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MLB: Tribe, BoSox Back-to-Back Classics!

Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:37 am

Talk about playoff-type baseball in July!

The Indians and Red Sox have played back-to-back classics.

Tuesday night, Dice-K bested C.C. Sabathia 1-0. Dice-K is now 12-7, Sabathia now 13-5.

Wednesday, Fausto Carmona bested Josh Beckett 1--0. Both pitchers are now 13-4.

Some of the best pitching I've seen on consecutive nights in a long time. All four were masterful, and simply dominated the opposition. A bloop single by Jason Varitek did in C.C. the night before, and a solo homer by Franklin Guttierez did in Beckett tonight.

Not often you get four Cy Young candidates pitching in the same park, on back-to-back nights, with such incredible performances. Outstanding stuff.

Who would you pick among those 4 for Cy Young?
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RE: MLB: Tribe, BoSox Back-to-Back Classics!

Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:16 pm

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
Who would you pick among those 4 for Cy Young?

Carmona? I hate to pick on the guy, but big names usually get precedence when comparing the big numbers among pitchers for that vote. He'd have a tough time of it. Same with Dice-K (even though he's a "sensation"  sarcastic  ). Sabbathia and Beckett have the best chance, probably with Beckett having more chance because he's on a league-leading team. My  twocents .
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Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:33 pm

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 1):
Carmona? I hate to pick on the guy, but big names usually get precedence when comparing the big numbers among pitchers for that vote.

Point taken. But find a guy, right now, pitchign better than he is: He's 5-0 for the month of June, given up 6 earned runs in the month, hasn't given up a run in 18 innings.

What excites me is that he's not even considered the top pitching prospect in the organization. They got a young guy named Adam Miller, who could get the call-up very soon, and is supposed to have more stuff than Carmona.

I would have to agree, that of the 4, the voters will put Sabathia and Beckett, guys who have earned their keep in the bigs, ahead of Carmona and Dice-K. How'd you like to have a foursome like that-and thorw in Verlander or Haren as well.  Big grin
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Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:15 pm

Glad that the Tribe came out on top tonight. Yanks only 3.5 back of the Tribe now; 6.5 back of Boston. Great games to watch though the last two nights (as a fan that would much rather watch a pitcher's duel than a slug-it-out contest).
 
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Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:54 pm

Give me Carmona for Cy Young this year.....he has shut teams completely down. Good to see Borowski get another 1-2-3 save.

Indians will win the WC.....bank on it
 
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Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:36 pm

Quoting AASuper83 (Reply 4):
Indians will win the WC.....bank on it

I can't agree with that, much as I'd like to. The BoSox and Tigers have deeper pitching staffs right now, and their offenses are just a little better than the Tribe's. If the Indians can nab another bat and another starter before the trade deadline, then I might change my view. They're good, but they're not quite where Boston and Detroit are right now.
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:47 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
Who would you pick among those 4 for Cy Young?

It's a no-brainer.....Beckett.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 3):
Yanks only 3.5 back of the Tribe now; 6.5 back of Boston

Hate to tell you guys this, but the Yanks are the wild card in all this (not the Wild Card in that sense).....before all is said and done, they will have a lot to say about who plays in the post-season out of the AL East and Central. Since I don't see Seattle winning the WC, it'll come out of the East or Central, and even with the Yanks now 4 1/2 games out of the WC, I'd make them at least even money to finish no worse than the WC, if not tracking down the BoSox for the AL East title.

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Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:05 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 5):
I can't agree with that, much as I'd like to. The BoSox and Tigers have deeper pitching staffs right now, and their offenses are just a little better than the Tribe's. If the Indians can nab another bat and another starter before the trade deadline, then I might change my view. They're good, but they're not quite where Boston and Detroit are right now.

I meant the Wild Card. They definitely need another starter at the deadline, Westbrook and Lee aren't cutting it. Carmona, Sabathia, and Byrd are all doing fine.

I've heard they may be looking at Kenny Lofton, who'd take Nixon's spot. Wouldn't be a bad pickup IMO.
 
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:03 am

Agreed about the great games between Boston and the Tribe last couple of nights. Two very good teams. Glad to see the BoSox beating the Tribe so as to pad the very thin AL central first-place advantage for my Tigers.

Coming up, another playoff preview: Tigers at Angels this weekend.
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:15 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 5):
The BoSox and Tigers have deeper pitching staffs right now, and their offenses are just a little better than the Tribe's.

Nobody has better offense than the Yanks in the last two weeks. The Yankees are playing better than .750 baseball since a week before the All-Star break, and have 70 runs in their last 6 games. Whether they will keep it up or not is yet to be seen, and even as a hard-core Yanks fan, I'm doubtful of this continuing like this. However, their pitching is being overshadowed by their hitting. Mussina pitched some of his best of the season last night, and Clemens and Wong have been very good lately as well. I think the Yankees are really starting to turn things around, and, if the pitching staff stays healthy, the pitchers keep on throwing well, and Torre keeps Farnsworth off the mound, the Yanks will catch up to Boston in no time, even if the hitting slows down. It's amazing that Posada hasn't had a slump all year and is hitting .330 or so, and A-rod is, well, just incredible this year. Jeter, as usual, is very solid, and Cano is coming into his usual hot hitting now.

I don't know if I'm quite confident enough yet to say that the Yankees will go deep into the playoffs, but I think they're a shoe-in for the Wild Card, and that they're likely to challenge very well come post-season time.

