Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
|More Tigers dice-rollin' comin' atcha!|
The Nick-Mar-Tom-Tort annual baseball trip went down over the weekend (really need to name this thing properly), and our dice, charts, and cards made it past TSA without incident. My deck of Tigers managed to squeeze in 2 series during some of our downtime, while avoiding the blazing East Coast heat. Here's the details -
First up, Torto @ Nick:
Game 1: J.Pineiro @ R.Romero
Romero got off to a rocky start here, walking one, and plunking two before getting out of a bases loaded 1st inning jam. The next inning the Tigers broke through with 2 on the strength of three singles and a walk, and compounded by a Matt Joyce throwing error. Nick countered with a 2-run HR shot by righty-killer Matt Joyce. A solo shot from Jhonny Peralta and an RBI triple from Konerko and RBI singles from Joey Batts and Juan Pierre was enought to get the win though in the later innings. Nick mustered 2 more runs, but insurance was later piled on by a Joey Batts solo blast.
Torto wins 7-4
WP - J.Pineiro; LP - R.Romero; Save - K.Slowey
HR - J.Peralta, J.Bautista, M.Joyce, D.Ortiz
Game 2: J.Vargas @ J.Peavy
Jake Peavy looked like the guy we remembered from 2-3 years ago in this one, pitching a no-hitter into the 7th until Joe Mauer broke it up with a single, followed by a Paul Konerko HR blast, giving Torto the 2-0 lead. Vargas and Koji Uehara preserved the lead, giving up only 1 run - partly due to a Elvis Andrus error in the 8th. Going into the 9th, Uehara got the 25th out, but Torto decided to hand the ball to lefty specialist, Brian Duensing. Duensing walked lefty Brett Gardner, and Gardner stole second - and headed around to 3rd when Mauer airmailed the throw into center. Mike Napoli was then intentionally walked to get to the lefty-lefty matchup and put the double-play into effect. Nick stayed the course with Brennan Boesch (a lefty who can hit lefties) and was rewarded with a 3-run walk off homerun.
Nick wins 4-2
WP - D.Bard; LP - B.Duensing
HR - P.Konerko, B.Boesch
Game 3: D.Fister @ F.Hernandez
After stealing game 2 with some late inning heroics, Nick felt pretty good going into the game with the AL Cy Young award winner toeing the rubber. My squad's only hope was to get to King Felix early - and they did. But by sitting with the bat resting on their shoulders. Andrus led off the game with a single, and then King Felix proceeded to throw 4 consecutive walks before getting an out. With 1 out, Felix walked in another run, and then the Grandyman hit a 2-RBI single, before the inning ended. Spotting us a 4-run lead was just what Doug Fister (I hardly know her!) needed to boost his confidence. Two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth, made it 6-1, and Fister cruised for 8+ innings, giving up only 1, until giving up back-to-back solo jacks to Jim Thome and David Ortiz in the bottom of the 9th. With the score at 6-3, Grant Balfour came in and got the save, albeit while giving up another run.
Torto wins 6-4
WP - D.Fister; LP - F.Hernandez; Save - G.Balfour
HR - J.Thome, D.Ortiz
Torto wins series 2-1
Later, Mar and I tangled for game one in the hotel, and games 2-3 in the Reagan International Airport terminal. More details...
Game 1: J.Weaver @ G.Floyd
My Tigers jumped out to a quick lead, scoring 2 in the bottom of the first on a Boring Barton RBI double, and a Jose Bautista sac fly. A solo shot by Adrien Beltre (4th on the year) made it 3-0 thru the 7th. Mario finally broke thru on Floyd in the 8th, on a 3-run shot from Birther Luke Scott, to tie it 3-3. But bottom of the 9th, Mauer led off with a double, and was scored on a Bautista single. Mario threatened in the 9th with 2 on and 2 out, but couldn't bring the tying run across.
Torto wins 4-3
WP - J.Crain; LP - J.Weaver
HR - A.Beltre, L.Scott
Game 2: C.C.Sebathia @ J.Guthrie
Not much to say in this one - C.C. dominated the entire way, and my rolls went to sleep. The Tigers managed only 2 hits struck out 8 times. Mario picked up runs 1 at a time, in the 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 9th.
