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FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I was hoping would occur during the season.

Let’s take a look and see how we did, shall we??

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season? If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark.

Ichiro collected 177 hits in 2012, the lowest tally of his MLB career.  Still, not too bad for a 38-year old role player.

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla hit just 19 home runs in 2012, his lowest output in his career.  Also the worst offensive season of his career, too.

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629.

A-Rod hit just 18 home runs in 2012, leaving him with 647 for his career.  The 18 is slightly higher than his 16 in 2011, but he played in 22 more games in 2012.  660 should be reached in 2013.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

After the worst start in his majo league career, Pujols revereted back to his usual self in the second half of the season.  He ended the year with 30 home runs and 475 for his career.  500 will come in 2013.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

#300 has come and gone.  Cabrera now has 321 and climbing!!

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

will have to play a big part to get it done.

The 2012 baseball season has not been kind to Roy Halladay or the Phillies.  Halladay ends the 2012 season with 199 career wins.  200 will certainly be reached in April, 2013.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

Hudson had a very solid season in 2012.  He went 16-7 and ended the year with 197 career victories.  200 should be surpassed by Hudson in May of 2013.

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Bruan collected 112 RBI in 2012 making his 100+ RBI streak reach five straight seasons!!  Can you say, MVP??

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum fell 10 strikeouts short of 200, ending the 2012 season with 190 K’s.  Far from bad, but far from what we had seen in the past from ‘The Freak’.

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod collected just 57 RBI in 2012.  He currently rests with 1,950 career RBI.  He should eclipse the 2,000-mark in 2013.

The 2012 MLB regular season was fantastic.  We saw a lot of history made, and I am already looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for us in 2013.

Thanks for reading!!!

 

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, 3/4 of the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I hoping would occur during the season.

I will keep all updates posted at the 1/4-mark in Green.  My new 1/2-mark updates will be recorded in Blue.  And now the 3/4-mark updates will be captured in Red.

Here we go….

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season? If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

With 55 hits, Ichiro is well on his way

Ichiro now has 89 hits at the half-way mark.  200 may not be a lock

Not even a trade to the Yankees is going to help Ichiro reach this goal.  He has 133 hits in 121 games, but he will not be able to capture 67 in the next 41 games.

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla has 7 home runs so far.  If you recall, he was smoking hot during the second quarter of 2011.  Hopefully he picks up the pace a bit…

Uggla has just 11 home runs at the break.  He is capable of a 15-HR month, but will he do it??

Uggla is stuck with 15 homers in 117 games.  This streak is in seriuos jeopardy…

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629.

A-Rod has hit 7 home runs this season and  rests at 636.  660 is still a posibility!

A-Rod has connected for 13 home runs so far this season.  He needs 18 more to tie Willie Mays.

A broken hand will likely keep A-Rod out for the rest of the regular season.  He rests at 644 career home runs.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

He’s been hot as of late, but Pujols has only connected for 7 homers this season.  48 more seems very unlikely.

Pujols has 13 home runs this season and needs 42 more to reach 500.  Not gonna happen (this season).

Pujols has been one of the hottest hitters since the All-Star break.  He has 28 on the year and 473 for his career.  #500 will have to wait for 2013.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Cabrera has connected for 8 home runs.  He needs just 15 more to reach 300.  Should not be a problem.

Miguel Cabrera has 18 round-trippers so far this season.  He needs just 5 more to reach 300 for his career.  This is a ‘LOCK’.

#300 has come and gone.  Cabrera now has 308 and climbing!!

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Halladay is 4-4 on the year.  He will get 8 more wins, it is just a matter of when.

Halladay is now 4-5 in 11 starts.  He should be returning from the DL after the All-Star break.  This can still happen, but the Phillies will have to play a big part to get it done.

The 2012 baseball season has not been kind to Roy Halladay or the Phillies.  Halladay has 194 career wins, and while he can still tally a few more wins by the end of the year, 200 career victories may have to wait until 2013.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

After an extended trip on the DL, Hudson is 3-2 i n6 starts.  200 wins seems unlikely, but you never know…

Hudson is 7-4 in 11 starts this year.  He needs 12 more wins to get to 200.  That will probably happen in 2013.

Hudson is 12-4 on the year and has 193 wins for his career.  He is hot right now, but would need to win all of his remaining starts for a shot at 200 in 2012.

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Braun has already collected 34 RBI – he is on his way!!

