Thursday, April 27, 2006

2 out of 3

Woohoo, a series win against the World Series champs. We were able to beat their ace in Mark Buerhle last night. Besides the one blow out, we did okay. Eddie still looks like crap, in my opinion, and should be replaced as the closer. Not sure how long Hargrove and Chaves should try to get him "back on track".

The Rainers come to town next weekend. However, we are taking our camper out for the first trip of the season that weekend. I hope to catch Monday's game of the Bees vs. Rainers. I hope to see Jared Weaver pitch for the Bees and anyone pitch for the M's. Besides King Felix, I am not up on my Mariner pitching prospects.

This weekend, Jason K. (will keep him anonymous) is getting married in San Fran. Lora and I will be attending along with the Taylor's. I only mention this because one of my loyal readers (Bill, if that is your real name) might want to know.

Congrats to Ryan and Amy on their second daughter. Lora and I will be thinking about you and your new girl, Molly.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

8-14

Ugh, it is still early, but we are not able to do anything at home this year where we are 5-10. We were recently swept by the Tigers of Detroit....yes, the Tigers. They are my dark horse pick of for the AL Central, so I wasn't surprised, but damn disappointed. Verlander came up a lot earlier than May (and is on my fantasy team). He topped 100 on the gun a week back; he has a lot of potential out there.

King Felix, needs to find his groove. This guy is proving to be the most over-rated pitching prospect in the bigs. I am a fan and will be loyal to him, but he is only 20...I think the pressure is getting to him. He will win the Cy Young one year, just not for another 5 or 6 seasons. Look at Brian Bannister for the Mets, 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA in 4 games. I told you before, and I will tell you again, watch out for the Mets. Scott Olsen for the Marlins is doing okay, but not great. Papelbon, who I dropped in fantasy league this year because he was set to be middle relief, is the best closer currently with 9 saves! For those of you keeping score at home, 9 saves is the most in a month by a rookie...and I dropped him. I will never live that one down.

Liriano is doing well for the Twins in his middle relief roll, he have 16 K's in 11 innings. I have the other youngster on the Twins staff, Scott Baker. If you can deal with the adjustment that yutes go through in the majors, Liriano is a decent pickup, if you are into middle relievers.



Off to a meeting, will try to write again today....

Friday, April 21, 2006

Get Eddie out of there

He has blown back-to-back games that he has appeared in...WTF?! This is not something your over-paid closer should be doing. I am not a huge fan of J.J. Putz either, but he might do a better job. Perhaps, give George Sherrill a shot. Soriano is good, but not good enough to be a closer, in my opinion; he is build more for long relief. But, at this stage, try him...anyone is better than Eddie. In doing some more reading, sounds like Putz may get a chance to close games. At least Putz has a 4.00 ERA while Eddie has an 11.12 ERA.

Weekend will be spent doing some yard work and getting the trailer ready for the spring/summer camping season we have planned. It is supposed to be nice around the SLC area most of the weekend, with perhaps some thunderstorms. I always enjoy a good thunderstorm.

We are selling our Ford Escort. This has been a great car for us, but we are selling it to help out with putting money towards other things. We are keeping the car my father gave us, that gets 8 MPG less than the Escort. Our timing is probably not the best from a gas price standpoint; however, I like the idea of only having 1 car per household member.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

So much for a lead in the 9th!

Apparently, "everyday Eddie" likes killing us. He gave up a walk-off 2-run HR in the bottom of the ninth. Needless to say, a few 4-letter words left my mouth.

They return home to face the Rangers, Tigers and White Sox. King Felix takes the mound tonight, looking for his first W of the season. I will have to attempt to catch some of this game on the radio.

I have been promoted at work. I am now the "team lead" of my team of hoodlums. For those that don't know what I do, here you go. My team and I support the Citrix environment for the U hospital which is about 15,000 employees, with 3,000 concurrent connections. (Yes, we use generic terminal accounts, it is very ugly). We also support the Softricity virtual application delivery environment for Citrix as well as for our desktop users. Also, AppSense is running on our Citrix servers to help maximize our user load. Over the next few months, we will be upgrading our Citrix environment to the latest version, PS 4.0 as well as migrating our Hospital users from GroupWise to Exchange. (We are pawning off email support to our lower campus brethren).

Now that I have bored you with the details, I have just been moved into an office. This is my first office ever, and it will take some getting use to. I prefer to be social, so I hope that will drive me to get out of my office from time to time and actually attempt to manage. I have debated about doing a "theme week". One week I will be Bill Lumbergh, carrying around a coffee mug and discuss TPS reports. We will see, still running that idea through my head. I also need to decorate my barren piece of drywall landscape. Maybe I will have my parents bring down all my old Steve Largent/Ken Griffey Jr/A-Rod posters...nah!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Weather...

