Archives for: 2010, week 40


Baseball's Best of 2010

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-Digger's Daily-

Baseball's regular season has concluded. What a fine season it was. No hitters. Surprise division champions. Great wire to wire pennant races. Comeback players. Disappointing players. Legendary players and managers hanging up their spikes (retiring). New stadiums. Rising stars. 2010 had it all.

I've pieced together my version of an all pro team. These two rosters are assembled of the best run producers and hurlers of 2010 position by position. Note, these are not predictions or recommendations for MVP or Cy Young. (ex. Felix Hernandez had terrific numbers but isn't my Cy Young pick).

"BEST OF 2010"

1B - Miguel Cabrera (DET) .328, 38, 126
2B - Robinson Cano (NYY) .319, 29, 109
3B - Adrian Beltre (BOS) .321, 28, 102
SS - Alexi Ramirez (CWS) .282, 18, 70
LF - Carl Crawford (TB) .307, 19, 90 (62 XBH, 47 SB)
CF - Josh Hamilton (TEX) .359, 32, 100
RF - Jose Batista (TOR) .260, 54, 124
C - Joe Mauer (MIN) .327, 9, 75 (.402 OBA)
DH - Vladmir Guerrero (TEX) .300, 29, 115
SP - Felix Hernandez (SEA) 13-12, 2.27 (232 K)
MR/SETUP - Joaquin Benoit (TEX) 1-2, 1.34 (0.68 WHIP, 75 K)
CL - Rafael Soriano (TB) 3-2, 1.73, 45 of 48 Saves
MGR - Ron Gardenhire (MIN) 94-68
ROOKIE - Austin Jackson (DET) .293, 4, 41 (48 XBH, 27 SB)
COMEBACK PLAYER - Francisco Liriano (MIN) 14-10, 3.62

1B - Albert Pujols (STL) .312, 42, 118
2B - Dan Uggla (FLA) .287, 33, 105
3B - Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) .307, 25, 85
SS - Troy Tulowitzki (COL) .315, 27, 95
LF - Carlos Gonzalez (COL) .336, 34, 117
CF - Colby Rasmus (STL) .276, 23, 66 (.859 OPS)
RF - Jason Werth (PHA) .296, 27, 85
C - Buster Posey (SF) .305, 18, 67
SP - Roy halladay (PHI) 21-10, 2.44
MR/Setup - Hong-Chin Kuo (LAD) 3-2, 1.20
CL - Heath Bell (SD) 6-1, 1.93 47 of 50 Saves
MGR - Dusty Baker (CIN) 91-71
ROOKIE - Buster Posey (SF) .305, 18, 67
COMEBACK PLAYER - Tim Hudson (ATL) 17-9, 2.83


NFL Predictions: Week 5

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Week 4 was a wild one in the NFL. Upsets, last minute victories, trades and firings caught everyone's attention this week. One quarter of the 2010 season is history. Overachievers try to remain hot. Underachievers attempt to get back in divisional races. Week 5 games may go a long way determining just where players and teams stand. Bye week couldn't have been better timed for Miami and their new special teams coordinator.

An 8-5 record last week was better then previous predictions but still isn't great. Season total now stands at 32-26. Here we go....

Week 5

SUNDAY (home teams in CAPS)
Jaguars 27 BILLS 10 Jags flying high after upsetting Indianapolis.
BENGALS 26 Buccaneers 6 Owens 222 yard day wasn't enough in last weeks loss. Cincy bounces back.
Falcons 30 BROWNS 23 Atlanta better not take Cleveland for granted.
Rams 23 LIONS 20 Both playing for respect. Detroit remains winless.
COLTS 31 Chiefs 24 Chiefs ground game could tear apart weak Indy D. Could become the upset game of the week.
Packers 28 REDSKINS 17 Packers big plays doom 'Skins.
Bears 17 PANTHERS 16 Bears win an ugly mistake filled contest.
RAVENS 23 Broncos 20 Don't be surprised if Denver's passing attack scores a few points. Ravens too good to bet against.
Giants 31 TEXANS 30 Giants D had a monster game vs Chicago. Houston's offense is not Chicago. This is a must see game.
Saints 34 CARDINALS 13 Saints roll.
Chargers 35 RAIDERS 21 Rivers to Gates has produced 286 yards and 6 TD.
COWBOYS 40 Titans 21 Cowboys exploit weak Titans secondary.
49ERS 20 Eagles 16 San Francisco finally wins a game.

