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Royal Arrival

April 28th 2011 01:00
Looking back, the 2005 draft was packed full of talent, with names like Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Zimmerman. The Red Sox found three members of their current roster in Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie. At the time however, none these players were the cream of the draft crop.

The Kansas City Royals came into the draft in a prime position. They held the rights to the 2nd overall pick. The top two prospects were well known by this point; one a high school phenom collecting Ken Griffey Jr. comparisons, the other a college stud who had swept NCAA player of the year awards. Justin Upton was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the first pick, leaving the Royals with Nebraska Cornhusker 3B Alex Gordon.

Gordon was heaped with well deserved praise over his college career. During his time at Nebraska, Gordon maintained a .353 batting average and a monstrous .657 slugging %. He was named the best college draft prospect and seen as a potential 5-tool superstar. The Royals thought they had found themselves the next George Brett.

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Royals hope Gordon's hot start is no fluke


Gordon's first full season came at the AA level in 2006. While playing in 130 games, he hit .325 with 29 homeruns and 101 RBIs. His success at this level as a 22 year old only added to his hype, and led the Royals to start Gordon with the major league club in 2007. Gordon got off to a slow start, batting .185 over the first two months of the season, but the Royals stuck with him. He rebounded to finish the year hitting .247 with 15 homeruns. Gordon improved upon his rookie year with what turned out to be his best season to date statistically, batting .260 with 16 homeruns and an OPS of .783.

The next two seasons were not kind to the Royal's prospect. Gordon only played in 123 games combined in 2009-2010 due to injuries and demotions. It was determined by the Royals that Gordon would no longer man the hot corner after committing double digit errors from his rookie year through 2009. They switched Gordon to left field, allowing him to adjust to his new position in the minors. Gordon was called up to finish the 2010 season in the Royal's outfield after an injury to David DeJesus, but was unable to find consistency at the plate, finishing 2010 batting a meager .215.

After 4 years and at the age of 27, time seemed to be running out for the once highly touted prospect. Gordon entered spring training knowing that he was reaching the end of his rope and that his past success could only take him so far. Hitting coaches adjusted his swing as they had been doing for years, but this time something seemed to click. By the end of the spring, Gordon's numbers resembled those of his college days. Gordon's .347 average and 14 extra base hits had many believing the former prospect may finally be putting things together. While a strong spring does not guarantee a successful regular season, some believed a breakout year could be on the horizon.

Though Gordon is only 22 games and 94 at bats into the 2011 season, he is showing why many saw him as a future star coming out of college. He is leading the American League in hits with 33, leading to a .351 batting average. Gordon has already hit more doubles as than all of last year with 11, and he is approaching last season's RBI mark of 20 after only 22 games. Currently in the top 10 of many hitting categories, Gordon is also showing his talent in the field. Manning left for the Royals, Gordon leads the American League in outfield assists with 5. He's hit safely in 20 of 22 games and currently has a 19 game hitting streak.

While it is still early, Gordon has given the Royals some reason to hope that he has put things together and is finally on his way to reaching his full potential. Some take longer to achieve success, and Gordon was shouldered with all kinds of expectations over his career. The Royals are hoping that Gordon is on his way to meeting those lofty expectations, and becoming the middle of the order bat Kansas City envisioned when they made him the 2nd overall pick in the 05 draft.
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MLB Top 5 4/27/11

April 27th 2011 00:15
Another week brings another top 5. This week's list looks very similar to the one posted last week; the only change coming at the 5th and final spot. As the weather's been warming, so have some teams.

The talk of the week surrounds the Boston Red Sox. They have turned up their level of play and are sitting right at the .500 mark. Though they do not quite make my list this week, there is no denying their talent and the fact that they will be frequenting these posts in the near future.

Another team that has been playing well of late is the Florida Marlins. They are 8-2 over their last 10 games and are pressing the Phillies in the NL East. However even with this recent success, there are still doubts about how consistent this young group will be. They have only played 6 games against teams .500 or better so far this year. This next week they have a chance to prove themselves as they face off against the Dodgers, Reds and Cardinals.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies remain at the top of the list this week. A late comeback in the series finale against the Brew Crew last week propelled the Phils to a 5 game winning streak. This run ended last night as Ian Kennedy outpitched Cliff Lee. The bats have cooled as of late as the team is averaging only 2.5 runs per game over their last 10, but even so the team went 6-4 over that stretch because of its dominant pitching staff. One thing to watch over this next week will be how Philadelphia handles the loss of closer Jose Contreras.

