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Yankees in trouble

Tonight was supposed to be game four of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers but the game was postponed due to the threat of rain. The game will be played tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 pm ET. If you arenít aware the Tigers are up 3-0 in the series.

The Yankees are having a historically poor offensive showing this postseason. I heard the stat on ESPN radio this morning but they have the fifth or sixth worst batting average for a team that has played more than seven postseason games.

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
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Joe Girardi has gotten desperate with the lineup. Last night he sat Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher and he had Rodriguez on the bench again tonight. Curtis Granderson was also set to join A-Rod on the pine in a possible season ending loss.

No one could have predicted how bad this would play out but we saw it all year long that this team only wins games if they hit homeruns. This team has no speed, does not hit and run and they never drop down a bunt. How do you expect to score in October when you canít do any of those things? Everyone knows the old saying that good pitching beats good hitting and it has proven to be true.

You can understand the Yankees having issues with a Justin Verlander who is one of the top pitchers in the game but they didnít hit anyone in the Baltimore Series and outside of Jose Valverde this series theyíve done nothing. The worst part is theyíve been getting outstanding starting pitching but theyíve wasted all of it.

Weíll have to see tomorrow if the lineup changes at all from what Girardi had planned tonight.
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Postseason begins tonight

We have two baseball games tonight with the implementation of the second Wild Card. The Braves and Cardinals are about to meet in Atlanta with the winner set to face the Washington Nationals. Kyle Lohse pitches against Kris Medlen. The Cardinals finished the season at 88-74 while the Braves went 94-68.

Chipper Jones
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I wouldnít normally root for the Braves but Iíve seen the Cardinals win two World Series since 2006 so Iím hoping Atlanta wins tonight. As much as Chipper Jones has tortured Mets fans over the years, we respect the guy and it would be pretty cool to see him have one last run.

The American League game starts later tonight with the Baltimore Orioles traveling to Texas to take on the Rangers. If not for the second Wild Card, the Rangers would have accomplished one of the biggest late season collapses in history. They blew a five game lead to the Aís with nine games left.

The Orioles are by far the hotter team coming into tonight but the pitching matchup favors the Rangers. Rookie Yu Darvish gets the ball tonight opposite Joe Saunders. Darvish went 16-9 this season with a 3.90 ERA. He also fanned 221 batters.

Saunders finished the season with a 9-13 record with a 4.07 ERA. The scary part for the Orioles is that Saunders has the second-worst ERA of any active pitcher at Rangers Ballpark according to ESPN Stats and Information. Batters hit .281 against him this year.

The winner of tonightís game will stay home and welcome in the New York Yankees.
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Orioles tie Yankees

We officially have a race in the AL East. The Orioles defeated the Yankees tonight by a score of 10-6 to tie the Yankees for first place for the second time in three days. I actually turned it on in the bottom of the 8th inning and saw the home runs by Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis to blow the game open.

The Yankees have been playing some mediocre baseball for quite some time now. Itís pretty hard to blow a ten game lead but theyíve done it. This team just canít score if they donít hit homeruns and the pitching hasnít been good for some time now.

You have to be happy for Orioles fans that havenít had much to celebrate in a long time. Itís pretty cool how both the Orioles and Nationals are currently in first place. The teams will play each other the next three days to finish off the three-game series.

Mark Reynolds
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Is there any reason why they keep pitching to Mark Reynolds? The guy has multiple homerun games in three out of the last four games against the Yankees. Isnít it time someone knocks him off the plate or at the very least not throw him a fastball?
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Mets fall to Yankees

The Mets lost to the Yankees for the fifth time in six tries last night by a score of 6-5. The much hyped pitching matchup between R.A. Dickey and C.C. Sabathia never materialized as both gave up five runs. The Mets were down 5-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.

I actually missed the comeback but when I came back to the game it was the bottom of the eighth inning and the Yankees were up 6-5. I got to learn that our bullpen once again did us in as Robinson Cano hit another homerun off Miguel Batista. I have no understanding why Tim Byrdak wouldnít pitch to him in that spot


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Mets beaten late

The Mets blew a late three-run lead and lost to the Yankees last night by a score of 4-3. The Mets had a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning on a solo homerun by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, a RBI groundout by Josh Thole and a RBI single by Chris Young. Chris Young was great through six innings but it all got away in his last inning.

Raul Ibanez hit a three-run home run after a walk and a double. The Nick Swisher double probably should have been caught by Lucas Duda but he misjudged the ball. Ibanez hit the first pitch he saw from Young just over the right field fence to tie the game. Jon Rauch came in and pinch hitter Eric Chavez hit an opposite field homerun to give the Yankees a lead they wouldnít give up


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Previewing Mets vs Yankees

The Mets look to win the series from the Yankees tonight with Chris Young on the mound against Ivan Nova. Here is tonightís lineups courtesy of Metsblog.com:

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Mets beat Yankees

The Mets defeated the Yankees tonight by a score of 6-4 in the first game of their three-game series. Jon Niese pitched 6.1 innings for the victory. The Mets bullpen made it interesting with Miguel Batista giving up a two-run homerun to Robinson Cano in the eighth inning. Frank Francisco allowed a walk and a single in the ninth inning but struck out Curtis Granderson and then got Mark Teixeira to popup to end the game.

The Mets scored five runs in the first inning of Andy Pettitte. Justin Turner hit a two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Ike Davis then hit a three-run homerun to give the Mets a lead Jon Niese would hold


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Mets sweep Orioles

There isnít much going on in the world of sports today. The Mets are off until they host the Yankees for a three-game set at Citi Field beginning tomorrow night. The Mets completed a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles last night. They have now swept or been swept in their last four series.

