Harper vs. Heyward

Biking for Baseball’s next stop this season is Turner Field for a weekend series between the two best teams in NL East. The Braves begin today only 3.5 games out of first place before opening a home series against the surging DBacks, while the Nationals continue their series with the Rockies in Colorado this week.

A lot of storylines stick out from the Nationals-Braves upcoming tilt. The young homegrown Nationals are trying to become the Braves of the 1990’s, and the Braves are trying to win one for the Chipper.

For me, the most intriguing storyline is a battle of 2 highly touted lefty hitting outfielders. Both first round draft picks made their MLB debut at a very young age and are seen as cornerstones for the future of their organizations.

Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Jason Heyward of the Braves are not only the future of their teams, but they are the future of baseball. Continue reading

The Cubs Future is Present

patrickaschmidt.wordpress.comNow that our long national nightmare is over and Anthony Rizzo is making his Cubs debut Tuesday night at Wrigley Field the pressure is on for him to live up to the lofty expectations.

Burdened with the task of saving the Cubs and rising from the basement of the National League is no small feat for the 23- year old first baseman.  Having raked in the minor leagues to the tune of a .343 average with 23 homeruns in 70 games, many Cubs fans are expecting the second coming of Albert Pujols.

Thus is the life of a prospect in the Cubs organization.

An organization that has failed to produce a successful Major League hitter since Mark Grace came to the show 25 years ago.

Corey Patterson, Bobby Hill, Hee- Sop Choi, and Felix Pie are a who’s who list of recent flops that failed to live up the soaring expectations that preceded their call to the big leagues.  Continue reading

Marlins Park Review; It’s Not Bad.

Biking for Baseball’s 12th stadium this season by bike was the brand new Marlins Stadium. We attended the game during a huge monsoon of a rainstorm, so we were thankful the team put a retractable roof on the stadium. Other than that, not very many positives for Marlins fans this night.

The Marlins continued their June swoon, losing to the Blue Jays for their 5th straight loss. This was the second consecutive game we’ve seen the Marlins, and it’s also the second time we’ve seen very poor pitching from their staff.

Starter Anibal Sanchez walked 4 in 3 1/3 innings, and the Marlins walked back-to-back runners with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

The Marlins offense was able to get nine hits; they just were never able to string them together. They ended the game 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Continue reading