Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The MLB on TSC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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As the major league season soldiers on, it's time for me to reflect on the week that was or the first 10 days of May that were. Call it: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good:

1. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander throws a no-hitter. Verlander threw the second no-no of the season, following in the footsteps (literally) of Minnesota Twins ace Francisco Liriano who threw one only 4 days earlier. This was Verlander's second career no-hitter and the 7th in Tiger's history. Ironically, Liriano also threw the 7th in the Twins/Senators history. Verlander is only the second Tiger's pitcher ever to throw multiple no-hitters. He now shares the honor with Virgil Trucks who threw 2 no-hitters for the Tigers in 1952. Let's hope that the 2 no-hitters is the only stat Verlander shares with Trucks as Trucks finished the 1952 campaign with a 5-19 record despite throwing those two no-hitters. Go figure!

More Good:

1. The Tampa Bay Rays are officially tied for 1st place in the AL East with the New York Yankees. The Rays, at 20-14, are smokin' hot since their 0-6 start and are proving to all wannabe experts, including me, that it's easy to sit behind a computer and talk trash when it's the guys on the field who run the show. Good for them!

The Bad:

1. The Baltimore Orioles, after their great 5-1 start, are now 14-19 and dead-last in the AL East. I guess they came back from their vacation in "Cloud Nine Island" and are back to being, well, the Baltimore Orioles.
2. Ozzie and the closer-less Chicago White Stockings have officially erased the word "closer" from the baseball dictionary. I guess that's what they get for running long time closer Bobby Jenks out of town and not making a move for a legit closer during the off-season (i.e. Rafael Soriano). At 14-22, the White Sox have payed a heavy price for that bumbling move so far. On new cl**** Sergio Santos, Ozzie said, "We are going to give him a shot to close again. But in the meanwhile, I cannot name him or give him the title." Huh????

And FINALLY-- The Ugly

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1. The Seattle Mariners have finally done the baseball world a favor and cut ties with their thug-outfielder Milton "Don't Get Loud With Me Or I'll Go Gangsta On Ya" Bradley. All I have to say on that is "GOOD RIDDANCE!"

To be continued....

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