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MLB 9 Innings – Daily Recap for September 26 2014

MLB 9 Innings provides a daily recap of the previous day’s events in Major League Baseball. You can see what is happening in the Majors in a quick glance. Included in today’s edition: Derek Jeter goes out in style in New York, the Giants clinch a spot in the post-season, a new GM in Arizona is announced, Phil Hughes gives up a chance at $500,000, the Kansas City Royals are close to breaking a 28-year playoff drought and much more.

First – Derek Jeter looked like his final game at Yankee Stadium was going to be ruined as the bullpen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to the Baltimore Orioles to tie the game. Then Jeter came to the plate with one out and a runner on second base. The Yankees captain took the first offering from Evan Meeks and hit it the other way, scoring Antoan Richardson and giving New York the dramatic win. It was a fitting way for the long-time Yankees shortstop to end his brilliant career at home.

Second – The San Francisco Giants are finally post-season bound, as the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon, 5-3. The loss eliminated the Brewers and gave the Giants the final wild card berth without them even having to take the field. Three Brewers errors led to two unearned runs, which was the difference in the game.

Third – The Seattle Mariners kept their playoff chances alive with a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the team. Logan Morrison hit two home runs in the win and closer Fernando Rodney collected his 47th save. Continue reading

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Early Look at AL Central

Like the AL East all the teams in the AL Central are very close to each other in the standings, as all the teams are right around .500. Lets break it down and take a quick look at each team. Let’s keep in mind all team records and player stats are as of Sunday morning April 27th.

Detroit Tigers:
The Tigers are in first place with a 12-9 record and clearly the class of the division. Kinsler, Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson all off to strong starts. Keep an eye out on rookie Nick Castellanos. Also what is scary is Miguel Cabrera has yet to take flight. The Tigers are going to have to find a shortstop sooner rather than later. Their starting pitching has been strong but their bullpen has been spotty in the early going.

Minnesota Twins:
Twins surprisingly are off to a 12-11 start. That is a great record especially when you consider that 4 of their 5 starting pitchers have ERA’s between 5.14 and 7.32. Also Josh Willingham only has had 17AB’s due to injury and has been a non factor. But Chris Colabello (27RBI), Trevor Plouffe (.419 OBP) and Brian Dozier pop (7HR’s albeit low avg) have been huge for the offense. Continue reading

When Will These Teams Learn? Latest Mistake Nolasco

Rickey NolascoAs you can see from the head line I am not a fan of the latest signing by the Minnesota Twins of Rickey Nolasco to a 4 year deal for 49 Million with a team option for a 5th year. Nolasco turns 31 in mid December so the Twins are buying years 31 – 35. Nolasco for his 8 year career does have a good record of 89-75, although he is 1 game under .500 record wise the last 3 years. Nolasco has a career ERA of 4.37 and ratio of 1.29.

Nolasco who for most of his career has pitched for the Marlins and last summer’s stint in Dodger Blue.

One might say that Nolasco is going to a pitchers park and at 31 years of age is a good buy for the Twins. I would remind everyone that Nolasco has pitched his whole career in the old Marlin stadium which was a football stadium and the last year and half in the Marlins Art Deco pitchers park and Dodger stadium. Throw in the fact that Nolasco has also pitched in the NL his whole career, given the parks he has pitched in, his career numbers are not that impressive. Continue reading