Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The lineups are posted and Granderson is leading off. If he goes 0-4 with two strikeouts, the Tigers are done. Raburn is batting 6th and Santiago getting the start at SS. One observation I made at the beginning of the season about Leyland not ever starting the same lineup two days in a row has played out this season. I still maintain that this is one reason for the Tigers offensive inconsistencies.
Tigers go down 1-2-3. Granderson does NOT strike out, but Polanco does. Maggs looks a half second slow on the fastball, which is all they threw him. Also, why is Craig Sager the third man in on the broadcast? If I have to put up with him for the duration of the playoffs I'm not going to be happy.
Runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. I would have had Guillen bunt, but what do I know. Three sliders and Inge will be a strikeout victim. A low fastball gets two outs with one swing. Can you feel my optimism?
Inge has a good swing and still comes up Millhouse. Laird hits a lazy fly and the leadoff double produces squat, the story of September for the Tigers. Money on the Twins scoring at least 2 in the bottom half...
Maggs gets a hold of a fastball that tails in on him and takes it the other way sending Grandy in for the first run. I can hear my Mom "wooo-ing" all the way from Michigan! It would be real nice if Miggy could pound one and tag on a few more.
He must have heard me. 3-0 Tigers, Bazinga! Keep pouring it on please.
2 Hits, 2 flyouts and a wild pitch equal a run for the Twins. Mauer walked on four pitches and now Kubel is down 1-2, check that, Strikeout and the inning is over. A two run lead is a lot different than a 3 run lead and the Twins have 18 outs left. There is no way Porcello pitches, I mean Leyland allows Porcello to pitch, more than 6 innings. Conclusion: the Tigers need to score more runs, now, a lot more.
Porcello is looking good. Set them down in order in the 4th, but like I said, he is going no further than the sixth. If the score is 3-1 at the end of 6, that would not be good.
Mauer strikes out to make it two outs with no one on, then Kubel goes and hits an upper deck shot to make it 3-2. I feel ill.
7:20 PM (stretch time)
Polanco fisted one to short to end the inning and the Tigers threat. It's 3-2 and no Tigers fan can feel comfortable at this point with the way the bullpen has given away games the last two years. Who is even the setup man at this point? Perry? Lyon? I definitely would not give the ball to Lyon with this one run lead. And you know if it gets to Rodney the ninth will be interesting.
Detroit Tigers 2009 Season, Time of Death - 7:31 PM
Cabrera hits a two run homer, it's all over but the crying. There will be no need for any additional posts. I quit.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Bad timing Miggy. I hope you are able to get your life/career together.
Stay tuned for a Sixty Feet Six Inches liveblog tomorrow, which apparently may be the only one of the
P.S. Please excuse my horrible horrible photoshop skills.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Lowe pitched on Sunday and was not his best. It rained again and the Braves offense rained down as well, scoring a solid 10th inning win to get within 2.5 games of the wild card leading Rockies. Even better, though there was no batting practice (ironic since it was sunny and warm before Sunday's game) a number of players were out and signed for the Braves fans. Among them who I was able to get were Mike Gonzalez, Ken Kawakami and Mr. Hanson, who was kind enough to sign the sweet spot for anyone that asked. The ball looks fantastic right next to my Chipper sweet spot I picked up in Milwaukee a few years ago. Enjoy the pictures and hopefully the Braves continue (and the Tigers once again begin) their winning ways.
Also, Mike Gonzalez apparently shaves his arms and hands. Strange.
