Browsing Posts published in April, 2011

John Mayberry homered to lead off the 7th inning, and Placido Polanco hit a tie-breaking sac fly later in the inning to give Roy Halladay and the Phillies the win over the Mets.  The Mets have now lost 3 in a row and drop to 11-16 on the year.

This was a classic pitcher’s duel between the established ace Halladay and the young Jon Niese.  The Mets got to Halladay first, plating the first run on Carlos Beltran’s RBI single to drive in Daniel Murphy in the 4th.  They threatened to score more in that inning, but Halladay buckled down and retired the next 3 batters with 2 on.  Niese made the 1-0 lead stand up until he ran out of gas in the 7th inning.

Thank God I get to hit here instead of Citi Field...

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Ryan Howard hit 2 home runs, including a grand slam, Ben Francisco and Placido Polanco each added 2 RBI, and the Mets now drop to 11-15 on the year.  Mike Pelfrey allowed 8 hits and 4 runs in his 4.1 innings of work.  Dillon Gee relieved Pelfrey and only allowed one hit.  Unfortunately, that one hit was Ryan Howard’s grand slam to make the game 8-0 in the 6th inning, and effectively end the game.

Vance Worley pitched 6 shutout innings for the Phillies.  The Mets threatened in the top of the first inning, with Daniel Murphy and David Wright reaching base on errors.  But Worley coaxed a double-play ball out of Carlos Beltran to end the threat.  He and Pelfrey would trade zeros until the 4th inning, when Howard hit the first of his home runs, a 2-run shot.  From that point on, it was all Phillies.

What do I have to do to win in this park?

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The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 5-3 tonight. Freddy Garcia earned the loss as he didn’t pitch efficiently or effectively. With the loss, the Yankees move to 14-9 on the young season.

Unfortunately, It was All Robby Tonight (AP)


Freddy Garcia got in trouble early and often tonight and only lasted five innings:

Romero 6 5 2 2 7 3
Garcia 5 7 3 3 6 5


Freddy Garcia pitched out of jams in the first two innings, but allowed a two-run home run to the 2010 Home Run King, Jose Bautista, in the third. His bad luck continued in the fourth allowing a solo home run to J.P. Arencibia. Freddy Garcia struggled mightily with control the entire game as he surrendered five walks.

Russell Martin hit a towering double off the left-center field fence in the bottom of the second to score Robinson Cano from first base. Any sort of wind going to left would have carried it over.

Fast forward to the bottom of the eighth inning. Robby Cano bashed his 8th home run of the season, his second of the night, to pull the Yanks within three runs. The Yankees then worked a single and two walks to load the bases. Derek Jeter struck out then Nick Swisher hit a lazy grounder to first to strand the bases loaded.

Key Stats

3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter went 1-5 to raise his career total to 2,949.

0-15: Batters this year against Freddy Garcia with runners in scoring position.

Robinson Cano earned his second walk of the season tonight. That should raise his .01 walk average.

What’s Next?

The Yankees and Blue Jays continue their series tomorrow at 4:05.

4:05 PM, YES. Kyle Drabek (2-0, 3.30 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (3-1, 3.52 ERA).


Thanks to everyone that participated in our live draft chat last night. During the early first round, we had roughly 30 commenters contributing to the live feed, so thank you for that. Anyway, the first round was pretty shocking to me. Some of the trades were very unexpected. Some of the picks left everyone scratching their heads while some teams continued their year after year status quo in the draft (Looking at you, trading Patriots). We’ll go more in detail with the Giants and Jet picks later, but here’s five thoughts about the first round.

Hello, Cam.

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Only a handful of analysts thought Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara would pass through the top-15, and many top analysts had Amukamara rated in the top-10. The Giants didn’t think they had a shot at him, so they didn’t work him out, and they didn’t even bring him in for a visit.

After the jump, we’ll look at the pick a little closer and I’ll give the G-Men my first round grade.

Welcome to New York, Prince

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The mailbag is back. Questions were a little light this week, but keep them coming in at ( Today, we’ll look at the Yankees, Mets, and AL East predictions.

Easy, David.

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Old friend Livan Hernandez pitched 8 solid innings against his former team and knocked in a run to lead the Nats to victory over the Mets.  Their record now stands at 11-14.  The bottom of the Nats’ order killed the Mets in this game, as Ian Desmond, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Hernandez (the 6th, 7th, and 9th hitters – none hitting over .220) drove in a run each.

Nice catch, but not enough for the win

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On a night where the Yankees scored 12 runs, it seems a little odd that they didn’t register their first hit until the fifth inning. However, as John Sterling always says ‘Welp, you can’t predict baseball Suzyn!’, you really can’t predict baseball. Brett Gardner’s fifth inning solo home run was the first hit (third run for the Bombers) that essentially opened the flood gates as the Yankees scored ten runs over the last four innings. Nick Swisher was 0 for his last 19 entering tonight, but went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs. CC Sabathia got the start and picked up his second win of the season, tossing seven runs of three run ball (all of which were unearned). With the win, the Yankees move to 14-8 on the season and split their four-game set with the White Sox.

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1. Carolina Panthers: Michael Jordan

The Panthers have been looking for a winner and they finally find one in home grown Jordan. Jordan has proven that he can make the clutch plays in crunch time and can carry a team to victory. Jordan will bring leadership and his winner’s mentality to young and floundering franchise.

2. Denver Broncos: Secretariat

The best combination of size and speed, Secretariat is the biggest and fastest player in the draft. Secretariat would bring a new dynamic to the Broncos and could carry them on his back to the finish line.

3. Buffalo Bills: Cam Newton

There is nothing in Buffalo to celebrate or be excited for. The Bills need someone to come and revitalize the city. That person is Cam Newton. Cam will bring energy to a city that has been hit hard in the recent recession and chances are his father is already talking to Buffalo about payment for Cam’s services.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: Catwoman

Fast and agile, Catwoman would be ideal to put opposite of Chad Ochocinco. Her ability to adapt to her surroundings should prove useful in taking advantage of holes in opposing defenses.

5. Arizona Cardinals: Albert Pujols

Pujols is the best Cardinal is recent memory and Ken Wisenhunt is praying his abilities translate to inside linebacker.

6. Cleveland Browns: LeBron James

Big, strong, and athletic. LeBron is the perfect fit for what Mike Holmgren is looking for in this draft. Also, Holmgren brings home Cleveland’s son and savior.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Greg Anderson

Looking for a competitive edge over the competition, the 49ers go with the most well-known athletic trainer in the area hoping he can bring the same nutritional and conditioning programs to the team that enhanced the performance of Barry Bonds within one off-season.

8. Tennessee Titans: Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus

Two native daughters of Nashville would bring life and a younger fan base to the franchise. Miley knows all about the achy breaky hearts in Tennessee from her father’s Titans that came one yard short of a Super Bowl victory. She’ll bring excitement back to the team with her halftime parties that she has thrown throughout the USA. Ke$ha has experience in taking no talent and turning it into success. The Titans have little talent so Ke$ha is the perfect solution to turning the team’s performance around.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Cordell Walker Texas Ranger

The Cowboys are soft. Cordell Walker is not. Walker will bring grit and determination to the House that Jerry built. This is the first unquestionable pick the Cowboys have made in years. Walker will play anywhere and will do what it takes to win.

10. Washington Redskins: Leroy Jethro  Gibbs

The Redskins look to their own backyard for the best field general available. Gibbs will bring a tough demeanor to the field. He’d be Mike Shanahan’s coach on the field. Gibbs’s football career at UCLA will prove useful as the Redskins look for Donovan McNabb’s replacement.