Carlos Beltran ecame the 8th player in MLB history to have 300
HR AND 300 SB. A couple of the names are shocking,
take a stab at naming this group. A couple answers
are relatively easy but then you have to consider it very
carefully. One of the names played part of his career with
the Cardinals not that long ago. List later on...
The best team in
baseball right now is the Dodgers. They have the most wins, the
biggest differential between runs scored and runs permitted and
a dominace at home (24-12). With Matt Kemp gone for awhile now,
their lineup doesn't cause you to run for cover. It's the
pitching (imagine that!!). The starting staff has 3 hurlers
under 2.59 era with the highest sitting at 3.6ish level. Clayton
Kershaw is the ace who garners most of the spotlights but his
supporting cast of Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang
and Nathan Eovaldi has been steady. The little known
bullpen gets the job done. Kenley Jansen leads with 10
saves. Don't know if they'll keep the best record (I still like
Texas' team) but I think that they'll be contenders.
always LOOKS greener....OK...Cardinals fans
have been moaning about our closer, Jason Motte. I get
frustrated at times also but how about Milwaukee? Their closer,
John Axford. His league leading 46 saves last year(tied
with Kimbrel) including 43 consecutive appearances to end the
season led the Brewers to very high expectations. This year he
is 1-3, 5.33 ERA with 11 saves in 27 appearances. He'd probably
be "moved out" as closer except the set-up man--Fran Rod has a
4.30 ERA with an 0-4 mark. Maybe our grass isn't so bad...
clearly Bryce Harper (Washington) leads the NL Class. He leads
this rookie crop in average (.302),HR (7), OBP (.381) and
slugging avg(.541). Others in the NL deserving recognition as
hitters are Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NYM) (.297, 6 HR, 24 RBI) and
Norichika Aoki (Mil) (.290). Aoki is a bit of a different
situation though--he's 30 years old born in Japan, started
slowly but has hit .308 over the last 10 games. The only
hurler catching my eye at this point is Wade Miley (Arizona).
He's 7-3, 2.39 ERA.
CARDINAL OF THE
Played for the
Cardinals from 1955-65. During this time span, Boyer never
played less than 142 games a year for the Cards. Initially
signed as a pitcher, Boyer developed into a strong 3B for the
Cards. His best year was 1964 when he was the NL MVP as he was
one of the leaders of the Cards World Championship team. His
grand slam in game 4 of 64 series led the Redbirds to a 4-3 win
over the NYY. He was an 11 time All-Star, 5 times he won the
Gold Glove Award, led the Cardinals in average and home runs in
both 1960 and 61. Often referred to as "Captain", Boyer was the
clear leader of the Cardinals in the early and mid-60's.
He was 1 of 3 from his family to play in the Major Leagues, 3
other brothers played in the minor leagues. He was native of
Alba, Missouri. When he retired, he had the 3rd highest slugging
average for 3B in the Majors and is 2nd for All-time Cardinal HR
by a right-handed hitter(behind Pujols). Not in the Hall of
Fame, Boyer's fans point to his similarity with Ron Santo who
was just elected to the HOF.
stat leader-- Chris Perez (Clev) leads the MLB in saves with 21.
First of all, who would have thought that the Indians would have
that many save opportunities? He has only one blown save
opportunity. Obviously, the Cards didn't think that he'd be that
No one has the impact
on TV ratings like Tiger Woods. Like him or not, his shots into
the rough followed by unbelievable recovery shots make his daily
tour around the course riveting for the viewer. Due to the
higher level of Tiger expectations in the early rounds, the
ratings skyrocketed. His presence on the course is noticably
different. It was abundantly clear that Jim Furyk was having a
tough time swallowing in the last 4 holes. He'd check, recheck,
triple check then take his practice swings AFTER he mis-hit the
ball. His shot on the 16th (that snap hook) should have made
golfers of all levels feel like "yea, I've hit that one". It's
one thing to be a great golfer (no doubt Furyk is one of those)
but it's another to come down the home stretch, face the
pressure and still play relaxed and confidently. Tiger has done
it so many times that it is 2nd nature to him.
HAVEN AHEAD! Now the 2nd MLB player (Aubrey Huff has been
injured following a no-hitter. Huff sprained his knee following
Matt Cain's perfect game last week. Earlier this year Ramon
Ramirez injured himself in a post-game no-hit celebration.
What's becoming more rare-- a walk-off home run or a no hitter?
Come on fellows, a little common sense goes a long way. In my
view, Injuries outside of participating in a MLB game should not
require MLB teams to pay the player on the DL.
Look for Walt
Jocketty to grab a starter for the Reds next week. Cincy has a
strong bullpen but few starters (except Cueto) are expected to
go deep in a game. Dempster come to mind?
Don't let the door
hit you on the way out...bye-bye Mannie. Fans, teams tolerate
your obnoxious behavior as long as you can blast the baseball.
Those days are over for you. We don't want you around any
many did you know?
see this coming? Jim Johnson (Balt) with 19 saves and ERA of
1.26? Last year Johnson had 9 saves with 5 blown saves however
he did register 18 holds. I'm predicting that Mr. Johnson will
"level off" shortly and eventually become a "holder" not a
That's it for me this week.