Braun has 60 RBI at the break.  100 should happen as long as he remains healthy!!

Braun has 83 RBI in 112 games.  This is an almost certainty!!

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum’s numbers are not what they were like during his Cy Young years.  Still, he is strking guys out – 58 so far.  On his way to 200!!

Lincecum has had a rough go in 2012.  He is 3-9 with an ERA of 6.08.  He does have 101 strikeouts which puts him in contention for another 200-K season.  Hopefully the Giants can remain in playoff contention so his games have meaning.

Lincecum has recorded 147 K’s in 25 starts.  He should go at least 7-8 more times by the end of the year.  If he can stay into the 6th inning and beyond in most of those games he still has a solid shot.

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod has only driven in 19 runs so far, 107 is a long ways away, but if he gets hot he can still do it.

A-Rod has just 37 RBI this year – a far cry from the production that he is used to.  He now has 1,930 career RBI and rests in 8th place on the all-time list.  22 more RBI will land him in 6th place, but I am not certain that he will get to 5th this year (he would need 66).

Alex is stuck at 1,937.  It going to have to wait until next season.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Thanks for reading!!!

I’ll have another update for you in roughly 40 games or so…

I’ll have one more recap for you at the end of the regular season.  I was hoping for a few more celebratory posts, but that may have to wait until 2013…

1/2 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

1/2 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, 1/2 of the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I hoping would occur during the season. 

I will keep all updates posted at the 1/4-mark in Green.  My new 1/2-mark updates will be recorded in Blue.

Here we go….

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season?  If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

With 55 hits, Ichiro is well on his way

Ichiro now has 89 hits at the half-way mark.  200 may not be a lock

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla has 7 home runs so far.  If you recall, he was smoking hot during the second quarter of 2011.  Hopefully he picks up the pace a bit…

Uggla has just 11 home runs at the break.  He is capable of a 15-HR month, but will he do it??

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629. 

A-Rod has hit 7 home runs this season and  rests at 636.  660 is still a posibility!

A-Rod has connected for 13 home runs so far this season.  He needs 18 more to tie Willie Mays.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

He’s been hot as of late, but Pujols has only connected for 7 homers this season.  48 more seems very unlikely.

Pujols has 13 home runs this season and needs 42 more to reach 500.  Not gonna happen (this season).

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Cabrera has connected for 8 home runs.  He needs just 15 more to reach 300.  Should not be a problem.

Miguel Cabrera has 18 round-trippers so far this season.  He needs just 5 more to reach 300 for his career.  This is a ‘LOCK’.

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Halladay is 4-4 on the year.  He will get 8 more wins, it is just a matter of when.

Halladay is now 4-5 in 11 starts.  He should be returning from the DL after the All-Star break.  This can still happen, but the Phillies will have to play a big part to get it done.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

After an extended trip on the DL, Hudson is 3-2 i n6 starts.  200 wins seems unlikely, but you never know…

Hudson is 7-4 in 11 starts this year.  He needs 12 more wins to get to 200.  That will probably happen in 2013.

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Braun has already collected 34 RBI – he is on his way!!

Braun has 60 RBI at the break.  100 should happen as long as he remains healthy!!

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum’s numbers are not what they were like during his Cy Young years.  Still, he is strking guys out – 58 so far.  On his way to 200!!

Lincecum has had a rough go in 2012.  He is 3-9 with an ERA of 6.08.  He does have 101 strikeouts which puts him in contention for another 200-K season.  Hopefully the Giants can remain in playoff contention so his games have meaning.

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod has only driven in 19 runs so far, 107 is a long ways away, but if he gets hot he can still do it.

A-Rod has just 37 RBI this year – a far cry from the production that he is used to.  He now has 1,930 career RBI and rests in 8th place on the all-time list.  22 more RBI will land him in 6th place, but I am not certain that he will get to 5th this year (he would need 66).

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Thanks for reading!!!

I’ll have another update for you in roughly 40 games or so… 

🙂

Dan Uggla Connects For Home Run #200 Of His Career As Braves Beat Marlins 11-0

Dan Uggla Connects For Home Run #200 Of His Career As Braves Beat Marlins 11-0

By STEVEN WINE | The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP)  Dan Uggla hit two homers in his first game at Marlins Park, including a tape-measure blow off the home-run sculpture, and Tim Hudson pitched a five-hitter for his 13th career shutout Tuesday night to help the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 11-0.

