Home Run Derby Time

Every year before the Home Run Derby I like to pull out a few facts about each participant and then try to guess a winner.  It kind of worked in 2008, and not so much last year.  I know we’re still lacking two entrants but I’m off to Columbia for my wedding tomorrow.  I won’t actually get to watch the Derby but I’ve got it DVR’ed and I’ll watch it when we get back from Barbados.  One of our friends over at Doin’ Work will be there, though, so go read his account.

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Thursday Night…And All is Quiet.

Well, the Blues are playing right now…buuuuuuut Mediacom and Fox Sports Midwest have decided that the good folks in our viewing area would rather watch Pac-10 basketball.  Let’s see here…a local team pushing for their playoff lives or a 20 point blowout between Oregon and Cal.  Yeah, makes perfect sense to me, too.  I guess it’s movie time.

So since there are no sports on, I’ve started signing up for fantasy baseball leagues.  So far, I’m in three and I’d like to stop there, but I know I won’t.  I wanted to stop at two but I got sucked in by a friend of mine.  Now you may be asking yourself, “Why am I still reading this?” and that’s a good question.  In fact, it’s one that I cannot answer.  However, my plan is to make this an interactive post.  Now if that doesn’t make you keep reading, I don’t know what will.

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Fearless Playoff Predictions

Last night the Twins and Tigers treated us to another great opening to the Major League Baseball playoffs.   The Twins downed the tigers in 12 innings to earn the right to take on the New York Yankees later today in the Divisional Series.  Lucky guys.

So last year I accurately predicted every series except the Dodgers-Cubs opening round set.  With that in mind, I’ll probably get two of these series right and negate all the good feelings I still have about that post.  Either way, this is always fun, so lets see who is going to win the 2009 World Series

Yankees vs. Twins

The Twins have been on a crazy hot streak before ousting the Tigers in last night’s one game playoff.  In the past decade, three teams have entered the playoffs on similar streaks.  Two of them lost in the Divisional Series and one lost in the ALCS.  So not only do the Yankees have history on their side, but they also have the better team.  I don’t have to go through their vaunted lineup or pitching rotation because everyone of them is a household name, it seems.  The Twins will miss Justin Morneau greatly in this series, but Joe Mauer and Nick Punto will get them two games.  Yankees in 5.

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Offseason’s First Big Move

I just received a text message during class that said “A’s get Holliday.”  Apparently the story was broken around 1:30 by SI’s John Heyman saying the Colorado Rockies have sent OF Matt Holliday to the Oakland A’s.  The players from the A’s side haven’t been disclosed yet, but Greg Smith is the name I keep thinking.  We’ll see if I’m right.  MLBTraderumors has the latest.

From the A’s standpoint, I don’t really understand this at all.  (ESPN just broke the news along the bottom line of College Football Live.)  They’re not close to contending in the AL West with the Angels and Holliday’s contract is up at the end of the year.  Holliday also has some drastic home/road splits and the A’s ballpark is just about a polar opposite of Coors Field in Denver.

It’s pretty tough to gage the Rockies side without knowing who they got in return.  Holliday was their best player, but he wasn’t going to resign after the season.  The A’s are loaded with prospects after last year’s trade of Dan Haren, so it makes sense that they would be able to land a player of Holliday’s caliber.

A little closer to home now, the St. Louis Cardinals were linked with Holliday over the past week or so.  They balked at the request of Ryan Ludwick, Mitchell Boggs, and Skip Schumaker.  I can’t really figure that out either.  A middle of the order of Pujols, Holliday, Glaus would have been pretty frightening.  Ludwick is a one year wonder in my eyes until he proves me wrong and the other two are role players.  I would have loved to see Holliday in Cardinal red next year.

More on this later, for now I have to get some stuff done for class.

Update:  Word is trickling in that the Rockies got Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith, and Huston Street.  This a preliminary report, but if it’s correct, it’s a nice deal for the Rockies.

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