Four games to go…
Today I went with the "Grande" coffee from Starbucks, rather than "Tall," which is actually the small version. It was a difficult choice, but I made it, thinking in terms of how much coffee I had been drinking lately. And I think that I am satisfied with my final decision. After all, I have more coffee to enjoy, and now the paranoia can be even greater when I am all hopped up on caffeine. But at least I will [feel] as though I am blogging better.
So yesterday’s blog was a little confusing I must say, and there were 25 comments from a combined four readers. Well, three readers and a proof-reader. I want to make this clear however. I think that after a 162 game season we should know which team in the division was the better team over the course of the [entire] season. And if they win by one game on a walk off homer on the final day it may seem close, seeing how they were separated by a single game. But that should ultimately be how it ends for that second place team. And as my Dad pointed out, they should not have to play them again. However, the fact that there is no salary cap, means to me, that it should stay until they fix that first. Because many fans will turn their heads from the game, with their respective teams having even less of a shot, and more importantly, an unfair shot at postseason play. So I don’t mind the inferior teams getting a shot with the way the financial situation is. But I feel both situations can be fixed, which is why I discuss [both] on the topic of the "Wild Card." But anyway, I am finished with that topic for now. And there are positives and negatives to it, which is why I explored both.
Johan Santana, the best pitcher in baseball, has given up 33 home runs this season. Which is really unbelievable. He is the best pitcher in baseball, definitely not this year, but before next season starts everyone will be referring to him with this label once again. I mean really, this is last year’s Josh Beckett territory. He gave up 36 homers but finished with a 5.01 ERA. Santana gave up just about as many, yet managed a 3.33 ERA. I would like to see the stats on players who had ERA+’s of 130 or more, but gave up 30 or more homers. But my prediction was wrong, as at the break I predicted he would win the Cy Young, and he will not.
Congratulations to the Yankee fans that read this blog. I never counted that team out, and you can read my past posts for proof if you must. They had too much talent. Although, chasing the Tigers and Red Sox made it seem unlikely at times, but they overcame this. Of course, they had plenty of resources to work with, but still they had a nice comeback.
Which leads me to…the fact that this is where these teams should be. At the top of the American League. Or within striking distance at least. Everyone spoke of a Red Sox collapse, while it was mostly a Yankee resurgance. The Red Sox were not playing great by any means, but the teams are where they should be, in the playoffs.
The National League Wild Card has a lot of intrigue down the stretch. Now we can argue whether some of these teams are even playoff quality teams, based on the old two divsion format. But I imagine many fans are having an exciting time with this right now. And I believe the Padres will prevail, but I believed this much more so a week or so ago, before there players were stepping on each others toes, and tearing their ACL’s due to unacceptable behavior. Maybe Milton Bradley will turn around and sue Bud Black or whoever it was, for restraining him, and ultimately being part of why he was injured. And Bradley was out of control, I know he probably isn’t being paid much, but should the Padres have to pay him while he is injured?
In my video game, "MLB 2K7," I am nearing the All Star break. I was sitting behind the Orioles by twelve games in the standings. When in doubt, just lower the difficulty. I just cannot find a difficulty to have consistent competition. So I am going to destroy everyone on this setting until I get near the top of the division, then I will mess with it again. This seems to be what the Yankees did this season.
Cleveland has the most improved bullpen according to This is Where You Go To See For Yourself. But, the big question mark they have, as Rob Neyer discussed in his blog today, is Joe Borowski. He has been awful this season, yet has 43 saves. So don’t tell me that the "Saves" stat is not overrated. Of course, Rafael Betancourt has been as good as Borowski has been bad. While Borowski has an ERA over 5, Betancourts is below 2. Actually at 1.49. He has been one of the best relievers in baseball this season. And has been relatively unnoticed while doing it.