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Monday, September 9, 2013

MLB Weekly Walk-Off - September 9th

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MLB Weekly Walk-Off
September 9, 2013

The past week in baseball had spotlights all over the Yankees and Red Sox for their intense four-game set in New York. The Yanks had been riding a hot streak until the Red Sox unleashed 36 runs on them in the first three games of the series and scoring 20 runs in the game before that in their series finale with the Tigers. The Red Sox took three of four from the Yankees to maintain a seven and a half game lead in the AL East. Elsewhere, the Reds are making a statement to not play in the one game playoff, and to win the NL Central out right reaching 82 wins up until this point. The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are all just separated by a game and a half now, and will likely be that way through the end of September. Although the Astros will profit the most of any MLB team this season, they will likely be the first team to 100 losses as they sit at 96 right now. Hopefully, they can do something with all the money they obtain this season for their future. Also, CY Young candidate Matt Harvey will visit Dr. James Andrews to see if Tommy John Surgery is needed to continue pitching in the future. If it’s needed Harvey will miss the entire 2014 season.
Studs of the Past Week

1. Will Middlebrooks 3B Bo
s- In the middle of the lineup that produced a mass amount of runs in the past week, Middlebrooks has lauched four homeruns in his past five games to go along with nine RBIs in his past six games. He’s been playing lights out since being recalled from the minors and has five straight multi-hit games.

2. Mike Napoli C/1B Bos
- Can’t leave out the beard that many Red Sox players
say is one of the keys to their hitting success as of late. Napoli had three
homeruns in that series against the Yankees as well as eight RBIs. He was a
big free agent acquisition for the Red Sox and he will be a key component
heading into the post season.

3. Greg Holland RP KC-
Although Holland blew a save on Sept. 5 he reached 40
over the weekend to raise his career high for a season that was previously at 16.
Holland has been a key component as to why the Royals still have a slim chance
at making the postseason. He’s only blown three saves all year and has four
saves in the past week, and his ERA stands at a miniscule 1.40.

Duds of the Past Week

1. Ian Kinsler 2B Tex- The Rangers expected a little more production out of
Kinsler this year than they have already gotten. He’s below his career averages in homeruns and steals, but the Rangers are in playoff contention so his below average marks haven’t been recognized. He’s only had six hits in the past week with no RBIs. If the Rangers want to be a threat in the postseason, Kinsler has to get on base if nothing else and be able to swipe a bag or two.

2. Aaron Hill 2B Ariz- Hill was supposed to rejuvenate the Diamondbacks roster
when he came off the DL in late June, but that has hardly been the case. He’s far from the 26 homeruns he hit a season ago and only has one steal to his credit this season. He’s still hitting a solid .293, but the Diamondbacks are looking for runs and Hill hasn’t given that to them. In the last week Hill only has three hits and lowered his average from .316.

3. Nick Markakis OF Bal- A career .292 hitter, Markakis has been only able to
obtain a .269 average to this point in the season with a lowly nine homeruns in 561 at bats this season. With Adam Jones racking up the homeruns, its hard to tell that Markakis his under performing. The Orioles expected around 20 this season, but that will have to wait until next year. He doesn’t have any RBIs in the past week and only five hits, all of them singles.

Pickups for This Week

1. Josh Rutledge 2B/SS Col- Rutledge starred when Troy Tulowitzki was out
earlier in the year with an injury and he’s back since the September call ups. With the Rockies out of contention for anything, Rutledge is getting solid playing time and even had an RBI in three straight games earlier last week. He can hit a homerun or steal a base at any given time.

2. Yusmeiro Petit SP SF
- He was only an out away from a perfect game when Eric
Chavez of the Diamondbacks poked a single out into right field right before a diving Hunter Pence. In four starts this year Petit is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA. This indicates that maybe the almost perfect game wasn’t a fluke and chances are he will get a few more starts before seasons end. His K:BB ratio stands at 30:4 which is above average for starting pitchers across the MLB.

3. Trevor Plouffe 3B Minn- With the Twins getting rid of Justin Morneau and Joe
Mauer on the DL the hitting is going to have to come from somewhere in the Twins lineup. Plouffe had a couple homeruns last week and upped his average from .233 to .248. Plouffe’s power has been noted in the past so he’s a threat to hit one deep anytime he steps to the plate.

Top Match-ups This Week

Pirates at Rangers- In one of the best remaining interleague matchups of the year Yu Darvish takes his CY Young talent to the mound in the series opener. He’s going to try and shut down the Pirate bats, but he’s coming off one of his subpar performances of the year so expect the Pirates to not back down.

Yankees at Orioles- The wildcard chase is coming to an end soon and with the Red Sox going into Tampa Bay, the combination of that series and this one could say a lot in who has a legitimate chance at making the postseason. Also, this is a four game series, and if the Yankees want to find themselves atop the wildcard standings taking three out of four here wouldn’t be a bad start.
Giants at Dodgers- Although the defending champs have nothing to play for at this point they can still squander the Dodgers shot at home field advantage throughout the postseason until the World Series. Also, there’s always bad blood between these two teams so don’t be surprised if things get a little tense throughout the course of the series.


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