There are many things in life that annoy me: the NFL turning into two hand touch, the cold and snow of a New England winter, suffering through 30-second-long ads prior to watching a video on YouTube, Barack Obama’s presidency….the list goes on forever. High on that list is the ‘holier than thou’ condescending attitude of the BBWAA writers. Next week, we’ll find out who will be the newest members of the Hall of Fame. Why are the careers of the greatest baseball players being scrutinized and judged by a bunch of slobs who probably never played beyond Little League? I have no idea.
We’re nearing the finish line of the 2015 baseball season. The 111th World Series begins tomorrow night at Kauffman Stadium for the second straight year when the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals square off with the National League Champions, the New York Mets. Quick recap of my LCS predictions: Kansas City put away Toronto in six games as I predicted; just not enough pitching for the Jays to keep pace with a team who was here only one year ago.
It wasn’t easy, but it was a clean sweep for my Division Series predictions. Believe me, I was taking heat for picking Kansas City (down to their last six outs in Game 4) and Toronto (down 0-2 going to Texas). But as the late, great Yogi Berra would say: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” The Royals showed their postseason mettle in Game 4 and scored five runs in the top of the 8th to surge ahead 7-6, then tacked on two insurance runs to win 9-6 and force the 5th game in Kansas City. In KC, Johnny Cueto did the rest; pitching a gem and sending the Royals to their second consecutive ALCS.
Looks like I was 1-for-2 in my Wild Card predictions, so I’ll settle for a .500 batting average. Give it up for the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs for going on the road and winning huge ballgames to move on the Division Series. Dallas Keuchel graduated from ‘boy’ to ‘MAN’ in New York, throwing six scoreless innings on three days rest…that rebuild in the Space City appears to be well ahead of schedule. And Jake Arrieta? Okay, who the hell kidnapped the Jake Arrieta from Baltimore and replaced him with Tom Seaver? My God, what a difference a change of scenery (and league) can make.
For those who haven’t heard or simply couldn’t care less about baseball (probably the latter), the Red Sox announced that John Farrell will be returning to the dugout for the 2016 season. My initial reaction….Umm, why???
It’s not time to press the panic button yet, but it may be time to start looking at it. Last night the Red Sox lost to the Yankees in what became a close game….but it wasn’t close for most of the night.
Pitching for the Red Sox was ‘Cy Young McGee’, Joe Kelly who is probably out of the Cy Young race already. It’s strange to watch Kelly pitch, his stuff is disgusting, he can rear it up to 100 and has devastating throws, except baseball, especially pitching- like real estate or even just life- is about location, location, location. Kelly can’t seem to locate, so every once in a while (and by that I mean quite often) he throws Home Run Derby meatballs.
At least we get to see if the kid can be good in the Majors
It was a balmy 52 degrees and somehow the rain cleared at perfectly the right time (hey I was running late – 6:10 starts suck). Joe Kelly, the clear Cy Young Forerunner, provided a strong passable borderline start...
Kelly was reaching as high as 100 on the radar gun –be it accurate or not – but he was getting rocked like a 1st Grader being sucker punched by a 5th Grader. He minimized the damage, to only a Pearl Harbor like event. First inning Field Goal – great 3rd out hold. But none of the struggles seem to matter….