NL East Recap 7-29

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 30-07-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Angel Pagan, Anibal Sanchez, Blake Hawksworth, Braves, Cardinals, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Ruiz, Cody Ross, Derek Lowe, Diamondbacks, Esmerling Vasquez, Francisco Rodriguez, Giants, Ian Desmond, Ike davis, Joe Saunders, Jose Contreras, Justin Upton, Kyle Kendrick, Madison Bumgarner, Marlins, Matt Capps, matt diaz, Mets, Miguel Montero, Mike Morse, Mike Stanton, Nationals, Omar Infante, Pablo Sandoval, Phillies, R.A. Dickey, Raul Ibanez, Ronny Paulino, Scott Olsen, Wil Nieves, Wilson Valdez

Mets vs. Cardinals

Cardinals Mets BaseballThe Mets beat the Cardinals 4-0 Thursday afternoon. Ike Davis hit his 15th home run of the season in the bottom of the 3rd, a three-run shot to center field. Angel Pagan scored in the bottom of the 5th on a single by Carlos Beltran. The Cardinals were held to just four hits all day.

R.A. Dickey got the win, going 8.1 innings and gave up no runs on four hits. Blake Hawksworth took the loss, throwing 6 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits.Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 22nd save of the season.

Braves vs. Nationals

Braves Nationals BaseballThe Nationals beat the Braves 5-3 Thursday in Washington. Mike Morse grounded out, scoring Adam Dunn in the 2nd, and Ian Desmond hit his 7th homer of the season, to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Atlanta tied it up in the 4th on a two-run shot off the bat of Matt Diaz. Washington responded in the bottom of the inning with a two RBI single by Wil Nieves. In the 6th, Atlanta cut the Nationals lead to 4-3 on an RBI single by Omar Infante. In the 8th, Dunn hit a solo shot to center field, making it 5-3 Washington.

Scott Olsen got the win, going 6 innings and giving up three runs on five hits. Derek Lowe took the loss, lasting 5 innings and allowing four runs on five hits. Matt Capps recorded his 26th save of the season for Washington.

Marlins vs. Giants

Marlins Giants BaseballFlorida won their game over the Giants 5-0. Double by Mike Stanton in the 2nd and 4th innings gave Florida a 2-0 lead. Cody Ross scored on a sacrifice fly by Ronny Paulino in the 4th. Ross doubled in the 8th to drive in the Marlins 4th run. Paulino drove in his second run of the game in the 8th on another sac fly. The Giants were kept to just one hit in the game. Pablo Sandoval singled in the 5th to give San Francisco their only hit.

Anibal Sanchez got the win, pitching a complete game and holding the Giants to just three baserunners. Madison Bumgarner took the loss, going 6 innings and allowing three runs on six hits.

Phillies vs. Diamondbacks

APTOPIX Diamondbacks Phillies BaseballThe Phillies won their 8th straight, beating the Diamondbacks in walk-off fashion 3-2. A double by Carlos Ruiz in the 5th and a solo shot by Raul Ibanez in the 6th gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. Miguel Montero cut the lead to 2-1 in the 7th with his third home run of the year for Arizona. Montero drove in the tying run in the top of the 9th on a ground out to score Justin Upton. The game remained tied until the bottom of the 11th when Wilson Valdez singled home the game-winning run.

Kyle Kendrick went 6.1 innings and allowed one run on four hits in his no decision. Joe Saunders also had a no decision, throwing 7 innings and giving up two runs on nine hits. Jose Contreras got the win for Philadelphia. Esmerling Vasquez took the loss for Arizona.

NL East Recap 7-10

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 11-07-2010

Tagged Under : Angel Pagan, Bill Bray, Braves, Carlos Ruiz, chris snyder, chris young, Christian Guzman, Craig Stammen, Diamondbacks, Giants, Ian Kennedy, Ivan Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins, Jonathan Sanchez, Jorge Cantu, Jose Contreras, Juan Gutierrez, Mark Reynolds, Marlins, Mets, Mike Morse, Mike Pelfrey, Mike Stanton, Nate Robertson, Nate Schierholtz, Nationals, Omar Infante, Phillies, Reds, Roy Halladay, Ryan Zimmerman, Tim Hudson, Travis Wood, Troy Glaus

Braves vs. Mets

mets-7-10The Braves beat the Mets Saturday 4-0, and have a five-game lead over New York in the NL East standings. The only runs of the game came in the 5th innings for Atlanta. Singles by Troy Glaus and Omar Infante gave the Braves a 2-0 lead. Tim  Hudson helped himself out at the plate, capping off the 5th with an RBI double. Atlanta had a total of 15 hits off Mets pitching. The Mets offense struggled, only getting four hits off Hudson. Three of those hits belonged to Angel Pagan.

