Daily Dojo 7-2-2013

Bryce Harper on the Sports Illustrated cover at age 16.

Bryce Harper on the Sports Illustrated cover at age 16.

Bryce Harper returned to the National’s line up last night. He homered in his first at bat. Harper is a special talent. I remember reading about him when he was the cover story for Sports Illustrated at age 16. The video of him hitting the Tropicana sign inside Tamba Bay’s stadium during a home run derby was my favorite Harper video. Can he lead the Nationals to a playoff berth at the young age of 20 years old?I am not so sure. I think he could if his supporting cast can pick up the pace. They DEFINITELY have the pitching, assuming Strasburg can stay healthy. Their line up has just been so up and down this year; I am not so sure the line up will be able to keep them in the playoff race in September. Ryan Zimmerman has a hurt shoulder and if you don’t believe me, watch him throw to first. Jason Werth was not worth that huge contract, obviously. Danny Espinosa got demoted to AAA because he couldn’t put the ball in play with a batting average of .158. He does have a torn rotator cuff, but if he can’t perform hurt, he needs to get it fixed! Ian Desmond has been good with 15 homers from the shortstop position. Adam LaRoche has not heated up just yet, like he usually does after April. Maybe they can catch up to the Braves, but I just think the Braves ridiculously hot start, led by Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, will propel them to an NL East crown. I realize there is half a season yet to be played. I just do not think the Nationals will put together a large winning streak to catch the Braves, and while I do not think highly of the Braves, they won’t collapse in September. They will hit just enough home runs to put them in the playoffs.

Albert Pujols signing with the LA Angels

Albert Pujols signing with the LA Angels

Albert Pujols plays the Cardinals for the first time since joining the Angels. It is in Anaheim, but I am sure it will still be a big deal to Pujols. He will probably have a monster night. He hasn’t been the same player since he left St. Louis, but he is still one of the best hitters I have ever seen in my two decades of life. He can definitely put it together for one night. I think that night will be tonight, but it could happen at any point during this series. It’ll be a good game to watch tonight and it would be even if Pujols wasn’t the main story. Lance Lynn and Jered Weaver will, hopefully, make this a good pitching duel.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Wimbledon has been insane so far. Incredible upsets with Federer, Nadal, and Sharapova going down early. Yesterday had, in my opinion, the craziest upset of all of them. Serena Williams lost in the fourth round to Sabine Lisicki. I don’t know much about tennis, but I know Serena is a man among women. I am stunned she lost because she is such a beast. Djokovic should win the men’s title, but the women’s is a toss up.

Fantasy football season is on the horizon. I am excited to start playing again, so I have already started to do a mock draft or two. I will be posting a draft I did with why I selected each player and what my concerns would be with each pick.

 Greg Danchik

Daily Dojo 7-1-2013

Happy July Everyone

Crab and Mac n Cheese hot dogs

Crab and Mac n Cheese hot dogs

View from left-center seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

View from left-center seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

As evidenced by my Twitter timeline, I was at the Orioles game last night. Heather and I had an awesome time and good seats. It was great. The only problem was the drive home. We kept driving in and out of a severe thunderstorm and it took 3.5 hours to get home. It sucked. But the Orioles won, and Jim Johnson got his 100th career save. Chris Davis hit home run number 31, an Orioles’ record for homers prior to the All Star Break. Manny Machado and Nate McLouth also homered. Brian Roberts finally returned to the line up and the roar from the crowd when he came to the plate was awesome to hear. One of the only good players through the rough times in Baltimore and he will always be a fan favorite. The game got scary at the end, but the Orioles were able to pull it off.

Since I was driving most of the day, I wasn’t able to see the second most important game of the day, the Confederations Cup Final. Joe tweeted at me about the David Luiz save.

I found the video on my phone. My jaw dropped. That was insane. Unbelievable effort by Luiz. Now, I think that play may have been demoralizing to Spain. Since I didn’t watch the game, I can’t say for sure. However, I would think that Luiz making that save and Neymar putting away a goal 4 minutes later probably put Spain in a hole, mentally and physically, that they could not overcome. Brazil added another tally late to seal their 3rd straight Confederations Cup championship.