Uggla hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, and he scored a direct hit on the middle of the sculpture with a two-run homer in the ninth estimated at 432 feet. That sent a thud reverberating throughout the ballpark and increased his homer total to 10 this season and 200 for his career.

Uggla also doubled and scored before hitting a two-run single to finish with four hits and five RBIs, both season highs. He spent his first five seasons with the Marlins and hit 78 home runs in their former home, the most by any player.

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, 1/4 of the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I hoping would occur during the season.  All updates will be posted with  the original pre-season report in Green.

Here we go….

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season?  If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

With 55 hits, Ichiro is well on his way

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla has 7 home runs so far.  If you recall, he was smoking hot during the second quarter of 2011.  Hopefully he picks up the pace a bit…

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629. 

A-Rod has hit 7 home runs this season and  rests at 636.  660 is still a posibility!

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

He’s been hot as of late, but Pujols has only connected for 7 homers this season.  48 more seems very unlikely.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Cabrera has connected for 8 home runs.  He needs just 15 more to reach 300.  Should not be a problem.

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Halladay is 4-4 on the year.  He will get 8 more wins, it is just a matter of when.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

After an extended trip on the DL, Hudson is 3-2 i n6 starts.  200 wins seems unlikely, but you never know…

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Braun has already collected 34 RBI – he is on his way!!

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum’s numbers are not what they were like during his Cy Young years.  Still, he is strking guys out – 58 so far.  On his way to 200!!

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod has only driven in 19 runs so far, 107 is a long ways away, but if he gets hot he can still do it.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Thanks for reading!!!

I’ll see you during the All-Star break with another update.  🙂

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2011 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2012…

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season?  If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Thanks for reading!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Surprises From The 2011 Baseball Season’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Surprises From The 2011 Baseball Season’

Man, oh man – what a season it was!!!

Just days removed from the end of the 2011 major league baseball season and just days into the start of the playoffs, I am still very excited by all of the great action and performances we got to witness during the year.

So, here are my ‘Top Ten Surprises From The 2011 Baseball Season’:

Honorable Mention – Derek Jeter’s re-emergence as a star, Cliff Lee’s dominance, Ivan Nova’s success, Ryan Vogelsong’s future, Justin Masterson’s maturity, Eric Hosmer’s power, and Matt Morse’s play.

10 – Lance Berkman’s climb back to dominance and defensive presence after moving back to the outfield after many years as a first baseman.

9 – Roy Halladay’s ability to convert on a sacrifice.  In just his second season in the National League, Halladay converted 16 sacrifices, up from 2 in 2010.

8 – Ryan Braun’s chase for the batting title.  We all know that he is a superstar, and an all-around offensive weapon.  His .332 average is twenty points above his average – and his power numbers did not suffer one bit!!

7 – Matt Kemp’s emergence as a 5-tool player.  Kemp was the only real threat for the Triple Crown in 2011.  And when mixed with his success on the base paths and in the field, Kemp is building a solid career for himself.

6 – Victor Martinez’s ability to dominate.  On a roster full of young and incredible talent, it was V-Mart that rose to the occasion more often than his teammates.  With .330/12/103 on stat sheet, Martinez was the fuel to Detroit’s engine.

5 – Ian Kennedy’s 21-4 record.  Winning 84% of his starts, Kennedy makes a strong case for the Cy Young Award.  His 3.6:1 strikeout to walk ratio is unreal for a 26-year old in just his 2nd full season.

4 – Craig Kimbrel’s 46 saves – a rookie record.  Kimbrel was unreal for the Braves – and his 127 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched is the perfect recipe for a great closer.

3 – Dan Uggla’s 33-game hit streak.  It’s very rare that a slugger has the patience to put together a hit streak of this kind.  And while this was considered a ‘down’ year for Uggla as it relates to total hits and batting average, his 33-game hit streak was the league’s best of 2011.

2 – Curtis Granderson’s ability to compile stats like the big-boys.  We’ve all known that Granderson was a highly skilled player – but to do what he did in one season is remarkable.  1st in runs scored, 1st in RBI, 2nd in home runs, and 2nd in triples makes a strong argument for the AL MVP.

1 – James Shield’s 11 complete games.  Shields threw more complete games than 26 major league clubs – SERIOUSLY!!!  The last time a starting pitcher recorded double-digit complete games in one season?  1999.

And there you have it – my ‘Top Ten Surprises From The 2011 Baseball Season’.

