Monday, July 31, 2006

Random....totally random

The M's won their Cleveland series, and now onto Baltimore. They have now won their last 3 series; we need this going into August. We are 2 games back of .500 and 3.5 games back from first in the weakly competitive AL Worst.

"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 MISSOULA MONTANA! Great movie, did not get a chance to finish it.

It does appear that we will be able to make a Missoula trip this year, probably the week just before the home opener for the Griz. Won't be able to make the game, but it will be nice to feel that buzz in the air. Having 3 D1 schools in Utah, Weber State tends to get overlooked a lot. However, the Griz do visit Ogden this year, so we will be sure to attend that game and of course the satellite Cat/Griz game. Speaking of, Lulay is trying out with the Seahawks, I had no idea. I hope he does make the team, especially with talk of moving Senecca Wallace to WR and/or punt returner. I like to see MT Big Sky players make it in the NFL. He is from Oregon, but I consider him to be from Montana (State).

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.

Friday, July 28, 2006

To my FJ Driver...

Bill, if that is your real name, I have chosen to make my blogs "brief" so that everyone actually has to visit my site. Wave you finger of shame all you want in my direction, talk to the blog.

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

National Anthem

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.

Way to go American League

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

Whew!

Liriano made it, replacing Contreras.

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.

Fantasy update

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:

R. Martin
C. Delgado
J. Castillo
B. Inge
É. Rentería
B. Giles
R. Ibañez
G. Matthews Jr.
D. Lee

S. Olsen (Fla - SP)
T. Gordon (Phi - RP)
M. González (Pit - RP)
Jer. Weaver (LAA - SP)
J. Jennings (Col - SP)
Jo. Johnson (Fla - SP,RP)
C. Billingsley (LAD - SP)
B. Zito (Oak - SP)
Z. Jackson (Mil - 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. Chad was the Dodgers most outstanding pitcher for the past 2 seasons during his minor league development; he has yet made that hold true in the majors (0-2 5.27 ERA). The rest of my pitching staff is a mix of mediocre pitching. This is my first year with Pedro, and probably will be my last. Chacin was money for me last year, and was until his injury this season. Loaiza is on his second tour of duty on my team, I drafted him to watch him go 0-3 for me. I picked him up after he become "hot" returning to the lineup. The Marlins yutes have done okay for me. Scott Olsen and Josh Johnson offer a lot of decent potential. They probably won't win any Cy Young awards, but will be a 12-15 game winners for a majority of their careers.

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

All Star game...joke or rewarded fun?

Where is Francisco Liriano? It appears that he will be spending the "All-Star" break fishing some great lakes in Minnesota with is 9-1 record and 1.99 ERA. Justin Verlander deserved a look as well (10-4 3.01 ERA). I am sure someone will be placed on the 15 DL allowing someone to take their spot. Of course, Pedro and Manny pulled their annual work to give themselves a lengthy break.

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 Missoula would pop over for FoxSports NW M's games, the only national chance to see a Mariner play was during the summer classic. Besides me and the 7,500 fans the Kingdome would pack in, no one else voted for Mariners. In this case, Mark Redman (6-4 5.27 ERA) of the Royals occupies a spot that should have Verlander or Liriano. No matter how good your team is doing, I don't agree with a manager taking a lot of their talent with them to the summer classic.

Don't let the door hit you....

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:

SEASON W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP R ER HR
2004 2 2 2.78 41 0 0 0 18 25 45.1 14 14 8
2005 2 3 2.72 58 0 0 0 36 41 56.1 23 17 7
2006 1 3 5.48 28 0 0 0 5 8 23 14 14 8

With the exception of this year, he did not have a horrible career in Seattle. He was off to a slow start with the M's in '04 with missing 7 save opportunities in 41 games. In 2005, I recall he had a slow start, but did have probably his best season in an M's uniform. He gave up 14 ER this season in 28 games, while he gave up 17 ER in 2005 in 58 appearances.

Of course, the M's were swept by the Angels and lost 2 out of 3 to the Rockies. Now the Tigers come to town for 3 games, I am not looking forward to this. We were a stones throw from first, now we are in jeopardy of landing in the cellar. Come on M's, finish the first half strong.