Results tagged ‘ Chase Utley ’
Well, I wanted to get in a blog posting before heading up north for the weekend, but I wish it were under better circumstances.
Let’s just say this: If anyone thought that Jesse Crain would be headed to the batters box in the second inning, please raise your hand. Didn’t think so.
As I type this right now, Nick Blackburn was absolutely terrible against the Phillies, allowing 8 runs in one and two thirds innings of “work”. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard provided most of the damage with moon-shot home runs.
I know it’s way too early to panic, but I wish the starters on this team would be a little more consistant. I have to give them credit for staying healthy, but you just can’t count on Blackie, Slowey, or even Baker, for that matter, to give you a good outing every five days. It’s just that the Tigers are breathing down our necks.
Saturday: Kevin Slowey (7-4, 3.84) vs. Cole Hamels (6-5, 3.74)
Sunday: Carl Pavano (7-6, 3.92) vs. Roy Halladay (8-5, 2.36). Gulp
When I was younger, voting for the annual Midsummer Classic was more of a science to me than anything. I would pore over the stats to try and determine who, categorically, was having the best season and vote for them above all other alliegences. In recent years, however, I have come to take a different approach: Just vote for the guys who I want to see in the game (within reason, of course!). Sure, the game actually “counts” now in terms of World Series home-field advantage, but at its core it still is really just a fantastic exhibition event that the fans love…the meaningfullness is only to keep the players interested.
That being said, here are what my current AL & NL All-Star ballots currently look like (barring any severe injuries or horrific slumps during the following month):
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Justin Morneau
2B: Dustin Pedroia
3B: Evan Longoria
SS: Derek Jeter
OF: Carl Crawford, Ichiro Suzuki, Denard Span (Write-In)
C: Brian McCann
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Ryan Zimmerman
SS: Jose Reyes
OF: Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, Justin Upton
Also, if I had to pick the starting pitchers for each team right now, I would go with Roy “Doc” Halladay for the Americans and Johan Santana for the Nationals.