Tag:Red Sox
Posted on: April 2, 2008 5:16 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2008 6:59 pm

How the West will win.

This is my mediocre attempt at putting together an actual blog. Now, there have only been a handful of games played as of 2:00pm on 4/2, but there are significant trends that have developed. I will try to put some effort into the American League, but truthfully I don't care much for it.

The NL West already has a significant edge over the NL East and Central as far as records.

NL West Winning Pct. .750

NL Central Winning Pct. .286

NL East Winning Pct. .444

If you include runs against, the pitching in the NL West has absolutely dominated.

NL West Runs Against - 14

NL Central Runs Against - 20

NL East Runs Against - 52

Or, in other terms, the entire NL West has given up less runs than the Atlanta Braves.

Now, there have only been a couple games played, and this I'm well aware of. But I will keep track of information such as this, as our mainstream media outlets (ESPN, SI, CBS) will not. They will instead talk about Manny having a hangnail for 20 minutes.

Other News/Notes/Observations

Jake Peavy can pitch - The guy is lights-out. Petco Park is largely a pitcher's park, and being a resident of San Diego, I get to follow the Padres a little closer than your average Dodgers fan. With that said, Peavy is the only pitcher the Padres have who is just as consistent at Petco as he is on the road. The guys is an amazing pitcher and will beat out Johan Santana for Cy Young.

The Tigers bullpen is really bad - They have murderer's row in their lineup (even though they were shut out today by the Royals) but will suffer in 1-run games. My bet is they end up -10 games at the end of the season in 1 run games. In the playoffs they will be in huge trouble if they can not find a way to shore up the bullpen.

The Dodgers have Fire - This team has shown more emotion in the last 2 games than they did in a month's worth of baseball last year. Larry Bowa is a nutjob who will fill Tommy Lasorda's void. Joe Torre has already managed the Dodgers better than Grady Little has, and they've got out to a quick 2-0 start by fattening up on the terrible Giants (who's bullpen and lineup might be the worst I've ever seen).

The White Sox and Cardinals need a CF - Rick Ankiel and Nick Swisher have no business roaming center. Juan Pierre anybody?

The Marlins are better than advertised - They will give teams such as the Mets and Braves fits in the East, and also show fans of those teams how brittle and old their teams are.
Posted on: January 18, 2008 3:11 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2008 3:33 pm

ESPN needs real competition.

I'm over ESPN.

Fox Sports is too regional, and frankly, I can't remember what channel they are on DirecTV.  Somewhere lost in the 500s or so.  I remember Prime Sports as a kid, fondly, but I also remember when no Dodgers home games were on TV.

In my mind, watching an episode of Sportscenter is very educational on all New York and Boston.  The unconditional love for Boston College, the Celtics, the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, and Rutgers is enough to make me turn off the tube.  The Lakers are leading the Pacific Division, but I have to endure a 20 minute vignette about how the Celtics are chasing history.

To be fair, New England is on a roll.  With the Red Sox and Patriots atop their respective sports, and the Celtics doing well, I don't blame them entirely for the coverage.  I also know it is ratings driven, and the Red Sox pull audiences like no other (save the Yankees or Dodgers). 

If I were the head of ESPN, I would eliminate an episode or two of the late-night Sportscenters and replace them with a West Coast version.  Imagine for a second, in depth coverage of the Kings, Sharks, Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Chargers, and Diamondbacks.  I would show the PAC-10 as often as ESPN shows the ACC and Big East.  Mountain West games would actually be on TV, and perhaps with the influnence of watching great football programs like Utah, Air Force, and TCU, the MWC could become BCS.  We would turn MWC basketball into something like the love affair ESPN has with the Ohio Valley.

Maybe the weather is too good, maybe there's too much to do.  But the amount of talent that comes out of Oregon, Washington, California, and Arizona deserves to have more exposure.  The type of baseball coming from the Dodgers-Giants, Dodgers-Padres, Angels-A's or Angels-Mariners deserves a home.  The Raiders should be covered more along with the 49ers.  The Chargers should be recongnized for thier gutsy GM who nobody liked until he turned the team into a perrenial contender.  Instead of focusing on a quaterback who likes to be himeself.

And Russell Martin should have more endorsement deals.

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