Mario wins 4-0
WP - C.C. Sebathia (CG); LP - J.Guthrie
HR - none
Game 3: C.Pavano @ J.Pineiro
The rubber match was a dogfight all the way, and lasted 13 innings, ending about 15 minutes before our plane was boarding. Both teams piled on 3 runs in the 4th, and both starters got chased by the end of the 5th. Mario got all of his first 5 runs on 4 home runs and a single. The Tigers got theirs by slapping the ball around the field and using The Rabbits (Pierre, Granderson, Span, Andrus, and Hudson) to use their speed running all over the bases. With the game tied 5-5 after 5, the bats went quiet for both teams all the way into extra innings. My guys threatened in the 11th, on a leadoff walk to Pierre, but he couldn't get sent around. Finally in the 13th, The Rabbits struck again - Grandy walked, O-Dog advanced him over on a ground ball, Pierre beat out a bunt to put runners on the corners, and Andrus bunted Grandy home on a suicide squeeze - taking full advantage of Miguel Cabrera's D-range on a 'Tough Play?" roll.
Torto wins 6-5 in 13 innings
WP - K.Uehara; LP - B.Logan
HR - A.Callaspo, V.Wells, N.Swisher, M.Cabrera
Torto takes series 2-1, pushing my overall record to 8-4. Weird to be a 3rd of the way done already, but there it is. Watch out for The Rabbits - 20 SBs in 12 games! Catch 'em if you can AL catchers!
|Flopsy (Span), Mopsy (Granderson), Cotton-tail (Andrus), and Peter (Pierre) congregate around home plate, their favorite place to meet this season.|
Monday, July 25, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
1. As fun as PTP is, the backbone of the league - in my mind - are APD's. As much as I enjoy getting together to roll a series over a couple of beers, its the constant banter, 11am buzz and chaos of an APD that really trips my trigger. I know summer's tough, but a Tort Fort weekend is in order..in September if we can't make it happen sooner.
2. I received money from Torto, Fish and Spencer for the AL. If you still owe me $10 please plan on bringing it the next time I see you. As "league treasurer," I am authorized to hunt you down and kill you if payment is not received prior to my playoff elimination (it happens blindingly fast, I must warn you).
3. Looks like Youks is up to some of his old tricks again. Check this out if you haven't seen it already: http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/kevin-youkilis-puts-signup-sheet-for-threesome-in,20894/
Monday, July 18, 2011
|Will the Goldy's Royals draw like this all season? The answer is 'yes' if the defense is this bad...|
Game 1: D.Fister @ C.J.Wilson
The game opened up in most annoying fashion for the hometown Royals, with Juan Pierre drawing a walk, then stealing 2nd, and rolling over to 3rd on a bad C.J.Wilson pickoff throw. He was promptly scored by a Boring Daric Barton single. A solo shot in the 3rd by Adrian Beltre made it 2-0, but Goldy struck back with a Torii Hunter solo blast, 2-1. Both starters went 7 innings before calling it a night, but my squad managed 2 more insurance runs in the 8th and 9th, one in part due to a rare Carl Crawford error, while the setup/closer combo of Balfour and Uehara closed it out.
Torto W 4-1
WP- D.Fister; LP - C.J.Wilson; Save - K.Uehara
HR - A.Beltre, T.Hunter
Game 2: G.Floyd @ C.Lewis
Another annoying start to this game for the home team, as Boring Barton walked, Jesus Mauer singled, and then Joey Bats hit a comebacker to Colby Lewis who proceeded to airmail the throw into the RF corner for a 2-base error. Goldy immediately struck back though, with a 2-run Nelson Cruz HR to tie it up. The Tigers would not be denied though, and scored another pair in the 2nd (on a base-clearing O-Dog triple and a Juan Pierre soft groundout), and then one run in each of the 4,5, 6, and 9th innings - including a Grandy-man 435-foot Deep Drive HR to dead center field. ***Bizarre Alert*** With the Royals already getting frustrated in this series, Craig Breslow plunked Adrien Beltre and a brawl ensued, wherein Beltre kicked Breslow and was ejected and suspended for 3-games. Neither player was injured***
Goldy managed another 3 runs off Gavin, after he went 7+ innings, when Balfour and Uehara again closed things down.
