Archive for October 1st, 2008

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Having dropped two previous playoff series to the Boston Red Sox both in sweeps, the Anaheim Angels hope they can change their luck against the Red Sox in 2008.

With a solid pitching staff, a very good defense, a great bullpen and an underrated offense, the Angels might just have the formula to pull off the feat this time around. 

And with possibly the best postseason pitcher of all time in Josh Beckett not 100%, winning this series for the Red Sox is going to be awfully difficult.

Pitching Matchups (First 3 games listed):

John Lester vs John Lackey

Daisuke Matsuzaka vs Ervin Santana

Joe Saunders vs Josh Beckett

Season Series: Angels won 8 of 9 games.

Prediction: Angels in 5

Mets Rumors & News

It appears things are getting worse for Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos.  On September 8th, Burgos was arrested in New York when he allegedly beat his girlfriend in a hotel room near Shea Stadium.  Now Burgos has allegedly been involved in a fatal hit and run.

Police in the Domincan Republic are looking for Burgos after his Hummer slammed into two women in in Nagua, DR.  Both women were taken to the hospital where they died.  The only facts in the case at this point is the Hummer in question was registered to Burgos.  Numerous eyewitnesses have stated they saw him behind the wheel.

While it is not known if Burgos was the man behind the wheel when these two women were struck, the Mets have released a statement.

We are extremely disturbed by the reports regarding the player’s potential involvement in the hit-and-run accident that unfortunately killed two women in the Dominican Republic.  We take this matter very seriously and have begun an internal investigation to ascertain the …

Al Davis to Dance With the Stars? Not for a Very Long Time

Al Davis is well known for being a difficult man to work for.  He’s passionate about his Oakland Raiders and he expects them to win.  When they don’t, he usually takes it out on his coach in a very public fashion.  Now you can add Lane Kiffen to the list of coaches Davis ran out of town.  To be honest, that list isn’t a bad place to be for a young coach.  He’s in great company- Mike Shannahan, Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, and Jon Gruden all had issues working for Al Davis.  I’m thinking that when Davis hates his coach it’s a good thing.  The truth is he doesn’t really want a coach, Al hires personal assistants and that doesn’t sit well with most men who are trying to put together a good football team.

When I saw Davis on TV bashing Lane Kiffen in such an unprofessional manner I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him.  I mean Al Davis, not Kiffen.  Kiffen might …

MLB Divisional Series Preview: Dodgers vs Cubs

MLB could not ask for a better matchup between two of the most storied franchises in baseball history.

The Chicago Cubs come into the postseason with the best balance of starting pitching, offense, defense and bullpen of all playoff teams.  However, they carry the biggest weight on their shoulders in not having won a World Series in 100 years. 

This pressure in addition to facing a very solid Los Angeles Dodgers team, will make advancing to the NLCS that much more difficult.  However, the Cubs simply have too much depth.  Specifically, their starting pitching will allow them to separate themselves from the Dodgers and advance to the NLCS.

Pitching Matchups (First 3 games listed):

Derek Lowe vs Ryan Dempster

Chad Billingsley vs Carlos Zambrano

Rich Harden vs Hiroki Kuroda

Season Series: Cubs won 5 of 7 games

Prediction: Cubs in 4 games

Mets Rumors & News

For the second straight year, the Mets season came down to game #162, and for the second straight year, the team lost. Season over. No playoffs. After 2007’s collapse, Willie Randolph should have been fired, the bullpen gutted and an effort to make the team younger should have been a priority. Instead, Omar Minaya chose to retain his manager, put all of his bullpen eggs in Duaner Sanchez’s basket and re-sign Moises Alou and Luis Castillo. All were big, big mistakes.
The main culprit in the demise of the Mets was, of course, the bullpen. Were they single-handedly responsible for every Mets loss? No. But did they have a major league–high 30 blown saves? Yes. Count ’em, 30! That doesn’t mean the team lost every one of those games, but that’s a pretty darn high number. In the off-season, Minaya managed to trade away Guillermo Mota to the Brewers. Good start. But, unfortunately, it …

Hot Stove Rangers Record Book Quiz Answers

Rangers Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. Harry Howell has played the most games for the Rangers, with 1,160.
2. Jean Ratelle has scored the second most goals for the Rangers, with 336.
3. Rod Gilbert is the runner up in assists, with 615.
4. The all-time Rangers penalty minutes leader is Ron Greschner, with 1,226.
5. Rod Seiling is the all-time plus/minus leader, at 208.
6. Adam Graves has scored the most goals at left wing, with 280.
7. Rod Gilbert has scored the most power-play goals, with 108.
8. Mark Messier has scored the most short-handed goals, with 23….

MLB Divisional Series Preview: Brewers vs Phillies

In what should be the most exciting series of all the divisional matchups, the Philadelphia Phillies will take on the Milwaukee Brewers.

Plenty of offense will be showcased in this series with the likes of Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins. However, in the end starting pitching and bullpens win postseason games and the Phillies simply have more of it.

CC Sabathia is a horse who will pitch again on short rest, but without Ben Sheets who has been shut down for the year, the Brewers simply do not have the starting pitching depth that they will sorely need. Additionally, with a shaky bullpen of Salomon Torres and Eric Gagne, the Brewers will not be able to rely upon either of them to record a big out nor to slow down the Phillies powerful offense.

In the end, the Phillies offense, adequate pitching, and great bullpen led by Brad Lidge who coverted 41 of 41 saves will be too much for the …

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