AL MVP 2011: Justin Verlander

In 2011, Verlander became the first Tiger since Bill Gullickson in 1991 to win 20 games, and the first big leaguer since Curt Schilling (2002) to reach 20 wins before the end of August.

Well, here we go again. The argument for infinity. Is it legitimate to award a pitcher the Most Valuable Player trophy, particularly the AL MVP 2011? There are as many arguments for–as against–this premise. Monday, November 21st, 2011, saw the best pitcher on the planet, the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander, win the AL MVP Award, […]

World Series 2011 Game Three: Long Live The King

When Albert led the Cardinals in batting average, home runs and RBIs in 2001, he became the first St. Louis rookie to top the team in all three categories since Rogers Hornsby in 1916.

On Saturday, October 22nd, “King Albert” Pujols stopped by the Ballpark in Arlington on his way to Cooperstown. He decided to show the fans why he has no equal in the game today–5 hits, 3 homeruns, 6 RBI’s, and 4 runs! Game 3 of the World Series 2011 almost made a mockery of the MLB […]

MLB Championships: Rangers Cruze!

On Saturday, October 15th, the Rangers did what no team had done in a decade (NY Yankees) — they repeated as American League champions. They rode the record-breaking bats of Nelson Cruz and Michael Young to a resounding 15-5 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers. The 4 games to 2 series victory never really seemed in […]

MLB Championships: Holliday for the Cards!

Matt Holiday

On Friday, October 14th, Matt Holliday and his teammates put a whuppin’ on the Brewers, 7-1. Though Holliday, Molina and clan did hit the ball well, the Brewers’ defense looked like the first day of Spring training. Error after error contributed to more unearned runs scored than the earned kind. Zack Greinke did not have […]

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 […]

MLB Championships: Tigers Roar in Game 3!

Doug Fister in Game 3 of the ALCS

Comerica Park was packed to the rafters and the Tigers’ faithful were rewarded with a victory. The ALCS now stands at Rangers up 2-1. Doug Fister, the ex-Mariner, pitched a gem, quieting the vaunted Ranger bats for a 5-2 win.  The Rangers’ Colby Lewis pitched decently, though he started getting the ball up in the […]

MLB Championships: Rangers’ Bats? How ‘Bout Their Pitching!

Derek Holland's ALCS Game 2 strike zone plot.

On Monday, October 10, the Texas Rangers once again prevailed over the Detroit Tigers to take a 2-0 American League Championship Series (ALCS) series lead. For a while it looked as if the Rangers were trying to find ways to lose game 2 of this series–Derek Holland manifested a complete lack of command, forcing the […]

MLB Championships: Baseball’s Banquet Begins

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers

Wow! Sunday’s opening game of the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS) produced plenty of fireworks, especially for the victorious host team, the Milwaukee Brewers. Their Braun ‘n’ Fielder show was on full display. Neither Zack Greinke (Brewers) nor Jaime Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals) had their best command, so it was left up to the […]