Three Up, Three Down
Well, folks, the '08 campaign is underway. And with the launch of a new season, I've decided to tweak my approach to weekly baseball analysis a bit. After two years of "Five Up, Five Down," I'm slimming down to a more compact, concentrated "Three Up, Three Down" frame.
This revision makes it easier to achieve my stated goal: To provide an original, quick-hitting, thought-provoking, controversial, somewhat light-hearted, enjoyable, easy-to-comprehend piece. And it gives me a cute, baseball-friendly title to boot.
So, what do you think? A bit overcooked? Too over the top, even by Hollywood standards? Well, you can file this absurd tale under "so unbelievable, it's true," because this is the unadulterated story of Rangers CF
Entering this season, there's no more intriguing player than Hamilton. Still just 26, Hamilton has already been to hell and back. Even so, his raw ability remains. Injuries limited him to 90 games in Cincinnati last season, but he still blasted 19 homers and boasted a .922 OPS. With a full season in Texas' hitter-friendly ballpark, Hamilton should eclipse 30 homers, and 40 isn't out of the question.
It didn't take Hamilton long to dust off his home run trot this year, as he belted a game-winning homer off All-Star closer
In his major league debut, Cueto made Diamondbacks hitters look foolish with a mix of mid-90s fastballs, 90-MPH sliders and perfectly placed changeups. Perfect through the first five innings, Cueto's first win featured an awe-inspiring line: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 10 K and 0 BB. The kid never even reached a three-ball count, for crying out loud.
Throughout the FSN Arizona telecast, I joined Diamondbacks announcers
It remains to be seen whether Cueto will enjoy a Liriano-like impact during his rookie campaign, but he's sure off to a good start. And with him, Bailey and
This type of production always results in a huge Nady binge on fantasy baseball waiver wires. Unfortunately, following Opening Day, the X-Man usually returns to his "solid" self. And solid just doesn't cut it in the fantasy world.
To be fair, Sabean turned the franchise around in '97 and enjoyed successful stretch for a number of years. But over the last few years, as
Seriously, what's the point? Not only is the lineup horrendous, but it's old as dirt. This lineup dooms the franchise in the present
Detroit's supposed Murderers' Row lineup -- baseball's hottest topic in the offseason -- hit .206 and managed just five runs, including one over the final 21 innings. One can only imagine the toll this week has taken on
Having said all that, let's not completely write off the Tigers yet. Take a deep breath, Detroit faithful. We're only 1/54th of the way through this thing.
Pride? Passion? Both adjectives have been completely foreign to the franchise since that
Now, the slogan's concept isn't completely flawed -- I love the alliteration. How about something a bit less ambitious? Try this on for size: "Peter Piper picked a peck of Pittsburgh Pirates."
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• Reds color commentator