Lee is out, Blanton is in says Manuel

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Phillies Phandom) by mrnorthjersey on 30-10-2009

Tagged Under : Charlie Manuel, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, World Series

According to the Associated Press Charlie Manuel has had a change of heart and has decided to go with Joe Blanton in Game 4 of the World Series.

Manuel concerned for Lee said “I don’t think he’s ready for it on three days’ rest,” Manuel said. “I think you’re taking a chance on really pushing him.” He went on to say “I think Blanton fits for us because I think we want to keep Happ right now in the bullpen, especially kind of in the middle where he could do some innings,” Manuel said. “And also, Joe pitched last year in the World Series, and he’s got a little bit more experience.”

In his career Blanton is 0-3 with a 8.18 era vs the Yankees. The last time he faced the Yankees was June 12 2008 as a player for the Oakland Athletics where he squared off against Andy Pettite in a game he lost 4-1.

His line was 6.2 IP 6H 4ER  3BB 2K.

For more on the Phillies checkout Phillies Phandom Blog.
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Arizona Fall League

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by dangeluzzi on 29-10-2009

Tagged Under : Andrew Miller, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Brandon Hicks, Bryan Petersen, C.C. Sabathia, Domonic Brown, Drew Storen, Edgar Garcia, Florida Marlins, Freddie Freeman, Jeff Lyman, Lee Hyde, Mesa Solar Sox, Mike Stanton, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Peoria Javelinas, Peoria Saguaros, Philadelphia Phillies, Phoenix Desert Dogs, Reese Havens, Ruben Tejada, Scottsdale Scorpions, Steve Susdorf, Surprise Rafters, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals

 

I know, I know. This is a big day in the National League East. The Philadelphia Phillies dismantled the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series, in the Bronx, against C.C. Sabathia. The same pitcher they dismantled last year when he pitched for the Brewers. It begs the question, is the National League East the best division in baseball? Admittedly, it is early, and the Yankees could win four in a row and make this post irrelevant, but if you compare the division to the American League East, tell me that the teams do not match up? The Phillies and the Yankees, the Mets and the Red Sox, the Marlins and Rays, the Braves and Blue Jays, and the Nationals and Orioles. I guess that is a post for another time, but it will be an interesting off season argument.

Now on to the AFL:

The Phoenix Desert Dogs (Nationals) defeated the Peoria Javelinas 11-6 yesterday. The only Desert Dog from the National League East who saw any action was Drew Storen who pitched one inning giving up one hit and striking out a batter.

The Mesa Solar Sox (Marlins) routed the Scottsdale Scorpions (Phillies) by a final count of 12-5. Bryan Petersen led the way for the Solar Sox with a 2-5 effort, scoring two runs, driving in two and hitting a homerun. Steve Susdorf tried to keep the Scorpions close with a 2 run homerun in a 1-2 effort but Domonic Brown (0-5, 2K) and Edgar Garcia (2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER (4R)) failed to help him out.

Steve Susdorf, Scorpions

Steve Susdorf, Scorpions

Future stars of the National League East keep bowing out of the AFL as the Marlins shut down Mike Stanton due to a sore back. Prior to this, Stanton was hitting a scorching .478 for the Solar Sox. The Marlins do expect Stanton to be ready for Spring Training.

Mike Stanton, Solar Sox

Mike Stanton, Solar Sox

Lastly, the Peoria Saguaros (Braves) blanked the Surprise Rafters (Mets) 9-0. Freddie Freeman (3-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB) and Brandon Hicks (2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB) led the hit parade while Jeff Lyman (1 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) and Lee Hyde (1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) helped to keep the Rafters off the scoreboard. The Rafters received a 2-4 day from Reese Havens and a 1-4 from Ruben Tejada.

 

 

  Todays actions will see the Phoenix Desert Dogs take on the Peoria Saguaros. The Mesa Solar Sox will give Andrew Miller the start against the Javelinas, and the Rafters will take on the Scorpions.

