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Yankees Bomb on Rangers

What else did the Texas Rangers want? A 3-run shot in the first inning by Josh Hamilton; tack on another 2 runs in the 4th and the Rangers knocked out C.C. Sabathia. Game over, right? WRONG, actually, it’s SEASON OVER for the Rangers.  This was the game they needed and they had all the pieces in place before their bullpen blew it. Don’t ever doubt greatness, as Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano showed who the Yanks really are.  Now the Rangers have the pressure on them for Game 2.  Remember, they haven’t won a home playoff game this postseason.  And if they’re counting on Cliff Lee to bail them out, they better think again unless Lee is pitching every game.

October 16, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Carlos Zambrano: From Perfect to…Well, the Opposite

Let’s see, a week, ago, Chicago Cubs Ace, and I use that term very lightly, pitched no-hitter.  Everyone talking about how he’s come around, after signing the big contract, after all his character problems.  Enter Friday, a home game against the St. Louis Cardinals, 1.2 innings pitched, 8 earned runs. Are you kidding me?  How is that possible? Was the no-no a fluke?  What happened to the good old days when pitchers were, well, consistent.  I’ve been following Big Z for years now (sure he was on my fantasy team many a time).  The the poster child for inconsistency. You never know what you’re going to get from this guy. Lights out one start; shelled the next. Blame it on lack of concentration, blame it on fatigue.  You can find a million excuses, we all know they’re like… well, you know what. The Cubs will probably make the playoffs. Everyone’s expecting them to tear it up and make the World Series.  But let me tell you something, if Big Z doesn’t clean up his act, sure they might get to the big one, but as soon as they run into a solid team (i.e. Angels), the Cubbies will realize that that they don’t stand a chance.  If you don’t believe me, go ask the 2007 Cleveland Indians, and how their aced C.C. Sabathia burned ’em time and time again by the Boston Red Sox. If you’re happy just to be there, great, be happy then.  But if you’re like most fans, then you’re striving for the ring/cup/trophy. Take my advice: Don’t believe the Zambrano hype. Sorry Cubs’ fans, the truth hurts.

September 20, 2008 Posted by | MLB BASEBALL | , , , , | 1 Comment

C.C. Takes Cy Cy

It’s a good thing that MLB votes for their awards before the post-season starts, if not C.C. Sabathia would not be the Cy Young Award winner. C.C. who had a stellar regular season, just didn’t show up in the playoffs. Then again this is a regularsabathia season award, so let’s give the big man some credit, he was the best pitcher this past season, slightly better than second place finisher Josh Beckett. Beckett on the other hand had a out of this world post-season, leading the Red Sox to the World Series title and pitching like the second coming of Sandy Koufax. I’m not going to take anything away from the big guy, and entering the final season of his contract with the Indians, Sabathia will be paid handsomely. I would just like my aces to show up for the playoffs. So Beckett will just have to take his World Series ring and be happy with that. Sabathia becomes the first Cleveland pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in 35 years, and who knows, the core of this team is coming back next season and with one more year of experience under their belt, 2008 might be the year of the Tribe.

November 13, 2007 Posted by | MLB BASEBALL, Romik | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

I Hate J.D. Drew

onthebuzzer.com j.d. drewOut of all the players to step up in Game 6, why did it have to be J.D. Drew? My most hated player currently, and possibly of all time, Drew came up big in game 6, going 3-5 with 5 rbis and a grand slam. Thanks for showing up Indians; C.C. Sabathia, what a joke. I finally figured out what the C.C. stands for: CHOKE CITY!!! I’ve said it before, Drew is the epitome of the modern day players and everything that’s wrong with athletes today. I guess I gotta cheer for the Rockies at this point. Unfortunately, by the time the Rockies come back from their week long hiatus, they will be out of their groove and probably come out flat. If there’s a god, the good guys should win, unless the Sox are being set up for a bigger embarrassment in the World Series. If that’s the case, just give me a sign, any sign so I can sleep comfortably…. well, I’m waiting…

October 21, 2007 Posted by | Ara, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Josh Beckett

onthebuzzer.com josh beckettQuite possibly the game’s best post season pitcher? In another exemplary performance, Boston ace Josh Beckett shut down the Cleveland Indians yet once again, proving that he should be considered one of the best, if not THE BEST clutch pitchers ever.  Beckett struck out 11 in 8 innings en route to a 7-1 victory over the Indians at Cleveland.  This guy has stepped up for his team time and time again.  I’m proud to say that yes, he was on my fantasy team.  It’s unfortunate the Beckett can’t pitch everyday, because he’s the only players Boston can count on.  Now it’s on to game 6 with Schilling going against Carmona in Boston.  Which Schill is going to show up is a mystery to us all.  But if Boston wins game 6, are they going to send Dice to the mound? I hope Francona has something up his sleeve because Dice and Game 7 is a recipe for disaster.

October 19, 2007 Posted by | Ara, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

RED SOX POUND INDIANS

onthebuzzer.com manny ramirezGame 1 of the ALCS and the Red Sox quashed all that talk about upsets and C.C. and team of destiny.  The Indians looked overmatched, overpowered and frankly over it.  C.C. Sabathia, cy young candidate lasted a measley 4.1 innings and 8 runs.  HUH? What the heck happened hear?  This guy has cruised through the regular season and the playoffs. This is when it counts, that’s the difference.  So Indians, go back to the drawing board and figure out what went wrong b/c if not, this series will be over before you know it.  As for the Sox, you beat my Angels, but I gotta give you props, the best team keeps on rolling.  Either that, or it’s that Red Sox mystique.

October 13, 2007 Posted by | Ara, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

CY YOUNG ON THE LINE

josh beckett onthebuzzer.comsabathia onthebuzzer.comThat’s what I think game 1 should be based on, other than taking a pivotal 1-0 lead in the playoffs. I know, I know, playoffs don’t count in the voting, but wouldn’t that make it interesting. Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia takes his band of brothers to Boston, along with his 19-7 records and 3.21 era to face, who other than playoff sensation, Mr. Clutch Josh Beckett and his 20-7 records, 3.27 era. These guys both deserve the Cy Young award (props to Fausto Carmona and his 19-8 records and 3.06 era). The game will be decided by the pitcher who makes the least mistakes. Fortunately for Beckett, his Sox have more offensive ammo who can capitalize on their mistakes. If Cleveland steals game 1, watch out because then Carmona can come in and pitch comfortably on Saturday without the pressures of a must-win situation. bulletin board material onthebuzzer.comWith Boston as the favorite to win, I predicting another masterful performance by Papi and co. But if Cleveland can get to Beckett early, and force the Sox bullpen into the game, its over for Boston. We all know ups and downs of Gagnes and Okajima. Good luck Indians, and as much as I hate to see it, I think Boston will pull it out in 6. Please prove me wrong and yes Indian clubhouse, you are allowed to use this post as bulletin board material(just remember to take down the birthday cards).

October 11, 2007 Posted by | Ara, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , | Leave a comment