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Alright well the Pirates dropped their 5th in a row and now their 9th out of their last ten, so I don’t really want to talk about that. We’re going to move on. Tonight there is a great game featuring the Rays and Yankees, two of the best teams in the game. I have every intention on watching most if not all of this game, so I might as well record my thoughts as I watch. So here it is, the Rays vs. Yankees game log. Let’s go Rays!
7:10 : Well BJ Upton isn’t even in the lineup tonight, which takes away a huge amount of my enthusiasm for watching this game. That sucks man. Gabe Kapler is in for him.
7:11 : …and that quickly it’s 1-0 Rays as Jason Barlett leads off the game with a home run.
7:17: Carlos Pena is a beast. 2-0 Rays.
7:28: After a long top of the first, Derek Jeter leads off the Yankees half with a single to center on a ball that B.J. Upton probably would’ve caught. It was slicing away from Kapler but he was like 3 feet away from him when it dropped, so I think Upton would’ve gotten there. Johnny Damon now flies out and chalks up an 0-1 for my fantasy team
7:36: Jeff Niemann gets out of his first inning of work without surrendering a run. He made 18 pitches and hit Hideki Matsui with a pitch. Honestly I am actually kind of rooting against Niemann because I really want to see David Price up in the bigs. I have him in my fantasy league, but hey, I’d watch every start of his anyway, the guy is fun to watch.
7:42: Andy Pettitte made quick work of it in the 2nd, setting the Rays down 1-2-3 and striking out 2 batters. Now I have to ask, are there any other people IN THE WORLD with 4 T’s in their last name??
7:54: Well the Yanks are threatening again against Jeff Niemann in the 2nd. Melky Cabrera got on and just stole second, giving the Yanks a runner in scoring position with one out. Now Niemann walked Ramiro Pena and here comes Jose Molina to the dish.
7:58: Jose grounded into an inning ending double play. The grounder was hit deep in the hole between Barlett and Longoria, but the Rays managed to turn it anyways. I’m not sure there are too many guys in the league that wouldn’t have beaten that out at first, but hey the Molina’s never pretend to be fast.
Anyways, my neck is getting strained and my laptop is being really loud and hot, so I’m gonna go outside and shoot the basketball around and enjoy the lack of rain. I’ll be back later!
Alright we are now only 11 days away from opening night, when the Philadelphia Phillies begin their quest to defend their championship against the Atlanta Braves. As we approach the final week of spring training, the every day big league hitters are really starting to gear up and really start swinging the bats. I’m looking forward to looking around the league to see what happens in this last week of spring training, but I am even more looking forward to the end of spring training. It’s been going on forever, let’s get to the regular season already! Anyways, let’s get to some Pirates news.
The Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-2 last night. The big story here was Ross Ohlendorf. Ross pitched 6 scoreless innings, giving up 5 hits and striking out 3. His spring ERA is now down to 0.59, making him a lock for a spot in the starting rotation (at least he’s a lock in my book). He has looked terrific, being efficient and location all of his pitches extremely well. I’d love to see him in the 4th spot in the rotation, preceded by Maholm, Snell, and Duke, and followed by Karstens. The Pirates offense was provided by Craig Monroe, Nate McLouth, and Ryan Doumit. Let’s take a closer look at these three hitters, shall we??
- Craig Monroe
Craig Monroe has been stellar for his new team this spring. He’s hitting .302 with 12 RBI and 6 runs. Monroe is a lifetime .253 hitter, which is obviously not too good. He has had three 20+ home run seasons, but that’s in his past. Monroe is going to be nothing more than a pinch hitter and a situational player. I don’t know who will have the advantage between Monroe and Hinske. They will be two great players coming off the bench. Personally, I like Eric Hinske better, just because of his defense. Hinske, by the way, is a career .254 hitter. He had 24 homers in his first season, and hit 20 again last season. His defense is definitely superior to that of Monroe, but the way Monroe has looked this spring, I don’t see how you could look him over that quickly. It’s a good problem to have. If the Pirates do indeed record their 17th consecutive losing season, it won’t be the fault of the outfield.