Torto W 8-5
WP - G.Floyd; LP - C.Lewis; Save - K.Uehara
HR - C.Granderson, N.Cruz
Game 3: J.Guthrie @ F.Liriano
Yet another tough start for Ben, as Cap'n Paully Konerko hit a 2-run blast in the opening frame for the early lead. The Tigers scored again in the 5th on an RBI-single from Jhonny Peralta (replacing the suspended Beltre). A Jeremy Guthrie pickoff throw error allowed Crawford to move up to 2nd and score on an RBI single from Cruz in the bottom of the 5th, but I guys clawed back two insurance runs in the top of the 8th on back-to-back Mauer and Konerko doubles. With my elite relievers unavailable for this game, Kevin Slowey was given the 8th and 9th to close things out. After a shakey 8th, where he yielded back the 2 insurance runs and creating his own save opportunity, he closed out the 9th cleanly.
Torto W 5-3
WP - J.Guthrie; LP - F.Liriano; Save - K.Slowey
HR - P.Konerko
Torto sweeps series 3-0.
This was a tough one for Goldy to stomach. His rolls were generally brutal, and hit the high 900s an awful lot. In addition, his "B-rolls" were even more brutal, while mine were quite good. In one game he managed to roll the zeroes 3 times after getting the error roll. He managed 5 errors in the series, and was caught stealing twice. Translation - sooner or later this guy's going to have one of those games where he rolls nothing but 120s and 190s.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Game 1: Scherzer vs. Cahill
Fish took an early lead in the bottom of the 2nd with a 2 run job by Justin Morneau. Keith tied the game in the top of the 3rd with a solo home run by Coke Head Hamilton, and took a commanding 4-2 lead in the 4th on a two run double by Lance Berkman. JD Drew hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th, and with the score tied in the bottom of the 11th – he hit a two run double to win the game. Fish wins 6-4
Win – Soria
Loss – Capps
HR’s – Morneau, Hamilton, Drew
Game 2: Hughes vs. Price
Let’s just talk about the 7th inning. Keith tied the game 1-1 on a solo home run from D. Young. He then proceeded to give up 9 runs in the bottom of the frame, with JD Drew hitting a 3 run job. Enough said Fish wins 11-3.
Win – Price
Loss – Hughes
HR’s – D. Young, Drew
Game 3: Verlander vs. Braden
This was a pitcher duel. Braden went 8 innings of 1 run ball, giving up 5 hits and 1 walk and 9 strike outs. Verlander went the distance, giving up 2 runs (both solo jacks) 6 hits, 1 walk and 0 strike outs. The two solo home runs was Keith’s undoing. Fish wins 2-1
Win – Braden
Loss – Verlander
Save – Thorton
HR’s – Morneau, Guerrero
Fish wins the series 3-0
Game 1 Jon Lester @ Danny Haren
Back and forth game the entire time a there were six lead changes. Keith led 7-6 going into the bottom of the 9th. Adam Jones singled and advanced to second on a slow roller. With 2 outs, pinch-hitter Derek Jeter singled home the tying run and we head to extras.....where BJ Upton led off with a double and The Youkilis Monster smack a GW-3B for the win. SPENCER WINS 8-7 in 10 innings.
W - Jason Berkken 3.1, 2r, 4h, 2k,
L - Andrew Bailey 1.1, 2er, k, 4h
Game 2 Fast Fausto Carmona @ Jeff Neimann
Score was tied 5-5 in the 6th until BJ Upton led off the 6th with a single. Stole second. Stole 3rd. Then scored on a Escobar single. Derek Jeter with yet another pinch hit RBI single in the 7th made it 7-4 Spencer. Keith scored two more in the 8th on a Vic Martinez double to make it close, but Spencer scored three in the bottom of the 8th to close out the game. SPENCER WINS 10-6
W - Matt Guerrier 1.0, 2h
L - Matt Capps, 5h, 2er, w
Game 3 Max "Headroom" Scherzer @ Clifford "Big Red Dog" Lee
A RBI single from Yunel Escobar in the 1st put Spencer up 1-0. It was 2-0 Spencer after Nick Markakis' RBI-single in the 5th. However Keith managed to score two off of Cliff Lee to tie in the 8th and a Delmon Young (batting clean-up) single off of Scott Downs in the 9th won it for Keither. KEITH WINS 3-2
W - Alexi Ogando - 1.0, k
L - Scott Downs - 1.1, 2h, r
S - Bailey - 1.0, k
Another good series. Why I took Cliff Lee out in that game, I have no idea. I'm blaming the many Smithwick's in my blood for the bad pitching moves.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Anyone interested in swinging by Sunday morning to roll a series or two? I know Nick and Fish are out, but I think Spencer and Torto expressed some interest. Mario, Goldy; either of you free? (sorry for the short notice Goldy, I've got to be sure to get your number next time we get together).
