What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Pujols - 0 for 7, two strikeouts. Josh Hamilton - 0 for 8, three strikeouts. Should we read into this considering what happened to Pujols lat year??
I didnt notice.....how did CJ do yesterday?
I definitely think that combo is overrated. There will be times when they crush bad pitching, but honestly I'd expect Cabrera and Fielder to be a better combo. And who knows, perhaps even Berkman and Beltre. I like what I'm seeing out of Puma, and Beltre will be rewarded for hitting the ball hard eventually.
What I like is the difference in Hamilton, Young, and Napoli (combined 2 for 23 with a couple of walks) vs. Gentry/Martin, Berkman, and Pierzynski (combined 11 for 30 with a few walks). Small, yet hopefully indicative sample size.
GOOD LORD-move on already.
Watching this Angels team flame out would be almost as much fun as watching the Rangers get back to the World Series. Two for the price of one.
CJ Nibled and basically looked like CJ against a good team.
It seems like the strides forward that CJ made here have all regressed backward. While Hamilton looked like the Hamilton of the last part of last year. Undisciplined big loopy swing.
Hambone does look cute in his lil baseball cap with ear flaps!
Beltre will benefit from having a team player hitting in front of him. Instead of starting off innings or coming to bat with two outs (like he had to much of last season), Puma will often be standing on 1B with a walk or hit and Adrian will have more opportunities to drive in runs than he did all of last year. (Early on, Josh routinely cleaned the bases before Adrian came up and, after May, took himself out of the picture leaving an out (or two) in his place).
This should be a hugely productive year for Dimples Beltre.
On the flip side, I think that the Angels and Phillies were facing a little bit better pitching to begin the season than the Rangers.
Com on-let's PISS & MOAN some more about CJ & Josh.
I love small sample sizes.
Then you would love me!
Justin Upton. 2 HRs in 7 ABs.
Chris Davis. 2 HRs in 8 ABs
Small sample size.
I won't start calling for player's heads until May or June. Or, in Michael Young's case, just play him everyday and eventually he'll be back in 2005 form ... right? RIGHT?
Nothing happened to Pujols last year. His numbers followed the almost perfect pattern of his statistical declines in both 2010 and 2011. It is the pattern of an aging player. Just go look at his career numbers and it couldn't be any more obvious. The only reason this is hardly even brought up is because he was declining from a peak that was out of this world. So this year he will hit 25 homeruns and will go .270/.320/.480 and once again people will say, "what is wrong with Pujols?" Nothing, he is just getting old.
I'm sitting here watching the Angels/Reds finale. Pujols has just hit a sac fly and knotted the game at 3-3. He's limping badly. Apparently, he has a history of plantar fasciitis.
I have a ton of respect for Pujols. But, even the Reds announcers are openly wondering about his decline and pay for past performance.
Scratch that. Angels SP Blanton just gave up another HR 5-3 Reds (Chris Heisy). Go Reds!!
Aroldis Chapman just struck Josh Hamilton out in the top of the 9th with the game tying run on second base. Reds win. Perfect.
...and Hamilton strikes out swinging with a runner on 2nd, down by one to end the game.
Didn't see that one coming... </sarcasm>
......and K Davis just hit another homer
I'm happy for Chris Davis. It didn't work out here but it looks like he's found himself a home (along with Pedro Strop) with the Birds.
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