Shortly after the Rockies clinched the NL Wild Card, the deflated Braves bowed out with a wimper when Pete Orr singled in the tie breaking run for the Nationals. The Braves were
exhausted from an all out run at the Rockies, but had no control over the other half of the equation; The Rockies had to lose and they simply didn’t.
The celebration in Colorado is not done as they still hold an outside chance of deflating another team, the LA Dodgers. If Colorado continues to play the calibre of baseball they”ve been displaying over the last few weeks, they will indeed capture the NL West flag. Yesterday they put on a hit parade and dumped the Brewers for the 6th time in 6 meetings this
year. Garret Atkins pummeled the ball in a 3 for 4 day that pulled in 3 RBIs. He also scored in the Rockies 9-2 clincher. Kudos to the Rockies for fending off a determined Atlanta Braves squad.
On the personal level, there is one player that is racking up stats toward the end of the year. Miguel Tejada continued his hot hitting streak of 18 games by pounding out 3RBIs on a Home Run and a 2 for 3 day at the plate. There’s hope that the team will contend for the Central in 2010.
Another Texas squad has high hopes as well. The Rangers pushed the Angels for most of the season before flopping at the end (mostly to the bottom feeding A’s). Still, with the new pitching philosophy and Maddux in charge of the arms… there is no shortage of bats in this lineup. Chris Davis is ending on a high note. He belted his 21st HR of the year and picked up 3 RBIs while going 3 for 5 in the Rangers 11-3 win over Anaheim.
In Boston it’s time to right the ship, vacation over. Jacoby Ellsbury is
treading above the .300 batting average mark and would like to post that for the season. He helped the Red Sox ease out of their funk with a 3-5 performance that brought him up to .301 on the year. The Red Sox, reeling from a 6 game tail spin, came out on top of the Indians 3-0. They’ll need to buck up in the playoffs.
Speaking of which, The Twins are still alive! They have an outside chance at catching the Tigers after managing a split in their 4 game set at Detroit. Orlando Cabrera, no stranger to the post season, came up big for the Twins on Thursday. He was 2 for 5 but those hits were huge producers as he picked up 3 RBIs and scored in the Twins 8-3 cruiser. It’s back to Minny where the Twins host the Royals and hope the Sox can damage the Tigers in Detroit.
In San Francisco it was the Tim Lincecum show, with a cameo by HOF’er Randy Johnson.
But at the dish it was a newcomer that has the Giant fans excited about 2010. Andres Torres is coming along just fine in Center Field. He’s got the tools. He’s got the speed and yesterday he had the bat. Torres racked up 3 RBIs and posted a 3 for 4 line that included a Home Run, a Triple and 3 runs scored. Nice day Andres, but wait til you see who took the crown…
Chris Carpenter! The man with All the Tools. Normally happy with showing off his tools from the mound, Carpenter put on his tool belt at the plate and hammered out a Grand Slam! It was Chris’ first Homer of his entire career! He did it on the first pitch he saw. Not satisfied with his carpentry work, Chris stepped to the plate later in the game and drilled an RBI double down the chalk line to pick up 2 more Ribs! Wow. In one day Carpenter equaled his RBI output for his entire career up to that point… 6!
Congratulation Chris Carpenter, You are Yesterday’s Hitter!
In a game that featured the two top teams in the AL, the Angels were out to prove their one game series in NY was not the real deal.
They made their statement in a hurry. After Saunders escaped the first without allowing a run, the Halos romped on Andy Pettitte. They whacked his ball all over the field. Vlad Guerrero started the scoring with his scorching double to right center. He settled for a 2-4 line that included 2 Runs and that 1st inning Rib.
Another 2-4 guy that has gone fairly unnoticed in Kansas City was Billy Butler. Butler and the Royals did the Yanks a favor by dispatching of the Red Sox 12-9. Butler rapped out a 2-4 day that included a walk, 2 runs and 2 RBIs. He’s batting over .300 and has 85 Ribs on the year. Nice job Billy! The Royals are playing hot baseball to end the year, winning 11 of last 14.
The Twins were hoping they could pick up a little ground on the idle Tigers and separate themelves from the White Sox. The White Sox threw a Roy Hobbs kid on the mound trying to slow down the Twinkies. Daniel Hudson made his MLB debut after making a
miraculous climb through A ball, AA, AAA and the Major Leagues all in 2009! He had great stuff but it ain’t easy being easy. Orlando Cabrera ignited the Twins with his 2-4 day collecting a triple, 3 Runs and 2 RBIs. The Twins got to within 2 1/2 of Detroit.
After their last meeting wtih the A’s the Rangers were hoping not to meet the same fate. Last week was full of chances for the Rangers to gain ground and they could only stumble. Not this time. They pasted the A’s with a 10-3 lashing behnd David Murphy’s 3-4 performance. He picked up 2 Runs, 2 RBIs and had 2
walks in the Rangers must have victory. They’re still breathing.. but barely. With the win the Rangers have a winning record for the 2009 campaign. Can they make something happen?
In another must have game, the Braves were able to win for the 9th time in their last 11 as they make a strong push to the finish line. Hoping to take a bite out of the Wild Card lead they headed to the Big Apple. A win would shave off a half game and keep them alive. No problem. The Mets are a pushover this year with a
mediocre 38-38 record at home. What happened to these guys? With a big bomb from Chipper Jones and a very solid game from Martin Prado, the Braves were on cruise control behind Derek Lowe who picked up his 15th W of the year. Prado had a 3-4 game that included 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Martin collected 3 hits in the first 3 innings to set the pace! If they stay hot, the Braves have an outside chance.
It should come as no surprise that the big production games came from those that have little meaning. It’s a case of good hitters facing either lower level pitching or teams without spirit. The perfect recipe for guys like Mark DeRosa who spoiled the debut of interim Astros Skipper Dave Clark with a big game in Houston. It would have been a nice story to see the Astros buck up and fend off the NL Central powerhouse Cardinals… but, sadly. Well. Maybe next year.
DeRosa cracked two HRs enroute to a 3-4 day and feasted on 4 Ribbys and a couple Runs.
Posting nearly identical
numbers for the Cubs is Mr. Daily Delivery; Derrek Lee. How many times can we put this guy in a YH article. He’s just been scorching to end his year. Lee’s 3-4 day was filled with
numbers. He had 3 Runs a Tater a Walk and 4 RBIs to give him 107 on the season! That’s a career high for Derrek..
With all of those numbers it’s funny that Yesterday’s Hitter came from the first game in the lineup, San Diego at Pittsburgh. It was also the longest campaign of the day, stretching 11 innings before deciding the winner. No fault of Chase Headley’s that this game lasted as long as it did. He was spectacular.
Chase rapped out 3 doubles, a Home Run, scored two times and gobbled up 2 Ribs… including the game winner in the 11th inning. He came to the plate 6 times and 5 times he delivered the goods. That’s good enough for me. Congratulations Chase Headley… You are Yesterday’s Hitter!