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How will the loss of Contreras impact the Phils pen?


New York Yankees

The Yankees find themselves in the number 2 spot and the current leaders of the AL Beast. Up until Monday night, offense was king in New York. Before last night, the team was averaging 6.5 runs a game over its past 9. While this lineup will cause many opposing pitchers and managers to lose sleep, their rotation is still filled with question marks. Phil Hughes had another setback and the Yankees are now counting on Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia to provide consistent innings. As long as they can get some contribution from their starters, New York will look to the lineup to continue its winning ways.

Colorado Rockies

Sitting at 15-7, the Rockies are tied with the Phillies for the best record in baseball. They've had early success, but several things jump out at me as I look through their stats. The Rockies are 5th in the league in runs scored, but they are only 24th in team batting average. This tells me a lot of their runs are being scored thanks to timely hitting which usually levels out during a season. The team has also won a lot of close games, 9 of their 15 wins have been by 2 runs or less. While teams can only play who is on their schedule, the Rockies have only faced teams .500 or better 8 times, going 4-4 in those contests. I'm not trying to say this start is a fluke, but I don't think this team is the 2nd best in baseball as their record shows.

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Tulowitzki leads the Rockies offense


Texas Rangers

Texas finds itself in the four hole in this week's top 5. The Rangers lost 3 consecutive series before getting healthy against the Kansas City Royals. In that series, the Ranger's lineup found their bats, scoring 22 runs in the 3 games. While its offense has become Texas's trademark, the pitchers have been able to maintain a respectable 3.71 ERA. The Rangers look to continue their recent success against the Blue Jays before setting off on a west coast road trip against the A's and Mariners.

St. Louis Cardinals

For the 2nd week in a row I had to ponder over the list's 5th spot. I debated between the hot Red Sox and the young Marlins, but I eventually decided to go with the Cardinals. St. Louis's 2011 season got off to a rough start, but they have recovered in recent weeks and currently stand at 12-10. After taking a series against their rival Cincinnati Reds, the Cardinals have climbed back to the top of the NL Central. The Cardinals have been on fire since the return of slugger Matt Holliday who is a big reason the team leads the league in batting average and OBP. What I like most about St. Louis is the balanced success of their batters and pitchers; the team ERA sits at 3.19. It probably pains Cardinal's fans to think of the possibilities if Adam Wainwright was holding down a spot in their already solid rotation.
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2011 NFL Mock Draft

April 26th 2011 20:06
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The Panthers seem poised to take Newton #1


1. Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton QB
2. Denver Broncos – Marcell Dareus DT
3. Buffalo Bills – Von Miller OLB
4. Cincinnati Bengals – Patrick Peterson CB
5. Arizona Cardinals – Blaine Gabbert QB
6. Cleveland Browns – A.J. Green WR
7. San Francisco 49ers – Robert Quinn DE
8. Tennessee Titans – Nick Fairley DT
9. Dallas Cowboys – Tyron Smith OT
10. Washington Redskins – Julio Jones WR
11. Houston Texans – J.J. Watt DE
12. Minnesota Vikings – Jake Locker QB
13. Detroit Lions – Prince Amukamara CB
14. St. Louis Rams – Aldon Smith DE
15. Miami Dolphins – Mark Ingram RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ryan Kerrigan DE
17. New England Patriots – Anthony Castonzo OT
18. San Diego Chargers – Cameron Jordan DE
19. New York Giants – Mike Pouncey OG
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Da’Quan Bowers DE
21. Kansas City Chiefs – Muhammad Wilkerson DT
22. Indianapolis Colts – Gabe Camrimi OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles – Nate Solder OT
24. New Orleans Saints – Cameron Heyward DE
25. Seattle Seahawks – Corey Liuget DT
26. Baltimore Ravens – Jimmy Smith CB
27. Atlanta Falcons – Justin Houston OLB
28. New England Patriots – Adrian Clayborn DE
29. Chicago Bears – Derek Sherrod OT
30. New York Jets – Phil Taylor DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers – Aaron Williams CB
32. Green Bay Packers – Akeem Ayers OLB
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Hot Sox

April 25th 2011 18:24
The big story of this early season has been the slow start of the Boston Red Sox. After losing their first 6 games, the Red Sox astonished many by compiling a record of 2-10 over their first 12 contests. The stat geeks spoke, no team that started a season 0-6 has gone on to make the playoffs. Fans panicked, analysts dissected the issues and asked the question, could this bunch really not manage to make the postseason? After their performance this past week, the Red Sox are quickly showing that they are not your usual 0-6 start team, but they are certainly one to be feared in 2011.

