With one game left in the 2006 season, he has one more chance to amass 80 RBI–more if he needs them to hold on to the team lead in RBI–and to finish the year at .270. Right now he has 79 RBI and is at .267.
And if he wants to do anything else good, like steal a base or make a circus catch in the outfield to rob the opposition of an XBH or a home run, we’re for that, too.
So basically, we’re looking for True Elation 24. If Eric follows through with the weird "one day good, one day bad" cycle he’s been one lately, he’s due for a good day tomorrow.
And all’s well that ends well.
are in the playoffs. Congrats. Yeah, Really. Even though I’m a Northern Californian and was rooting for the Arizona team. You guys did what you had to do and deserve props for that.
But know that I’m hoping the Mets whip all comers this post season, even without Pedro!
Pitcher Miguel Batista is about to become a free agent, and if recent remarks by D’Backs manager Bob Melvin reflect the thinking of the F. O., the Diamondbacks are going to let him walk.
Batista held a press conference to announce the release of his crime novel "The Avenger of Blood." Melvin attended the conference and indicated that he would like to see the fans give Batista the same warm good-bye that they are giving Luis Gonzalez and Craig Counsell.
"Miguel Batista has been a big part of this organization, and he’s going to get his due this weekend, too, if I have anything to say about it," Melvin said. "We want to thank you, Miguel, for what you’ve meant to this organization, as well."
The plethora of younger and cheaper infielders and outfielders leaves no everyday job available for Gonzalez and Counsell. But Arizona clearly needs more pitching. Despite a lot of no-decisions this year, Batista managed to compile a winning record (11-8). Batista is one of three AZ pitchers to pitch over 200 innings this year. (Webb 231; Batista 206). Livan Hernandez pitched most of his 216 for another team. Only Webb and Batista have complete games and shutouts on their ledger. (Webb: 5 CGs and 3 SH0s; Batista 3 CGs and 1 SHO). And although Batista’s ERA is a so-so 4.59, it is second only to Webb’s Cy Young worthy 2.88. (Hernandez and Claudio Vargas are at 4.83).
Pitchers are expensive and hard to come by on the free agent market, so Batista could command a lot of money this offseason. But why does it sound as if the D’Backs are not going to make a run at signing him? Given his history as a member of the 2001 World Championship team and the love of Phoenix shown in his novel, Batista might be willing to accept some kind of "hometown discount," provided it’s not too insulting.
Are the D’Backs that strapped for cash, even after not picking up Gonzo’s option, that they can’t make Batista a decent offer? Do they have someone in the minors who will be ready to take Batista’s place in ’07? Even with Batista on the staff, they would still need a 4 or 5 starter, so why let go of their 2 even if they figure on bringing someone up from the minors next year?
Letting Batista go now further convinces me that they are building a team for 2009. (Batista would be 38 then).
What say you?
Eric Byrnes has just hit his 26th homer! It happened in the third inning of tonight’s contest between the D’Backs and the Padres. It was a 2-out, 2-run blast to left off starter Clay Hensley. This gives him 270 total bases for the year, a new personal best. (His previous mark was 266 in 2004).
UPDATE: D’Backs win 3-1. Hernandez (W) Valverde (S), and Byrnes’ homer was the difference-maker.
EB Line for the Night: 1-4 2RBI 1R. His other outs were to the outfield. So 0 K and 0 DP. His last 4 hits have been XBH. 3 HRs and 1 DB.
If the Dodgers beat the Giants tonight, the NL West will be tied.
Kéllia "Watching Byrnesie Homer is Definitely Better Than Going to the News Department BBQ" Ramares
Daniel Cabrera of the Baltimore Orioles one-hitted the New York Yankees last night. When Cabrera is on he’s amazing and last night showed it. You don’t one-hit a lineup such as the New Yorkers have without really great stuff. If only Cabrera could find his consistency, he would be one of the great pitchers of his generation.
James Loney of the L.A. Dodgers, the REAL L.A. team, collected 9 RBI in the Dodgers 19-11 win over the Rockies yesterday. That’s an RBI total that a lot of guys take a month to get. The little-used rookie, subbing for an injured Nomar Garciaparra, came into the game with 8 RBI on the season. Savor the experience, James, it’s not likely to ever happen to you again.
This is the third time we try to post on the subject. The fact that a post gets destroyed when the remote server cannot put it up is frustrating.
Eric Byrnes achieved 25/25 today as he achieved 20/20 on Sept. 4th, by getting the homer and stolen base(s) he needed on the same day.
Byrnesie stole bases 24 and 25 in the 6th inning from Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez after reaching first on a fielder’s choice.
Congrats, Byrnesie. You have certainly proven that ’05 was an aberration.
Belated congrats to Moises Alou of the S.F. Giants who collected his 2,000th career hit while playing the Giants last road series in Milwaukee.
Today, he also got his 400th double and stole home.
And our own Eric Byrnes ended the game with 3 RBI, which puts him in a three-way tie for the Diamondback team lead in RBI.
Congrats also to the clutch Albert Pujols, whose 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th against San Diego tonight, snapped a Cardinals losing streak that was beginning to remind many, including DTLFL and Prince of New York, of the Phillies in 1964. The big fly came against Cla Meredith against whom right handers had been batting just .101.
Eric Byrnes has hit a 2-run homer in the first inning of the game vs. the Giants. That’s homer No. 25. Exactly what we were hoping for. (We certainly won’t object if he gets more). It’s also RBI 75 and 76. Byrnesie is in the running for the team lead in RBI. Jackson and Tracy have 77. The R was No. 80.
It’s also his second homer in 3 days. And he hit double No. 37 last night. Looks like he’s heating up in the last week of the season.
Byrnes needs 2 more stolen bases to be 25/25.
Congrats to the Oakland Athletics, who have clinched the AL West by beating Seattle while the geographically-challenged Angels lost to Texas. So, Bullpen Baker, what’s the celebration munchie?
(The AL Wild Card will come out of the Central Division, either the Tigers or the Twins. The Yankees have clinched the AL East).
On the NL side, the Cardinals are starting to make people think about 1964. The Phillies of 1964!
Speaking of the Phillies, the 2006 team is now a game behind the LA Dodgers in the NL Wild Card. The Dodgers and the Padres are still slugging it out for the NL West crown.
Party Like It’s 1982 is asking 10 questions, open to non-Cardinal fans, about what you would rather see happen. (Not what you think will happen) and has suggested that bloggers for other teams can have a similar "poll." So without further ado, DTLFL Presents questions you can answer in the comments section. (Feel free to explain your answers if you wish).
Would you rather…
1) have Carpenter, Oswalt or Webb win the NL CY Young?
2) have the Dodgers or the Padres win the NL West?
3) have the Dodgers or the Phillies win the NL Wild Card?
4) have a Subway Series? (Both NY teams).
5) have a Series with one NY team?
6) have a Series with no NY teams?
7) have a 4-game Series or a 7-game Series?
8) have Julio, Valverde, Vizcaino or someone new be the ’07 D’Backs closer?
9) have Byrnes, Jackson, Tracy or Young be the ’07 D’Backs cleanup hitter?
10) keep wearing the current D’Backs colors or buy the "Sedona red" gear?
Kéllia "Thanks for throwing away Webby’s win while he’s in the Cy Young race, guys," Ramares