Want to know where your NY Mets are playing this Winter? (Updated)

Filed Under (Mr North Jersey, NL East Chatter, The Real Dirty Mets Blog) by mrnorthjersey on 28-10-2009

Tagged Under : Aguilas Cibaenas, Aguilas de Zulia, Arizona Fall League, Bravos de Margarita, Caneros de los Mochis, Caribes de Anzoategui, Estrellas de Oriente, Gigantes del Cibao, Leones del Caracas, Leones del Escogido, Liga de Beisbol Dominicano, Liga Mexicana del Pacifico, Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional, Navegantes del Magallanes, New York Mets, roster, Surprise Rafters, Tiburones de La Guaira, Tigres del Licey, Tomateros de Culiacan, Toros del Este, Winter League

Here is the list of current NY Mets currently on the rosters of teams participating in the Winter Leagues.

For more on the Mets checkout The Real Dirty Mets Blog.
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Want to know where your Washington Nationals are playing this Winter?

Filed Under (Centerfield Gate blog, Mr North Jersey, NL East Chatter) by mrnorthjersey on 28-10-2009

Tagged Under : Aguilas de Zulia, Arizona Fall League, Cardenales de Lara, Caribes de Anzoategui, Estrellas de Oriente, Leones del Escogido, Navegantes del Magallanes, Phoenix Desert Dogs, Tiburones de La Guaira, Tigres del Licey, Toros del Este, Washington Nationals, Winter League, Yaquis de Obregon

Here is the list of current Washington Nationals currently on the rosters of teams participating in the Winter Leagues.

For more on the Nationals checkout Centerfield Gate Blog.
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Want to know where your Philadelphia Phillies are playing this Winter?

Filed Under (Mr North Jersey, NL East Chatter, Phillies Phandom) by mrnorthjersey on 28-10-2009

Tagged Under : Aguilas de Zulia, Arizona Fall League, Bravos de Margarita, Caneros de Mochis, Estrellas de Oriente, Gigantes del Cibao, Navegantes del Magallanes, Philadelphia Phillies, Scottsdale Scorpions, Tigres del Licey, Toros del Este, Winter League, Yaquis de Obregon

Here is the list of current Philadelphia Phillies currently on the rosters of teams participating in the Winter Leagues.

For more on the Phillies checkout Phillies Phandom Blog.
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Want to know where your Florida Marlins are playing this Winter?

Filed Under (Fish Guts blog, Mr North Jersey, NL East Chatter) by mrnorthjersey on 28-10-2009

Tagged Under : Aguilas Cibaenas, Arizona Fall League, Bravos de Margarita, Cardenales de Lara, Florida Marlins, Mesa Solar Sox, Navegantes del Magallanes, Tigres del Licey, Toros del Este, Venados de Mazatlan, Winter League

Here is the list of current Florida Marlins currently on the rosters of teams participating in the Winter Leagues.

For more on the Marlins checkout Fish Guts Blog.
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Arizona Fall League Recap October 27, 2009

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by dangeluzzi on 28-10-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Brandon Hicks, Chris Marerro, Danny Espinosa, Domonic Brown, Florida Marlins, Freddie Freeman, Garrett Parcell, Greg Burns, Ike davis, Jason Heyward, Jay Buente, Jay Voss, Josh Wilkie, Matt Dominguez, Mesa Solar Sox, Michael Cisco, New York Mets, Peoria Saguaros, Philadelphia Phillies, Phoenix Desert Dogs, Scott Mathieson, Scottsdale Scorpions, Sean Rooney, Stephen Strasburg, Surprise Rafters, Washington Nationals

Another day full of exciting Winter League Baseball out in Arizona:

The Peoria Saguaros (Atlanta Braves) edged the Mesa Solar Sox (Florida Marlins) breaking a 5 all tie in the ninth to win 6-5. Contributors in the Peoria victory included Freddie Freeman who went 2-4 with a homerun, a RBI, and 2 runs scored and Brandon Hicks, who went 0-1 with 3          

Freddie Freeman, Peoria Saguaros

Freddie Freeman, Peoria Saguaros

walks. In the loss, the Mesa Solar Sox had Matt Dominguez go 0-4 with three strikeouts. Greg burns, 2-4, 1R; Garrett Parcell, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB; and Jay Buente, 1 IP, 2K, 0 ER, 0 BB, all helped to keep the Mesa Solar Sox close, but Jay Voss blew the save with 1 IP, 2 H, 1ER and 1 BB.          

