Miss me? The production requirements at the paper because of the upcoming holiday have cut into my blogging time. On the one hand, it’s great to have three four-day weekends coming up between Rosh Hashana and Succot, but that means the work — which is increased because extra advertising for the holidays means larger papers which have to be filled with news stories – still has to get done.
R.A. Dickey is one of the NY Mets’ lone bright spots this year. Yesterday Ike Davis continued to establish his personal best in home runs and RBIs when his three-run shot (#26 on the year) made Dickey the first 18-win pitcher in the Majors this season as the Mets beat the host St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2.
Kevin Youkilis was 0-3 with a walk and a run scored as the Chicago White Sox beat the vsiiting Minn. Twins, 6-2.
Ryan Braun doubled and walked in four official at bats as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the host Miami Marlins, 8-5.
There’s talk about Braun’s being consider for a second consecutive MVP. Goodness knows his numbers are worthy, leading the league in homes runs, RBIs, slugging, and OPS; second runs scored, sixth in batting average, and just eight stolen bases away from another 30-30 club entry. In any other year, with his “history,” he would be a top consideration. On the down side, the Brewers are a bad team this year, thanks to the departure of stars like Prince Fielder and Zack Greinke.
But perhaps the whole PED thing of last year has left a bad taste in the mouths of some of the sportswriters who have the ballot. Al Yellon of Baseball Nation posits on what it would take for Braun to win again. Basically, unless Braun wins the Triple Crown or the Brewers miraculously come back to make it to the post season, it’s not gonna happen.
Sam Fuld got the start in centerfield and batted in the leadoff spot for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 6-4 loss to the visiting New York Yankees. Fuld was 1-2 with a walk and scored two runs.
Ian Kinsler was the DH last night for the Texas Rangers, going 2-4 with his 38th double of the year, scoring one run and driving in another on a sacrifice fly. The Rangers beat the host Kansas City Royals, 7-6. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game. He sustained his fifth straight loss last Saturday to drop his record to 6-11. He’ll try to break the shneid tonight against KC.
Ryan Lavarnway was the DH for the Boston Red Sox last night, going 0-4 in a 2-1 loss to the host Seattle Mariners. Ryan Kalish was announced as a pinch hitter but was himself pinch hit for. Craig Breslow did not appear in the game.
Jason Marquis (San Diego Padres) remains on the disabled list. Here’s a nice write-up from his home town paper, the Staten Island Advance about his daughter Reese, who sustained life-threatening injuries as the result of a bicycle accident while Marquis was at spring training.