A Court Royale

royal-court.jpgSo the fireworks on Sunday certainly paled in comparison to that crazy Saturday eruption. Maybe it had something to do with the anticipation of Champagne bubbly erupting in a clubhouse or two. Whatever the reason we still saw some superlative hitting lines on Sunday. Funny though, they weren’t from the guys you might expect.

One thing that’s cool about acknowledging top performers is you tend to see some fellas keep
A Lind.jpgshowing up. Like one of my faves.. .Adam Lind. Yup, he was at it again. Only this time Adam wasn’t even in the lineup until the 8th inning when he came in as a PH. Oh well, same ol’ same ol’ .. he got a game tying single and the Blue Jays went on to win it. Ho Hum.

tracy.jpgAnd how about our buddy Chad Tracy, remember him? Before Friday he was 0 for 18.. then had that PH Grand Slam to jump off the snide. Well, he’s off it. Chad had a great day at the plate; 3-4 another Home Run for an RBI and scored twice. Way to go Chad You’re NOT Yesterday’s Hitter : ) But we love ya bud.

While we’re on the subject of Pinch Hitters, can you say En Fuego? As in Hotlanta? And Omar Infante? Atlanta is smoldering, they’ve won their last TEN road games and are chasing down Colorado! It’s reminiscent of ’07 except the tables are turned on the Rockies.. they’re not the Chaser… they’re the Chasee! Omar Infante Pinch Hit in the 10th inning of the Hotlanta Braves vs Nationals game and came through with a 2 RBI knock to lock up the win and keep Atlanta 2 1/2 back! Cool stuff. 
kendry.jpgHas anybody noticed that the Angels have stumbled over the last week or so? If not for Kendry Morales (what a hitter) the Angels would have gone a full week without a victory. Kendry wasn’t going to let that happen and the Angels are on the verge of their 5th AL West title in the last 6 years! Morales was 3 for 3 and knocked in 3 while scoring twice on Sunday. He now has 32 HRs and 102 RBIs! Plus he’s carrying a .303 average! A Cuban Stud.

On the other end of the AL spectrum are those Cleveland
kelly.jpgIndians. While not the best of seasons, they’re desperately trying to stay out of the cellar in the Central. They’ve got a 1/2 game lead on the Royals! Keeping them there was the hot hitting of Kelly Shoppach and Asdrubal Cabrera. Believe it or not, the Tribe is on a 3 game winning streak! Shoppach hit a massive bomb in his 2-4 3 RBI day and light hitting ShortStop Cabrera hit his 41st double in a 4-5 day that netted 3 RBIs. Can they hold off the Royals? The drama builds.

From the bottom to the top.The Tigers and Twins are scuffling each other for the top spot in the Central. The Tigers have got the Twins right where they want them… coming into their Den for a 4 game spot starting today! Carlos Quentin ruined any chance for the Tigers to hold a 3 game lead going into today’s series. Quentin crushed the Cats with a Home Run and 4 RBIs as he put up a 2 for 4 day. Carlos is a far cry from the fellow we saw last year that nearly grabbed the MVP… had he not been stupid enough to hit his own bat and break something.. and it wasn’t the bat. Dork.

quent.jpgWhich brings us to a guy that also ruined a chance for someone to gain. The Twins could have pulled within ONE game of Detroit if they could only knock off those cellar dwellar Royals. But no. The King of the Court… Yuniesky Betancourt over ruled that possibility. He was Judge, Jury and Executioner in defending the field in Kansas City. Yuniesky (cool name) went 3 for 3, launched a long ball, scored twice and had 3 RBIs in the Royals no doubter 4-1 win over the punchless Twins. I’m sure the Twins were looking forward to a tussle with the Tigers. Well, they got it.. .starting today. Tune in to watch some really good hitters in this one.

Congratulations Yuniesky Betancourt. You are Yesterday’s Hitter!

yuni.jpg’09 Stats

Avg HR RBI Runs
.246   6 48 39



  1. juliasrants

    But was it not also domination when the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8 straight? You can not call the Yankees’ winning the last three series domination unless you also say that the Red Sox totally dominated the Yankees as well. And since we both dominated for 3 series – it’s a wash. We enter the playoffs even and like every other team 0-0.


  2. Buz

    Julia.. exactly. That’s what I meant when I said .. A new season begins. A Wash for the first. First the Red Sox dominate. Then the Yanks. Neither of which really (really?) count. NOW they count. Who will dominate when it counts the most!?

  3. crzblue2

    love the play on words with Betancourt! LOL. ha ha and yes, I noticed the Angels stumbling. I was going to go see Mike Sciocia at a signing but I could not make it. I have a picture of him from his playing days.
    Congratulations Yuniesky Betancourt!

  4. Buz

    Emma, I loved Mike Scioscia as a Dodger. Man, he was the King of the Court when it came to blocking the plate!

    KB – shoot I missed that! I like pointing accomplishments like that out… darn it!!!!! 40 Bombs.. very nice and sorry I missed it. I’ll get better at this as I go along : )

  5. ryancline

    sorry if this is not allowed, but I am trying to get my blog out there. I just started my blog today. Im going to have stories from around the MLB everyday, but most will be geared toward the Braves. I am new so I am trying to get people over to my blog to have rational conversation. I plan on blogging everyday.

  6. ryancline

    There are a few things that I am curious about. How did you first see my blog because you commented pretty quickly after my post. I am just trying to find some good baseball blog to read everyday. After looking through your blog for about 15 minutes, it seems very well kept and a good read.

    Thanks for the info.

    • Buz

      Ryan, Thanks for the kind words. If you watch the MLB Blogs main page.. you’ll see a scrolling dynamic page called Recent Activity. Generally you’ll see blogs you are accustomed to. Sometimes you see one you’ve never seen before and you look to see if it’s a worthy read. That’s how I found yours. : ) You’ll get the hang of it in time.

  7. crazy19canuck

    I’m back from my blogging holiday. Just checking in with folks again.
    Oh my…someone OUTSIDE of Toronto took notice of Lind. Wow. Not really – I don’t see much outside of Jays pages talking about Lindy. He’s been a great plus for the Jays all year. Hopefully the AL East will start to notice him. Great entry!

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