The M's won their
"A River Runs Through It" was on TV Saturday. We own the DVD, but something about watching movies you already own on TV; like you are looking for something new. The world is full of bastards - the number ever increasing the further one gets from
It does appear that we will be able to make a
Our warm streak could be coming to a close. The Wasatch front averages 3 days of 100+ in July; we have had 15 this month. I am looking forward to the high 80's/low 90's that are forecasted for this week.
I am squandering my fantasy baseball season away in 8th place. I am about 500 points from 7th and 9th is close in my rear view mirror. This makes me look forward to football, but I will try to take 7th place before seasons end; it would be a nice moral victory.
Monday, July 31, 2006
The M's won their
Friday, July 28, 2006
I have not had much rolling around my head lately to blog about. The Mariners are struggling to stay around the .500 mark, but they have won back-to-back series against AL East opponents. They have also traded for a nice bat as well as dumped the lead weight of Carl Everett.
That is about all I have for now, I hope to express more blogs next week.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I liked the National Anthem last night to begin the All Star game. There was no "Whitney-izing" or "Whiney-butchering" of the song. It was straight and to the point, well done.
I never served in the military, but watching those jets fly overhead makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I have only seen this live at a couple of Griz games before we departed town, and it had the same affect on me there too.
On a totally different note, I have Public Enemy playing over my Sirius online currently. I am going through an "old school" rap/hip-hip phase for some reason.
Last night, my wife and I watched the last couple of innings of the game. I loved it. I was a bit disappointed to see Hoffman lose it in the 9th, but the all-star game has never been his cup of tea (10.something ERA going into the game, now at 12). Not only did they win this in the 9th, but they were down to their last strike when Young hit the triple.
Can Lopez play third base or what? Yes, I know he had a bobble that allowed Carlos Beltran to get on; however, he showed the rest of the league how much of a gun he has for an arm. His native position is 2B, for those of you scoring at home. I blogged at the start of the season how happy I was our infield was made up of Lopez and Betancourt. This could be one of the best infield defenses the M's have had in a long time.
Honestly, I like the idea of this game meaning something. To some degree it does suck, because the managers actually have to manage. This can get in the way of making sure that everyone plays. My level of interest in this game has not gone up or down with the winner taking home field in the World Series. Mike Golic on ESPN radio is not a fan of this format. He points out that the TV ratings have gone down since this rule was put into place. Maybe that is because people are still burnt out on the tie game? Who knows really. Perhaps inter-league play has something to do this, even though that was introduced well before this format.
Monday, July 10, 2006
For those of you that have "the gambler" in fantasy sports, now is the chance to trade him while he is ahead. He is a first-half pitcher. I will predict that he will not do better than .500 in the second half.
Yes, I am aware that someone in 9th place is giving Fantasy baseball advice.
Thanks to the inspiring post by Montana1, (even though he is a Red Sox fan ;)) I have decided to update everyone that cares on my fantasy do's and don'ts this year.
First, let’s begin with my current 9th place standing, out of 10 teams. Here is my team at the All-Star break:
G. Matthews Jr.
S. Olsen (
T. Gordon (Phi - RP)
M. González (Pit - RP)
Jer. Weaver (LAA - SP)
J. Jennings (
Jo. Johnson (
C. Billingsley (LAD - SP)
B. Zito (Oak - SP)
W. Rodríguez (Hou - SP)
E. Loaiza (Oak - SP)
J. Shields (TB - SP)
J. Verlander (Det - SP)
T. Buchholz (Hou - SP)
P. Martínez (NYM - SP) DL
G. Chacín (Tor - SP) DL
Not overly impressive, I know. Buckholtz is making his third tour of duty on my team this year. Verlander was someone I wanted when the season started, as well as Jared Weaver and Chad Billingsley. Weaver (6-0 1.12 ERA) and Verlander (10-4 3.01 ERA) have lived up to expectation, however Billingsley has not.
I don't even want to talk about my offense. Derrek Lee was hurt in early in the season and will take time to regain his power. The rest of my team is not that great or really worth mentioning...hence my 9th place standing.
Not sure how much Montana1 has read my past blogs, but I drafted Papelbon. I drafted him under the assumption he would make the starting rotation. Once he was moved to the pen (before taking on the closer role) I dropped him. Patience would have paid on this one, same goes for Liriano.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Where is Francisco Liriano? It appears that he will be spending the "All-Star" break fishing some great lakes in
I go back and forth on the "every team needs a representative" rule. Being an M's fan for life, it was a great rule. Long before
Everyday Eddie is gone. Of course, he will begin having career type seasons for the Reds because that is just how it will work out. He was pulled out of the closer role shortly after my pro-Putz email back in May. Yes, I am taking responsibility for having "everyday" traded, and it feels good.
I don't know much about Travis Chick, he was once the 4th best prospect in the Padres farm system before going to the Reds. Yes, 4th. That does not say much about the value the M's had in "Everyday". Kind of sad to be honest. He had some crap years in the Padres farm system before moving over to the Reds. I have a sneaky feeling the M's might not be the team that brings him into the majors. Why? I don't know, just a gut feeling. Especially coming off the 36 pitcher draft they did in June. He is young, 21, so that will benefit him.
Here is a quote from the Mariners article on the trade. "Chick was 4-5, 4.61 in 16 starts with Double-A Chattanooga. The right-hander allowed 79 hits in 84 innings with 77 strikeouts. Click entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the 10th-best prospect in the Reds organization."
10th best prospect?! I think Wall Street would put a "sell" tag on his stock.
Eddie's Seattle Stats:
With the exception of this year, he did not have a horrible career in