Tim Hudson got the win, throwing 7 innings of shut out baseball. He only gave up four hits. Mike Pelfrey struggled and took the loss, only lasting 4 innings while giving up four runs on 12 hits.

Phillies vs. Reds

Reds Phillies BaseballThe game took 11 innings, but Philadelphia beat the Reds 1-0. This game was all about pitching as Roy Halladay and Travis Wood were locked in a pitchers dual through 9 innings. Wood had a perfect game going into the bottom of the 9th inning, but Carlos Ruiz began the inning for the Phillies by hitting a double to center field. Jimmy Rollins hit the game winning single for the Phillies, scoring Carlos Ruiz.

Roy Halladay threw 9 innings and gave up five hits. Phillies reliever Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless 11th and got the win. Wood got a no decision and allowed only one hit in 9 innings. Reds reliever Bill Bray took the loss.

Nationals vs. Giants

natsSan Francisco beat Washington by a score of 10-5. The Nationals scored two runs in the 1st on a double by Ryan Zimmerman and again on a wild pitch allowing Christian Guzman to score. San Francisco responded in the 2nd on a double by Nate Schierholtz and a two-RBI single by Jonathan Sanchez, giving the Giants a 3-2 lead. Mike Morse tied it up for Washington with a home run to right center field. The game was tied until the 4th when the Nationals scored on doubles by Ivan Rodriguez and Craig Stammen, making it 5-3 Washington. The Giants went on to have a four-run 7th and scored two more in the 9th, taking a 10-5 lead.

Craig Stammen went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Jonathan Sanchez lasted only 3.2 innings, and gave up five runs on five hits. Both pitchers got a no decision. Giants reliever Santiago Casilla got the win, while Washington’s Tyler Clippard took the loss.

Marlins vs. Diamondbacks

97725758CP002_Florida_MarliThe Diamondbacks jumped out to an early lead scoring in the 1st on a sacrifice fly by Chris Young. Arizona scored again in the 3rd on a Justin Upton single and again in the 4th on a home run to center field off the bat of Mark Reynolds. The Marlins got on the board in the 5th when Mike Stanton sent the ball over the center field wall for his 5th home run of the season. An RBI single by Jorge Cantu in the 6th cut the Diamondbacks lead to 3-2. Arizona extended their lead in the bottom of the 6th on a two-run shot off the bat of Chris Snyder.   Trailing 5-2 going into the 9th, the Marlins tagged on two more runs, cutting Arizona’s lead to 5-4.

Nate Robertson took the loss, going 6 innings and giving up five runs on six hits. Ian Kennedy got the win, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on five hits. Juan Gutierrez got the save.

5/28 NL East Recap

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by samlevenstein on 29-05-2010

Tagged Under : Braves, Brewers, Chipper Jones, Chris Volstad, Clayton Richard, Corey Hart, Derek Lowe, Johan Santana, John Lannan, Jose Contreras, Josh Willinham, Kyle Kendrick, Marlins, Matt Capps, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Ryota Igarashi, Yovani Gallardo, Zack Duke

090428_p19_twoPhillies vs. Marlins

The Phillies snapped out of a scoreless streak beating the Marlins in a score of 3-2. The Marlins struck first scoring 2 runs in the 3rd on a throwing error by pitcher Kyle Kendrick.  In the 4th Raul Ibanez tripled scoring Ryan Howard to get the Phils on the board.  The Phillies scored again in the 5th and then again in the 7th to take the lead.

Kyle Kendrick got the win pitching 6 innings giving up 5 hits with 1 strikeout.  Chris Volstad got the lose pitching 6.1 innings giving up 7 hits with 6 strikeouts.  Jose Contreras got his 3rd save for the Phillies with 2 strikouts pitching the 9th.


Braves vs. Pirates

The Braves beat the Pirates in a score of 7-3.  The Braves started early scoring 4 runs in the first inning.  They had a 5-0 lead but the Pirates scored in the top of the 4th.  Chipper Jones extended the Braves lead to 7-1 on a single to center field.  The Pirates scored 2 more runs in the 8th inning but it wasn’t enough to come back from.

Derek Lowe got the win pitching 7 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, and 1 run.  For the Pirates Zack Duke got the lose pitching 5.1 innings giving up 12 hits, 4 strikeouts,  and 7 runs.