I think it's going to come down between CLE, BOS, and NYY in the AL, and as much as I'd love to see my Yankees win another one, at this point I don't know that anyone can say, with any amount of certainty, that one team is likely to eclipse another.

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Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:52 am

TIS: You are right that the Yanks don't have the arms. You also claim "CLE, BOS, and NYY" in the AL.

Don't forget the Tigers, son.
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RE: MLB: Tribe, BoSox Back-to-Back Classics!

Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:44 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
Who would you pick among those 4 for Cy Young?

It's a no-brainer.....Beckett.

Why is it a no-brainer? Because he's with the BoSox and all the East Coast writers always vote for a Red Sox or Yankee? The Red Sox are only two games better than the Indians right now. CC and Fausto has extremely similar stats as Beckett. Right now, Fausto is throwing better than anyone in the game.

So how is it a no-brainer? Just curious.

Quoting Stretch 8 (Reply 10):
Don't forget the Tigers, son.

Best and most balanced team in the game. They're my favorite to win it all.
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:54 am

Falcon:

Thanks for the plug for the Tigers, but throwing away that game today, and losing 3 of 5 to the Pale Hose, grinds my gears!
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:29 am

Quoting Stretch 8 (Reply 12):
Thanks for the plug for the Tigers, but throwing away that game today, and losing 3 of 5 to the Pale Hose, grinds my gears!

Those happen. They tend to even out over the course of a year.

Indians pitching got pounded tonight. Cliff Lee may have to be sent down, as he's 0-4 in his last 4 starts with an ERA over ten. May be time to see what youngster Adam Miller can do.
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:34 am

I think Miller's hurt........More likely to see Laffey or Sowers come up to replace Lee.
 
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RE: MLB: Tribe, BoSox Back-to-Back Classics!

Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:39 am

Quoting AASuper83 (Reply 14):
I think Miller's hurt........More likely to see Laffey or Sowers come up to replace Lee.

I think Miller is off the DL now. Even if Miller comes up, the Tribe may have to go shopping for a veteran starter, because Jake Westbrook has been struggling all year.

Thanks why, right now, I give the edge to the Tigers and BoSox over the Indians. They have more solid starting rotations than the Indians, and they're a bit deeper in the 'Pen, where the Tribe has been struggling with everyone out there except the two Rafael's-Perez and Bentencourt.
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:46 am

Would you take Matt Morris if you were the Indians? I'm hoping SF can get something, anything for him. Latest rumors have him going to Seattle for Sexson/Balentien, or Philadelphia for Burrell.

I completely agree though, the Indians need at least one more decent starter, Lee and Westbrook aren't getting it done for whatever reason.
 
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Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:33 am

Indians made their first move of the trade deadline.....traded Max Ramirez for Kenny Lofton.

Not a bad move really
 
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Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:24 pm

Quoting AASuper83 (Reply 16):
Would you take Matt Morris if you were the Indians?

If you're trying to practically give him away, I might take a flyer on him. The Indians are in need of a starter, now the Cliff Lee has been sent down. ESPN's Rumor Central has the Tribe interested in Octavio Dotal and Jose Contreras. I'd like to see if they could make a run at the Red's Aaron Harang, who has always been tough when pitching against the Tribe.

The Indians did bolster their offense today, by bringing back Kenny Lofton for a 3rd time around. He played right field and batted 2nd behind Sizemore, when 3-5 with an RBI. Not bad. Welcome back, Kenny!
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Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:49 pm

Lofton had a great return game today.

At this point, I don't think Morris is going to come at a steep price. Latest rumors have him going to Seattle for Richie Sexson, or Philadelphia for Pat Burrell.
 
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Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:40 am

Rumors have the Royals looking to ship Octavio Dotal for the Indians, if they will give up Franklin Guttierez or Ben Franciso, both young outfileders. No way do I give up Guttierez, who is a legit 5-tool guy. And I like w hat I see with Francisco, and really don't wnat to give him up, especially for a suspect pitcher like Dotal.
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RE: MLB: Tribe, BoSox Back-to-Back Classics!

Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:06 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
Who would you pick among those 4 for Cy Young?

Neither of them. Dan Haren gets my vote. 12-3, 2.42 ERA, and WHIP of 1.05

Josh Beckett is close, with stats of 13-4, 3.27 ERA, and WHIP of 1.09

Carmona is close behind with 13-4, 3.31 and WHIP of 1.28

CC is also up there, but he lags the others with 13-5, 3.70 ERA, and WHIP of 1.20

Dice brings up the rear with 12-7, 3.79 ERA, and WHIP of 1.26
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Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:11 am

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 21):
Neither of them. Dan Haren gets my vote. 12-3, 2.42 ERA, and WHIP of 1.05

I put Haren fourth, in my book right now. I think Lackey might even go ahead of him right now. Yeah, I know about his ERA, but with so many guys so close, the competitiveness of his team is going to come into play on this one.

If Carmona keeps pitching as he has, he'll win it. He's been nearly untouchable for over a month now.
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RE: MLB: Tribe, BoSox Back-to-Back Classics!

Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:23 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 22):
I put Haren fourth, in my book right now. I think Lackey might even go ahead of him right now. Yeah, I know about his ERA, but with so many guys so close, the competitiveness of his team is going to come into play on this one.

Given the Oakland philosophy of assembling a team, that Haren has such sterling stats ought to be a huge distinguishing factor.

But you're probably right. The idiot sportswriters will probably tip it to someone who pitches for a team with a better record.
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