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I could type up a few paragraphs talking about how the Cardinals took an early lead off an Allen Craig home run. How the Cardinals and Rangers battled it out up until the last few innings when the Cardinals completely blew the Rangers away. But I find it hard to do, when something as incredible as what Albert Pujols did last night happens. Afterall, it’s only been done three times before, in the history of Major League baseball. Once by Reggie Jackson (Mr. October), and twice by Babe Ruth. When you have a player as good as Albert put beside those Hall of Fame players you know that something amazing had to happen.
Three home runs in a game is amazing. Three home runs in a World Series game is unbelievable. But that’s the thing about Albert. He’s unbelievable, and unpredictable. Who knows? He could get out there tonight and hit three home runs again. I understand that it’s not very likely, but neither was hitting three home runs in the first place.
THREE HOME RUNS IN ONE WORLD SERIES GAME
The feat was first accomplished way back on October 6, 1926, by Babe Ruth. He liked the feeling so much that he decided to do it again on October 9, 1928. Babe is the only player in history to hit 3 home runs in one World Series game twice.
There was then a 49 year drought, as no one was able to do it again until October 17, 1977, when Reggie Jackson hit three in a game, earning the nickname, “Mr. October.” The name stuck, as he’s still referred to that today.
Then, as stated earlier, Albert Pujols did it last night. With a good decade left in his Major League career, he might surprise everyone and do it again. Although with Pujols, nothing is surprising. The guy is amazing.
Albert’s three home runs helped the Cardinal’s pull out a 16-7 win. They now lead the series, 2 games to 1.
When it comes to throwing out the first pitch there’s one thing that you don’t want to do, and that’s bounce the ball. It’s one thing to throw a little wide, but a flat out bounce will more than likely result in a roaring boo.
The reason I’m bringing this up at all is because Dirk Nowitzki, George W. Bush and Roger Staubach, are scheduled to throw out the first pitch of game 3, 4, and 5, respectively, of the World Series. All three have thrown out a first pitch before, but you never know. One of them, or all of them, could get nervous, resulting in a bounce. You never can be sure of what will happen.
With all of that uncertainty, I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you think each person’s first pitch will be like:
Dirk’s first pitch was thrown right over the plate, but was a little low, as it had to be scooped out of the dirt by Michael Young, the catcher. The pitch was clocked at 67 MPH. Not bad for a basketball player. Congrats to the four people that voted “ball.” You were correct.
George’s first pitch was slightly better than Dirk’s, as it didn’t fall short, but it was still a ball. A little outside. But to make things worse, the catcher, Nolan Ryan, missed the ball. Then again, Ryan isn’t used to catching, but still, it wasn’t THAT outside. Congrats to the four people that voted “ball.” You were correct.
Roger’s first pitch was far worse than George’s or Dirk’s, as it bounced just short of the plate. Catcher, Kenny Rogers, had to play the bounce, which I must say he did nicely. Maybe it’s that Roger is used to throwing footballs, but that pitch wasn’t even close. Congrats to the two people that voted for “bounce.” You were correct.
First of all, I’d like to congratulate David Ortiz for winning the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award. For those who don’t know, it’s an award that’s given out each year to the player that “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” In my opinion David Ortiz is one of the nicest guys in the game, and does a lot to help out his community. It was an award that was well deserved, and I felt he truly appreciated it.
As for the game, it started out kind of slow. Not a single hit until the bottom of the third inning. A double by Rafael Furcal. It would turn out not to matter, as the next batter, Jon Jay, grounded out to end the inning.
The first true excitement of the game came in the bottom of the fourth as a spectacular bare handed double play was turned by Ian Kinsler on a flip from Elvis Andrus. A truly remarkable play.
As I mentioned earlier, the first hit of the ballgame didn’t occur until the bottom of the third inning. The first run of the ballgame came four innings later, as the Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the seventh. An RBI single from Allen Craig that scored David Freese.
With the first run of the ballgame coming as late in the game as it did, you had to be thinking that it could easily of been enough for the Cardinals to win. The Rangers only had six more outs to answer, and considering the fact that the ball wasn’t carrying–due to the cool temperatures–it was going to take a few base hits to score a run. Unlike the warm air the Rangers where used to back in Texas that causes balls to fly out of the ballpark. A home run would be a hard task to pull off.
Ask Albert Pujols. He pretty much got all of one in the bottom of the eighth inning but the ball fell JUST short of the bullpen, as it was hauled in by Nelson Cruz, as he banged up against the fence. If ‘King’ Albert couldn’t hit a home run last night, you had to figure no one could.
Now moving on to the top of the ninth. The Rangers are down to their last three outs, and are still trailing 1-0. To make matters worse, Jason Motte, the Cardinal’s “unofficial” closer–who had proven himself as a dominant force in the past–is on the mound. As of lately, Motte is as sure as it gets.
