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2011 National League East Preview

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Hanley RamirezWashington Nationals
Strengths: The Nationals can only go in one direction: Up. They added some key pieces in OF Jayson Werth and 1B Adam LaRoche. Rookie sensation SP Stephen Strasburg hopes to pitch before the end of the season after undergoing surgery last year. If he’s half as good as he is hyped to be, the Nationals have a number-one pitcher for years to come. 3B Ryan Zimmerman will also be a key player in 2011.

Weaknesses: Losing 1B Adam Dunn doesn’t hurt so bad when you pick up Jayson Werth, but his presence will be missed. The pitching staff is scary to look at, in a bad way. SP Livan Hernandez and SP Jason Marquis are way past their prime, and the rest of their pitching options are young guys with little experience.

Analysis: It’s hard to predict good things for a team with no pitching. They made some big off-season moves, acquiring Werth and LaRoche, but the offense they provide isn’t going to be enough to turn this team around. Manager Jim Riggleman is going to have to work a miracle to save this team from itself.

Prediction: 5th in NL East

More 2011 NL East Predictions after the jump >>

Not Everyone Loves Doc Halladay

Dr No

Besides Reds fans, even.

Ah, postseason baseball quibbling: When you are the second player to ever accomplish something of note in Major League Baseball, considering just how extensive the history is (ask Ken Burns), it’s significant, much like Roy Halladay’s no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds last night should be treated. Some, however, disagree with all the love being thrown Halladay’s way. On one side, one of those quick to take credit away is understandable. His team just got flummoxed by perhaps the best pitcher in the game, and some defiance lingers.

While it does come across as sour grapes, Orlando Cabrera at least has reason to reject the notion of Halladay’s greatness, even if it just being a sore loser.

Orlando Cabrera

On blogosphere side of things, not everyone was impressed there, either. Granted, the guys at Bugs and Cranks watch and know a whole lot more about baseball than I do, but I don’t quite get the reasoning behind the lack of Halladay love:

But most of all, because before he came out in the third inning, he had a 4-0 lead to work with. Matt Garza allowing 2 hits and 1 run over 7 innings in Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS in a 3-1 game is far more impressive than Halladay’s showy little no-hitter yesterday. Hell, give me Jered Weaver going 7.1 innings and giving up 2 hits and 1 run in a 4-1 win of last year’s ALDS Game 2 against the Red Sox.

While the performances mentioned might indeed by sterling outings by other pitchers in a playoff atmosphere, being only the second baseball player to ever throw a postseason no-hitter resonates, whether you want it to or not; regardless if you’re a member of the Reds or simply a fan of baseball who writes a blog.

I’m sometimes hesitant to overuse Internet memes in posts, but I think the following adaptation applies: “Impressive performance is impressive.” Like it or not, Halladay’s name belongs in the history books, if, for nothing else, the sheer rarity of his accomplishment.

Hidekizilla Leads Yankees To World Series Championship


A quick-and-dirty congratulations are in order for Hideki Matsui and the New York Yankees for their World Series championship. The Yanks beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games, and were powered by Matsui’s absolute domination of the Phillies pitching staff. For the series, Japan’s first-ever MLB World Series MVP hit an eye-popping .612 and had three home runs and eight RBI, six of which came in last night’s clincher. While the Yankees’ 27th world championship is being treated as a welcoming party for Alex Rodriguez, he wouldn’t be in the “True Yankees” club if not for Matsui’s considerable contribution.

LSUFreek has more Hidekizilla goodness over at The Sporting Blog. It’s a fitting celebration for someone who destroyed a major city like Philadelphia in such a definitive manner.

And with that, no more baseball until next spring. Awesome.

The Reason the Yankees Won? Jay Z.

I missed last night’s pregame performance — I blame the NBA. In other news, damn, Alicia Keys look really, really good. — but apparently, Jay Z’s and Alicia’s performance of “Empire State of Mind” was so incredibly moving, it inspired the New York Yankees to even the game with Philadelphia Phillies. And here I was thinking a just-as-good-as-Cliff-Lee’s-performance A.J. Burnett was the reason.

Silly me.

Hell, if I’m getting this right, Hideki Matsui’s “go down and get it” home run — giving the Yankees the lead for the first time this World Series — wasn’t anywhere near as crucial as Jigga Man’s inspiring performance.

You know, I’d be more inclined to believe that Alicia looked so good, her natural beauty and talent touched something inside of Burnett that caused him to throw perhaps his best game as a Big Leaguer than I am the “Jay Z leads the Yankees to victory” thing. Sure the performance was fine — especially Alicia — but yeah, it wasn’t THAT great. Besides, if that’s what it takes to motivate the Yankees, I’m not sure what’s going to happen when they play in Philly.

It’s not like The Roots are going to serenade them.

Jimmy Rollins Says Phillies in Five

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was on The Jay Leno Show last night, and whether you are a fan of Leno or not, Jimmy Rollins talking about the World Series is a good thing. As expected, Leno asked Rollins to make a prediction, and, as expected, he picked his team to beat the New York Yankees, and they will do so in five games.

Agree? Disagree? Think Leno should be canceled for an actual show driven by creativity? These are just some of the reactions I’d expect after seeing the lead video.

Philadelphia Phillies Return to the World Series

After dominating the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the NLCS, the Philadelphia Phillies are headed back to the World Series, with thoughts of repeating on their minds. Naturally, when something good happens in the City of Brotherly Love sports-wise, Philadelphia fans celebrated in style — if, by “in style” you mean getting thrown off of moving taxis. More than likely, the Phillies will be presenting their repeat bid to the New York Yankees, who hold a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which is located in California. Granted, the Angels could prolong the inevitable make things interesting tonight, but smart money has the Yankees trying to dethrone the current Kings of Baseball when the Fall Classic starts next week.

Now That’s A Ring (Philadelphia Phillies)

Phillies Ring

The Philadelphia Phillies got their World Championship rings today — no fan fights reported — as they try to avoid being swept by the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately for the Phillies faithful, they are failing miserably at the moment. Does anybody win on championship celebration days anymore?

Here a few details on the rings in question:

Each 14 karat white gold ring contains 103 diamonds, totaling 3.84 karats. The 103 diamonds represent the 92 regular season and 11 postseason wins for the Phillies in 2008.

See more of the Phillies championship rings here.

A Derek Lowe Sighting Means One Thing

Derek Lowe

What does it mean? I’ll tell you: baseball (I almost typed “basketball” right there) is officially back. While today is considered Opening Day, last night’s game between the Atlanta Braves and the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies was evidently the opening act. Call it “Opening Night” if you want. As for the game, the Braves beat the Phils, 4-1, behind a masterful Derek Lowe outing. The Braves’ new ace pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two hits and zero runs. As for Philadelphia, there’s not a whole lot you can take from the loss. Last season, the Phillies also opened with a loss, but went on to win the World Series.

Like I said, there’s not a great deal to take away from last night’s game if you are Phillies fan, good or bad. As for the Braves, seeing their new ace pitch well has to provide some hope for a team that struggled with starting pitching last season.

More baseball musings after the jump >>