Chris Paul agreed in principle to a deal with the Clippers. I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone. Once the Clippers traded for Doc Rivers, there was no way he was going anywhere. So, one of the two big 2013 free agents has made his decision. Dwight Howard, obviously, has not decided what he wants to do. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone given the fiasco in Orlando a season and a half ago. I think he is going to sign with the Rockets. James Harden and Howard should be a good combo, but will Howard be okay playing second fiddle? I am not sure what Houston is thinking, but personally, I think Harden is a star and should be the main man in Houston. I want to see how they play together, if Howard does go to Houston.

I also want to see if Rajon Rondo gets traded to Dallas. I read somewhere that the Mavericks were going to make a run at him with Shane Larkin as the main piece of a package. If the Celtics are all in on the rebuilding process, they may want to make this trade for Larkin and a couple first rounders and whatever pieces make the money side of things work. I bet the Celtics could also dump a contract or two on the Mavs in a trade like this. I think Bill Simmons would want it to be Gerald Wallace.

Dojo Sparring 6/23 – 6/30

Greg to Joe

So MLB.tv is the greatest thing that has ever been invented. I will have to give you my information for that since I have your Netflix info. I’m just sitting here in Lewisburg, PA with standard cable and MLB.tv and I am watching the Orioles play the Indians. It is the greatest thing in the world. I love it. And I’m pumped that I get to go to the Orioles game against the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball. It’s gonna be awesome and Camden Yards is a great stadium.

Chris Davis

Chris Davis

In the game, I just saw Chris Davis CRUSH another home run. This is nothing unusual, but it got me thinking… is he the first half AL MVP? I would say that he is 100% in the conversation. It is basically Miguel Cabrera, Davis and Mike Trout. Davis is second in batting average with .331, behind Cabrera by .039 points, and has 7 more homers than Cabrera, 28. As I am writing this, it is subject to change after I send this, Davis trails Cabrera by 5 RBI’s. He has the pedigree for this. In the minors, he had a homer every 15 AB’s or so. That’s about 1 every 5 games, assuming he gets 3 AB’s a game. He just could not put it together in his first couple years in the majors. He had a .251 batting average with only 44 homers in his first four years in the majors. The Rangers dealt him for a reliever in 2011. It has worked out well for the Orioles as Koji Uehara, the reliever who got them Davis, is with your Red Sox now.

So, I think I am going to go with Davis because he is basically as good as Cabrera and he plays a really nice first base. Davis is my AL First Half MVP. I also have some really bold predictions, First Half Cy Young awards and the NL First Half MVP. But I want to hear what you have to say first. What are your answers to all those questions? Bold predictions, First Half Cy Young awards and First Half MVP’s

Joe to Greg

I’d have to agree with you in terms of the AL MVP leaders. I say as of right now, Chris Davis, Miguel Cabrera, and Mike Trout are your front runners. I think two other guys are worth mentioning and both come out of the AL East; Evan Longoria and David Ortiz. Longoria is batting over .300 for the season and is a big reason why the Tampa Bay Rays haven’t fallen out of the playoff race just yet. (Quick side note. The AL East yet again is producing a crazy race between all five teams, seeing as they’re all just separated by 6.5 games, the smallest margin in the MLB). David Ortiz is an honorable mention because the guy is 37 years old and he’s leading the Red Sox in Home Runs, RBI’s, OPS, and Batting Average. Keeping that type of production up is difficult at an older age.

On the NL side, Yadier Molina, Paul Goldschmidt, and Joey Votto are my favorites so far. Molina is out dueling Buster Posey as the best catcher in baseball right now. Posting a .355 average to go along with only 28 strikeouts in nearly 273 at-bats. To put that in perspective, Chris Carter of the Houston Astros has 107 strikeouts in 252 at-bats. Paul Goldschmidt might be one of my favorite players to watch. He’s tied for 3rd in home runs (19) and leading the NL in RBI’s (66). There’s no question he deserves to be apart of the conversation. Joey Votto is leading the Cincinnati Reds offense. Currently rocking a .325 batting average with a .963 OPS, ranked 4th among NL batters (Goldschmidt is 5th with .959). Votto may lack some of the numbers other candidates have but make no mistake about it, he knows how to hit and get on base.

Through the first half, these are my picks:

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera

NL MVP: Yadier Molina

What are your thoughts on NL MVP and the Cy Young Race?