Motte gave up a lead off single to Ian Kinsler, who the proceeded to steal second. Elvis Andrus then singled to second allowing Kinsler to advance to third. The throw home from the outfield was misplayed by Albert which allowed Andrus to advance to second. It’s now second and third with no outs. Cardinals fans began to fear the worse. But this is Jason Motte! He’ll get out of it. Right? Well, he didn’t get the chance, as Arthur Rhodes was brought in to replace Motte. The next batter Josh Hamilton, who wasn’t 100 percent, hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Kinsler. Tie game. Michael Young, then proceeded to do the same, this time to center field, scoring Andrus. The score is now 2-1 Rangers. And that’s how it ended.
The Rangers tied the series up at a game a piece. Game three is tomorrow in Texas. Should be an interesting game.
With last nights win against the Brewers, it’s official. The Cardinals will be joining the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.
I can’t say I’m shocked. The Cardinals outscored the Brewers 43-26 in the NLCS, with the Rangers outscoring the Tigers 39-25, in the ALCS. So in this case, the best teams made it.
Now that you’ve had a good luck at both the Cardinals and the Rangers throughout the playoffs, cast your vote below as to which team you think will win the World Series, and in how many games:
My next blog entry will be Thursday. (A recap of game 1 of the World Series.)
Congrats again to the Rangers and Cardinals.
The polls have now closed. The majority of the votes were for the Rangers winning the World Series in six games. We’ll have to wait and see if you’re right.
I’m going on vacation tomorrow, and although I’ll have Internet access I don’t plan on blogging again until I get home. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not completely shutting out baseball from my weekend. As a matter of fact, I don’t plan on missing a single pitch from any of tomorrow and Saturday’s games. Just no blogging about it.
Ranger Vs. Tigers-ALCS
The Tigers roar was reduced to a purr with last nights loss to the Rangers. A win would of tied the series up at two games a piece, giving the Tigers a great chance at coming back to win the series. But now, with the loss, tonights game is a win or go home game for Detroit.
With their ace on the mound, Justin Verlander, I’d say the chances of the Tigers pulling out a win tonight, and sending the series back to Texas down just three games to two, are pretty good. The only thing that could hurt the Tigers chances of winning tonight is the fact that the Rangers ace, C.J. Wilson, is also on the mound.
Although both Wilson and Verlander have had their good games and bad games this season, I feel that the Rangers have the advantage. Their hitters are getting hot, and their bullpen is great. A deadly combination when it comes to playoff baseball.
Cardinals Vs. Brewers-NLCS
The race for the NLCS title couldn’t be more exciting, and unpredictable. After the Brewers took game one in Milwaukee, the Cardinals rallied in game 2 to tie the series up at a game a piece. Game three, last night in St. Louis, was sure to be interesting. It was anyones game.
From the start of last nights game, it appeared that it was going to be all Cardinals. As if it was going to be another blowout win like the one that had occured the game before. The Cardinals scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and with their ace, Chris Carpenter, on the mound, it appeared as if the Brewers had no chance. But just half an inning later, in the top of the second, the Brewers scored two runs and were right back in the game down just 4-2.
Later, in the top of the third, the Brewers scored again off a solo home run by Mark Kotsay. The score was now 4-3. The Cardinals looked to be in trouble. But just as things began to look bad for the Cardinals, the tables turned, as the Brewers recieved all the bad luck, not getting a single hit after the fifth inning.
The hard throwing Jason Motte, got the save for the Cardinals. They now lead the series two games to one.
Rangers Vs. Tigers-ALCS
Here’s the situation: Bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th. Nelson Cruz at the plate. No outs. A deep fly ball to the outfield would win it for the Rangers, as there are no outs. More than likely, as the batter, Nelson Cruz was thinking: “Okay. Just make solid contact to send the ball to the outfield, so that the winning run can score.” (Like I said, that’s what he was probably thinking. I have no way to know for sure. He could of been thinking, “I’m gonna hit a grand slam”, for all I know.) Whatever was running through his head, his approach at the plate was flawless. EVERY pitch that he swung at, in last night’s bottom of the 11th at bat, he was right on. But the fourth pitch of the at bat was the one that he was on the most. As it was that pitch that he sent flying over the left field wall. Game over. Walk-off grand slam. The first walk-off grand slam in post season history.
This win over the Tigers brought the Rangers to a 2-0 lead in this championship series. Just two wins away from their second, consecutive, world series appearance. Truly an amazing feat.
Who knows? They might just be good enough to go all the way and win the World Series. We’ll all just have to wait to see how things play out.