Did I miss anything?  Let me hear it!!

And next week, we’ll take a look at my ‘Top Ten Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season’.

Thanks for reading!!

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

Wow, what a season.  Tons of surprises and tons of disappointments too…

Let’s get right into it.  These are the baseball milestones I was most looking forward to from the 2011 baseball season. 

Here is how that panned out…

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

Jeter’s season ended with 3,088 career hits.  He now rests at 20th on the all-time list.  If he has another solid campaign in 2012, he could get all the way up to somewhere between 11-13.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

Thome has 604 career home runs, ranking him at 8 on the all-time list.  6 more homers and he moves to number 7.

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo finished the season with 603 career saves, and 1st place on the All-time list.  It is very possible that he sees number 650 next year if health stays on his side!!

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Ichiro finished the season with 184 hits and a .310 batting average.  And while that is not the kind of production we have become used to from Ichiro, it is still a very solid season.  Streak Busted!

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla kept the streak alive by belting 35 home runs, a career high.  His streak is now extended to five straight seasons.  He has a very solid 30+ game hitting streak to thank, for sure.

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

Tex finished the season with 37 home runs and 312 career blasts.  At just 31 years of age, the sky is the limit for this very talented slugger. 

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

Mission failed.  37 home runs and 98 RBI leaves Pujols 2 RBI short of extending his record.  Kind of sucks – hopefully he can stay healthy in 2012, wherever he is playing…

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Dunn connected for just 11 home runs in 2011.  He has 365 for his career, and while 400 is still very likely the question is what season will it occur in 2012 or 2015?

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod managed to reach just 16 and 62 this year, an injury plagued one.  Here’s to hoping that he can get back on track in 2012!!

The 2011 baseball season was fantastic!!!  It was a thrill to watch these milestones, and some other unexpected ones unfold.

I cannot wait for next season to start!!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players To Watch As The Postseason Approaches’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players To Watch As The Postseason Approaches’

I cannot believe that there are just three weeks left of the 2011 regular season.  It has been fun to watch, most the of the time.

And as we head into the last few weeks, there are still some heated races for divisional crowns and wild-card spots.

Theses are the ‘Top Ten’ guys that I think are pivotal to their team’s success.  If these players can turn it up a few notches, they will help put their teams in better contention.

Away we go…

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Ryan Braun, Tim Lincecum, CJ Wilson, Dan Uggla, Derek Jeter, Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Ruiz, Ervin Santana, and Dustin Pedroia.

10 – Zach Greinke – he has the skills,  and with possibly 2-3 more starts to go a few more wins should help his confidence.

9 – Josh Beckett – superb when ‘on’ and that seems to happen less and less.  He has the potential to be the ace and lead the Red Sox.   But will he?

8 – Justin Upton – the Diamondbacks most skilled offensive player, this is his chance to take center-stage and put his team on his back.

7 – Mark Teixeira – a feared hitter, can he get over his nagging injuries to help propel the Yankees?  His defense should not be overlooked either…

6 – AJ Burnett – Arguably the weakest and most unstable link in the Yankees chain, Burnett can be a helpful pitcher.  Will he?

5 – Adrian Beltre – Coming off the DL, Beltre has just a few short weeks to get ready for the post-season.  When he is in the lineup, Texas is a lot more dangerous…

4 – Jered Weaver – The ‘Ace’ of the Angels staff, Weaver will have to be near-perfect for the Angels to succeed.

3 – Tommy Hanson – While the Braves have one of the best bullpens in baseball, their starting rotation is a little shaky.  Hanson is coming off of an injury and if he wants to be helpful to the Braves’ success, he has to prove himself worthy of a role in the starting rotation.

2 – Cole Hamels – With the best record in baseball, and best starting pitching as well, it is very possible that the Phillies move to a 3-man rotation in the playoffs.  Hamels is probably the best man for that challenge, but he has yet to remind us of his prior post-season heroics.

1 – Alex Rodriguez – Hardly near 100%, anything that Rodriguez can offer the Yankees’ lineup will be a big help.  A dangerous threat each time he approaches the plate, A-Rod may be the player responsible for either the Yankees winning or sealing their fate.

And there you have it – I cannot wait to see how the last few weeks of the season unfold.  And while some teams are already locked into their spots for the post-season, there is enough drama and intrigue to make the next 3 weeks ‘Must See TV’.

Enjoy the games everyone!!!