First, I would like to start off my saying that WordPress, the company MLBlogs uses for blogs, has changed their way of uploading pictures. I am still getting used to it, so today’s pictures will be a little smaller than usual.
Today, when I got home from school, I found 2 envelopes in the mail box.
This is the 2nd NBA package that I have received. Here is an updated list of the responses I have gotten from teams so far.
Los Angeles Lakers- The Lakers would love to send you fan pack. A Lakers Fan Pack is a collection of Lakers paper items, such as a team photo and Lakers sticker, etc.
Miami Heat – Although Miami HEAT ‘fan packs’ do not exist, we would encourage you to shop the official online merchandise retailer of your Miami HEAT
Milwaukee Bucks- Nicholas – thanks for your message. A Bucks representative will follow up with you soon.
Minnesota Timberwolves- ARRIVED
Orlando Magic- The volume of requests that we receive for Fan Packs and autographs far exceed the resources we have available.
Portland Trail Blazers- ARRIVED
San Antonio Spurs- Thank you for contacting Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Your email will be forwarded to the appropriate department.
Toronto Raptors- Unfortunately, Fan Packs are no longer available.
That’s all for this entry! Today, I sent envelopes in the mail out requesting pocket schedules to 5 different teams as well as 4 postcards to various MLB teams.
Thanks for reading! I’ll try to have a new entry up tomorrow, but don’t know yet. If I get any more fan packs, I will for sure have an entry up. If not, I will still likely have a post.
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Well, yeah, I am predicting. This is what I think the standing will look like com October:
3. White Sox
1. Red Sox
3. Blue Jays
* Wild Card
AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez (BOS)
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (DET)
AL ROY: Jemile Weeks (OAK)
AL Manager of the Year: Manny Acta (CLE)
NL MVP: Matt Kemp (LAD)
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
NL ROY: Craig Kimbrel (ATL)
NL Manager of the Year: Kirk Gibson (AZ)
In an ALCS rematch, the Rangers will take the series in 5 but the Rangers win due to the lack of a number 2 starter for the Yankees.
And in a 2007 ALCS rematch, the Red Sox will take the series in 4 games due to the stellar offense from the Red Sox.
In an NLCS rematch, the Phillies prove to be too strong for the Giants and take the series in 3 – sweeping the Giants.
And the Brewers continue their hot streak and amazing pitching to overtake the Brewers in 5 games.
The Rangers and Red Sox battle it out in a battle of power, the Red Sox take the series in 7, advancing to the fall classic.
The Pitching-strong Brewers will battle head-to-head with the Phillies, and in a surprise upset, Fielder, Braun, Weeks, and Grienke beat the Phillies in 7 games to advance to the fall classic.
The Red Sox and Brewers will battle hard, both teams with lots of power, but the Brewers pitching will beat Josh Beckett and the Red Sox in 6 games.
And there you have it, folks. Those are my predictions. Yeah, so, um. At the end of the playoffs, you people can comment on any of my posts and let me know how wrong I got everything.
The Oakland Athletics swept the Baltimore Orioles today and got their season-high 4th win in the row.
The A’s got 10 hits for the 4th day in a row and DeJesus was the only starter that didn’t get a hit. Willingham cashed in with 4 RBIs, so he now has 35, tied for 12th in the Majors, 6th in the AL. Josh also hit a three-run home run, his 9th home run, tied for 10th in the AL, 20th in the majors. Moscoso pitched 5 inning, allowing 4 earned runs, and one strikeout. Crsip stole his 16th base of the year in the 7th inning. The bullpen was solid, allowing only 2 hits in 4 inning. Andrew Bailey made his first apperance in 2011, fresh off the DL. He had a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Balfour got his 11th hold and Fuentes sealed the game with his 11th save of the season.
Here are the stats for today’s game:
HR: Willingham (9, 5th inning off Britton, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Crisp; Barton; Jackson, C; Willingham 5; Suzuki, K; Ellis; Kouzmanoff 2; Pennington.
