Sober Rankings

1. New York Yankees (101-56) The Yanks have spent far too long without a championship in the eyes of the evil empire. Is it possible the Yanks go an entire decade without winning the World Series?

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (93-64) The hitting looks good, the bullpen looks good, the starting pitching looks bad – I mean really, really bad. It’s going to be really tough to advance in the playoffs if you can’t count on one single pitcher to shut down the opposition. Who will Joe Torre pick to pitch?

3. Los Angeles Angels (92-64) The celebration on Nick Adenhart’s jersey was sort of weird, but I guess they wanted to involve him in the festivities as well. The Halos will look to Adenhart for some guidance on how to throttle the Sox – their kryptonite.

4. Boston Red Sox (91-65) Boston will wrap up a playoff appearance within the next few days. They get the Angels who they’ve owned in the playoffs, and then would probably have to face the Yankees in the ALCS – can you say dream match up?

5. St. Louis Cardinals (90-66) Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday – that’s just scary as the playoffs approach. Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter – that’s just scary as the playoffs approach. This team may have what it takes to win it all with the best 3-4 combo and the best 1-2 combo in the game. Continue reading

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Sober Rankings

1. New York Yankees (95-55) The Yanks are the first team to clinch a berth to the postseason. They will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, so the pressure is on…

2. Boston Red Sox (89-59) The Sox really pulled away from the pack of wild card hopefuls. A familiar foe, the Angels, are waiting for them in the playoffs.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (90-60) The Dodgers are starting to play better baseball again, but the the pitching situation is really a concern. Who will they use? Billingsley has been awful as of late, Kershaw and Kuroda are recovering from injuries and Garland and Padilla didn’t even start the season as Dodgers.

4. Los Angeles Angels (89-60) The Angels have to hate the fact that Boston will be coming in town again for the playoffs. The Sox seem to be in the Halos heads. Terry Francona’s bunch is Mike Scioscia’s kryptonite.

5. St Louis Cardinals (87-63) The Cards have fallen a game back of the Phillies, which is significant because finishing ahead of the Phillies means home field advantage against the wild card, while finishing behind them means starting in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Wacky Wednesday

September 16, 2000
Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire as the only players to record three consecutive 50 home run seasons.

September 15, 2004
Mike Lowell pulls off the hidden ball trick on Brian Schneider.

September 14, 2008
Carlos Zambrano throws a no-hitter against the Astros in Milwaukee. The game is moved to Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike’s aftermath.

September 13, 2009
Ichiro records his 2,000th hit for the ninth straight season, the first player to ever accomplish such a feat.
September 13, 2005
Each Dodger outfielder makes an error in the six run second inning for the Padres.

September 11, 2009
Derek Jeter becomes the all-time hits leader in Yankee history.
September 11, 2006
The “Big Hurt” belts a home run in a sixth consecutive game.

September 10, 2008
The Halos clinch the playoffs on the earliest date ever for an AL West club.

Sober Rankings

1. New York Yankees (92-52) As if you needed someone else in that mighty Yankee lineup to fear. Hideki Matsui is returning to his old form hitting 28 RBI his last 24 games.

2. Los Angeles Angels (86-56) Even though Scott Kazmir is still searching for his first victory as a halo, he’s pitched very well in his three starts. He only has a 1.86 ERA with twice as many strikeouts to walks.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (85-59) The Dodgers jump back up to the three spot behind Vicente Padilla, who has been dominant against the NL this season. He’s 5-0, 2.01 and may be the go-to pitcher the Dodgers need in the playoffs.

4. St Louis Cardinals (84-60) Chris Carpenter had two starts this week. One was really good – CG one hitter – one was really bad – 6 IP, 7 earned runs. Getting swept by the Braves wasn’t exactly what they were looking for considering they’re in a race for the best record in the NL with the Dodgers.

5. Boston Red Sox (84-58) Clay Buchholz has been dominant his last four outings. He’s recorded 3-0, 1.59 ERA with three times as many strikeouts (22) as walks (7.) Continue reading

Thursday… time for some picks

It’s Thursday, which means the first games of the week are starting, so that means it’s time to look forward to the weekend ahead. Here goes nothing… Continue reading

Wacky Wednesday

September 9, 2007
The Brew crew starts the game with a bang literally. They become the third team ever to hit three consecutive home runs to open a game against the Reds.
September 9, 1960
The American Football League plays its first ever game. Boston defeats Denver 13-10.

September 8, 2009
After defeating Radek Stepanek in quite easy fashion, Novak Djokovic looks for another challenger. John McEnroe gladly steps in…

September 8, 2008
The Red Sox break the consecutive sellout streak with their 456th straight sellout.
September 8, 2002
The Houston Texans win their inaugural game against the Dallas Cowboys. They become the second expansion team ever to win their first game.

September 6, 2009
Chris Young hits three home runs, but his team gets trounced by the Rockies 13-5.

September 5, 2002
Mike Maroth has the dubious honor of becoming the first pitcher since 1980 to record 20 losses in a single season.

September 4, 2002
The A’s record a record 20th straight win in front of 55,000 fans.
September 4, 1994
Dan Marino records his 18th game of four-or-more touchdowns, the most in the history of the NFL.

September 3, 2009
LeGarrette Blount of Oregon nails Boise State DE Byron Hout after a 19-8 loss on opening night of the college football season. Blount, some say the second best NFL prospect at tailback, gets suspended by Oregon for the rest of the season.
September 3, 2009
Jon Garland records a win for the Diamondbacks and a win against the Dbacks in a span of one week – the first time ever that’s happened.
September 3, 2006
The Fish work their way from 20 games under .500 all the way back. They become the first team since 1899 to reach .500 after falling 20 games under.

Sober Rankings

1. New York Yankees (87-50) Nobody has been better than the Yankees since the all-star break. The Yanks own an astounding 36-12 record, have the best team ERA in the AL and also have the most home runs and RBI in the majors.

2. Los Angeles Angels (81-54) Has anyone taken notice of Vladimir Guerrero’s exceptional August? Vladdy hit .337 with nine home runs and 17 RBI. What about Kendry Morales too? His numbers in August (.385, 10 homers and 33 RBI) even trump Vladdy’s.

3. St Louis Cardinals (81-57) The Cardinals only had a minimal 0.5 game lead in the NL Central on August 1, but now they hold an 11.5 game lead just over a month later. Everyone talks about the addition of all the hitters to their lineup, but the pitching has also excelled (3.06 team ERA in August.)

4. Boston Red Sox (79-57) Jon Lester set the Red Sox club record for the most strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher in a single season. Lester has already recorded 204 strikeouts so far.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (81-57) The Dodgers have seen their lead all but disappear in the west. The lead has now fallen to 3.5 games, and is only playing .500 ball since the all-star break. It seems like Ned Colletti doesn’t know what to do with himself. He is seemingly has no idea what to do to get the Dodgers over the hump and is freaking out by making a bunch of moves. Continue reading