Funny what a weekend series can do. It can either douse the flames or fan them when you’re this late in the season. For most teams that had an outside chance going into the weekend… they’ve been doused. Like San Fran, Florida and Atlanta unable to really make up any ground on the Rockies thanks to the resurgence of this guy…
Jason Giambi continues to produce for the Rockies! He put up another bomb while posting a 2-4 2RBI line. This guy has just been slobberknockin’ the ball.You can pretty much figure the NL Wild Card is won. And, since I don’t see the Rockies giving in.. their 3 game set @ Dodger Stadium to end the season could be really exciting. Won’t that be fun?
Then there’s the team that could’ve really busted through… and instead settled for a small dent. But, don’t think the Twins aren’t happy after nearly pulling off a sweep against the front running Tigers. Had it not been for Placido Polanco, the lead might have been but 1.. instead of 3. Polanco had a terrific series in Minnesota. His 2-4 3RBI game lifted his series totals to 6 for 11. He’s hitting at a .365 clip this year against the Twins. Nice.
As for the Rangers… you can probably stick a fork in them too. With the tag team of Gary Mattews, Jr. and Howie Kendrick swatting the ball all over the state of Texas, the Rangers chances are fading like a Texas sunset. Kendrick though, is smoking hot; His 3-5 5RBI day included a big fly, his 10th of the year. Mattews is creeping out of his September swoon which is probably not good news for the rest of the League. Gary posted a nice line of 2-3 3RBIs and a HR.
There’s another guy that’s heating up as the weather cools..
After not hitting a dong in over 176 at bats.. Jacoby Ellsbury has gone deep twice in the last few games. He was real close to riding the cycle needing only a triple to fill out his 3-4 3RBI performance. He also had a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored. Geeez, Dude. Lighten up. : ) As good as that was it’s time to Welcome Back an old face who looked like The Kid again last night at the dish.
Ken Griffey, Jr. put a beat down on Joba Chamberlain’s offerings, belting an RBI double in the 1st that jumped off his bat like days gone by. Then to be certain Joba knew who The Kid was… he crushed a 3 Run bomb in the 2nd inning that went waaaaay high and way far. Griffey’s 627th big fly of his career! Wow. Welcome Back Kid. You’re Yesterday’s Hitter!
Ken Griffey Jr. #24