There’s no other way to put it. Talk about being a sour puss. After the Colorado Rockies declined to offer Jimenez a long-term deal after going 6-9 with a era over 4, they traded him to the Indians for minor league propsects. Apparently, Jimenez hasn’t let that go, especially since the Rockies offered Troy Tulitwitzki and his .300+ batting average, 30 hr and 100+ rbis a contract extension. Then to have Jimenez intentionally plunk Tulowitzki in the elbow of all places in a meaningless minor league outing. I don’t know what’s worse, doing that or denying the real reason for doing so, claiming that Tulo was calling him names. C’mon Ubaldo, you’re better than that. You’re a 28 year old pitcher with your best days behind you. Thank the lord that you’re still in the bigs.
Just when New Yorkers and Bostonians thought that they could relax, think again!!! The two beasts are now in the running for Twins’ ace Johan Santana. Rumors have it that the Sox are in the lead. I wondered to myself if the Sox could get better after waxing every team in the playoffs this past postseason. No more wondering, worrying or fearing, because if they get Johan Santana, possibly the best pitcher in the Major Leagues, everyone better start thinking about coming in second. Salary cap, not in baseball, because this is where the rich get richer. I know, that small market teams like Rockies and the Diamond Backs made it deep and even got to the World Series. But then what happened? They got stomped by Goliath. Winter meetings are always fun, especially when something crazy goes down. But if the Red Sox sign Johan, I’m giving up the sport, it’s hopeless. At least if the Yankees get him, the Yanks will be back on top…of my most hated sports teams list. Until then, the crown belongs to the Sox. By the way, anyone wondering what Minnesota is doing, letting go of Torii Hunter and now Santana, a fire sale perhaps???
Yay, woohoo, Dodgers instant favorite to win west… YEAH RIGHT. Before all you bandwagon Dodgers fans think that this guy is going to lead the Dodgers to the World Series, think again. In fact, forget about it. The Dodgers are not only outmanned by both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the NL Champ Colorado Rockies, but they have PLENTY of holes in their roster. The manager is not going to add an extra 3 runs a game or 10 wins a season. Baseball is one of those sports where the manager matters the least. That coupled with the garbage talent the Dodgers have compiled yields a 3rd-4th place NL West finish, again. Juan Pierre has no power and no throwing arm, Luis Gonzales, Jeff Kent and Nomar are on their last breaths, Furcal can’t seem to get on base. I like Loney, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp but you need a big time slugger. A legitimate threat in the lineup to scare opposing pitchers. As for the Dodger pitching, Penny is an ace, Lowe is decent, but Loaiza, Billingsy and Wells, c’mon now. Schmidt is overpaid and will probably never get back to the level he was with the Giants. As for the bullpen, can we really count on anyone other than Saito, and that’s if you ever get to him. Let’s tell it like it is, the Dodgers need plenty and are far from contending. So stop the dreamin’ LA, because last time I checked, Torre’s contract prohibits him from being a player/coach. The truth hurts, but I love you guys and I would hate to see you in pain through the dog days of the season.
Did someone forget to tell the “red hot” Colorado Rockies that the World Series has started. Looks like the Rockies have already begun planning their offseason. With another loss on Saturday to the Boston Red Sox, a.k.a. the new Yankees, the Rockies are on the verge of being swept in the World Series. I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like the Rockies are just happy to be here. No one outside of Denver expected them to make the playoffs. And the way they’re playing right now, I’m not sure if they expected to be here. Nevertheless, again props to the Red Sox for cruising through the playoffs in what I consider the EASIEST road to the playoff; the hapless Angels, gutless Indians, and the spineless Rockies. I know I’m gonna get a lot of hate mail but let’s call a spade a spade. The Red Sox are the best team in the playoffs, and the teams they faced throughout simply bent over for them. Let me be the first to congratulate the 2007 MLB World Series Champs, the Boston Red Sox. And I never want to hear anyone say that the NL is as good as the AL. Talk about a lopsided win. Go ahead, talk about it…
Nothing fancy about this article, I just wonder if the NL stands a chance against the superior AL? I’m not sure if it’s the Red Sox or what, but all I know if that the Sox just seem like a pro team and everyone they face, pop warner. It’s obvious that the Rockies are in a must win situation tonight. SIDE NOTE: I’m sitting here watching the game in the 2nd inning and J.D. Drew just got nailed in the ankle (ooooh, that’s gotta hurt). Suck it up baby, rub some $$$ on it and it will go away. Back to the article, the Rockies need to also sweep at home. The Red Sox don’t lose too often at Fenway, and they don’t lose game 6s and 7s. So if you want the ring Rockies, it’s go time.
