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Tim Lincecum is the only pitcher in major league history to win the Cy Young Award during his first two full seasons as a pitcher in the major leagues.

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Among The ‘Normal’ Guys I Will Be Watching During The 2014 Season, Here Are A Few More I Will Be Paying Attention To As Well…

Among The ‘Normal’ Guys I Will Be Watching During The 2014 Season, Here Are A Few More I Will Be Paying Attention To As Well…

We are right around 36 hours away from the official start to the 2014 baseball season.  You better believe that I will be starting my day by listening to some games on my IPhone and then ending my night watching my Marlins host the Colorado Rockies.

It is going to be a great season.

In addition to the standard crop of guys that I will be watching as the season progresses, here are a few more guys that I am going to be paying attention to.  Each of them offers a great level of skill and enthusiasm to the game, and I am eager to see how their seasons unfold.

Jose Reyes

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Mark Teixeira

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Joe Nathan

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Tim Lincecum

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York

Gio Gonzalez

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Billy Hamilton

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David Price

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And of course, Derek Jeter

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Have I paid attention to these guys prior to this season?  Of course I have.  But, I believe that each of these guys will have some level of impact on the game this year – both minor and major.  It may be huge headlines, and it may be record-breaking performances, but I think that you will be hearing the names of these players a lot in 2014 – and I am ready!

I cannot wait to watch it all unfold!!

Is there anyone you think is ready to make a huge impact this season?  Are you paying special attention to someone new this year?

Let’s go!

3/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 3/4 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

For this 1/2update all notes wil be added to the original post in RED.

For this 3/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in BLUE.

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I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

Ichiro has 70 hits in 71 games and is well short of the numbers he would need to get to 2,800.  2,750 is more likely at this point.

Ichiro has 110 hits this season and is well below the pace needed to get to 2,800 – 2,750 is more probable at this point.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

Helton now has 40 hits in 53 games.  He is still on track and needs just 40 more hits to reach 2,500!

Helton has 70 hits this season and is just ten away from 2,500.  Just a matter of when at this point…

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up. He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

Ortiz has 73 hits in 61 games.  He needs 64 hits to reach 2,000 this season.  If he stays healthy, he will do it.

Ortiz has 125 hits this year and is just 12 shy of the 2,000-mark.  He should be enjoying this milestone by the end of the month!

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year. He needs 18 more to reach 500!

Pujols will do it, but not anywhere close to as quickly as I expected.  He has 13 HR’s this season so far.  12 to go!

Pujols has 17 home runs this season and is just 8 away from 500.  But, he has not played since July 26 and the remainder of his season is in doubt due to foot issues.

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games. He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

Near the half-way mark of the season, Howard has 41 RBI.  He needs 39 more to reach 1,000.

Howard has collected just 2 RBI since the mid-season mark and will not reach the 1,000 RBI mark this season.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games. If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

Braun has been sidelined for most of the season.  He has just 9/36.  This streak is over…

Screw this guy!!!

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories. I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

CC is one win away fro 200 career victories – Go Get ‘Em CC!!!

Done Deal!!!  Congrats CC – Let’s go for 300!!!

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games. He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

Cain is 5-4 in 16 starts this season.  He has 90 career wins and can still make a run at 100, but the Giants are struggling right now.  #100 may have to wait until next year…

Cain is 7-8 in 24 starts this year and he will not make it to 100.  The Giants have been horrible, and he is not helping with his 4.44 ERA.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!! This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

Verlander has 1,608 career K’s at this 3/4 mark.  1,700 is a possibility.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013. He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

Lincecum has 93 strikeouts in 95 innings of work this season.  He is 90 K’s from 1,500 and still has a good chance of reach the magical 1,500.  Hopefully he remains in the Giants’ starting rotation.

Lincecum has 153 strikeouts on the season and 1,470 for his career.  He should reach this 1,500 mark if he can remain in the starting rotation.  He is just 6-12 in 24 starts this year and has an ERA of 4.38.

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 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??

See you around the 120-game mark!!!!

We’ll do this one more time at the end of the season.  This was not a good year for my prognostications…

Thanks for reading!!!

1/2 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

1/2 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 1/2 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

For this 1/2update all notes wil be added to the original post in RED.

_________________________________________________

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

Ichiro has 70 hits in 71 games and is well short of the numbers he would need to get to 2,800.  2,750 is more likely at this point.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

Helton now has 40 hits in 53 games.  He is still on track and needs just 40 more hits to reach 2,500!

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up. He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

Ortiz has 73 hits in 61 games.  He needs 64 hits to reach 2,000 this season.  If he stays healthy, he will do it.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year. He needs 18 more to reach 500!

Pujols will do it, but not anywhere close to as quickly as I expected.  He has 13 HR’s this season so far.  12 to go!

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games. He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

Near the half-way mark of the season, Howard has 41 RBI.  He needs 39 more to reach 1,000.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games. If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

Braun has been sidelined for most of the season.  He has just 9/36.  This streak is over…

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories. I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

CC is one win away fro 200 career victories – Go Get ‘Em CC!!!

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games. He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

Cain is 5-4 in 16 starts this season.  He has 90 career wins and can still make a run at 100, but the Giants are struggling right now.  #100 may have to wait until next year…

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!! This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013. He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

Lincecum has 93 strikeouts in 95 innings of work this season.  He is 90 K’s from 1,500 and still has a good chance of reach the magical 1,500.  Hopefully he remains in the Giants’ starting rotation.  

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 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??

See you around the 120-game mark!!!!

Thanks for reading!!!

2010 Topps ‘Legendary Lineage’ With Bob Gibson & Tim Lincecum

2010 Topps ‘Legendary Lineage’ With Bob Gibson & Tim Lincecum

I really like cards like these and I am always eager to see who Topps pairs with some of the great players from our current era of baseball.  And while it would be impossible to reach a 100% consensus on a topic that can be so opinionated, I think that they do a pretty good job with their pairings.

This card features legendary Bob Gibson and a modern-day phenom, Tim Lincecum

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A few years removed from the 2010 release, we have seen a sharp decline in the dominance of Lincecum over the last few baseball seasons.  Sure, he is still striking out a very respectable number of hitters, but his dominance on the mound is not what it once was – the wins are down and so is the overall effectiveness.

But, back in 201o, Tim Lincecum was the real-deal!!  His ability to cruise through innings as he mowed down batter after batter was unparalleled – and it all led to wins.

I’d love to see him bounce back to his original form!!!

1/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 1/4 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

_________________________________________________

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up.  He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year.  He needs 18 more to reach 500!

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games.  He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games.  If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories.  I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games.  He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!!  This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013.  He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work.  If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 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!!!

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues.  He starts the season with 2,606.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits.  He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career.  He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’.  He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers  on his resume.

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career.  He will start the season with 920 RBI.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume.  He has done it for the last 5 seasons.  Can he make it six in a row?

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200.  He will start the season with 191 career wins.

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts.  He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts.  I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 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!!!

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… 

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