– sorry for dropping off the radar for awhile there!
Anyways, the news of an impending Frank Thomas signing is shocking to say the least. The Big Hurt is a Big Gamble. Yes, he had a good year for the A’s, but was the comeback a one-year wonder for a 38 year old?
The Jays need to make a decision on Vernon Wells and find some pitching! Spend your money wisely JP and the playoffs are possible. Spend it poorly and you’ll find yourself out of a job at this time next year!
– Re-sign Vernon Wells
– Re-sign Ted Lilly or a solid #3 guy
– Find a competent middle infielder
– Shuffle the bullpen up a bit, and pray we get a full season out of Halladay, Burnett & Chacin in 2007
And finally, if they do sign Thomas, it looks like it’ll be sayonara to one of my favourite Jays: Frank Catalanotto… say it aint so! 😦
I wish I knew what to say…. like many others I watched the tv reports with great sadness yesterday.
My heartfelt wishes to his family.
Rest in peace Cory. Too young, far far too soon 😦
It’s taken a few days to recover, but going 0-4 on my first round playoff predictions was embarassing to say the least. (just think how the Yanks feel)
Never gave the Tigers much of a chance, and most media pundits thought the same…. but man, in the 2 games at Comerica the Yanks looked like the rookies and the Tigers looked like, well, the Yankees of old.
No predictions from me for the LCS….. I don’t want to jinx anybody!
By the way, with the Dodgers out, will Tommy Lasorda follow his own advice and watch the remainder of the playoffs and support someone else???
Here ya go: (your comments more than welcome!)
Tigers vs Yankees – Yanks in 4, maybe even 3. Tigers struggled past 6 games, while Yanks are on a mission.
A’s vs Twins – Twins in 5. Twins momentum & the Metrodome fans to be the difference. Morneau for MVP! Becca the Bullpen Baker for rookie of the year!
Dodgers vs Mets – This could be a classic. A very very tough call, but I am going to go with the Dodgers in 5. They’ve been in playoff mode for weeks now. Memo to Fox: Please have Vin Scully do the games.
Cardinals vs Padres – Padres in 4. Cards obviously stumbled their way in and have not much to offer other than Carpenter and Pujols.
Long term prediction: Yankees to defeat Dodgers in World Series. Their pitching is suspect, but their hitting will carry them all the way. They won’t be denied this season.
Safest prediction: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver to over-hype, over-talk and over-analyze as the most overrated broadcast team in MLB history.
So there you have my predictions of what I THINK will happen.
What I WANT to happen (and who I’ll be cheering) is for the Tigers to go all the way 🙂
I have been critical of the Jays in this blog many times this season, but I also give praise when it’s due…. so kudos to the boys for playing hard down the stretch and overtaking Boston. To be honest, I didn’t think they had it in them but I liked being proven wrong!
87 wins is encouraging, but it’s going to take 8 to 10 more next year to grab a playoff spot.
It’s obvious that with so many players unsigned there’s going to be alot of new faces on the team next year.
For the record, I hope we have not seen the last of Frank Catalanotto. He’s been a solid guy his entire time in Toronto, and has earned himself a nice raise wherever he may go. Please sign him JP!
Alot of people are pushing for Adam Lind to be given a full-time position next year. I’m not so sure he’s ready for primetime just yet….
Coming in the next day or two… my 2nd annual Player Report Card!
5-4 last night, the late games killed me!
Toronto @ Yankees – Marcum has been pitching well
Baltimore @ Boston – just a hunch
K.C. @ Detroit – can’t believe how they blew it last night
Houston @ Atlanta – barely alive
Philly @ Florida – ditto
Chi Sox @ Minny – playing for pride
Milwaukee @ St.Louis – gonna squeak in
San Diego @ Arizona – will recover from last night
Dodgers @ San Fran – LA on a roll
Lots of big games tonight in one of the best final weekends I can remember. I think I’m going to need a new remote after tonight!
Just for a laugh, here are my picks for some of tonight’s games: (tune in tomorrow to see how bad I was!)
Toronto @ Yankees – Yanks want home field & the Moose is on the loose!
Baltimore @ Boston – I know it’s not a big game, but it has bearing on how my Jays will finish. Sox will finish strong at home.
K.C. @ Detroit – Cat Scratch Fever!…. and hey, Kenny Rogers: just hand the manager the ball next time ya big baby! (real opinion censored)
Houston @ Atlanta – Braves to be spoilers tonight
Philly @ Florida – Phils hanging in there
Chi Sox @ Minny – Twins Win!
Milwaukee @ St.Louis – Cards come through tonight, but their collars are still pretty tight.
San Diego @ Arizona – Padres can taste it now
Dodgers @ San Fran – A Giant pain to LA hopes
– More picks tomorrow! –