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…
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.
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
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.
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
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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.
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Yes you may ask ‘Why so early?’ Well you can all blame this
on Matt Holliday. I was just thinking why the Yankees didn’t want to offer him
a contract to be the Yankees left fielder next year and then a light bulb went
off in my head!
The Yankees don’t want to spend on Holliday because they
want to “unleash” next year. Well, why not! Holliday would be great this year
and I still want him but right now it doesn’t seem like a choice. Plus there
are plenty of great left fielders next year (Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth) and
the Yankees can fill their hole with one of them. Though if they do somehow
surprise everybody and sign Holliday, then they will risk getting perhaps Carl
Crawford/ Jayson Werth and Joe Mauer…
If we sign Matt Holliday then we won’t have the
need to sign Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth which is ok, but we also may not
have the chance of signing Joe Mauer, former AL MVP. If we sign Holliday then
we won’t have the money to sign Crawford and Mauer which we all know is better
than just Matt Holliday.
If we don’t sign Matt Holliday then we will have
the money to sign power hitting Jayson Werth or stolen base threat Carl
Crawford along with perhaps, Joe Mauer. Posada would move to full time DH and
Mauer would catch. Crawford/ Werth could play left field and your lineup would
So this year I would go with Brett Gardner. If
Gardner has a good year (.290 BA, 100 hits, 30-50 SB) then there is probably no
need for Crawford because Gardner can be just as fast and is cheaper, so why wouldn’t
we go with Gardy? Even if Gardner doesn’t have a good year, we can always go out and sign Magglio Ordonez, Jayson Werth, or of course Carl Crawford. I would take the chance with Gardner, and if he doesn’t work out in the middle of the season you could try Jamie Hoffman or trade for a 1 year left fielder .
So as you see there is no need for Matt Holliday. He is a
very good player but sometimes you have to think ahead. A Matt Holliday signing
would probably mean no attempt to
get Joe Mauer. So all I can hope is that we do not sign Matt Holliday and Gardner
has an above average year so we have the money to sign the expensive Joe Mauer.
If we can do this then our lineup would be amazing.
SS Derek Jeter (.330 BA)
C Joe Mauer (.350 BA)
1B Mark Teixeira (35-40 homers)
3B Alex Rodriguez (30-40 homers)
DH Jorge Posada (20-30 homers)
CF Curtis Granderson (20-30 homers)
2B Robinson Cano (.315 BA)
RF Nick Swisher (20-30 homers)
LF Brett Gardner (20+SB)
Granderson and Mauer can be switched as well. Granderson can
bat second and Mauer can bat 5th.
The Yankees also were trying hard to be the team to get Cliff Lee this year
instead of the Mariners, but they had to give up one of Joba Chamberlain and
Phil Hughes. But after the 2010 season Cliff Lee is a free agent, and with the
free agency of both Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez next year the Yankees
might be one of the top contenders to get Lee.
If Andy Pettitte retires and Javier Vazquez has
a good year, we resign Vazquez and Pettitte is gone. We also sign Lee and have
a very formidable rotation of CC, Cliff Lee, AJ Burnett, Vazquez, and Hughes/
If Pettitte does not retire and has a bad year
(in 2010) and Vazquez has a good year, we could go with either one along with
If Pettitte does not retire and has a good year
this year and Vazquez has a good year, I see us going with Pettitte. Along with
Lee of course
If Pettitte does not retire and has a good year this
year and Vazquez has a bad year, then we obviously go with Andy.
The Yankees would have a very good rotation and a very scary
team to face in a four game series .
Javier Vazquez/Andy Pettitte
Joba Chamberlain/ Phil Hughes
I am not saying any of this will happen and probably will
not but nothing is impossible. One of the main reasons it will be hard to do
this is because we have to use money to resign Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
So the very expensive Joe Mauer and Cliff Lee along with resigning DJ and Mo
would be a lot of money.
“Pitching, pitching, pitching. Then left field.” ~Brian Cashman
did think outfield was a priority. I mean, who didn’t? But now I guess
it is pitching. I never remember pitching. I remember Jason Bay, Hideki
Matsui, Matt Holliday, Johnny Damon, and a bit of Curtis Granderson.
All I remember about starting pitching is Mr. John Lackey and Doc
Halladay. Oh yes and Andy Pettitte of course. But now I guess it is
John Lackey, Roy Halladay, Andy Pettitte, Kelvim Escobar, Jason
Marquis, Joel Piniero, Rich Harden, and possibly Randy Wolf. I cannot
imagine how it is possible the Yankees would get Jason Marquis or Randy
Wolf. I mean, all are very good pitchers but some just unimaginable in
a Yankee uniform.
John Lackey: John
Lackey wants a long contract but he might not get it. The Yanks have
the money and all just John Lackey doesn’t seem the right fit in the
Yankee clubhouse. Lackey is a very solid pitcher and the Yankees
wouldn’t have to give up any valuable prospects for him. It is a simple
as that. I wish…
Roy Halladay is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. The only thing
is, the Yankees would have to give up so many valuable prospects for
him though. Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero, Joba Chamberlain, and Phil
Hughes. They are all too valuable to give up though which is the
problem. Plus, Roy Halladay would be a one year rental unless the
Yankees sign him to an expensive extension if they get him. There are
risks and rewards in getting Roy and we will have to see what will
Andy Pettitte: Reliable
Andy had a very good year last year and is coming back for more. He
supposedly rejected the Yankees first offer and wants an 11 million
dollar one year deal. We all want Pettitte back and probably will; just
he might be too expensive.
Kelvim Escobar: Yankees
have reportedly talked to Kelvim Escobar’s agent. Kelvim could either
be a starter or a long reliever. The long relief role seems to be taken
up by Alfredo Acevas so if the Yankees were to sign him he would
probably be a starter.
Jason Marquis is supposed to be a Met! Why would the Yankees be
interested in him I ask Brian Cashman. I see no reason for the Yankees
to go and try and get Jason Marquis. I mean, he could be and OK 5th starter but I really don’t see why the Yankees would waste money on someone who wants to be a Met…
Piniero had a fine 2008 season, but I just don’t see him in a Yankees
uniform. I see him resigning with the Cardinals or staying with a
National League team.
He had a depressing 2009 with lots of injuries and the Yankees don’t
want another oft-injured pitcher. I see him signing with the Mariners
or some team like that, but not the Yankees.
Randy Wolf: Pretty
much the only reason the Yankees would go and get Randy Wolf is if Andy
goes and signs with another team. Period. Randy Wolf will not be a
are the many pitchers the Yankees are interested in. I will say the
Yankees will get one of them along with Pettitte. John Lackey or Roy
Halladay will probably be that one. Thank You. Comments, agreements,