Due to their recent hot streak, the Red Sox are poised to return to the .500 mark and are steadily rising in the AL East standings. The Sox have won 5 straight games and 8 of their last 9. The team is playing great baseball and has beaten reputable teams in the Blue Jays, Athletics and Angels. Their offense has been solid, contributing 5.1 runs a game over their previous 9. Struggling star Carl Crawford has picked his play up a bit in the last week, hitting at a .259 clip with 3 extra base hits including a homerun. Boston is hoping his contribution continues and he begins hitting as he did in a Rays uniform


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NL Pitching Studs and Duds 4/23/11

April 23rd 2011 15:46
We'll finish up with the best and worst pitching the National League produced this week. The Cardinals make another appearance and we check in on this week's most impressive performance of futility.

While the Cardinal's recent turnaround has had a lot to do with their offensive surge, the pitching has also played its part. Chris Carpenter and Kyle McClellan have performed well for the club, but another starter is this week's NL pitcher of the week. Kyle Lohse won twice this week, going 16.1 innings and allowing only 2 ERs. Lohse gave up a mere 8 hits while striking out 12 over this span. Lohse has given the Cards at least 7 innings in his 4 starts so far this year. He gave up 4 ER in his debut against the Pirates, but since then over his last 3 starts he has only given up a combined 3 ERs. Lohse and St. Louis look to continue their winning ways against their NL Central rivals the Cincinnati Reds this weekend


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NL Offensive Studs and Duds 4/23/11

April 23rd 2011 10:30
Time to see how the best and worst of the NL stack up against the Amercan League's performances we've looked at.

The Cardinals received some bad news coming into the 2011 season. They lost Cy Young candidate Adam Wainwright during spring training and also began the year without slugger Matt Holliday. The Cards began the year losing 5 of their first 7, scoring a measly 2.6 runs a game. While they are going to be without Wainwright for the year, they were able to get Holliday back in the lineup. Holliday plays second fiddle to all-world performer Albert Pujols, but since Holliday has returned to the lineup the Cardinals have gone 8-3 and scored 7.5 runs a game. Holiday is this week's NL offensive stud, hitting for a .524 batting average and a 1.439 OPS. Holliday has managed to make it on base at a rate of .630 due not only to his hitting but also his ability to draw 6 walks this week. The Cards hope that Holliday and the offense can keep up this current level of production


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AL Pitching Studs and Duds 4/22/11

April 22nd 2011 23:45
One team was able to sweep this week's AL Pitching studs and duds. Several high profile pitchers came close to becoming this week's pitching stud, but a not so recognizable name took home the prize. This week brought a complete reversal for this week's dud, and he will see how it feels to go from the top to the bottom.

There were some solid pitching performances this week in the American League. Josh Beckett has put together two more above quality starts to move his ERA below 2.00. Jered Weaver remained sharp and became the first to 5 wins, but this week Scott Baker of the Minnesota twins gets my nod for best pitcher. Baker had two impressive performances last week and was able to lower his ERA from 6.55 to 3.24. Baker held the Rays to 1 ER over 7 innings of 4 hit baseball and then last night held the Orioles scoreless over another 7 innings. During this two game stretch, Baker recorded 15 strikeouts while only walking 2 batters. The Twins hope Baker can help the club continue their climb back to .500


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AL Offensive Studs and Duds 4/22/11

April 22nd 2011 18:34
Another week brings another session of studs and duds. This week had its normal share of accomplishments as well as disappointments. We'll start off with the AL offensive studs and duds.