Anyway, let me know - I'm pretty flexible but since I've already played Spencer and Torto I would love a 4th...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
First off, if you got three minutes, watch this video for the best analysis I've ever heard, from my man PaladinCecil on the Miller Park All-Star Game fiasco back in '02. This dude rules the roost on "Best" moments from places he has been. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d95g14gMrVw
TORTO!!! + the rest of you some noteworthy stats: 36 GAMES PLAYED
*Josh Johnson - (8 starts) 63.1 IP, 4W-3L, 3.27 ERA, 74 K, 11 W, 3CG
*Brett Meyers - (7 Starts) 40 IP, 6W-1L
*Heath Bell - (14 GP) 14.1 IP, 0.63ERA, 22 K, 7 W, 1 ER, 6 h, 10 saves
*Ryan Braun - .279, 7 HR, 24 RBI
*Jay Bruce - .291, 5 HR, 22 RBI
*Ryan Howard - .243, 5 HR, 23 RBI
*Brandon Phillips - .207, 0 HR, 11RBI (been so good for me other years)
*Jim Rollins - .189, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB
*Catchers - I-ROD and Humberto Quintero (combined) .336, 2 HR, 14 RBI, SB
*Starting Pitchers - .173, 3RBI
Monday, July 11, 2011
Gotta say, I respect both what Cargo Gongo and whomever Torto wants to "try" and throw in the mix.
Honestly? Torres has been on some juice-shit and hitting this team to the playoffs. Torres, bullpen, and Braun. That's my team. Need dudes to step up for the matchup with my natural border rival, Tortosmelcer.
To stump for Torres:
52-139 h/ab (0.374 AVE) 1 hr, 15 rbi, 21r, 16 2b, 2 3b, 9 sb, 14 w,
Might not have the "power numbers" needed to win an MVP, but a batting title seems to be in his future, and leads the leage in steals.
Anyways, there is my entry for league MVP.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Joey Votto - .333 in 105 AB, both Goldy and Fish combined
Jose Reyes - .324 in 139 AB
Dan Uggla - 10 HR in 152 AB
Joey Votto - 8 HR in 105 AB
Dan Uggla - 35 RBI's
Jim Edmonds - 21 RBI's
Joey Votto - 19 RBI's
Jose Reyes - 5
Nyjer Morgan - 4
Joel Perlta - 1.12 ERA in 32 IP
Mat Latos - 1.86 ERA in 53 IP
Carlos Silva (What the Fuck?) - 2.33 ERA in 35 IP
Matt Cain - 2.37 ERA in 53 IP
Mat Latos - 7
Matt Cain - 6
Carlos Marmol - 5
Mat Latos - 51
Carlos Marmol - 10
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
...and baseball. We aren't much for bragging like those folks from Texas, we prefer to just beat you over the head then then burn your house to cinders. Yessir - this year's 2010 AL PTP Detroit Tigers are back with a new roster and are better than ever. An exciting blend of speed, power, and mediocre pitching is what you'll get when you come to Comerica Park this summer. Skipper Jon Tortomasi has brought on Jimmy Leyland to be his bench coach - what more could a fan ask for? Let's check out the roster:
1B - Daric 'Boring' Barton
2B - O-Dog Hudson
3B - Adrian "Contract Year" Beltre
SS - Elvis 'won't leave the building' Andrus (no HRs on his card)
RF - Jose BOMBautista ('nuff said)
CF - Curtis 'Baby Grand' Granderson
LF - Juan Pierre (you might be able to run on him, but he KNOWS he can run on you)
C - Joe Mauer AKA the Baby Jesus
DH - Paul Konerko (the steady Captain of this mess)
Role Players and Backups:
Jhonny Peralta and Sean Rodrguez - utilty extrordonaires
Jorge 'Don't Dare Bat Me 9th' Posada
Denard Span'ning the Globe' (wheels for when you really need that guy to score from 2nd)
Manny Ramirez (keeping the clubhouse loose, and fully stocked with PEDs and their subsequent effeminate masking agents)
Jesse Crain 'Wreck'
This group promises to be an exciting bunch, with plenty of base-stealing speed to annoy even the best AL catchers (not saying much), and enough power to actually get the ball to leave the cavernous outfield of Comerica Park. Be sure to watch for game day giveaways this year, including our 'Ty Cobb Racial Epithet' talking bobblehead, 'Free Crowbar Night', and 'Joe Mauer Swaddling Clothes' Day.
