Only Fitting

Just a few hours after my last post Carlos Zambrano goes berserk on Derrek Lee and any one or anything that gets in his way.

Big Z has been suspended indefinitely and it has been reported that he went into another temper tantrum as a camera crew filmed him leaving the stadium. I’m sure more on that will reported later.

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Disgruntled on the Northside

This isn’t exactly breaking news. Fans of the so called “Lovable Losers” are pissed off. Given the performance of that team I don’t blame them. It seems that this year the level of frustration is the highest its been in several years. The moderate success of the recent additions from the scrap heap, Aaron Miles, Randy Winn and Jeff Suppan, can only elevate a Cub fan’s blood pressure. As a Cardinal fan I can always gauge how pissed off the fans are by the number and quality of insults I hear from those “fans”. When the Cubs are playing well I may hear an occasional Cardinals suck thrown my way. When things are going piss poor, the insults come at first site of a Cards logo. Thats when you get the good insults with subjects such as, Josh Hancock, Darryl Kile, DUIs and Steroids. And they especially love bitch about Cardinal fans being considered by some as arguably the best in baseball.

I love the hate. It just reassures me that the season is going favorably for the Cards. While they count down the days until Jim Hendry and Lou Pinella get their pink slips I can enjoy watching the Cards make their push for a division crown.

Banks Calls out Sosa: Game Show Idea

Ernie Banks has decided it’s time for Sammy Sosa to come clean about his PED use. In case you missed the story here’s a link.

I say great idea Mr. Banks. However I think we should start a Game show out of this.

If a player that played from  late 60’s-80’s calls out a player from the 90s to come clean about PED use then the player doing the calling out of the alleged steroid user must do one of the following in front of a live audience:

  1. Come clean about his own use of amphetamines or any other illegal drug
  2. If he honestly was 100%  clean then he must get a known user from his era to come clean

Once one of the above conditions has been met, the player from the “Steroid Era” must then come clean about his own Performance Enhancing Drug Use.

Also, all contestants must take a polygraph to make sure that there is no cheating going on.

Prizes awarded to all contestants include: I’m a Cheater T-Shirts or I’m a Snitch Belt-Buckles and either a free hookup from a speed dealer named Paco or a free hook-up from a guy from my gym that knows a guy who’s cousin has a buddy that can get you the juice.

Two more things the show must have: half-naked girls and lots of beer.

The media coverage of the “Steroid Era” is already a circus so this game-show couldn’t hurt.

Attention TV Networks: That’s you MLBTV, SpikeTV, FoxSports Alaska, Versus, HBO, ComedyCentral, PBS,  BBC or whoever (I don’t care what network it is as long as I get paid) the show is available. Contact me if  interested. Better make it quick, HTV in Vietnam is showing very strong interest in the show. And if you can’t beat their offer of 3 bags of rice then don’t even waste my time.

NL Central: Ludwick Put on DL

The Cardinals placed Ryan Ludwick was on the 15day DL today. Ludwick strained his left hamstring while chasing down a fly ball in last night’s 7-1 loss to the Pirates. The Cards started the season with a surplus of outfielders and now with Ankiel & Ludwick on the disabled list the depth is coming in handy. Top prospect Colby Rasmus and Chris Duncan are now seeing everyday playing time.

The Central is full of big name injuries. The Cards now have Brendan Ryan, Chris Carpenter, Rick Ankiel & Ludwick on the DL. The Cubs have Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez on the DL.

The Cards and the Cubs were the favorites to finish one and two in this division but these injuries have given hope to other NLC teams. The Reds and Brewers are only 1 game behind the Cards for 1st. A lot of people liked the Reds chances this season but in all honesty they don’t have a chance to compete unless the Cards and Cubs remain injury plagued all season.

Houston and Pittsburgh are holding down 5 & 6th place and they still don’t stand a chance. This may turn into a nice battle for 5th place and I definitely give the edge to the Pirates.

Slightly Late NL Preview

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It may be a week late but I’m going to go ahead and post my National League predictions for 2009.

NL East: This division is going to be tight all the way to the end. In all honesty the only thing that would surprise me in this division is if the Nationals win it. The Marlins, Mets, Phillies and Braves all are capable of taking the division. A week ago I would’ve predicted that the Marlins would win it a week ago. But I’m going to flip flop and go with Mets just to be different.

  1. New York Mets
  2. Florida Marlins
  3. Philadelphia Phillies
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Washington Nationals

NL Central: The Cubs are the favorites but I think the Cardinals will still be in the thick of things late into September. The Reds are everyone’s surprise pick but they’re still a year or two away from being contenders. Just think about how long it took the Brewers to get over the hump. The same “experts” now picking the Reds were the same ones that said the Brewers would win it 4years ago.

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Cincinnati Reds
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates
  6. Houston Astros (The Astros horrible pitching staff has last place written all over it.)

NL West: In recent years this division has been pretty unpredictable? I’ve gotta go with the Dodgers here. They’ve got a killer lineup and very solid pitching.

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Colorado Rockies
  3. Arizona Diamandbacks
  4. San Francisco Giants
  5. San Diego Padres

NL Awards & Playoffs

MVP: Albert Pujols: El Hombre is in mid season form already. Barring injury Pujols will have another huge year. With a 100% Pujols in the lineup this team is more than capable of making the playoffs. If they find themselves playing in October Pujols will be awarded MVP once again.

Cy Young: Josh Johnson: Johnson is a top notch Ace. This season I see him winning 18-20 games with an ERA under 2.85. If my projections hold true he will be the NL Cy Young.

ROY: Cameron Maybin: He’s going to get a lot of at bats in the potent Marlins lineup. Hence, he up better numbers than any other rookie.

Wildcard Team: St. Louis Cardinals: Chris Carpenter is back and looking strong. With their Ace finally back in the lineup they should have enough W’s when it’s all said and done to take the Wildcard. I like the Marlins in the NL East but I think that those teams are really going to beat up on each other so the wildcard will not come from the East.

Who’s Takin Home the Pennant: Chicago Cubs. Nah just kidding. I do think the Cubs will finally win a game postseason game but they will still manage to find a way to eliminate themselves in round 1. My real pick is the LA Dodgers. Like I said before I like their lineup and pitching.