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

SwBS League Championship Series Picks

Mike O (1-1 NLDS)

Cardinals vs. Brewers – Divisional opponents and bitter rivals face off for the right to play in the World Series.  The Brewers and Cardinals bring serious star power into this series with the likes of Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols and Matt Holiday.  There should be plenty of offense from both sides but the advantage is pitching lies on the side of the Brewers.  The Cardinals look to continues their magical run of upsets and exceeding exceptions as they head into Milwaukee for game one. Brewers in 5

scottyb4 (1-1 NLDS)

Cardinals vs. Brewers – The Cardinals lineup is not as powerful as Milwaukee, but can get big hits when they need it. In a longer series, the combination of a deeper rotation and better bullpen will do the Cardinals in. Brewers in 6

sherms18 (1-1 NLDS)

Cardinals vs. Brewers – Brewers in 7

warrencroxton (1-1 NLDS)

Cardinals vs. Brewers – Brewers in 6

wfucich (2-0 NLDS)

Cardinals vs. Brewers – Two teams from the so-called weakest division in baseball (NL Central) outlasted the Phillies and Diamondbacks respectively, in a duo of Game 5 thrillers to advance to the NLCS.

As if the star power in St. Louis’ and Milwaukee’s lineups didn’t provide enough intrigue in this series an incident between Nyger Morgan, Albert Pujols and Chris Carpenter surely will.

On September 7th during a 2-0 Cardinals win over the Brewers, Nyger Morgan (otherwise known by his alter ego Tony Plush) threw his chewing tobacco at Chris Carpenter after striking out.  Albert Pujols came to his pitcher’s aid and a melee ensued. After the game Morgan continually referred to Pujols as “she” on his twitter account.  Oh the drama!

Back to baseball–both teams possess deep lineups with a mixture of MVP caliber players and quality role players as well as two under the radar starting pitching staffs.

The Cardinals continue their dream run as Carpenter and Pujols get the last laugh on T-Plush. Cardinals in 7

Mike O (2-0 ALDS)

Tigers vs. Rangers – The Rangers look to repeat as American Leagues champions when the open up the best of seven game series in Arlington.  The Rangers on paper appear to have an advantage in the rotation, bullpen and offensively though the Tigers took the season series.  The loss of Delmon Young may hurt the Tigers offensive game plan but having Justin Verlander on their side is certainly a plus in pitching.  Rangers in 6

scottyb4 (1-1 ALDS)

Tigers vs. Rangers – The outcome of Justin Verlander’s start will set the momentum for this series. The Rangers lineup is loaded but its their rotation that is very underrated. Hard to root against Jim Leyland, but the Rangers are just the whole package and have the experience on their side as well.   Rangers in 6

sherms18 (1-1 ALDS)

Tigers vs. RangersTigers in 6

warrencroxton (2-0 ALDS)

Tigers vs. Rangers Rangers in 5

wfucich (2-0 ALDS)

Tigers vs. Rangers – Detroit skipper Jim Leyland took a risk New York manager Joe Girardi wasn’t willing to take as he held back his ace pitcher on short rest for the NLDS Game 5 with the Yankees.  The result–Justin Verlander is available for Game 1 of the ALCS as CC Sabathia ultimately gave up the winning run in Game 5 on Thursday.

Texas dispatched of the miracle Rays in 4 games after taking an 8-0 loss in Game 1 of their ALDS series.

For the Tigers to have a shot in this series Verlander has to be sharper than he was vs. the Bronx Bombers and most likely Detroit needs to win the two games the probable 2011 AL Cy Young starts.

Look for some runs to be scored as both teams possess scary lineups as well as a couple of shaky starters.  Both bullpens are very good with a slight edge going to Texas.

Verlander comes up huge as Detroit pulls a mini upset. Tigers in 6

Worley loses for the first time since May

 The Milwaukee Brewers managed to salvage a game in the four game series against the Phillies, defeating them 3-2 today. Ryan Braun’s RBI single in the 7th inning was the difference maker. Yovanni Gallardo struck out 12 in seven innings to pick up his 16th win of the year. Vance Worley gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings and took only his 2nd loss of the season. It was the first time the Phillies lost a Worley start since May 29th. KRod shut the door on the Phillies in the 8th while John Axford picked up 42nd save of the season. With the Braves losing earlier, the Phillies’ magic number to clinch to the NL East fell to six despite the loss. The Brewers welcome the Colorado Rockies to town while the Phillies continue their road trip in Houston against the woeful Astros.

Gallardo showed that he was on early with four strikeouts in the first two innings.  The Brewers got on the board in the 2nd inning on a Jonathan Lucroy RBI ground out. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Gallardo led off the inning with a double off his counterpart Vance Worley.  After Corey Hart struck out, Worley balked to advance the runner to third. With one out, Njyer Morgan hit a line drive to Hunter Pence, who snagged it, and didn’t allow Gallardo to score.  Ryan Braun would fly out to right to end the inning.  Yovanni Gallardo, despite the strike outs, gave up two home runs in the top of sixth inning. Shane Victorino hit a lead off home run while Ryan Howard hit a monster solo home run with two out.  Worley ran into trouble in the seventh inning.  With two out, Corey Hart, without his jet black hair, doubled.  Nyjer Morgan laced a double to center to tie the game at 2. The next batter, Ryan Braun singled and Morgan scored easily to give the Brewers the lead. The Phillies tried to tie the game in the next half inning. With two out and runners at the corners, Ryan Howard, who already homered, came up against KRod. Unfortunately, Howard grounded out to end the threat.  The Phillies had runners on first and second in the ninth, but newly acquired John Bowker popped up to end the game.

No notes today, I spent more time watching the Eagles game.