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Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'm Not Perfect, but Who Are We Kidding, Neither Are You

    Two days without a post, you guys must be terrified huh? Thought we died? Lost interest? Developed social lives? Erroneous! Erroneous! Erroneous on both counts!
     Eric Hosmer debuted the other night. He's part of a group of kids the Royals have been hiding until they make their move to become relevant again. This winter, Hosmer was ranked as the number one first baseman prospect in Major League baseball, so combine him with Mike Montgomery (pitcher), Danny Duffy (pitcher), and Mike Moustakas (third base) the Royals just might be a powerhouse soon. There was a ton of hype surrounding this Hosmer kids debut, nothing along the lines of the Stephen Strasburg insanity, wherein ESPN rode this kids dick as hard as they could, but it was definitely exciting, especially for Royals fans. Hosner didn't quite preform as good as expected, going 0-2 with two strikeouts and two walks, but he played admirably in the field, and shit, I picked him up in fantasy, so I'm pulling hard for this kid. As a long time fan of the underdog, personally I think it would be kind of cool to see a perennial loser like the Royals jump back into contention, especially with a bunch of kids who can grow with the team. So in like three years the Royals are going to be a team to watch, and maybe even a team to beat.
      Friday night was a hell of a night for pitchers. Derek Lowe, fresh off boozin' and cruisin' took on Cliff Lee. Lee struck out 16. 16! That's insane! But Lowe pitched, maybe, better, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning, when Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco got to him for a single and a double. Lowe left the game after that, for a blister on his foot. Still, the Braves beat the Phillies 5-0, pretty goddamned impressive, especially when the opposing pitcher struck out 16 of their batters. Maybe drinking and driving does pay off kids, though I certainly don't recommend trying it. The Cardinals Jaime (Hi-May) Garcia pitched a near perfect game. It totally sucks to say 'near-perfect' you've got to feel like a such an asshole. Or maybe you're proud of yourself, I don't really know. I've only won a Cy Young and pitched a no hitter, never pitched any kind of game like that.Anyhow, Garcia pitched a perfect game into the 8th against the Milwaukee Brewers, which doesn't bode well for my fantasy team, but is cool for a guy who has been a bit quiet as a Major Leaguer, and who had Tommy John a few years ago. Garcia's perfect game ended when he walked Casey McGehee and then gave up a hit to Yuniesky Betancourt, he still got the shutout though. Garcia's perfect game would have been the first ever for the Cardinals, and had he kept a no hitter it would have been the Cardinals first since 2001.
       The Oakland A's are a much better team than they get credit for, unless your talking to me. Gio Gonzalez pitched a gem the other night giving up just four hits to the Royals, who are playing much better then expected. They're pitching staff is solid as hell, and when Andrew Bailey gets off of the DL (projected to be very soon) the A's will have a fantastic closer to end games for them. Gonzalez also pitched deep for the A's, into the 7th, before giving way to Grant Balfour (I feel like with a name like that, he should be king of walks) and Brian Fuentes. The A's pitching staff has been killing it all season, they have a team 2.64 ERA, Trevor Cahill has a 1.79 ERA and 5 wins, and Gonzalez has 41 strikeouts. They're second in the AL West, two games behind the Angels, but I don't predict things staying that way for long, and as I am the resident baseball Zeus, you can bet the farm on that shit.Also, Ethier is at 30 hits, fucking cool to be watching.

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