Greg to Joe

I’m not so sure Ortiz is really a factor in the AL MVP race because it is basically impossible for a DH to win MVP. And Longo is big for the Rays, I agree with that. I put a little bit of AL East stuff in today’s Daily Dojo actually.

Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina

The NL MVP race is very interesting. I think Molina is so good and is definitely the best catcher in baseball. He has the offensive numbers as you said, but his defensive ability is AMAZING. I wrote about how the Cardinals pitchers that get called up and miraculously pitch well. I think that is because of Molina. He is just a pitchers dream. He makes his entire pitching staff indescribably better.

With all of that said, I think Goldy deserves NL MVP. He is carrying that team and he is absolutely dominate at the plate. They lead their division in a really tight race.

With Cy Young awards, its pretty tough. I think the AL comes down to Max Scherzer, Yu Darvish, Chris Sale and Hisashi Iwakuma. First of all, I do not think Iwakuma is legit. I believe he blows up in the second half even though he is in that huge park in Seattle, Safeco Field. So, it comes down to the other three. I think Sale will slow down to. He pitched 192.0 innings in 2012 and that is a 121 innings increase from 2011. His arm may fatigue and slow down. For me, its down the Darvish and Scherzer. If we go by what has happened so far this year, it is probably Darvish. He leads Scherzer by 21 strikeouts with 143. And his ERA is 2.95 to Scherzer’s 3.05. Now, I think Scherzer will win the AL Cy Young in the long run. He has the lowest Fielder Independent Pitching (FIP) than any of the pitchers I listed above with a 2.55. I can explain the FIP calculation later if you want to know what it is exactly. This is a good indicator of where the ERA is going to go as the season rolls on. It is also a better indicator of pitching quality. Also, his FIP is the only one that is lower than his ERA out of those 4 pitchers. So his ERA should drop, and the others should rise. For me, its Darvish now, but Scherzer at the end of the season for AL Cy Young.

In the NL, I think it is going to be Adam Wainwright now and in the future. He is so good and finally back to form after his Tommy John surgery in 2011. And he has been better than ever. Yes, Matt Harvey has been amazing and he has 15 more strikeouts than Wainwright with a better ERA at 2.05. However, they have FIP’s that are only a point from each other. Harvey has a 2.01 and Wainwright at 2.02. So actually, you know what? I am changing my First Half NL Cy Young to Matt Harvey. I do think Wainwright will end up winning it because Harvey will probably get shut down at some point. The Mets are not competing. They will not win this year, and why should they have Harvey pitching until the end of September when you could save the mileage on his arm? I also think that he will get lit up a couple times for no particular reason and no stats to back me up. Wainwright, when I watch him, is so good. I just cannot not pick against him. Therefore, Wainwright for Cy Young at the end of the year.

First Half NL MVP – Paul Goldschmidt

First Half AL Cy Young – Yu Darvish — Actual Cy Young (end of year prediction) – Max Scherzer

First Half NL Cy Young – Matt Harvey —  Actual Cy Young (end of year prediction) – Adam Wainwright

Cy Young thoughts? and any BOLD predictions for the rest of the MLB season?

Joe to Greg

By no means is Ortiz going to win MVP, but he’ll get the lower votes when voting comes around. I think it is tough to call an AL Cy Young. Without a doubt Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer are the top two candidates. Felix Hernandez is definitely in the conversation and I think just as deserving as Iwakuma. If you compare the two player’s stats through June 26th, their stats are basically identical. Just for fun, what team do you think has the best 1-2 pitching combo in the MLB? I think Hernandez/Iwakuma are at least top three right now.

  • Hernandez – 17 GS, 116.2 IP, 106 Hits, 123 strikeouts, 8-4, 3.4 WAR, 1.10 WHIP, 2.70 ERA
  • Iwakuma – 16 GS, 107.1 IP, 78 Hits, 96 Strikeouts, 7-3, 3.8 WAR, 0.89 WHIP, 2.26 ERA

Unfortunately, my main man Clay Bucholtz likes to play hurt. He came out of the gates hot and is still undefeated on the year and has the lowest ERA in the MLB, but he’s missed a couple of starts which I think will cost him a shot at picking up some hardware this year.

