Posted at 9:01 AM on September 16, 2005
by Ben Tesch
Here are my picks for the Cy Young this year, along with the other popular candidates so you can make the choice as well:
1. Bartolo Colon (19-7, 3.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 145 Ks)
2. Johan Santana (13-7, 3.17 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 207 Ks)
3. Mark Buerhle (15-8, 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 132 Ks)
4. Jon Garland (17-9, 3.51 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 94 Ks)
5. Mariano Rivera (39 saves, 4 blown, 1.39 ERA, 0.89 WHIP)
1. Chris Carpenter (21-4, 2.31 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 201 Ks)
2. Roger Clemens (12-7, 1.77 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 175 Ks)
3. Dontrelle Willis (21-8, 2.49 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 141 Ks)
I really think it's a 2 man race in both leagues, and if either one was picked I would not be surprised. Colon is carrying his team into the playoffs, and Santana missed a recent start and hasn't been as dazzling recently. Carpenter is an absolute machine, but Clemens stats are ridiculous and (much like Santana) his win totals are skewed because of the teams they play on.
Your picks, ladies and gentlemen?
Posted at 11:25 AM on September 16, 2005
by David Zingler
Bret Boone, remember him? He was the guy that caused a lot of commotion on this particular blog over the All Star break. He was also the guy that hit .170 in 14 games with the Twins. Still don’t remember him? Consider yourself lucky.
It seems our erstwhile second baseman has taken the lead of our unfortunately-not-erstwhile president and completely ignored all reality – the bad stuff anyway. He thinks he can still play.
"I want to play again; I intend to play again," Boone told the Seattle Times.
He also claimed that teams did call him after he was released by the Twins on August 1, but told his agent to decline all offers. Apparently he plans to “re-dedicate” himself to the game during the offseason.
"This winter, I'll be hitting both the health club and the batting cage every day," he said. "My dad (former catcher and manager Bob Boone) will work with me on my swing, just like he did in 1997 and 2000.”
I hate to kick a guy when he’s down, but it’s time to trade the batting helmet for a headset Bret.
Posted at 3:29 PM on September 16, 2005
by Josh Lee
When you're sitting around the house with a broken ankle, there's not much to do (besides following your team's descent into mediocrity) beyond staring at the wall. And if you stare at that wall long enough, you might start to see writing on it. That's what Torii Hunter sees, at least, because he's selling his Golden Valley condo amidst whispers of a possible trade this winter. The portents? His salary next year will be above $10 million, and that kind of paycheck is almost unheard of in Twins Territory. Lew Ford is looking like a passable defensive replacement in center field, and $10 million is presumably enough to buy a couple of decent bats.
On the other hand, Torii, streaky as he sometimes is, is one of the few real hitters on the roster, and giving that up for the hope of an offensive upgrade doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Perhaps more importantly, Torii is the face of the Twins, by far its most Nike-friendly player, and while you could maybe possibly sort-of conceive of an argument for replacing his bat and his glove, it's hard to imagine anyone replacing his face: Santana's too content to let his pitching speak for him, Radke's talking retirement, and Mauer's too young. Hunter is the last and best representative of the Twins' 21st-century resurgence, and as budget-conscious as the team's management is, it seems hard to believe that getting rid of him would make good business sense.