So this weekend was 70+ on both days. On Saturday, we woke up to a fresh rainfall. So today comes, and we have a current temp of 35 degrees and snowing to beat the band. We are supposed to expect 1-4 inches in the valley. WTF is that? My wife planted a lot of great tulips that were coming up to make our house resemble a home in Holland. However, this storm runs the risk of killing/destroying those flowers that have bloomed. Ugh!

The M's played the Sox tough all weekend. There are playing a 4th game as I type this (2-2 after 4). It would be nice if we could get a win today, that would give us a split with Boston, and put us 4-3 on this round trip. That would make this trip a huge success.

Hope that everyone had a nice Easter. We didn't do too much, mostly yard work.

Friday, April 14, 2006

2 out of 3 from the Indians!

Way to go M's, great way to start this road trip. With a 3 game set to kick off tonight in Boston, we are playing well. The bats came alive in the last 2 games of the series, while starting pitching was not what it should be. We have reached the .500 plateau, at 5-5. The Red Sox are in first in the always combative AL East at 6-3.

Moyer vs. Schilling tonight. Moyer sucks against the Red Sox, and especially at Fenway. I don't mind losing this first game, as long as we can battle hard in the following 2 games. If we are able to pull out a win tonight, it will be a high scoring affair. Schilling has looked like the Schilling of old; he is going to be a tough one to get by.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Jumped the gun

The A's own us. I don't know what it is, but I am willing to bet that our AL West division record against the A's is the worst of all. We went something like 23 innings before we scored a run this weekend. They almost pulled off yesterday’s game, but having to score 5 runs in the ninth to win is always a challenge.

Our starters are doing well, over all, to start this season. Our bats went cold this weekend. We had a hot start, but couldn't muster up much in the way of offense until late Sunday.

We are on the road this week, Cleveland and Boston. This will be a great test against teams that will be fighting for division leads. The M's have some great tests in the month of April. The hot Tigers visit the Safe on April 21st, followed by the White Sox. Having them at home should ease the pain somewhat.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Wow, 3-1!

They owned the A's last night. I listened to the first 3 innings and the M's are clicking to start this season. The bats are hot and our starting pitching is performing well. I know, 158 games left in the season, but this is a great sign.

Meche, the proclaimed savior of the franchise by Ken Griffey Jr, pitched very well. Only gave up 2 ER, but the pen held the lead for a 6-2 victory. This hurt my fantasy team to the point where I am thinking of dropping a majority of my AL West pitchers.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

2-1

No, I will not post a blog after every game. However, it should be noted, we are in first place in the AL West.

Washburn had a great start, his first as a Mariner, yesterday against his ex-mates. Mateo did try to make it interesting by giving up 2 runs in the 8th. Again, our "setup" pitchers could use some work. With Ichiro batting first and Lopez second, Ibanez and Sexson is starting to see more RBI's opportunities than last year.

Today we start a 4 game series with the A's. This is going to be a good test for us. It is nice that we open the season at home. This allows us to establish some momentum and get into some sort of rhythm before we hit the road next week.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

1-1

The Mariners are now 1-1 in the season. They did a good job on opening day of trying to win, but the pen blew up, allowing a go ahead run in the 9th.

I had a chance to listen to Tuesday's win, or at least part of it. For the second straight night, they left the based juiced in an inning. Overall, Pinerio looked very well in his debut for 6 innings. The 7th, things fell apart, but he still left the game up 6-3. For the second night in a row J.J. Putz was anything but spectacular on the mound. Our middle relief is the weakest it has been in years! We need strong middle and strong setup to help Guardado out. However, Guardado in his first appearance was shaky at best, giving up 3 runs in the top of 9. Lucky, our offense out did the dangerous Anaheim bombers and held on for a 10-8 victory.

It has been made official. Katie Couric will join a host of famous evening news anchors and buy ranch land in Montana. Oh wait, but first I guess she has to make her millions at CBS. I never though that fake TV journalist had such a lucrative career. Her potential replacement is the woman who took over for Regis on "Who wants to be a millionaire". WTF is that?! Here's a thought, get a JOURNALIST in to replace her.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Batter up

Woohoo, baseball season is here! I am first in my fantasy league...for 1 day. My standing will be drastically different by weeks end.

As with every year, I am excited to the potential of the M's tonight. I hope to listen to some of the game on MLB radio tonight, we will see. Again, I think we have a chance to do well. Some sports "writers" have said the M's are the "best last place team." I really hope they are wrong.

The weather in SLC is actually starting to act like spring. It was 70 degrees at the time of this writing; however that will change tomorrow when the rain comes.