Wow. Unlike the other day when there were such slim pickings to choose from around the league, Yesterday was a big day for hitters. Ribs were abundant and everybody was feasting at the plate!
uh, well.. .except the Tigers who seem to have lost their hunger.
Fortunately for them, losing 5 straight hasn’t quite cost them as much as it should. The Twins and Sox have each squandered a great opportunity to catch the Tigers by the tail. Even one win more by each would have had a huge impact. One game! Not to be.
Not that Scott Podsednik didn’t try though. He hit Chicago’s first inside the park HR in 7 years to try and jump start the Pale Hose. His 2 for 5 day also included scoring the winning run in the 10th inning. Not bad Scott. But.. Wild Pitch… eh.. ya know?
Then we have a name we haven’t heard from in a while. Although, something tells me we’ll be seeing a heckuva lot more of him in the very near future.
Ichiro! The whirling dirvish at the plate. Does anybody remember the Tasmanian Devil cartoon? That’s Ichiro at the plate.. .he screws himself in 9 different directions. ; ) (Well, actually only 2 – Load… Unload!) But, no argument from me. He gets the job done. Yesterday he cracked a Home Run and a double. He is now only 2 hits shy of breaking the consecutive 200 hit season mark he holds with Wee Willie Keeler. Now, this guy was a hitter:
It shouldn’t surprise you to see Willie bunting. If you ever have the time …. check out his lifetime strikeout marks.. you’ll be astounded. (Click Here to Check that ; ) But, hey.. back to the present. Who are the contenders?
Jorge Cantu had himself a super marvelous day at the plate and a pretty huge portion of those tasty ribs we said were so plentiful. Cantu Cracked a HR and rapped in 5 RBIs while scoring twice. With the Phillies losing, Cantu’s exploits take on more importance as the Marlins gained some precious ground in the NL East. But.. no Cantu for Yesterday’s Hitter ; )
How about the day that these two Brian’s had? Brian Roberts single handedly put a dampening on the Yanks with a power surge at the plate, knocking in 4 RBIs with one swing of the bat Grand Slam!.. a Grand Salami was Brian’s choice of fare. He had a 3 for 4 day and set a Baltimore franchise record with his 51st Double!! Awesome.
Brian McCann didn’t rub his belly to the same extent, but his Ribs were really big ones! His 2 RBI double in the top of the 9th inning put a much needed W on the board for Atlanta. The Braves are doing everything in their power to stay in this thing. It’s their 3rd W in a row. Come on Chipper!! Be a YH!
This guy.. he was the bomb yesterday.. .in fact.. 2 bombs!
Casey McGehee had a LOT of those ribs. : ) He had 6 of them! His 4 for 5 day included 2 Massive HRs and those 6 RBIs led the Brew Crew to a pasting of the cellar dwelling D-Backs. Casey Loves the desert.. his last two games have netted 7 for 9 at the plate. Heat him up! Super job Casey.. but, say hello to a guy that’s really been off the radar lately. Welcome back Mr. Wright!
David Wright tossed the dork cap (my apologies to the manufacturer. But.. you’ll get it Wright – listen to the player feedback… crucial!) and went back to work at the plate. He ALSO had a huge portion of those Ribbies… 6 of them on David’s plate as well. David also had 2 HR’s. The difference you ask? Well, one of David’s HR’s was a game winner. He hit a 2 out 2 run shot in the 9th inning to secure a win for the Mets. Sure, the Mets aren’t going anywhere very soon. But, it is nice to see that their Captain is back in the drivers seat. Congrats David! Watch his huge day by clicking Here!
A pretty dismal attempt at fame for Yesterday’s Hitters : ) Ah, ok.. a short slate makes it a littler slimmer pickings. No worries though, there were some nice performances at the plate so lets take a look at them.
First off, Kudos to the Rockies on their 7th straight win. The pressure is on Torre and the Dodgers to finish what they started. Although there were no numbers that jump at you, had you been watching the game you’d know that Jason Giambi… yup Jason is loose again… rocked a ball over the rook centerfielders head for a couple of big RBIs in what was a close game. Uh, Game Over. Rocks Win.
Howie Kendrick made a run at YH with his 3 for 3 performance…but, a little skimpy on the production there Howie. One run might do it, but not Yesterday.
How about the line that Yuniesky Betancourt put up for the KC Royals: 2 for 2 with 2 Ribs, 2 Runs and 2 walks to Boot. It’s almost like the old Vin Scully line – “2 Balls, 2 Strikes, 2 on, 2 out, in a 2-2 tie! Oh my!”. Speaking of Oh My.. KC sweeps Detroit? Lucky for the Tigers that the Twinkies were cold bats (Mauer 0-4).
I really like Brian McCann.
He has a sweet swing and seems to have his eye probs behind him. He was a 4 for 5 performer yesterday with 2 Runs scored and 2 RBI. Sad to see that the Braves are likely out of a post season appearance this year. 8 games back with a couple dozen to play.. not good.
I almost tagged Nick Johnson for the YH winner. He had a pretty big day for the Marlins who are still fighting for that playoff birth. They’ve got a slim chance if they keep on this W streak. Nick was a solid 2 for 4 Yesterday. He rapped a big dinger and had 4 RBIs on the day. Very nice job Nick. But, sad to say.. .you’ve been topped by a Rook. Not just any Rook. But a Rook making his Major League Debut! Nationals Shortstop – Ian Desmond!
How about this entry into the Majors? Ian Desmond homered and drove in four runs in his major league debut and the Nationals won 8-7! You think this kid might have an impact in the Nations capitol? It would be nice to see something good happen there : ) Oh, back to Desmond. He has a very nice swing. He picked up his first ML hit in the 4th when he roped a liner to Right Center. But, what impressed me most was how he jumped (and I do me jump!) on a curve ball offering to park a 3 run Bomb into the left field bleachers. Don’t believe me on the jump? Take a look for yourself. Does this kid rotate or what? Click Here!