Friday, May 29, 2009
So I've heard a lot of people in the D worryin about the upcoming series against the Pens. Lets be smart about this for a second guys...Yea the Wings are a lil banged up but still, this is not going to be a series, its going to be a beat down. I hear a lot on talk radio about Crosby, Malkin V. Datsyuk, Zetterberg or if Datsyuk is hurt, insert Hossa. Thats all well and good but neither of those players are the best player on the Wings roster. The Wings defense is ridiculously better then that of the Pens, led by one of the best defensemen and overall players of all time, Captain Nick Lidstrom. Top that off with one of the clutchest goalies in the history of the game, Chris Osgood, who happens to be 8-2 in Stanley Cup play and in the top ten in overall playoff wins, and fear not.
On top of the differences between the defenses, yea if you wanna take our top 2 and match them with their top 2 thats fine, its a wash. Now lets look at our depth. Who on the Pens matches up with Hossa? Franzen? Who on the Pens is going to do what Holmstrom or Helm does? Helm put on a show for the ages in game 5 single-handedly killing an entire penalty and then scoring the game winner in overtime and he plays on our FOURTH line. I'm sorry Pittsburgh, this is not your year. You can talk about how much better you've gotten since last year all you want, but you aren't the only team thats gotten better over the last year...Oh and Lets not forget we have your best player from last years finals run. Wings in 5
Thursday, May 14, 2009
After his stellar first year many wanted to claim that Galarraga was going to be an ace for the Tigers this year. There was even whisperings on talk radio in the D that he was a possible 20 game winner or even a guaranteed 17 wins. That is clearly not going to be the case. As stated in a previous post, Galarraga was one of the luckiest pitchers in the league last year in regards to runners stranded and average on balls in play. While some of this can be attributed to pitching, much of it was luck. These numbers are coming back to earth. Combine that with teams having more experience hitting off Galarraga and he may be in for a long year. Here's hoping he can turn his last 3 starts around, otherwise the English D is in some trouble.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
As in my recent post about AROD, I still don't care about steroids and find it laughable that all these sports writers who looked the other way during the McGuire/Sosa home run race now act all high and mighty. Plaschke is a joke. Let Man Ram play, I want to see long, towering home runs.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Well two, but they involve the same thing. The Royals are for real. I know its early but they have the pitching to stay in the race and win the AL Central. Greinke is a beast. If he does not win 20 games this year I'd be shocked. Thats easy to say when hes chilling at 6-0 with a cool .4 era but hes makin hitters look silly as he goes 9 on a regular basis. The only person who has a miniscule chance of challenging him for the Cy if Greinke stays healthy is Halladay and I put that somewhere between 0 and 5 percent.
On top of Greinke, the Royals are getting solid outings from their other starters and they have a lights out closer in Soria. Their lineup is below average, but with the pitching they are getting they will win a lot of games with 2 and 3 runs. If Gordon can come back and make an impact, all the better for them. Another factor benefiting the Royals is the weakness of the Central. The rest of the teams are hovering around .500 and none have been particularly impressive. The Indians are already dead as I previously discussed. The Twins are slightly dangerous with the return of Mauer but to this point they have been the least impressive of the "live" teams in the Central. The Tigers will be interesting if Guillen and Maggs start to hit but who knows if Inge will be able to continue his hot start and obviously there is going to be a small falloff for Cabrera who is hitting almost .400. This could finally be the year for the Royals.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Speaking of things nobody should be talking about. This steroids business is getting slightly out of hand. First off, its already been reported that AROD has done steroids, and its generally accepted outside the Rodriguez family that AROD is a sleezeball liar who should not be trusted so what is the point of this book. Clearly to make money off of a dead horse because for some god awful reason people will buy this. This makes Selena Roberts a sleezeball (possible) liar who should not be trusted. I have no problem with this though. Everyone is looking for a quick dollar and to throw her under the bus would be irresponsible. What I'm trying to say here is I dont care if people did steroids. If they want to risk there bodies for millions there more then welcome to, but thats their thing. The only thing I care about are results and if I am entertained. Baseball tends to be entertaining when the ball goes a long way and is hit hard. Do I like AROD? No. Would I cheer for him if he was on my team? You bet.