Friday, September 25, 2009
There's always next year!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Anyway here is what I got, all is up for trade (including the auto) except the Nolan:
2297, 2307, 2317, 2332, 2342
Citizens of the Century
A-MA (Mark Allen – Triathlete)
Citizens of the Day
Black Border Mini
111 (Kevin Garnett)
10, 38, 82, 106, 132, 136, 139, 143, 225, 241
2, 22, 24, 28, 30, 38, 43, 51, 52, 55, 56, 66, 67, 71, 82, 86, 98, 99, 101, 125, 133, 141, 167, 169, 173, 181, 185 106, 114
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here is the article:
Here is some info about the SI cover jinx: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/cover/2002/jinx/main/
And I guess not surprisingly, there is a wikipedia article on this as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_Illustrated_Cover_Jinx
Surely they will lose 8 of their final 13 games and STILL only miss the division title by 1 game to the Twins (at least they are now beating the Indians 1-0 off a Raburn homer despite Jackson's awful start, again). I know this not only because of the SI jinx, but also because I already bought Tigers playoff tickets (but no flight to Detroit yet so there's the measure of confidence). I guess I can still hope for the Braves to go on another big win streak and steal the wild card, with 9 games left against the Nats and Mets anything can happen.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Don't get me wrong, the cards are nice looking, but collecting the Ginter set was taxing enough. I am however I am away for work for a few weeks so I'm sure I'll at least pick up a few packs to keep me occupied until I get back home. Looking forward to some blogo-pics of sweet pulls tomorrow, maybe even something that will convince me I need to buy a hobby box instead of waiting for blasters!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I sent over a Denard Spann framed auto and a few Indian randoms in exchange for the Brock Auto. I pulled the Brock Relic in my second and almost traded it to Beardy. It was my first non-sport relic of any time and so my sentimentality kicked in and decided to keep it and work on the set of Brock's for my Ginter binder.
Thanks to Achiever for the trade and the excellent bonus packs! Below are a few of the sweet cards from the random packs:
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Many thanks to Chris from Nachos Grande for the trade. He really helped cross off a good amount of what's left for 2009 Ginter and hopefully I did the same for his Ginter minis. In addition to the Ginter cards, he sent over these gems along with a nice lot of Tigers and Braves cards:
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
So far so good tonight though. Cabrera doubles to bring home Polanco for the 1-0 lead (although again we can't get the runner on third with less than two outs home) and Verlander makes it out of the first without giving up a run.
Enjoy a few pictures from my parents trip to Boston last week!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Drop me a line if you have any of the following Ginter cards:
31, 33, 63, 64, 65
1-7, 10, 11, 16, 23, 24, 25
Base Set (16 Needed!)
16, 20, 39, 51, 58, 62, 101, 116, 137, 152, 160, 201, 217, 238, 253, 291,
SP Base (2 Needed!):
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I still need 32 cards to complete the base set and assorted National Pride and Baseball Highlights cards to complete the set I want. Everything else I'm willing to trade. Just leave a comment or send me an email and keep the trades coming!!
Allen & Ginter 2009
25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 53, 58, 59, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70
1-11, 16, 23, 24, 25
Base Set (32 Needed!)
16, 20, 39, 40, 47, 51, 58, 62, 101, 116, 137, 152, 160, 201, 217, 238, 253, 263, 291, 309, 310, 317, 320, 321, 322, 326, 329, 331, 332, 337, 341, 344
Cards Up For Trade
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19, 23, 44, 49, 52, 56
