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Yanks, Rangers On Verge Of Sweeps, Giants Freak Out Braves

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 08 2010 · 616 views

I was hoping for all five game series, but this year is looking to be full of sweeps. Pettitte held up, while Pavano couldn't hold back New York, and so the Twins will have to win all three of the next few games--including two in enemy territory at Yankee Stadium.

Likewise, the Rays are headed to Arlington, Texas, where they must also win three in a row to advance, and unlike the Twins, they have to face the third of Texas' top three pitchers in Colby Lewis--not the more questionable Yankees' pitching staff. Even so, if both teams do manage to win two on the road, they would still have to face the opposing teams' aces in C.C. and Cliff Lee. It's looking bleak, in other words.

Meanwhile, game 1 of the NLDS went to the Giants, as Tim Lincecum shut down the Braves. The Freak may not be one of the Cy Young contenders this year, but he's still one of the best in the NL, behind Philly's Halladay, St. Lou's Wainwright, and Colorado's Jimenez.

Today, the second games of both National League Division Series will be played. In Philly, Bronson Arroyo will try to help his team avoid being in the situation the Twins and Rays are facing, but it will be a hard task as the 'O' in the H2O phormula of the Phillies' pitching staff, Roy Oswalt.

In San Francisco, Tommy Hanson will try to help his team split the two games in AT&T Park, but he's got to face Matt Cain of the Giants.

It may be a little late for predictions, but I'll tell you mine anyway. Yanks sweep, Phils sweep. Garza wins game 3 but Rangers win game 4 to advance, Giants win in 5, with game 5 won by the Freak.


Braves Vs. Giants Preview

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 07 2010 · 289 views
Both of these teams are lucky to be here. The Giants beat Mat Latos and the Padres on the last day of the season, eliminating the Padres and winning the West for San Francisco, as well as the Wild Card for the Atlanta Braves. Now the two will face off at AT&T Park for what will probably be the right to face the Phillies and Roy Halladay, the man who no-hit the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. So it looks bleak even for the team that wins this series, but even the mightiest of teams can be taken down by another one that happens to get hot at the right time.

Anyhow, the pitchers who will be tossing for the game 1 win are Derek Lowe for the Braves, and two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum for the Giants. Obviously, the advantage goes to the Giants, who will be at home with their ace, but the Braves still have a good shot, as Lincecum has not been as dominant in 2010 as in past years, and because the Giants have a relatively weak offense once you get past Buster Posey. In addition, the Braves have a more reliable lineup, even without Martin Prado, as they have the advantages of Jason Heyward, Derrek Lee, Omar Infante, and Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP Award winner Brian McCann, the Braves have what it takes to take down the 2010 edition of Tim Lincecum.

Plus, I'm rooting for Bobby Cox and his Braves to win one more World Series for him. biggrin.gif


One Goal: Defending The Cup

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 07 2010 · 539 views
And a very difficult task that will be, in the current era of the National Hockey League. Ever since the '05 lockout, four different teams have failed to carve their names on the Stanley Cup twice in a row. The Hurricanes couldn't do it, nor could the Ducks. Not even the continuously dominant Detroit Red Wings could beat out the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, and the Penguins then found themselves eliminated this year by the surprising Montreal Canadiens in the second round. And starting today, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

The Hawks had the fourth best record in their division, and ninth best in the conference in the preseason. Now, that might seem pretty poor for a Stanley Cup Champion, but you've gotta remember that preseason is just a time to get your team in shape, and almost never do you have all of your best players on the ice in the same game. Plus, you might add that one of the favorites to snatch the Cup out of Chicago, the Detroit Red Wings, are the only team in the Central Division that finished with a lower record than the Hawks.

Anyhow, you can expect the usual fast paced playing style of the Hawks, but this year, made even faster with the addition of Marty Turco, whose ability to handle the puck will force the opposition to never be able to let down their guard, even when the puck is in the Hawks' zone.

In addition, the official start of hockey season begins in half an hour, when the Hurricanes play the Wild in Helsinki on Versus.


What Are My Chances, Doc?