Travis Hafner almost earned my vote as the AL masher of the week. He has been solid so far this season and is one of the reasons the Tribe has had such an impressive early showing. However, I was not able to crown Hafner after taking a look at the damage Curtis Granderson had done this week. The Yankee OF had a batting average of .435 to go along with a ridiculous 1.130 slugging %. His 1.565 OPS jumped out at me as I reviewed the stats and upon spotting it I knew I had found my stud. Granderson had 7 extra base hits this week; 4 homeruns, 2 doubles and a triple. During this offensive surge Granderson has seen his average rise from .156 to .273


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Brewers Extend Slugger

April 22nd 2011 02:50
The title may be a little misleading. When I saw similar headlines, I assumed that Milwaukee had come to an agreement with first baseman Prince Fielder. However, it was another power hitting Brewer that got paid Thursday. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee's stud left fielder, has reached an agreement on an extension with the team.

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Braun has set himself up nicely through his 37th birthday

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NFL Fever

April 21st 2011 14:30
There has been good news coming out of the NFL meetings and with the schedule being released and talk of the upcoming draft I am starting to feel that football fever again. The draft is only a week away, and while it is not nearly as hyped as years past, it still should be intriguing to see where some of the big names go. The schedule also shows something to get excited about with several compelling early matchups.

The Carolina Panthers just can't seem to catch a break. They own a number one pick in next week's NFL draft that no one really envies. They are coming off an awful 2-14 season that earned them the number 1 pick and saw an end to the John Fox era in Carolina. Now, as the schedule's been released, they find out that statistically they have the hardest schedule of all teams in the upcoming 2011-2012 season. The Panthers are joined at the top of the list of hardest schedules by fellow cellar dwellers Buffalo. This is of course based off of last year's records so it could end up totally different, but nonetheless this news can't excite Panther fans


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Comment by Short
on Royal Arrival

April 28th 2011 13:10
Gordon could definitely be the all around bat they need to help out the middle of the order. He hasn't shown the power as far as homeruns, but he is mashing doubles so I think the dingers will follow.

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Comment by Short
on MLB Top 5 4/27/11

April 27th 2011 13:12
They are beast for sure. There is simply no break in that lineup. I'm not crazy about their pitching but with that lineup it may not matter.

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Comment by Short
on 2011 Pre-Draft Notes

April 27th 2011 13:10
I agree, last year had to be crazy frustrating for Smith. Hopefully they can turn it around with him or he can land on a team where he can get back to business.

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Comment by Short
on 2011 NFL Mock Draft

April 27th 2011 02:33
Yeah he wouldn't be my choice, but a lot of people think he will be their pick at 1.

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Comment by Short
on 2011 Pre-Draft Notes

April 26th 2011 23:51
I have seen a few analysts that are high on Ponder. He didn't show me too much in college but we'll see how he handles the transition to the NFL. What do you think of Smith apparently cleaning out his locker?

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Comment by Short
on Hot Sox

April 26th 2011 12:08
Yeah wow how can you put a team with that talent last, just like if a team like the Royals got off to a quick start would that make them one of the best in baseball? I don't think so. With their upcoming schedule I think the Sox are getting ready to take off.

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Comment by Short
on 2011 First Round Mock Draft

April 25th 2011 12:27
I agree with you on Newton. Do you have a quarterback you'd like the Panthers to take later or are you a believer in Clausen?

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Comment by Short
on 2011 First Round Mock Draft

April 24th 2011 15:12
Is this how you would make the picks or do you think this is what will actually happen? Though I'm not that high on any of these QBs, I think Gabbard or Newton will be taken before 5. Locker to the Vikings would be very interesting.

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Comment by Short
on NL Pitching Studs and Duds 4/23/11

April 24th 2011 14:54
I could see where it would be enticing to try him in the rotation, especially for a team like the Pirates. Hopefully they can still salvage an above average reliever out of him.

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Comment by Short
on AL Pitching Studs and Duds 4/22/11

April 23rd 2011 19:15
Yeah I could go with the Beckett vote. I got to see Baker pitch against the O's and was impressed so I gave him the nod.

That was an impressive performance by Sanchez last night against one of the hotter offensive teams in the majors. His inconsistency is a concern, but it will be interesting to see what kind of season he has. I'm not sure how many years of control the Marlins have left, but Sanchez could be an interesting piece at the deadline.

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