My apologies again for not providing the PG faithful with Gut Check Thursday yesterday. Work got in the way (if you need proof, turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper and you'll see my handiwork, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAHA). Ok, i'll stop gloating, onto GUT....CHECK....FRIDAY!!!!!!
Thank you sir, may I have another? WHACK!!! Thank you sir, may I have another WHACK!!! Thank you sir may I have another?
My apologies to Curtis Granderson and his family for last week's disparaging comments. I promise I will never say such things again. I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE!!!! With the exception of the saves category, this is a pitching duel. And don't kid yourself, this contest is still very much up in the air. I will add Yadier Molina to my list of sleeper picks that I think will pay off big time (I call it the Shin Soo Choo factor).
Nothing would piss of 3K more than losing to Fenway Ed. He probably would never admit that, but I know the thought of being bested by a New England hockey player is eating him alive. I'm so happy the score is tied going into the weekend. 3K seems to have the edge in the hitting categories, while Year2000! is cornering the pitching market. 3K, are you getting all numb tonight before you watch Justin Verlander take the mound?
So far Baby Ruth has been a good luck charm for the New York Yankees, can he be as well for the CO Yankees? This is a pretty mish-mosh matchup, with no rhyme or reason to the leaders of each category. Ian Kinsler needs to drop a few bombs to catch the power numbers of Yankee Mike. It doesn't help matters when one of your stars isn't even on the interstate. It seems speed continues to be the key for Client #9, who is far ahead in runs and steals. Could be the key to this weeks victory.
I call this matchup the Mattingly Cup (since both managers are from Indiana). And like Donnie Baseball, both teams are playing at a very high level. This is clearly one of the more exciting matchups to watch going into the weekend. Can Carlos Beltran and Albert Pujols be having a better week (hitting .667 and .545 respectively)? Same with Victor Martinez (.539) and Bobby Abreu (.416). Little known fact, did you know Bobby Abreu leads the American League in stolen bases with 8? Who knew? I smell 20/20. Hey T-Dub, do you stay up at night like a worried parent trying to shield Cole Hamels from all of threats of the outside world?
Clark & Addison-7
The battle of the Brothers McCreery. I love it. Especially the verbal jabs being dished out by each side. QBF is certainly on the ropes with the war of words, but leading in really the only thing that matters, the actual matchup. But don't kid yourself, this could change very quickly. Can Brandon Inge, Alex Rios, and Carlos Quentin inject enough power to overtake QBF in hitting categories? Or will Manny be Manny, Papi be Papi, and Ryan Howard...well..not continue to do what he's doing this week? BTW, did anyone see Brandon Inge's defensive flubs yesterday? Last week, Harold Renyolds was talking golden glove. Not so sure after last night's performace. Hey Clark & Addison, let me know if QBF is getting to you. We can certainly find a new nickname for you.
Yes, Yankees-Red Sox this weekend. You know what? I'm kind of sick of the rivalry myself. All of the major players are gone for the most part (especially on the Red Sox side) and it seems they have taken a sacred battle and turned it into a cash cow. It's almost like what Jackie Mason did to Bushwood CC in Caddyshack 2. Does that make ESPN a bunch of fonzanoons?