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 06 2010 · 285 views
None, says Doc Halladay, as he no-hits the Cincinnati Reds in the second ever no-hitter in Postseason history, preceded only by Don Larsen's perfect game. Halladay also has his second no-hitter this year, his first being his perfect game against the Marlins, and this one would have been a perfect game were it not for Jay Bruce's walk--the only blemish of the night.

I myself was watching the game from the start. I always jokingly say the first time anyone gets on base "There goes the perfect game.", but I noticed around the fourth that I hadn't said that yet. In the fifth, I brought myself to ask my mom if anyone had been on base yet, but she had not really been paying attention, and so I figured that I was probably right. Unfortunately, I did end up saying "There goes the perfect game." after Bruce walked, but I never was able to say that the no-hitter was lost.

Mark it down. October 6, 2010 was a historic day in baseball.


Bottom Of The Ninth, 5-1 Rangers

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 06 2010 · 152 views
Feliz was looking to shut down the Rays in the bottom of the ninth, after walking the first batter. The Rangers were three outs away from taking a 1-0 lead in the series thanks in a large part to Cliff Lee, who, today, has been everything he was meant to be when he came over from Seattle.

Meanwhile, Cliff's old team, the Phillies, would be starting Game 1 of the NLDS in 27 minutes against the Cincinnati Reds at home in Citizens bank Park.

Feliz walked the second straight batter in a row before shutting down the Rays in the bottom of the ninth. Next up, Reds and Phils.


Nuva Team Assembled

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 06 2010 · 317 views
Just got a new rank: Nuva Team Assembled. The only real difference is that the Kanohi Nuva are no longer in protodermis.

As a side note, Rangers and Rays face off at the Trop in ten minutes. biggrin.gif


N L D S/ A L D S Preview

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 06 2010 · 583 views
Rangers @ Rays

Cliff Lee returns to the playoff, but on a different team, a different division, even a different league. He'll be trying to bring the swag that helped him pitch the Phillies into the World Series last year to the Rangers in Tampa Bay, where he'll be pitching against Cy Young candidate David Price in Game 1 at Tropicana Field. Meanwhile, the Rays will attempt to win the World Series in what may be their last shot in a long time--maybe even their last shot in Tampa Bay, as their pitiful attendance numbers may force them to move from St. Pete eventually.

Reds @ Phillies

The Cincinnati Reds were at one point known as the Big Red Machine--

But there's a new red-clad powerhouse in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies. In a rather strange decision, Dusty Baker is sending Edinson Volquez to the mound instead of Bronson Arroyo to face Cy Young leader, Roy Halladay, at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds need to find some way of overcoming one of the three pitchers that are the aces of Philly's rotation, Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels, and even if they do manage to beat one of them, they would then have to win two more games to advance, and one of those games may feature Roy Halladay on short rest to shut down the Reds. It's not likely that the Reds will win today, but baseball is a sport where the most unlikely can happen, especially when there's no clock to run down.

Yankees @ Twins

In a similar matchup to last year, CC Sabathia will be trying to take Game 1 on the road at Target Field in Minnesota. The Yankees, however, are not quite as favored as before, for even if CC outdoes Francisco Liriano, the entire Yankees rotation after than is a great big, bold ?. If the Yanks don't take advantage in Game 1, the Twins will suddenly become the favorites, and even if the Yankees do win today, the '10 Twins may just be able to get revenge for the series-losing loss dealt to them last year in the final game at the Metrodome.


B Z P Staff Fantasy League Final Standings

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 03 2010 · 241 views
During this years' baseball season, KIE set up a fantasy baseball league for us. I did pretty well, but I was disappointed in my finish because I could have finished higher if there was a Wild Card.

Here are the final rankings:

1. Toronto Huskies
2. Moss Bluff Cruisers
3. Tinley Park Rynos
4. Eau Claire Blugolds
5. Farmville Feminists
6. Spartan Six
7. Florence Platypi
8. Buffalo Wings

Now, here are the owners of those teams, in alphabetical order, rather than their teams' records:

1. Black Six
2. Great Being #1 (The other RKs are still active, just not doing anything other than playing fantasy ball. tongue.gif )
3. Kopaka's Ice Engineering
4. LewaLew
5. Smeagol4
7. Than the MoA
8. Ta-Metru Defender

Now, I challenge thee to match up the owners with their teams. ONWARD, GUESSERS OF TEAMS' OWNERS!


