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Report: Cubs the clear front-runner for Russell Martin
Martin is the prize of this off-seasons class of free agent catchers after batting .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI for the Pirates. He continues to draw praise for his defense, pitch framing, and handling a pitching staff as well.
In the event the Cubs do land Martin, they will likely make 27-year-old catcher Welington Castillo available.
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2010 World Series is here!!!
The 2010 World Series has finally arrived! Yes, baseball fans, no matter which your favorite team is, this is a series that is always worth watching, because the 2 best teams during the whole season will do whatever it takes to win the yearned trophy and celebrate in a large parade across their city. This year we have a newcomer, Texas Rangers, and a team that has came close to winning the title 3 times: San Francisco Giants. Both teams come from giving 2 major upsets in their corresponding Championship series. The Rangers destroyed the reigning champions New York Yankees, beating them twice at their very own Yankee Stadium, with an impressive offensive display. On the other hand, the Giants made use of their precise pitching to beat the Philadelphia Phillies also playing away from home.
Talking about game 1 in this series, the Giants will have the home advantage, having had a better season result than their rivals. Therefore, the first game will take place at the AT&T Park in San Francisco. Still, the odds are quite in favor of the Rangers, mainly because of the impressive balance between powerful batting (they scored 18 runs in the Yankee stadium in their 2 victories there in the American League Championship Series), and the zen-like concentration of pitcher Cliff Lee. These odds are -127 for Texas and +117 for San Francisco. They might be right in a way, but let’s not forget that the Giants have an awesome pitcher in Tim Lincecum, 2 times Cy Young Award winner. They seem to be pretty even in the pitching department.
What could make the difference is the offense, and here naturally Texas could come out as favorite, given their monumental attacking work against none other than the Yankees. However, it seems to me that this series will be decided in 7 games, since both teams defend their home park very well. As to who will win, that is a very hard nut to crack… Both teams are equally motivated, they have very versatile players in all the departments, and the team cohesion is clear in both sides. I would say San Francisco has a slight advantage when it comes to their manager. Both Bruce Bochy (Giants) and Ron Washington (Rangers) have almost the same time as managers, but Bochy received the NL Manager of the Year award with the San Diego Padres. He also led this low-budget team to the National League pennant in 1998, losing to the Yankees in the World Series. So, Bochy already has World Series experience, Washington doesn’t. Will he be able to handle the pressure?
If I were to give a winner, I would say San Francisco will be 2010 World Champions. But that is not up to me to decide, is it?
MLB: Yankees uncertain favorite in Game 2
Game 2 of the 2009 World Series is set for Thursday in New York, with the hosts down 1-0 after last night’s 6-1 Philadelphia triumph. The Phillies are in search of their second straight title, and took a big step towards that goal in winning the opener. Tonight, they’ll send Pedro Martinez to the hill to face A.J. Burnett. Oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com have installed the Yankees as a huge -200 favorite, crazy considering how poorly they played in Game 1.
The New York Yankees were left utterly dumbfounded in Game 1. Chase Utley battled C.C. Sabathia in two at bats, following off strikes until the lefthander got just a bit too much of the plate and rifled two shots over the right field wall. Cliff Lee did the rest, in stifling New York on one run and six hits for complete game gem, which included 10 strikeouts and zero walks. Lee was seemingly in his own world on the mound with a pair of unusual fielding plays that he was almost flippant about.
New York hitters had nary a clue what to do with Lee and they hope to have much better success against Pedro Martinez or their suddenly dwindling chances of winning the Fall Classic will take another severe hit. What’s the big deal about losing the first game? The winner of Game 1 of the World Series has won seven straight World Series, 11 of the last 12 and 12 of 14 with the introduction of the wild card teams.
A.J. Burnett will be asked to do his best Lee-imitation. In his first season in the Pinstripes, Burnett is 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA and has not picked up a decision in the postseason with two decent starts and one pretty good beating. The concern for manager Joe Girardi is Burnett’s command. After posting an almost 2 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio during the regular season, the former Florida Marlin has 13 K’s and 10 W’s in three playoff appearances. Sportsbook.com has New York has -200 favorite with total of Un9 and the Yankees have won 11 of 13 in this spot with Burnett on the hill at home.
Doubts were expressed about Philadelphia feeling any pressure, being the defending champions. The numbers said the Phillies were underdogs coming into the series, which just added another log on the fire. No home field advantage for the second straight year, having the best road record in baseball at 52-34 takes care of that.
Pedro Martinez will attempt to squeeze what is left out of his right arm. Martinez is 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA since joining the Phillies and pitched seven shutout innings against the Dodgers in 2-1 loss that the bullpen gave away.
Philadelphia has owned October and will attempt to do same in November as they are 19-5 in the postseason the last two years and 27-11 after allowing four runs or less four straight games.
Coming into the series, two elements were deemed very important in determining the outcome. Who could jack the most balls over the wall from these power-laden clubs would affect the outcome and Chase Utley answered that one. Also, getting the starting pitchers out of the game and see how the relief pitchers would perform. What chance New York had late in the game was swept out to the Hudson River, with the Yanks pen rocked for four runs in the last two innings.
FOX has Game 2 beginning at 7:55 Eastern and the last five meetings between these teams in New York have produced five Unders.
The StatFox Power Line indicates Yankees -155, a sign that Sportsbook is asking bettors to overpay if they want that side of the game.