If you are like us, you grew up loving “This Week in Baseball” and Mel Allen. Here at WCT, we have “Last Week in Baseball!” Please don’t sue us FOX!
This weekend marks the first of September, and the beginning of the best 61 days in the sports calendar: Football season kicks-off, and baseball games begin to get really really important. We can already see a wild card race forming in the AL between the Mariners and Yankees (that is, if the Mariners don’t overtake the Angels), and we have already spoken to more than one person that thinks the Indians and Tigers are so evenly matched that they may have a one-game playoff in their future. In the NL, the Cubs and Brewers are separated by two games in the loss column with three games remaining between them. We don’t know about you, but we are psyched!
And now, on to the LWIB notes!
– If this were college football, Chris Fowler would have some snappy nickname for this week’s slate of games (we’re thinking, “separation week,” or “showdown week”). This week we will have series between the #1 and #2 teams in five of baseball’s six divisions. The Yankees host the Red Sox, The Angels travel to Seattle to take on the Mariners, The Mets are at the Phillies, The Brewers are at Wrigley taking on the Cubs, and Arizona is at the Padres. By the end of this week, those five races could be completely different than they are today.
– The Dodgers showed just how desperate they were this week when they picked up David Wells. You know things are bad when a fat, 44-year-old cast-off is the cavalry. Our pick to win the NL pennant are now like the guy who wears sweatpants out in public. They have officially given up.
– What was up with that peculiar scoring maneuver in Detroit over the weekend? Placido Polanco commits an obvious throwing error, his first in 148 games, and then they change the scoring on the play the next day and give the error to Marcus Thames? That was reeeally shady.
– The Padres-Mets series from the middle of last week was probably the most entertaining three-game set we have seen in a while. Three games, three blown saves, 10 total runs scored in the 9th and 10th innings. That is a lot of late, clutch run-scoring!
– OK, apparently the Diamondbacks aren’t just joking around. We guess they really plan on winning the NL West. Who knew?
– What is with Phillies trying to fight media members? In April, manager Charlie Manuel threatend that dude that hosts a radio show in Philly and looks like the Burger King, and now Saturday night, surly relief pitcher Brett Myers tried to throw-down with a reporter who questioned him about blowing the game by giving up two ninth inning home runs. To be fair, its good to see that Myers is now trying to punch people other than his own wife.
– You know, baseball is just so much more entertaining with Milton Bradley crazy-ing it up by doing stuff like slamming his bat after home runs, turning his back to the infield to stare at fans in the bleachers, and barking at fans behind the plate. If only the Padres could pick up Carl Evrett and add him to their 40-man roster for September. Man that would be sweet.
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Its our blog dammit, so we are going to talk about our favorite team every week – All of these freaking extra-inning games (the Indians played three on this roadtrip, one in each series) are going to kill the Tribe, who don’t have another off day until September 13th.
– The Indians went 6-3 on this past roadtrip, winning each series two-out-of-three, but for some reason it didn’t feel like they were playing their best baseball.
– Minnesota, Seattle, and the White Sox (who always seem to give the Indians trouble) this week, so it doesn’t get any easier.
– We think this team has found its new permanent #2 hitter in today’s hero, and new member of the WCT man-crush club, Asdrubal Cabrera.
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How about tha…er…I’ll be goddamed! – The most obvious selection of the season: Diamondbacks pitcher followed up a 4-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI night, with another HR in two ABs in his next start. Who lit a fire under this dude??