Hawks Win Final Preseason Game

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 03 2010 · 304 views
The Blackhawks close out the preseason 3 and 4 with a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. All four goals came in the second period, while Marty Turco allowed one goal in the second period and two in the third. The Blackhawks have yet to get comfortable with Turco's style of play, but once they do, the Norris Trophy winning Duncan Keith, his partner on defense Brent Seabrook, and the best puck-moving goaltender in the NHL, Marty Turco, will form what is sure to be one of the most powerful defenses in the Western Conference, if not the entire National Hockey League.

First regular season game is on Thursday at 9:00 CT at the Pepsi Center in Denver against the Avalanche, which will be on Versus and WGN Radio 720 AM.


"and This Season Is Ovah!"--

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 03 2010 · 618 views

--In the words of the rather annoying White Sox commentator Hawk Harrelson. Unfortunately, the Padres could not beat Jonathan Sanchez and give us a fourth straight year of extra regular season baseball, and Game 163.

History will not be made this year, at least in the form of the first year ever with a three way tie solved by tiebreakers, and now the San Francisco Giants are NL West Champions, the Atlanta Braves the National League Wild Card, and the San Diego Padres are a team with perhaps one of the biggest lost opportunities this season, but can still look back on a season that far exceeded the very low expectations set for them in April.

In the meantime you can see how the playoff matchups are in the content block to the side.

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Bzpower Members' Teams

Here, the favorite teams of all the BZPower members I can find are listed. If you'd like me to add you, please comment in the Official Favorite MLB Teams Entry of the BaseBlog. I will try to add you as soon as possible.

National League

Central Division

Chicago Cubs: LewaLew, 55555, What?, Megan51, Makuta Jarvan

Cincinnati Reds: None

Pittsburgh Pirates: WERE DOING THIS

Milwaukee Brewers: Cherixon, Than the Moa

St. Louis Cardinals: Toa Onarax, Toaman25
West Division

San Francisco Giants: Nuju Metru, Iro, Great being Velika

Los Angeles Dodgers: None

Colorado Rockies: Shadix, Alpha123, xccj

Arizona Diamondbacks: Progenitus Worldsoul

San Diego Padres: thoron

East Division

Philadelphia Phillies: Akuna Toa of Sonics, Legolover-361, Sir Dr. Mr. Count Celu MD

New York Mets: Bambi

Atlanta Braves: None

Miami Marlins: None

Washington Nationals: None

American League

Central Division

Minnesota Twins: Zakitano, Takuma Nuva, Zerothemaster

Detroit Tigers: None

Cleveland Indians: Aho-Chan

Kansas City Royals: None

Chicago White Sox: terminallyCapricious

West Division

Texas Rangers: Rarity, tent163phantoka

Los Angeles Angels: thebeggarpie

Oakland Athletics: None

Seattle Mariners: Kakaru, Toa Kaithas, Swert
Houston Astros: Flaredrick: Forgotten One

East Division

New York Yankees: Captain Marvel, Kylus, Toa 11, Zarayna

Boston Red Sox: Chro, Iskandar

Toronto Blue Jays: Blade: Hero of Truth

Baltimore Orioles: Princess Grr (That's the Smeaginator, if he has another name change sometime again)

Tampa Bay Rays: Sumiki

2nd Favorites

Nuju Metru: New York Yankees

Iro: Oakland Athletics

WERE DOING THIS: New York Yankees

Zerothemaster: Colorado Rockies
Toa Onarax: Boston Red Sox
xccj: Seattle Mariners
Kakaru: Colorado Rockies
Flaredrick: Forgotten One: Texas Rangers
Great being Velika: Oakland Athletics

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I'm LewaLew, former BZPower RK, former Reporter, and former unofficial baseball blogger. Once, this blog served as the home of my primarily baseball-related musings. Now that I'm in college, I have little time for baseball and BZPower, so it sits here idle except for an occasional visit on my part. Please enjoy or cringe at what you read from my past, and if you'd like, go ahead and comment in the favorite baseball teams entry so that the next time a blue moon rolls around and I visit, I can add you to that content block.

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