And by that we mean “bits of information about baseball.”
We are at that funky time of the season where a lot does not matter. Most teams are locked into early winter breaks or about to make a run at a World Series title. There may be a nice race in Minnesota/Detroit but since neither is representing the American League in late October let’s just ignore them completely:
Kip Wells the Human Pitching Machine
Kip Wells finally got the Cardinals back on track today… Too bad he pitches for the Reds. Both he and reliever Micah Owings combined to give up nine runs in a little over four innings. I don’t know what it takes to be a pitcher in Cincinnati, but I am pretty sure it consists of an ERA above five and a penchant to throw the ball over the plate.
Chris Carpenter chimed in with six RBI’s including a grand slam off of Wells in the 2nd inning. Troy Glaus got into the mix with his first RBI this season. Yes, the Cardinals starting pitcher and ‘fresh off the DL’ third baseman combined for 8 RBI’s today off what the Red’s are calling pitchers now-a-days. I am seriously considering hiring Kip Wells to throw me batting practice when I am having a bad day. I hear he might be available soon.
At least they aren’t the Orioles
The Mets will be damned if they have anyone healthy to end the season. Jose Reyes was threatening to end September with a fully healed hamstring. The Mets staff quickly nipped that in the bud and ran Reyes in practice until he was good and re-injured. He is now out for the remainder of the season… All three games. Most would have opted to sit Reyes down and avoid pesky distractions the off season can bring like surgery on an injured hamstring. Such is not the way of the Mets. This news was followed by the revelation that ticket prices for the Mets will be down 20% next year. I feel this was necessitated by the fact that their best players this year were Angel Pagan and Luis Castillo. You can’t charge big league prices when best and healthiest mean the exact same thing in your organization.
Any day now
I have a sneaking suspicion that the Dodgers believe the National League will clinch itself. Watching Mark Loretta try to field a ball last night, I could come to no other conclusion. Much like Manny running down a routine fly ball in left field, the Dodgers will make clinching their division look as hard as possible. I don’t like Los Angeles’ chances as their rotation has looked surprisingly like the ‘quality staff of arms’ they have over there in Cincinnati.
Okay, so I’m a little rusty after being out of the country, but I’m finally home and happy to be back at it. In this edition of On Deck, I give you my take on the David Ortiz/Manny Ramirez steroid allegations as well as Josh Hamilton’s lingering hangover, plus two former greats get released the same day!
In the first inning of Saturday’s game, Manny Ramirez showed he still has a little “pop” left in his bat… even now that the female fertility drugs have left his system.
I guess we all figured it would take Man Ram some time to get his feet back under him… and considering the way he performed in his rehab stints, some were even wondering if he could return to his prior form. But his solo shot in the first off Josh Geer, in only his second game back, reminded us all what a dangerous player he can be… when he wants to be!
After taking nearly two months off work, Manny Ramirez punched the clock again Friday night as the Dodgers went on the road to face division rival San Diego. By the sound of the crowd when he was introduced over the loud speaker, it seemed like a number of Dodger fans made the drive down I-5 with the team.
As for the Manny of the hour, he apologized to his fans before the game and fared about as well as could be expected during it… 0 for 3 with a walk. His presence, however, had a big impact on his fellow teammates. The offensively challenged Dodgers rattled off 5 runs in the first, in large part to Manny’s presence in the 3 spot of the line up. So even if he didn’t light it up at the plate, he clearly still makes everyone around him better.
Also, kudos to Tim Wakefield for breaking the record of most starts by a Boston pitcher. By taking the mound Friday night against the Mariners, Wakefield surpassed Roger Clemens with 383 starts, and only trails the Rocket’s win total by 18 games.
Hold onto your seats, everybody… the Ringling Brothers and Manny Ramirez Circus is coming to town! That’s right, Mr. Female Fertility Drug himself has made it through his 50 game suspension… and more importantly, so have the Dodgers! So far this looks like a win win situation… The Dodgers are still in first place in both the League nd Division, and Manny Ramirez seems to have not taken much of a PR hit from loyal Dodger fans. In fact, the only loser in this whole situatuon is Juan Pierre, who played very well in Manny’s absence, but just couldn’t hit the long ball that so many chicks are fond of…