Saturday, May 24, 2014
Look who's at the top of the A.L. East, the Toronto Blue Jays. I'm sue most writers picked the Jays to be a last place team in this division, that's not a bad thing though, most had the Red Sox in the same position last year. To this point the only player that has had a stand out year has been Mark Buehrle, his 8-1 record has given them their over .500 record. On the offensive side of things Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are both well into double digit home runs already, but in the A.L. there are a few teams that can usually have that on their resume. The real question is if this team is built for the long haul of the season. With no other really dominate pitchers I think they are going to hit a rough patch where they won't be able to rely on offensive out bursts. We will see, remember it's still May.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Zack Greinke continues to impress this year by shutting down the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks for his seventh win of the year. When this guy puts things together he can really go on streaks where he's almost untouchable. Despite all of the things that have been going on with the team, Greinke has kept his composure and really turned into a leader. We might be in for a dog fight in the west this years with most of the teams improving their roster. Any series between the Dodgers and Giants this summer will be must a must watch. If Greinke can keep up this pace he could make a real run at a 20 plus win season. Maybe another CY Young Award?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Mike Moustakas finally came through with some clutch hitting today by going 2-3 with 3 rbi's. It has been a disastrous start to the year for Moustakas who is now hitting .161, It also seems like the Royals are considering other options as they have played Danny Valencia at third a number of times this year. On a positive note, the team has now started to hit. They may have gotten back on track now after it seemed like it would be another losing May. For this team to make a run though, they will need production from third base, it's a must. If Moustakas can turn things around he is their man. If not I get the sense that the team may trade for some power and a better average.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Last year Eric Hosmer started off very slow and then exploded in the second half of the season. The way that he is started this year, he might be in contention for an MVP if the Royals make a run. It has been great to watch Hosmer evolve over the past few years. There were times when his swing just wasn't there and times when he lacked confidence at the plate. It is clear that he has matured and grown into a patience and pronounced presence at the plate. What makes this even better, is that he has evolved as a fielder as well. His gold glove last season may be the first of many to come. He has saved countless runs with his picks at first base. After a 8-0 blowout today, maybe the Royals can also get back to full form. Check out his 2014 Topps baseball card below.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Met's knew that they had issues at shortstop before the season, so it's no surprise that there has been very little offensive productivity through the first month of the season. Ruben Tejada has to be very close to being traded, released or sent down. Omar Quintanilla has been 'ok', but far from what the Met's need to compete. At ethis point the Met's really need to take a look at Anthony Seratelli. Seratelli is hitting .326 for AAA Las Vegas and has been a consistent minor leaguer for almost a decade (he has never played in the majors). He was also one of the last players cut at the end of spring training and showed the team that he could be productive. Seratelli may not be the Met's short stop of the future, but his energy could boost the Met's and get them back on the right track. Also, it would be a pretty cool story for this guy to finally make it to the majors. Here is a link to a great piece about his journey through the minors. It seems to be only a matter of time.