Unfortunately for the Atlanta Braves, all the news was not good news. The Braves learned that Jason Heyward, a candidate to be in the starting outfield for the Braves in 2010, will miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League due to discomfort where his hamstring meets his gluteus muscles.

Stephen Strasburg, Phoenix Desert Dogs

Stephen Strasburg, Phoenix Desert Dogs

The Phoenix Desert Dogs (Washington Nationals) got 4.1 strong innings from Stephen Strasburg, including 4 no-hit innings, to defeat the Surprise Rafters (New York Mets) 7-6. Strasburg’s final line was W, 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 5 K. Other Nationals contributing to the Desert Dogs victory included Josh Wilkie who pitched 1.2 innings in relief of Strasburg yielding 2 hits, no earned runs (1R), and striking out 2. Danny Espinosa went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Chris Marrero was 1-4 on the afternoon with a run scored and Sean Rooney went 0-3 with a strikeout. The only New York Met to take the field for the Surprise Rafters was Ike Davis who went 0-4 with a walk.

Lastly, the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Scottsdale Scorpions (Philadelphia Phillies) by a final count of 10-9. Michael Cisco got the start for the Scorpions and did not pitch badly. He went 3 innings while giving up only 2 hits, 2 walks, striking out 2 and yielding no earned runs (2 R). Scott Mathieson appeared later in the game and pitched equally well, with a final line of 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, and 3 K. Domonic Brown went 2-5 in a losing effort.

In today’s action, the Surprise Rafters take on the Peoria Saguaros while the Phoenix Desert Dogs play the Peoria Javelinas. The Scottsdale Scorpions battle the Mesa Solar Sox.

Want to know where your Atlanta Braves are playing this Winter?

Filed Under (Braves Baseball Blog, Mr North Jersey, NL East Chatter) by mrnorthjersey on 28-10-2009

Tagged Under : Aguilas de Zulia, Arizona Fall League, Atlanta Braves, Bravos de Margarita, Cardenales de Lara, Gigantes del Cibao, Leones del Caracas, Leones del Escogido, Mayos de Navojoa, Peoria Saguaros, Tiburones de La Guaira, Toros del Este, Venados de Mazatlan, Winter League

Here is the list of current Atlanta Braves currently on the rosters of teams participating in the Winter Leagues.

For more on the Braves checkout The Braves Baseball Blog.
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Arizona Fall League Daily Recap

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by dangeluzzi on 27-10-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Bryan Petersen, Chris Marrero, Danny Espinosa, Domonic Brown, Drew Storen, Florida Marlins, Ike davis, Jenrry Mejia, Lee Hyde, Mesa Solar Sox, Michael Cisco, Michael Schwimer, Nevin Ashley, New York Mets, Peoria Javelinas, Peoria Saguaros, Philadelphia Phillies, Phoenix Desert Dogs, Ruben Tejada, Scottsdale Scorpions, Stephen Stasburg, Surprise Rafters, Tampa Bay Rays, Tuffy Gosewich, Washington Nationals

The Arizona Fall League marches on and NL East Chatter will try and do a better job of keeping you up to date on the happenings of this minor league proving ground.

Here is a recap of yesterday’s action:                                                                                                                                                                                   

The Phoenix Desert Dogs broke the hearts of the Mesa Solar Sox 9 to 5 after scoring four runs in the ninth inning thanks to a Nevin Ashley (Tampa Bay Rays) grandslam. Notable NL East contributors included, from the Mesa Solar Sox (Florida Marlins): Bryan Petersen, 1-5, 2B, 1R

Bryan Petersen, OF, Mesa Solar Sox

Bryan Petersen, OF, Mesa Solar Sox

and from the Phoenix Desert Dogs (Washington Nationals): Danny Espinosa, 0-3, 1R; Chris Marrero, 0-4; Drew Storen, 1 W (1 BS), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER.