Jon Niese, Chris Young and R.A. Dickey will be going for the Mets this weekend against Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova and C.C. Sabathia. The Sunday night game should be very good with Dickey and Sabathia going at it


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Mets vs Orioles

The Mets host the surprising Baltimore Orioles tonight in a three-game series. R.A. Dickey takes the mound and itís a great thing. Dickey is the only guy on the staff I feel confidence in this year. Maybe his 10-1 record is the reason? Itís especially nice when he pitches against an American League team who never sees him. He threw a one-hitter last week against Tampa.

They have been a very strange team this year as evidence by their sweep of the Rays but then coming home and immediately getting swept by the Reds. They also got swept by the Astros this season. They are 19-15 at home which was actually better than I thought. I actually thought they were playing better on the road but they are 16-17 away from Citi Field


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Mets swept

The Mets lost today 3-1 to the Reds being swept in the process of the three game series. After scoring a bunch of runs against the Rays, the Mets only managed five against the Reds. The Mets got a good outing from Chris Young today but the offense was a now show.

The only run the Mets scored was on a bases loaded walk by Chris Young which is all you need to know about this game. Young pitched seven innings and only gave up two earned runs but suffered the loss. Luckily for the Mets, the Nationals were swept in their three game series against the Yankees so the Mets will remain 3.5 games back


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Mets drop second straight to the Reds

The Mets lost their second straight home game last night by a score of 4-1 to the Reds. The game was basically over in the top of the first inning when Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer off Jon Niese on a hanging curveball. The Mets had numerous opportunities to tie the game early but Reds starter Homer Bailey was able to escape.

It has been a disappointing start to the home stand for the Mets after sweeping the Rays in Tampa. The Mets have blown chances to creep closer to the Nationals who have lost two straight games to the Yankees


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Mets get Blown Out

Tonight was the start of the Subway Series and the game was almost over before it even began. Johan Santana started his first game since throwing a no-hitter and he gave up four homeruns. The Mets didn't even get a hit until sixth inning.

I actually stopped watching the game in third inning but put it on in the sixth to see their first hit. It might be their only hit as far as I know. This looks like it's going to be another series lost with Dillon Gee and Jon Niese pitching the next two days.
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MLB Top 5 4/27/11

Another week brings another top 5. This week's list looks very similar to the one posted last week; the only change coming at the 5th and final spot. As the weather's been warming, so have some teams.

The talk of the week surrounds the Boston Red Sox. They have turned up their level of play and are sitting right at the .500 mark. Though they do not quite make my list this week, there is no denying their talent and the fact that they will be frequenting these posts in the near future


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MLB Top 5 4/20/2011

There was a little reshuffling in my top 5 this week, with one team dropping off the list. The 4 that remain from last week change slots, and the World Series champs make the cut for this week's top 5. It's still very early and there are some other teams with solid records, but it's hard to compare wins and losses when teams are still rounding into regular season form. With that I felt like I had a little explaining to do with my choices.

The Cleveland Indians share the best record in baseball with the Colorado Rockies, but the Indians did not make the cut. They only have played in one full series against a team playing at least .500 baseball and they lost that series to the Angels. Their pitching has been lights out but it's still too early for me to tell if this streak is due to scheduling or a legitimate turnaround. Two other teams that I seriously looked at for spots on the list were the LA Angels and Cincinnati Reds; maybe next week guys


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AL Studs and Duds 4/16/11

It's time to once again find out MLB's studs and duds. This week provided plenty of prime time players as well as some stats that will make grown men cringe. I'll kick it off with the AL and then you can check back later today for the NL rundown.

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Boston's mini monster put up big numbers this week

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MLB Top 5 4/13/2011

It's certainly hard to have any kind of rankings this early in the year but I'll do my best to try and determine who looks to be the best of MLB. The top two spots are locks right now with Texas and the Phillies. After that things get a little fuzzier. This early in the year it's more common to find unlikely teams like Minnesota, Atlanta, St. Louis and San Francisco on the bottom, so it's hard to truly gauge the top teams. Here are my current top 5 of the MLB.

1. Texas Rangers
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The Best of Beckett

The Red Sox came into this weekend's series with the Yankees at a sorry 0-6. They were able to claim their first victory of the early season Friday afternoon, but lost the battle of the bullpens in the second game Saturday. Standing in the way of the Red Sox first series win of the year was a formidable New York lineup and Yankee's ace CC Sabathia. To counter the Red Sox called on their one time stopper, Josh Beckett.

Beckett started off the year with a less than stellar start against the Cleveland Indians. The main concern was not as much the runs Beckett allowed but the number of pitches and walks he threw, only allowing himself to go 5 innings. Going into the game against the patient Yankees you had to wonder how long Beckett would last and how much damage would be done


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Intriguing Matchups

While many will be tuned into the Master's this weekend, baseball has a few games that pit division rivals against each other. The Phillies travel to Atlanta for a matchup of two teams likely to play into October. Also this weekend the rivalry of all baseball rivalries will see the Yankees roll into Boston. Both of these series should be entertaining and include this weekend's most intriguing pitching matchups.

Friday April 8th
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Lester's Performance Not Enough

The Red Sox came into today's game against the Indians looking for some momentum to take into their weekend series against the Yankees. Jon Lester did all he could to get the Sox their first win in this afternoon's start, holding the Indians scoreless over 7 innings while striking out 9. His strong performance was not enough thanks to Fausto Carmona.


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