2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 18, 23, 24, 24, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 43, 43, 43, 44, 46, 50, 53, 53, 54, 55, 55, 64, 70, 73, 74, 76, 78, 82, 84, 88, 90, 95, 99, 100, 104, 111, 111, 112, 113, 115, 117, 120, 121, 122, 127, 138, 144, 145, 146, 150, 150, 154, 156, 157, 158, 168, 170, 172, 174, 175, 177, 179, 185, 188, 190, 193, 194, 197, 199, 200, 202, 205, 207, 208, 211, 212, 215, 218, 219, 221, 225, 226, 233, 235, 237, 239, 240, 244, 246, 247, 250, 251, 252, 255, 257, 264, 265, 267, 270, 271, 272, 276, 277, 283, 284, 288, 289, 294, 297, 299, 299, 306, 311, 313, 324, 336, 342
MINIS (*denotes A & G back)
2*, 20*, 26*, 33, 36*, 40, 44, 49, 51*, 52*, 75, 77*, 81, 88, 88*, 96, 104*, 107*, 108, 108, 117, 119, 126, 128, 128, 133, 135*, 137, 149, 155, 156, 173, 174*, 178, 185*, 186, 188*, 197, 224, 244, 250*, 252, 266, 271*, 283, 291, 294, 310, 311, 313*, 326, 336, 338, 342
Ryan Theriot 9, Manny Ramirez 17, Derrek Lee 45, Alex Rios 55, David Wright 75, Art Pennington 97, Brett Myers 187, Grady Sizemore 250, Nick Swisher 333
The Turk, San Seriffe, George Parker, The Runaway Bride,
8, 14, 15, 16, 30, 34, 35
ALSO UP FOR TRADE
Kosuke Fukudome – white with blue stripe
Brock Yates – red relic
Ryan Doumit – solid white
Carlos Quentin – white with black stripe
Jered Weaver – Solid Grey
-N43 Box Toppers: Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay
-Elvis Andrus Bazooka back 06/25
-Brandon Phillips No Number 25/50
-Corey Hart No Number 35/50
Monday, April 6, 2009
-The Braves stomped the Phils last night. I like what I saw of Derek Lowe. Ryan Howard looked like he did not eat during the offseason.
-The Yankees are about to lose unless they score five in the 9th. This is always noteworthy and coincidentally puts a smile on my face. CC had no strikeouts, but I bet he crushed the postgame buffet.
-The Tigers are already losing 4-0 and Verlander looks HORRIBLE. Oh, yes, and even though Josh Anderson is in Left Field, Granderson is batting lead-off. This makes no sense. Leyland wants Anderson in the lineup for speed, but if he is on base and Granderson strikes out, what is the point of sending Anderson. Why not let Anderson lead off steal a base and let Polanco, a contact hitter move him to third. This also lets Granderson drive some runs in and strikeout in the middle of the lineuup instead of leading off the game. They will be lucky to finish .500 this season for three reasons: Brandon Inge, Jim Leyland's mismanagement of the lineup and their inability to win one run games (read crappy bullpen).
And now on to the predictions:
AL East: Red Sox - have to respect the pitching. Smoltz FTW.
AL Central: Indians - Kerry Wood leads AL in saves, Cliff Lee is human but still good, Hafner rakes.
AL West: Angels - this is a no brainer, Mike Scioscia is the best manager in the game.
Wild Card: Rays - pitching and defense again and Carl Crawford has a monster year.
ROY: Travis Snider
Cy Young: Roy Halladay
MVP: Vladimir Guerrero (and definitely NOT Mark Texeira)
NL East: Mets - this is the year, until they lose in the first round again when Putz and KRod implode
NL Central: Cardinals - though I'm tempted to pick Milwaukee I think Ankiel may be NL MVP
NL West: Dodgers - but man would I like someone, ANYONE else to win it
Wild Card: Braves - a versatile, non-power lineup and a much improved pitching staff
ROY: Cameron Maybin (unless the Brewers ditch JJ Hardy and play Alcides Escobar)
Cy Young: Johan Santana
MVP: Chipper Jones
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
1. LF Anderson
2. 2B Polanco
3. 1B Cabrera
4. RF Ordonez
5. DH Guillen
6. CF Granderson
7/8/9 C Laird / SS Everett / 3B Inge
Honestly, I do not care how the bottom of the lineup looks, but I'm all for getting Inge the very LEAST amount of at bats possible. The bottom line is they can put a TRUE base stealer at the top of the order and and still get Granderson 15-25 steals in the middle of the lineup and give the guys at the bottom a chance to drive in some runs. Further, Anderson allows Guillen to be a super-sub in Left Field, Third Base or First Base and Thames can slide in to the DH slot to give the regulars a day off.
Of course this is what I WANT. What will probably happen is Leyland will put Thames as the DH and use Anderson sparingly. That would be a mistake, but I will save the predictions for later.