Vikings 31 JETS 17 Huge game for Minnesota. Jets need win to stay in 1st.

Bye: Miami, New England, Pittsburgh, Seattle.



Random Rumblings: Sports Eye Poppers

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Plenty of sports news making waves this week. Baseball playoffs. NFL upsets and last minute game winning drives. USA's Ryder Cup fiasco. NBA & NHL teams fine tuning their pre-season rosters prepping for the new regular season. USA teams playing in Europe safeguarding themselves due to international travel alerts. Every day has produced new feature stories. Here's a few eye poppers that may have flown below your radar....

Philadelphia Phillies Roy Halladay hurled a no hitter in Game 1 of the National League Division Series vs NL's top hitting team, Cincinnati. This eye popper didn't fly below radar's. Yet, I'm guessing many non Philadelphia and Cincinnati citizens missed out on a gem due to the game's late afternoon start time (especially those of you on the west coast). Halladay was masterful. One first pitch strike after another. Reds hitters were defenseless. Halladay's pitches were dancing all around the plate. He even contributed a key two out RBI single. There's only been one other post-season no hitter in baseball's entire history. Don Larson's perfect game vs Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. Get this. Halladay had a perfect game earlier this season. Today's no-no was his second of 2010!

Sad news from the NFL as legendary 83 year old George Blanda passed away. Blanda holds the NFL record for longest career (26 years), most extra points 943 (and attempts 956), first ever to score over 2000 points and a few others. He played for Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders. #16 played his final game in 1975 at age 48. 26 years of highlights. NFL Films and ESPN have shown countless games from when Blanda played. So, what kind of farewell tribute does ESPN air? Initially it was a clip of #16 throwing an 80 yard touchdown to Kenny King during Oakland's 27-10 Super Bowl XV victory over Philadelphia. Did you figure it out yet? #16 in 1980 was Jim Plunkett. NOT George Blanda (retired 1975). Ooops. ESPN really fumbled it away. They're usually pretty good but talk about bad timing.

New England Patriots trade Randy Moss! For a draft pick? Great move by the receiver starved Minnesota Vikings. Brett Favre has a new number one go to guy. Minnesota's offense has been stuck in neutral. Now maybe they'll find a rhythm? Why did New England dump Moss after 50 TD catches in 52 Patriot appearances? New England cut him loose for a 2011 3rd round draft pick. Wow. Now that's an eye popper. Reports out of New England were all courteous. No apparent rifts. Just a bit shocking even though Brady hasn't been looking Moss' way with any sort of regularity in quite some time. Get ready Randy. Favre will be looking for you on every passing play!

Did everyone watch New England blow up Miami's special teams on Monday Night Football? Never before have I watched a special teams unit get thoroughly beaten up. Patriots return specialist Brandon Tate had a 103 yard kickoff return. Patriots blocked a punt to set up a touchdown. And, they returned a blocked field goal attempt 35 yards for another score. Guess who was promptly fired? Miami Dolphins Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego was dumped Tuesday morning.

Nobody in New York was shocked when Mets fired GM Omar Minaya and Mgr Jerry Manuel. The Mets have been going backwards every since Carlos Beltran took strike 3 called in the NL Championship Series vs St. Louis in 2006. New York has suffered through bad free agent signings, shoddy team atmosphere, lack of leadership, injuries and poor draft picks. Who will the Wilpon's hire? All's quiet right now. Barely a rumor beyond Wally Backman. Do the Mets really want Backman managing the big league club? Seriously? Nothing against Backman but why hire someone with no big league managerial experience? Especially in New York! Bobby Valentine's name had been brought up ever since he retired from managing in Japan. He may not be the best strategical manager but he brings plenty of positive energy which has been sorely missed since '06. The Mets need to clean house. Dump all coaches on the big league club from batting to pitching and even trainers/doctor's.

Stay tuned....



Playoff Time: 2010 Road to the World Series

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Baseball's regular season has concluded. It was a season to remember. It took all 162 teams to determine the final playoff teams (final 2010 regular season standings).