Cardinals Vs. Brewers-NLCS
Last night’s blowout by the Cardinals proved that they don’t necessarily need a squirrel to win. All they really need, is for their star firstbasemen, Albert Pujols, to get hot; and did he ever. In last night’s 12-3 win against the Brewers, Albert went 4-5 with 5 RBI’s coming off of a home run and THREE doubles.
Albert’s performance in last night’s game raises the questions: Was this just a one night event? Did Albert just have a good night and the Brewers have a bad one? If you’re a Brewer’s fan, you’re hoping the answer to both questions is yes, that this was just a short lived streak of luck for Albert. Reason being, that if you look back to the past, whenever Albert has gotten hot, and stayed hot, he’s almost impossible to stop.
But it’s not just Albert. This entire Cardinal’s team is incredible. Overcoming the large wild card deficit they had in the early part of September to not only make the playoff’s, but to actually have success in them. Truly amazing.
Last night’s win by the Cardinal’s tied them with the Brewers at one game a piece for the series. They have off tonight as the teams travel to St. Louis for game three on Wednesday. Will the infamous squirrel make another appearance? Will Albert Pujols and the Cardinals continue you their amazing winning streak? We’ll have to watch to find out.
Who do you think is going to go all the way and win the World Series this season? Cast your vote below:
I’ll post the results after the World Series is over to compare your prediction to the actual outcome….
The poll is now closed, and here are the results:
Rangers- 44 votes (37%)
Cardinals- 33 votes (28%)
Brewers- 29 votes (25%)
Tigers- 12 (10%)
So nice job with your selections. The top two poll picks made it to the World Series.
There’s a lot to talk about this week. It has been a very productive one for my favorite players. So let’s get started:
Heath Bell has had three save opportunities since my last entry. He however only converted two out of the three of those opportunities into saves. And last night was a big one for his career. Getting one more save meant passing Trevor Hoffman for the all time Padres consecutive saves leader. But it wasn’t meant to be. With two out in the top of the ninth, Heath got a ground ball to third base. Easy play right? Wrong. The ball was bounced and the first baseman couldn’t snag it. The streak of 41 consecutive saves, was over. But Heath Bell has another milestone coming up that is also exciting. His 100th save. He is currently at 98 saves. So it won’t take him long to reach triple digits. (The Padres are currently 13-19.)
Since last Saturday’s entry, Derek has gotten five more hits. This brings his career total to 2,954 hits. Only 46 away from 3,000. (See my milestone tracker on the right side.) Jeter has been a little more consistent lately in his hitting. He has gotten a hit in his last four games played. Maybe he will finally get into a groove, and help to speed along the process of getting him to 3,000 hits. It’s one of those milestones that when you’re in a slump can seem so far away. But when you start to see the ball better, and get hits, can approach fast. (The Yankees are currently 18-12.)
Tim has had only one start since my last entry. In that one start he accomplished a great deal of things. First of all, he got the win. That’s always important. Second of all he got TWELVE strikeouts, putting him past Christy Mathewson for the most double digit strikeout games in Giants history. His career strikeouts is also very impressive. Tim currently has 964 career strikeouts. So look out in his next few starts for Tim to hit 1,000 strikeouts for his career. (The Giants are currently 16-16.)
Although still not the slugger so far that he was last year, Albert Pujols is starting to increase his batting average. His current average is .264 for the season. His hits have come mostly off of singles, and have been rather consistent lately. Around one every game. Although Albert did have three hits against the Marlins Thursday night. Pujols has a milestone as well that is approaching. 2,000 career hits. He currently has 1,926 career hits. So he’s only 74 hits away. I know that sounds like a lot, but if he starts to hit like the old Albert, it will be here in no time. (The Cardinals are currently 19-14.)
Mariano currently has 571 saves for his career. (See my milestone tracker to the right.) This brings him 31 away from passing Trevor Hoffman for the most saves ever. The way Mariano Rivera is pitching lately, it will take something drastic for him to not reach the record. He is just so dominating on the mound, and nine times out of ten, gets the job done. Last nights save was the twelfth of the season for Mo.
OTHER GENERAL BASEBALL NEWS
Since being arrested on DUI charges on Monday, Shin-Soo Choo has gone 0-11 in plate appearances.
Willie Mays turned 80 years old yesterday.
Andre Ethier has a current hit streak of thirty games.
I more than likely won’t be able to write an update next Saturday. Reason being, that MLBlogs is undergoing a conversion from Movable type pro to WordPress. During that time I won’t be able to access my blog. So I may have to do a two week entry the next Saturday, like I did last Saturday.
Reds Vs. Yankees– 45 days
Also, if you didn’t read about me winning tickets to a Padres game from Heath Bell, read about it HERE.