Showing posts with label 2011 All Star Game. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2011 All Star Game. Show all posts

Monday, May 21, 2012

Preview: Game 42 - Mets at Pirates - Santana Opens up against Pirates


New York Mets (22-19) at Pittsburgh Pirates (19-22) 7:05 PM ET
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J. Santana (L) 8 1-2 2.896.10-14.735/16CINND6.2621-019.23.66
E. Bedard (L) 8 2-5 3.075.20-21.805/16@WSHL6.0641-112.04.50

Preview:

David Wright didn't play in any of the New York Mets' eight games against Pittsburgh last season. The Pirates probably aren't looking forward to renewing acquaintances this week.

Wright will try to help the Mets win consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks when they open a three-game series against the Pirates on Monday night.

Even an illness barely slowed Wright down over the weekend. The third baseman sat out New York's shutout loss to Toronto on Saturday, then went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, a double and a walk in a 6-5 win Sunday, raising his major-league leading batting average to .412.

Wright didn't face Pittsburgh in 2011 due to injury. While his .264 average versus the Pirates is tied for his lowest against an NL opponent, he put together an eight-game hitting streak against them from June 4, 2009-Sept. 14, 2010, batting .367 in that span.

The Mets (22-19) earned the badly needed victory Sunday after losing four of five.

"It's a great way to leave town and it's a good note to go to Pittsburgh on," left fielder Mike Baxter said after collecting three hits.

Johan Santana (1-2, 2.89 ERA) looks to continue his strong pitching Monday after yet another outing in which he was victimized by a lack of run support and the bullpen blowing the lead for a second straight start.

The left-hander gave up two runs and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday, departing with the Mets up 3-2.

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 MLB All-Star Game Facts and Rosters


2011 MLB All-Star Game Facts and Rosters

Date: Tuesday, July 12th
First Pitch: 8:30 p.m. (et)
Site: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Dimensions: Left Field (330); Left Center Field (376); Center Field (407); Right Center Field (376); Right Field (335)
Capacity: 48,633
Surface: Natural Grass
Edition: 82nd
Television: FOX, Rogers Sportsnet
Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
All-Time Series: National League (41-38-2)
Last Meeting: 2010 (National 3, American 1 - Anaheim, CA)
Series Streak: National League snapped a 13-game winless streak last year
Managers: AL - Ron Washington, Texas; NL - Bruce Bochy, San Francisco
Coaches:
AL - Manny Acta, Cleveland; John Farrell, Toronto; Dave Anderson, Thad Bosley, Andy Hawkins, Mike Maddux, Jackie Moore, Gary Pettis, Texas
NL - Mike Quade, Chicago; Kirk Gibson, Arizona; Tim Flannery, Mark Gardner, Roberto Kelly, Hensley Meulens, Dave Righetti, Ron Wotus, San Francisco
Umpires: Home Plate - Dale Scott; First Base - Jerry Layne; Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt; Third Base - Dan Iassogna; Left Field - Ed Hickox; Right Field - Chris Guccione
Official Scorers: Bob Nightengale, Ken Davidoff, Gary Rausch

American League Starters
Pos.PlayerTeamYrs Selected
C Alex Avila Detroit Tigers 2011
1B Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox 2008-11
2B Robinson Cano New York Yankees 2006, 10-11
SS Derek Jeter - I New York Yankees 1998-2002, 04, 06-11
SS Asdrubal Cabrera Cleveland Indians 2011
3B Alex Rodriguez - I New York Yankees 1996-98, 2000-08, 10-11
3B Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers 2010-11
OF Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 2010-11
OF Curtis Granderson New York Yankees 2009, 11
OF Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers 2008-11
DH David Ortiz Boston Red Sox 2004-08, 10-11

American League Reserves
Pos.PlayerTeamYrs Selected
C Russell Martin New York Yankees 2007-08, 11
C Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles 2011
1B Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 2004-07, 10-11
1B Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox 2002, 05-06, 10-11
2B Howard Kendrick LA Angels of Anaheim 2011
SS Jhonny Peralta - + Detroit Tigers 2011
3B Kevin Youkilis - $ Boston Red Sox 2008-09, 11
OF Michael Cuddyer Minnesota Twins 2011
OF Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox 2011
OF Matt Joyce Tampa Bay Rays 2011
OF Carlos Quentin Chicago White Sox 2008, 11
DH Michael Young Texas Rangers 2004-11

American League Pitchers
Pos.PlayerTeamYrs Selected
SP Josh Beckett Boston Red Sox 2007, 09, 11
SP Felix Hernandez - NP Seattle Mariners 2009, 11
SP David Price - I Tampa Bay Rays 2010-11
SP Justin Verlander - NP Detroit Tigers 2007, 09-11
SP Jered Weaver LA Angels of Anaheim 2010-11
SP C.J. Wilson Texas Rangers 2011
SP Gio Gonzalez Oakland Athletics 2011
SP James Shields - NP Tampa Bay Rays 2011
SP C.C. Sabathia - NP New York Yankees 2003-04, 07, 10-11
SP Michael Pineda - # Seattle Mariners 2011
SP Alexi Ogando - ^ Texas Rangers 2011
SP Jon Lester - I, ( Boston Red Sox 2010-11
SP Ricky Romero - : Toronto Blue Jays 2011
RP Aaron Crow Kansas City Royals 2011
RP Brandon League Seattle Mariners 2011
RP Chris Perez Cleveland Indians 2011
RP Mariano Rivera - I New York Yankees 1997, 99-2002, 04-06, 08-11
RP Jose Valverde Detroit Tigers 2007, 10-11
RP Jordan Walden - * LA Angels of Anaheim 2011
RP David Robertson - < New York Yankees 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

2011 Home Run Derby Participants and Odds


Major League Baseball announced the participants for this year's Home Run Derby as selected by captains David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers.

