Here’s a riddle, how do you take the best thing ever, and make it the worst? Add the Yankees and the Red Sox. Is there anything more overplayed than this horribly overrated rivalry? This rivalry is as overrated as having babies. Did you know that you don’t get to copulate any further once that happens, and after you have to raise a little asshole version of you? It’s the second worst, behind Red Sox-Yankees. Every year baseball is infested by morons from outside the sport talking about how great these 7 hour slap fights are. How can so many people think this is a great rivalry?
The AL Cy Young, or as I’m deeming it this season, the Bridesmaid award. I’m calling it the Bridesmaid Award because, let’s be honest, the best pitchers in the world are all in the NL right now. Of the active players with a Cy Young 7 are in the NL and 5 are in the AL. However the NL has 10 Cy Young Awards in the league and the AL has 5. Further, only 2 in the AL are owned by legitimate contenders, C.C. Sabathia and Felix Hernandez. The other 3 are owned by Bartolo Colon, Jake Peavy and Brandon Webb. Colon looked decent this spring, but hasn’t pitched in a while and didn’t make the Yankees rotation. Also he’s fat. Peavy is still a dangerous pitcher, and a great singer, however he has really struggled with injuries for a few years now and again has found himself on the DL to start the year. Finally the other Cy Young Award winner in the league is Brandon Webb who had major surgery on his pitching shoulder in 2009 and is just now starting to make his way back. I think of these three Webb may have the highest upside because his pitching relies little on power and more on precision and downward movement. However it still baffles me how a guy can lead the league in walks one year then shave 60 walks off that total by the next season.
Anyways, this is not to say there aren’t good pitchers in the AL, however I am saying that the most highly acclaimed pitchers are now in the NL. Oh yeah, and there’s something else about those Junior Circuit lineups, they’re not friendly. So who’s going to win the Bridesmaid Award this year as the MLB’s second best pitcher? Read more…
Oh, the Junior Circuit. I’m doing my best not to be biased but I don’t care for A.L. baseball, hate most of the teams and don’t generally watch. I’m qualified to pick an A.L MVP like Cordell Walker is a peaceful negotiator. However, I’m going to do it anyways because, like David Eckstein, I do my damndest even if I’m completely unqualified. Josh Hamilton won the award last year absolutely tearing the cover off the ball despite injuries and jumping on and off the wagon like a kid playing Oregon Trail. Actually I think he was sober all of last year, but that picture is just too good. I think he has a lineup around him that will give him a serious chance at repeating, however there are numerous other candidates with a real chance at winning, and I’m not sure the Rangers will get the wins they piled up last year to support his bid. Thus further discussion is necessary.