Defending champion New York Yankees gave away the AL East in late September thanks in large part to manager Joe Girardi's decision to rest players rather than fighting for the division crown and home field advantage. Will this come back to bite the Yanks?

San Francisco won the NL West on the final weekend vs San Diego. The Padres seemed destined for playoff with a 6.5 game lead in late August before dropping 10 straight games to let the Giants back in the race.

Atlanta beat Philadelphia 8-7 in game 162 to finish one game ahead of San Diego as the NL Wild Card. Can the Braves get hot enough to advance into the World Series? Manager Bobby Cox is retiring and the Braves would love to win another championship for their famed skipper.

A couple of surprise teams won their divisions. Cincinnati slugged their way to the NL Central crown. Texas took home the AL West crown. Minnesota survived key injuries and the Giants came out of nowhere to stun NL West foes.

Time for a quick preview and predictions for the opening best of five Division Series round.

Texas Rangers (90-72) vs Tampa Bay Rays (96-66)

Texas pitchers need to step up against a balanced Rays attack. Rangers will trot out Lee (4-6), Wilson (15-8), Lewis (12-13) and Hunter (13-4) vs Tampa's Price (19-6), Garza (15-10), Davis (12-10) & Shields (13-15). Texas lineup boasts power. Tampa does it all with a good balance of speed, base running, small ball and power. Rays won season series 4-2 but anything can happen in a short best of 5 round.

Rangers have the power edge. Pitching and defense favor Tampa.

Prediction: Tampa Bay in 4.

New York Yankees (95-67) vs Minnesota Twins (94-68)

Defending champs Yanks will have their hands full in this series. New York usually bashes Twins pitching and had better bring the big lumber again if they're to win this series. Yanks pitching staff is struggling. Girardi's plan of resting starters and relievers for playoff action handed the AL East to Tampa Bay and did little to wake up slumping arms. They'll be going with Sabathia (21-7) in Game 1 then it's anyone's guess. Pettitte (11-3) and Hughes (18-8) seem likely game 2 & 3 starters. Minnesota counters with Liriano (14-10), Pivano (17-11), Duensing (10-3) & Blackburn (10-12).

Twins have been short handed most of the year and will be without Justin Morneau who was having an MVP type season until suffering a concussion. Minnesota still managed to blow away competitors but their pitchers don't match up well vs a powerful Yankees attack. Key to this series rest on Yanks pitchers. Even Rivera has been off lately. If Yanks starters falter then this series could be over in 3.

Prediction: Yanks bats blast Twins starters. Yanks sweep.

Cincinnati Reds (91-71) vs Philadelphia Phillies (97-65)

Intriguing series. Reds Dusty Baker did a fantastic job guiding Cincy to the NL Central crown. Cincy scored the most runs in NL (790) and needed every one of those runs to support a mediocre but surging pitching staff. Reds bats are hit or miss. If they're hitting then balls will be flying out of the park. Don't expect it against Phillies Cy Young caliber starters. Philadelphia survived many key injuries to run away with the NL East.

Key entering this series is starting pitching. On paper, Phillies starters are far superior. They'll send out Halladay (21-10), Oswalt (7-1) & Hamels (12-11) vs Reds Volquez (4-3), Arroyo (17-10) & Cueto (12-7).

Key: Phillies power pitching may post 3 shutouts against free swinging strikeout prone Reds lineup. Reds luck runs out here. Phils won 5 of 7 regular season head to head battles.

Prediction: Philadelphia sweep.

Atlanta Braves (91-71) vs San Francisco Giants (92-70)

Probably the most evenly matched opening round series. Braves stumbled down the stretch but did just enough to win wild card honors. San Francisco had a great September (18-8) to wrestle the NL West away from San Diego. Both teams have solid pitching and flaky hitters. Defensive edge favors Atlanta. Rotation match up favors Giants as Braves #1 will not be available before the series third game due to end of season pennant race (Hudson started final game). It'll be Lowe (16-12), Hanson (10-11) & Hudson (17-9) going for Atlanta vs Giants Lincecum (16-10), Cain (13-11) & Sanchez (13-9).

These games will all be tight and might come down 9th inning heroics.

Prediction: Braves prevail in 5.




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