ALDS Game 2: ChiSox @ Rays

Is Mrs. Mussina a factor?
ALDS Game 2: If the Angels don't win...

These aren’t your grandpa’s Devil Rays anymore. There’s something special brewin’ on Florida’s left coast.

Chicago
1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
2. Nick Swisher, LF
3. Jermaine Dye, RF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
7. AJ Pierzynski, C
8. Juan Uribe, 3B
9. Brian Anderson, CF
– Mark Buehrle, SP (15-12, 3.79)

Tampa Bay
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. BJ Upton, CF
3. Carl Crawford, LF
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Willy Aybar, 1B
6. Rocco Baldelli, DH
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Fernando Perez, RF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
– Scott Kazmir, P (12-8, 3.49)

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Is Mrs. Mussina a factor?
ALDS Game 2: If the Angels don't win...
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Scott Kazmir obviously can’t handle the pressure of the postseason. Just like CC Sabathia. They’re both chokers.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    We might see David Price today. With the way Scott Kazmir’s pitch count is rising, the Rays might need their electric long-man.

    • Manimal

      I was just thinking that

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        We should totally start an RAB EASHL team.

        • Manimal

          YEAH dude. I havent even touched online thoug

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Me neither, but how hard can it be? I think we should be able to get 4 more people to field a team of 6. We can just do it on the weekends for fun or until we get sick of it.

            I’m one hell of a stay-at-home defensemen. And I call team captain.

            • Joey

              I would love to, would have to bring my PS3 up to school first and buy the game… oh well, maybe in a while I’ll ask about it again

  • UNION YES.

    Grant Balfour > Orlando Cabrera

  • Geno

    Something special is brewing down there, and it’s solid young pitching. Makes me excited about the next few years for the Yanks. For me, there’s few things in baseball more compelling than a young, stocked bullpen and starting 5.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow, lively thread tonight, huh? I guess everyone’s conserving energy for that Magic Santana vs Dice-K matchup tonight.

    • Ivan

      Yea you could say that.

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike you think Phil Hughes can breakout next season? That of course if he can be healthy and avoid setbacks.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Do you really think there’s a chance I’d say no? ;)

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Time to get Kaz out off there while you have the lead. David Price, come on down!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    With the off-day tomorrow, Joe Maddon can use Grant Balfour for the seventh and eight innings if Scott Kazmir can get through this inning unscathed.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Tru dat. I don’t really trust Wheeler though. I wonder if Maddon’s ballsy enough to let Price close if there’s a bunch of good LHB due up in the 9th.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Would you? I am a big believer of talent over experience, but with the chance to take a commanding 2-0 game lead, do you really want to entrust the ninth inning of a one or two run game to a guy making his sixth Major League appearance; first in the postseason?

        • Ivan

          That’s risky, but like the old saying goes, the biggest risk in the world is not taking one.

  • E-ROC

    My wife is making me watch E! News and the Daily 10. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

  • Ivan

    Scott Kazmir just doesn’t seem right. Usually the problem is him getting wild but for the last couple starts including the his first postseason start, he’s has been very hittable.

  • UWS

    The entire 6th inning: exhibit A why sacrifice bunting is retarded unless you’re in the NL or if it’s the 9th inning of a tie game.

    Ugh.

  • TheLastClown

    Howell over Price?

    • Ivan

      JP Howell has been tremendous this season. Arguebaly the Rays best relief pitcher.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Ivan suggested an Ian Kennedy-for-Jeremy Hermida swap earlier today. I was wondering, might the Marlins take a starting pitcher with a considerably higher ceiling than IPK, even if that prospect is further away from being Major League ready than IPK?

    The Marlins had seven pitchers make ten or more starts for their big league club in 2008: Scott Olsen, Ricky Nolasco, Andrew Miller, Mark Hendrickson, Chris Volstad, Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez. Out of that group, Olsen and Hendrickson seem to be the least likely to make their return to the 2009 Marlins. Hendrickson sucks, and Olsen might be dealt due to his arbitration raise. The Fish also have Burke Badenhop, Ryan Tucker and Rick Vanden Hurk that will start out the 2009 campaign at Triple-A, and are likely the first three starters to be called upon due to injury or ineffectiveness of the big league rotation.

    So with the apparent depth the Marlins have of cost-controlled, Major League ready arms, might they be willing to deal Hermida for a more raw pitching prospect that has a considerable ceiling, instead of dealing for a pitcher like Ian Kennedy (or any other pitcher that is close to Major League ready, but not a front-line-starter ceiling)?

    • Ivan

      Well if you call the Marlins and say hey, we trade ya Betances for Hermida, I think the Marlins would consider it and I personally would make the deal if that was on the table. You hear alot of how the Marlin brass have kinda soured on Hermida and are gonna try shop him for some solid parts.

