from impressive, he was pitching well enough to quiet the Angels’ bats. After Cano hit another homer, this one a two run shot, in the fifth, Brian Stokes took over from Scott Kazmir. Granderson promptly hit his second triple of thegame, but he did not score as the Yankee lead was kept to 6-1. In the top of the sixth, Phil Hughes put two men on with no out, and as he was nearing 110 pitches, Girardi replaced him with David Roberston. While it was not great pitching from Phil Hughes, he did what was required and he more than proved that he belongs in the starting rotation. One run scored in that inning, to make it a 6-2 game, but the bullpens made sure no more runs crossed the plate for the rest of the game as Mariano got the final out to seal a 6-2 win and win the series for the Yanks. This game was a big one for the Yankees, as it proved a lot of players could perform: one of Granderson’s triples was off a lefty, proving that he is no longer completely clueless against them as he was last year (in 2009 with the Tigers he hit .181 against left handed pitching), Hughes threw over 100 pitches, proving he has the strength and endurance to become a key part of the Yankee rotation, and Cano continued his red hot beginning of the season by blasting 2 homers, proving that he is a worthy contender for the best second baseman in baseball. All in all, quite a successful end to the series for New York.
Overall, it was a nice performance from the Yankees against the reigning AL West Champions. There are still players who need to get going, notably Javier Vazquez and Mark Texeira, but New York looks settled and determined to repeat their 2009 success. Thanks for reading

Series Number Two

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By the way the Yankeeholics postgame report will start next
weekend, so sorry about that. Well the series in Tampa is over with the ____
taking 2 of 3. The series was a good one including an almost no-no, a bunch of
homers and great defense. So here we go.

Game 1
Rays 9, Yankees 3
The Rays took game one against the Yankees behind a dominant performance by
David Price. Javier Vazquez struggled in his return to the Yankees even though
he was sharp for the first 3 innings. In the top of the 3rd inning the
scoring started with A-Rod tripling in Nick Johnson then scoring on a throwing
error. 2-0 Yanks. The bottom of that inning the Rays responded with 5 runs,
including a homer by Carlos Pena. After that, David Price shut the Yankees down
going 7 2/3 innings, striking out 7 and allowing 3 runs. Javier Vazquez allowed
8 runs in total and did not have a good return to his Yankee career. It’s only
the beginning of the season though and you never know. He might turn on to be
the Cy Young winner or something.

Game 2
Yankees 10, Rays 0
CC Sabathia wanted to show youngster David Price how it was really done
today, and did he. CC got out after out and eventually took a no hitter in the
6th inning. At this point it was 4-0 Yankees on a Robinson Cano 2 run
homer and Mark Teixeira’s first of the year, one of three on the day. He is
breaking out of his slump. Hopefully. So as I was saying, as CC took his no-no
into the 6th he continued to dominate until a call that probably
could have gone the other way. This would have been a strike 3… But no, Jason
Bartlett continued to bat and eventually he smoked one to left field but guess who
it is, Tex! Teixeira made a diving catch to save the no hitter. This was one of
plenty more. So CC continued the no hitter into the 7th when with 1
man on second after a walk and BJ Upton up, he grounded one past the third base
bag for a triple. No wait, A-Rod (A-God) made a beautiful diving stop and a
strong throw to catch Upton. Tex made a nice scoop at first as well. In the top
of the inning while the Yankees were batting they scored, oh no that many just 4 to give them a totally unsecure lead
8-0, which they would make even more unsecure with a 10 run lead. (If you can’t
tell, I either have really bad sarcasm, or you just have no brain)… So as CC
took the no-no into the bottom of the eighth he got the first 2 batters out and
then Kelly Shoppach lined one to left field for a base hit. I was crying one
moment and then I was throwing stuff across the room the next. So I was angry.
But then after the game I found out on Sportscenter that they would have taken
CC out of the game regardless if he was throwing a no hitter. I’m going to put
myself in CC’s point of view. “I’m so rich, blah blah blah, I play for the best
team in baseball, blah blah blah, I can beat the heck out of the Red Sox and Kevin
You-kill-us any day, blah blah blah, but really. Would I rather pitch 7 2/3
innings of 1 hit ball and be credited with a fantastic pitching performance or
pitch 8 innings of no-hit baseball and not even get to finish the freaking game.”

Game 3
Yankees 7, Rays 3
The rubber game of the series was the closest game one still being separated
by a good sized margin of 4 runs. The game started with the Yankees going 1-2-3
and Burnett struggling with command and all that stuff. He gave up two runs and
the score was 2-1, Rays by the six innings when the Rays took James Shields
out. After Robby Cano on base “Jorge Juiced One” to the left field seats with
Randy Choate pitching. The Yankees would take a 4-2 lead and never look back.
Burnett pitched seven strong innings but only got 1 K. That is not like him. As
long as he pitches well I don’t care but he needs those K’s. The Yankees would
eventually win 7-3 with A-Rod hitting a double etc. The Yankees brought in Joba
for the eighth just to get some work in. He gave up one run in his one inning
of work which ain’t that great a sign. He can only pitch in a close game. Does
this mean anything? Oh yes it does…

Thank you, thank you. Please comment on whether you would pitch 7 2/3 innings
of one hit ball or 8 innings of no hit ball without getting to finish the no hitter.


Around the League

7:48

Here are some games around the league right now. I will do this every hour. Well at least try.

Detroit 5, Cleveland 2 —— Final
Toronto 7, Baltimore 6 —– Final
Colorado 7, San Diego 0 —– Finals

Atlanta 5, San Francisco 4 ——- Bottom 11th
Chicago 1, Cincinnati 1 ——- Top 3rd
Los Angeles NL 0, Florida 0 —— Bottom 2nd
Yankees 0, Tampa Bay 0 ——- Bottom 3rd
Philadelphia 0, Houston 0 ——- Top 1st
Seattle 0, Texas 0 ——– Top 1st
St. Louis 0, Milwaukee 0 —— Top 1st

Boston vs Kansas City 8:10 pm
Minnesota vs Chicago 8:10 pm
Pittsburgh vs Arizona 9:40 pm
Oakland vs Los Angeles AL 10:05 pm