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17
Sep
06

Pirates win series against Mets, look for sweep

I love late-inning dramatics and today’s Pirates game had just enough. The Pirates and Mets were tied at two apiece after 8 1/2 innings of solid pitching. In the bottom of the 9th Jason Bay struck out and Xavier Nady grounded out, leaving Joe Randa at the plate. He drew a walk from Mets pitcher Aaron Heilman, bringing Ronnie Paulino to the plate. After Paulino’s first swing the Mets announcers started talking about the problems with Paulino’s swing – how he opens up his front shoulder too quickly. Paulino responded to this criticism by drilling a line drive off the wall in deep left-center, bringing in the winning run. His hit sealed the series win for the Pirates and prevented the Mets from clinching the NL East pennant for a second straight night. You can say that I’m mean, but I loved watching the game and seeing all the disappointed Mets fans in the stands at PNC Park. Welcome to Pittsburgh.

The Pirates’ victory tonight leaves them 62-87 (.416) on the season and 32-27 (.542) since the All-Star Break. Since they have 87 losses and only 13 more games to play this season, they need only one more win between now and October 1st to avoid the dreaded 100 loss season. I think they can pull it off.  The series win against the Mets marks the 10th series win (out of 18) the Pirates have had since the All-Star Break, including series sweeps of the Giants, Cubs, and Cardinals.

In other news, one of my fantasy players, Chone Figgins, hit for the cycle tonight. This comes only days after the Rangers’ Gary Matthews Jr. hit for the natural cycle in Thursday’s game against the Tigers.

26
Aug
06

It’s 3am and I’m still awake

Being awake at 3am is a bad thing when you have a toddler who gets up between 6am and 6:30. She doesn’t understand that Saturdays are for sleeping in. I had no intention of staying up so late, but a number of events conspired to keep me up. First, I foolishly drank a Coke at like 9:15 after having had coffee earlier. Then, around 10, I started playing Beetle Adventure Racing on my N64. I spent quite a while playing and I made a lot of progress in the game, but the thrill of racing got my mind going, making it difficult to just head off to bed.

While waiting to become sleepy again, I paid attention to how my fantasy baseball team was doing. Unfortunately, this got me worked up, too, since one of my closers came on in a non-save situation, only to find himself in line to pick up the win if the Angels were able to get a run out of a bases loaded, 1 out situation. I was sitting in front of the computer, watching the game on MLB.TV and whispering (Heather and Elizabeth were asleep) shouts at the batter, Mike Napoli, to not ground into a double play. Fortunately, he came through with a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and win the game for the Angels and Francisco Rodriguez. With that unexpected win I extended my lead against my opponent this week.

With that game out of the way, I turned my attention to the Dodgers/Diamondbacks game, which had just gone into extra innings. I have a player on each team, but both began the game on the bench. Later in the game, they were both brought in to pinch hit and then play their normal positions. As I kept track of the statistical categories I was winning and losing, I found myself rooting for various things to happen in the game. Unfortunately, my guys (and others) didn’t really help me out in seeing my desires fulfilled. And, I stayed up to see them do nothing for me… That said, I am leading my opponent 11-3 right now. If I can hold it together through the weekend and the two guys ahead of me continue to lose, I could get into the championship bracket in the playoffs…
Ok, I’m going to bed now.

03
Jul
06

Closer Meltdown

As some of you know, I’m in a fantasy baseball league with some people I know from church plus some other people that the league commissioner knows. My pitching staff is home to four closers: Derrick Turnbow, Bobby Jenks, Todd Coffey, and Francisco Rodriguez. Today, Cincinnati played Milwaukee and what resulted was a closer meltdown. Derrick Turnbow gave up 3 runs while getting only 2 outs, blowing the save and giving Cincinnati a one run lead. After Matt Wise got the last out in the top of the 9th, Cincinnati put in Todd Coffey, who gave up 2 runs without getting a single out, losing the game. Coffey would have been in line to pick up the win, but instead he, too, was charged with a blown save as well as the loss. Between the two of them, they gave up 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Coffey’s ERA is infinite for the game and Turnbow’s is 40.5. Ouch! That’s a painful way to start the week. Since my team didn’t have any starters pitching today, Turnbow and Coffey were my only active pitchers, leaving me with a 67.5 ERA and a WHIP of 13.5. On the other hand, Bill Hall, my utility infielder, went 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and a home run, so the game wasn’t a total disaster for my fantasy team.




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