Bailey throws a No-No!

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey threw the 7th no-hitter of the majors this season, blanking the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 tonight.   On 115 pitches, Bailey struck out ten Pirates and only walked one.

After Clint Barmes reached on a Scott Rolen error in the third inning, the only other Pirate to reach base was Andrew McCutchen in the 7th inning on a walk.

McCutchen after stealing second, was thrown out trying to steal third for the 2nd out of the 7th inning.  The only other threat was Garret Jones, one batter later, who hit a long fly ball to right, but Jay Bruce tracked it down.  The last Reds no-hitter was a perfect game by Tom Browning on September 16th, 1988.

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NFL Quarterback Ratings for Week 1

It’s the time of the season where you’ve drafted all your fantasy teams and are simply waiting for Sunday. The Giants and Cowboys got it started with 13 games going Sunday and 2 on Monday.  I can’t promise a weekly post on the QB Rankings, but there will definitely be one a month.

Some rules- Must have thrown at least 300 passes last season.

Rookies don’t count because we haven’t seen them play.

1. Aaron Rodgers- First in QB Rating, first in yards per attempt,  second in in touchdowns, tied for #1 in fewest interceptions among QBs that qualified. Throw in 253 yards rushing, a few rushing touchdowns, and a 15-1 regular season and you get the #1 quarterback in the first SWB’s QB Ratings of 2012.

#1 in the Power Rankings to kick off 2012

2. Eli Manning- The two time Super Bowl MVP had his best year to date last season. 4th in passing yards, 5th in yards per attempt, 6th in touchdowns, and 7th in QB rating. Eli also set an NFL record with 9 touchdowns with less than four minutes to go in a single season. Gets the nod over Brees and Brady for his outstanding playoff .

3. Drew Brees- Broke Dan Marino’s record, threw one more touchdown than Rodgers and completed 71 percent of his passes while finishing 2nd the league in passing attempts. Had two outstanding playoff games, throwing for 928 yards with 7 touchdowns and 2 INT. It’s a shame his defense let him down against the 49ers.

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Eagle Great Van Buren dies at 91.

Steve Van Buren, who many say is the greatest Eagles’ running back of all time,  died Thursday night at the age of 91.  The running back, from Honduras, was a five time All-Pro who was named to the NFL 75th anniversary team in 1994.  He finished with 5,860 yards rushing, which is 2nd all time in Eagles history.  Steve was a part of the Eagles teams that won back to back NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949 . In 1948 NFL Championship, in a snow storm that almost caused him to miss the game, he scored the only touchdown against the Chicago Cardinals.  The following year, he ran for 196 yards in a 14-0 win over the Los Angeles Ram.  Steve was the first Philadelphia Eagle inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

Obviously never saw Van Buren play, but when guys Ray Didinger say he’s the best ever, I tend to believe them.   Hopefully, in a few years, a certain running back named Shady can take the mantle from the great Van Buren.

RIP Steve Van Buren

Steve Van Buren

Phillies-Reds Series Recap

Game 1

In his Phillies’ career, very few times has the offense bailed out Roy Halladay. In game 1 of this series, the offense did exactly that.  After Halladay blew two leads,  the offense came alive in the 5th inning.  Down 5-3,  Juan Pierre singled with one out.  Chase Utley then doubled to center to score Pierre and cut the deficit to 1.  Ryan Howard was then intentionally walked to get to John Mayberry Jr.  Mayberry didn’t stink this time and singled to left center to score Utley.  The next batter Dom Brown, who has struggled in the extra base department, ripped a double to right, scoring two and sending Reds starter Mike Leake to the showers.  Jose Arredondo, loser to Wilson Valdez in the 19th inning gem a few years back,  gave up three runs in the 6th inning on a Chase Utley sac fly and John Mayberry Jr. two run home run.   The Phillies finished with 12 runs and 15 hits.  Roy Halladay went 7 innings, giving up five earned runs,  but picked up the win.

Game 2

Zack Cozart hit Jonathan Papelbon’s first pitch of the ninth inning into the left field seats to give the Reds a 5-4 win. Phillies’ starter Cliff Lee pitched very well before getting into trouble in the 6th and 7th inning.   In the 6th inning,  Lee gave up three consecutive singles to open the inning. Continue reading

I wouldn’t want to use my best reliever either Charlie!

Bases loaded. 2 outs. You’re up a run.  You have Josh Lindblom or Jonathan Papelbon.  Who do you use? Apparently, Charlie rather use Lindblom in that spot as the Phillies lost tonight 7-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers.  Corey Hart hit a grand slam with two outs in the 8th inning to give the Brewers the lead that ultimately won them the game. The terrible Livan Hernandez picked up a win while Lindblom wasted a 12 strikeout outing from Cliff Lee.  Lee pitched into the 8th inning, giving up three runs on three solo home runs (two by Ryan Braun and one by Aramis Ramirez).

This book is terrible Charlie, stop using it.

Braun and Ramirez got the scoring started in the bottom half of the first inning, going back to back.  Ramirez’ home run was a majestic shot to center field.  In third,  Jimmy Rollins led off the inning with a single and stole second.  Rollins caught Aramis Ramirez and Marco Estrada napping as he stole third without a throw.  Continue reading

Greg Dobbs and the Phillies’ bullpen ruin my birthday

Greg Dobbs had two hits and three RBI in 9-2 Miami Marlins win as the Phillies’ couldn’t pick up the sweep. Roy Halladay didn’t pitch all that badly, making one big mistake to Dobbs, which he hit out of the ballpark in the seventh inning.

Doc was done after being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of 8th inning after going 7 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven. The combination of BJ Rosenberg, Raul Valdez and Michael Schwimer struggled, giving up six runs in the 8th inning which put the game out of reach.  For the Phillies’ offense,  you knew things were going to be rough when Ty Wiggington, 4 for his last 35, was hitting cleanup.  Interestingly enough, Wiggington had two hits including a home run and two RBIs in a spot start for Howard against the left-handed Mark Buerhle.  Buerhle won his 10th game of the year which gives him ten wins for the 12th straight year.

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Kendrick outduels Johnson, throws World off its axis.

When Philadelphia fans woke up this morning and saw the pitching matchup for tonight’s game, many already chalked it up as a loss. Kyle Kendrick vs. Josh Johnson? There’s no chance right? Well…baseball is a funny game.

Jimmy Rollins led the game off with his 41st career lead off home run off and that’s all the scoring that was needed. Kendrick pitched seven shutout innings, scattering five hits while striking out six.  Josh Lindblom, who’s struggled since coming over in a trade for Shane Victorino, threw a 1,2,3 8th inning, while Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 26th save of the season.  The Marlins out hit the Phillies 5-4, but only had two base runners reach scoring position. With the win, the Phillies move to 54-62 for the season, but 18-11 in the 2nd half. Since the 2nd half, the team has won 7 out of 10 series.  Tomorrow, Roy Halladay goes against Mark Buerhle. In his last two starts, Halladay has gone 15 innings, allowing 1 earned run with a 13-1 K/BB ratio.

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