So I was off yesterday, taking a break from Minor League ball to try to save our nation’s democracy (it worked, by the way). So I figured I’d play it safe in Beat the Streak and go with the guy hitting .424, Yunel Escobar. And he takes the collar. Even worse, he had a final chance in the ninth and walked. What’s up with that?
Oh well, so my streak is snapped at seven. On the bright side, both houses in Washington are now in the hands of the good guys (the views stated in this blog post are mine alone and do not represent the views of anyone else at MLB.com — even though they should!). Today, I’ll give Tulo a try. I can’t win, but I want to finish off the season on a good note.
As for the star of the day, I’m going to go off the board and give it to two new senators, Bob Casey Jr. here in my home state of Pennsyvlania, and Sherrod Brown in Ohio. The pair defeated Rick Santorum and Mike DeWine. And when I say defeated, I’m being kind. Casey trounced Santorum by more than 17 points and Brown ousted DeWine by nearly 12. Honorable mention goes to Jon Tester in Montana and Jim Webb in Virginia with a shout out to Jason Altmire for ousting Melissa Hart from the House.
Lisa here …
Well, seeing as how it’s an off day in Arizona, I’m hoping my co-host Jonathan has taken the day off from worrying about how his "beat the streak" representative is doing and is just enjoying a beautiful brisk fall day in Pittsburgh.
I, on the other hand, think I may have FINALLY solved the summer-long mystery surrounding my inability to post on these blogs (or most message boards, making me a very incommunicado kinda gal this year which as you can imagine I HATE) …
So this is just a testing testing Watson-can-you-hear-me kind of post here … and if it works, well, woo hoo, look for more soon!!!
Meanwhile, need I say that I am counting the days until I return once again to Arizona (one week from tomorrow!!!) … this time I am SO going to Don & Charlie’s.
OK … let’s see if this baby works …
Let’s see, who to pick for Star of the Day…so hard to figure out.
How can you not pick the guy who hit a grand slam on his 24th birthday, his first homer of the AFL season? Yunel Escobar did just that on Thursday. With his Javelinas leading, 4-1, Escobar cleared the bases in the seventh with a jack to give Peoria an 8-1 victory. It may have been Escobar’s first round-tripper, but he’s been doing just about everything else in the AFL. He went 3-for-5 in the game to raise his average to a league-leading .407. His .987 OPS isn’t bad for a guy without much power and he’s tied for third in the league with 24 hits. The Cuban shortstop had a so-so year in Double-A Mississippi, hitting .264, so it will be interesting to see if there’s any carryover from this AFL explosion.
Mild disappointment on the Beat the Streak front. Mitch Maier didn’t play last night. I’m not liking the matchup against Mesa today, so I’ll go to Peoria and go with Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury. Tomorrow, I’m giving the nod to one of the guests on the AFL on ATM today (noon ET), Chip Cannon.
Sorry, a little delayed today.
I see three nominees for Star of the Day: 1. Mark Reynolds, who went 3-for-6 with 4 RBIs, including a walk-off single in the 11th inning of Scottsdale’s 7-6 win; 2. Darrell Rasner, who tossed four scoreless innings as the Saguaros beat the Solar Sox, 6-3. After getting ripped in his first outing, Rasner has reeled off 13 consecutive scoreless innings, striking out 12 and walking two; 3. Brendan Ryan, the Saguaros shortstop who went 4-for-5, including three doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Ryan leads the AFL with 27 hits now and he’s seventh with his .351 batting average.
The winner is (with a small nod to Chip Cannon, who hit HR No. 9 in a losing effort)…Ryan, who is always a good pick for Beat the Streak. Today, though, I’m going with the red-hot Ben Zobrist (I’ve got the streak up to 4…)