Saturday, October 6, 2007

Pot and Kettle in epic struggle

John Horton, Plain Dealer Reporter, talks about LeBron James in a Yankees cap:
Traitor.
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It seems we are all witnesses to the ultimate display of disloyalty. Where's the allegiance to your town, big guy? To your faithful fans?

Think back a few months to the NBA playoffs, when The Q brimmed with your followers. You didn't spot Browns receiver Braylon Edwards in the front row wearing a Pistons jersey, did you? Or Indians star Grady Sizemore decked out in Spurs duds?

This is no way to lord over Cleveland, King James. Did England's King Henry V sport a fleur-de-lis logo while his people battled France? We think not.
Nice fleur-de-lis reference (no, really, I liked it). A bit hysterical, but all in good fun, right? Wait...
Although John Horton is an Indians fan, be aware: He roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Browns.
What a fuckin' hypocrite. Rooting for the Indians and the Steelers? That's like rooting for the Phillies and the Cowboys, or the Red Sox and the Jets, it's crazy. There's no way Horton can give LeBron James crap about his allegiances when Horton's are all screwed up.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Beisbol Playoffs 2007

This is one of my favorite times of the year, but unfortunately I don't have the time to really talk about it like I would rather do. First off, let me say that at the beginning of the year, I predicted the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and Tigers would make it in the AL, and the Phillies, Mets, Cubs and Padres would make it in the NL. I was wrong about Detroit (they had a good run), and the Mets and Padres both came down to their last games. I was wrong about the Diamondbacks and Indians, but to be fair, the Diamondbacks are super overperforming (they've been outscored by 20 runs!). I know everyone kept picking Cleveland for the Central, but I wasn't in love with their pitching and I thought Detroit had the better team. Ah, well, five out of eight isn't bad!

This looks like a pretty good postseason. Except for the Sox and Yanks, the six other playoff teams were not in it last year, and outside of the Angels, I don't think any team has been in the playoffs since at least 03, but I could be wrong. That's pretty exciting if you're a bitch that's always crying about parity.

Now, for my predictions (note: postseason predictions are usually less accurate than regular season) -

Arizona vs Chicago: It's about time for the Diamondbacks to stop overachieving, but the Cubs don't exactly fill me with confidence. Arguably, the Dbacks have the better pitching. I'd give the Cubs the edge for offense. Without looking at runs scored, run differentials, WHIP, HR, and other stuff I like to check, I'll give the edge to Arizona in five.

Colorado vs Philadelphia: Colorado and Philly should be a really fun series. I think both teams match up pretty well, probably give Colorado the edge in pitching (especially bullpen), and Philly for offense. Gonna go with Philly in five, but it's not a confident pick. Should be enjoyable watching all the home runs in those two parks.

New York vs Cleveland: Without checking the stats, I can already tell you the Yankees probably ranked 1st or 2nd or 3rd in OBP, HR, and Runs Scored. Yanks get the edge on hitting. I think people like Wang and Pettitte can be slightly overrated, but they both had good seasons. Cleveland has decent pitching, too, so I'm just going to give them a push on that. I'll give the Yankees the edge, say 4 games, keeping in mind the Yankees swept both series with Cleveland.

Los Angeles vs Boston: Anaheim has a good bullpen, they always have a good bullpen, but ignoring the whiff on Gagne, Boston also has a pretty good bullpen (except against New York, like that one time when Okijima and Papelbon gave up 80 runs in 1 inning). Gotta give credit to Beckett for "most improved." I'd say the Angels and Sox are pretty evenly matched, but without looking at stats, I'd say Sox probably rank 1st or 2nd or 3rd in OBP and runs scored. Sox in 4, considering the Angels shit the bucket in Fenway.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Bronze Bombshell

Yes folks, once again I earned a fantasy baseball trophy, my skills unrivaled except by those with more skill. This year I only placed third, but third is still better than fourth, or last. Here are my top players, for the hell of it:

Draft Pick - Hitter
Best: Chipper Jones (Atl - 3B), drafted 8th - 134 G, 108 R, 173 H, 29 HR, 102 RBI, 5 SB, .337 AVG, .425 OBP
Runner-up: Ken Griffey Jr. (Cin - OF) drafted 23rd - 144 G, 78 R, 146 H, 30 HR, 93 RBI, 6 SB, .277 AVG, .372 OBP

Pick up - Hitter
Best: Carlos Pena (TB - 1B) - 148 G, 99 R, 138 H, 46 HR, 121 RBI, 1 SB, .282 AVG, .411 OBP
Runner-up: Brad Hawpe (Col - OF) - 151 G, 80 R, 150 H, 29 HR, 116 RBI, 0 SB, .292 AVG, .386 OBP

Draft Pick - Starting Pitcher
Best: Cole Hamels (Phi), drafted 7th - 183.1 IP, 15 W, 5 L, 2 CG, 177 K, 3.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP
(Very Close) Runner-up: Roy Halladay (Tor), drafted 1st - 225.1 IP, 16 W, 7 L, 7 CG, 139 K, 3.71 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

Pick up - Starting Pitcher
Best: Tim Lincecum (SF) - 146.1 IP, 7 W, 5 L, 0 CG, 150 K, 4.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
Runner-up: Shaun Marcum (Tor) - 159.0 IP, 12 W, 6 L, 0 CG, 122 K, 4.13 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

Draft Pick - Relief Pitcher (also the Francisco Squad)
Best: Francisco Cordero (Mil), drafted 12th - 63.1 IP, 44 SV, 86 K, 2.98 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 0 W, 4 L
Runner-up: Francisco Rodriguez (LAA), drafted 4th - 67.1 IP, 40 SV, 90 K, 2.81 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 5 W, 2 L

Pick up - Relief Pitcher
Manny Corpas (post-ASB) - 34.0 IP, 17 SV, 25 K, 1.59 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 1 W, 0 L

Best (only) Trade
Brett Myers for Jake Westbrook (drafted 21st)

As you can see, I heavily favored pitchers in the early part of my draft. I don't think I need to be so pitcher-conscious next season, especially since I went from drafting one closer last year to getting a whole boatload this season. I need to find some relief moderation. And let's be honest, Halladay is good but not 1st round good.

Well, anyway, my skill for picking out unexpected hot players from free agency helped balance out my draft muffs (although that Griffey pick was pure genius), and in the end, I won something, which is the most important lesson and goal of sports (even fake sports).