Tuesday, July 01, 2008

CUBS POP THE ZIT, RAYS POP THE SAWKS


THE DEFINITION OF MADNESS IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT

The Giants and Barry Zito lost to the Cubs last night 9-2 bringing the Big Zit's record to 3-12. Awesome. When do Giants fans start to wear bags over their heads on night's that Zit pitches? They don't have to be brown paper bags either, I know San Fran is not a blue collar town. They could be those cute bags that you get in those cute little designer stores. Maybe something in a nice pink hue. What color best screams LOSER?!?!?


HERE'S HOPING THAT THE RAYS KNOCK THE SOX ON THEIR CANS AGAIN - JUST LIKE IN THIS BLAST FROM THE PAST

The Devil Rays open a big series against the Red Sox this week with a W.

Two out of three would be fine, but a sweep would be just what the Chowder Nation needs to provide a bit more clarity into the way things are going to be in the division this year.

And with apologies in advance to the panty-waists who will say "Ehhh...mmmmmm, I'm sorry Mr. The Slav, but violence is never the answer." I would agree with that in theory, in a perfect world. But since I prefer to live my life with a healthy dose of REALITY sprinkling in, I would edit that statement with one caveat added--"Yes, violence is never the answer, except in those cases when violence IS THE answer."

Maybe it's only me, but I point to this event as the date and time when the balance of power between the Yankees and the Red Sox changed. It has led to the championships and the dominance of the division that the Sox Nation enjoys today. If anyone from The Nation can point to another pivotal event, feel free to let me know.



I just have a feeling that down the road we may look to the Shields-Crisp-Gomes Royal Rumble as the point where the balance of power in the division shifted once again.

We shall see.....This should be the Rays rally anthem/seventh inning stretch song whenever the Sawks/Yankees come to town this season. IT'S PERFECT!!!! Plus, I think Dee Snider is a local. Hey, if the White Sox could resuscitate "Don't Stop Believing", the Rays can bring this classic rocker back.



If you're scoring at home, that would be Sox="Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond vs. Rays="We're not going to Take It" by Twisted Sister. I know what team I'd rather be on if you get my drift ; ;. HAHAHAHA
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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Tyler Beede 6-4, 215 RHP from Vanderbilt projects as top of the rotation starter when he works out his command/control issues. When he misses, he misses by a bunch.
  • 2. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • 3. Bryan Reynolds 6-2, 210 OF Switch hitter with average speed and polished hitting approach. Fits Giants mold of high-floor, low-ceiling prospects.
  • 4. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • 5. Sandro Fabian 6-0, 180 OF Dominican signee from 2014, shows some pop in his bat. Below average arm and lack of speed should push him towards LF.
  • 6. Aramis Garcia 6-2, 220 C from Florida INTL projects as a good bat behind the dish with enough defensive skill to play there long-term
  • 7. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 8. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
  • 9. Heath Quinn 6-2, 190 OF Strong hitter, makes contact with improving approach at the plate. Returns from hamate bone injury.
  • 10. Seth Corry 6-2 195 LHP Highly regard HS pick. Was mentioned as possible chip in high profile trades.
  • 11. Jacob Gonzalez 6-3, 190 3B Good pedigree, impressive bat for HS prospect.
  • 12. C.J. Hinojosa 5-10, 175 SS Scrappy IF prospect in the mold of Kelby Tomlinson, just gets it done.
  • 13. Shaun Anderson 6-4, 225 RHP Large frame, 3.36 K/BB rate. Can start or relieve
  • 14. Garett Cave 6-4, 200 RHP He misses a lot of bats and at times, the plate. 13 K/9 an 5 B/9. Wild thing.

2018 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Ethan Hankins 6-6, 215 RHP Forsyth Central HS (GA) Mi 90's FB tops at 96-98, plus breaking ball. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 2. Kumar Rocker 6-5, 250 RHP North Oconee HS (GA) Heavy 98 FB, sharp mid 90's slider. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 3. Matthew Liberatore 6-5, 200 LHP Mountain Ridge HS (AZ) High 3/4 arm slot, 91-93 FB tops at 95, with good feel for pitching. Arizona commit.
  • 4. Slade Cecconi 6-4, 195 RHP Trinity Prep HS (FL) High 90's FB tops at 97, with mid 80's breaking ball. Miami commit.
  • 5. Carter Stewart 6-6, 200 RHP Eau Galle HS (FL) Highest spin rate breaking ball in draft. Mississippi State commit.
  • 6. Luke Bartnicki 6-3, 210 LHP Walton HS (GA) Low 90's FB with command, workable slider. Georgia Tech commit.

2018 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Brady Singer 6-5, 200 RHP Florida Sergio Romo-esque slider from whippy low 3/4 arm slot. Mid 90's FB, sharp slider and change-up. 3.4 K/BB rate.
  • 2. Casey Mize 6-3, 210 RHP Auburn Forearm issues, 96 FB with split/slider mix, 6.2 K/BB ratio.
  • 3. Logan Gilbert 6-6, 205 RHP Stetson Loose arm action, 3 pitch mix, 93-96 FB 3.2 K/BB.
  • 4. Ryan Rollison 6-3, 200 LHP Mississippi Smooth delivery from 3/4 arm slot, 89-93 FB tops at 94/95. Late 1st, early 2nd rounder. 2.8 K/BB rate.
  • 5. Shane McClanahan 6-1, 175 LHP South Florida Thin build, 3/4 arm slot, tall and fall delivery. 93/96 FB range. 3.0 K/BB rate.

2018 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects in Tampa Bay Area

  • 1. Connor Scott 6-4, 180 OF Plant HS (FL) Florida commit.