MLB Closer: Brett Myers Is Your New Bicycle, Dice-K Baffles

• Phillies 8, Dodgers 5 » 10/11/08 10:30am 10/11/08 10:30am Taking the advice of his marriage counseler, Brett Myers decided to get rid of his aggression on the field by making the Doyers his bitch. Myers pitched well enough to win, but did the real damage with his bat, to the tune of a 3-for-3 night with 3 RBIs. The wife can rest easy for the next few…

Game 162: Win or Go Home (or Play Again Tomorrow)

Mets 2, Marlins 0 » 9/28/08 10:30am 9/28/08 10:30am Johan Santana pitched the gem that the New York faithful needed from him. It was an absolutely impressive complete game, three hit shutout. But man, was it bizarre to hear Mets Manager Jerry Manuel talk about the game afterward, "Wow, wow, wow, wow. I think if I had to describe that one, I’d say…

Tampa Bay Rays Win AL East in Fitting Fashion

Tigers 6, Rays 4 » 9/27/08 10:30am 9/27/08 10:30am The Rays lost to the Tigers last night but that didn't prevent fans on Main Street in Tampa from celebrating. With the Yankees putting up 19 runs to beat the Red Sox at Fenway, Tampa Bay clinched their first ever American League East crown. One more time: The Tampa Bay Rays are the American League…

October in Tampa

• For the first time in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are Playoff-bound. Back in Spring Training, everyone laughed when starter Scott Kazmir said his Rays were going to the dance. After all, the team had finished in last place the previous season. Well, who's laughing now? » 9/21/08 10:30am 9/21/08 10:30am Good times. • The Chicago…

Zambrano's Occupied Mind, the Mets Un-Collapse, and We Go Brawlin'

• Carlos's previous outing ended in spectacular glory » 9/20/08 10:30am 9/20/08 10:30am; this one not so much. Zambrano, having flown back from Venezuela after the passing of his grandmother earlier in the week, was shellacked by the Cards to the tune of eight runs and six hits. He didn't make it past the second inning, and the Cubs went down 12-6.…

Ike Wreaks Havoc With Baseball Playoff Races, Scheduling

The NFL isn’t the only league effected by that bastard Ike as the Astros and Major League Baseball have agreed to move two of Houston’s canceled home games that were scheduled against the Cubs this weekend to a “neutral” site in Milwaukee. Eddie Wade’s Astros have been on fire over the past three weeks but this turn… » 9/14/08 10:30am 9/14/08 10:30am

MLB Closer: Okay, Lord... Me and You, Right?

Six games didn't get off the ground without the assistance of rising tides today, thanks to enough moisture across these United States to make you think Tammy Faye Bakker herself had been disinterred by her own post-mortem weeping. Division races from the AL Central to the NL Central (oh, and the NL East, too) shut… » 9/13/08 10:45am 9/13/08 10:45am

MLB Closer: Grand Slams, Extra Innings and Joe Torre

Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun hit a game winning Grand Slam in extra innings to shut down Tampa and cut the Rays' lead in the division to two games. The Blue Jays' Lyle Overbay had a pair of solo home-runs during regular play, but the Rays tied the game up in the ninth with a three-run inning. Zaun's game winner came… » 9/07/08 10:30am 9/07/08 10:30am

MLB Closer: Mike Schmidt Knows How To Motivate a Team

Before last night's match-up between the Mets and the Phllies, Mike Schmidt had some words » 9/06/08 10:30am 9/06/08 10:30am for his former team. It seems to have worked as the Phillies came away from the game with a 3-0 win, pulling themselves within two games of the division leading Mets. The bats were relatively quiet, aside from a two-run homer…

A Tale of Two Bullpens

Back Away From the Ledge, Mets Fans: » 8/31/08 10:30am 8/31/08 10:30am In all fairness, you can't expect a major league bullpen to hold a one-run lead for almost . The Mets relievers wasted another strong performance by starter Mike Pelfrey, as Aaron Heilman walked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to hand the two-time World Series…