RBI: Willingham 4 (35), Jackson, C (13), Barton (13).
2-out RBI: Jackson, C; Willingham 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeJesus; Jackson, C 4.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Crisp (16, 2nd base off Accardo/Wieters).
2B: Hardy (6, Moscoso).
TB: Pie; Guerrero; Wieters; Hardy 3; Reynolds, Ma.
RBI: Pie (5), Reimold (7), Markakis (16), Guerrero (22).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reynolds, Ma 2; Wieters; Andino.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Reynolds, Ma (3, 2nd base off Breslow/Suzuki, K).
W: Moscoso (2-0, 3.27)
L: Britton (5-3, 2.93)
SV: Fuentes (11)
Here is Tom Green’s summary of the game:
For the first time all season, the A’s swept a three-game series. They have Josh Willingham to thank for that.
Willingham drove in four runs, including a three-run go-ahead home run, as the A’s downed the Orioles, 6-4, to complete the sweep.
Willingham’s fifth-inning blast, his ninth of the season, capped a four-run inning that saw the A’s rally from a 4-1 deficit and climb back to .500 on the season. Fittingly, like the A’s did all weekend, Willingham’s round-tripper came with two outs and when the A’s needed it the most, as Baltimore had put up a four-spot on the board in the top of the inning.
Starter Guillermo Moscoso, making his second start for the injured Tyson Ross, cruised through the first four innings on 40 pitches, but stalled in the fifth, when the Orioles sent eight men to the plate. Moscoso (2-0) gave up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before Robert Andino reached on a fielder’s choice that baffled the A’s. Andino laid down a bunt and the A’s attempted to get the lead runner out at third, but he was called safe — prompting an argument from A’s manager Bob Geren.
As a result, Moscoso found himself in a bases-loaded jam with no outs. One at-bat later, Felix Pie hit a fly ball to right-center field and a diving Coco Crisp couldn’t come up with the ball, resulting in a run. Moscoso then gave up a bases-loaded walk before surrendering consecutive RBI groundouts and eventually escaping the inning.
But once again, the A’s found timely hitting, as they recorded double-digit hits for the fourth straight game and all four of their runs in the fifth came with two down. The lead was good enough to put Moscoso in line for the win before handing the game over to the bullpen, which tossed four scoreless innings — including one from two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, who made his first appearance of the season after being sidelined with a right forearm injury.
May 29th, 1:05 PT
G. Moscoso (1-0, 0.00) Moscoso filled in well for the injured Tyson Ross on Tuesday. He tossed six shutout innings and allowed only three hits as he helped the A’s snap a six-game skid as well as notch a win in his first outing of the season.
1. Crisp, CF
2. Barton, 1B
3. Jackson, LF
4. Willingham, DH
5. Suzuki, C
6. DeJesus, RF
7. Ellis, 2B
8. Kouzmanoff, 3B
9. Pennington, SS
Z. Britton (5-2, 2.35)- Britton received his third straight no-decision on Tuesday night against the Royals. After battling for six innings, the southpaw gave up three earned runs on nine hits, but received just two runs of support.
1. Pie, LF
2. Jones, CF
3. Markakis, RF
4. Guerrero, DH
5. Wieters, C
6. Scott, 1B
7. Hardy, SS
8. Reynolds, 3B
9. Andino, 2B
-The A’s are going for the sweep of the Orioles today
-The A’s are 19-4 when they score four or more runs in a game, 7-23 when they score less than 4 runs, lets score 4 runs!
-Moscoso can get the win for the A’s
-Geren should get tossed in the first inning just so the A’s win the game
-Put Fuentes in if it is a save situation, not with the bases loaded, bottom nine, tied 3-3!
-Bailey is off the DL, Cramer to AAA, expect to see Bailey sometime in the game
-The A’s are great in day baseball- let’s win!