- Nate McLouth
Nate McLouth, pretty much the single reason to watch the Pirates last year, had success out of nowhere. No one expected him to do that. The only reason he even became an every day player was because of his awesome performance in spring training last year. He is mimicking that success again this spring. He’s hitting .325 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI. The average is good to see. McLouth hit .276 last year. Don’t expect a .300 season from McLouth. I’m a little weary of his power numbers as well, I don’t see him hitting 26 homers again this year. If he stays healthy all year, he’ll probably eclipse 20. I would also say he’s not going to repeat his RBI number again (94). Hitting in the 3 hole, it’s a guaranteed minimum 75, with potential to get to 100. I’m thinking somewhere in the mid to high 80′s. With hitters Nyjer Morgan and Freddy Sanchez hitting in front of him, I’m not seeing many runners to be on base for Nate (at least until Andrew McCutchen starts leading off for the Pirates). Nate could very well make his 2nd consecutive all-star appearance, just because the rest of the club is so mediocre.
- Ryan Doumit
Ryan Doumit is one of the pillars that is holding the future together for the Pirates. He’s been showing good signs this spring as well. He is hitting .295 with 2 home runs and a .477 slugging percentage. Doumit is a rare catcher. He hit .318 last year, and it’s pretty rare to see a catcher hit that far above .300. His career average is .278. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Doumit’s average take a step backwards this year, but I definitely can see his power numbers rising. He hit a career high 15 homers last year. I expect Ryan to raise that number into the 20′s this year. This guy has great potential, and hitting in the clean up spot could warrant a legitimate chance to get to 100 RBI. Although his 69 ribs last year suggest otherwise. Maybe I’m expecting too much out of him, but I see Doumit as our best offensive player, so he’d better perform.
The Pirates play another night game tonight against the Rays at 7. Jeff Karstens will take the mound to try and boost his chances at making the rotation. We should be hearing word from manager John Russell soon about who the rotation will be. This is definitely a big start for Karstens. He hasn’t been great this spring, but has shown good signs and had some ups, enough to put him ahead of Virgil Vasquez, atleast. Personally, I’m rooting for Karstens. Let’s Go Bucs.
Well it’s day 2 of MLB spring training, and I’m already itching for opening day. Baseball makes the winter months of February and March okay with me. I just bought my subscription to MLB.TV Premium and I couldn’t be more excited. I listened to my hometown Pirates’ beat down on the Phillies yesterday, and now I’m watching the Yankees/Rays game on my mlb.tv, I love this sport. So here goes, my featured game today:
Yankees vs. Rays
We’re in the 5th inning and the Yankees are up 2-0. Jorge Posada has accounted for both of the Yankees runs, he homered in the 3rd and just recently doubled in Xavier Nady in the 5th. Damaso Marte (former Pirate) is now in the game and retires his first batter. The starting pitchers today were Phil Hughes and Doug Davis. Both pitchers looked pretty comfortable out there, especially Davis who struck out Teixeira in his first Yankee at bat, and then in the next inning struck out A-Rod, who homered in his 2nd spring training at bat yesterday. The Rays didn’t have a productive offensive game yesterday, they collected only 4 hits and did not score a run. They have been silent again today, posting only 1 hit through 5 innings. Upton is hurt and hoping to be ready for opening day, so we won’t see much (if anything) from him this spring, and Crawford was pulled after his first at bat yesterday, and of course it’s only the 2nd day of the spring training, so clearly there’s nothing to look into here. There’s really not much use analyzing games in February, but I have missed baseball so very much that I just want to do it anyway.
Let’s take a look at the rest of the league right now:
The Nationals are up 2-1 on the Tigers, I see that Joel Zumaya is on the bump, I wonder if he’s hit 100 yet.
Houston is putting a licking on the Braves, up 7-2. David Ross hit a homerun for them.
The Reds are trailing 4-0 against the Twins, Buscher went deep for the Twinners.
After an early dead spot yesterday against Boston College, the Red Sox jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the buccos, and no one has scored since the first.
St. Louis jumped out to an early lead but Baltimore countered with a 4 run inning followed by a 3 run inning and is now leading 7-2.
Toronto and Philadelphia are all tied up.
Florida and New York (Mets) are doing battle, but the Marlins haven’t showed up. Jose Reyes went yard and the Mets are up 6-0.
That’s all for now.