Don’t do it!

– 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!

My prioritites:
– 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! 😦

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Cory Lidle

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 😦

SHOCKTOBER!

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???

🙂

Post Season Predictions

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 🙂

A Good Finish

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!

Saturday’s picks!

5-4 last night, the late games killed me!

Saturday’s picks:

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

Just for a laugh

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! –