The Surpise Rafters (New York Mets) lost a pitching duel against the Peoria Javelinas by a final count of 2-1. Notable NL East contributors were Ike Davis, 1-4; Ruben Tejada, 2-3, 1 SB; and Jenrry Mejia, L, 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

Lastly, the Peoria Saguaros (Atlanta Braves) crushed the Scottsdale Scorpions (Philadelphia Phillies) 10-2. Lee Hyde contributed to the Saguaros victory by pitching 1 inning of scoreless baseball and yielding only 1 hit. Domonic Brown went 2-3 with a triple and 2 RBI in the loss. Tuffy Gosewich also contributed a 1-3 afternoon in a losing effort. Michael Schwimer threw gasoline on an established blaze by pitching 1 inning, yielding 3 hits (1 HR), 3 earned runs (4 R) and walking two batters.

All teams are in action today as the Mesa Solar Sox take on the Peoria Saguaros, the Surprise Rafters battle the Phoenix Desert Dogs and starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and the Scottsdale Scorpions send Michael Cisco to the hill to take on the Peoria Javelinas.     phoenix-desert-dogs

Notes From the Underground

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by mrnorthjersey on 26-10-2009

Tagged Under : Ed Lynch, Hubie Brooks, Jason Giambi, Keith Hernandez, matt holliday, Mookie Wilson, New York City, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Shea Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals, World Series

Time passes quickly most days down here under ground.

Has it really been 3 weeks since I cared enough about baseball to spill some electronic ink on Matt Holliday’s drop to cost the Cards game 2 of the NLDS? Were the Cardinals even IN the NLDS? Who did they play? Man, it’s tough when your team sucked as much as the Mets did this year.

I guess all that matters today is Phillies/Yankees in the 2009 World Series. As a Met fan, it’s no secret that this is a killer choice. I mean, of course I’ll watch the games, but since it’s impossible for me to passively watch any game in any sport “just for fun” without finding some (often ridiculous) reason to root for one over the other….I’ll have to eventually pick a side in this one. Trouble is, picking between the Phillies (ACK!) and the Yankees (D’OH!) for me is almost like deciding whether to wait for a week in the lifeboat and die of dehydration or to just jump in the water now and be immediately eaten by sharks.

Do I do the “New York” thing and root for the Yankees to win it all? That’s a tough sell for me, because I don’t view my allegiance to the Mets as having much if anything to do with me being physically located in New York. I became a Met fan because the seats were always cheap and plentiful in the ’70′s when I was a kid (and the Mets were losers) and my Uncle Danny (who worked at Shea) would sometimes get us in for free. I stayed a Met fan because of the early ’80′s promise of Hubie and Mookie and Ed Lynch and Keith Hernandez…who would turn us into winners…if I stayed loyal and wished for it hard enough. Which of course happened in 1986. I’ve remained a Met fan deep into my adulthood waiting for it all to happen again. Patiently most of the time, but recently with an urgency that has eaten me up.

Geography? Not so much.

Do I root for the Phillies because they’re from the NL East? Sounds like more geography to me. Not buying it.

To me, it comes down to this:

Had someone told me in the beginning of the season that while the Mets would be out of it (shocker), I’d have the choice of seeing either the Yankees or the Phillies lose the World Series and get embarrassed on a national stage, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose the Yankees. Again and again and again.

Because sometimes being a fan is all about flat out hating the other guy, and there’s no team I flat out hate more than the New York Yankees. Don’t get me wrong, I also hate the Phillies. But there are different levels of hate, and the Phillies just don’t spur me to the same level of disgust as the Yankees do. Maybe it’s because the Mets and Phils have both had their fair share of heartache these past 30 or so years and the Yankees seem to be perpetually awesome. Maybe it’s because I grew up with and continue to co-exist with oceans and oceans of Yankee fans who never let me forget that, you know, the Yanks are sort of good and have been for like a thousand years. In your face. Around the clock. Sort of wears on a guy, you know?

Phillie fans? Not so much. They’re way out in Philadelphia, which I’m pretty sure is in New Jersey. Sure, a pretty sizable group shows up now and again at CitiField when they make the trek up to antagonize me at a Met game. But other than that?

I can go whole weeks at a time without being made to eat shit by a Phillie fan, but I can’t walk 10 feet in New York City without being made to feel like I’m a leper for wearing a Met hat by some slack-jawed Yankee fan in a Giambi jersey.

Irrational? Sure, but that’s not unusual, is it?

I mean, it’s baseball, not molecular biology.