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"You see Starvin' Marvin, these are what we call appetizers. This is what you eat before you eat, to make you more hungry."
In the game already underway, Jake Peavy is getting rocked by the Cardinals offense while Chris Carpenter is rolling.
At 4:00 Matt Clement, the pitcher I think the Yankees should have signed this offseason, and Jose Contreras, the one I'm glad they traded last year, match up in Chicago.
If anyone's interested in chatting about this afternoon's action, this is the place to do it.
They should put another wild card in when a team is as hapless as these Padres are.
I can't figure the Cards out either. How did they get Chris Carpenter, Matt Morris, Jason Marquis and Jeff Supan to be so effective? And how are they not undermined by the soft side of their batting order?
I thought Joe Sheehan was a fool for picking them to win the NL Central last year. I picked them this year, but still can't figure out what I based that on (default, perhaps).
Here's hoping the Yanks meet them in the Series and I get a chance to take a closer look.
Sox vs. Sox underway, Renteria on second via a double, Ortiz at the plate.
And then I see the final score is 8-5. Never mind.
Their numbers for the regular season were quite good, though. I guess we should throw some props Dave Duncan's way.
BTW, I couldn't figure out why Guillen started Contreras in game 1, given what the Red Sox tend to do to him, but Contreras got 'Mr. Clutch' out with a runner on second. Wonder how it put it altogether this year?
Ooh! Podsednik HBP. Not the way to start a game, Mr. Clement!
I'd be screaming bloody murder if I was a White Sox fan. Hope they have a big inning regardless of their manager's stupidity.
But as we know with BOS, it ain't over till it's over.
I guess i'm glad the bosox are losing not necessarily because one team is going to be better or worse to face if we get that far but I just have Yankee-Bosox fatigue. Seems like half our season is with them and I wouldn't mind a break from the rivalry until next year.
Let's go ChiSox!
I don't know which one of them I would rather the Yanks face. For now, I just want the Yanks to kick the shit out of the stupid Angels and thier "smart" play. I think the key is to keep Chone out of the basepaths, it reminds me of when the Yanks faced Seattle in '01, the key was keeping Ichiro out of the basepaths and it worked (easier said than done).
I've been to 2 games this season at Yankee Stadium and one of them was the 3-hr, 10 RBI night for A-Rod v the sumo fighter Colon. Here's hoping that both of them repeat such performance.
Let's go Yankeeeeeeees!!!!!!!!!
Blow out wins are frequently followed by close losses in the playoffs.
These guys are human beings and most of the time they are put in no-win situations by the expectations from the media, the fans and the ownership. For some, it is only a question of time before they explode (Weaver, Contreras, Javy), for others it takes some time for them to adapt and learn to live with it (Clemens, ARod, Giambi, RJ, Matsui) and others thrive in such an atmosphere from day one (Sheff is the only example I can think of). Its just part of the expectations in a big market team, see for example Clement and Renteria.
Re: Contreras. I don't buy the NY media stuff. I just think he had a rough adjustment period, dealing with major league hitters. He only recently gained total control over his pitches. He wasn't great with Chicago last year, and even for a large part of this year wasn't lights out.
In '04 he had some good and some terrible games but the potential was there. NY requires immediate success (and not only in baseball), or a short transition period. That's the way it has been and the way that it will remain.
Personally, I feel really happy for Contreras, he had a terrible time in NY, all accounts say that he was the loneliest guy on the planet. His story is great and its nice to see him succeed (having said that, I hope he tanks if he starts v the Yanks...).
The White Sox coaches have encouraged him to establish the split with his four-seamer and a two-seamer. Contreras throws the former at about 95mph, and locates it well. The latter he throws at like 91mph with a different arm angle, and it has decent movement. Then he uses the split to embarass you. Glad to see him do well, I hated the way he was treated by our fans and media.
Remember the split between RSox road and home record. They are really a mediocre team on the road, so it wouldn't surprise me if they won both at home, which means the WSox need to win tomorrow too, or they are in trouble...
However, the Sox now have the deliema of whether to run Clement out there in game 4/5 or throw Arroyo...Not sure which is a better choice...Clement I guess...
Someone say two out hit?
Hell ya! Go boys! I love it.
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