Posts Tagged ‘Astros’

Why the Blue Jays and Marlins Trade is bad for Baseball!

November 15th, 2012 by Chris Pierce | Comments Off on Why the Blue Jays and Marlins Trade is bad for Baseball! | Filed in Baseball, General, Sports

Is this good for Baseball??

Yesterday the Florida Marlins agreed to trade Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emiio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Jake Marisnick, Adeniy Hechavarria, Justin Nicolino and Anothny DeSClafani.
This is bad for the Phillies and bad for baseball.  In the days when you have billionaire owners coming into professional sports more and more of them are going to want to spend money to win championships.

The Phillies owners are a partnership which means that they only put in a certain amount of money each year and all have to agree to spend that money.  So the likely hood that the Phillies would ever make such a blockbuster deal is very unlikely. Any team that ends up with Mark Cuban as their owner will try to make trades like this and will tip the imbalance in baseball even more.  More and more sports are becoming a business and it is hurting the purity of the game.  Teams like the Astros, Indians, Twins Reds and even the Phillies with their current ownership structure would never have a chance to win a world series again.

Baseball owners in general should be outraged that this happened as well.  Jeffrey Loria just built a brand new stadium in Miami a city that struggles to draw fans to their games even with names like Reyes, Johnson and Buehrle, so there is no way they are going to fill more than 8,000 seats a game with a AAA team at best on the field.  The next team that is going to try to build a stadium is going to have that much harder of a time getting money from their state and city because of Loria and his stupidity. (more…)

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Worst of the Week

August 27th, 2010 by Christian | 4 Comments | Filed in General

Duhhh... What Happened???

Jayson Werth is easily this week’s winner (loser) of the Worst of the Week Award. Jayson not only got picked off of second base in the opening game of the Phillies horrendous series against the Houston Astros, he got picked off after Astros pitcher Brett Myers intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz!

While Werth wandered around in a fog, catcher Carlos Quintero threw over the mound to second to gun down Werth in a game the Phils eventually lost by one run.

Werth said afterward that he was distracted because Brett Myers stuck his tongue out at him.

Jayson, are you kidding? For that moment of sheer stupidity, you are…. the Worst of the Week!

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Rock Bottom?

August 26th, 2010 by Christian | Comments Off on Rock Bottom? | Filed in General

Howard & Co. Look Mystified at the Plate

Series Recap: August 26th, 2010

The Houston Astros have the Phillies number. Simple as that. Today, the Astros beat the Phils 5-1, and became the first team ever to complete a four-game sweep of the Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park.

That’s right. The Astros, who came into the series with a record of 54-69 took four straight from the two-time National League Champs in their own back yard.

Prior to meeting the Astros, the Phillies were red hot, and had won 20 of their last 25 home games. The offense was rolling and their rotation has never been better.

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Houston, We Have A Problem

August 25th, 2010 by Christian | Comments Off on Houston, We Have A Problem | Filed in General

Ryan Howard Is Ejected in 14th

Game Recap: August 24th, 2010

The Phillies lost a marathon, 16-inning, 5-plus hour game to the Houston Astros last night. Mustering only two runs, the once red-hot offense is ice cold once again. They even needed a clutch, two-out ninth inning homerun by Jimmy Rollins to send the game into extra frames.

Ryan Howard went 0 for 7 with 5 strikeouts. He was ejected in the 14th inning after aguing a strike call on a check swing.

In the top of the 16th, with Roy Oswalt playing left field, and Raul Ibanez playing first base, the Astros pushed across two runs to mercifully end the game.

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Umps Blow Another One

August 24th, 2010 by Christian | 3 Comments | Filed in General

Umps Eject Rather Than Review

Game Recap: August 23rd, 2010

Rule 7.08 states: A runner’s baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely.

This season has been a ridiculous embarassment for MLB. When are they going to implement instant replay in a practical way by giving each team two challenges per game?

In a close game last night, the umps blew another one.

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Phillies vs. Astros- Series Preview

August 23rd, 2010 by Johnny G | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

The Lovable Brett Myers Returns

Probable Pitchers:

Joe Blanton (5-6 5.54 ERA) vs. Brett Myers (8-7 3.11 ERA)

Cole Hamels (7-10 3.51 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (6-7 5.23 ERA)

Roy Halladay (16-8 2.16 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (2-2 4.62 ERA)

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Johnny G’s MLB Power Rankings Part 11

June 14th, 2010 by Johnny G | 74 Comments | Filed in General

1. Tampa Bay Rays (1) (40-23)- The Rays almost get bounced from the top spot in this week’s rankings, but ultimately their consistency gives them the benefit of the doubt. After taking two of three from the Blue Jays, the Rays dropped two of three from their in-state rivals, the Marlins. The starting pitching has shown some signs of weakness but Carlos Pena is really starting to heat up. Pena homered in six consecutive games at one point and BJ Upton’s average has been on the rise, as well. The Rays are finally dealing with a little bit of adversity. Let’s see how they deal with it before removing them from the top spot.

2. New York Yankees (2) (40-23)- I wish I could list the Yankees right next to the Rays this week, but that is not an option. The Yankees have dealt with their fair share of injuries to this point and continue to win games at a consistent pace. That is a testament to Joe Girardi and the job Brian Cashman has done to give this organization some depth in the minor leagues. It seems like every week I say the same thing but Robinson Cano is really coming into his own. We are looking at a perennial MVP candidate, perennial batting title contender, and a tremendous defensive second basemen. With Chase Utley slumping, Cano is the best second basemen in the game.

3. Atlanta Braves (4) (37-27)- The Braves end week 11 fresh off a series win over the Twins and continue to lead the pack in the NL East. Martin Prado leads the league in hits with 90 and Troy Glaus has his average up to .290 with 13 long-balls after hitting under .200 in April. Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson have been a tremendous duo atop the rotation and Billy Wagner has been lights out in the back end of the bullpen.

4. Boston Red Sox (5) (37-28)- Here we are, more than 60 games into the season, and we have three teams in the AL East in the top four spots in these power rankings. Looking back at my pre-season rankings, I was pretty close, with all three of these squads in the top five. Adrian Beltre’s season has flown under the radar for some reason. Beltre is hitting .335 with 9 homeruns and 44 RBI’s. Jon Lester and Clay Bucholz continue to lock down this Red Sox rotation as John Lackey and the rest of the bunch search for some consistency. If the back end of this rotation does find their stuff, the sky is the limit for the Bosox.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (6) (36-27)- The Dodgers impressed me early in the week with a sweep of the Cardinals and then severely disappointed me by getting swept by the Angels. Clayton Kershaw is starting to go deeper in the games along with Chad Billingsley. That is the recipe for success for this Dodgers team. The offense is doing more than enough to keep the wins coming but there has to be some concern for Manny Ramirez. He only has five homeruns so far but he is getting on base at a very good clip. Same old same old for Jonathan Broxton in the ninth inning. He has a 0.95 ERA with 42 strikeouts and only 3 walks. Amazing.

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