Game 1: Guthrie @ Verlander
This game played out like we forgot the AL had started. Pedroia struck first for Keith in the bottom of the 1st with a solo homerun. The run was answered in the top of the 3rd by the hard-hitting Adrian Beltre. Beyond that, we had ourselves a fast-moving, well-pitched game, finally decided by a 2-run Elvis Andrus bases-clearing double off Verlander in the top of the 9th.
Torto Wins 3-1
Game 2: Pinero @ Lester
This was more what we were looking for – a good old-fashioned AL runfest. Torto managed five runs, highlighted by Beltre’s second HR of the year, a two-run job by Paully Konerko and a flurry of thieving baserunners (Pierre 2, Andrus, Granderson). It was not enough to offset the game by #1 overall pick Josh “The Hammer” Hamilton, however, who finished with four RBI’s and fell a double short of the cycle.
Keith Wins 8-5
Game 3: Vargas @ Carmona
Another tight game started well for Torto with Hudson knocking in Barton following his two out triple in the top of the 2nd. Back-and-forth this one went, with Keith scoring a run in the bottom of the 4th, Torto answering back in the top of the 5th for a one-run lead, and Keith coming back with two more in the bottom of the 5th. It would stay that way until the top of the 9th, when Torto brought in pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez to face closer Andrew Bailey with two on. It was not to be, though, as Bailey escaped with his second save in the series.
Keith Wins 3-2
Take a look at our club this year, you panty-wearing Yankees. I guarantee, you come down here to Texas, you’re gonna know you’re in our house….
|Will Zimmerman get the call and be announced league MVP?|
What does that mean for playoffs? It means Fish, Torto, and Spence are IN as the #1, 2, and 3 seeds respectively. It also means that Mario still has an outside shot at getting in as the #4 seed over Nick. Mar has 14 wins and 9 games left. That means he needs to win 7 of his last 9 to get in. With 6 remaining against Carlo, and 3 vs. Spence - it is still in the realm of possibility.
Now on to more important matters, namely the ridiculous plug of Carlos Gonzalez as the NL season MVP. It's nice that Nick is excited about his players, and Car-Go is a dynamic athlete to be sure, but the true MVP crown is probably best handed to my Marlin's own, Ryan Zimmerman. A stellar defender, Zimmerman finished the regular season 1/1000th of a point behind Car-Go in BA, but has more HRs (8) and leads the league in RBI (39). All that on a highly competitive team, that finished only a game out of first in the regular season. Case closed.
***FYI*** Spencer currently has Carlo's cards, and the current rotation is 2-3-4 (Kershaw-Arroyo-Dempster)for the next series, and 5-1-2 for the final (Nolasco-Lincecum-Kershaw).***
Monday, July 4, 2011
Some post AL draft PTP went down between Goldy and myself, with playoff impications at stake. Here is the skinny:
Spencer sweeps Goldy 3-0
Game 1 (2-0) W-Jaime Garcia, L - Cole Hamels, S - Heath Bell HR - Rolen
Game 2 (8-3) W - Derek Lowe, L - Hernandez HR - Ryan Braun, Rick Weeks, Brian McCann
Game 3 ( 5-1) W - Josh Johnson, L - Jonathon Sanchez HR - Ryan Howard (Grand Slam)
SPENCER NOW SECURES THE 3rd SEED in the Playoffs.