April 4, 2010
It’s Opening Night. Baseball Picks is back on Ice Cream Helmet again this season. Here are the top 10 rated series that can be picked for Week 1. No surprise, tonight’s Yankees/Red Sox game is on the list. Make your picks!
|Top 10 Rated Series for Week 1|
|Yankees @ Red Sox||Sun Apr 4|
|Marlins @ Mets||Mon Apr 5|
|Cubs @ Braves||Mon Apr 5|
|Padres @ Diamondbacks||Mon Apr 5|
|Mariners @ Athletics||Mon Apr 5|
|Mariners @ Rangers||Fri Apr 9|
|Cubs @ Reds||Fri Apr 9|
|Dodgers @ Marlins||Fri Apr 9|
|Twins @ White Sox||Fri Apr 9|
|Braves @ Giants||Fri Apr 9|
January 20, 2010
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies AAA) are offering possibly the greatest Valentine’s Day gift ever. One of the Pork Racers (I assume they race at some point during the game) will go to your love’s work or home and deliver a special gift. There are two packages available. Both include 2 tickets to an IronPigs game, 2 pig snouts, and a box of chocolates. You get to choose between a dozen roses or an IronPigs hat and t-shirt.
1) Which Pork Racer to pick? How do you begin to choose between Chris P. Bacon, Hambone, and Diggity?
2) Which package to get? The roses or the hat and t?
3) What is the expected reaction to a gift that includes pig snouts?
Sadly, these are only available in Lehigh and Northampton counties. I guess that makes the decision easier about sending one to myself. Hey, maybe that’s why they have the hat and t-shirt option.
Also, it looks like the AAA All-Star game is in Lehigh Valley this year. The fanfest is called Pigapalooza. Can you possibly resist that?
October 27, 2009
October 27, 2009
October 16, 2009
Can you name the starting lineups for the World Series winning teams, in the winning game, dating back to 1987? This one is just nuts. I’ve seen some pretty crazy Sporcle quizzes, but this one managed to not quite get to the ‘too crazy to try until time expires’ line. So I just tried to fill in as many of the 198 spots that I could. I don’t think I did very well, only getting 90. There are some names that I just couldn’t spell correctly, which would have helped me a lot because some of them won multiple titles. Anyway, sorry, and good luck.
September 27, 2009
Last week! Right there at the top of the list is an epic NL East battle: Mets/Nats. The Mets closed up shop a few months ago. The Marlins and Braves also face off. The Marlins were eliminated from NL East contention, making me a huge Marlins fan for this series.
The matchup of the week: Twins @ Tigers. The Twins trail the Tigers by 2 games heading in to this 4 game series.
|Top 10 Rated Series for Week 26|
|Mets @ Nationals||Mon Sep 28||3 Games|
|White Sox @ Indians||Mon Sep 28||3 Games|
|Twins @ Tigers||Mon Sep 28||4 Games|
|Marlins @ Braves||Mon Sep 28||3 Games|
|Athletics @ Mariners||Tue Sep 29||3 Games|
|Astros @ Mets||Fri Oct 02||3 Games|
|Rockies @ Dodgers||Fri Oct 02||3 Games|
|Rangers @ Mariners||Fri Oct 02||3 Games|
|White Sox @ Tigers||Fri Oct 02||3 Games|
|Blue Jays @ Orioles||Fri Oct 02||3 Games|
September 20, 2009
Angels can try and cut into the Yanks lead for home field in the AL.
The White Sox play the two teams in front of them in the AL Central, playing a major role in how that plays out.
Over the weekend, the Padres and Diamondbacks will battle for last in the NL West.
|Top 10 Rated Series for Week 25|
|Twins @ White Sox||Mon Sep 21||3 Games|
|Rangers @ Athletics||Mon Sep 21||4 Games|
|Yankees @ Angels||Mon Sep 21||3 Games|
|Tigers @ Indians||Tue Sep 22||3 Games|
|Mariners @ Blue Jays||Thu Sep 24||4 Games|
|Cubs @ Giants||Thu Sep 24||4 Games|
|Orioles @ Indians||Fri Sep 25||3 Games|
|Tigers @ White Sox||Fri Sep 25||3 Games|
|Padres @ Diamondbacks||Fri Sep 25||3 Games|
|Cardinals @ Rockies||Fri Sep 25||3 Games|
September 14, 2009
The Rockies/Giants series starts off tonight. This is the Giants chance to stay in the race. They are 4.5 behind the Rockies for the Wild Card. Similarly, the Twins trail the Tigers by 5.5 in the Central.
