Friday, November 16, 2012

Baseball Offseason notes

Here are some baseball notes on a fairly quiet offseason so far.  The New York Mets and New York Yankees haven't done anything although the Toronto Blue Jays have been busy the past few days.  In the next couple of weeks when the winter meetings begin I would expect things to pick up. 

The Blue Jays made a big trade with the Miami Marlins the other day to aquire Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, John Buck was also part of the trade.  The Blue Jays gave up some top prospects and they gave up Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria.  It was a big trade, I wonder why the Marlins are able to operate like this.  In the long run it may benefit them but how can they sign all these players and then break up their team within a year.  I think this is just embarrassing and shouldn't be allowed to happen.  The Marlins got a  new stadium which the tax payers mostly paid for and now they barely even have a team. 

The Blue Jays on Friday signed Melky Cabrera to a two year 16 million dollar deal. 

The Detroit Tigers signed Torii Hunter to a two year deal, they have some offense on paper.  The Padres and Oakland Athletics made a trade on Friday.  Oakland sent righty pitcher Tyson Ross to the Padres for infielder Andy Perrino and lefty Andrew Werner.  The A's also sent minor leaguer A.J. Kirby-Jones in the deal.  The Athletics found a player in Perrino who can play shortstop for them.  Ross had a very good season in AAA last year. 

The AL MVP was one of the most contested in recent years with Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout.  Cabrera won to complete a wonderful season winning the Triple Crown and the MVP.  It was and is still a war between the sabremetrics community and the old school baseball community.  The Old School won out for now but it really got heated and contentious between the two sides.  I personally would of voted for Cabrera myself if I had a vote because the Tigers did win the division and the Angels didn't even make the playoffs.  I know you don't have to do that but I give that more weight. 

I don't think there were really any suprises in the awards.  R.A. Dickey won the NL Cy Young which wasn't a shock although he was the first knuckle ball pitcher to ever win the award.  I guess for the AL manager of the year you could of picked Buck Showalter but Bob Melvin won it with the Oakland Athletics who also had a great and very suprising season. 

Justin Verlander lost out on his second straight Cy Young but David Price won it, he also had a great season and Verlander didn't have as great of a season as the year before. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Giants put up a stinker in Cincinnati

The New York Giants lost to the Cincinnati Bengals by the score of 31-13 on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The Giants have not played that well in the last couple of weeks and it continued in this game. This was probably rock bottom as they didn’t play well in any facet of the game. 
Eli Manning was 29-46 for 215 yards, no touchdowns and he threw two interceptions. Andre Brown led the Giants rushing attack with 65 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Ahmad Bradshaw had 10 carries for 57 yards. Henry Hynoski the fullback had a carry for five yards, Manning and David Wilson each had one carry for one yard. Hakeem Nicks led the receivers with nine catches for 75 yards, Martellus Bennett had four carries for 37 yards, Brown had five catches for 29 yards and Victor Cruz had three catches for 26 yards. Ramses Barden had two catches for 22 yards, Bradshaw had three catches for 14 yards and Domenick Hixon had one catch for eight yards. Rueben Randle had two catches for four yards. Lawrence Tynes was 2-2 on field goals with his long being 31 yards and he made one extra point. Wilson had six kick returns for average of 17.8 yards. Steve Weatherford had four punts for an average of 53.3 average with a long of 68 yards.

Prince Amukamara led the defense with seven tackles and three assists. The Giants did not have a sack or an interception. Chase Blackburn did have a forced fumble.

Andy Dalton was 21-30 for 199 yards and four touchdowns. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 15 rushes for 50 yards, Cedric Peerman had six rushes for 21 yards and Brian Leonard had four rushes for four yards. Mohamed Sanu had one carry for three yards. A.J. Green led the Bengals receivers with seven catches for 85 yards and one touchdown. Sanu had four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown and Andrew Hawkins had three catches for 16 yards and a touchdown. Orson Charles had a catch for 19 yards, Peerman had a catch for nine yards and Green-Ellis had two catches for eight yards. Mike Nugent was 1-1 on field goals and had four extra points. Brandon Tate had two kickoff returns for an average of 12 yards. Kevin Huber had four punts for an average of 48.3 yards.

The Bengals had two interceptions, Terence Newman had six tackles and one assist to lead the defense. Carlos Dunlap had 1.5 sacks and four tackles and an assist. Wallace Gilberry had a sack, Robert Geathers had a sack and Domata Peko had ½ a sack.

The Giants are now 6-4 and the Bengals are 4-5. The Giants remain in first place in the NFC East but now only a game ahead of the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants were behind 14-0 after five minutes of the game and never got it together. They were losing 17-6 at the half and it just got worse from there.

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