MLB made a slight change to this year's format, deciding to name a captain from both the American and National Leagues and have that player choose the remaining three participants for the competition.

Ortiz, the 2010 derby champ, selected his teammate Adrian Gonzalez, Blue Jays outfielder and the league's current home run leader Jose Bautista and the Yankees' Robinson Cano for the AL squad.

Fielder, the champion of this event two years ago, will also be joined by a teammate in Rickie Weeks, while Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers round out the NL participants.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Was Dillon Gee Snubbed from the All-Star Game?


This weekend, the rosters for the 82nd annual MLB All-Star Game were announced.

As we all know, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran will be representing the Mets in this year’s game—played next Tuesday night at Chase Field in Arizona.

However, the lingering question is should Reyes and Beltran be joined by one of their teammates: Dillon Gee?

Despite his great start to this season, the answer to the preceding question is “No.”

Gee has been a very pleasant surprise for the Mets this season. He picked up right where he left off (and then some) from his strong September last season.

He currently is 8-2 with a 3.47 ERA through 13 starts. He is also tied for the league lead in winning percentage at .800.

However, only 13 starts are probably what hurt him the most when NL manager Bruce Bochy was selecting his staff. Gee was brought up when Chris Young went down for the season.

If Gee had made those five more starts with some success, he might have earned a spot on the team. But for now, let’s be content that he is pitching great and leave it at that. If he duplicates this performance in the coming years, he should definitely be an All-Star at some point.

While the non-selection of Gee seems to be justified, the same cannot be said for Bochy leaving off a few NL pitchers having even better seasons that Gee.

Bochy selected four pitchers from his own San Francisco Giants pitching staff: Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Brian Wilson.

Wilson—the closer—should obviously be there. Even Vogelsong—who’s been a career journeyman—rightfully deserves his first All-Star selection after posting a 6-1 record with a 2.13 ERA.

However, the selections of Lincecum and Cain—normally two of the games top pitchers—might just be Bochy rewarding his own guys.

Lincecum has had an off year and sits at 6-7 with a 3.04 ERA. Cain meanwhile is just 7-4 with a 3.02 ERA. Though maybe one could have made the team, taking both over other deserving pitchers doesn’t seem too fair.

Braves starter Tommy Hanson was probably the biggest snub. He’s 10-4 with a 2.52 ERA and has the lowest batting average against in the league at .193. If those aren’t All-Star numbers, than seriously what are?

Even Pirates starter Kevin Correia could be considered a snub. At 11-6, he’s tied with Jair Jurrjens and Roy Halladay—both on the NL team—for the league lead in wins.

These snubs may get a chance, however, to make the team as last minute replacements. Cain and Cole Hamels are scheduled to pitch Sunday so won’t be available for Tuesday’s game.

Hanson, Correia or maybe even Gee may get the call to fill in those spots. Either way, hopefully Gee will continue this output in the second half.

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

All Star Voting for Reyes


Vote Here for Jose Reyes to be the starting shortstop for the 2011 All Star Game in Arizona. According to MLB.com
Troy Tulowitzki was ahead by a little more than 200,000 votes on Monday, but the Mets' three-time All-Star and current National League batting leader picked up 104 percent more online votes than Tulowitzki over the past three days.
Lets got Mets fans! Voting ends tonight at 11:59 pm.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Reyes and "The CLAW"


Some players on the Mets call it "The Claw" others call it "The Spotlight," whatever you want to call it, we've been seeing a lot of it lately. It started off last season when Reyes made the gesture at Razor Shines, who was then the first-base coach. But it has become more common this season, for two reasons. The routine involves a handful of Reyes' teammates now. And the way he is hitting, he has had more reason to do it. While the Texas Rangers made it famous last season during their World Series run, Reyes has said he picked it up from Miguel Tejada when they played together for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. "I do it for my teammates," Reyes said. "I just want them to have a lot of energy like me." Reyes for President or starting shortstop in the All Star Game Vote Here

Monday, May 16, 2011

Santana Blasts Immigration Laws Before Braves Game


Musician Carlos Santana, was in Atlanta Georgia yesterday to receive a "Beacon of Change" award and took the opportunity to blast the states new anti-immigration laws. Before Sundays "Civil Rights Game," at Turner Field, Carlos Santana called the states new law "anti-American." The Georgia Immigration Law, HB 87, cracks down on illegal immigration by increasing enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires. Santana sugguested the law is based on racism and economic anxiety. He went on to proclaim " I represent the human race, the people of Arizona, the people of Atlanta, Georgia you should be ashamed of yourselves." Santana referenced his 1960's rock-n-roll background and said he is an artist unafraid to speak out. "It’s an anti-American law. It’s a cruel law, actually," Santana said. "If you all remember what it was like here with Martin Luther King and the dogs and the hoses, it’s the same thing, only it’s high tech. So let’s change it.” The 2011 All-Star game is set to be held in Arizona, it will be interesting to see players response to the state's laws and their actions leading up to the game.
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