Around The Horn- Weekly Round Up

Burning Up In The Texas Heat

Is there a hotter, more dominating hitter in all of baseball right now than Josh Hamilton? The man nicknamed “Hambone” is absolutely destroying American League pitching at a ridiculous pace. This is Hamilton’s week in review: Monday- Hamilton hits his 10th homerun of the season in a 14-3 win over the Orioles. Tuesday- Hambone crushes 4 home runs for 8 rbis in a 10-3 win over the Orioles again.

Each home run is a 2 run homer and shortstop Elvis Andrus is on base for all 4 big flies.

Wednesday-The game between Texas and Baltimore is rained out as the baseball gods are obviously fearing what Hamilton will do next. Thursday-Hamilton only musters a single hit and the Rangers lose the contest 6-5 to the Orioles. Friday-Hamilton hits 2 more laser shots to give him 17 on the year in a 10-3 win over the Angles.

The former first round pick now has a league leading 17 home runs and 40 rbi’s in 30 games with an enormous OPS of 1.336. Not bad for a guy who is a free agent at seasons end. You have to think Rangers Management are kicking themselves for not locking him up in the off-season. Continue reading Around The Horn- Weekly Round Up

Houston Astros Rebuilding Year

Being an Astros fan is tough, feels like they have been rebuilding for years. Yet, when they get decent ballplayers, they trade away those players for more minor league players for more “rebuilding.” Last year, they were finally getting some hope as players like Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn were starting to make a name. Then in a short period of time, about midway through the season, Hunter Pence was traded to the Phillies for four minor league prospects. And if that wasnt only enough, Michael Bourn was traded for four players.

These players include Jordan Schafer (who currently plays CF),LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Paul Clemens and RHP Juan Abreu. This was a major shock to Astros fans. Many were in disbelief.

The Astros ended up finishing up with the worst record in baseball, 56-106. Also people soon learned that after the 2012 season, the Astros were moving to the American League where they will be in the same division as state rival, the Texas Rangers. Continue reading Houston Astros Rebuilding Year

Cubs Preview: Week of 5-14

Two separate two game series vs. the reigning World Series champion Cardinals and the defending NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies await the Cubs before the return of Interleague play and the Cross-town Classic with the Chicago White Sox.

Monday 5-14

After salvaging one game of the three game series in Milwaukee the Cubs head to the Gateway to the West and take on the division leading St. Louis Cardinals for a two game set.

Ryan Dempster and his 1.02 era will pitch in hopes of getting some run support and nailing down his first win of the season.  In fact, Dempster has not recorded a win in his last 14 starts, a string dating back to last August. Continue reading Cubs Preview: Week of 5-14