Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday fun day

Well, not so much of a Friday fun day for the NY Mets. They wake up this morning without the ace they thought they had going into next week's Natioanl League playoffs. Pedro Martinez is out 4-6 weeks with a calf injury meaning he missed the entire playoffs. El Duke, Orlando Hernandez gets the ball in game one while Tom Glavine gets it in game 2. Ya think the Mets are second guessing whether they should've traded for Barry Zito back in July? You betcha!

Here's a guy who's rooting for the Astros to catch the Cardinals this weekend. Houston just a half game back going into Friday's games. If the two teams are within a half game of each other after Sunday's games, St.Louis will have to travel to San Francisco for a make-up game against the Giants on Monday.

So, the Red Sox are set to trade Manny Ramirez again? Deja vu all over again. This time, I hope the Sox get it done. Not because I dislike Manny. Quite the contrary, I marvel at what he can do. I just hope that once he's gone, the Red Sox finally see what the affable left fielder has given them all these years. Equal value you're not going to get for #24.

Don't forget the Sunday Morning QB Show this Sunday at 11am on the Score!

Now for some treats:









Friday, September 22, 2006

I'm back

After some time away from the blog, it's time to get back at it.

Quick hits:
1)Big Papi: By far, the most clutch hitter I'll ever see in my lifetime. It's a shame that the Red Sox have fallen off the AL playoff radar since it will cost David Ortiz another AL MVP. He should've won it last season and would've won it this season if things didn't go drastically wrong in August and September for the Sox.

2)More bad news for the Sox: Coco Crisp needs surgery on his left index finger. Yes, it's the same finger he had injured back in April. He'll need a pin or screw in it, but should be back for spring training.

3)Good news for the Bruins: Zdeno Chara's injured foot is only bruised. Whew!!!! The B's can't afford their newly acquired captain to miss the start of what should be a promising first campaign under new head coach Dave Lewis.

4)Patriots or Broncos? Will the Pats be able to end the Broncos blues? I say not this week. Denver's offense comes back to life and the Pats need for a diverse offense is just off a beat. 23-21 Denver. More picks below.

As part of the handicapper's corner on the Sportsbeat (3pm-7pm Mon-Fri on 99.7FM and AM 790 the Score), here are this week's picks:

Jacksonville +7 over Indianapolis
Denver +7 over New England
Cincinnati PK'em over Pittsburgh
Minnesota +4.5 over Chicago
Best bet: NY Jets +5.5 over Buffalo


Since I've been lax of late, here are some treats:














Saturday, September 09, 2006

Saturday's summary

It's all a big day on this, my last day being 37 on the planet! Can't explain why though at this moment. I will explain at a later point and time.

A cheap plug for the return of Crowe and Chips to the airwaves of Sportsradio 99.7 and 790 the Score. We'll be hosting the Sunday Morning Quarterback Show Sunday at 8am. Gresh, Zo, Scott, Bryan, Jim Louth and Buddy Love all in the house as well to breakdown Week 1 in the National Football League. If you can't listen on the radio, then click here to listen online!

Here's my picks for week one as part of the online edition of the Handicapper's Corner on the Sportsbeat:

Ariz -7.5 over SF
NYG +3 over Indy
TB -3 over Baltimore
KC/Cincy over 47
NYJ +3 over Tennessee


For all the picks, click here.

Finally, what would a Saturday be without plenty of treats..so here we go:















Monday, September 04, 2006

Sox battle Monday

The Red Sox finally get some reinforcements Monday night as Chicago comes to town. Jason Veritek and Trot Nixon both expected in the line-up. And how about this one...Manny Ramirez might be there too. According to Monday night's starter, Julian Tavarez (subbing for an ailing Curt Schilling), it's a guarantee. We'll wait and see. As for a full preview..here ya go:

GAME ODDS
Away Line Home Line
Chi. White Sox -165 Boston 155


STANDINGS
Team Standings W L Pct. GB L 10 Strk
Chi White Sox 2nd AL Central 79 57 .581 4 ½ 5-5 L 1
Boston 2nd AL East 73 64 .533 9 2-8 L 2


Injuries
Chi White Sox
Player Injury
D. Hermanson Back
J. Nelson Elbow
J. Owens Ankle

Boston
Player Injury
M. Clement Shoulder, biceps
J. Lester Back
D. Ortiz Illness
J. Papelbon Shoulder
D. Pauley Undisclosed
M. Ramirez Knee
C. Schilling Latissimus
A. Stern Hamstring
T. Wakefield Rib

Probable Starters

Jon Garland, RHP 2006 stats Julian Tavarez, RHP
173.0 Innings Pitched 68.0
16-4 Wins-Losses 2-4
4.47 Earned Run Average 4.90
35 Walks 32
89 Strikeouts 43
Career vs. opponent
39.1 Innings Pitched 29.0
3-3 Wins-Losses 1-2
5.26 Earned Run Average 2.79


Chicago
Last 7 Days
Hitting
Player AB R H HR RBI AVG
Gload 14 1 7 0 3 .500
Ozuna 9 2 4 0 0 .444
Crede 26 1 10 1 5 .385
Dye 24 6 9 1 5 .375
Alomar 3 1 1 0 1 .333
Iguchi 22 6 7 1 3 .318
Cintron 4 0 1 0 0 .250
Mackowiak 4 0 1 0 0 .250
Pierzynski 20 3 5 1 4 .250
Thome 12 1 3 1 3 .250