D063842110.jpgNationals vs. Padres

The Nationals beat the Padres in a score of 5-3 playing out west.  The Nats scored 3 runs in the 4th inning on a 3 run shot by Josh Willingham.  In the 7th inning Ian Desmond hit a solo shot for the Nats with the score now 4-1.  In the bottom of the 9th the Padres threatened but fell 2 runs short.

John Lannan was the winner pitching 7 innings giving up 7 hits and 2 runs while Clayton Richard took the lose pitching 7 runs giving up 4 hits and 4 runs.  Matt Capps got the save after leaving the bases loaded and giving up 4 hits and 1 run.

corey_hart_brewersMets vs. Brewers

The Mets lost to the Brewers in a score of 2-0.  The game was all pitching until Mets reliever Ryota Igrashi gave up a 2 run homer to Corey Hart with a walk off home run.

Johan Santana pitched 8 innings giving up just 3 hits and had 5 strike outs.  Yovani Gallardo got the win pitching 9 innings giving up 8 hits and had 7 strike outs.  Igrashi took the loss for the Mets.

The Hot Stove

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by dangeluzzi on 21-11-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Adam Kennedy, Adam LaRoche, Andy Pettite, Atlanta Braves, Austin Kearns, Ben Sheets, Benny Agbayani, Billy Wagner, Bobby Howry, Brad Lidge, Brett Myers, Brian McCann, Bruce Chen, Carl Pavano, Chipper Jones, Cole Hamels, Dan Uggla, Darryl Hamilton, Derek Lowe, Eddie Guardado, Edwin Jackson, Eric Bedard, Fernando Rodney, Florida Marlins, Hank Blalock, Hideki Matsui, J.A. Happ, Jarrod Washburn, Jason Bay, Jason Kendall, Jason Marquis, Javier Vazquez, Jayson Werth, Joe Blanton, Joe Crede, John Lackey, Johnny Damon, Jon Garland, Jorge Cantu, Jose Contreras, Justin Duchscherer, LaTroy Hawkins, Marco Scutaro, Marlon Byrd, matt holliday, Melvin Mora, Miguel Olivo, Mike Cameron, Mike Hampton, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Octavio Dotel, Orlando Hudson, Paul Byrd, Philadelphia Phillies, Rafael Soriano, Randy Wolf, Rich Harden, Rocco Baldelli, Russell Branyan, Ryan Madson, Ryan Zimmerman, Scott Podsednik, Shawon Dunston, Stephen Strasburg, Tim Hudson, Todd Pratt, Tommy Hanson, Vicente Padilla, Washington Nationals, Yunel Escobar

I never knew why it was called the Hot Stove, and I suppose in the age of Google and Wikipedia, I could easily find the answer to that question. Ultimately, it does not matter so I will simply continue on in blissful ignorance. Sports has become a 24 hour a day, 365 investment. Baseball is no different. As soon as the season ends, whether your team won or lost the World Series, the question is the same, what about next season? It does not take long before everyone wonders where free agents are going, how much money they are going to get, and who is the favorite next year. The Yankees are already facing questions like, are they going to resign Johnny Damon? What about Matsui? Is Pettite going or coming back? What about Holliday, Bay, and Halladay? I mean this team just won the World Series. I am going to be honest. I do not have any inside information. No one at any of the NL East teams is feeding me information.
Here is what I do know and it has been said by much smarter and more eloquent people than I. You cannot win in the offseason. So let’s take a stab at some of the more popular off season rumors and take the opposite position and see where that gets us.

Popular Theory #1

The Phillies are only looking to add a third baseman and complimentary pieces. Otherwise, they are still the team to beat.

I have to be honest, despite the nausea that ensued from watching the World Series as a Mets fan, I was envious of the way the Phillies were constructed. However, that same World Series exposed a lot of problems that the other NL East teams were not in a position to capitalize on last year. Cole Hamels is a question mark. Can Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ be counted on to perform as well as they did last season? Jayson Werth a 40 HR guy? Did Brad Lidge turn into a pumpkin? The least of the Phillies problems is 3rd base. With the Phillies lineup, they need someone slightly better at the hot corner than, say, Roger Dorn. The Phillies though could use a Randy Wolf type starter or try and catch lightening in a bottle with Eric Bedard. Rafael Soriano is available and if he can stay healthy, he would be a great setup man, push Madson to the 7th inning and also serve as insurance should Brad Lidge regress further into pumpkin pie. (Hope you appreciate the seasonal reference.) I understand that the Phillies will not overspend for John Lackey, but pitching wins. You cannot outslug everyone, especially in the playoffs. The Phillies need to find find a wily veteran to play third base, like the Marlins did with Jorge Cantu, and hope for the best. The rest of whatever money is available should be poured into the starting rotation and the bullpen.