First off, let me give credit where it’s due, congrats Red Sox. You went through the hapless Angels, the choked out Indians, and are probably going to spank the Colorado Rockies now that they lost their MOJO. I love Big Papi, Youkilis, Lowell, Beckett, Varitek and am even happy for Lugo. We all know how I feel about Drew and Manny (hate them just in case you didn’t know). However, I will put my emotions aside like a good journalist and take my hat off to the Sox. To come from 3 down is a great feat. I knew it was over as soon as it came back to Boston, and by the looks of the Indians, they knew it too. Beckett is definitely the MVP of the series and will probably continue his masterpiece in the World Series. You guys will probably win in 6-ish and I will have to write another article about how good the Sox are. But until then, LET’S GO ROCKIES LET’S GO, CLAP, CLAP, CLAPCLAPCLAP!!!
Another NLCS game, another loss for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs lost to the Colorado Rockies, AGAIN, on Sunday, 4-1. Now they’re down 3 in the series, and looking like they’re about to be swept. Thanks for showing up in the series guys. I picked the D-backs myself to win this series in 6, whoops. What happened to the “arms” of this team. Webb, Hernandez, Valverde, Davis. I know the team is young and this is a learning experience blah blah blah. But when you get this close to the World Series, who knows when your next chance could be. The D-backs will head into the offseason, soon, and will have a lot of questions to answer, like “How do we get to the World Series.” But until then, congrats on a nice season.
With their ace on the mound, Cy Young candidate Brandon Webb, the D-Backs came up empty at home in game 1 of the NLCS, falling to the Colorado Rockies 5-1. Webb gave up 4 runs in 6 innings pitched in the loss. A huge step for the Rockies, stealing home field advantage. My pick for this series was (and still is) the D-Backs. But after today’s performance, I’m beginning to have my doubts. I hope that their bats wake up or else the Rockies will be rolling to the World Series. Doug Davis needs to bring his A game or the D-Backs can kiss this series goodbye. By the way, yo’ Mets, how do you like Kaz Matsui now? Mark my words, this guy’s gonna be the MVP of the playoffs.
One more game for the Colorado Rockies to advance to the NL Championship game. After taking 2 from the Philadelphia, these guys are headed home and seem to be the feel good story of the playoffs. Kudos to this group, who seem to be a group of throwbacks, guys who just want to play ball for the love of the game. Matt Holiday is continuing his tear with a homer in the 1st to set the tempo. But the real story of the game is the play of Kaz Matsui, going 3-5 with 5 RBIs and a grand salami. Unfortunately, the Philly pitching staff decided to stay home today, allowing 10 earned runs. Its all but over for the Phillies. It was a good effort though (NOT). Seems like noone in the NL East can compete in the playoffs.
The Colorado Rockies went to Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon and extinguished the Phillies. Behind pitcher Jeff Francis, the Rockies went head on against Philly ace Cole Hamels. They got to him early, with 3 runs in the top of the second and that’s all they needed. The top of the order for the Phillies went a combined 0-11 (Rollins, Utley, and Howard). While this wasn’t the offensive matchup we were expecting, the Rockies look like a team of destiny. Philly has their back against the wall, one more loss, well you know…Did somebody say “Matt Holiday for MVP?”