|Top 10 Rated Series for Week 24|
|Rockies @ Giants||Mon Sep 14||3 Games|
|Diamondbacks @ Padres||Mon Sep 14||3 Games|
|Astros @ Reds||Mon Sep 14||3 Games|
|White Sox @ Mariners||Tue Sep 15||3 Games|
|Angels @ Red Sox||Tue Sep 15||3 Games|
|Indians @ Athletics||Thu Sep 17||4 Games|
|Angels @ Rangers||Fri Sep 18||3 Games|
|Astros @ Brewers||Fri Sep 18||3 Games|
|Padres @ Pirates||Fri Sep 18||4 Games|
|Tigers @ Twins||Fri Sep 18||3 Games|
September 7, 2009
I only saw the highlights, but I’m not sure this one can be topped. Yesterday’s Giants/Brewers game had a triple play and an extra inning walk-off HR.
Rowand grounds into a triple play in the 6th. The Giants were up 1-0 at this point and threatening to add to their lead. Rowand grounded to 3rd and the Brewers went around the horn to get the triple play. All the more impressive as Rowand isn’t slow. The Brewers then tied it in the bottom of the inning.
In the 12th, Prince Fielder hit the game winner. Not surprising in itself. The celebration was the eye catcher. Every team does that mob at the plate these days. When Fielder did his leap to the plate and landed, the entire team fell over as if a bomb went off. Just awesome.
Game Highlights – Worth checking out the whole thing. Including a game saving dive by Kung Fu Panda in the 10th.
September 6, 2009
Looking like a solid weekend coming up with Rays/Red Sox and Dodgers/Giants.Could be the last shot for the Rays in the Wild Card and the Giants for the division (and losses will hurt their Wild Card chances as well).
Early in the week I’m going to be pulling for the Mets to take out the Marlins, ick. I’ll get my Mets hatred back for their weekend series in Philly.
|Top 10 Rated Series for Week 23|
|Rangers @ Indians||Mon Sep 07||3 Games|
|Twins @ Blue Jays||Mon Sep 07||4 Games|
|Athletics @ White Sox||Tue Sep 08||2 Games|
|Marlins @ Mets||Tue Sep 08||3 Games|
|Braves @ Astros||Tue Sep 08||3 Games|
|Rays @ Red Sox||Fri Sep 11||3 Games|
|Dodgers @ Giants||Fri Sep 11||3 Games|
|Brewers @ Diamondbacks||Fri Sep 11||3 Games|
|Blue Jays @ Tigers||Fri Sep 11||4 Games|
|Braves @ Cardinals||Fri Sep 11||3 Games|
September 1, 2009
My fantasy baseball keeper league is going strong in year 7. Before last season we we decided that we needed to mix things up to keep people interested. By September many years the leader was so far ahead that no one had much to play for. The league is straight points, not head-to-head. It makes you pay attention for the entire year and you can make roster/lineup changes every day.
Our solution to the problem was The Chase. We assume it’s similar to the NASCAR Chase, but no one really knows what that is. Here is how our version works: On September 1st, the top 6 teams make The Chase. The standings are adjusted as follows: The team in 6th place is reset to 0 points. Everyone else’s point total is set to half the amount they are ahead of the 6th place team. Points earned in September are earned at their regular level. It just makes the amount needed to be made up smaller.
The pitcher innings limit is not changed. This season, Talk to me Goose decided to go all in to make The Chase. This past weekend he averaged 7 starters a game. When he had both Tommy Hanson and Pedro going on Friday night and they both left after 2 innings because of the rain delays he was in bad shape. He wound up heading into The Chase in 4th place but only has 69.2 innings to work with.
This year’s lead up to the chase was especially exciting with Talk to me Goose being one of 5 teams within 50 points of each other with a week to go. They were shooting for 3 spots.
My team jumped from 7th to 5th last night. I thought I was out of it with only a small Monday schedule to make up the 20 points I was behind. Luckily Roy Oswalt threw a gem and Vlad and Carlos Guillen both hit 2 HRs. I head into The Chase with 305.1 innings to go. My team made a big push in September last year and put a real scare into the teams at the top.
The Chase Standings
384 Tuition Stables
245 The Sleepers
117.5 The A-Team
48.5 Talk to me Goose
7 Monkeys (My Team)
0 Strictly Ninjas