Free Agents to Target: Joe Crede, Marco Scutaro, Rafael Soriano, Ben Sheets, Randy Wolf, Billy Wagner, Melvin Mora, Adam Kennedy, Jason Marquis.


The Braves should look to unload salary by trying to dump Derek Lowe or Javier Vazquez.

I am going to say it, the Braves could be on the short list for the Wild Card next year. Chipper Jones, Yunel Escobar, Adam LaRoche and Brian McCann create a pretty competitive lineup. Lowe, Hudson, Vazquez and Hanson are not a bad front 4. With the Mets and Phillies looking vulnerable, why would the Braves start bailing? While I dont think the Braves should make a run at Holliday or Bay to try and “go for it”, I do think they should look to invest their money. I am thinking Mike Cameron. I think they try to bring in Randy Wolf, or make a trade for Edwin Jackson. Speaking of trades, make an offer for Dan Uggla, I bet it would take less than you would think. The Braves can compete and though Lowe and Vazquez are huge contracts, can you really consider trading them? The Braves knew what they were getting into when they signed Lowe. Might as well make the best of it.

Free Agents to Target: Mike Cameron, Scott Podsednik, Marlon Byrd, Bobby Howry, Octavio Dotel.


The Mets need to sign Matt Holliday and/or Jason Bay and/or John Lackey.

As a Mets fan, it would be great if the team could be run like fantasy baseball team. It cannot. While a left fielder would be great, and the Mets could sorely use the power, this team needs to be more artfully constructed then just plugging in Holliday. Now, the Mets could have a Yankee moment and burn money by signing Lackey and Holliday/Bay and turn the baseball world on its head, but that wont happen. This team needs a more focused approach. The Mets have won before with the likes of Darryl Hamilton, Benny Agbayani and Todd Pratt. The Mets need quality top to bottom. They need a solid rotation. The bench was exposed last season. The Mets should not have players on their team that might appear on a 1998 baseball card. Signing one big free agent will not solve this problem. There is better ways to invest money than in Holliday.

Free Agents to Target: Austin Kearns, Rich Harden, Adam Kennedy, Jarrod Washburn, Fernando Rodney, Jason Kendall, Jon Garland, Miguel Olivo.


The Nationals should….

Eek. I dont know where to begin. The Nationals need to establish a winning culture. Right now, they are about inspiring as East Germany before the wall fell down. (Again, another culturally relevant point, Google it if you dont know why.) However, there is hope. Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman. Stephen Strasburg. A mildly intriguing starting rotation. The fact is, Washington, right now can neither afford nor attract top talent. So it needs to continue to build like it did when it signed Adam Dunn. In this market, given the fact that bigger teams are reluctant to give up draft picks and pay out top dollar, teams like the Nationals can sign players like Adam Dunn and thereby become competitive.

Free Agents to Target: Orlando Hudson, Justin Duchscherer, Hank Blalock, Ben Sheets, Brett Myers, Carl Pavano, Paul Byrd, Jose Contreras.


Marlins? Marlins? Bueller?

As with the Nationals, the Marlins are a total mystery as to what direction they will take. They are rumored to be looking to move pieces. I just dont know. I dont even know what to say. It wouldnt surprise me if the Marlins found a way to finish below the Nationals next year or if they won the World Series. What I do know is that they have cheerleaders. Yes, you read it correctly. Rivaled only by the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders for “Fewest Fans to Entertain”, the Marlins have decided cheerleaders are a good way to get people to the ballpark. They have been around for a few years and it always surprises me when I see them. Is this the UFL? What happened to this baseball game? How much are they getting paid? How much could a ticket possibly cost to sit directly behind them? Anyway, the Marlins will probably have one signing that makes you go, oh yea, remember when he was good for that one season? The Marlins should give out an award to that guy. Call it, the Ken Bottenfield Award and it should be written into the contract.

Free Agents to Target: Mike Hampton, Vicente Padilla, LaTroy Hawkins, Shawon Dunston, Russell Branyan, Bruce Chen, Eddie Guardado, Rocco Baldelli. (Although to type this list makes me feel like I am wasting my time).

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see who the teams in the NL East decide to sign and/or trade for, but there are always some surprises.