Yu Darvish: Dollars and Doubts

In 201, Yu Darvish became 1st NPB pitcher (since the start of the 2 league system) to pitch 5 straight seasons with an ERA under 2.

Everyone is now aware that the AL’s Texas Rangers won the bidding to negotiate with Yu Darvish for a mega-bucks contract. Yes, it appears that, barring a surprise, the Nippon Ham Fighters’ star pitcher will join the Rangers rotation for the foreseeable future. Total cost to the Rangers? In the neighborhood of $125 million. Of […]

World Series 2011 Game Five: Napoli-onic

mike-napoli-game5

On Monday, October 24th, the World Series 2011 offered up a scintillating pitching match-up, a repeat of game 1. The 2 aces of their respective staffs, Chris Carpenter for the St. Louis Cardinals and C. J. Wilson for the Texas Rangers baseball club hooked up for what promised to be a nail-biter! Neither pitcher disappointed. […]

World Series 2011 Game Four: The Holland-Napoli Show

In 2009, Derek "The Dutch Oven" Holland was rated the #2 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftali Feliz.

It has been said that the only pitcher who can defeat Derek Holland is… Derek Holland. That comment is based on his erratic command. In game 4 of the World Series 2011, the MLB championships produced a gem of a pitching performance. Holland pitched the Texas Rangers baseball club right back into contention with a […]

World Series 2011 Game One: Cards Outlast Rangers

Chris Carpenter was the first Cardinal to win 20 games since Matt Morris in 2001.

On Wednesday, October 19th, one of the most anticipated match-ups of the MLB championships kicked off, game one of the World Series 2011. The St. Louis Cardinals prevailed 3-2 over the Texas Rangers baseball club at Busch Stadium. As advertised, the game was close–well-pitched– and both defenses played better than expected. C. J. Wilson, the […]

World Series 2011 (Preview): The Greatest Show on Earth

Future Hall Of Famer, Tony LaRussa

On Wednesday, October 19th, the World Series 2011 commences. This is sports’ most important event. Each year, the two best performing teams meet to determine the best of the MLB championships. There is the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, the Indy 500, even soccer’s World Cup, and many other superb sports championships. Still, there is […]

MLB Championships: Verlander Leads Tiger Express Back To Texas

Justin Verlander

On a cool Thursday afternoon in the heart of downtown Detroit, the Verlander express showed why the Tigers still have a chance to go to the World Series. Justin Verlander did not have his best command, but his heart led the way as he muzzled the bats of the erstwhile big game hunters, the Texas […]

MLB Championships: Bullpens ‘n’ Bats

Chris Carpenter on the mound at Busch stadium

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Yovani Gallardo and Chris Carpenter met at Busch for their highly anticipated match-up. With both aces on the mound, the game was supposed to be a classic. Well, it was, sort of… In the first inning, neither pitcher looked sharp. Inconsistency was the order of the day.  By the third inning, all the […]