Mets Solidify Position for Upcoming September Collapse

Forgive New York fans for celebrating just a bit harder than usual last night. After all, they are coming off a big win on the last Friday before the month-that-shall-not-be-named. Carlos Beltran's dramatic grand slam put his team up by three on the Marlins heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Mets bullpen then… » 8/30/08 10:30am 8/30/08 10:30am

MLB Closer: Do Not Taunt Surly Third-Place Kitty

Zach Miner of Los Tigres Detroit committed regicide on the monarchs from Missouri, allowing only three singles in seven innings on the way to a 4-0 victory in Kansas City last night. How could he get away with such domination on a major league franchise while only striking out three? How could he know he would get… » 8/24/08 11:15am 8/24/08 11:15am

This Could Be It For Tom Glavine

Tom Glavine is out for the season. » 8/17/08 12:19pm 8/17/08 12:19pm Dude some ligaments in his elbow and says he won't come back if he has to get that ligament completely replaced. The 42-year-old went back to the Braves, turning down more money from the Mets to play where he had kept his offseason home. But he hasn't played well this year; he's…

Daryle Ward Will Eat Your Children In Broad Daylight

The Chicago Cubs have just won their ninth straight game. In related news, Hell has frozen over, pigs are flying, gas is now 75 cents a gallon, and Andy Dick just had sex with a girl. This wild chain reaction began when Ward, in the midst of an 0-for-13 slump, hit a three-run homer in the ninth to power the visiting… » 8/16/08 10:59am 8/16/08 10:59am

Contreras Injury a Blow To Chicago

It was the Sox Bowl Part II as the Red ones took on the White ones. And you know what happens when you put Red Sox in the mix with White Sox (besides all your shit turning pink). You get some pretty good baseball. Big Papi busted his slump with a three-rub double off the wall in Boston's 6-2 win over Chicago and… » 8/10/08 10:30am 8/10/08 10:30am

Jim Edmonds Jogs La Russa's Memory

Cubs outfielder Jim Edmonds has gotten past the drama of being traded from the Cardinals in the offseason. Or maybe not. After refusing to discuss » 8/09/08 10:45am 8/09/08 10:45am his former manager, Tony La Russa, with the media, Edmonds proceeded to go two for four, both hits going yard in a 3-2 win over his ex-team. The game stretched to a tedious…

MLB Closer: Brewers Win, Fat People Hug it Out

C.C. is perfect » 8/03/08 10:45am 8/03/08 10:45am: So far, in a Milwaukee Brewers uni, Sabathia is 5-0. Last night, he rumbled into Turner Field and emerged with a 4-2 victory over the Braves. In case you couldn't sift through the blubber above, that's Prince Fielder and C.C. Sabathia sharing a joyous moment following their win over Atlanta. • :…

MLB Closer: Manny Makes His Dodger Debut

Manny Ramirez unveiled his "Manny-ness" (he wore the number 99) to his new fans in Los Angeles last night, but things didn't exactly go according to plan. With the Dodgers down by a run and with a man on base, Ramirez came up in the bottom of the ninth with a chance to add to his resume of late-game heroics.… » 8/02/08 10:47am 8/02/08 10:47am

The Brewers Pull Even With The Cubs

Ryan Braun did most of the heavy lifting, but once again it was Bill Hall providing the winning hit. Hall's RBI single in the eight inning put the Brewers out in front of the Astros who ultimately fell 6-4. Eric Gagne picked up the win in relief before Salomon Torres closed the door in the ninth for the save. The… » 7/27/08 11:30am 7/27/08 11:30am

Joba Rules Fenway

The Yankees came into Boston on a six-game winning streak and in the end Mariano Rivera kept it alive. Joba Chamberlain dominated the Red Sox lineup for seven shutout innings, striking out nine while allowing just three hits. Kyle Farnsworth did his best to fuck things up in the eighth when he gave up a pair of quick… » 7/26/08 10:45am 7/26/08 10:45am