      I feel that in the NL, in that ballpark, and some of the young talent they got, IPK being MLB ready and having some potential would be attractive to the Marlins if they feel they could compete. Both are guys that might need a change of scenery and are guys who have some value.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I don’t think IPK needs a change of scenery. I think that when he regains his Fastball command at the Major League level, he’s going to start shutting bitches up and showing why the Yankees made him their #1 pick in 2006.

        • Ivan

          Their is a chance that IPK might need a change of scenery, but I agree that IPK has the potential to be a mid-rotation guy and needs to regain that command especially in his fastball to achieve that ceiling. I haven’t lost faith in IPK, I would still keep him cuz he has that ability to shut those bitches up.

          That said, if the Marlins called and say hey, we want IPK for Hermida, I think I would do that deal. Would you?

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Yeah, I probably would as well.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I can’t believe it, there’s a more annoying person than that heckler at the Trop. His fucking copycat.

  • Brett

    I just don’t have a lot of faith that any of these guys can beat the Red Sox. Can someone please beat the Red Sox?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The ChiSox stand no chance against the BoSox, but the Rays can certainly beat them.

  • Steve

    Anyone know how Brackman is doing tonight?

    • Joey

      I was wondering the same thing

      • Steve

        I can’t seem to find anything from tonight. Everything is from last night.

        I guess they’re in no rush to be updating websites in Hawaii.

        • Joey

          they’re in freakin Hawaii, updating websites would be the last thing on my mind too, lol

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          The start time of 7PM is local, as in Hawaii time. That’s 1AM-EST.

          • Steve

            Ohhhhhhh, I thought it was 7:00 OUR time.

            Aloha, I have to go eat some Mahi-mahi.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    NoMass:

    You could make a case for the Red Sox in regards to spending power, but if you listen to their fans, you’d think they had the budget of the Pittsburgh Pirates…so we’ll exclude them.

    You know what makes that funny? You can’t dismiss that as typical NoMass hyperbole, both Red Sox fans and the national media (that’s a bit redundant, no?) portray Boston as the “little engine that could”. It’s quite amusing seeing as how the Red Sox have the biggest payroll of any World Series champion in Major League history.

  • Ivan

    Can Phil Coke have a season like JP Howell?

    I don’t wanna put too much stock in the 14 IP by Coke but, watching Coke, with the Fastball (which is better than Howell) and he does have solid control especially with his breaking pitches that can be very nasty, it’s not a crazy question to say that Coke can have that type of season no?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Isn’t it just mind-boggling that next year will be Felix Hernandez’s age-23 season? Yeah, that’s not a typo. This guy is going to hit free agency when he is 25-years-old.

    First ten-year contract for a pitcher? I think so.

    • Ivan

      Younger than Joba, Price, Billingsley, Lincecum, Cain, Scherzer, J. Johnson, Pelfrey, Kazmir, Garza and Lester and a couple more. That’s really amazing that he’s younger that alot of the young and up and coming pitchers in the league, and whats even scary, he has the best stuff of all the guys I,ve mention and more.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I swear, I don’t give a crap how many of our prospects work out. I don’t care if by the end of the 2011 season (King Felix’s last year before he hits free agency) the Yanks have a rotation of Andrew Brackman, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Wilkins De La Rosa and Ian Kennedy. I want that man in pinstripes.

        I’m kinda-sorta kidding.

        • Steve

          Dellin Betances will have a breakout season in 2010 and be our newest ace by the end of that year.

          Brackman will find he just can’t keep his mechanics straight for more than an inning or two, and will be converted to a reliever and become our version of Bobby Jenks by 2011.

          Wooo-hooooo!!

          • pat

            wait you want brackman to end up a reliever?

            • Steve

              I was half kidding.

              But if Brackman or Betances make it to the bigs in ANY capacity, I’ll be thrilled. I’m not greedy, especially when it comes to pitchers.

    • Steve

      As much as I’m tempted to agree with you, I can’t. Pitchers are so subject to injury that anything over 5 years is unwise, and 10 is just flat out insanity. Its not so much about the age, its the nature of the position.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        If Barry Zito can get seven years, a 25-year-old Felix Hernandez (who has made thirty or more starts for three straight seasons) can get ten years without people being tied up in straitjackets.

        Having said that, I think it’s in Hernandez’s best interest to sign a seven-year deal. If he were to stay durable for the majority of that deal, he can sign another contract for about five years at the age of thirty-two, still relatively in his prime.

        • Steve

          Yeah, its amazing how even the craziest of deals tend to look cheap about halfway through the deal. That would be smart, but most sports agents go for the most total guaranteed money, period. Again, given the uncertain nature of an athlete’s future.

          • Ivan

            That Mike Mussina deal he sign in 01 looks cheaper by the day.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    B.J. Upton literally glides.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Nice job, Chicago, having both of your teams suck it up and all.

  • UWS

    Three cheers for Mr. Baldelli, please.