Pitching
Player W L S SO IP ERA
Haeger 0 0 0 2 2.0 0
Jenks 0 0 3 4 3.0 0
Logan 0 0 0 1 1.0 0
MacDougal 0 0 0 3 3.1 0
Vazquez 0 0 0 2 6.0 3.00
Contreras 0 1 0 6 5.0 3.60
Thornton 0 0 0 1 2.1 3.86
Buehrle 1 0 0 3 6.0 4.50
Garland 1 0 0 4 8.0 4.50
Garcia 1 1 0 13 14.0 6.43
McCarthy 0 1 0 3 1.2 16.20
Cotts 0 0 0 1 0.2 40.50

Boston Last 7 Days
Hitting
Player AB R H HR RBI AVG
Kapler 10 1 5 0 0 .500
Murphy 3 0 1 0 0 .333
Hinske 18 1 6 0 2 .333
Lowell 26 3 8 2 4 .308
Youkilis 23 4 6 0 0 .261
Pena 4 1 1 0 0 .250
Crisp 25 1 5 0 0 .200
Pena 16 0 3 0 0 .188
Mirabelli 16 0 3 0 1 .188
Cora 25 1 3 1 2 .120

Pitching
Player W L S SO IP ERA
Papelbon 0 0 1 3 2.2 0
Snyder 1 0 0 8 7.0 0
Timlin 0 0 1 1 1.2 0
Corey 0 0 0 7 6.2 1.35
Delcarmen 1 0 0 3 3.0 3.00
Jarvis 0 1 0 3 5.0 3.60
Beckett 0 2 0 7 12.0 3.75
Burns 0 0 0 2 2.0 4.50
DiNardo 0 0 0 1 3.1 5.40
Breslow 0 0 0 2 2.0 9.00
Tavarez 0 0 0 3 3.0 9.00
Schilling 0 1 0 4 5.1 10.13
Foulke 0 0 0 0 3.0 12.00
Gabbard 0 1 0 1 3.1 13.50

BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Julian Tavarez
Player AB H HR BB SO AVG
Alomar 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
Vazquez 2 1 0 0 0 .500
Cintron 3 1 0 0 0 .333
Crede 3 1 0 0 0 .333
Mackowiak 7 2 0 3 1 .286

BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jon Garland
Player AB H HR BB SO AVG
Cora 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
Gonzalez 3 2 1 0 0 .667
Ramirez 15 8 2 4 3 .533
Loretta 4 2 0 1 0 .500
Hinske 24 10 2 0 4 .417

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sox get help

Red Sox activate Jason Veritek, Alex Gonzalez and Trot Nixon for today's game against Toronto. Only Gonzaelz is in the line-up today. Veritek and Nixon should get in on Monday. Wily Mo Pena is DH'ing today as well.

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz could return sometime this week.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Sox postgame news

Red Sox manager Terry Francona postgame presser news:

Kevin Jarvis (who!) pitches Saturday. Josh Beckett on Sunday. TBA pitches Monday since Curt Schilling has a strain in his side and will miss a start. Kason Gabbard throws on Tuesday.

Sox win

Red Sox hold on to beat the Blue Jays 2-1. Now, the eyes turn to what's wrong with Jonathan Papelbon.

In other news, Yanks are leading the Twins 8-0 in the 8th. Jets come from 17-0 down to defeat the Eagles 20-17. Yeah, I know, it's just preaseason but this young NY team needs to develop a winning chemistry under first year head coach Eric Mangini.

Friday night views

OK, let's get the blatant plugs out of the way first. The Sunday Morning QB is back on the Score and that means the return of Crowe and Sun Chips. First show is Sunday, September 10th. What better way to celebrate my birthday than to reunite on the air, eh. It's a great way to start you football Sundays before Gresh and Zo bring you the network pregame at 10am.

Now for the news of the day. The bad blood is definitely there now between the Patriots and WR Deion Branch. Branch went out and did something the Pats didn't think he could: get a bona fide offer of 6 years, $39 million dollars. Just one problem for Deion: the Pats won't take the deal. So, the grievance has been filed with the NFLPA and let's see where it goes. My guess? It's the last we've seen of Mr. Branch in a Patriots' uniform unless something drastic happens.

Red Sox news: pitcher Jon Lester has a relatively rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The good news is that it is treatable, but he will be out the rest of the season. Jonathan Papelbon has just left the game in the 9th after experiencing some kind of shoulder injury. The good: Jason Veritek hit a home run for the Pawsox tonight. We'll update later. With all the injuries this season, is the curse back?

Game time changes for the weekend. On Saturday, Red Sox vs. Toronto now at 1:05pm as is the Pawsox/Ottawa game. On Sunday, Red Sox vs. Toronto is now at 4:05pm.

WB56 is getting sold to Sunbeam communications and has in essence, fired their news department. WHDH (ch.7) will take care of the news for them. Another sad day in corporate America as another station gets gobbled up and consolidated.

What a shock, Tiger Woods leads a golf tournament! Tiger leads by one shot after one round at the Deutsche Bank Championships at the TPC Boston.

Here's some treats for everyone to enjoy (and you know who you are!):