Adam Wainwright and Matt Harvey

Adam Wainwright and Matt Harvey

In the NL, I agree with Adam Wainwright as a top pick.You have to appreciate a guy bouncing back from Tommy John surgery and producing the way he is. As impressive as Wainwright has been, how can you not love Harvey? The guy is an animal on the mound and he’s only a rookie but being a rookie has its issues. I believe the Mets will look to shut him down a couple weeks early depending on the playoff races and with St. Louis primed for a playoff run, Wainwright is going to have to continue to produce. I give the edge to Wainwright in the long run. I don’t think people can sleep on Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks either, seeing as he has yet to suffer a loss on the year. With the Diamondbacks looking like a threat to make the playoffs, it will be interesting to see how much they depend on Corbin to produce seeing that he’s also a rookie. Corbin’s name will be thrown around a little but I don’t think he has the credentials to compete with Harvey, Wainwright, or Clayton Kershaw. I feel we have the same thoughts for these awards with maybe one exception.

First Half AL Cy Young – Yu Darvish — Actual Cy Young (end of year prediction) – Felix Hernandez (IF he continues to pitch heavy innings + keep his ERA low + earn some W’s)

First Half NL Cy Young – Matt Harvey —  Actual Cy Young (end of year prediction) – Adam Wainwright

Bold Predictions:

I truly feel like the AL representative for the World Series comes from the AL East and from what it looks like, the top two offensive teams in the MLB right now are gearing up for what will be an interesting AL playoffs. That would be your Baltimore Orioles and my Boston Red Sox. Sox-O’s in the ALCS, and my bold prediction, the Pittsburgh Pirates make it to the NLCS, where they play the Cardinals. By the way, if the Cardinals were to win the World Series, can we start to tag them as a dynasty? They win, add that to the 2006 and 2011 trophies and you’re looking at a team that’s been consistently competitive for almost a decade now. Who knows.

Have any bold predictions for the second half of the year?

Greg to Joe

Felix Hernandez is really interesting. I think that is pretty bold. He is going to need more wins. I know voters thinks wins are a good indicator of pitcher performance even though they really aren’t. The AL Cy Young Award race should be interesting. And I am glad you agree with me in the NL. I think the pitching dominance in baseball makes the Cy Young award race so much more interesting.

I think that the Cardinals can get a dynasty tag. They also have the best farm system in baseball. They are going to be good for a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time with Oscar Taveras as their lead man. It is incredible how well that organization is built from top to bottom.

Bold Predictions:

  • I think Manny Machado breaks the single season doubles record. I have been watching the Orioles a lot recently. He is just so good. He really is in the echelon of Trout and Harper. If/when he moves back to shortstop, I think he becomes more valuable than both of them. That could be my Orioles bias kicking in, but I really think he is the real deal.
  • Miguel Cabrera does not end up leading any of the Triple Crown categories at the end of the season.
  • Chris Davis hits 55 home runs this year, but only 33 next year (I realize this is kind of long term).
  • NL (L)East only sends the Braves to the playoffs and they will finish at .500 or worse. They will also be swept in the NLDS.
  • NL Central sends three teams to the playoffs. The Pirates win the 1 game Wild Card against the Reds with Cliff Lee pitching a shutout and Giancarlo Stanton mashing the game winning home run. The Pirates end up winning the NL Pennant and beat my Orioles in Game 6 of the World Series because of a Chase Utley baserunning error that kills a rally in the 8th inning.

Yes, I realize these are very BOLD

Joe to Greg

I don’t think your predictions are bold, they’re borderline crazy. Although I’m a sucker for you placing the Pirates in the World Series because come on, how can you hate the pirates? To wrap up our first half discussion lets play the question game.

  • Which team looks the most complete in the AL/NL?
  • Which division looks the strongest in the AL/NL?
  • Which manager deserves the most credit so far this season?
  • What player/team surprised you the most through the first half?

You already answered my last question, which was, what is your World Series pick through the first half, so I’m guessing you’re taking Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles – Pirates win in 6?

Greg to Joe

The Pirates WILL win the World Series if they deal the farm and get Lee and Stanton. They have the farm system. I just don’t know if the front office will make the deal. The Orioles have a shot, but they need another starting pitcher that won’t get hurt. It should be an interesting playoffs.

To answer your questions, the most complete teams are the Tigers and Cardinals. They have it all. The Tigers only problem is they cannot field, but that is about it. The Cardinals have everything including a great farm system to get a possible upgrade if they think they need it.

