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NL West reverting to awfulness, like in 2005

June 28, 2008

Remember when all the experts and bloggers, including us, were predicting that the NL West was the best division in baseball? We also predicted the Cardinals to suck too, but we were also wrong. Well, everyone was wrong. To be fair, the Rockies have suffered due to injuries (although Matt Holliday and Troy Tulowitzki are back), the Padres can’t hit, and neither can the Giants, and the Dodgers have suffered by hiring Ned Coletti as their GM. Only the young and inconsistent Diamondbacks are at .500 right now, and Eric Byrnes being injured does not help at all.

Diamondbacks 40 40 .500 24-15 16-25 3-7 Lost 3
Dodgers 37 42 .468 2.5 21-19 16-23 6-4 Won 1
Giants 34 46 .425 6 14-24 20-22 4-6 Lost 2
Rockies 32 48 .400 8 20-19 12-29 4-6 Lost 5
Padres 32 49 .395 8.5 21-24 11-25 1-9 Lost 6

(Copied and pasted from SI.com)

Looks like they all have one thing in common: They are not good on the road, and in the Giants case, the Giants suck more at home and happen to have the best record of everyone in the NL West on the road. A lot of other factors too, but we can call the NL West the “NL Worst” again.

Also, who put money on the thought that Chan Ho Park would be around longer than players like Brad Fullmer and Richard Hidalgo?

Inge-ured, ump suspended, and Chacon blows up

June 26, 2008

Detroit Tigers utility man Brandon Inge has been placed on the 15-day DL after straining his oblique adjusting his pillow. Not as bad as Joel Zumaya jamming on Guitar Hero, but pretty close.  Here’s a few other dumb sports injuries for you.

  • Tony Allen of the Boston Celtics proving he can dunk after the whistle and trashes his knee.
  • Rockies IF Clint Barmes broke his collarbone lugging meat up the stairs. Todd Helton’s fault since it was a gift from him.
  • Arena Football League’s Elton Patterson tears his quadriceps jumping up and down in celebration.

In more baseball news, umpire Brian Runge got a one-game suspension for being an asshole the other night. Runge went out of his way to egg Mets Carlos Beltran on after a disputed strike call and ejected him. Manager Jerry Manuel then came out to defend his player and was chest bumped by Runge and then ejected. This was some of the most overzealous umpiring I have ever seen. Another case of an ump thinking people paid to see him in action. A longer suspension would serve Runge right and he should pay Beltran and Manuel’s fines of $400 and $500, respectively. Well, maybe just Manuel’s. Beltran will make $18 million this season.

Pitcher Shawn Chacon probably ended his major league career when he threw Astros GM Ed Wade to the ground by his neck. The Astros cut him today after suspending him indefinitely. There are two sides to every story and Wade may have been at fault too, but you’re an adult and a major leaguer; handle things differently. Chacon should have done this in 2005 when he had a 3.44 ERA over 151.2 IP with the Rockies and Yankees. His 2008 ERA of 5.04 and his violent tendencies however, should earn him a spot on every teams’ blacklist. I wouldn’t recommend showng your boss your best Latrell Sprewell impression under any circumstances.

NL Pennant Race: Five Players Who Will Make a Difference

March 21, 2008

The 2008 season looks to be quite exciting with what appear to be three competitive races for the division crowns. These close races will come down to the performance of a few players who need to perform to get their teams to the postseason.

Mike and Phil compiled this list. (more…)

Things are looking up for Scott Podsednik

March 19, 2008

Following being DFAed by the White Sox at the end of 2007, OF/speed demon Scott Podsednik has rebounded with the Colorado Rockies this spring training. As of March 18, he is leading the Cactus League in OBP at .528 and has stolen six bases in seven attempts. Podsednik is coming off of a disappointing 2007 season where he batted a weak .243 with only 12 steals. Now that his hamstrings are functional again, he appears ready to make a roster as a potential fourth outfielder.

“When running is my game and you don’t have your legs underneath you, it’s tough to really go out there and do anything,” Podsednik said. “That’s what my game revolves around.”

But if that fails, he still pulled this off…

(Podsednik’s wife, Lisa Dergan is hot)

The staff of uguethisburning.com salutes you Scott Podsednik.

Fast times for healthy Podsednik as he tries for backup spot (ESPN.com)

Division Preview: NL West

March 11, 2008

What an awesome division, with three of the top four Cy Young finishers (Penny, Webb, and Peavy), and many other talented players, like the guy who should have won rookie of the year (Troy Tulowitzki, not 25 errors per year Ryan Braun). This division will be fun to watch. This is not the NL West of a few years ago where the Padres won with an 81-81 record.

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