Strongest Divisions – AL East and NL Central. Both of them could send three teams to the playoffs. I will be doing half-season division reviews in the upcoming weeks leading up to the All Star break. So you’ll see how I view every division. Check out today’s Daily Dojo for the preview of the NL East, or NL Least if you prefer that.

John Farrell

John Farrell

Manager – John Farrell. I expected the Red Sox to be in the basement for the next three years. He has really helped a turnaround in that franchise.

Team/Player- Red Sox, see above sentence. The player that has shocked me the most has to be Jean Segura and/or Yasiel Puig. Segura just had no pedigree for power and I am surprised by his 11 homers. He has always had speed through the minors, but the power is just a shocker. Puig has been amazing so far. I think he is an absolute man-child. He is a stud, but I do not know if this will ever be matched by him ever again. This could be his peak. I say this just because he has been so good. A lot of people said that about Trout and Trout proved them wrong. Trout will be better than him in the long run I believe, but I could easily be wrong. I have a man crush on Trout.

And my predictions will be right if those trades happen. The one that I am most confident about is the Braves finish.

Answer your own questions. I am interested in your responses.

Joe to Greg

Most Complete Team – I’d say the Cardinals pitching and overall performance so far makes them look good. Also, as long as Scherzer keeps dealing, the Tigers look very threatening so we agree on this one.

Strongest Divisions – AL East for just how close of a race it is, again, this year and showcasing quality teams in the Orioles, Yanks, Sox, Rays, and the Blue Jays, who are finally getting their act together. I would say the NL Central because the NL East has been lacking a little with both the Nationals and the Phillies underperforming during the beginning of the season.

Manager – I think I have to give the nod to John Farrell because even though I also had faith in the Red Sox after a miserable season last year, I didn’t expect this big of a turnaround. Hats off for John Farrell so far.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Team/Player – This is more of a combo pick between the Blue Jays poor play and the Red Sox quick resurgence. The Jays spent the money to get big names and haven’t really clicked yet, it will be interesting to see if they can make a run to close out the season and sneak into the playoffs. I’d be careful. Player — I’d say Puig for his overall LeBron-like style. I’m not talking about this potential legacy, but how from the moment he stepped onto the field, Puig began dominating games just as LeBron starting scoring and leading a team to the playoffs from the moment he entered the league. It really is fascinating to watch someone so young and inexperienced play with boiling confidence and composure. I agree Trout has the better career as well.

Greg Danchik and Joe Meola

Daily Dojo 6-28-2013

Spain needed 120 minutes and 7 penalty kicks, but they finally put away Italy. Italy had more chances to score and were pretty dominate in the regulation. Once it went into Extra Time, Spain started to take over. Vincente del Bosque made a curious substitution by putting Javi Martinez up top for Fernando Torres, but Spain still won the game because penalty kick botched by Leonardo Bonucci.

Anthony Bennett Selected Number 1 Overall

Anthony Bennett Selected Number 1 Overall

It was a crazy beginning to the first round of the NBA Draft. No trades in the top 5, but I do not think anyone doing a mock draft had the outcome of Anthony Bennett, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr, Cody Zeller and Alex Len. Zeller being the first center taken in the draft is interesting. He was a top 5 player prior to his sophomore year at Indiana, but dropped because he was not even the best player on his own team. I just don’t know if he will succeed in the NBA. Biggest trade of the first round for me was the Nerlens Noel trade to the Philadelphia 76ers. The New Orleans Pelicans get Jrue Holiday and the 76ers get the rights to Nerlens Noel and a protected 2014 first round pick. This trade was a big step in the Sixers rebuilding process and it appears that they are trying to tank for Andrew Wiggins. He has been said to be the best prospect since Kevin Durant, and some people say he is the best since LeBron James. The 2014 draft class will blow away this one anyway, so two picks next year will be big for the Sixers. The only way they do not get a 1st round pick from the Pelicans is if it is in the top 5.

Boston Celtics gave away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. I cannot even say they traded away. They got three unprotected first round picks. However, I doubt they come of any value for the Celtics. Late first rounders rarely turn into stars in the NBA. With Brooklyn looking like a top team in the East next year, the 2014 pick will become a late pick. The 2016 and 2018 picks are up in the air, but I really think they won’t be lottery picks. I agree with Bill Simmons. It was a bad trade and I feel bad for Boston Celtics fans like him.

Mike Muscala got drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 44th pick. However, that pick had already been proposed in a deal to the Atlanta Hawks. This makes sense since the GM for the Hawks was at the Patriot League Championship game. I am glad that he got drafted and its exciting for Bucknell and the whole student body.

BJ Upton and Dan Uggla

BJ Upton and Dan Uggla

In the upcoming weeks leading up to the All Star Break, I am going to be doing reviews of each division in baseball. I already gave a little preview of the AL East two days ago in the Daily Dojo. I will also give you another preview. The worst division in baseball is… the NL East. And its not even close. The Braves lead the division by 5.5. And guess what? They are a mediocre team at best. “But Greg, they have the Upton brothers, Simmons, Heyward, Kimbrel and a good starting rotation!” They are below .500 when they are not playing their own terrible division. Mediocre at best. That would just be a preview as to why the NL East is the worst division in baseball

Baseball Quick Hits

  • Derek Holland has return to form this season. He only gave up two hits in a shut out against the Yankees. He also had seven strikeouts. Real good bounce back year for Holland
  • Matt Garza had 10 strikeouts in 7 innings against the Brewers yesterday afternoon. Cubs are lucky he is back to being the pitcher he used to be. Valuable trade chip.
  • Excited to see Max Scherzer pitch tomorrow night against the Rays. He has been dominate this year, and I am intrigued to see how he does against an average Rays line up. Also want to see how Wil Myers, future stud muffin, fairs against him.

Greg Danchik

Daily Dojo 6-27-2013

Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. The Patriots released him right after the arrest. His NFL career is over, probably. There appears to be a lot of evidence against Hernandez, including a selfie of him holding a gun, his text messages and a matching bullet casing in the rental car he was driving. It is a really sad situation that I would not like to write about. I extend my sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.

With the NBA Draft tonight, I am excited to see a couple things.

  1. How many trades are there going to be?

  2. What will the Cavaliers do with the number 1 overall pick?

  3. Where is Mike Muscala going to be drafted?

Alex Len defends against Nerlens Noel

Alex Len defends against Nerlens Noel

First off, I think there are going to be A LOT of trades. It isn’t a very good draft class so I think teams will try to make trades and move bad contracts to try and make room for the 2014 free agent class. I do think that the Cavaliers will actually make their pick. It is very confusing as to what they are going to do. Every draft expert seems to think that Nerlens Noel is the best prospect in the draft. However, some people are saying Alex Len is the top player on the Cavaliers board. My thinking would be that the Cavaliers are scared of a big man coming out with a knee injury. Remember Greg Oden‘s NBA career? Yeah, me neither.

Mike Muscala

Mike Muscala

Mike Muscala will be drafted tonight in the late first round or early second. It is pretty cool that he is coming out from Bucknell. I hope he goes to a team that has a good coach that understands how smart he is as a player. He will also need to bulk up, but there is no reason that he couldn’t do that when it is his job. I hope he turns into a quality NBA player.

Another interesting NBA note came out this morning. It is unlikely that Dwight Howard will resign with Lakers. It appears that the Rockets will be the front runners for him. Dwight Howard and James Harden sounds like an amazing combination of stars. I just don’t know if Howard will ever be the centerpiece of a championship team. People love to bash LeBron‘s mental toughness. Look at Dwight Howard, he is probably twenty quadrillion times worse in that department.

For me, there was really bad news in baseball yesterday. I called it on Monday. I knew Dylan Bundy was going to need Tommy John before it was announced Tuesday. I doubt it will be the end of his career. Their are few people in better shape than him, apparently he hasn’t eaten a hamburger since he was 15 or so. I hope he comes back like Adam Wainwright has and can fulfill the promise that he definitely has.

I need to make a full apology to Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants. Lincecum had been pitching great for the Giants last night. Then I tweeted about it, and he gave up 3 runs. It was my fault and I accept that.

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum

Sorry Big Time Timmy Jim

And this is another reason I love MLB.tv. I got to watch a late night west coast game and finally saw Yasiel Puig play. He’s *bleep*ing good and he is an absolute man-child. That’s all I have to say about him.

Quick—> Spain-Italy prediction — Spain 3-1

Greg Danchik